town of franklin

Town of Franklin Organizational Meeting

January 8, 2007 - 7:00 pm

The Town of Franklin Town Board held an Organizational and Regular Town Board Meeting on Monday January 8, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Franklin Town Hall in Vermontville, NY.

Board members present:

    Supervisor Mary Ellen Keith
    Councilman Gene Goff
    Councilwoman Janet Ordway
    Councilman Walt Kretser
    Councilman Tim Goff

Others present:

    Town Clerk Sandra J. Oliver
    Frank Karl
    Jim Hauber
    Al Berg

CALL TO ORDER

    Supervisor Keith called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited; the Town Clerk called the roll and stated the full board was present.

ORGANIZATIONAL BUSINESS

1. TOWN OF FRANKLIN 2006 BOARD APPOINTMENTS

    Deputy Supervisor - Councilman Gene Goff has been appointed by Supervisor Keith as Deputy Supervisor with the powers and obligations accorded to him by law and will be paid $500 per year as per budget. A1220.4

    Deputy Highway Superintendent - Eric Merrill has been appointed by Highway Superintendent James Rascoe and will be paid $3,000. per year as per budget.

    Deputy Town Clerk - Lauren LeFebvre Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector selected by Sandra J. Oliver, Town Clerk. There is no salary for the position.

    Budget Officer - Richard Meagher has been appointed Budget Officer and will be paid $660. per year as per budget. A1340.4

    Town Bookkeeper - Richard Meagher will contract with the Town of Franklin for the position of Town Bookkeeper in the amount of $8,820. per year. A1320.4

    Town Historian - Teresa Eshelman has been re-appointed Town Historian with a salary of $750. per year. A7510.4

    Registrar of Vital Statistics - Sandra J. Oliver, Town Clerk, will be Registrar of Vital Statistics and will be paid $400. as per budget. A4020.4

    Fixed Assets - Sandra J. Oliver, Town Clerk, will be Fixed Asset Officer and will be paid $400. per year. A1410.4

    Court Clerk - Meredith Symonds has been re-appointed Court Clerk at an hourly rate of $10.38. A1130.1

    Supervisor's Confidential Secretary - Melissa Begor has been re-appointed Confidential Secretary to the Supervisor at an hourly rate of $10.38.

    Codes Enforcement Officer - Ed LaGree is Codes Enforcement Officer. The Town of Franklin has contracted with the Town of Santa Clara, renewed every 2 years. A3010.4

    Process Server - Brian Manny will continue to serve as Process Server and will receive $250. per year.

    Cemetery Custodian - Vivian Manny will continue to serve as Cemetery Custodian and will receive $650. per year. A8810.4

    Cemetery Worker - The Town Custodian/Maintenance will maintain the Cemeteries. A8810.1

    Assessor - Doug Tichenor will serve the sixth year of his 6-year term and will receive a salary of $18,000. in the year 2006. A1355.1

    Health Officer - George Cook, M.D., will serve as Health Officer at a yearly salary of $200. A4010.4

    Official Town Newspaper - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise will be the Official Town Newspaper.

    Board Liaison Committees. The Board Chair shall select non-Board committee members.

    Highway Committee - Gene Goff, Walt Kretser

    Recreation Committee - Tim Goff

    Assessor - Mary Ellen Keith, Gene Goff

    Fire/Rescue - Gene Goff, Walt Kretser

    Celebrations - Mary Ellen Keith, Janet Ordway

    Cemetery Committee - Tim Goff, Mary Ellen Keith

    Landfill Committee - Gene Goff, Janet Ordway

    Time Warner Cable Renewal for 2005 - Mary Ellen Keith, Janet Ordway

    Building Committee - Walt Kretser, Roger Symonds, and Bob Hammond, Chair

    Salaries - All salaries of elected and appointed officials are provided for in the 2007 budget.

    Medical Insurance - The Town of Franklin will offer Health Insurance to the Highway Superintendent and the Town Custodian, non-union employees in the NYS Teamster's Health and Hospital Fund Medical Insurance Plan, as defined in the Contract with the Teamsters Union.

