MINUTES OF TOWN BOARD MTG 12-12-06


Minutes of the regular meeting held on Tuesday December 12, 2006 of the Brant Town Board at 7:30 PM, at the Brant Town Hall, at 1294 Brant-North Collins Rd, Brant, New York. There were present: Supervisor Leonard K. Pero Councilman John Arrigo Councilman Jeffrey W. Gier Councilwoman Roseann Turner Councilman John J. Chiavetta Recording Secretary: Town Clerk Thea A. Ells Attorney William J. Trask Sr. Also present were: David Hock, Police Chief Sam Lojacano Joseph Giambrone, Hwy. Super. George Cordia Jr. Bill Wesp, Dep. Hwy. Super. Jim Leigl Michel Browning, Super. Secr. Michael Daniel Linda Crouse, Court Clerk Brian Campbell, The Sun Joseph Gardyjan, Planning Board Dave & Christine Gierlinger Charles Arrigo Lee & Jean Brunelli Carmen Vacco Kirk Ritz George Castle Tom Banzer 1) PLEDGE TO THE FLAG At 7:30 PM a pledge to the flag was led by Supervisor Leonard K. Pero, and the meeting was called to order. Supervisor Pero made a short announcement to the audience: Nothing at this meeting should be taken personally; this is about a Town Board meeting making decisions in the best interest of the Town for its residents. Supervisor Pero thanked everyone for their prayers and concerns during his recent illness and absence. Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Gier, the following motion was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE SUPERVISORS OCTOBER 2006 FINANCIAL REPORT BE ACCEPTED Budget Modification Motion from Supervisor Pero, seconded by Councilwoman Turner the following BUDGET MODIFICATION RESOLUTION 121206-#33 for the period ending October 30th, 2006 was approved: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Supervisor Pero Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Councilman Jeffrey Gier Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye General Fund Townwide To increase the 2006 Estimated Revenues and Appropriations Budget and the related revenue and expenditure accounts per the NYS Justice Court Grant received in October. $ 1,340.00 increase A510 Estimated Revenues $ (1,340.00) increase A960 Appropriations $ 1,340.00 increase A3021 State Aid-Court Facilities $ (860.00) increase A1110.22 Muni Court-Equip & Cap Out/Grant $ (480.00) increase A1110.42 Muni Court-Contr Expend/Grant $ 140.00 from A1110.12 Court Clerk-Pers Serv(Gugino) $ (140.00) to A1110.41 Muni Court-Contr Expend(Gugino) $ 142.00 from A1355.2 Assessment-Equip & Cap Outlay $ (142.00) to A1355.4 Assessment-Contr Expend $ 149.00 from A1630.2 Community/Recrea Bldng-Equip & Capital Outlay $ (149.00) to A1630.4 Community/Recrea Bldng-Contr Expend $ 72.00 from A1990.4 Contingent Account $ (72.00) to A5010.4 Highway Admin-Contr expend $ 56.00 from A1990.4 Contingent Account $ (56.00) to A7020.4 Recreation-Contr Expend $ 1,012.00 from A3120.2 Police-Equip & Capital Outlay $ (1,012.00) to A7110.4 Parks-Contr Expend $ 443.00 from A1990.4 Contingent Account $ (443.00) to A7410.4 Library-Contr Expend $ 55.00 from A1990.4 Contingent Account $ (55.00) to A7550.4 Celebrations-Contr Expend $ 410.00 from A9015.8 Police & Fire Retirement System $ (410.00) to A9050.8 Unemployment Insurance General Fund Part Town $ 195.00 from B1990.4 Contingent Account $ (195.00) to B5010.4 Highway Admin-Contr Expend/Drug Testing Highway Townwide $ 424.00 from DA5120.4 Bridges-Contr Expend $ (424.00) to DA9060.8 Hospital & Medical Insurance Highway Part Town To increase the 2006 Estimated Revenues and Appropriations Budget and the related revenue and expenditure accounts per the additional funding from the CHIPS Capital reimbursement Program. $ 11,000.00 increase DB510 Estimated Revenues $ (11,000.00) increase DB960 Appropriations $ 11,000.00 increase DB3501.1 CHIPS Capital Projects Reimbursement Program $ (11,000.00) increase DB5112.4 Permanent Improvements-Contr Expend $ 3,000.00 from DB5112.1 Permanent Improvements-Pers Serv 2,898.00 from DB9060.8 Hospital & Medical Insurance $ (5,898.00) to DB5112.4 Permanent Improvements-Contr ExpendCorrected version from Gryska 1-07 TAE 2) APPROVAL OF MINUTES Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Gier, the following motion was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: Approve the following minutes and or record of meeting: November 2, Workshop & bid opening Refuse, November 9, Workshop Budget Public Hearing, November 13, workshop, November 14 Regular W/Budget Adoption Note: there was no workshop in December Motion from Councilman Arrigo seconded by Councilwoman Turner, the following motion was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE TOWN CLERKS NOVEMBER FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION REPORT BE ACCEPTED Motion from Councilman Turner, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE JUSTICES? GUGINO & RITZ BAIL & REGULAR NOVEMBER FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION REPORT BE ACCEPTED Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta, the following motion was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER?S NOVEMBER REPORT BE ACCEPTED AS READ BY SUPERVISOR PERO There was a question from Mr. Murphy concerning the issuance of violation notices in his area of Wide Beach. Supervisor Pero assured Mr. Murphy that he would follow up on the issue. Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Turner, the following motion was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE DOG CONTROL OFFICERS OCTOBER REPORT BE ACCEPTED. Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta, the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE POLICE CHIEF?S NOVEMBER REPORT BE ACCEPTED On a motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Gier, the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THE TOWN CLERKS NOVEMBER REPORT BE ACCEPTED AS REVIEWED BY THEA ELLS On a motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta, the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: APPROVAL OF DISPOSAL OF THE FOLLOWING RECORDS WHICH ARE BEYOND THEIR RETENTION PERIOD, RECORDS MANAGEMENT OFFICER WILL FILE THE DISPOSITION RECORD FORMS FOR EACH GROUP: Misc pool records with no ret. ? 1980-1995 Pool permits- 3 yr ret. ? 1982-2003 Bingo quarterly & statements of financial 4 yr ret. 2000, 2001 & 2002 Certificates of Insurance 6 yr ret after expiration ? 2000 Dog licensing info form 96-2001 outdated Misc correspondence w/ Board of Elections 1970-2004 Misc copies of agendas and notes for meetings 2000-2004 These records will be shredded and disposed of upon approval. On a motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta, the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: THAT THE PLANNING BOARD NOVEMBER MEETING REPORT AND UPDATE BY JOSEPH GARDYJAN BE ACCEPTED Clerks note: All Department Reports are attached in Minute Book; financial reports are filed in respective offices. Water District: Supervisor Pero reported that plans are still being updated with Eden as lead agency, as the Correctional Facility is not included in the water project. Plans will be covered under the grant received. Brant Revitalization & Other Committee?s Reports Supervisor Pero reported that Preserve New York has not notified the Town of grant status yet. OLD BUSINESS: 1. Memorial Park Councilman Arrigo reported to the Board that the concrete work at the park was complete and the possibility of replacing the lights. Supervisor Pero stated that the following items need to be finalized: color of clock needs to be chosen and should coordinate with the light poles, and the face of the clock needs to be chosen. Pero explained the need for installation by Verden and announced that he would be donating the gold leaf decoration on the clock. Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Gier, the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: MEMORIAL PARK CDBG PROJECT DIVISION 1: ADDITION OF INSTALLATION OF CLOCK BY VERDEN FOR $990.00. 2. Proposed Local Law #5 The Brant Town Board held a public hearing on proposed LL #5 on September 13, 2006. Attorney William Trask stated that revisions were in place in the proposed LL #5, the Board asked for any comments or concerns from the public. Motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta, the following Local Law was Adopted: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Councilman Jeffrey Gier Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye Supervisor Pero Voting Aye Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye Local Law # 5 of the Year 2006 - Be it enacted by the Town Board of the Town of Brant as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Brant and to protect the value of real property in the Town of Brant and to promote and perpetuate the attractive appearance of neighborhoods in the community, by requiring proper maintenance of real property within the Town of Brant. Section 2. Prohibited acts. A. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any owner, or other occupant or person having control of real property in the Town of Brant to deposit, abandon, maintain, keep or allow the accumulation on their real property, outside of any building, of any junk, trash, rubbish, garbage, refuse, debris, discarded materials, and any other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to the public health, safety and welfare or creates degradation through unsightliness. 1) Examples of such materials are as follows: a. Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food. b. Putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, (except body wastes), such as garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, and solid market and industrial wastes. c. Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as felled or cut trees, limbs, lumber and construction materials not actively and presently being used to construct or repair a building or make any other improvement on the premises, broken glass, discarded bedding, broken crockery and similar materials. d. Any boat, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, marine and/or aircraft item or other such device, vehicle or machinery, which is in a state of disrepair or is otherwise dilapidated, broken, or abandoned. e. Abandoned, discarded, broken, or inoperable refrigerators, washing machines or other machinery or appliances or parts thereof. Any such items stored on any yard or lot for a period of more than 10 days shall be presumed to be abandoned and subject to enforcement. f. Unless the proper permits and licenses have been granted pursuant to some other provision of law (such as a permit or license to operate as an auto dealer and/or rebuilder), having more than one (1) automobile, truck, or other vehicle originally intended for use on the public highways which is unregistered, old, or secondhand and no longer intended or in condition for legal use on the public highways, including such vehicles which are in a state of disrepair or otherwise dilapidated, broken, or abandoned. For the purpose of this subsection a vehicle shall be presumed to be no longer intended or in condition for legal use on the public highways if it does not bear: 1. A current registration from the State of New York or other recognized registering jurisdiction; or 2. An inspection certificate issued within the last 12 months in accordance with the laws of the State of New York or the laws of any other recognized inspecting jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, it shall not be a violation of this chapter for the owner or occupant of real property to keep or maintain on such property vehicles and/or equipment used to maintain such property or vehicles and/or equipment used for agricultural purposes on such property. 2.Such list of examples is not exclusive and is not in limitation of the prohibition contained in this section. B. Except to the extent that a health, safety or fire hazard is found to exist, or if the storage of such items would constitute a nuisance, it shall not be a violation of this chapter to maintain on real property items of the kind and nature set forth in subsection A above if such items are stored inside a storage structure or if they are stored in such manner that they are not visible to neighboring properties or from a highway. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such storage in a front yard as defined in the Town Zoning Ordinance is forbidden under all circumstances. Notwithstanding the foregoing subsection, it shall not be a violation of this law for the owner or occupant of a parcel of real property to have not more than one (1) unregistered and/or unlicensed motor vehicle situated or located on the front yard of said parcel for purposes of re-sale, provided that the title for such motor vehicle must be in the name of such owner or occupant and further provided that such motor vehicle shall be located in a manner that will not obstruct visibility for vehicular traffic traveling on public highways and entering or exiting private driveways. Section 3. Penalties for offenses. A violation of this chapter shall be a violation as defined in 10.00 of the Penal Law of the State of New York and shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $350 or a sentence of imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or both. Section 4. Enforcement. A. The Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of Brant is hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter. B. Upon receiving a complaint or upon any inspection of a property, the Code Enforcement Officer shall determine whether or not there appears to be a violation of this chapter. Upon determining that this chapter has been violated, the Code Enforcement Officer shall give the owner of the real property or other person charged with the maintenance of the property, if known, written notice setting forth the nature and existence of the violation, and the provisions of this chapter violated, and directing that the violation be terminated or corrected within 10 days of the date of such notice. Such notice shall be given personally to the owner, lessee, occupant or other person, or by posting a copy of the notice in a conspicuous place on the real property, or by mailing the same to the address of the real property or that listed by the owner for the receipt of tax bills. C. If the owner of the real property or other person charged with the maintenance of the property fails to terminate or correct the violation in the time provided, the Code Enforcement Officer may file a written complaint, signed by the complaining party, specifying the conditions, acts or omissions constituting a violation of this chapter, the address of the real property where the violation is