Barrington town board 06/10/09Meeting: The Barrington town board met Wednesday, June 10 for one hour and 45 minutes.
Attendance: All board members were present. There were nine members of the public in the audience.
Action: The board decided to endorse the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC)’s plan to purchase and maintain an online database. Code enforcement officers for towns and villages within the Keuka Lake watershed would be able upload inspections directly to the Web site instead of mailing them to the KWIC office. That is currently the only location to access all of the inspections. The town will budget for their share, $1,500, over the next three years.
• Sue Lange reported on the planning board. The town asked about having a secretary at both meetings now that the planning board meets twice a month. Lange said there is only enough in their budget for once a month. She added to pay the secretary to cover both meetings they would need about $300 more. Superintendent of highways Steve Wheeler pointed out the Clean-Up Day will bring in $346 in recycled tires. Clerk Joy Perry also added she had extra money in her equipment fund she will not be using. The board agreed to transfer $400 to the planning board in the next group of fund transfers.
Discussion without action: Supervisor Eileen Farnan said she wanted to table decision on the remaining salt barn to “tweak the numbers.” She explained the town is taking a hit on money earned from interest in the bank and wants to make sure the funds are there.
• Greg Marion, Benton town resident, spoke to the board during public comment about Marcellus Shale drilling. He said drilling can threaten the town’s infrastructure; roads and bridges used to transport water needed in the process. He added people should know about their leasing options. Farnan said for the time being the village will wait for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision concerning drilling.
• A public hearing will be held at the next board meeting about board member Freeman Freeman’s Cyber Policy. Farnan explained she wants the hearing because it pertains to elected officials and volunteers as well as town employees. The board also had a policy from the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, but liked Freeman’s better.
• Lauren Snyder, Yates County Public Health, gave a report on the Dundee Farmer’s Market. She added funding for the second year of the Dundee area improvement project was approved.
• Farnan announced she would not be running for election in September (see related story).
Bids/purchases over $1,000: The board approved Wheeler to start doing work on a number of road projects from the highway inspection. The stone and oil projects will be a combined $49,800 on 2.6 miles of Ellis Road, 2.7 miles on Knapp Road, .5 miles on Sutherland Road, and .2 miles on Moon Hill Road. The highway department will also work on installing 650 feet of guardrail on Bellis Road for $7,130.
Upcoming meetings: The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m.