The Village of Franklin held its regular board meeting on August 14, 2023, at the Village Hall office (141 Water Street) at 7:00PM. Present: Mayor Tom Briggs, Trustee Wilson, Trustee VanDeusen, Clerk/Treasurer Niebanck, Deputy Clerk Martin, Superintendent Kingsbury and guests recorded on the sign-in register. The meeting was streamed and recorded on the video platform Zoom.
Minutes: Minutes of the July 10, 2023 board meeting: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval of the July 10, 2023 minutes. So passed. Minutes of the August 2, 2023 special meeting: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval of the August 2, 2023 minutes. So passed.
Date: July 31, 2023
|– Reserve/Maint Equip||$84,882.65|
|– Capital Fund/Well Develop||$2,971.29|
|Water Tower Grant||$5,396.31|
|Trust & Agency||$0.00|
|ARPA Funds (remaining)||$6,512.57|
VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval of Treasurer’s Report of July 31, 2023. So passed. Need to consider how to use extra CDBG grant funding; will discuss with Mark Blauer.
Citizens’ Comments: none.
Correspondence: 1) Mantra Personal Fitness re: water bill. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded reducing amount due to $500. 2) US Dollar LIBOR Settlement. 3) DOT re: CHIPS funding. 4) NYS Off. Of Temp/Disability re: LIHWAP no longer accepting applications.
Clerk’s Report: 1) Sent documentation of noise complaint to Sheriff/Deputies. 2) Will submit Dr. Sealgood and Suit-Kote charges to CHIPS. 3) Completed the Annual Financial Report and sent to OSC on 7/26. 4) Town lost check mailed for $25; will send them $50 to cover LY and TY. 5) Clerk taking time off 8/28-9/2.
Superintendent’s Report: 1) 21st Century Pools delivered new pool vacuum; gets stuck on drain vents, flips and shuts off; they should be coming to fix it. 2) Installed new meter 113 Center St. 3) Taggart Electric came to storage building; struck by lightning; for now shutting one well off each day. 4) driveway/side access done at Village Pole Barn. 5) Requests new chain saw; estimate is $750 for one with 18” bar; Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded authorizing purchase of new chainsaw. So Passed. 6) Picked up new riding mower; they will install snow blower. 7) Truck needed new back shocks; took to Otego Tire & Auto. 8) Purchased dehumidifier for garage. 9) Fire Dept. would like no parking signs moved to telephone pole (on Institute Street).
CDBG Update: see email from Eric; Clerk will request minutes from their construction meetings.
Sewer Study: Mayor called Rural Development; they serve as consultant – including writing grants; assist through the process. Need to meet with them to discuss details; there is funding from Southern Tier 8; letter was sent to owner of 450 Main Street about condition of property and Code Enforcement Officer will be there.
Restore NY: Mayor and Meg will meet with them to discuss improving application.
Village Dump: John will send Jason wording for sign; Mayor will provide wording for a community notice.
Recreation/Pool Update: Total Mail Out letter fundraising $8,225 – started sending out thank you letters; needs mowing; Health Dept came; cited for no TP and no hot water; researched hot water systems – estimate of $235/each; lifeguards are counting attendees; need floating thermometer to test water temp to see if new liquid solar is working. School Board meeting – complaints about kids not having enough to do; need more participation on committee.
NYCLASS: Advantage is that if you need funds from savings, it will transfer the next day; yield is 5.14%; General fund has 4 savings accounts; water fund has two savings accounts; Rec Commission has a savings account and two CDs. Will invite them to next meeting to give a presentation and get more information.
Old Franklin Days: Jason will put up “Road Closed” signs; Connie Martin has been working on organizing it.
Part Time Labor: Jason will need part time help for the next couple of months; Clerk will advertise in paper and around town for a part-time general laborer. Mike Primmer will cover for Jason while he is on vacation in October.
Speed Signs: Wilson made inquiries with State DOT; he will go to Cherry Valley and Stamford to talk with them about their signs; in the meantime will order “Slow Down” signs.
Around Town: property next to Village Hall has sold.
Citizens’ Comments: none
Approval of Bills: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval to pay bills. So passed.
|51-23||Trust & Agency||A9050.8||$159.35||A2270|
|55-23||Trust & Agency||A9030.8||$461.25||A2282|
|56-23||Trust & Agency||A9089.8||$134.00||A2283|
|59-23||Delhi Telephone Co||A1620.4||$78.72||A1620.4|
|60-23||Trust & Agency||FX9050.8||$62.26||FX1619|
|63-23||Trust & Agency||FX9030.8||$11.04||FX1626|
|70-23||Walmart Credit Card||A1620.4||$60.14|
|71-23||Town of Franklin||A4020.4||$50.00|
|72-23||White's Farm Supply||A5110.2||$7,426.96|
|73-23||Mirabito Energy Products||A5110.4||$143.01|
|74-23||Otego Tire & Auto||A5110.4||$228.23|
|76-23||Waste Recovery Enterprises||A8160.4||$12.32|
|79-23||Life Science Labs||FX8330.4||$43.20|
|PAID PRIOR TO MEETING||$1,366.72|
|15-23||Trust & Agency||J9030.8||$587.00||J1863|
|16-23||21st Century Pools||J7145.2||$6,200.00|
|PAID PRIOR TO MEETING||$683.33|
Mayor Briggs adjourned the meeting at 8:25PM.