    Pension Plan - The Town of Franklin has joined the New York State Retirement System to establish a legal pension plan and is offered to all town employees. All new employees must join the NYS Retirement Plan. Part-time emploemployee membership in the NYS Retirement Plan is optional.

    Official Depository - Citizens Bank, Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY, is the Official Depository for the Town of Franklin. The Tax Collector has an account at the Tupper Lake National Bank.

    Petty Cash Fund - The Town Clerk/Tax Collector Sandra J. Oliver and Supervisor Mary Ellen Keith have declined the option of a Petty Cash Fund.

    Contracts - The Town will contract as follows:

    Fire Protection - Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department

    Rescue and Ambulance - Village of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake Fire & Rescue Dept.

    Basic and Advanced Life Support - FREMSA, North Country LifeFlight

    Saranac Lake Civic Center

    Franklin Snowmobilers, Inc.

    Employee Assistance Service

    Codes Enforcement - Town of Santa Clara

    Association of Towns (NY)

    Adirondack Association of Towns

    Franklin County Self-Insurance

    Tri-Lakes Humane Society

    Adirondack Regional Airport

    Bloomingdale Boosters

    Town of Franklin 55 Plus Club - The Town will continue to sponsor the 55 Plus Club and the Saranac Lake Adult Center as per budget. A6772.4

    Board of Assessment Review Members - Jean Baltzly, Katrine Kretser, Roland LaPier, Lauren LeFebvre, and Mildred Vorrath will serve as members of the Board of Assessment Review. A1355.4

    Attorney for the Town - James E. Maher, Esq., 82 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, will serve as the Attorney for the Town at the rate of $85.00 per hour, not to exceed $3,060. per year. A1420.4

    Youth Program Director and Youth Program Assistant - $9.per hour is base salary and will be appointed by the Town Supervisor upon the recommendation of the Recreation Committee, minimum wage to be paid. Kathy Drake has been appointed as Youth Program Director and will be paid $11. per hour. Assistants will be paid minimum wage.

    Mileage Allowance - Reimbursement for mileage will be .38 cents per mile.

2. RULES OF PROCEDURE

    The following Rules of Procedure will replace and suspend all prior town board rules of procedure:

    REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETINGS

    A regular town board meeting is one in which the town board meets once a month at a fixed time and place throughout the year to conduct town business. In the case of the Town of Franklin, regular town board meetings will be held once a month on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 P.M. The board will audit bills prior to the meeting - between 6:30 and 7:00 P.M.

    Notice of Regular Town Board Meetings

    After the town board establishes by resolution a regular fixed time and place for its meetings throughout the year, no other notice need be given to the members of the board. The Town Clerk is authorized by the Town Board to publish one Public Notice for the year stating the day, time and place for all regular Town of Franklin Board Meetings.

    Rules of Conduct at a Regular Town Board Meeting

  • The supervisor, when present, shall preside and act as chairperson. In his/her absence, his/her deputy shall act for him/her.
  • Members of the board are to be recognized by the chairperson before addressing the rest of the board or the public.
  • No member of the public shall be permitted to address the town board unless recognized by the chairperson. In that event, the person must identify himself /herself by clearly stating his/her full name and address and then stating the nature of his/her business.
  • The chairperson may set a limit on the time on each occasion which each member of the public addresses the board.
  • Persons speaking to the town board with the consent of the chairperson shall address their remarks to the town board, not to other members of the audience.
  • No such person has the right to demand an answer to a specific question from a member of the board. All such questions shall be directed to the chairperson, who may either answer them or refer the questions to a board member or the attorney for the town, if present. The answer may be deferred and subject to further review or study and answered at a later date.
  • No member of the public or board shall engage in any demonstration, booing, hand clapping, or otherwise disrupt the formality of a town board meeting.
  • Town Board Resolutions

    The adoption of resolutions is the most frequent type of formal action taken by the town board in its legislative and administrative capacities. Resolutions are often confused with motions. The latter are the vehicle by which resolutions are brought before a town board for action. The two can be used interchangeably. Typical examples of actions that require resolutions are as follows:

  • transferring money from one budget to another
  • establishing a salary
  • designating depositories
  • Town Board Voting at a Town Board Meeting

    The voting on every issue requiring a resolution, ordinance, or law shall be "ayes" and "nays" and the names of the members present and their votes shall be entered in the minutes of the town board.

