The Village of Franklin held its regular board meeting on September 11, 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 August 14, 2023 board meeting: VanDeusen moved and Wilson seconded approval of the August 14, 2023 minutes. So passed.
Date: August 31, 2023
|– Reserve/Maint Equip||$84,886.25|
|– Capital Fund/Well Develop||$2,971.42|
|Water Tower Grant||$72.01|
|Trust & Agency||$2,460.97|
|ARPA Funds (remaining)||$6,512.57|
Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded budget transfers in the GF totaling $184.39 (detail attached). So passed. Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval of Treasurer’s Report of August 31, 2023. So passed.
Citizens’ Comments: none.
Correspondence: 1) Email from Ben Syden/Laberge Group re: grants for water/wastewater. 2) NY Deferred Compensation Plan. 3) Email from OneGroup re: wage disclosure law.
Clerk’s Report: 1) Submitted Dr. Sealgood invoice to CHIPS, but it was rejected; they do not reimburse crack sealing; will submit SuitKote bill before December deadline. 2) Received engineering report re: lead service line inventory. 3) Will be sending out past due tax bills.
Superintendent’s Report: 1) cleared limbs along sidewalks 2) 21st Century came out to look at vacuum; it was flipping in water that was too shallow; will give price for collar; will store in back room of Village hall. 3) put up ‘No Parking signs’ on Institute St.; Clerk will find out if we need to put notice in paper about new signs. 4) Tree Removal – State DOT takes down trees on Main St./357; have three on Center St. and one on West St. that need to come down; start with smaller ones, and larger ones can be done next year. 5) Ordered signs for Village Dump. 6) Pool is winterized for the year. 7) Part time labor – called one person, but couldn’t get through; will contact DelCo; could use 2-3 people for sidewalks; will re-advertise.
CDBG Update: Eric’s report – Aquastore team came in and put in forms for tank; concrete will be poured this week; waiting for tanking pieces to come in November. Blueberry farm is for sale. DE following up with health department; they’ve pushed it up to Albany branch. Materials for well house are in; will coordinate with Tweedie to get that going. Electric lines will be another phase.
Sewer Study: Mayor interviewed by Times Union newspaper re: difficulty of getting funding; got a call from EFC and they have volunteered to help with grant application for a waste disposal operation, locating different granting sources. They will have Zoom meeting on Sept. 19 at 1:00pm. Invited business owners and Trustees. Village Board could meet at Village Hall.
Restore NY: Had a Zoom meeting with Omar Sanders/Southern Tier 8; got a call from Meg and Hassan and they want to rewrite the grant with less emphasis on waste disposal.
NYCLASS: Mayor will see them on Wednesday and invite them to next board meeting.John will send Jason wording for sign; Mayor will provide wording for a community notice.
Old Franklin Days: Connie did a remarkable job, it was a success; traffic was heavy, may need signs on Main St.; possibly hire off-duty police to help – budget for one-day security; shuttles may help.
Around Town: Trustee had “Please Slow Down” signs made and put up on Main St.; house next to Village Hall is under contract – they may allow Village to rent office space/garage. December 9 is date for Christmas Stroll and Market.
Street Sweeper: we don’t have a brush; should add to budget – buy a brush or hire someone to do it; Superintendent will find out if a brush could be attached to tractor or skid steer.
Citizens’ Comments: none
Approval of Bills: Wilson moved and VanDeusen seconded approval to pay bills. So passed.
|81-23||Trust & Agency||A9030.8||$554.08||A2319|
|82-23||Trust & Agency||A9089.8||$167.50||A2320|
|93-23||Delhi Telephone Co||A1620.4||$78.72|
|95-23||Mirabito Energy Products||A5110.4||$112.60|
|96-23||CarQuest Auto Parts||A5110.4||$162.80|
|97-23||Taggart Electric Inc||FX8320.4||$280.00|
|98-23||Ti Sales Inc||FX8340.2||$1,567.30|
|99-23||Waste Recovery Enterprises||A8160.4||$12.32|
|100-23||Delaware Cty Real Prop Tax Dept||$242.81|
|PAID PRIOR TO MEETING||$2,147.23|
|20-23||Trust & Agency||J9030.8||$716.33||J1896|
Mayor Briggs adjourned the meeting at 8:02PM.
Budget Transfers for September 2023
|4020.4||Registrar of Vital Stat.||$25.00|