Friday, August 23, 2019

Wells Central School accepts fuel bids

Wells Central School Board of Education Meeting August 21, 2019

Wells Central School accepts fuel bids
By Pete Klein
WELLS—The Wells Central School Board of Education met on August 21 and accepted fuel bids as follows.
The board accepted the bid of $1.985 p/gal for No. 2 Fuel Oil, in the amount of $1.925 p/gal with a differential of $.06 from GA Bove and sons. The motion was made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 5-0.
The board accepted the bid of $2.141 p/gal for low grade gasoline, in the amount of $1.891 p/gal with a differential of $.25 from GA Bove and sons. The motion was made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Superintendent Thomas Sincavage reported the Capital Project will be getting an evaluation from National Grid regarding the transformer. Paperwork has been filled and hopefully they will come out soon to do their assessment. He is hoping that the project will be out to bid in the next week.
The Harvard Proving Ground Grant conferences are coming up and Sincavage reported the district will send him to a Statewide Conference in Syracuse in October and then to the National Conference in March.
Sincavage presented the Title I Parent Meeting which is a schoolwide program that the district receives grant funds. The grant is used to help fund salaries and benefits for two special education teachers. He provided the school district parental involvement policy, discussed the assessment and progress programs currently in place, along with the various methods of communication that the school district uses to reach parents. This is in place to work collaboratively with parents and students to get the best possible results for our children.
AUGUST ENROLLMENT REPORT
Jessica Damphier listed the enrollment at 147. However, there were six new students enrolled in the past few weeks, bringing the current enrollment to 153.
APPROVALS
The Wells Central School Board of Education received a letter from the Wells Seniors requesting a bus on September 11 for a trip to Warrensburg to attend the Warren-Hamilton County Senior Picnic. The motion was made to approve by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
There was a comment from a guest regarding the Wells Senior trip to the Warrensburg that the picnic also included booths about health and services that the Office of the Aging offers seniors. The guest also commented that sex trafficking has been in the news lately and they suggested that sex trafficking education/awareness be taught in the schools since, it has become an epidemic.
Sincavage noted the sexual harassment education is done and he would see where awareness could be incorporated.
The board approved the 2019/2020 Tax Rate as follows: Arietta: 10.892753, Hope: 11.712638, Lake Pleasant: 10.892753, and Wells: 11.712638. The motion was made by William Stuart, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the 2019/2020 Tax Warrant as presented. (Each Board member in attendance signed the warrant). The motion was made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 5-0.
The board approved the following tuition to be charged to the Lake Pleasant SD for students who choose Wells as their high school: $7,000 for students in grades 9-12 who attend full days in the Wells school building; $2,333 for students in grades 9-12 who attend a full time BOCES program or FMCC as an early admission student. The motion was made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The board adopted the updated Board of Education Code of Conduct and DASA Policy on preventing discrimination based on hair style or other race related traits. The motion was made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 5-0.
The board approved the 2019/2020 Student Handbook as presented. The motion was made by Rachel Lauria, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 5- 0.
The board approved the 2019/2020 Faculty Handbook as presented. The motion was made by Dorman Reese, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The board approved the Emergency Response Plan, as presented. The motion was made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The board approved the updated Mentor Teacher Program as written and proved by Susan Chittenden, Mentoring Coordinator. The motion was made by Rachel Lauria, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The board reviewed the Calendar of Events.
The board approved the 2019/2020 List of Substitutes as presented. The motion was made by William Stuart, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5- 0.
The board appointed Mark Ellis as Clerk of the Works for the upcoming building project, subject to agreement upon the terms of such appointment and execution of a contract between the parties. The motion was made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes as provided by District Clerk Rachelle Dwyer.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Indian Lake Central makes repairs and plans for more

