Town Of Whitestown
 Minutes 

June 04, 2003: Regular Town Board Meeting

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REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD
OF THE TOWN OF WHITESTOWN, HELD ON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2003 7:00 PM
AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER IN SAID TOWN

TOWN BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Matthew J. Shannon, Supervisor
Charles R. Gibbs, II, Councilman
William Copperwheat, Councilman
Brian Brooks, Councilman
Daniel Sullivan, Councilman

OTHER TOWN OFFICIAL PRESENT:
William Schmitt, Attorney
Joanne Zegarelli, Town Clerk
Nancy Hartman, Personnel/Finance Director
Sal Granato, Highway Superintendent
Karl Schrantz, Town Engineer/MWH
Donald Wolanin, Police Chief
Jack DelMonte, Foreman Bldgs./Grounds
David Neary, Codes Enforcement Officer
Phil Husted, Codes Department
Rose Kurczyk, Senior Director

The meeting was opened at 7:04 PM, roll call of board members, moment of silence and Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.

Upon the motion of Councilman Brooks, seconded by Councilman Gibbs, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board accept the minutes from the 05/21/03 meeting.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

Supervisor Shannon stated that a handbill was passed out throughout the Glen Haven development stating that if anyone would like to know about neighborhood safety they should attend. The Supervisor stated that he assumed this was circulated in response to the fires that occurred in that development. He stated that there is an ongoing investigation and the Town has received help from outside agencies. He deferred any questions to either the police commission or the Chief of Police.

Councilman Brooks stated that these unfortunate circumstances are the Town’s top priority. He stated that the Police Commission and Chief Wolanin are in daily contact and he is confident that the Chief and outside agencies are handling this appropriately. Councilman Sullivan asked someone to clarify the handout.

John Tanner, Glenridge Road, Whitesboro, stated that this was put out by one of his neighbors stating that there was a meeting tonight to hopefully talk about a neighborhood watch.

Chief Donald Wolanin stated that he intends to formally ask the Town Board for their support in starting a neighborhood watch. He further stated that this would not only be for the Glen Haven area, but the entire Town. He has set up a tentative meeting for next Wednesday at 7:00PM at the Community Center. John Tanner offered his help in distributing the flyers. Discussion regarding organizing the neighborhood watch continued with Chief Wolanin.

Councilman Sullivan stated that the Police Department has the Town Board’s support with this project, however, he would like to initiate a formal resolution.

Upon the motion of Councilman Sullivan, seconded by Councilman Brooks, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board approved the Whitestown Police Department to establish a neighborhood watch in the Town of Whitestown.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

Debra Wells, Glenridge Road, Whitesboro, addressed the Police Chief. She asked if the recent fire was connected to the trashcan fires last year. The Chief did not believe there was a connection.

Herb Lavin, Bartlett Road, Whitesboro, addressed the Board. He stated that he and his wife are retired and the recent incidents that have taken place have been very disruptive to their home. His request to the Board in addition to the neighborhood watch is another alternative to reassure him that added security has been enforced. He also asked for the results of the investigation from the Fire Marshall as of the cause and origin regarding the fire.

Chief Wolanin stated that the cause and origin of the fire has yet to be determined. Councilman Sullivan stated that the Chief couldn’t speak of the details of the fire because it might hinder the investigation, however, he did reiterate that other agencies are assisting in the investigation.

The Supervisor stated that the Whitestown Police are the lead agent in this investigation along with much manpower from other agencies. He cannot give a for sure time-line on when this will be resolved. He further stated that it is a very complicated situation and that the Town Board is hoping for a fast resolution.

Committee Reports

Highway
Sal Granato addressed the Board. He stated that his department has been busy with the trash pick-up and installing culvert pipes.

Police
Chief Wolanin stated that his department has been busy with all that has been previously discussed. An activity report is on file.

Police Commission
Nothing additional

Codes
David Neary addressed the Board. He stated that his department has been busy. He went to the Town of New Hartford for a sample of their appearance tickets. He asked the attorney to review it. Phil Husted stated that to date he has issued 42 building permits. People surrounding the previous DDS Motors on Champlain Avenue are concerned with the new owners and what they plan on doing with that business. Mr. Husted stated that the new owner plans on having a retail store for the purpose of selling fireplaces. There have been some complaints regarding un-mowed lawns. Discussion was had regarding the zoning on Champlain Avenue.

Recreation
Jack DelMonte addressed the Board. He asked for the following resolution.
Upon the motion of Councilman Copperwheat, seconded by Councilman Gibbs, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board approved to hire Karl Hornesky for the ice maintenance at $8.11 per hour and Sarah Maliani as recreation attendant at $6.30 per hour.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

Buildings & Grounds
Jack DelMonte addressed the Board. He stated that maintenance has been normal in his department. Jack will be looking into pricing equipment for the floors.

