Town of
Royalton
Niagara County, NY
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March 09, 2009: REGULAR BOARD MEETING

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REGULAR BOARD MEETING

March 9, 2009

 

The Regular Board Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Royalton was held on Monday, March 9, 2009, at the Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, New York. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Richard J. Lang at 7:32 PM with the Pledge to the Flag.

 

The following were present:

Supervisor Richard J. Lang

Town Clerk Marie L. Little, RMC

Councilmen Jennifer Bieber, Daniel Bragg, James Budde, Bradley Rehwaldt

Highway Superintendent Terry Nieman

Water/Sewer Superintendent Daniel Morse - VACATION

Assessor Thomas Arlington

Attorney Thomas Brandt

Also present were: See Attached Sheets

 

There were no additions or corrections to the minutes as presented.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment to come before the board at this time.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Supervisor Lang stated that he received a letter from the State of New York Office of Real Property Services stating that we would be receiving a check in the amount of $18,468.10 for the 2008 Triennial Aid Certification for the Town of Royalton.

 

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 37-09

REVOCABLE LICENSE TO USE TOWN LAND

On a motion made by Councilwoman Bieber, seconded by Councilman Bragg, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved that Mr. Zack Granzow, residing at 4542 South Main Street (Gasport Road), Gasport, New York, is hereby authorized, by revocable license, to use a strip of Town land (where the town water tower resides) to transport a lawn mower to the back of his property to mow his lawn. The Town of Royalton Supervisor is authorized to issue the appropriate license with the advice of the Town Attorney.

 

RESOLUTION 38-09

PURCHASE OF NEW TRUCK FOR WATER / SEWER DEPARTMENT

On a motion made by Councilman Rehwaldt, seconded by Councilwoman Bieber, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved to authorize Dan Morse, Water/Sewer Superintendent, to order the new truck budgeted for his department at a cost not to exceed $25,267.75, as per state bid quotation. The truck will be a 2009 Ford 4x4 F250 XL with an 8' box.

 

RESOLUTION 39-09

2009 FUEL BIDS

On a motion made by Councilman Rehwaldt, seconded by Councilman Bragg, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved to accept the fuel bids for the Town of Royalton as per the attached bid tally sheet.

 

2009 FUEL BIDS Continued

Successful bids are as follows:

NOCO Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel $1.5825

Heating Fuel No. 2 $1.55815

Unleaded Gasoline 87 Octane $1.4846

DRUM OIL & PROPANE Propane, HS5 Specs

With Equipment $0.9063

Without Equipment $0.8263

 

RESOLUTION 40-09

HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT TO PALMYRA AUCTION

On a motion made by Councilwoman Bieber, seconded by Councilman Bragg, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved to authorize Terry Nieman, Highway Superintendent, to take the old chipper (2004 Morbark Hurricane Brush Chipper, Model No. 2400 XL, SN# 4S8SZ192) and the dump truck (2002 Ford Dump Truck, Model F5D, ID# 1FDAF57F62EA91416) to the Palmyra Auction.

 

RESOLUTION 41-09

SIGNAGE ALONG STATE HIGHWAYS

On a motion made by Councilman Budde, seconded by Councilman Rehwaldt, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved that the Town of Royalton request that the State of New York, the New York State Department of Transportation and the towns local representatives, Senator George Maziarz and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, advise the Town of Royalton as to the states responsibility to install, maintain, replace and repair the various road signs (stop signs, street names, etc.) located on state highways or state road intersections.

 

RESOLUTION 42-09

TOWN BOARD OPPOSITION TO GOVERNOR'S GENERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET

On a motion made by Councilman Budde, seconded by Councilman Bragg, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Royalton wishes to go on record to OPPOSE Section 26 through 28 of the Governor's General Government Budget that gives a Town Board the power to convert the office of Town Clerk, Receiver of Taxes, and Superintendent of Highways from an elected to appointed position without any direct input from the residents of the Town. The proposed language will have a devastating impact on local governments and will result in the direct disenfranchisement of the voters of New York State. Municipal Home Rule Law Section 23(e) currently requires a Town Board seeking to abolish an elective office, or change the method of nominating, electing or removing an elective officer, to submit a proposal to vote by the general electorate during a special or biennial election. The Governor's budget proposal removes the requirement of a mandatory public vote. As proposed, the Governor's bill could give the Town Board the ability, through a simple resolution, to covert the office of Town Clerk, Receiver of Taxes or Superintendent of Highways from an elected to appointed position without any public comment, becoming effective automatically after 30 days. The Town Board of the Town of Royalton feel that these positions should remain elected, thereby giving the electorate of said town the right to elect whom they wish to serve their town in the positions of Town Clerk, Receiver of Taxes, and Superintendent of Highways.

(Copies of this resolution to be forwarded to Governor Patterson, Hon. Malcolm A. Smith, Senate Majority Leader, Hon. Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the Assembly, Senator George Maziarz, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.)

 

RESOLUTION 43-09

NEW MEMBER - TERRY'S CORNERS VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

On a motion made by Councilman Bragg, seconded by Councilman Rehwaldt, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved to accept Ryan Whitmore, 4578 Griswold Street, Middleport, in to membership of the Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company.

 

RESOLUTION 44-09

TOUR de CURE ANNUAL BIKE RIDE

On a motion made by Councilman Budde, seconded by Councilman Bragg, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved to authorize the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Committee to utilize the facilities at the Royalton Town Hall on Saturday, June 6, 2009 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM for their annual fundraising event.

 

RESOLUTION 45-09

PURCHASE OF NEW OFFICE FURNITURE

On a motion made by Councilwoman Bieber, seconded by Councilman Budde, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 None MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved to authorize Marie L. Little, RMC, Town Clerk, to contract with Mid-City Office Furniture to provide the new office layout for the clerks outer office at a cost not to exceed $4,000.00. Bid prices are per the NYS OGS contract pricing.

(There was $3,000.00 encumbered from the 2008 Town Clerks Budget to use toward this project.)

 

RESOLUTION 46-09

AUDIT OF CLAIMS

On a motion made by Councilman Budde, seconded by Councilman Bragg, the following resolution was

ADOPTED AYES 5 Lang, Bieber, Bragg, Budde, Rehwaldt

               NAYS 0 MOTION CARRIED

 

Resolved that the Town Clerk be and she hereby is authorized to draw a warrant upon the funds of the Supervisor in the amount of $134,571.92 covering vouchers #145 - 237 for Abstract #3 for the year 2009 for the Town Hall, Highway Department and the Water / Sewer Department.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business to come before the town board at this time.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT - GOOD & WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY

Councilman Budde congratulated all those who participated, especially Councilwoman Bieber, in the fundraiser for "Meghan's Fund" held at the Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company on Sunday, March 8, 2009. This was the biggest fundraiser ever held in our community. Meghan is an 8th grade student at Royalton-Hartland Middle School who was diagnosed with fibro sarcoma, an extremely rare form of ovarian cancer. There are only 30 documented cases of this cancer diagnosed in the United States and Meghan is only the second child ever diagnosed. Meghan will have to go through chemotherapy every three weeks for the next 9 months at Roswell hospital.

 

There being no further information to come before this board, a motion was made by Councilman Budde, seconded by Councilman Bragg and carried unanimously that the meeting be adjourned at 7:40 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

MARIE L. LITTLE, RMC

ROYALTON TOWN CLERK