ILCS BOE Aug 20 2019

Indian Lake Central makes repairs and plans for more

By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE—The Indian Lake Central School Board of Education met on August 20 made ready for the new school year by starting with holding a public hearing to use repair reserve funds for expenditures on parking lot and tennis court repairs that took place this summer.
Without any objections from the public, the board approved spending up to $25,000 for repairs done to the Crow Hill parking lot, which was done through shared services with the Town of Indian Lake.
Superintendent/Principal Dave Snide said, “We believe that it will be less than $25,000. We were responsible for paying for the materials and the rental of the machine.
SUPERINTENDENT/PRINCIPAL REPORT
Snide also reported on the following.
Concerning the proposed building project - Roof, Windows, Remaining Asbestos Abatement - The total for the project is $2,488, 613 which includes the following potential items are three items - Resurface Roof Coating (20 Year Warranty), Replace Roof Fascia on 1935 Building, Replace Roof Ladders, Abate Basement/Crawlspace, Replace All Exterior Windows, Reconstruct Classroom Ceiling Window and Reconstruct Classroom Ceiling (Two Phases).
The full project has a tax impact of $14/$100,000. The project has two levels of priorities.
Snide said, “Although none of the items are in the luxury category, the board is looking at cutting some of the items to potentially doing some of the items at a different time in order to cut down the cost of the project.
“Although the roof is in pretty good shape, we are past the warranty date. It doesn't need to be a total replacement right now, so we are able to use a coating method that has been proven and has been used locally on schools. The windows have seen their life expectancy with issues with windows not being able to stay open to not being able to open them due to the ballasts needing to be replaced at a significant cost.
“So, again, there is nothing romantic about the potential project, it is necessary to preserve the building and keep the kids safe.”
Snide also reported soccer is underway with all four teams.
RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL
The board approved the Tax Rate resolution for 2019-20: The Board of Education of the Indian Lake Central School has been authorized by the voters at the Special Meeting held on May 14, 2019 to expend the sum of $6,705,567 for the 2019-20 school year.
The board approved the Bus lease agreement with the Town of Indian Lake.
The board approved the bus maintenance agreement with Minerva CSD.
Shop labor will be billed to Minerva at the rate of $40.00 per hour for mechanic and at the rate of $30.00 per hour for a helper when needed.
The board approved the Parent/Teacher Handbook for 2019-20.
The board approved the Code of Conduct for 2019-20.
The board approved the AIS (Academic Interventional Services).
The board approved the following fundraisers: 9th grade Pizza Sales (Fall), 10th grade Pizza Sales (Fall), 11th grade Pizza Sales (Spring), 12th grade Pizza Sale (Spring).
Typically, each class provides concessions at a basketball game.
The Travel Club should provide a minimum of five fundraisers/year including Tricky Tray. Possible Fundraisers: Magazine Sales, Winter Festival Dinner, Circus, Budget Vote Dinner, Antique Show Concessions, Yankee Candle Sales, Concession-Basketball Games, Citrus/ Flower Sales, Superbowl Subs, Antique Show, Flower Sales.
The board approved the District Safety Plan.
The board approved setting tuition for out of district student Tuition of Out of District Students at $2,000.
The board approved the claims audit for June 1-30, 2019 and July 1-31, 2019.

Smokey the Bear visits Hamilton County

Smokey the Bear visits Hamilton County


BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE--On August 14, Forest Ranger Jason Scott and Smokey Bear visited the Adirondack Museum to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday.
Ranger Scott and Smokey Bear spent the evening with visitors from throughout the United States and demonstrated to young and old alike how quickly a fire can spread when left unattended. This stop was one several events being held throughout the state to celebrate 75 years since the 1944 launch of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign, the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, with a message for everyone about how “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

Tedisco attacks Cuomo and DMV


NY DMV New License Plate Tax





Tedisco attacks Cuomo and DMV

By PETE KLEIN

On August 20, Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) called on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to revoke its new $25 license plate tax on motorists.

The DMV HAS announced plans to replace the existing blue-white and gold license plates with new plates starting in April 2020. Motorists will have to pay a $25 license plate replacement fee on top of their existing registration renewal fees. If you want to keep your current license plate number, you will also have to pay an additional $20 fee.

“I don’t have an issue with updating the design of New York’s license plates or replacing the plates that are peeling, but taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the inferior product that the state has produced. The state’s new $25 ‘license plate replacement fee’ and the $20 fee for people to keep their current license plate number is the latest example of the nickel and diming of taxpayers. It’s no wonder that New York State is consistently ranked number one for highest taxes in the nation, first for places where millennials are fleeing from, and atop the list as one of the worst places to retire,” said Senator Jim Tedisco.

“More than 189,000 people escaped from New York over the last year and one million over the past decade. These new DMV plate fees will certainly accomplish one goal: getting more New Yorkers to hit the road – permanently!” said Tedisco.

