MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 12, 2013 TOWN BOARD MTG


This Regular Meeting of the Brant Town Board was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Brant Town Hall, located at 1272 Brant North Collins Rd, Brant, New York at 7:30 PM.
PRESENT WERE:

Leonard K. Pero		Supervisor
Clark Borngraber	Councilman
Chad Kaczmarek	Councilman
Donald Clark		Councilman
Jeffrey Gier		Councilman
William J Trask, Sr.	Town Attorney
Barbara J. Daniel 	Town Clerk, Recording Secretary

Also present and signed in were:

Gary Brecker		Code Enforcement Officer
Donald Hepkins		Police Chief
Joseph DeCarlo		Assessor
Joseph Ostrowski	Planning Board Chairman
Lynda Ostrowski	Deputy Clerk
Lee Brunelli		ZBA member
Janice Ross		Planning Board member
Harry Gibbons		Resident
Julie Gibbons		Mayor of Farnham
Pete Zaenglein		Village Trustee
Brian Rott		Resident
Debra Ritz		Resident
Mark DeCarlo		Resident
Frank Broughton	Resident

The meeting opened at 7:30 PM with a pledge to the flag.  

	MINUTE APPROVAL October 8, 2013: Councilman Clark motioned to accept the minutes of the October 8th, 2013 Town Board meeting, and was seconded by Supervisor Pero.  MOTION CARRIED.

	SUPERVISOR’S FINANCIAL REPORT:  Councilman Gier moved and was seconded by Councilman Clark, to accept the Supervisor’s September 2013 Financial Report as presented.  5 ayes,  0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

	BUDGET MODS: Supervisor Pero read his budget modifications as listed below.  Councilman Kaczmarek motioned to accept the September 2013 budget mods as presented, and was seconded by Councilman Gier.   A roll call vote was not taken.   5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

A copy of the following budget mod is also filed with the Town Clerk: (This Budget mod was later corrected by R.A. Gryksa) Board will be notified at December 10 meeting. This is the corrected version.





TO:	Leonard Pero, Supervisor, Town of Brant		11/07/13
FROM:	Richard A. Gryksa MBA, Town Accountant		CORRECTED
					11/20/2013
SUBJECT:	Recommended Budget Modification # 8 as of :	September-13	
					
	Please make a resolution at the regular Town Board meeting on November 12th 2013 to approve the
	following change(s) to the 2013 Adopted Budget.		
					
Budget	Dec From/	Fund Account	Amount
Modification	(Inc) To	Code	Description	Object	Over Budget
General Fund - Townwide (A)
 $       476.00 	Decrease	A1990.4	Contingent Account		
 $      (476.00)	Increase	A1670.4	Central Print & Mail	Contr Expend	 $       475.89 
					
 $       680.00 	Decrease	A3120.4	Police	Contr Expend	
 $      (680.00)	Increase	A3315.1	STOP DWI (Police PLP)	Pers Serv	 $       679.44 
					
 $     1,428.00 	Decrease	A7020.11	Recreation Admin (Winter Program)	Pers Serv	
 $    (1,428.00)	Increase	A7020.1	Recreation Admin (Summer Program)	Pers Serv	 $    1,427.02 
					
 $     1,650.00 	Decrease	A7020.41	Recreation Admin (Winter Program)	Contr Expend	
          548.00 	Decrease	A7020.2	Recreation Admin	Equip & Cap out	
 $    (2,198.00)	Increase	A7020.4	Recreation Admin (Summer Program)	Contr Expend	 $    2,197.17 
					
 $       120.00 	Decrease	A7110.2	Parks	Equip & Cap out	
 $      (120.00)	Increase	A7110.1	Parks	Pers Serv	 $       119.05 
					
 $       151.00 	Decrease	A7180.2	Special Recreation Facility (Pool)	Equip & Cap out	
 $      (151.00)	Increase	A7180.1	Special Recreation Facility (Pool)	Pers Serv	 $       150.65 
					
