Minutes – November 13, 2023

Village of Franklin NY minutes of the November 13, 2023 regular board meeting.

The Village of Franklin held its regular board meeting on November 13, 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 (via Zoom), 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 October 9, 2023 board meeting: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval of the October 9, 2023 minutes. So passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Date: October 31, 2023

General Fund$5,026.99
– Savings$228,367.32
– Reserve/Maint Equip$84,893.34
– Sidewalks$16,913.75
– Trees$2,374.47
Water Fund$9,248.92
– Savings$30,291.90
– Capital Fund/Well Develop$2,971.67
Water Project$6.92
Water Tower Grant$72.01
Trust & Agency$0.00
Grant Fund$5,365.48
ARPA Funds (remaining)$3,112.57
Recreation Commission$241.39
– Savings$28,636.42
– CD$7,861.15
– CD$15,951.61

Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded budget transfer in the Water Fund – $1579.96 from 8340.4 to 8340.2. So passed. VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval of Treasurer’s Reports of September 30 and October 31, 2023. So passed.

Citizens’ Comments: none.

Correspondence: 1) DOT re: CHIPS account balances. 2) Erie Niagara Insurance re: Off Road Maple. 3) STREDC re: public open house in Delhi. 4) DCSWCD re: position on land acquisition program. 5) Selective Insurance re: Assembly Bill 1029. 6) Napoli Shkolnik re: baseline testing requirement for participation in settlement. 7) DOT re: transportation programs. 8) McKinsey Opiate Consultant Litigation.

Clerk’s Report: 1) Transferred $5.00 from General Fund to Trees Account to avoid dormant fee; will transfer back to GF. 2) Employees need to renew sexual harassment training by end of November. 3) Election Day is March 19 – posted notices; Mayor and Trustee, two years; where else can we advertise to get more people out to vote?

Superintendent’s Report: 1) Tree Pros quote received – $2000. 2) Two meter leaks; one will be reimbursed for $151. 3) Received signs for Village dump 4) 76 Water Street shut off by request. 5) ¾ done with lead/copper survey; will contact M. Curry at DOH. 6) Resident submitted bill for leaking water meter. 7) Cardboard dropped at Village Dump; Clerk will write letter to come pick up or pay fine.

Old Business

CDBG Update: Eric: in contact with M. Blauer regarding wrap up; should be done by mid-Dec, under budget; wanted to utilize budget for other means – would take too long, so will just be under budget; most of work will happen within next 2 weeks; pumps are ready to be replaced; controls at well house are ready to go; tank will come in at end of November; trying to coordinate final approval from DOH. Will need to have public hearing in December; Clerk will post legal notice. Tweedie invoices will be in by December meeting.

NYCLASS: Clerk and Trustee Wilson spoke with NYCLASS rep and Wayne Bank rep; they would match interest rates; could diversify and have some accounts at Wayne and some at NYCLASS; Clerk will call and talk with Wayne Bank rep.

Park Grant: matching funds; amount is $615.00; check made payable to Franklin Improvement Society; Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded matching funds and sending a check for $615 to Franklin Improvement Society. So passed.

Rural Development: Mayor sent copies of grant information to Trustees; in order to get assistance for engineering report for sewage system, need to apply through Rural Development and state that the Village Board decided to approach them for a grant; information details what they expect and Village would need to schedule public hearing regarding intent to file application.  Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded proceeding with application with Rural Development grant for engineering report. So passed. Clerk will advertise public hearing for December.

New Business

Around Town: Trustee VanDeusen will contact Molinaro’s office to find out who to contact at the DOT to have blinking lights put on crosswalk signs at Institute and Main Streets (where students cross); Christmas Stroll is December 9.

Citizens’ Comments: none

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


128-23Trust & AgencyA9050.8$135.34 A2375
129-23NYSEGA1620.4$23.00 A2382
130-23NYSEGA1620.4$103.10 A2383
131-23NYSEGA7110.4$26.32 A2384
132-23Trust & AgencyA9030.8$446.46 A2385
133-23Trust & AgencyA9089.8$134.00 A2386
134-23Trust & AgencyFX9050.8$3.03 FX1643
135-23NYSEGFX8320.4$40.04 FX1645
136-23FrontierFX8320.4$9.50 FX1646
137-23NYSEGFX8320.4$1,140.97 FX1647
138-23Capital OneA1325.4$143.94
139-23Capital OneA1325.4$15.99
140-23Gibson Hill Services LLCA1410.4$319.99
141-23Decker AdvertisingA1450.4$31.59
142-23Prolifiq Sign StudioA1620.2$175.00
143-23Delhi Telephone CO.A1620.4$79.24
144-23MSA GroupA1910.4$147.00
145-23Mirabito Energy ProductsA5110.4$6.34
147-23Kinsley Group, Inc.FX8320.4$330.00
148-23USA BlueBookFX8330.4$115.01
149-23Amrex Chemical Co.FX8330.4$867.50
150-23Life Science LabsFX8330.4$390.96
151-23Willem VanEssendelftFX8340.4$151.20
152-23Blauer AssociatesH8797.4$1,600.00
153-23Delaware Engineering DPCH8797.4$8,137.50
154-23Delaware Engineering DPCH8797.4$4,600.72

Recreation Commission

24-23Trust & AgencyJ9050.8$357.78 J1900
25-23FrontierJ7545.4$80.52 J1901

Mayor Briggs adjourned the meeting at 8:08PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Paula Niebanck