“New York is known as the ‘Empire State’ and its slogan, as the new license plate design shows, is ‘Excelsior’ or ‘ever upward,’ but we soon may be known as the ‘Empty State’ for ‘ever higher taxes and fees.’ The DMV should revoke this license plate tax scheme now!” said Tedisco.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Long Lake Central readies for new school year


LLCS BOE August 13, 2019


Long Lake Central readies for new school year
By Pete Klein
LONG LAKE--
Superintendent's Update
The Long Lake Central School Board of Education meeting held on October 11 2918 Superintendent Noelle Short spoke to the board about the Five-Year Facilities Plan. All items on the Scope of Work prepared by Mosaic Associates were discussed, including tennis court replacement, security upgrades, and infrastructure repairs.
When the Board met on August 13, Shortt provided the board with a Mosaic’s timeline for the project.
The timeline shows Mosaic estimating the State Education Department will give its approval sometime this fall, followed by bidding on the project in May, 2020, start work on the project in June 2020, with completion sometime by the summer of 2021 at the latest.
Short also reported mental health services will be available for students, starting September 10.
First day of school is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4.
APPROVALS
The board ruled on the following items presented to it at the meeting.
The board approved an update of the Code of Conduct.
The board approved a Policy Statement for Free and Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk for 2019-2020 School Year.
The board approved the Tax Warrant for 2019-2020 School Year.
The board approved that Any Certified Coach from Long Lake CSD or Indian Lake CSD to Substitute Coach on an Emergency Basis.
The board approved to Rescind the June 13, 2019 Appointment of Hayden LaMere as Long-Term Substitute Effective July 25,2019.
The board approved the 2019-2020 District Wide Safety Plan.
The board approved Dana Goetze as Athletic Coordinator.
The board approved Chris Sass as Technology Coordinator.
The board approved Heather Kilpatrick as K-12 Teachers Aide.
The board approved Michele Gannon as 2019-2020 Yearbook Advisor.
The board approved Kristin Delehanty as 2019-2020 Elementary Soccer Coach.
The board approved Carey Pooler as 2019-2020 Arts and Education Coordinator.
Emily Farr was approved as a substitute teacher. Eric Knox was not.
The board decided to pay $100 per day to all certified teachers, including those certified in other states.
The board reviewed the School Safety Plans.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Dusty roads hot topic in Hope