 $       783.00 	Decrease	A7180.2	Special Recreation Facility (Pool)	Equip & Cap out	
 $      (783.00)	Increase	A7180.4	Special Recreation Facility (Pool)	Contr Expend	 $       782.48 
					
 $       228.00 	Decrease	A7520.4	Historical Property		
 $      (228.00)	Increase	A7550.4	Celebrations	Contr Expend	 $       227.59 
					
 $       183.00 	Decrease	A1990.4	Contingent Account		
 $      (183.00)	Increase	A9060.8	Medical & Dental Insurance	Contr Expend	 $       182.62 
					
Highway Fund Part Town (DB)
 $       912.00 	Decrease	DB5110.1	General Repairs	Pers Serv	
 $      (912.00)	Increase	DB5110.4	General Repairs	Contr Expend	 $       911.50 
					
		DB5112.4	Permanent Improvements	Contr Expend	 $  10,724.80 
	This expense will be covered by a NYS CHIPS reimbursement estimate of $29, 000 which exceeds
	the budgeted amount by $11,000.		
					
Water District #1 (SW)
 $         90.00 	Decrease	SW8310.4	Water Administration	Contr Expend	
 $        (90.00)	Increase	SW8340.4	Transmission/Distribution	Contr Expend	 $    1,200.00 
 	 	 	 	 	 


TOWN CLERK’S FINANCIAL REPORT:  Councilman Gier moved to accept the Town Clerk’s September 2013 Financial Report as presented, and was seconded by Supervisor Pero.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

COURT CLERK’S SEPTEMBER 2013 FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR JUSTICES GUGINO & CROUSE:  It was noted that the Bail account for Justice Gugino was closed.  Councilman Borngraber moved to accept the Court Clerk’s September 2013 Financial Report for Justices Gugino & Crouse.  Councilman Kaczmarek seconded the motion.  5 AYES, 0 NAYS.  MOTION CARRIED.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S OCTOBER REPORT: CEO Gary Brecker presented his October report.   Councilman  Borngraber moved to approve the report as read, and was seconded by Councilman Clark.  5 ayes, 0 nays.   MOTION CARRIED.

DOG CONTROL OFFICER’S OCTOBER REPORT:  Councilman Clark motioned to approve the report as presented, Councilman Gier seconded the motion.   5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

POLICE REPORT OCTOBER 2013: The October 2013 police report was read by Police Chief Donald Hepkins.  Councilman Borngraber moved to accept the October Police report as presented by Chief Hepkins, and was seconded by Supervisor Pero.   5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

TOWN CLERK MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2013:  The Town Clerk’s monthly activity report for October 2013 was read by Clerk Daniel.  Supervisor Pero moved to accept the Town Clerk’s Report to the Board, and was seconded by Councilman Borngraber. 5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED

Planning Board Report: No meeting was held.

Zoning Board Report:  No meeting was held.

Recreation Director Report:  None presented.

Parks Commissioner report:  None presented

Town Historian Report:  Supervisor Pero read the October 16, 2013 minutes of the Historical Meeting.  The Town will begin planning for its 175th centennial celebration.  

Fire Department Reports:  None presented.

Senior’s report for November  2013.  Secretary Ostrowski read the minutes of the November 6th, 2013 Senior meeting.  Supervisor Pero motioned to accept the minutes as read, and was seconded by Councilman Kaczmarek.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.  



ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DIGNITARIES OR OFFICIALS:  


Mayor of Farnham, Julie Gibbons:  Spoke of the Grand Opening of the Dollar General at the corner of Rt. 5 and Commercial Street.  She thanked the members of the Town Board who attended it.  A copy of the proclamation from Senator Grisanti and Legislator Mills will be forwarded to the Town, Village & Historical Society.
 
CLERK’S NOTE: BECAUSE IT WAS NOT YET 8:00 PM, THE BOARD WAS UNABLE TO BEGIN THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING, 
THEREFORE SKIPPED AHEAD TO “OLD BUSINESS”:

OLD BUSINESS

OLD TOWN HALL:  It was announced that Lynda Mason had two people show interest in purchasing the Old Town Hall provided the Town hold the paper on the sale.  The Board collectively rejected the inquiries.