Engineering
Karl Schrantz addressed the Board. He stated that he received clearance from DEC regarding the wetland issue for Water District 25 – Contract 2. The weather has been a concern for the work being done on Water District 1 – Contract 3. The gravel is down for the pedestrian trail and after the paving is complete, the contractors will be working on the lawns. Regarding Water District 1 – Contact 4, weather has also been a factor with the contractors. Water District 1 - Contract 5, easements have gone out and Karl stated that he has received some calls from residents regarding that project. Discussion followed.

Joe Caruso from Domenico's Golf Course addressed the Board. He stated that he would like water and asked if it would be installed on Judd Road. He heard from someone at the water board who stated that the lines would be sent from Cider Street out and that Judd Road would not have water service. Discussion followed. Karl stated that the plan is that water would be picked up on the other side of Rt. 49 go up Valley Road, across the four (4) corners up River Street and pick up a main on the other side of Rt. 49, all the way up Valley Road, up Lovers Lane, up Judd Road out Cider Street, under the thruway and out towards Westmoreland. This would be only a transmission line and no one would be able to tap into this. If the Town decides to provide water for the residents along this area, they would have to tap off of the transmission main with separate distribution mains for public use. A new tank is expected at the County Airport. The supervisor stated that they are working towards getting water in his area and Mr. Caruso was glad to hear that. Councilman Gibbs stated that it might be an advantage to the Town to do this project along with the water board. He asked Karl to work closely with the water board when they start this project in hopes of saving the Town tax dollars.

Town Clerk
Joanne Zegarelli addressed the Board. She stated all has been usual in her office. However, she is concerned about the amount of people in the hallway of Town Hall when court is in session. With the summer approaching, this hallway gets very hot and uncomfortable for people. Last year a woman had collapsed. She requested an air conditioner for the hallway and stated it only needs to be on during court times, which are Mondays and Tuesdays. The Supervisor indicated to Jack DelMonte his approval. Mr. DelMonte stated an air-condition could replace the large barn fan. Councilman Brooks suggested that the Board explore the possibility of 24-hour surveillance cameras for the potential problems that could exist in Town Hall.

Personnel & Finance
Nancy Hartman addressed the Board. She stated that in addition to her written report to the Board, she needs their approval for the following.
Upon the motion of Councilman Copperwheat, seconded by Councilman Gibbs, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board approve to pay Jean Cidzik $294.12 for 32 ½ hours of unused vacation time.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

The Supervisor stated that for the month of May there were 1,709 visits to the Town’s web site, approximately 55 per day.

Public Comment
William Goodman, Oneida County Legislator, addressed the Board. He gave a written report of the Oneida County Legislature for the months of April and May. He spoke briefly on each subject. This report is on file at the Clerk’s office. Discussion was had regarding the grant for the fire-training tower on Westmoreland Road. This grant has been applied for and they have not yet heard.

Debra Wells, Glenridge Road, Whitesboro, addressed the Board. She stated that cars are known to speed up and down Glenridge Road. She asked for an additional stop sign on the corner of Baldwin. Councilman Brooks suggested placing the speed trailer on Glenridge Rd. Additional discussion followed suggesting the following resolution.

Upon the motion of Councilman Sullivan, seconded by Councilman Brooks, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board agree to have the Highway Superintendent and Chief of Police study the possibility of a stop sign at the corner of Glenridge and Baldwin Roads, discussion followed with a revised motion of
The Highway Superintendent and the Chief of Police would study the pattern of traffic on any corners surrounding Glenridge Road and report back to the Town Board with their recommendations.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

Seniors
Rose Kurczyk addressed the Board. She stated that there was a very good turn out for the senior meeting today.

Old Business
Summer hours for the Clerk, Assessor and Receiver of Tax’s office was table until the next meeting.

New Business
Upon the motion of Councilman Copperwheat, seconded by Councilman Gibbs, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board give permission to the Village of Whitesboro for the use of the facilities at Town Hall for their Wednesday night concerts.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

Upon the motion of Councilman Sullivan, seconded by Councilman Gibbs, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board entered into executive session at 8:04PM to discuss the acquisition of real property when discussed publicly may effect its value.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.
Upon the motion of Councilman Copperwheat, seconded by Councilman Sullivan, it is
RESOLVED, that the Town Board ended executive session at 8:55PM.
All voted aye.
Motion carried.

TOWN CLERK’S MONTHLY REPORT FOR MAY 2003
Paid to Supervisor for General Fund -- $700.74
Paid to Supervisor for Part Town Fund -- $6,228.00
Paid to NYS DEC for DECALS -- $236.14
Paid to County Treasurer for Dog Licenses -- $111.62
Paid to Agriculture & Markets for Dog Licenses -- $42.00
Paid to NYS Department of Health for Marriage Licenses -- $112.50

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS -- $7,431.00

There being no further business to come before the Board, upon the motion of Councilman Brooks and seconded by Councilman Sullivan, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Zegarelli
Town Clerk