Board Notes from Last Meeting
Posted April 25, 2013
Here are very brief
notes from the April 18, 2013 Town Board Meeting, provided for
information purposes. Complete and official meeting minutes will
be posted on this web site under the Government - Supervisor/Town
Board page after they are approved at the next Town Board meeting.
regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Livonia, County of
Livingston and the State of New York was held at Livonia Town Hall,
35 Commercial Street, Livonia on April 18, 2013.
Eric Gott, Supervisor; Andy English,
Councilmember; Matt Gascon,
Councilmember; Angela Grouse,
Councilmember; Frank Seelos, Councilmember; Colleen West,
Clerk; Jim Campbell,
Attorney, Town of Livonia
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Gene Bolster introduced John Hudak, who will be leading the effort
to label the storm drains in Livonia. This is all part of an outreach program
to educate the public regarding water runoff. They will be getting started as
soon as the weather warms sufficiently for the adhesive to hold.
APPROVE MEETING MINUTES FROM 3/21/2013
The board resolved to approve the meeting minutes from March 21, 2013.
EXTREME LAWN CARE’S BID FOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
Supervisor Gott reported that we received ten
bids for lawn care services. He checked the references for the lowest bidder,
Extreme Lawn Care, and recommends that the board award them the bid. We will be
paying them on a monthly basis. The board resolved to approve Extreme Lawn Care’s bid for property maintenance
services in the amount of $13,175.
The board resolved to declare the following equipment as surplus: 2002
Sterling 10-wheeler. Further resolved to instruct Highway Superintendent Dave Coty
to take it to the municipal auction.
DISABILITY PAYMENTS FOR DEPUTY CLERK MILES
Supervisor Gott announced that Deputy Clerk
Miles has been out on medical leave since Tuesday, April 9. She will probably
be out another week. In the past, we have averaged a person’s hours over the
previous 12 months, and calculated their disability at 90% of that.
The board resolved to approve disability payments to Betty Miles at a rate of 90%
of her average hours worked over the past twelve months beginning April 9, 2013
and continuing until she is released by her doctor to resume her work schedule.
“AUTUMN IN THE VILLAGE”
When Supervisor Gott last met with Mayor Lathan,
Lathan asked what the Town could do for Autumn in the Village this year.
Supervisor Gott reminded everyone that we used to give $1,000 a year, but last
year we stepped it up to $2,500. At that time, we had told the Village that we
would consider contributing more this year.
The Village is looking for more than $2,500, but
they did not give a number. The Village is usually short about $10,000, not
including the money the Town contributes. Supervisor Gott thinks they may be
looking to split that with us. He asked the board to think about it.
Councilmember Seelos asked if it was in the
budget. Supervisor Gott replied that we usually take it out of the celebrations
account, but he is not sure what the total is in that budget line. He added
that we can always do a budget transfer, too. He asked the board to think about
what they’d like to do.
BARRY SHAPIRO AS AMBULANCE COMMISSIONER
Councilmembers Gascon and Seelos advertised and
interviewed for an Ambulance Commissioner. They received one application from a
very qualified candidate, Barry Shapiro. He is already chairman of the Board of
Assessment Review. Councilmembers Gascon and Seelos would like to recommend him,
and Supervisor Gott agrees that he would be an excellent commissioner. The board resolved to appoint Barry Shapiro as Ambulance
Commissioner to complete the year in place of Richard Emery who resigned.
There will be an election on the second Tuesday
in December to fill that position for a full term.
FOR PART-TIME PARK EMPLOYEE
Supervisor Gott announced that Lorrie Elliot is
going to step down at the park. She will stay on Sunday afternoons during
concerts to take care of the ladies room. We will need to advertise for a part-time
employee to replace her. Supervisor Gott can work with Tom Vernam to put
together an ad. The board resolved to authorize Supervisor Gott to
advertise for a part-time park employee to replace Lorrie Elliot.
Concert Schedule for 2013 – Supervisor Gott expressed
his thanks to Tim Wahl for putting this together. Wahl kept the cost well
Draft of letter from chairman of Conesus Lake
Association to Governor Cuomo regarding the New York State “Open for Hunting
and Fishing Initiative.” Councilmember Seelos explained that the initiative is a
state tourism program, and the CLA feels the initiative is in conflict with the
issue of invasive species being moved from lake to lake. While the CLA is not discouraging people from
using the lakes, they feel that if the state is going to promote boating, they
should make an equal effort to make sure that the boats are clean.
Councilmember Seelos reports that the Sheriff's
Department will be conducting a general safety program on June 14 from 10 AM to
3 PM at the state boat launch on East Lake Rd. and June 15 from 10 AM to 3 PM
at Long Point Park.
