Rush Town Board Meeting Minutes – 2008/05/28

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RUSH TOWN BOARD
Minutes of May 28, 2008
Regular Meeting
A regular meeting of the Rush Town Board, County of Monroe, was called to order by
Supervisor Udicious at 7:00 PM on May 14, 2008, at the Rush Town Offices, 5977 East
Henrietta Road, Rush, New York. Everyone present participated in the Pledge of
Allegiance.
PRESENT: Donald Knab —– Councilman
Richard Anderson —– Councilman
Thomas Doupe —– Councilman
Lisa Sluberski —– Councilwoman
William Udicious —– Supervisor
Pamela Bucci —– Town Clerk
Frank Pavia, Esq. —– Attorney for the Town
OTHERS PRESENT: Seldon Chase —- Resident
Kirsten Flass —- Resident & Library Director
Dave Sluberski —- Resident
I. OPEN FORUM Supervisor Udicious invited anyone in the audience to address the
Board.
A. Seldon Chase sought the Board’s assistance in seeking the date of the bicycle race
that comes through the southern part of the Town of Rush and requested that the route
be changed. Bicyclists have taken county roads Rush West Rush Road and Five Points
Road and town road Stonybrook Road in the past. The Chase farmers bail and transfer
100 acres of hay and straw on 5 ton wagons through these roads. Stopping the wagons
is disruptive and presents an accident risk. Supervisor Udicious will contact the Monroe
County Sheriff’s Office. Councilman Knab previously discussed the race with Fire
Commissioner Robert Faugh. They concurred that the Fire Department/EMS should be
advised of the race taking place and road closures. Permits may be required.
B. Dave Sluberski presented a recording device proposal and his resume for review of
the town board and town clerk. CD copies of the May 14, 2008, Town Board recording
were also distributed.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES May 14, 2008
RESOLUTION #96-08
Councilman Knab moved that the Minutes of May 14, 2008, meeting be approved.
Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.
Roll:
Councilman Knab aye
Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Supervisor Udicious aye carried.
III. APPROVAL OF ABSTRACT
RESOLUTION #97-08
Councilwoman Doupe stated Be It Resolved, that having audited all the claims against
the funds listed on Abstract #10 in the amount of $35,520.84 be allowed for vouchers
#508 through #566. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.
Roll:
Councilman Knab aye
Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Supervisor Udicious aye carried.
IV. CORRESPONDENCE None to report.
V. REPORT OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
A. Councilman Knab stated that the ballasts for the front outside lights of the Town Hall
are backordered and that a solution for electrical feed to the roof should be in place
before October.
B. Councilman Anderson discussed the restoration and funding of the Honeoye Falls
Creek dam. The Town’s request to FEMA for disaster mitigation monies has resulted in
an unfavorable response.
The Farmland Preservation Committee met and is researching alternatives.
The Greenway Project Steering Committee will be meeting on May 29 at the Town Hall
to review excerpts of pertinent documents.
Proposed Agriculture Tax Exemption Questions relating to Monroe County and School
Tax Burden Attorney Pavia has referred the questions to a tax attorney within his firm
and will respond to the Town by the Rush Agriculture Committee meeting on June 10th.
C. Councilwoman Sluberski The Summer Camp Program is not filling up with Rush
children as quick as in previous years and the Recreation Supervisor requests the
Board’s permission to charge non-residents full cost per child for the program.
Supervisor Udicious had previously given the department permission to match the
Monroe County summer camp program grant. So that a proper determination could be
made, Councilman Knab asked for a written request outline.
A parent has requested permission to register their child in next year’s Rush Afterschool
Program. The child has severe food allergies and requires immediate attention.
Attorney Frank Pavia was asked whether or not the town would be covered under the
Good Samaritan Law in this matter. Attorney Pavia requested Supervisor Stephens to
obtain written information from the parent in order to make a decision.