APPROVAL OF FINAL PAYMENT TO GARY MARCINKOWSKI FOR HIGHWAY POINTING & PAINTING PROJECT TO BE PAID WITH ABSTRACT 12 PREPAYS:
Supervisor Pero requested the Town Board to approve the payment of the balance owed to Gary Marcinkowski for the Highway Garage painting & pointing project as a prepay on Abstract 12.  The balance is $5,250.00.  Supervisor Pero made the motion to pay the balance, and was seconded by Councilman Gier.  A roll call vote was taken: Supervisor Pero-aye, Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

CLERK’S NOTE: BECAUSE IT WAS NOT YET 8:00 PM, THE BOARD AGAIN SKIPPED AHEAD TO “NEW BUSINESS”:

BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD PRICE INCREASE: Supervisor Pero addressed the Board on an upcoming price increase on the Town’s Blue Cross Blue Shield “Forever Blue” health insurance.  Beginning January 1st, 2014 the price will increase from $227.00/month to $241.00/month.  The price increases by $14.00/mo.  A motion was needed to approve continuing with “Forever Blue”.  Councilman Gier motioned to continue with the coverage with the increase.  He was seconded by Councilman Borngraber.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

RE-APPOINTMENT OF JAMES HOOGE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF ASSESSMENT AND REVIEW.  Supervisor Pero asked for a motion to reappoint James Hooge to a new term as Chairman of the Board of Assessment and Review.  The new term would be for 10/1/2013 to 9/30/2018.  He would need to attend training again.  Mr. Hooge was aware of the need for training.  Councilman Clark moved to reappoint James Hooge, and was seconded by Councilman Borngraber.  A roll call vote was taken.  Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Gier-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

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Supervisor Pero read the following Public Notice:

PUBLIC NOTICE OF 30 DAY AG

PUBLIC NOTICE

30-DAY PERIOD FOR INCLUSION OF PREDOMINANTLY VIABLE AGRICULTURAL LANDS INTO EXISTING AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS 

Per New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b, the Erie County Legislature designated November 1 through November 30 as the annual thirty-day period during which landowners may submit requests to include predominantly viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district.  

Copies of the application form have been provided to Municipal Clerks, Assessors, and Chief Elected Officials for distribution to interested landowners. The application is also available on the DEP website at ww.erie.gov/environment. 

 The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will accept applications from November 1 through November 30. Any questions on this process should be directed to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. 

A hearing shall be held to consider the requests and recommendations of the county agricultural and farmland protection board. The hearing is scheduled for 6pm on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052.

	The forms can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office.
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ADOPTION OF SNOW PLOW CONTRACT WITH ERIE COUNTY DPW:

WHEREAS, the previous snow removal contract with the County of Erie has expired, and
WHEREAS, for the past several months, Supervisor Leonard Pero and Highway Superintendent Joseph Giambrone have been working through the Association of Erie County Governments and the Town Highway Superintendent’s Association of Erie County on negotiating terms and conditions for a new agreement, and
WHEREAS, the parties have reached agreement on terms and conditions for a new agreement for the years 2013-2016.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED, that Supervisor Pero is hereby authorized to execute, on behalf of the Town of Brant, the 2013-2016 Snow removal and Ice Control Agreement with the County of Erie.
The agreement includes a per lane mile reimbursement rate increasing three percent (3%) each year for an additional three years as indicated.
Councilman Gier moved to authorize Supervisor Pero to sign the agreement with Erie County DPW, and was seconded by Councilman Borngraber.  A roll call vote was taken:
Councilman Jeffrey Gier		Voting  Aye
Councilman Clark Borngraber	Voting  Aye
Councilman Kaczmarek		Voting  Aye
Councilman Donald Clark	Voting  Aye
Supervisor Leonard K. Pero	Voting  Aye

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PUBLIC HEARING 8:00 PM – 2014 BUDGET HEARING:   The Town Clerk read the public hearing notice as advertised for this public hearing:

LEGAL NOTICE
TOWN OF BRANT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2014


Notice is hereby given that the Preliminary Budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2014 and the required Tax Exemption Impact Report will be in the Office of the Brant Town Clerk where it is available for inspection by any interested person during regular business hours and can be found online at [url=http://www.brantny.com]www.brantny.com[/url] on the bulletin page.