taking place, the name and address of the owner, occupant, lessee, tenant and/or other party having control of the real property, with the Town Justice and shall issue and serve on the real property owner an appearance ticket requiring his or her appearance in court. The Code Enforcement Officer shall also file proof of compliance with Subsection B above. In the alternative, the Code Enforcement Officer or any complaining or aggrieved party may file a written complaint, signed by the complaining party, with the Town Justice specifying the conditions, acts, or omissions constituting a violation is taking place, the name and address of the real property owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or other party having control of the real property, and facts showing compliance with Subsection B of this section. Upon receipt of such complaint, the Town Justice may issue a written summons directing the property owner or other responsible party to appear in person before him; if such person does not appear, the Town Justice may issue a warrant for the arrest of said person based upon any complaint or information previously filed. 3. Refuse Contract Need to contact Westfield and find out if there are any changes to the rules & regulations and to advertise any changes to the residents. Contract documents shall be collected by Town Clerk and reviewed by Town Attorney. 4. Surfside Update: Supervisor Pero is looking into grant money from USDA, Volker and/or Quinn. The public hearing will be announced possibly next month. 5. NYS Archives Grant ? #2 ? Active files- Code Book Project # 0580-07-7442 ? $5,211.00 Code Book Total Amount of Grant 5,211.00 Amount Rec?d 2,605.00 Balance of Grant 2,605.00 Received 11/06/06 2,084.00 Thea Ells gave the above report along with the quote for the update from General Code and asked for approval to sign voucher. Motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Supervisor Pero, the following motion was: Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: APPROVE THEA ELLS TOWN CLERK, TO SIGN VOUCHER FROM CODE PUBLISHER FOR THE UPDATE OF THE TOWN CODE BOOK, PC/CODEBOOK, AND E-CODE. 6. Quality Communities Grant Grant approval will not be awarded until the end of January. The committee will be meeting. 7. Review of unfinished business Billboard regulations, wind and solar energy, employee handbook, code book, Spray pool, LSYF, and meetings with school board. The board briefly discussed some of the mentioned items. NEW BUSINESS: Supervisor Pero announced that the Organizational Meeting Date is set for Thursday January 4th at 7:30. Proposed Local Law on Code: Supervisor Pero reported that he has spoken with other municipalities concerning the law which is mandated and has unfunded requirements that the state is adopting. The subject will be on the agenda at the meeting of Towns in NY City in February. Motion from Supervisor Pero, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta the following was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: TABLE SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE PROPOSED LOCAL LAW CONCERNING CODE ENFORCEMENT Appointment of Police Officer: The board discussed Brian Kauzala and his appointment as an officer as the town is sponsoring him at the academy. Attorney Trask questioned if the position (job description) is approved by civil service. Motion from Supervisor Pero, seconded by Councilman Gier the following was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: TABLE THE APPOINTMENT OF BRIAN KAUZALA AS PART TIME PATROLMAN ON THE RESERVE PATROLMAN LIST. Committee for Senior Building Supervisor Pero stated the need for a committee and asked for volunteers to oversee the work that needs to be done with grant monies for the Senior Building: Councilman Gier, Councilwoman Turner, and Supervisor Pero. Joseph Giambrone mentioned to the board that the Health Dept has informed him that the water has to be tested daily, and records kept. Christmas Party Supervisor Pero announced that he is sponsoring a Christmas Party for the Town workers at 12 noon on Thursday December 21st. EXTENSION AGREEMENT TO WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENT BETWEEN TOWN OF BRANT AND VILLAGE OF FARNHAM Motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Councilman Chiavetta, the following Resolution #121206-#34 was Adopted: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Councilman Jeffrey Gier Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye Supervisor Pero Voting Aye Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye WHEREAS, The Town of Brant, New York, for and on behalf of the Brant Water District No. 1 (?Town?) and the Village of Farnham, New York (?Village?) previously entered into a Water Supply Agreement dated October 17, 1995 (?1995 WSA?), and WHEREAS, the 1995 WSA ran for an initial period of ten (10) years and provided