D. Rush Rifle Range – The Rifle Range is coordinated through Monroe Community
College. The monthly calendar as well as schedule changes are submitted to the Town
Supervisor and are forwarded by MCC to residents upon their request. An unscheduled
“flash bomb” drill occurred. Supervisor Udicious and Code Enforcement Officer Kusse
contacted and visited the Range, respectively. All unscheduled “flash bombs” were
cancelled. Pursuant to the town’s agreement with the Range, all exercises are to be
reported immediately to the Town. Rules are now been posted on the grounds.
E. The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on June 4th to attend required training of the
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Automated Licensing
System.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
1. Rush Senior Group (By-Laws, General Policy) Requested Amendments Attorney
Frank Pavia suggested that the by-laws created in 1966 and amended in 2000 be
converted to general membership policies governed by the Town Board.
Councilwoman Sluberski will relay Mr. Pavia’s position to the Seniors Group.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
1. Employee Manual Proposed Amendments Changes to the Employee Manual
were presented, discussed and tabled for continued discussion at a future meeting.
2. Proposed Schedule for 2009 Budget Budget Officer Donald Reynolds distributed a
2009 Budget Deadlines Schedule to all department heads and Town Board members.
3. Proposed Location of the Library Gazebo The gazebo is proposed to be located
west of the covered ditch at the back entrance to the library. As a safety precaution, the
Library Board of Trustees recommended electric be fed to the gazebo. The gazebo will
be inspected pursuant to code. The Town will waive the building fee.
4. Mendon Foundation Request Request for support of the Mendon Foundation’s
Grant application for grant funding of the Lehigh Valley Trail Extension and
Enhancement Project.
RESOLUTION # 97-08
Supervisor Udicious moved WHEREAS, since 1992 the Mendon Foundation has
worked hard to enhance the natural resources in the Towns of Mendon and Rush, and
to promote the rich cultural heritage of the communities in and adjacent to Southeastern
Monroe County; and
WHEREAS, the Mendon Foundation was successful in obtaining a total of $1,300,000
to create the Lehigh Valley Trail in the mid 1990s; and
WHEREAS, the Lehigh Valley Trail, paralleling the Erie Canal Trail is a major part of the
developing Genesee Region Trails network and contributes to the recreational
opportunities of the 3,500 residents of the Town of Rush; and
WHEREAS, the Mendon Foundation is currently seeking a grant under the federal
SAFTEATEA-LU grant program to support the trail development of the Lehigh Valley
Trail; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board now wishes to fully support the efforts of the Mendon
Foundation in securing funding for the development of the Lehigh Valley Trail and the
recreational offerings for the Town of Rush residents.
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Rush hereby adopts this
Resolution in of support the Mendon Foundation and its grant application under the
federal SAFTEATEA-LU program for the funding of further development of the Lehigh
Valley Trail.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor be, and hereby is, authorized
and directed to record and publish this Resolution in a manner duly warranted.
Councilman Knab seconded the motion.
Roll:
Councilman Knab aye
Councilman Anderson aye
Councilman Doupe aye
Councilwoman Sluberski aye
Supervisor Udicious aye carried.
VIII. OPEN FORUM
Supervisor Udicious invited anyone in the audience to address the Board.
Resident David Sluberski made a comparison comment regarding previous year’s costs’
of Henrietta Recreation programs versus Rush Recreation programs and the additional
but nominal cost to all non-Henrietta residents. Also, in the past, Boy Scouts have not
been allowed to circulate information within the school as the district recreation
programs have in the past.
Dave Sluberski listened to the Town Board meeting minutes of May 14, 2008, and gave
his opinions and concerns of basic legislative minute recording and the necessity of the
town to move forward in its recording of and availability to meetings.
Kirsten Flass questioned Clerk Bucci about taking minutes. Clerk Bucci responded on
the official minute taking process and form in which they must be kept.
IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Supervisor Udicious motioned to move the meeting into Executive Session at 8:10 PM
to discuss potential code violations possibly leading to litigation.
Supervisor Udicious moved to return to regular session of the meeting at 8:27 PM.
With no further business, a motion was made by Councilman Knab and the meeting
was adjourned at 8:30 PM by common consent of all board members.
Respectfully submitted,
Pamela J. Bucci
Pamela J. Bucci
Town Clerk


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