  • The supervisor is a member of the board and therefore must vote. He/she may also move or second resolutions.
  • The town clerk or (in his/her absence) his/her deputy calls a roll of town board members on every issue in question before the town board.
  • The town clerk must take minutes and keep a record of all proceedings of the board meetings, even though he/she is not a board member and does not have a vote.
  • Regular Town Board Meeting Agendas

  • A preliminary agenda will be developed by the supervisor and/or board members prior to the meeting and published via posting in public places, newsletter, and/or news media whenever practical.
  • Because urgent issues may not be presented to the board until shortly before a town board meeting, a final agenda may not be adopted by the supervisor until shortly before the meeting.
  • No additional matters are to be considered until each matter on the prepared agenda has been acted on by the town board.
  • Members of the public are invited to bring an issue, questions, or comments before the board in one of the following four ways:

      1. by written request to be put on the formal agenda at least five business days before the scheduled regular town board meeting, or

      2. by addressing the board at a segment set aside at the end of the meeting specifically for that purpose. The supervisor reserves the right to limit each speaker to three minutes. The speaker may request that the board have a special meeting at a later date to consider that particular issue. At the end of this session, the board will decide if such a meeting is feasible and will set a date and time for it, or

      3. by addressing the board during the meeting regarding agenda items, or

      4. by addressing the board at the end of the meeting during a questions and answers segment.

  • Members of the news media may have ten minutes at the conclusion of the meeting to ask questions concerning matters that came up at the meeting.

    Minutes of Regular Town Board Meetings

  • The town clerk, when present, will record minutes of the meetings proceedings as prescribed by law and shall make such minutes available within two weeks of the meeting. In the absence of the town clerk, his/her deputy or another person appointed by the board shall take his/her place.
  • TOWN BOARD WORK SESSIONS

  • A town board work session is held to discuss and deliberate matters that are coming up at the next regular board meeting, special board meetings, or public hearing. No votes will be taken at work sessions. As with all public meetings, the public is free to attend these sessions but are not to participate or ask questions. Members of the board are expected to attend work sessions when called for by the supervisor.
  • PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE TOWN BOARD

    A public hearing is a meeting of the board and the public regarding an important issue that may have a significant economic, environmental, or other serious impact on the town and its residents.

  • The purpose of a public hearing is to give the public an opportunity to express its views.
  • The public has the right to appear and give evidence and the right to hear and examine witnesses regarding the issue at hand.
  • Notice of Public Hearings

    The supervisor will give notice of public hearings in writing to the board and town clerk ten days before the hearing, when possible. The town clerk will then post a notice of the hearing in at least one public location and will give notice to the news media at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.

    Preparation for Public Hearing

    A study or report should be prepared by an expert in the subject matter of the hearing, such person to be present to testify in favor of the proposal.

    Rules of Conduct at Public Hearings

    1. COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

  • Oral Comments. The Town Clerk will maintain a sign-in sheet at the public information desk for each person who wishes to make oral comments. Anyone who wants to do so must enter his/her full name and address on the sign-in sheet, in the spaces provided. ANYONE NOT SIGNING THE SIGN-IN SHEET WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS COMMENTS TO THE TOWN BOARD.
  • Questions. The Chairperson will entertain questions from the floor. Questions shall be for the sole purpose of obtaining information about the subject matter of the public hearing or clarifying its provisions. Questions shall not have the intent of provoking a debate between the questioner and the Town Board or any individual in the audience.
  • Written Comments. The Town Board will accept written comments on the subject matter of the public hearing PROVIDED ALL WRITTEN COMMENTS ARE GIVEN TO THE CHAIRPERSON BY THE END OF THE PUBLIC HEARING.
  • PRESENTATION OF COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS.

