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Regular Meeting – July 11, 2012

                                                                                               

The regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Homer held on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, in the board room of the Town Hall Building was called to order by Supervisor Frederick J. Forbes at 7:30 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

            Anita W. Jebbett, Town Clerk

OTHERS PRESENT

             Gordon Wheelock, Cortland County legislator

            Donald Ferris, reporter, The Homer News

            Kim Harris and daughter, residents, Town of Solon

            Colin Cahill, Cahill Knobel & Assoc., Certified Public Accountant

MINUTES

            The minutes of the June 6th regular meeting were approved as presented, on motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman Weddle and carried unanimously.

MONTHLY REPORTS

            Presented for audit by the Board were:

  1. The Town Clerk’s monthly report of receipts and disbursements for June.
  2. The Supervisor’s monthly report of cash receipts and disbursements for the months of April, May and June.
  3. The Code Enforcement Officer’s report of all building permits issued for June.
  4. The Dog Control Officer’s report of all activities for May.

BILLS TO BE PAID

            General bills were approved as audited on motion by Councilman Warren, seconded by Councilman Williams and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED:  that General vouchers # 147 through #176 totaling $55,565.72 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 #96 through #115 totaling $76,379.77 be approved for payment.

NEW BUSINESS

            Hydro-fracking committee – On motion by Supervisor Forbes, seconded by Councilman Young and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that Jay DeLine hereby be appointed to the special committee on hydro-fracking.

            Supervisor Forbes said that the committee was now complete and they would soon be scheduling a series of meetings.

            Budget modification – On motion by Councilman Warren, seconded by Councilman Young and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that the expenditure account, A1355.4, for the Assessor’s contractual expenses be increased by $5,000, to be offset by an increase in the revenue account for State Aid for Real Property Tax Services, A3040.  Expenses for the reval and the assessment lawsuits not included in the original budget will be offset by the receipt of aid from the State for assessment purposes.

            Library letter – Supervisor Forbes said that he had received a letter from the Phillips Library thanking the Town for the receipt of one-half of the annual contribution and offering to donate a large table which would be on permanent loan to the Town for the board room.

            Town Clerk vacation – Town Clerk Jebbett said that Deputy Clerk Karen Livingston will be covering the office for the week of July 16th.

OLD BUSINESS

            Town Hall office space – On motion by Councilman Warren, seconded by Councilman Weddle and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that the Town Board authorizes advertisement of the available office space in the Town Hall to appear in the “Cortland Standard” and “The Homer News” for an additional month.

            Wind farm proposal – Supervisor Forbes reported receiving the scoping documents on the proposed TCI Renewables wind farm to be located in the Towns of Homer, Cortlandville, Solon and Truxton.  The County, as lead agency, will be reviewing the environmental impact statement and the scoping documents explain to the public what issues will be covered by the environmental review.  Forbes informed Board members that there will be a public hearing on the wind turbines on July 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

in the Cortland County Office Building.

            Hydro-fracking – Supervisor Forbes presented each board member with a packet of information he had received when he attended, along with Janice Degni of the Cortland County Cooperative Extension, a meeting at the Cooperative Extension Office in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, about hydro-fracking.  Forbes said that there will be a meeting of the Landowner’s Coalition at 7:00 p.m. on July 17th at the Groton High School.

            Town audit report – C.P.A. Colin Cahill was present to report that he had reviewed the draft of the NYS State Comptroller’s audit report and made some suggestions as to how the Town Board could provide more oversight of the accounting process.  The Town Board thanked him for his input.

            On motion by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilman Warren and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED:  that one Board member each month, on a

rotating basis, review the checks and the abstracts.

            Phone system – A proposal from Time Warner for phone and internet service for the Town Hall will be reviewed by Councilman Williams who will report on it at the August meeting.

            Town Hall repairs – The Town Board discussed several items that need to be addressed on the outside of the Town Hall such as lining the parking lot and repairing drainage pipes that had been damaged.  The Supervisor agreed to ask Highway Superintendent Phelps to make some of the repairs.

             Town Website – On motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman

Warren and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED:  that the Town hereby authorizes The Cortland Connection to create a website for the Town of Homer for a cost not to exceed $800, with the Town to retain ownership of the domain name and content of the site, and also authorizes a down payment of $400 to The Cortland Connection to be added to the current abstract.

TOWN ATTORNEY

            Attorney Pat Snyder recommended that any Zoning Board or Planning Board members who are able to should attend of the 2012 Planning & Zoning Summer School, a one-day seminar being offered by the Association of Towns at various locations.  

            On motion by Councilman Young, seconded by Councilman Williams and carried unanimously:  RESOLVED: that the Town hereby authorizes the payment of any registration fees and fuel expense of any Town Planning Board or Zoning Board member who wishes to car-pool to the Association of Towns’ 2012 Planning & Zoning Summer School.

COUNTY LEGISLATOR

            County Legislator Gordon Wheelock reported to the Town Board on several issues currently under discussion by the County Legislature, in particular regarding the landfill and the recycling center.  He urged Board members to attend the July 23rd public hearing on the proposed wind farm.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

                                                                                                Anita W. Jebbett

                                                                                                Town Clerk