Hope TB Aug 12 2019


Dusty roads hot topic in Hope
By Pete Klein
When the Hope Town Board met on August 12, resident Colin Hershey addressed the board with a concern regarding the condition of River Road. He stated his family has multiple residents at the location well known as Hearts Delight. They have been there since 1891. He went on to say the Pitbladdo family has always had a very good relationship with the community and Town of Hope. He said his family has watched almost all roads in the Town of Hope get paved, except the River Road. He said it is very dusty and the dust rolls in and covers their homes. He would like to know the cost to pave the road and if it is possible that it can be done.
Town Supervisor Steven Tomlinson stated the project is very expensive and funds are not available. Highway Superintendent Zachary Colson gave the breakdown of the cost quote he obtained. He states that cost to be estimated at almost $200,000 for about 1 mile of road. Councilperson Mark Stuart asked what the town could do and what has it done in the past for dust control. Colson stated he obtained Calcium from Hamilton County Highway Department and put that down today. He said this was normal practice in the past as well. He stated this should hold up for about one month.
Resident Allen Dunham asked if crushed stone would help. Councilperson John Stuart, Jr. added that the crushed stone, over the years, has broken down into the dust that is present today. Causes of this are raking, traffic and sunlight, all things that are present as part of normal road maintenance.
Resident Gladys Pitbladdo said the town board told her husband that they wanted to pave it a few years ago. She would like to know what has changed. She went on to add that the dust is bad for those with asthma. As far as maintenance, she said her family must go out and hand pick the stones off the lawn every spring from where the plow pushed them up into their yards. She stated that her family is willing to help with any grants if there are any available.
Supervisor Tomlinson and Superintendent Colson both explained that CHIPS money has decreased over the years and that just to pave a one mile stretch of road, would cost half of the town budget for a year. They went to talk about priority projects, such as a current emergent one on the River Road not too far from the Pitbladdo residence. There is a major washout and the town is working with Hamilton County to find a way to get the money for that project.
There was further discussion on this, and it ended with Supervisor Tomlinson telling the Pitbladdo family that he appreciates their presence and he has heard their concerns. He advises he really is trying to find a better solution to fix the River Road. He has some phone calls out and some people to talk with and he will keep them apprised as to the outcome of those further discussions.
Resident Ron Batcher asked who he must contact to get his address to appear correctly on GPS. After some tabletop discussion, he was advised to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Postal Service. They may be able to further assist him.
HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Highway Superintendent Zachery Colson presented the board with his written reports as follows: “We paved the topcoat on the section of Creek Road that we did the full depth reclamation on last year.
“With the help of the county we ditched the whole Scribner Hill Road. Now we are going to put a couple of under drains in and grade the road to get the water to shed of properly. We have graded all the other roads.
“I rented a man lift and we will be using it to cut brush over the next month.
“I ordered the dumpster for the Transfer Station. We will be picking it up in a few weeks.
“We ordered all the new picnic tables for the pavilion and assembled them. They are in place for use now.”
Councilperson Mark Stuart asked if anyone talked to Tracey Eldredge regarding the Solid Waste Grant that will pay for half of the dumpster.
Supervisor Tomlinson stated he already did and has given him the Preliminary Copy of the bill.
Superintendent Colson also added that he had just found out that Northville Central School may need to use the field at the pavilion again this year. If so, more clay needs to put down and he said the Highway Department would help again. He just needs an answer from Leslie Ford. Councilperson Dianna Downing will reach out to her and find out what is going on and get an answer.
BUILDING/CODE OFFICER REPORT