    Presiding Officer. The Town Supervisor will preside over the public hearing, and act as Chairperson. In her absence, the Deputy Town Supervisor will act as the Chairperson.

    GROUND RULES FOR THE PRESENTATION OF COMMENTS

    The purpose of this public hearing is to gather public comment on (subject of Public Hearing). The Board encourages all in attendance to offer comments and ask questions. However, a successful public hearing requires that some simple ground rules be followed. These ground rules will ensure that all in attendance are treated in a respectful and courteous manner, and that all who desire to speak will have the opportunity to be heard:

  • No one may speak unless recognized by the Chairperson for that purpose. Upon recognition, the person must identify him/herself by clearing stating his/her full name and address.
  • Anyone choosing to speak must address his/her remarks to the Town Board, and not to other members of the audience. Any debate between those "for" and those "against" the proposal must be strictly avoided.
  • Oral comments can generally be delivered in five minutes. If there are a large number of persons wishing to speak, the Chairperson reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to strictly enforce the 5-minute rule, so that all who wish to speak may have an opportunity to do so.
  • The Town Board is here to listen to the public's comments, and to answer questions about the Preliminary Budget. The Board is NOT here to express its own views or opinions thereon. The Board will NOT participate in a debate of the issues. We want your advice and assistance in coming to the proper conclusion on the issues involved. If you are in favor, simply tell us and give us your reasons why; and likewise, if you are opposed.
  • No person has the right to demand an answer to a specific question from a member of the Board. As noted earlier, questions should seek clarification and information and should not lead to a debate of the issues. All questions are to be directed to the chairperson, who may either answer them or refer them to a Board member or the Attorney for the Town. The answer may be deferred and subject to further review or study and answered at a later date.
  • No person may speak a second time until everyone who wants to speak has spoken.
  • No member of the public or Town Board shall engage in any demonstration, booing, handclapping, or otherwise disrupt the formality of the public hearing.

    The Town Clerk will be responsible for ensuring that these rules are followed.

    ANYONE VIOLATING ANY OF THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE ASKED TO REFRAIN FROM DOING SO, AND MAY, IN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRPERSON, BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

    SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING

    Special town board meetings may be called by the supervisor at any time for urgent or lengthy issues or for any other important reason determined by the supervisor.

    Notice of special town board meetings and rules of conduct are the same as for public hearings.

    EXECUTIVE SESSIONS

    Executive sessions may be held only after an open meeting is convened and a motion to hold an executive session, identifying the area or subject to be considered in such executive session, is adopted by the majority vote in the open meeting.

    Executive sessions matters are restricted to:

  • A matter which will imperil the public safety if disclosed.
  • A matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer.
  • Information with respect to investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would jeopardize effective law enforcement if disclosed.
  • Discussions relating to litigation.
  • Matters relating to collective negotiations under the Taylor Law.
  • Medical, financial, credit, or employment history of a particular person or corporation, re relating to appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline, or removal.
  • Preparation, grading, or administration of examinations.
  • Acquisition, lease, or sale of real property or securities when publicity would substantially affect the value.
  • Attendance is restricted to town board members and any other persons authorized by the board.

    Minutes of executive session proceedings

    Summary minutes must be made of any final determination taken by formal vote, including the date and the vote thereon; however, such summary should not include any matter which is not required to be made public under the Freedom of Information Law. Such summary minutes shall be available to the public within one week from the date of executive session. If no formal action was taken in an executive session, then no executive session minutes need to be taken.

    2. Additional Items

      A. Mileage Reimbursement for Appointees. Appointees may submit a voucher for mileage reimbursement at $.38/mile for travel on Town of Franklin business.

