Minutes – October 9, 2023

Village of Franklin NY minutes of the October 9, 2023 regular board meeting.

The Village of Franklin held its regular board meeting on October 9, 2023, at the Village Hall office (141 Water Street) at 7:00PM.  Present: Mayor Tom Briggs, Trustee Wilson, Trustee VanDeusen, Superintendent Kingsbury, Eric for Delaware Engineering, Chris from NYCLASS (on Zoom) and guests recorded on the sign-in register. The meeting was streamed and recorded on the video platform Zoom.

Minutes:  Minutes of the September 11, 2023 board meeting: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval of the September 11, 2023 minutes. So passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Date: September 30, 2023

General Fund$7,032.25
– Savings$228,357.31
– Reserve/Maint Equip$84,889.62
– Sidewalks$16,913.01
– Trees$2,369.37
Water Fund$10,640.02
– Savings$20,290.94
– Capital Fund/Well Develop$2,971.54
Water Project$6.92
Water Tower Grant$1,467.01
Trust & Agency$0.00
Grant Fund$5,365.48
ARPA Funds (remaining)$3,112.57
Recreation Commission$1,475.07
– Savings$15,765.38
– CD$7,861.15
– CD$15,951.61

Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded a budget transfer in the Water Fund totaling $402.63 from 8340.4 to 8340.2. So passed. (Treasurer’s Report was not approved, will approve at November board meeting).

Citizens’ Comments: none.

Correspondence: 1) OSC re: processed state aid payment of $6464.00. 2) Erie and Niagara Insurance Assoc. re: notice of policy cancellation for D. Jordan/Off Road Maple. 3) US District Court for Southern District NY re: US Dollar LIBOR based instrument settlement.

Clerk’s Report: 1) Water bills for Methodist Church are now being mailed to the UNY Conference of the United Methodist Church; asked them to make sure the building is winterized. 2) Contacted the realtor for Eubanks property to get mailing address for water bills. 3) Margaret Burkett posted our help wanted ad on the NYS Dept. of Labor/NYS Job Bank. 4) NYCOM said we do not need to advertise when putting up new street signs. 5) Mailed out past due property tax bills.

Superintendent’s Report: 1). Furnace cleaning has been scheduled; cold patch road repairs done at the Village barn; park water has been shut off and winterized; contacted DOH for free water sampling service – this could extend water testing requirements to every three years; still awaiting long overdue delivery of new truck.

Old Business

CDBG Update: Eric gave an update on progress of the new reservoir installation. 2nd pouring of concrete to take place early November. Installation of tank will take place 4-5 days after concrete has cured. Jason enquired about fencing in the wells if there are any left-over funds. A little more work is to be done at the pump house and new pump will be installed when Jason returns. Eric spoke of ongoing communications with the DOH regarding post installation water testing. Eric also enquired about progress on the CBD septic system. Mayor Tom replied that we are still in an information gathering stage.

Sewer Study: There will be a zoom meeting on Thursday October 12 at 1 pm with the State Department.

Village Dump: Still awaiting signs. Gate will be left open during winter to allow Town to access salt supply.

NYCLASS: Chris, NYCLASS representative via Zoom, gave a brief but detailed outline to the board re: the banking services offered by NYCLASS. He will make contact with Village Treasurer to give her an introduction/walkthrough of the program. Van Deusen moved to pass a resolution to use NYCLASS for Village savings for investment purposes. Wilson seconded – so passed.

New Business

Excessively High Water Bill Query: Village resident, Sarah Cleaveland questioned an excessively high water bill caused by a tenant not noticing a constantly running toilet and requested a bill reduction. Board agreed to reduce the bill from $1,074.00 to $500.

Lawn Mowing Complaint: Village will waive the $50 fee but resident will receive a letter reminding her of the Village Code requirements. The waiver was only granted on the premise that she did not receive the notice.

Halloween: Village will have Trick or Treat on Tuesday October 31. VanDeusen will place road closed signs. Approved for Institute Street to be closed on the same night as school’s function.

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


104-23George VillafuerteA1001$11.06 A2341
105-23NYSEGA1620.4$83.75 A2345
106-23NYSEGA7110.4$26.65 A2346
107-23PostmasterA1325.4$132.00 A2351
108-23Trust & AgencyA9089.4$134.00 A2359
109-23Trust & AgencyA9030.8$489.26 A2360
110-23FrontierFX8320.4$9.50 FX1636
111-23NYSEGFX8320.4$21.53 FX1637
112-23Walmart (Capital One)$0.00 N/A
113-23Office DepotA1325.2$44.99
114-23Capital OneA1325.4$15.99
115-23Delhi Telehphone Co.A1620.4$79.24
116-23Boulder OilA1620.4$541.72
117-23White's Farm SupplyA5110.4$69.37
120-23The HartfordA9055.8$90.12
121-23Life Science LabsFX8330.4$43.20
122-23Amrex Chemical Co.FX8330.4$682.75
123-23Stevens Excavation LLCFX8340.4$3,562.50
124-23Delaware Engineering DPCH8797.4$2,495.00
125-23Mirabito Energy ProductsA5110.4$188.99
126-23Waste Recovery EnterprisesA8160.4$12.32
127-23Ti SalesFX8340.2$1,550.00

Recreation Commission

22-23FrontierJ7545.4$78.97 J1898

Mayor Briggs adjourned the meeting at 8:15PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Paula Niebanck