PUBLIC HEARING for the Preliminary Budget will be held at the Brant Town Hall, 1272 Brant North Collins Rd, Brant, NY at 8:00 PM on TUESDAY THE 12th day of NOVEMBER 2013.

And at such hearing, any person may be heard in favor or against any item therein contained.

Further notice is given pursuant to Section 108 of the Town Law the proposed salaries of the following Town Offices are hereby specified as follows:


Supervisor $19,478.00
Councilman (4)x each $4,706.75
Town Clerk/Tax Collector $27,316.00
Superintendent of Highways $29,250.00


DATED: October 21st, 2013
BY ORDER OF THE 
BRANT TOWN BOARD
Barbara J Daniel
Brant Town Clerk


OPENING OF PUBLIC HEARING (BUDGET) Councilman Gier motioned to open the public hearing AT 8:00 pm and was seconded by Supervisor Pero.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays. MOTION CARRIED.

DISCUSSION:  Councilman Clark stated that he would like a provision added to the Budget line A1320.4 to allow for an independent, professional audit to be conducted this year, or next year.  He estimated the line item would cost about $12 to $14,000. And he would like to Town to begin planning on it for this year or next.  He would like one conducted every 4 to 6 years.  Supervisor Pero stated the Town is conducting an audit, noting Joseph Ostrowski.

Councilman Gier stated his objection to the budget was the 8 ½% pay increase for the Court Clerks, and he felt the anticipated revenue listed for fines should be adjusted down.  He would like to see at least $5,000 come off the amount listed.

Resident Debra Ritz spoke in favor of lowering the anticipated revenue from Court fines reasoning that it is not in line with other Town’s and it puts a lot of pressure on the Justices to meet expected revenue.  She then requested Supervisor Pero provide a final report of the cost of Brantfest.  To justify the increase in the celebrations line item, she would like to see a final public report of money taken in and paid out.  Supervisor Pero stated that the $8,500 now listed on that line item is for all Town celebrations, not just Brantfest.  Supervisor Pero asked Councilman Clark if he looked at the report he had given him at the Budget workshop.  Councilman Clark responded that he wanted to see a report that showed the $6,500 and what Supervisor Pero gave him was a report showing $17,000.00.  It was his contention that it was a personal report, not a public one, and he therefore did not want to look at it.  

Debra Ritz asked why the Grounds Maintenance line item is now at zero.  Pero responded that it is because the Board is going to maintain the park and grounds with in-house labor, rather than contracting the service.  She asked if the Town currently has the equipment to maintain the grounds right now.  Supervisor Pero stated not right now.  When asked where the equipment cost was noted on the budget, Pero stated the Town would probably purchase it with a BAN.  The current employees would be utilized.  Councilman Clark would like the Town to have a clear understanding of the direction its going.  Councilman Borngraber wants to see the Town progress.  Councilman Clark wants to know if the Board did their homework about the expected cost to purchase equipment before heading in this direction.  Councilman Borngraber estimates the equipment will cost similar to what the contractor has been getting paid.

Resident Frank Broughton noted that if the Board is making this change to save money and have better control on how the work is done, then he is all for the change.