      B. Intermunicipal Shared Services Agreements. The Town Clerk is requested to send Intermunicipal shared services agreements to the same municipalities as in 2006 following consultation with the Highway Superintendent.

      C. Friends of the North Country - Housing Grant. In order to apply for a housing grant through FONC, two (2) public hearings must be held. FONC suggested holding the hearings 30 minutes prior to the regular town board meetings in February and in March.

    ACCEPTANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL ITEMS

    Motion for resolution accepting organizational items (J.Ordway-T.Goff m/s/p) ALL AYE

    RESOLUTION NO. 1: ACCEPT ORGANIZATIONAL ITEMS

    WHEREAS, the Town Board has reviewed the preceding organizational items and finds such items acceptable; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Franklin Town Board accepts the organizational items as set forth above.

    Those voting aye:

      Supervisor Mary Ellen Keith
      Councilman Gene Goff
      Councilperson Janet Ordway
      Councilman Walt Kretser
      Councilman Tim Goff

    Those Voting nay:

      None

3. OFFICIAL UNDERTAKING.

    The Town Board has approved the procurement of a blanket undertaking from the LaBarge Agency, Inc., which is duly authorized corporate surety covering the officers, clerks, and employees of the town. Such approval assures that this blanket undertaking indemnifies against losses caused by the failure of officers or employees to faithfully perform their duties or by their fraudulent or dishonest acts.

    Motion to accept Official Undertaking (W.Kretser-T.Goff m/s/p) ALL AYE

    RESOLUTION NO. 2: ACCEPT OFFICIAL UNDERTAKING

    WHEREAS, the Town Board has negotiated with LaBarge Agency, Inc. for procurement of a blanket undertaking, which is duly authorized corporate surety covering the officers, clerks, and employees of the town; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Franklin approves the purchase of such blanket undertaking which assures that this Undertaking indemnifies against losses caused by the failure of officers or employees to faithfully perform their duties or by their fraudulent or dishonest acts. This undertaking will be filed with the county clerk.

    Those voting aye:

      Supervisor Mary Ellen Keith
      Councilman Gene Goff
      Councilperson Janet Ordway
      Councilman Walt Kretser
      Councilman Tim Goff

    Those Voting nay:

      None


REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING

1. Audit of Bills
The following claims were submitted on Abstract #1:
GeneralClaims 1 - 22$34,706.59
HighwayClaims 1 - 14$$57,117.76

Motion to approve claims (G.Goff-W.Kretser m/s/p) ALL AYE

2. Supervisor's Report

Balances as of December 31, 2006

General FundCK$18,839.34
SV$9,475.77
CLASS$172,971.44
Highway FundCK$22,228.39
SV$13,884.16
CLASS$88,268.77
Cap Proj Hwy$57,686.73
LandfillCK$3,887.69
CLASS$62,167.47
FireCK$846.56
CLASS$4,573.64
Cap. BuildingCLASS$141,187.59

Motion to accept Supervisor's Report (J.Ordway-W.Kretser m/s/p) ALL AYE

2006 BUDGET AMENDMENTS

    1. General Fund Budget Amendment #7. Transfer $10,087.00 from A1420.4 Attorney to various accounts.

    Motion for resolution (J.Ordway-G.Goff m/s/p) ALL AYE

    RESOLUTION NO. 3: GENERAL FUND BUDGET AMENDMENT NO. 7
    WHEREAS, in order to maintain a balanced 2006 General Fund Budget, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following Budget Amendment is hereby adopted:

    FROM ACCOUNTAMOUNTTO ACCOUNTAMOUNT
    A1420.4 Attorney CE$10,087.00A1620.1 Buildings PS$1,079.00
    A1620.4 Buildings CE$1,213.00
    A5132.4 Garage CE$1,076.00
    A5182.4 Street lighting$124.00A8160.1 Refuse PS$57.00A8810.1 Cemeteries PS$53.00A9060.8 Hospitalization Ins.$$6,485.00

    Those voting aye:

      Supervisor Mary Ellen Keith
      Councilman Gene Goff
      Councilperson Janet Ordway
      Councilman Walt Kretser
      Councilman Tim Goff

    Those Voting nay:

      None

    2. Highway Fund 2006 Budget Amendment #6. Transfer $428.00 from General Repairs CE to various accounts.

    Motion for resolution (G.Goff-T.Goff m/s/p) ALL AYE

    RESOLUTION NO. 4: HIGHWAY FUND BUDGET AMENDMENT #6
    WHEREAS, in order to maintain a balanced 2006 General Fund Budget, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following Budget Amendment is hereby adopted:

    FROM ACCOUNTAMOUNTTO ACCOUNTAMOUNT
    DA5110.4 Gen Repairs CE$428.00DA5130.4 Machinery CE$315.00
    DA9030.8 Social Security$113.00

    Those voting aye:

      Supervisor Mary Ellen Keith
      Councilman Gene Goff
      Councilperson Janet Ordway
      Councilman Walt Kretser
      Councilman Tim Goff

    Those Voting nay:

      None

    MINUTES OF MEETINGS

      The minutes of the November 6, 2006 public hearing were accepted as amended, as follows:

      "Those speaking in favor of the budget:

      Art Schneck, Rich Gonyea, Bill Bocker, Vince Pagano, Helena Hough (Change per Richard Hough) clarification telephone conversation, Richard Hough (Change per Richard Hough) clarification telephone conversation, Milton Wechsler, Marilyn Wechsler, Ginny Switzer, Lynn Nichols, Vanessa Rascoe

      Those speaking against the increase in the amount to be raised by taxes due to the increase to the salary of the Highway Superintendent and/or an increase in the Highway Department Salary lines in the 2007 Tentative Budget were:

      Ed Baltzly, Jean Baltzly, Frank Karl,,Jim Hauber, Helena Hough as above, Richard Hough as above, Rob Drosdowich, David Whitson, Bruce McCulley, Al Berg"

      The minutes of the December 6, 2006 special meeting were accepted.

      The minutes of the December 11, 2006 meeting were accepted as presented.

      The minutes of the December 28, 2006 special meeting were accepted as amended as follows:

      Councilman Tim Goff was present at the meeting.

    RESCUE CONTRACT WITH VILLAGE OF SARANAC LAKE

      Coun. Gene Goff discussed the provisions of the most recently-proffered fire/rescue contract with the Village of Saranac Lake dated December 22, 2006. The Village based the rate charged to adjoining municipalities on the Towns' total assessed real property value rather than the total number of rescue calls. The adjoining towns have protested the substantial increase in rates charged. The Village has offered a 6-month contract for rescue services at half the $22,000, or $11,000 $22,806.31, or $11,403.15, (change per Jan. 8, 2007 board meeting) while the contract is still in negotiation. The Board determined it would not jeopardize the safety of its citizens and agreed it would be best to execute the 6-month contract at $11,000 $11,403.15 change per Jan. 8, 2007 board meeting).

      Messrs Karl and Hauber then left the meeting.

    HIGHWAY REPORT

      Highway Superintendent James Rascoe submitted a written report, as follows:

    • Completely rebuilt Town Hall generator
    • Serviced all Highway Dept. generators
    • Cut trees following windstorms in past month
    • Changed plow blades on '05 and '06 and also wing blades
    • Changed oil on all trucks and loader and greased loader several times.
    • Greased all trucks
    • M A Jerry replaced seal on front drive shaft of '06 Dodge
    • Took '03 to M A Jerry to install new high intensity switches
    • Changed sander chain on 2003
    • Cleaned drains in Garage by shoveling and disinfecting
    • Installed new batteries on 2005 Intl
    • Installed washer and dryer donated by Crowe
    • Cleaned out culverts on Goldsmith Road
    • Welded on front plow on 2000 Intl
    • Changed fan clutch and radiator on 2003
    • Replaced blown hydraulic hose on 2000 Intl
    • Plowed and sanded roads
    • Replacement MEO's being interviewed.
    • Supt. Rascoe indicated he was pleased with the performance of his department.

