TOWN OF WATERTOWN
July 12, 2018
Members Present: Joel R. Bartlett, Supervisor
Paul V. Desormo, Councilman
David D. Prosser, Councilman
Timothy McAtee, Councilman
Joanne McClusky, Councilwoman
Supervisor Bartlett opened the meeting at 6:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a roll of members present. Attorney Russell was also present.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to accept the minutes from the June 14, 2018 meeting, Councilman McAtee seconded.
Supervisor Bartlett opened the floor to the public. No one wished to speak.
Supervisor Bartlett accepted the Town Clerk’s Report.
Supervisor Bartlett updated the Board on the Jefferson County Dog Control Contract. Many of the towns are no longer in contract with the County causing the remaining towns to pick up more of the cost. The County has cut back over $200,000.00 in their budget but it would still almost double the cost to the Town in the future contract. He will continue negotiations with the County to keep the cost down as much as possible. Supervisor Bartlett will inform the County that the Town will remain with the county dog services through 2019 at that time review the cost and options.
MOTIONS / RESOLUTIONS
WHEREAS, Court Typist Derrick Lawton has successfully completed the probationary period of employment and it is recommended by the Town Justices that he be appointed permanent full-time employment status.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Derrick Lawton is hereby appointed permanent full-time court typist employment status and is henceforth granted all fulltime benefits associated with full time employment with the Town of Watertown Justice Court.
A motion to adopt the foregoing resolution was offered by Supervisor Bartlett, seconded by Councilwoman McClusky.
WHEREAS, a vacancy exists on the Town of Watertown Zoning Board of Appeals with the resignation of Board member Matthew Porter; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to fill the vacant position to insure an adequate quorum for meetings and for the good conduct of board proceedings.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Clerk is directed to publish in the official newspaper of the Town a request for applications for the general public to fill said vacancy and that all letters of interest from the public shall be sent to the Town Clerk’s Office 22867 County Rte 67, Watertown, NY and accepted up until 3:00 pm, Thursday August 9th, 2018; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town Council shall review all requests for appointment to fill said position at the August 9th, 2018 regular Town Council meeting.
A motion to adopt the foregoing resolution was offered by Supervisor Bartlett, seconded by Councilman Prosser.
WHEREAS, a vacancy exists in the Town of Watertown Public Works Department; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to fill the position to maintain adequate staffing levels in pursuit of fulfilling the work objectives of the Public Works Department; and
WHEREAS, public notice as issued in the official newspaper of the Town to the public requesting applications from the public to fill said vacancy and following a review of the applications the Public Works Superintendent recommends that Nicolas G. Hancock, 16666 Co Rte 156 meets the established criteria for employment with the Public Works Department.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Nicolas G. Hancock is hereby appointed to fill the position to the Public Works Department on a provisional basis and that the wage rate of compensation shall be established at MEO-4, $17.83 per hour.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that following the successful completion of the mandatory probationary period, Mr. Hancock shall be granted permanent full time status with all privileges and benefits associated the permanent full time employment with the Town of Watertown.
Supervisor Bartlett moved the foregoing resolution, seconded by Councilman McAtee.
WHEREAS, it is necessary to amend the fiscal year 2018 budget to account for appropriations from account no. A-6989.4 relative to the grant and financing application for the current round of REDC funding; and
WHEREAS, Venue Strategies was charged with filing the CFA and grant applications by July 27, 2018.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the supervisor is authorized to amend the fiscal year 2018 budget as follows:
DECREASE INCREASE ACCOUNT CODE AMOUNT
Unappropriated fund balance A-6989.4 Economic Development $20,000.00
A-1910.4 Unallocated Insurance A-6989.4 Economic Development $ 5,000.00
Supervisor Bartlett moved the foregoing resolution, seconded by Councilman Prosser.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to pay the following abstracts as audited.
Utilities paid prior to the meeting
General Vouchers # 130 to 131 Total $ 11,044.01
Highway Vouchers # 86 to 86 Total $ 15,813.52
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 39 to 39 Total $ 2,513.25
Vouchers approved for monthly meeting
General Vouchers # 132 to 153 Total $ 70,269.48
Highway Vouchers # 87 to 101 Total $ 16,695.57
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 40 to 44 Total $ 110,326.51
Councilmember McAtee seconded the motion.
New / Old Business
Rejean Roux, Bolder Ridge Development has contacted Supervisor Bartlett to request the dedication of the new extension of Boulder Creek Road. Attorney Russell asked to have their attorney contact his office to get him the title documents and map. He also informed they should get a letter of approval from Superintendent Rohr, and Jefferson County Highway Department.
Supervisor Bartlett informed the Board, the report from the town engineers regarding the Lettiere Tract drainage problem will be delayed. There is a problem with a National Grid gas lines on Holcomb Street where the new culvert piping was proposed to be placed. They are working on an alternative solution.
Supervisor Bartlett updated the Board on the status of the grant applications with the Venue Strategies project. He is putting together the required documents needed from the town. He is also meeting with people and agencies for letters of support to include with the application. He is compiling a list of names to form a LDC. He will set up a meeting the end of the month to present the grant application information.
MOTION #64 -2018
Councilman Prosser moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 pm, Councilman Desormo seconded.
Pamela D. Desormo, Town Clerk