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Organizational Meeting – January 4, 2012

The annual organizational meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Homer held in the board room of the Town Hall Building on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, was called to order by Supervisor Frederick J. Forbes at 6:30 p.m.

PRESENT

            Frederick J. Forbes, Supervisor
            Barry E. Warren, Councilman
            Dan A. Weddle, Councilman
            Kevin M. Williams, Councilman
            Brian D. Young, Councilman
            Patrick M. Snyder, Attorney for the Town
            John R. Phelps, Highway Superintendent
            Anita W. Jebbett, Town Clerk

OTHERS PRESENT

             Paul Burhans, Dog Control Officer (at 7:30 p.m.)

Supervisor Forbes led those present in the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES

            The minutes of the December 30th, 2011, year-end meeting were approved as presented, on motion by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilman Young and carried unanimously.

MONTHLY REPORTS

            Presented for audit by the Board was:

 1.  The Town Clerk’s monthly report of all receipts and disbursements for December.

ANNUAL REPORTS

            Presented for audit by the Board was:

            1.  The Town Clerk’s annual report of all receipts and disbursements for 2011.

BILLS TO BE PAID

            General bills were approved as audited on motion by Councilman Warren, seconded by Councilman Weddle and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that General vouchers #349 through #352 for 2011 bills totaling $793.50 be approved for payment, and vouchers #1 through #5 for 2012 bills totaling $1,180.00 be approved for payment.

            Highway bills were approved as audited on motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman Weddle and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED:   that Highway vouchers #246 through #252 for 2011 totaling $2,733.44 be approved for payment, and vouchers #1 through #2 for 2012 totaling $625.00 be approved for payment.

2012 APPOINTMENTS & RESOLUTIONS

            On motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman Weddle and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that the following appointments and resolutions for the year 2012 are hereby approved:

ATTORNEY FOR THE TOWN

            Town Code of Ethics – Attorney Snyder said that the current Code of Ethics included in the Town Code is sufficient and that the Town Supervisor needs to appoint an Ethics Board with the approval of the Town Board.

 On motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman Warren and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that the following persons be appointed to the Town of Homer Board of Ethics, subject to their agreement to serve:  Jeremy Boylan, Richard Crane, Matthew Neuman, Judith Riehlman, and Gary Shiffer, with the alternate to be Stephen Leet.

Assessment lawsuits – Attorney Snyder reported on the status of two assessment lawsuits.  A pre-trial conference has been held on the Barry Ryan lawsuit and the trial date for the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home lawsuit has been set for April.

Wind tower law – There was some discussion about the setbacks included in the Town of Solon wind tower law.  The Town Board asked Supervisor Forbes to work with the Supervisors of Solon, Cortlandville and Truxton to establish setbacks.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT

Highway Superintendent John Phelps informed the Board that he is considering trading in one or two older trucks and purchasing a new or used truck in 2012.  There was discussion about what would be the most cost effective course to follow.

OLD BUSINESS

            Updating electrical system in the Senior Center – On motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman Warren and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that the Town Board hereby accepts the proposal by Heath Electric to update the electrical system in the Senior Center as soon as possible by installing a new 100 amp service for a cost of $3,486.54.

            Town Hall Renovations – There was much discussion about how best to fully utilize the Town Hall Building.   It was the consensus of the Town Board to try to rent out the space vacated by the Village and to hold off on any interior renovations for the near future.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

                                                                                                Anita W. Jebbett

                                                                                                Town Clerk