TOWN OF WATERTOWN
March 9, 2017
Members Present: Joel R. Bartlett, Supervisor
Stephen L. Rich, Councilman
Paul V. Desormo, Councilman
David D. Prosser, Councilman
Timothy McAtee, Councilman
Councilman Desormo offered a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Supervisor Bartlett opened the meeting at 7:00 pm and called for the roll of members present. All members were present. Attorney Russell was also present.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to accept the minutes for February 9, 2017 meeting, Councilman Prosser seconded.
Mickey Lehman, Bernier, Carr and Associates, was asked to update the Board on the status of Lettiere Tract sewer systems. He explained the concerns the DEC had with the district and possible solutions. He also advised the Town there is need of a backup licensed operator for the system to be in compliance with the DEC permit.
Supervisor Bartlett informed the board he is in contact with someone interested that position at a rate of $200 a month as a subcontractor. Tim Wells from the highway department expressed an interest in going to school to get licensed to be a sewer operator. The cost involved would not warrant a benefit to the town compared to hiring a subcontractor for the position.
Supervisor Bartlett opened the floor to the public. Mr. Roof, Town of Watertown Ambulance addressed the board. He thanked the board for the installment payment and informed them the report would be late this month, the treasurer is out of town. No one else wished to speak the floor was closed
The Town Clerk had no correspondence.
Supervisor Bartlett accepted the Town Clerk’s Report.
Included with the agenda was the agreement with Time Warner Cable Northeast LLC, I/k/a Charter Communications to renew the cable television franchise for the next 15 years.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to schedule a public hearing April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm regarding granting a cable television franchise agreement by and between the Town of Watertown and Warner Cable Northeast LLC, I/k/a Charter Communications. All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Seconded by Councilman McAtee.
Supervisor Bartlett included in the agenda packet the Jefferson County Dog Control Annual Report for 2016. He informed the Board that the contract between the Town and County has not yet been finalized.
WHEREAS, public works employee David Dehoff has reached his employment anniversary date and has successfully completed all training requirements that enable him to be eligible for a wage grade promotion.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Public Works Superintendant has certified to this Board that Mr. Dehoff has met all qualifications and requirements for the grade increase and is entitled to a wage grade increase from MEO-3 to MEO-2 at the new hourly rate of $20.83 per hour.
A motion to adopt the foregoing Resolution was made by Supervisor Bartlett and seconded by Councilmember Rich.
WHEREAS, the Town of Watertown and the NYSDOT have previously entered into agreement on a Shared Services Agreement for the purpose of assisting each entity in the event of a Governors Emergency Declaration or a suspension of Chapter 55 of the State Highway Law, and
WHEREAS, the current agreement between the NYSDOT and the Town of Watertown expired on February 11, 2017.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Supervisor is herby authorized on behalf of the Town of Watertown to execute a new Emergency Assistance Agreement (attached as exhibit A) between the NYSDOT and the Town of Watertown and be it FURTHER RESOLVED the term of the agreement shall be for a term of 4 years commencing March 9, 2017 and expiring March 9, 2021.
A motion to adopt the foregoing Resolution was made by Supervisor Bartlett and seconded by Councilmember McAtee.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to pay the following abstracts as audited.
Utilities paid prior to the meeting
General Vouchers # 36 to 38 Total $ 1,969.92
Highway Vouchers # to Total $
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 16 to 16 Total $ 2,361.09
Vouchers approved for monthly meeting
General Vouchers # 39 to 55 Total $ 17,740.32
Highway Vouchers # 32 to 44 Total $ 23,631.52
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 17 to 22 Total $ 113,999.39
Councilman Desormo seconded the motion.
Supervisor Bartlett informed the board of a problem with the city water meter that feeds Water Districts #3, #4 and # 5. The city has been estimating the water bills based on last year’s reading when the district had a leak. Highway Superintendent Rohr is in discussions with the city regarding the meter replacement. Supervisor Bartlett informed he will try to work with the city to get reimbursed for the over charges.
Supervisor Bartlett asked if there was any old or new business to discuss:
Supervisor Bartlett informed the Board the annual update document is available and was filed in the Clerk’s Office February 28, 2017. Notice of report was posted in the paper.
Supervisor Bartlett asked if the Clerk would scan and email the annual report, the questionnaire, and the 2017 budget for the upcoming bond renewal.
Councilman Prosser moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 pm, Councilman Desormo seconded.
Pamela D. Desormo, Town Clerk