Minutes – March 11, 2024

Village of Franklin NY minutes of the March 11, 2024 regular board meeting.

The Village of Franklin held its regular board meeting on March 11, 2024, at the Village Hall office (141 Water Street) at 7:03PM. Present: Mayor Tom Briggs, Trustee VanDeusen, Trustee Wilson, Clerk/Treasurer Niebanck, 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 February 12, 2024 board meeting: VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval of the February 12, 2024 minutes. So passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Date: February 29, 2024

General Fund$212,453.72
– Reserve/Maint Equip (Checking)$85,608.12
– Sidewalks (Checking)$17,415.97
– Trees (Checking)$2,360.53
Water Fund$37,807.50
Water Project$6.96
Water Tower Grant$481,297.11
Trust & Agency$189.55
Grant Fund$1,859.34
ARPA Funds (remaining)$0.00
Recreation Commission$60,080.98

Budget transfers in GF: $367.85 to 5110.4 and $1512.57 to 8797.0 from 5112.2; $500.00 to 1210.4 from 1410.4. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded. So passed. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval of Treasurer’s Report of February 29, 2024. So passed.

Citizens’ Comments: none

Correspondence: 1) Adirondack-Appalachian EMS Council re: certificate to operate ambulance. 2) Cornell University re: Local Roads Program.

Clerk’s Report: 1) Called re: new truck – will be another 6 weeks to get hydraulics delivered and installed. 2) Called Wayne Marshfield about ARPA funds – there are none left from Delaware County. 3) Since 2019 we have collected almost 98% of taxes levied.

Superintendent’s Report: 1) ordered street signs for no parking near school. 2) Lead and copy inventory: 10-11 houses he hasn’t checked (unknown for our side of service line). 3) 54 Hill St. – met with them re: spring that is missing storm drain and running into street; Mayor will contact Code Enforcement Officer.

Old Business

Bathroom Upgrade: Ryan measured and will give us a price.

PayGOV update: Vendor came to Village office to install POS and software on computer; demonstrated how to use it; Helen will put a link on the Village website and information will go out with the next water bills. It is ready to go (we can now accept credit/debit cards as payment for water bills and property taxes).

Community Bible Church sidewalk: Met with Kim/Mike and they would like to have it black topped; will get a quote from Fuller Paving (or 3 bids if over $5000)..

Red Truck: End of April it could be bid out.

Street crack filling: there are small units; propane heat unit is about $2000-2500; comes with some bricks.

Schedule for strategic planning: March 26 at 6:00PM; Budget Planning meeting will be April 15 at 6:00PM.

Village Dump: Hanna typed up a notice to post on Facebook and website re: the dump reaching capacity, restricting to yard waste only, and cutting larger blocks of wood for personal use. Wilson moved VanDeusen seconded authorizing publication of notice. So passed.

Election: Board appointed Jack Siman and Anna Krusinski as election inspectors; and Paul and Linda DeAndrea as alternates.

New Business

Restore NY Grant submission: Mayor has been alerted to new round of grant funding; received note from business owners regarding a meeting with Omar on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00PM at The Tulip & Rose Café. For this round they should de-emphasize waste management and focus on rehabilitation of buildings. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded submitting a letter of intent to support the project. So passed. Meg will record the meeting for board members to review. DOH has very strict guidelines for septic/sewer systems.

Recreation Commission: Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00PM; it will be streamed and recorded on Zoom.

Memorial Day Committee: Mayor met with a group of people to come up with ideas; there will be another meeting in a couple of weeks; would like to have a complete Memorial Day celebration. Encourage board members to join the meetings.

Other: Hanna is willing to go to NYCOM conference in May.

Citizens’ Comments: none.

Around Town: Van Deusen moved and Wilson seconded issuing a one day insurance cert. for Old Franklin Day. So passed.

Approval of Bills: VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval to pay bills. So passed.


228-23Deluxel Checks (Wayne Bank)A1325.4$88.89EFT
229-23Del. County Council of MayorsA1210.4$500.00A2477
233-23Trust & AgencyA9030.8$88.59A2488
238-23Trust & AgencyFX9089.8$167.50FX1729
239-23Trust & AgencyFX9030.8$505.41FX1730
240-23Capital OneA1325.4$15.99 
241-23The ReporterA1450.4$48.64 
242-23Delhi Telephone Co.A1620.4$79.24 
243-23Boulder OilA1620.4$637.38 
244-23MSA GroupA1910.4$100.00 
246-23Mirabito Energy ProductsA5142.4$20.27 
248-23Waste Recovery EnterprisesA8160.4$12.32 
249-23USA BlueBookFX8330.4$53.00 
250.-23Life Science LabsFX8330.4$54.00 
251-23Tweedie ConstructionH8797.4$481225.10 
252-23Selective InsuranceA1910.4$6869.78 
253-23Cyclops Process EquipmentFX8320.2$134.56 
 TOTAL $493728.70 
 Total $490296.18 

Recreation Commission

35-23Selective InsuranceJ1910.4$3699.12 

Mayor Briggs adjourned the meeting at 8:19PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Paula Niebanck