At 8:20 PM Supervisor Pero motioned to temporarily table the Budget Hearing to open the next Hearing scheduled for 8:20 PM.  He was seconded by Councilman Kaczmarek.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.
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PUBLIC HEARING 8:20 PM – 2% TAX CAP LAW:   The Town Clerk read the public hearing notice as advertised for this public hearing:

LEGAL NOTICE
TOWN OF BRANT,
NEW YORK
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - 2% TAX CAP LAW

Pursuant to resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Brant, New York, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Brant Town Board in the Brant Town Hall, 1272 Brant North Collins Road, Brant, New York on the 12th day of November, 2013 at 8:20 PM Local Time, for the purpose of considering Proposed Local Law No. 1-2013 which if approved would authorize the Town of Brant to exceed the tax levy limit established by General Municipal Law Section 3-C of the 2014 budget year.

Copies of the proposed local law are available in the office of the Town Clerk. All interested parties will be given the opportunity to be heard.

Dated October 21, 2013
By Order of the Brant Town Board

Barbara J Daniel
Brant Town Clerk

OPENING OF PUBLIC HEARING (2% TAX CAP LAW): Councilman Gier motioned to open the public hearing AT 8:20 pm and was seconded by Supervisor Pero.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays. MOTION CARRIED.

DISCUSSION:  Supervisor Pero addressed the fact that the budget would not exceed the 2% Tax cap, and therefore, adopting the law would not be necessary.  However, he noted that if the budget increases by $14,000 we may go over the 2% increase.  

CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING (2% TAX CAP LAW): Supervisor Pero motioned to close the public hearing and was seconded by Councilman Clark.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

Supervisor Pero motioned to stay under the 2% cap with the current 1.666% and was seconded by Councilman Gier.  A roll call vote was taken: Supervisor Pero-aye, Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

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BUDGET HEARING RESUMED:  At 8:25 Pm, Supervisor Pero motioned to resume the Budget hearing.  He was seconded by Councilman Kaczmarek.  5 ayes, 0 nays, MOTION CARRIED.

BUDGET DISCUSSION (Cont’d): Councilman Borngraber noted that he would like to keep the Court Clerk’s pay where it is on the Preliminary budget (8-1/2% increase).  Councilman Donald Clark agreed with Councilman Borngraber that the Court Clerk’s rate of pay should increase by the requested 8 ½%.  Councilman Clark asked if all department heads were notified of the workshop on the 17th.  Supervisor Pero said yes.  Assessor Joseph DeCarlo responded that he was not notified of the workshop.  Pero stated that when he spoke with DeCarlo, he was told that all was well with his department.  Also, the workshop was publicly posted.  DeCarlo reminded the Board that his clerk has been there for 13 years and when he requested a 3% increase, he was unaware that the other clerks were requesting 8 ½%.  Pero noted that the Highway asked for 5% but were granted 3%.  Elected officials will get 2% and appointed positions will get 3%.
Resident Janice Ross commented that she believed 3% across the board was fair.  She felt that all should be treated the same.  Therefore, whatever the Court Clerks are given, all should be given the same amount of increase.  Someone questioned what the Court Clerk’s raise was last year.  It was noted that it was 5%.  All others were 3% last year.  In fairness to the Justices, Pero noted that they had offered to decline their 2% increase to allow the clerks their 8 ½% increase.  Supervisor Pero noted that the Court’s bottom line would increase by 2% if granted their wage requests.  He then noted that the other departments all took cuts.  Town Board cut by 3%, Supervisor by 3%, Assessor by 2.8% and Town Clerk cut by 8%.   Councilman Gier reiterated his feelings that all clerks should be treated equally.  

At 8:31 Supervisor Pero motioned to temporarily table the Budget public hearing a second time to allow for the next public hearing which was scheduled for 8:30 PM.  Councilman Borngraber seconded his motion.  MOTION CARRIED.
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PUBLIC HEARING 8:30 PM – FIRE/AMBULANCE CONTRACTS:   The Town Clerk read the public hearing notice as advertised for this public hearing:


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FIRE / AMBULANCE 2014 CONTRACTS


Pursuant to Town Law Section 184, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Brant Town Board in the Brant Town Hall, 1272 Brant North Collins Road, Brant, New York on the 12th day of November, 2013 at 8:30 pm local time for the purpose of considering the proposal of the Town of Brant to enter into the fire protection contracts and general ambulance and emergency service contracts as follows:

1) Fire protection contract with Brant Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Inc. covering calendar year 2014 for the annual amount of $122,150.00.

