TOWN OF WATERTOWN
May 10, 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 7:00 pm with the roll of members present. Attorney Russell was also present.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to accept the minutes from the April 12, 2018 meeting, Councilman Prosser seconded.
Supervisor Bartlett opened the floor to the public.
Ralph Green Jr., VanAllen Road South, addressed the Board. He asked if the town planned to clean the sod on the side of the road from the plows. Superintendent Rohr informed the Board they were working on that now but have not gotten to that Mr. Green’s road yet.
No one else wished to speak.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to call a public hearing to raise the water and sewer rates $.50 per unit in Water District’s 3 & 6 and Sewer District’s 1 & 3. Said meeting will be held June 14th, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at the Town Municipal Building, 22867 Co Rte 67. Councilman Prosser seconded.
Town Clerk’s Correspondence: News release for the 8th Annual “Run to the Sun” Heather Freeman Foundation run/walk. The event will be held May 7th, 2018 on town roads.
Supervisor Bartlett accepted the Town Clerk’s Report.
Supervisor Bartlett informed the Board he has advised Mr. Russell to send a letter to Christopher Andiorio, 19820 Orchard Drive. When building his house Mr. Andiorio installed a culvert pipe that was not sufficient to handle storm water runoff. This has created a drainage problem in that area. He was advised in the past that if this causes a problem he would need to replace the pipe. He signed an agreement he would do so.
Supervisor Bartlett shared a letter from Jon Grant, Code Officer concerning an ongoing violation on Sandy Creek Valley Road. It was advised by Mr. Russell for Mr. Grant to contact him on how to proceed. They are in violation of a previous court order to maintain the property.
MOTIONS / RESOLUTIONS
WHEREAS, the Town of Watertown public works department is in need of hiring an additional employee and increasing its current level of staffing to provide necessary services for the department; and
WHEREAS, the current level of staff is insufficient due to retirements and permanent disability manpower losses.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Clerk is hereby authorized to publish notification in the official newspaper of the Town of Watertown requesting applications from the public for a full time MEO position in the town public works department, and that all application shall be submitted for this position to the Town Clerk’s Office 22867 County Route 67, Watertown, NY 13601 up until Thursday June 14th, 2018; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all applicants for the position must have a clean NYS commercial CDL driver’s license, and that the wage grade for said position shall be based on a 40 hour work week and established commensurate with the successful applicants experience level of mobile equipment operation.
A motion to adopt the foregoing Resolution was made by Supervisor Bartlett, seconded by Councilmember McAtee.
WHEREAS, the Town of Watertown is in receipt of a request of Bed Tax revenue to underwrite promotional expenses associated with the 18.12 and ½ marathon which is held annually and brings many competitors and tourists to the area; and
WHEREAS, the 18.12 and ½ marathon organization provides the town with all applicable permits necessary to conduct the marathon within the portion of the marathon that is conducted within the Town.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the 18.12 and ½ marathon is hereby granted $1,500.00 in bed tax revenue to underwrite the organizations promotional expenses for the 2018- 18.12 and ½ marathon.
A motion to adopt the foregoing Resolution was made by Supervisor Bartlett and seconded by Councilmember Desormo.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to pay the following abstracts as audited.
Utilities paid prior to the meeting
General Vouchers # 87 to 90 Total $ 11,617.51
Highway Vouchers # 56 to 56 Total $ 16,804.62
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 28 to 28 Total $ 2,826.48
Vouchers approved for monthly meeting
General Vouchers # 91 to 108 Total $ 8,857.99
Highway Vouchers # 57 to 70 Total $ 10,205.85
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 29 to 33 Total $ 145,772.85
Councilmember Prosser seconded the motion.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to adjourn to executive session at 7:16 pm to discuss the collective bargaining contract with the Teamsters Union, Councilman Prosser seconded.
The meeting was reconvened at 7:47 pm.
New / Old Business
Discussion took place concerning the maintenance of fire hydrants on private property in the town. Consideration was given to sending a letter out to property owners requiring yearly inspections to insure they are in proper working order.
Councilman Desormo asked about a property on NYS Rte 126 that has a buildup of trash and junk. He was informed that Mr. Grant has been in touch with the property owner and is in the process of an ongoing violation on that property.
Supervisor Bartlett informed the Board he has advised GYMO Engineering to watch for grant funding for the Northeast Water District. It is possible that the project could be resurrected.
Attorney Russell informed the Board he has a conflict with another meeting on Thursday nights. He asked the Board if it would be possible to arrange the agenda so he would be able to leave early.
Councilman Prosser moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 pm, Councilman Desormo seconded.
Pamela D. Desormo, Town Clerk