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Rush Town Board
February 28, 2007
A regular meeting of the Rush Town Board was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at the Rush Town Offices, 5977 East Henrietta Road and was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Present: Councilman Richard Anderson
Councilman Thomas Doupe
Councilwoman Lisa Sluberski
Councilman Donald Knab, Deputy Supervisor
Absent: Supervisor William Udicious, illness
Others: Frank Pavia, Attorney for the Town of Rush
Darlene Pilarski, Deputy Town Clerk
Steven King, Highway Superintendent
Gerald Kusse, Code Enforcement
Dan Woolaver, East Henrietta Road
David Sluberski, Rush West Rush Road
Jeffrey Werner, West Henrietta Road
Jeno Osze, Honeoye Falls Five Points Road
I Open Forum
Jeffrey Werner, West Henrietta Road, expressed his concern on the placement of a street light at the intersection of Honeoye Falls Five Points Road and West Henrietta Road. He explained that the light would affect his crops during a critical part of their growth cycle. He has consulted agricultural sources that confirm his concerns. Mr. Werner asked if there were some accommodations that could be made such as turning the light off during June through September.
Mr. Werner also stated that the instances of thief greatly increase with the lighting of farm areas with close proximity to the road.
Mr. Knab stated that the board will investigate the options that may be available to address this problem such as a timer, light shield or a different type of light bulb and keep Mr. Werner updated.
II Minutes
RESOLUTION #77
Councilman Doupe moved that the minutes of the regular meeting of February 14, 2007 be approved as presented. Councilwoman Sluberski seconded the motion.
Roll: Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Councilman Knab aye carried.
III Transfer of Funds and Approval of Abstract
RESOLUTION #78
Councilman Doupe moved that the following transfers of funds be made:
Increase Revenue $38,800.00 for A-3902, State Aid Planning
Increase Appropriation for A-1440.4 Engineer, Contractual
Reflects Quality Communities Grant
Transfer:
$8,168.35 from A-1990.4 Contingency, Contractual to A-3620.4 Safety Inspection, Contractual
Clean up of 55-75 Honeoye Falls Five Points Road
$.60 from A-9050.8, Fringe Benefits, Unemploy. Comp to A-9055.8 Fringe Benefits, Disability Ins.
$.40 from DA-9050.8, Fringe Benefits, Unemploy. Comp. to DA-9055.8 Fringe Benefits, Disability Ins.
$.40 from L-9050.4, Fringe Benefits, Unemploy. Comp. to L-9055.4 Fringe Benefits, Disability Ins.
To cover rounding
Councilman Knab seconded the motion.
Roll: Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Councilman Knab aye carried.
RESOLUTION #79
Councilman Anderson moved BE IT RESOLVED, that having audited all the claims against the funds listed on the abstract, I move that all claims in the amount of $16,373.31 be allowed for vouchers #174 through #213. Councilwoman Sluberski seconded the motion.
Roll: Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Councilman Knab aye carried.
IV Reports of Officers and Committees
1. Town Board – Councilman Doupe reported that he had sent a contribution from the Board to a charity in memory of Donald Reynolds of his mother in law.
2. Highway Superintendent – Mr. King reported that February was the third snowiest month in a long time and that he had used 75% of his overtime allowance.
He also reported that he had not yet seen the log jam but would try to do that this week. Councilman Knab stated that work would need to be done either now when the ground was frozen or in late summer. Mr. King said the ground was not frozen enough for work to be done and he would have to determine if he had the proper equipment to perform the removal.
Councilman Knab stated that the DEC had stated that permits would be required before work is performed in stream bed and Mr. Knab felt that the permit process should be started now as it could require some time to obtain.
The question of what to do with the logs must also be solved since they can not be chipped. Leaving them on the stream bank would involve the loss of some farm land in that area.
3. Town Clerk – Town Clerk Henry asked the Board for their approval of her attendance at the New York State Town Clerk’s Association Conference in Rochester in April. Funds for this conference are in the budget for this year.
RESOLUTION #80
Councilman Knab moved that the Town Clerk be authorized to attend the New York State Town Clerk’s Association Conference in April to be held in Rochester. Councilwoman Sluberski seconded the motion.
Roll: Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Councilman Knab aye carried.
V New Business
1. Monroe County Youth Bureau Program –
RESOLUTION #81
Councilman Anderson moved that the Supervisor be authorized to enter into an agreement with the Monroe County Youth Bureau Program for funds for youth activities. Councilman Doupe seconded the motion.
Roll: Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Councilman Knab aye carried.
2. Quality Communities Grant – Councilman Anderson reported on the meeting that he had attended with the participants in the grant program. Larsen Engineers will be contracted to perform the required services and all attendees agreed to act as co-sponsors of the project. The group is composed of a number of organizations and departments that will stress the interagency cooperation of this program and that will aid in obtaining the necessary funding for the development of the project once the line of work has been developed. Mr. Anderson stated that items such as fisheries, possible hydro development and other areas will be studied. A local citizens group will be formed to gather input in the future.
3. Highway Department bid – Mr. King explained that since there are no medium weight trucks available on state contract, it will be necessary to go out for bids. A notice has been posted and the bid opening will be held at the next regular town board meeting. This truck is needed because the truck being replaced is overdue for replacement and the cost of repairs to it is growing.
4. Association of Towns update – Councilwoman Sluberski reported that she had attended the Legislative Session at the Association of Towns meeting and that 15 of the 16 pieces of legislation being proposed will be supported by the Association of Towns. However, whether the state legislature will adopt this legislation is uncertain.
VI Open Forum
David Sluberski, Rush West Rush Road, asked a number of questions about highway department procedures and the purchase of a new piece of equipment. Councilman Knab suggested that Mr. Sluberski speak directly to the Highway Superintendent to obtain the answers to his question.
The board members did, however, explain what they had learned at the Association Conference. Mrs. Sluberski attended sessions on open meetings, code enforcement and NIMS. Mr. Doupe felt the session on the development of town centers in rural areas was of great interest to him and he felt applicable to our town. Mr. Knab stated that the exchange of information with other towns on how a particular problem had been handled helped board members perform their jobs better.
Jeno Osze, Honeoye Falls Five Points Road , complained that in the clean up of his property that his fire wood had been taken. He felt he had been unfairly treated.
Councilman Knab moved that the meeting be adjourned. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion and the board was all agreement.
Respectfully submitted,
Linda G. Henry
Town Clerk