for renewal, modification or nullification after the expiration of the initial ten-year term, and WHEREAS, both the Town and Village are desirous of providing for a temporary extension of the existing Agreement which currently expires December 31, 2006, NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS AGREED AS FOLLOWS: 1. The Town and Village agree to extend the 1995 WSA on the same terms and conditions until December 31, 2007. Streetlight Floodlight in lower parking lot at Brant Town Park Motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Councilman Arrigo, the following Resolution #121206-#35 was Adopted: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Councilman Jeffrey Gier Voting Aye Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Supervisor Pero Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye Resolved that in accordance with agreement dated June 27 2005 the National Grid Power Corporation be directed to make the following changes in the street lighting system in the Town of Brant: Brant Farnham Road Pole 84-1A to install 400 whps. Flood No 1 at the new annual charge of 25.57 Back Hoe Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Supervisor Pero, the following Resolution #121206-#36 was Adopted: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Supervisor Pero Voting Aye Councilman Gier Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye Authorizing the expenditure of the sum of $6,000.00 from the Capital Project? Highway Equipment Reserve Fund for the purchase of a backhoe, said expenditure is subject to permissive referendum, as required by law, and will be posted as such. Motion from Councilman Gier, seconded by Supervisor Pero, the following Resolution #121206-#37 was Adopted: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Councilman Gier Voting Aye Supervisor Pero Voting Aye Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye Authorized Joe Giambrone, Highway Superintendent to advertise for the back hoe from state bid. Hospital Closings Supervisor Pero read from letters and reports concerning the closing of TLC and Tri County hospital per the state board recommendations. Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Supervisor Pero, the following Resolution #121206-#38 was Adopted: 5 AYES- 0 NAYS: Councilman Arrigo Voting Aye Supervisor Leonard K. Pero Voting Aye Councilman Gier Voting Aye Councilwoman Turner Voting Aye Councilman Chiavetta Voting Aye WHEREAS, the Commission on the Health Care Facilities of the 21st Century (the Commission) issued their recommendation on November 29, 2006 for approval by Governor Pataki and the New York State Legislation, that calls for the Closure of inpatient acute care beds at both of TLC Health?s network hospitals, more specifically, Lake Shore Health Care Center and Tri County Memorial Hospital, and WHEREAS, such recommendations will be detrimental to the continued viability of TLC Health Network, the largest and most integrated provider of health services between Buffalo and Jamestown, New York, WHEREAS, Town of Brant?s residents rely on the acute care services from TLC Health Network, and WHEREAS, the Town of Brant is concerned about the diminished access to acute care services the recommendations of the Commission will have on its residents, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Brant unanimously recommends that the New York State Legislature reject the recommendations of the Commission. Further, it is recommended that the Commission work directly with the hospitals affected to develop a restructuring plan that adequately addressed those unique needs of rural residents with regards to access to care. Postmaster Town Of Brant Proclamation for Vincent Fininzio Sr. WHEREAS, Vincent Fininzio Sr, was born and raised in the Town of Brant following his dream to become Postmaster. He worked for the U.S. Postal Department for 36 years. WHEREAS, he has served our community as the Brant Postmaster for 14 years and Farnham Postmaster for 5 years with integrity and dedication to the residents of our Town. WHEREAS, on December 29, 2006 Vincent Fininzio will turn in his key as our loyal, friendly and dedicated Postmaster. WHEREAS, he will certainly be missed, but we wish Vincent and his family well. We will always remember our friendly talks with one of our own. WHEREAS, the Town of Brant wishes Vincent Fininzio Sr. good luck, health and best wishes in his retirement. WE THEREFORE PROCLAIM, by order of the Brant Town Board that December 29th & 30Th, 2006 are recognized as Vincent Fininzio Sr. days in the Town of Brant. Stop by and visit him on his last day Friday December 29, 2006. Various New Business: Councilman Chiavetta asked Sherman Reickart to conduct an asset assessment of the Town?s computing equipment. His recommendation was that the Town clerks office purchase new, police new, and Supervisors office, with regard