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Lake Pleasant to purchase new truck

LPTB Nov 18 2019

Lake Pleasant to purchase new truck
LAKE PLEASANT—The November 18 meeting of the Lake Pleasant Town Board began with Highway Superintendent Lavarnway reading the following resolution: “Resolution #81 The Town Of Lake Pleasant Budget Committee has Approved Superintendent Lavarnway to purchase a Ram 3500 Dump Truck From Robert Green Auto & Truck Inc. P.O. Box 8002, Rock Hill New York, 12775
“Whereas, the cost of the Ram is $59,455.50 Piggy Backed with the Onondaga Statewide Contract.
“Whereas, This Resolution will be entered into the town clerks’ minutes on November 18 2019 at the Town Board Meeting.”
The resolution was ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Councilperson: Cristine Meixner, Robert Peck, Mike O’Connor, Nancy Seifts. Nays: None.
Lavarnway reported to the Board that the new sander he ordered has come in so it will be assembled and put on one of the pickup trucks. Roads are ok, said Lavarnway. He went on to say he will be meeting with DEC tomorrow to go over snowmobile trails and bridges, on Wednesday meeting with DOT and FEMA on roads and culverts.
Lavarnway wanted the Board to be aware of future expenses. right now, just under $20,000 for gravel that has been used and rental equipment extra $5,000-$6,000 on rental insurance. After looking over the snowmobile trails, 12 bridges were lost. Some, hopefully, can be pulled back into place. The worse area was Fish Hatchery Brook where a 30 ft. culvert was torn apart. The crew is working on rebuilding the bridge in house. DEC will pay for the wood that is needed for the rebuild. Lyme Timber will be responsible to replace bridges that are used by auto traffic. The Mossy Vly Bridge has been relocated by the storm, Lavarnway is not sure if it can be put back into place. This bridge is 92 feet long. Fawn Lake and Big Brook trails have been cleared and the crew is working on Mason Lake Trail. Lyme Timber has closed from the Tree Farm to Kunjamuck Cross to automobiles. Cave Hill is still open. The permit for the expansion for Fish Hatchery has been granted and the crew has started using what dirt is left from the big pile, some of the dirt had been donated to DOT (11 truckloads). Hopefully work will be completed in the summer.
The mean high-water mark has yet to be established on 175 Golf Course Road. NEW BUSINESS
Councilperson Nancy Seifts read a resolution that she proposed last year some updates made by Councilperson Cristine Meixner.
“Resolution #82 authorizing the Superintendent of Highways, when the town supervisor declares an ice emergency (or deputy town supervisor, in the absence of the supervisor), to sand the private driveways of those who call to be on the winter of 2019/2020 list.
The resolution was offered by Nancy Seifts, 2nd by Mike O’Connor as follows:
“WHEREAS, Any delay in the ambulance corps or fire department responding to an emergency due to ice on private driveways, when emergency services dispatch has to contact the Highway Superintendent to get a man and truck to sand the driveway of a patient or a burning home, is potentially deadly; and
“WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 96 residents in63 households in the Town of Lake Pleasant are over the age of 65; and
“WHEREAS, a number of the winter residents of the Town of Lake Pleasant are on fixed incomes or work at low paying positions, make it difficult to pay for multiple sanding’s of their driveways by private contractors; and
“WHEREAS, the sanding of private driveways in the event of an ice emergency has been the practice in the Town of Lake Pleasant; therefore,
“BE IT RESOLVED, residents of the town outside the Village of Speculator who want their driveways sanded in an ice emergency must fill out a waiver to be put on the list; waivers are available at the Town Clerk’s office between 9 a.m. Mondays-Fridays excluding holidays; and
“BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that after the Town Supervisor, or in his absence the Deputy Town Supervisor, or in their absence the Town Clerk, declares an ice emergency, the Superintendent of Highways will have the private driveways of those who are on the list for the winter of 2019/2020 sanded, as has been practiced in the past, at the earliest availability of man and machine from the Town of Lake Pleasant Highway Department.”
It was adopted by the following vote. Ayes: Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Mike O’Connor, Robert Peck Nays: None.
There are 2 major changes to be discussed on the 2020 budget that was given out by budget officer Mark Crary.
The money that was added to the Chamber of Commerce Line 6410.402 was agreed to be lowered from $2,500 to 1,500. Much discussion on moving $100,000 from General Fund A to Highway Fund DA. Councilperson Nancy Seifts contacted the Comptroller’s office and she was told that an expenditure line in the A Fund as well as a Revenue line in the DA Fund. The expenditure line that needs to be created would be A9901 Act Deputy Supervisor Robert Peck asked Budget Officer Mark Crary to contact the Comptroller’s Office to confirm this. Deputy Supervisor Peck will try and contact the audit firm that the Town has hired. Cristine Meixner will investigate the Town Law more. An emergency meeting will be called by order of the Board for Tuesday November 19, 2019 and the board adopted the revised budget at that time
Councilperson Cristine Meixner stated during the budget workshop there was no feedback from the Budget committee for cutting or capping the Animal Control officer’s salary or the Town Justices salary’s
A voucher was flagged by Councilperson Nancy Seifts it was a voucher from the President of the Lake Pleasant Senior Center Pauline Slack looking for the reimbursement of unspent money from the Adult Recreation line, this money is used for bus trips to shopping malls. It was her understanding if the money wasn’t used, they would be reimbursed. She stated this had been done before. After a discussion and question to the former Supervisor McGovern and former Councilperson Betsy Bain they are both said this was never stated. What they believed was told was that the seniors could use the budgeted money as they pleased.
Robert Hoffman stated that he remembered the Board saying that if the bus money was not used it could be used for whatever the seniors wanted to use it for. The Board will ask Account Clerk Kathleen Aird to go back to see what payments have been made to the Senior’s since 2011.
Councilperson Meixner wanted to thank Speculator Mayor Barrett for contacting the NYS Assistant Secretary of Economic Development as a result Speculator and Lake Pleasant have been put on Verizon’s 2020 build plan. The plan is to raise the Tower by 15 ft. and adding smaller cell towers to the area.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes Deborah O’Rourke, Town Clerk

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