Councilmember Seelos talked about the educational
initiative to educate boaters about invasive species. The money to pay for the
program is coming from a Federal grant. He expressed thanks to the Watershed
Council and the CLA for pledging money toward this program to enable the
employees to work more hours above and beyond what the grant is paying. The
employees will also perform voluntary inspections of safety equipment on boats.
Councilmember English reported that they are
working on the baseball fields. Highway Superintendent Dave Coty sent a truck
to Batavia for ball field dirt and the Village paid for it.
Supervisor Gott announced that all of the “No Smoking”
signs are up on all of our properties.
BEACH ROAD PROJECT
Supervisor Gott stated that Highway
Superintendent Dave Coty is planning or grind and resurface Pebble Beach Road
Councilmember Grouse asked if someone could look
at the sign at Vitale Park that is used to display information about the summer
concerts. Supervisor Gott replied that he is working on it. He and Tom Vernam
are going to do a walk-thru of the park and make a list what needs to be done.
They hope that they are able to get inmates to help with some of the work.
Grouse reported that background checks are underway for the recreation
workers. The process is working well, and the checks are very fast. Craig
Emmerling is pleased. They have only had one person who was concerned about the
data that was requested to do the background check. Councilmember Grouse stated
that if someone elects not to participate in the background check, they cannot
AT HEMLOCK PARK
Supervisor Gott has been told through the state
Historical Preservation Society that the historic bridge has found its final
resting place at Hemlock Park. He thought it would work great at Vitale Park.
The Town is willing to refurbish the bridge and use it to go over Rush Creek. He
thought it would make a beautiful addition to Vitale Park. It is registered as a historical monument so the
Historical Preservation Society thinks it must just sit there. Supervisor Gott
has sent a letter to our Assemblyman and Senator and would like to send one to Mayor
Richards as well. Councilmember Gascon said that right now, it is a bridge to
nowhere. He thinks it is ludicrous that we cannot use it.
DISTRICT – MEDICARE AND MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES
Councilmember Seelos informed the board that at
the last Ambulance District meeting they mentioned that Medicare and Medicaid
have changed their reimbursement rate. They have lowered what they pay per
claim and made the difference a co-pay. The current policy is that residents of
Livonia and Conesus do not have to pay for ambulance service – the District
just accepts the insurance reimbursement. He added that if this continues,
something will have to give somewhere.
Councilmember Seelos mentioned that the
Ambulance District is looking into ways to save costs. They currently have
their own insurance and pay for their own yearly audit. He wondered if they
could save money by rolling their insurance into the Town’s insurance and
having the audit done at the same time as the Town’s audit.
COMING TO HUNTING AND FISHING SALES
Clerk West stated that the DEC is changing
software vendors for the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The change will
go into effect January 1. At that time, the DEC will no longer provide a
computer or printer. Furthermore, they will not allow the software to be loaded
onto more than one computer. This could cause problems with being able to help
customers in a timely fashion. She suggested that they install the software on
the laptop and purchase an inexpensive printer for printing receipts. She is
checking with Hurricane Technologies to make sure that the laptop meets the
system requirements. Supervisor Gott added that he gave Clerk West the go-ahead
to do this, as selling these licenses here is a real convenience to the people
REGARDING DEC PLAN FOR HEMLOCK AND CANADICE WATERSHEDS
Attorney Campbell remarked that the Town Board
had asked him to review the resolution passed by the Town of Canadice relative
to the DEC plan for Hemlock and Canadice Watersheds. He reminded everyone of
the public comment session that was conducted in March. Part of the concern is
that the plan itself calls for the possibility of gas leasing and extraction in
the watershed. Communities are asking for changes to the plan. If the board is
in favor of passing something similar, he will make changes to the Canadice
resolution to reflect the Town of Livonia and will bring it to the next meeting
for review. The Town Board was in favor of that.
REGARDING LIVINGSTON COUNTY WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY RATES
Supervisor Gott stated that the DEC is requiring
the Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority to make upgrades which will
have the potential to cause an increase in water and sewer rates. The project
is estimated to cost five million dollars, which the DEC refers to as a “small
project.” The DEC does not have any facts or figures that would tend to
indicate that this project is necessary. There have been several meetings and
phone calls about this, and he hopes it will not become a reality. He thinks it
will raise rates by 50% at least. So far, he has received at least 200 emails
about this. If anyone wants to email him, he will pass them along.
A resident stated that he heard about the work
that is to be done to Federal Rd. this year. He thought that they rebuilt it
last year. Supervisor Gott explained that they ditched it last year, and this
year the county is going to pave it. It was a two-year project.
AUDIT OF CLAIMS
The board resolved to pay claims from the Abstracts dated April 8, 2013 and April 18, 2013.
The board resolved to enter into Executive Session at 7:40 PM to
discuss the employment history of one particular person. They resumed Regular Session at 8:47 PM.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:47 PM.
Next Meeting: May 2,2013 at 7 PM at the Livonia Town Hall, 35 Commercial St., Livonia, NY