2) Fire protection contract with Village of Farnham/Farnham Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. covering calendar year 2014 for the annual amount of $108,650.00.


3) Fire protection contract with Village of North Collins/North Collins Fire Department covering calendar year 2014 for the annual amount of $10,865.00.

4) General ambulance and emergency service contract with Village of Farnham/Farnham Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Ambulance Squad covering calendar year 2014 for the annual amount of $42,602.00

All interested parties will be given an opportunity to be heard.

By order of the Brant Town Board 

Barbara Daniel, Brant Town Clerk
OPENING OF PUBLIC HEARING (FIRE/AMBULANCE CONTRACTS): Councilman Gier motioned to open the public hearing AT 8:30 pm and was seconded by Councilman Kaczmarek.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays. MOTION CARRIED.

DISCUSSION:  Assessor Joseph DeCarlo asked if the North Collins Ambulance had gone to a paid service.  Councilman Gier answered that North Collins has changed their funding to a pay as you go service.  Supervisor Pero noted that this may increase the calls that go to Farnham, and that for the next contract, Farnham should get more funding.  

Resident Frank Broughton asked if North Collins will continue to cover up to Mileblock for fire.  The answer was yes.  Attorney Trask asked for clarification on the increase and duration of the contracts.  Pero noted the increase would be 2% per year for three years.  It was also noted that the $122,150 contract to Brant Vol. Co. No. 1 would include the Comp. that was normally paid separately.  The 2% increase would not be applied annually to the comp. portion of the contract amount.  

Assessor DeCarlo asked if those in North Collins have a right to refuse an ambulance that comes from North Collins.  Attorney Trask added that once the contracts are in place, the Farnham Fire Ambulance service should contact Helmuth to notify them that they now have a Town wide ambulance coverage, eliminating this problem.
Councilman Clark asked if it would be wiser to go with a once year contract to give the Town time to digest the process.  Councilman Gier asked the Farnham Mayor if she was ok with the figures.  She answered yes.   Councilman Gier added that if the need arises, they can always revisit the issue.

CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING (FIRE/AMBULANCE CONTRACTS): Supervisor Pero motioned to close the public hearing and was seconded by Councilman Clark.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

At this time, Supervisor Pero requested the Board’s authorization to enter into the fire/ambulance contracts as discussed.  Councilman Gier made the motion to accept the Brant Vol. Co. No. 1 contract and the Farnham Fire and Ambulance contract (subject to the adoption of the final budget), and was seconded by Councilman Borngraber.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-abstain, Supervisor Pero-aye.  4 ayes, 1 abstain.  MOTION CARRIED.

BUDGET HEARING RESUMED:  Councilman Gier motioned to resume the Budget hearing.  He was seconded by Councilman Clark.  5 ayes, 0 nays, MOTION CARRIED.

DISCUSSION (Cont’d):  The Supervisor asked if there was any more comments or questions on the budget.  No one spoke.  Supervisor Pero then motioned to close the Public hearing on the Budget and was seconded by Councilman Gier.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

Supervisor Pero noted the differences remaining on the budget.  After discussion, it was decided that a budget workshop would be scheduled for Monday November 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM for further review of the changes discussed, and to vote on the adoption.  It was also noted that the Peter Gugino Committee was also scheduled to meet at about the same time.  There was discussion that this meeting could be held off a day or so.  Ultimately, the Board did not confirm that the committee meeting would be postponed.
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DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LICENSE SALES AGREEMENT: 
 Supervisor Pero addressed an agreement received from the Department of Environmental Conservation.  It asks the Town to name its manager and its authorized agent of sales for hunting and fishing licenses.  Councilman Gier moved to authorize Leonard K. Pero to be named Manager and Town Clerk Barbara Daniel as Licensing Agent for the DECALS hunting/fishing licensing system.  He was seconded by Councilman Borngraber.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

2014 HAZMAT AGREEMENT:  Supervisor Pero requested authorization to sign the 2014 agreement with South Towns Hazardous Materials Response Team Services.  Councilman Gier moved to authorize the Supervisor to enter into the agreement for 2014, and was seconded by Councilman Clark.  A roll call vote was taken: Councilman Gier-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Borngraber-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye.  5 AYES, 0 NAYS.  MOTION CARRIED.