      Coun. Walt Kretser stated the mild winter would save the Town money because of the decreased need for sanding the roads.

    OLD BUSINESS

      1. Fire/Rescue Contract. Coun. Gene Goff reported on the progress of this issue. Contracting towns and the Village of Saranac Lake have been in ongoing negotiations for 3 years over the method used to calculate the cost of rescue service to the towns. The Village changed the basis of calculation from number of calls to total assessed property value of the Town. On December 27, 2006, the Village of Saranac Lake, not having reached agreement with adjoining municipalities, demanded the contracting towns sign a 6-month contract for rescue service. On December 28, 2006, the Town of Franklin Town Board adopted Resolution No. 65, accepting a six-month contract for rescue service in the amount of $11,403.15 (the annual amount for this would be $22,806.31) and on December 29, 2006, hand delivered same to the Village of Saranac Lake. Only three contracting municipalities signed this contract version: Franklin, North Elba and St. Armand; the towns of Brighton, Harrietstown and Santa Clara did not. On January 3, 2007, the Village then propounded another version of the contract, based on the amount the towns had budgeted for 2007, declaring that 6-month contracts for rescue service were illegal. Coun. G. Goff sent an email to the Village Clerk requesting the village honor the 6-month contract; Supervisor Keith then telephoned Village Manager Sweeney and requested the Village Board execute and return on the same terms and conditions the 6-month contract the Town had signed and delivered on December 29, 2006. The Town of Franklin's 2007 budget sets aside $25,000 for rescue, because at the time the budget was being discussed, $25,000 was the amount of the Village estimate. A meeting among the contracting towns was held wherein the towns promulgated their own version of a contract at rates lower than their 2007 budgeted amounts and several additional provisions. One of the provisions was that a Fire/Rescue Advisory Board be established by April 1, 2007. The Village proposes to phase in over 3 years increases in costs, and in 3 years, the cost to the Town of Franklin will be $37,814. Coun. Goff consulted Malcolm Jones, Franklin County's Fire Coordinator, who assured him that even if no contract is signed, Town of Franklin residents will be protected through mutual aid. The Village of Saranac Lake Board will meet on January 9 to discuss the rescue contract matter.

      2. Yellow Wood Update. Presentation of Yellow Wood's final report on the town's infrastructure will be heard at 6:30 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2007. Discussion ensued concerning the need to prioritize. Couns. Ordway and Kretser emphasized the need to complete work on the Town Garage first. Second, they suggested working on the Vermontville Town Hall, and lastly, constructing the new building at Kate Mountain Recreation Park. The Board agreed that if all the work is done at the same time, the cost would be prohibitive.

    NEW BUSINESS

      1. Friends of the North Country - New Housing Grant. Two public hearings need to be scheduled in order for the Town to qualify for a new housing grant. FONC suggested 1/2 hour prior to the February 12 and March 12 regular board meetings. The Board concurred.

      2. Planning. - Supv. Keith stated in light of the recent APA approval of a subdivision at Stickney Point, despite residents' objections, the Town should have some sort of planning in place so that it would have jurisdiction over future development. Supv. Keith, Couns. Ordway and Kretser volunteered to review materials from prior Town planning attempts at a meeting at 1:30 pm on Friday February 23. A future meeting will involve Messrs. Collins and Ruiz from the APA.

    CORRESPONDENCE

      1. Tuesday, January 9 meeting at Hotel Saranac. Supv. Keith will attend a breakfast meeting with all new state and county legislators and local officials. She will raise the issue of the rescue contract.

      2. Association of Towns Conference. Town Clerk Oliver reviewed the Assn. of Towns brochure regarding the conference in New York City February 18-21.

    ADJOURNMENT

      There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:42 pm (J.Ordway-M.Keith m/s/p) ALL AYE

    Respectfully submitted, Sandra J. Oliver, Town Clerk

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