Code Enforcer Mike Stewart reported on the following: “I made multiple inspections at property owner Dennis Lynch’s of 860 NYS RTE 30 regarding trash, junk and junk vehicles. The property has made much progress toward substantial compliance. There remains an RV that was legal to have on the property but is being removed and has been pulled out of the woods for pickup and a pile of scrap metal that was collected and piled for pick up. The two converted buses there, are registered and therefore are allowed and there is one unlicensed vehicle that is permitted under the law. I expect completion of the clean up within two weeks.
“I have been continuing to talk with the Reffitt’s of 323 Hope Falls Road and am waiting to hear from their contractor regarding a ramp and bathroom modifications.
“I issued a permit to John Pertell for an addition and alterations being made at 639 NYS Rte. 30.
“I conducted a final inspection for a CO at Ron Batcher’s new house on
NYS Rte. 30 – a few items remain to be completed.
“I conducted a fire safety inspection at the Alpine Inn.
“I have been inspecting the foundation for the Vandenberg house on Rice Rd.”
4TH ANNUAL TOWN PICNIC
Town Clerk Jill Dunham passed around a list of items needed for the upcoming 4th Annual Town Picnic and what she needs to be received by town board members. She handed Superintendent Colson about 100 Town Picnic flyers to hand out at the Transfer Station over the next few weeks. The picnic will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from Noon until 4 PM. Ms. Dunham also advised that she will be collecting donations to raffle as prizes at the picnic this year. Donations can be dropped off at the town hall on Wednesday evenings.
FIREHOUSE PROJECT
Supervisor Tomlinson will be having a meeting with Fire Chief Peter Robinson on the building project. They have an engineering coming in. Once on paper, Supervisor Tomlinson will present it to the town board.
TOWN CLERK’S COMMENTS
Jill Dunham stated that on Saturday August 10, she came to the town hall to do some work at 10:30 in the morning and found it wide open. The door was unlocked an open. The lights were all on and her office was unlocked and opened as well. After asking everyone present, she would like someone to ask if it was the judge or his court clerk and address the reason for concern as to why this can’t happen. There are cameras around the building, but no footage is available. The cameras stopped working after the last storm. Supervisor Tomlinson was aware of this and he will call someone to fix them.
Barbara Horton (formerly known as Barbara Wadsworth) called, inquiring if she can sell cemetery plots. Jill advised she could. Ms. Horton was given two plots (hers and her daughters) in a settlement of divorce. There were three plots in the original deed. However, all that is on record is a deed with no money transfer attached to a copy of the divorce decree stating that these two plots were to go to Ms. Horton. The town board advises that they are interested in buying these plots back and will do so by purchasing them for the price of today’s plot, which is
$100 per plot. Jill will reach out to Ms. Horton to advise her of this offer.
SUPERVISOR’S COMMENTS
Supervisor Tomlinson states he has talked to Tracey Eldredge, Hamilton County Highway Superintendent, about how we increase CHIPS money. He states Tracey said they are willing to give back Bennett Road to the town. Superintendent Colson will look at the numbers with Supervisor Tomlinson as to if this would be a benefit to the town or not.
2020 BUDGET
Supervisor Tomlinson handed out the 202 Budget Request Forms to all town board members. He stated that over the next two weeks he will be plugging numbers in for the 2020 budget to prepare for a public hearing.
COUNCILPERSON’S COMMENTS
Councilperson John Stuart Jr. – Councilperson John Stuart Jr. stated that he received a couple of compliments about the work done on Creek Road. Everyone that called said it looked nice. He also states he would like to see a Garden Club started. Town Clerk Jill Dunham will investigate starting one and see if she can interest from more folks in town.
Councilperson Dianna Downing asked if anyone knew if Hamilton County was going to fix the sides of the roads in Hope Falls. Superintendent Colson will see if the town guys can do it and then get reimbursed by the county.
Councilperson William Witts states everything is fine at the Recycling Center and Court.
Town Clerk Jill Dunham asked when the new Welcome to Hope signs would be coming.
Superintendent Colson states he is waiting for a response from NYS as to whether they can be placed where he would like to put them.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon meeting minutes provided by Town Clerk Jill Dunham.