UNIFORM COURT AUDIT: Supervisor Pero read from a letter from State of New York Unified Court System.  “Section 2019a of the Uniform Justice Court Act requires the Town and Village Justice to annually provide the court records and dockets for the respective Town or Village Auditing Board…”  
Supervisor Pero noted that he spoke with Justice Crouse who contacted Gail Prudenty of the Uniform Justice Courts regarding the required forms to perform the audit.  They will be sending the forms.

TOWN BOARD REPORTS:  

Councilman Gier: Thanked the Fire Departments for their participation with the recent Contract negotiations.  He stated they were great to work with.

Councilman Borngraber:  Nothing to report

Councilman Kaczmarek: Reported that the Trick or Trunk event went well but noted the bad weather which kept attendance low.
Councilman Clark: Nothing to report

Supervisor Pero:   Mentioned the Peter Gugino Committee meeting and Centennial meeting on the 18th.  The municipal garage floor is now done, as is the Salt Shed work.  As for the ADA work at the Park, we are waiting for the doors.  The cement pad has been laid.  Senator Grissanti will be sending out paperwork to start the Town Hall solar panel project.  Also, Grissanti is going to provide funding for a generator for the Village of Farnham Hall.  The Town cleanup project is still being worked on.  The tire drop off has slowed down due to the charge being imposed on non-residents.

Recognized privilege of the Floor:  Resident Frank Broughton thanked the Board for the low budget.  Thanked Councilman Gier for his professionalism.

CORRESPONDENCE: 

Supervisor Pero noted the sales tax revenue is currently up 2.28% above 2012.
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Abstract 11 of 2013

*Prepaid and unpaid as of November 12, 2013

Gen Fund Town wide Vouchers pd: #524-529, unpd#530-590 Totaling: $39,961.63 
Gen Fund – Part Town Voucher, pd: none, unpd #37-42 Totaling: $8,922.43 
Highway T.W. Vouchers pd: none, unpd#85-95, Totaling: $14,626.18
Highway P.T. Vouchers, pd #none, unpd: none, Totaling: $0
Fire Protection: Vouchers: unpd: none
Street lighting: Voucher unpd, #10:   $2,659.62
Lotus Bay Sewer Dist 1: Vouchers pd. : #2, Totaling $4,200.00
Brant Farnham Sewer Dist: Voucher none, Totaling:
Brant Water Dist 1: Voucher: none
Special Grant Fund: Vouchers: 1-4, Totaling: $2,171.25
Capital Projects: Vouchers: None

General Town Wide Payroll 09/22/13- 10/19/13 Totaling: $36,963.20
General Part Town Payroll 09/22/13- 10/19/13 Totaling: $665.09
Highway Payroll TW 09/22/13- 10/19/13 Totaling: $8,261.84
Highway Payroll PT 09/22/13- 10/19/13 Totaling: $0

A Motion was made by Councilman Borngraber, seconded by Councilman Kaczmarek to approve Abstract #11 of 2013. A Roll Call vote was taken: Councilman Borngraber- aye, Councilman Kaczmarek-aye, Councilman Clark-aye, Councilman Gier-aye, Supervisor Pero-aye.  5 ayes, 0 nays.  MOTION CARRIED.

Councilman Borngraber motioned to adjourn the meeting in memory of Jim Militello at 9:01 pm.  He was seconded by entire Board.  All approved.  MEETING ADJOURNED.

Respectfully submitted by,


Barbara Daniel
Brant Town Clerk