Adirondack Town Of Franklin
Adirondack Town Of Franklin

Town of Franklin Board Meetings

Public Hearing/Regular Board Meeting
November 16, 2023 - 2024 Fiscal Budget/Fire Protection 5:30PM

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Supervisor Dorothy Brown, Council Member Gail Huston and Council Member Rich Brandt

OTHERS PRESENT:

Dick Meagher—Budget Officer and Lauren LeFebvre—Town Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

Supervisor brown called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The Town Clerk called the roll, noting a quorum present.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Supervisor Brown opened the floor to public comment. The Town Clerk reported no written public comments were received. There being no comment from the floor, Supervisor Brown adjourned the Public Hearing at 5:45pm

REVIEW/APPROVAL MINUTES OF September 20, 2023 - September 20, 2023 Huston-Brandt (m/s/p) all aye

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

General FundAbstract 11Claims 176-190 $11,260.10
HighwayAbstract 11Claims 184-200$185,733.73
Pre-Pay GeneralAbstract 11Claims 40-42$1,265.52
Pre-Pay HighwayAbstract 3Claims 5$111,025.00

(Demong-Brown m/s/p) all aye

SUPERVISOR'S REPORT: Supervisor Brown announced that, as part of the insurance settlement for the burning of the Town Garage in 2019, the Town of Franklin has received an additional $300,000. These funds shall be allocated by the new Town Board in 2024. Balances on hand as of October 31, 2023

General Fund
Checking$285,050.38
Savings$102,478.00
Historian$3,040.74
Kt. Mt SRF$2,059.59
Cemetery RF$5,611.69
CLASS$241,838.53
Highway Fund
Checking$369,784.35
Savings$181,039.05
Cap Proj. HW$4,389.12
CLASS$434,013.75
Landfill Clos. CR
Checking$4,112.48
CLASS$3,335.36
Fire Protection
Checking$2,438.07
CLASS$1,602.60
Capital Proj Bldg
CLASS$159,343.85

(Brandt-Jarvis m/s/p) All Aye

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT - Superintendent DeMars submitted the following written report:

  • Sanded when needed
  • Finished hauling winter sand
  • 2 trucks assisted hauling sand (Tupper Lake)
  • Took old loader to United to have work done on it (borrowed Town of Malone’s truck and trailer)
  • Finished paving Plank Rd with the assistance of: Towns of, Saranac, Brighton, Harrietstown, Burke, Chateguay, Duane, Tupper Lake, Black Brook and the Village of Tupper Lake.
  • More work on Thatcherville Road
  • Touched up Merrill Road (graded)
  • Cut out several trees in the road around town
  • Sinkhole fence- please send notarized letter
  • New Case backhoe was delivered on 10/26/23
  • Fuel and gas sheets were given to the Town Clerk

NEW BUSINESS

A. RESOLUTION #34 ADOPT 2024 Final Town of Franklin & Fire Protection Budget
On a motion by Council Member Huston, second, by Supervisor Brown, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Franklin Town Board does hereby accept the 2024 Preliminary Fiscal Budget as the Final 2024 Adopted Budget and does further authorize submission of this document to Franklin County Board of Legislators.

Those Voting Aye:
    Supervisor Brown
    Council Member Brandt
    Council Member Jarvis

Those Voting no: None

B. Court Clerk Appointment
Supervisor Brown announced Judge Symonds has appointed Melissa Begor as court clerk. Supervisor Brown stated this is an appointment by the Town Justice, the position is not incompatible with her other appointment as confidential secretary to the Supervisor and no discussion is necessary.

RESOLUTION #35 APPOINTING MELISSA BEGOR AS COURT CLERK
On a motion by Supervisor Brown, second by Co. Brandt, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Franklin Town Board does hereby approve Town Justice Rodger Symonds, Sr.'s appointment of Melissa Begor to the position of Town of Franklin Court Clerk.

Those Voting Aye:
    Supervisor Brown
    Council Member Brandt
    Council Member Jarvis

Those Voting no: None

C. Assessor Appointment
Supervisor Brown announced she, along with Deputy Supervisor Leo Demong and Confidential Secretary Melissa Begor, met with two qualified applicants and they recommend Marten Tichenor be appointed to a six year term.

RESOLUTION #36 APPOINTING MARTEN TICHENOR AS TOWN OF FRANKLIN SOLE ASSESSOR
On a motion by Supervisor Brown, second by Co. Member Huston, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Franklin Town Board does hereby appoint Marten Tichenor to a six year term (October 2023-September 2029) as Town of Franklin Sole Assessor.

Those Voting Aye:
    Supervisor Brown
    Council Member Brandt
    Council Member Jarvis

Those Voting no: None

D. Elected Officials Training
Supervisor Brown stated registration for all new and existing elected officials in the Town of Franklin has been paid and she encouraged those who are able to attend to do so.

OLD BUSINESS

A. DASNY - No update

B. Name Change for Negro Hill - Co. Brandt is continuing work on this effort and will keep the board updated.

C. RESOLUTION #37 NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS SNOW & ICE CONTRACT WITH FRANKLIN COUNTY
On a motion by Supervisor Brown, second by Co. Huston, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Franklin Town Board will hold a special meeting on November 16, 2023 at 10:30am.

Those Voting Aye:
    Supervisor Brown
    Council Member Brandt
    Council Member Jarvis

Those Voting no: None

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Supervisor Brown adjourned the meeting at 6:25pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lauren LeFebvre, Town Clerk

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