Town of Pittsford
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:42 PM. Select Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Larry Pomainville, Allen Hitchcock, Dave Markowski and Joe Gagnon. Also present were: Marsha McMahon, Mike Balch and Helen McKinlay.
The minutes of November 17, 2004 were reviewed, discussed and approved. The minutes of December 1, 2004 were reviewed, discussed and approved with corrections. The corrections are to add Town Office in front of the heading building fund. The last sentence of the same paragraph the work with will be inserted in front of auditors. .
The orders of December 8, 2004 were reviewed, discussed and approved M. Balch described the new bulk treated road salt to the Select Board. The new salt is brown in color and made from a molasses derivative which makes the salt stick to the road so it’s not plowed or washed off. The salt is 20% more expensive but allows the Highway Dept. to use 50% less. The 50% less usage is based on the amount of salt being applied to the road. This salt will reduce the polluting effect of the regular road salt. The Highway Dept. has attended training on the use of the new salt and less usage is based on the actual amount of salt being applied to the road. This new salt will save money and be good for the environment. Nickwackett Hose has reimbursed the Town for bills as submitted for the Haunted House expenses.
There were no public comments this evening.
FY Draft Budget
At this time the draft budget shows a $95,000difference between the revenue and expenses proposed budgets. Any necessary cuts from the draft budget would cut programs. The Board discussed possible cuts to the Special Appropriations budget. M. Balch recommended letters be sent out next September in advance of the budget process regarding the Select Boards intent to cut all special appropriations by 10%. A. Hitchcock made a motion to cut all Special Appropriations by 10% this year. Maclure Library requested increase to be included in the 10% reduction, bringing their appropriation to $9,000. J. Gagnon seconded the motion. The Select Board voted 4 to 1, with H. Pelkey opposed. M. Balch noted the Rutland County Humane Society is providing additional services at the Town request with the addition of the dog kennel. A. Hitchcock moved and H. Pelkey seconded a motion to increase the Rutland County Humane Society appropriation from $500 annually to $1000. The motion passed unanimously. The Rutland County tax has an increase of $8,545. There is a total of $48,000 remaining of the Highway grant money. M. Balch noted the police collect only 30% of the total written in traffic tickets. A percentage is taken by the State and judges sometimes reduce the traffic fines during court. Fire Department grants were discussed and noted that grant money is received for specific equipment.
A tax sale is scheduled for Friday, December 10, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. There are eight properties remaining on the tax sale list. M. Balch requested authorization to bid the outstanding balances on behalf of the Town at tax sale. The Board authorized M. Balch to bid the balances on properties not receiving other bids.
Pittsford First Response
Marsha McMahon represented the Pittsford First Response in their request to withdraw $13,700 from the vehicle replacement fund for the purchase of a new vehicle. Adequate funds are available in the vehicle replacement fund for this purchase. D. Markowski moved and J. Gagnon seconded a motion to approve the purchase of the 1999 replacement vehicle and authorize the Pittsford First Response to withdraw $13, 700. L. Pomainville asked M. McMahon if the Pittsford First Response was aware of the Town purchasing policy which allows tires to be purchased at State bid pricing. The pricing previously received for tires by the Pittsford First Response will be verified for the best tire pricing. Motion unanimously passed. M. McMahon departed at 7:05.
M. Balch informed the Select Board of a request received from R. Beyette of Proctor to allow snowmobiles permission to ride through the newly renovated Gorham Bridge. D. Markowski made a motion for the Pittsford Select Board to approve the request for the snowmobiles to ride through Gorham Bridge. The motion was seconded by L. Pomainville. The motion passed unanimously.
M. Balch requested on behalf of the Town employees that the Monday following Christmas and New Years be allowed to be taken as the approved holidays. The union contract states a holiday falling on Saturday employees would be given the proceeding Friday off. Holidays falling on Sunday per union contract allow for Monday to be the observed holiday. The Select Board approved allowing Monday to be the observed holiday for both Christmas and New Years this year. Holiday pay was discussed and the decision is a holiday for full time employees will be at eight hours per day at straight time. Part time employee’s holiday will be pro-rated based on the regular schedule worked. M. Balch will send a memo regarding holiday pay to all employees.
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:35.M.
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair
Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair
Dave Markowski, Selectman
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
Allen Hitchcock, Selectman
Helen McKinlay, Recording Secretary