to each offices needs. There is the possibility of leasing, and the quote that Reickart gave as an example was for aprox $1,200.00. Councilman Gier asked if we had quotes from anyone else as you can purchase a desktop for $300. to $400. He asked if Cisco Systems would come out and evaluate also. Motion from Councilman Arrigo, seconded by Councilman Gier the following was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: TO TABLE PURCHASE OF COMPUTERS Supervisor Pero appointed a committee of Pero, Arrigo and Gina DeMaria for the playground planning of grant monies and expansion. There was discussion on the need for signs for the Town of Brant at entrance roads into the Town. Joe Giambrone will get prices. Supervisor Pero requested a price for a Senior Citizen Building sign for the park. Supervisor Pero is talking to County people about the lunches for seniors. As part of the South town Coalition, Brant received a plaque and banner from NYS. Erie County Management coalition met and Gardyjan attended. Local Partnership meeting ? Gardyjan attended and Supervisor Pero reported. NFTA bus route is available and is looking at lateral routes ? schedule is available Time Warner Cable informed by letter of dropping certain channels. Lake Shore Central Schools asked the Town to Consider coop bid for supplies. Councilman reports: - Arrigo received a complaint/concern from a resident of the lake area asking if the Town could check with County about no shoulder on Old Lake Shore Rd. - Gier thanked Joe for taking care of the light in the parking lot. - Turner ? please sign petition concerning hospital closings - Chiavetta met with Thea and went over issues of town hall building and he will be following up. - Supervisor Pero stated that the issue with contractual expenditures of the Court in 2005 have been reviewed. Supervisor Pero read a statement which is attached in the minute book; it is summarized here: Open Government ? substantiated by Town Forum Gatherings three times a year. Derogatory comments and statements not acceptable Accomplishments of the Board in 2006: Wage Freeze ? right thing to do financially Investment of Town Monies - $16,000.00 Police Department ? New Chief, patrolman and grants to enhance the department Reduced departments financially - code officer, police chief, and supervisor secretary Established ? payroll processing Established ? unity & cohesion with neighboring communities Established ? traffic school & insurance reduction classes Established ? Beatification & events committee, summer fest, flags for town, sidewalks cleaned, expansion of concerts Renovation of Memorial Park Acquired park land Set resolutions, grants. new laws The Board is still working on: Employee handbook, Surfside water extension, new sidewalks, roof replacement on grove shelters, social services ? summer lunches Supervisor Pero stressed that public participation in all aspects of our Town government is needed and encouraged. Supervisor Pero read from the Town Law book concerning public participation and that it is a privilege to speak at a Town meeting. Acknowledgement of Visitors: Mr. Murphy asked for information concerning a neighboring fence which is on his property and Pero said that he will get back to him. Kirk Ritz told the Board that he has tried to contact Gary Brecker the Code Officer with questions concerning Airplane and airport regulations in the Town of Brant for two months and the Board said they will look into the matter. There was discussion between Attorney William Trask and Kirk Ritz concerning zoning restrictions of airport. Supervisor Pero stated that he will look into the matter and get back to him. Kirk Ritz questioned if appointed positions are being advertised to residents. George Cordia commented on the hospital closing and the effect it would have on emergency services in the Town. The resolution will be forwarded to the Village. THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS WAS CLOSED. On a motion from Councilman Gier, and seconded by Councilman Tuner the following was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 TO APPROVE THE DECEMBER ABSTRACT AS SHOWN FOR PAYMENT: Abstract 12 General Fund Town wide Vouchers 524-564 (525-VOID) Totaling: $42,554.36 Street lighting Voucher 11 Totaling: $ 2,421.55 General Fund ? Part Town Vouchers 31-34 Totaling: $9,524.54 Highway Town wide Vouchers 89-95 Totaling: $2,048.02 Highway Part Town Voucher 28 Totaling: $1,880.97 General Town wide Payroll 11/04/06-12/01/06 Totaling: $23,354.19 General Fund Part town Payroll ? 327.17 Highway Payroll Totaling: $6,263.35 Note for payroll**11/04/06-12/01/06 On a motion from Councilwoman Turner, and seconded by Councilman Chiavetta the following was Ayes 5 Pero, Arrigo, Gier, Turner, Chiavetta Nays 0 ADOPTED: TO ADJOURN THE DECEMBER 12th TOWN BOARD MEETING AT 9:30 PM Respectfully submitted, Thea A. Ells Brant Town Clerk