Minutes – May 8, 2023

Village of Franklin NY minutes of the May 8, 2023 regular board meeting.

The Village of Franklin held two (2) Public Hearings and its regular board meeting on May 8, 2023, at the Village Hall office (141 Water Street) at 7:00PM. Present: Mayor Tom Briggs, Trustee Wilson, Trustee VanDeusen, Clerk/Treasurer Niebanck, Superintendent Kingsbury and guests recorded on the sign-in register. The meeting was streamed and recorded on the video platform Zoom.

Public Hearings: Called to order at 7:00PM

Proposed Village Budget for 2023-2024: discussion regarding 5112.2; reduce to $30K. Proposed budget amount for General Fund is $312,761.01 and Water Fund is $91,432.00. Proposed tax levy – $100,836.39.

Short Term Rental Regulations/Local Law No. 2 of 2023: no comments

Board Meeting:
Minutes: Minutes of the April 10, 2023 board meeting: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded that minutes of April 10, 2023 be approved. So passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Date: April 30, 2023

General Fund$2,726.90
– Savings$196,311.68
– Reserve/Maint Equip$84,871.72
– Sidewalks$16,909.45
– Trees$2,368.87
Water Fund$6,273.88
– Savings$20,531.97
– Capital Fund/Well Develop$10,970.10
Water Project$6.92
Water Tower Grant$72.01
Trust & Agency$0.00
Grant Fund$14,165.48
ARPA Funds (remaining)$11,912.57
Recreation Commission$4,769.50
– Savings$37,758.92
– CD$7,861.15
– CD$15,951.61

VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded budget transfers in GF of $1,454.26 and in WF of $1,679.25 (see detail attached). So passed. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval of Treasurer’s Report of April 30, 2023. So passed.

Citizens’ Comments: 1) Local Law No. 2 will be voted on in new business; permits will be mailed to current short term rental owners. 2) Dog concerns; noise from Wally Rd. Village has hired Dog Control Officer who is willing to talk to dog owners. 3) Determination about Bissell Springs? Not yet; will let residents know. 4) LED on street lights are bright; could put caps on lights and can get them from Albany? – Tabled.

Correspondence: 1) Del. County Real Property Tax re: tax sale of parcel 97.16-3-9/Schiffner. 2) New York State DOT re: new regional director.

Clerk’s Report: 1) Email re: noise complaint on Maple Street; emailed a copy of Noise Ordinance to Sheriff’s office and will mail a copy to the offender. 2) SPCA contract has not yet been finalized or adopted.

Superintendent’s Report: 1) Installed second meter at 272 Center St for two apartments 2) Fixed water leak at 435 Main. 3) Getting quote from Stevens Excavating for catch basin at Costello property. 4) Installed new meter at 669 Main. 5) No new information on the new truck purchase. 6) Driveway entry repairs are responsibility of property owner. 6) Quotes received from Dr. Sealgood; can give go ahead to do the work. 7) White’s will give quote for new lawn mower.

Old Business

CDBG Update: Tweedie is working on getting a permit; they would like copies of key

Dog Control Officer: Contract with Susquehanna SPCA; same as Town of Franklin contract; Dog Control Officer will be paid once a month beginning in June; post on community board and website re: licensing application. Cat health problems may be addressed by Delhi Animal Hospital.

Sewer Study: Meg Lavalette met with a company called C&S based in Syracuse who helped another small village (Odessa) from start to finish; did testing and engineering plan, and grant writing (took 4 years); would start with eColi test; engineering feasibility study is $25-40K could be written into grant application; feasibility report from 2002 is available; engineering study done last year. Co-Owner of building has relative with sewer infrastructure experience. Catskill Watershed Corp. – Franklin is considered in the watershed; they did a number of hookups piping effluent to a leach field. Village would have to hire someone to manage a sewage plant. State of NY budget has $500k plus for water/sewage infrastructure. Entire project could potentially be covered by a grant. Mayor Briggs will speak with Mayor of Odessa.

New Business

Budget for 2023-2024: VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded adoption of the General Fund and Water Fund budgets. Budget amount for General Fund is $312,761.01 and Water Fund is $91,432.00. Tax levy – $100,836.39. Passed.

Local Law No. 2 of 2023/Short Term Rental Regulations: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded adoption of Local Law No. 2 of 2023 – a local law to establish short-term rental regulations and permitting within the Village of Franklin. Clerk will file with the State of NY. Passed.

Pride Month: Received a letter proposing a proclamation declaring June 2023 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month; Village government will receive requests for proclamations for approval. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded that the Mayor make the proclamation declaring June 2023 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the Village of Franklin, New York. Passed.

NYCOM Delegate: Mayor appoints John Wilson as delegate to NYCOM conference.

Bissell Hill Property: Plan to establish a day to walk up there with Village Board and interested residents.

Citizens’ Comments: none.

Village Dump: will get a camera; Jason lock up at end of day; open weekdays from 8-2; other hours would need to contact Village and weekends would be by reservation. Hanna will work with Jason to write up guidelines to post on Facebook and Village website.

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


290-22NYSEGA1620.4$59.40 A2188
291-22NYSEGA1620.4$62.37 A2189
292-22NYSEGA7110.4$13.97 A2190
293-22PostmasterA1325.4$126.00 A2201
294-22Trust and AgencyA9030.8$81.79 A2202
295-22Trust and AgencyFX9055.8$392.38 FX1549
296-22FrontierFX8320.4$9.50 FX1564
297-22NYSEGFX8320.4$26.88 FX1565
298-22NYSEGFX8320.4$1,234.98 FX1566
299-22Trust and AgencyFX9089.8$134.00 FX1571
300-22Trust and AgencyFX9030.8$396.20 FX1572
301-22Capital OneA1010.4$1,132.00
302-22Capital OneA1325.4$15.99
303-22Decker AdvertisingA1325.4$36.22
304-22Office DepotA1325.4$184.66
305-22Decker AdvertisingVOID
306-22Boulder OilA1620.4$233.98
307-22Delhi Telephone Co.A1620.4$78.70
308-22Jess Howes, Inc.A1620.4$5.25
309-22Mirabito Energy ProductsA5110.4$161.31
311-22Waste Recovery EnterprisesA8160.4$12.32
312-22Amrex Chemical Co.FX8330.4$601.00
313-22Life Science LabsFX8330.4$43.20
314-22Delaware EngineeringH8797.4$8,394.65

Recreation Commission

58-22NYSEGJ7345.4$0.00 N/A
59-22FrontierJ7545.4$61.77 J1827

Mayor Briggs adjourned the meeting at 8:34PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Paula Niebanck

Budget Transfers for May 2023

Acct. CodeDescriptionAmount Acct. CodeDescriptionAmount
1010.4Board of Trustees, Exp.$520.00 1210.4Mayor, Exp.($300.00)
1325.2Clerk/Treas., Equip.($220.00)
1620.4Buildings, Exp.$858.54 5110.2Street/Maint., Equip.($858.54)
5182.4Street Lighting, Exp.$73.00 5110.2Street/Maint., Equip.($73.00)
9055.8Disability Insurance$2.72 5110.2Street/Maint., Equip.($2.72)
$1,454.26 ($1,454.26)
8310.2Admin., Equip.$543.14 8310.1Admin., Personal($1,679.25)
8310.4Admin., Exp.$520.00
8320.4Power & Pump, Exp.$30.82
9050.8Unemployment Ins.$585.29
$1,679.25 ($1,679.25)
$3,133.51 ($3,133.51)