Wells plans for hydro plant work


Wells TB July 8 2019.


Wells plans for hydro plant work
By Pete Klein
At the July 8 meeting of the Wells Town Board, Supervisor Donald Beach reviewed cost and duration of estimates from Adirondack Mechanical Services, LLC, Gansevoort, at the Hydro Plant to disassemble, inspect wear parts, replace seal material and clean remaining parts for 1.
Existing Hydraulic Power Units (HPU) only and Existing HPU and turbine components. The proposal include labor, procurement of material, lifts, equipment and tools to complete the work.
HPU Only Pricing $5,766. HPU Turbine Components $24,947.
A complete cleaning is recommended every 5 to 6 years for the safety of the plant. The last time full maintenance was done was in 2005. Councilperson Saltis feels that FERC will require this for the re-licensing, and we should look to include in next year’s budget.
MONTHLY HYDROELECTRIC REPORT
Beach reported on the Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant for June 2019. Revenues totaled $14,354.38; expenditures totaled $199.76.
SUPERVISOR MONTHLY REPORT
Councilperson Andrew Lauria questioned why there is such a high balance in the checking account, shouldn’t funds be in the Money Market earning a higher rate of interest. Supervisor Beach said the interest rate is the same for the checking and money market and it’s easier for him to manage the money going into one account. Councilperson Lauria would like to know what the interest rate is in both accounts.
BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT
The Board reviewed the Building Code Enforcement Officer’s report for June 2019. Mike McElroy gave each Board Member his letter of resignation effective September 30, 2019.
COMMITTEES ROUNDTABLE
Highway Superintendent Clay Earley reported that Craig Rd. paving is almost complete. Due to National Grid working on the Windfall, it has delayed the paving work to be done there.
Councilperson Tim Hunt asked about the pond at the lower end of Town. Supervisor Beach explained that in 2017 it was dug up for the purpose of finding a culvert which could not be located. It was left open and in 2018 the property owner filled it in. Beach would now like to purchase a new 100 ft. 15-inch culvert at a cost of $659 and three couplings at $6.59 each. The County will let us use their small excavator. Early added it will take about two weeks to order the culvert. The Board agreed to move forward with the project.
Hunt asked about problems with the magnetic switch at the dam. Beach explained it is tripping after he and Dave Brenan inspected the problems. He has taken pictures and forwarded them to the electrical contractor, Rob Simpson who will order parts and do the necessary repairs.
Councilperson Vanessa Saltis reported the Summer Rec is in its second week. During the first week, 31 to 34 children attended and the second week with slightly less due to a basketball camp in Speculator. Some activities planned are visiting the Historical Society Museum and Perry Lanes. Swimming lessons will begin this Friday from 1 to 3 and a second afternoon may be added if there are enough participants.
Councilperson Andrew Lauria reported on moving ahead on what’s best for our Lake as the first organizational meeting of the group formed should take place before the next board meeting.
Councilperson Bill Stuart said new outlets have been installed in the pavilion. He has received good reports regarding this year’s lifeguards and the geese are less of an issue this year. Supervisor Beach added the ribbon/strip that is set up along the shoreline is working well to keep the geese off the beach.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Jean Frederick asked if there were certain requirements for individuals running for Town Supervisor. Beach said as far as he knew, anyone could run for Supervisor. She then asked if other Towns had requirements and if so, could we. Councilperson Lauria added that Towns do have the right to define requirements for their elected positions but would require a referendum and public vote. Currently the State Public Officers Law has no requirements.
Marlene Rust said if a person is convicted of a misdemeanor, they may not be able to hold the Office of District Attorney.
Marlene Rust said a pontoon boat has been parked at the beach for over a week. Kids have been seen on it and she feels if something happens the Town will be liable. Supervisor Beach knows the owner who lost their dock and will speak to the them and ask that it be removed.
Holly Hite said we cannot choose to ignore the State Law where a motorized watercraft cannot be within 100 feet of a designated swimming area which clearly the Town beach is.
Keith Lauria introduced himself as a representative of the Fire Company and asked for help regarding the dry hydrants that aren’t working. Is it a Water Department issue? Supervisor Beach will tell George Paige that the dry hydrant by the dam is a priority and needs to be fixed. Keith offered manpower from the Fire Company if needed, Superintendent Earley said his crew can assist if needed. Councilperson Hunt asked if that’s the only one not working, the one in front of the Welch residence. Supervisor Beach said that is working at a minimum and should be replaced also.
Vince Abbott-Forgione would like to know the entire costs of the dam repairs recently done by Herm Busse as it does not seem to be listed in the monthly Hydro Report. Supervisor Beach said he could not to give him an accurate number right now, but it is under disbursements in the General Fund and he will get back to him with that number. Councilperson Saltis believes it not one bill but multiple. Supervisor Beach said that is the case and he will need to go back to the individual invoices and add them up.
Roy Grisenthwaite commented that for 6 months income on the dam is approximately $71,000 plus and therefore should finish the year at approximately $142,000 plus. He suggested a dedicated fund to report repairs and expenses. Supervisor Beach explained there is a separate line item in the budget under the General Fund.
Dee Parker recalled 25 to 30 years ago when the dam became operational the Town Board decided it would be part of the general fund to help keep taxes down.
Rebekah Crewell thanked Superintendent Earley and the Highway Department for the new sand at the beach. She was recently at the Speculator Town Beach which was a nice experience but how proud she is that Wells Town Beach is much nicer.
She said she is hearing scuttlebutt, gossip that the Board may have concerns regarding the Towns finances and budget. At what point would the Board talk about this publicly or in Executive Session. Councilperson Lauria responded that the budget and financials are all public information. Executive Sessions are typically held for employee related issues. There are checks and balances currently in place and Jen Woodward did a great job explaining the error with last month’s abstract. Supervisor Beach explained that he pulled a report sooner than he should have that caused the error on the abstract. He sees no problem with the current finances. He filed the annual AUD report in March after receiving an extension from the Comptroller’s office and has not received an email that anything is incorrect. He added it’s a learning process. Councilperson Lauria reviewed the AUD just last week and Don and Jen were able to answer questions he had. Crewell asked if the State or an Attorney has been contacted to complete an audit. No, that is not the case. Councilperson Lauria said an option is for the Board to contact the Comptroller’s Office requesting an audit as a proactive measure. Supervisor Beach suggested if that is what the Board wants, they should request the audit beginning from the time the last audit was done. He also added the fact that he is glad he ran for the supervisor’s office and has decided not to seek reelection due to health issues only.
Highway Superintendent Earley suggested the Supervisor prepare a quarterly/year to date financial report compared against the budget for next month’s meeting. Supervisor Beach said he would do that.
John Margies wanted to clarify the State Comptroller’s office has not come to the Town to require an audit.
Betty Lou Orr commented on the fact that she went to the dump last Saturday and everything was full. She went back Sunday, and everything was emptied and is thanking the Town for that.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes of Town Clerk Maryellen Stofelano.