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Walworth Town Meeting   November 15, 2018

by WayneTimes.com
November 16, 2018

 The meeting was called to order at 7:01PM by Supervisor Jacobs. All board members were present for the meeting except Councilman Pembroke, and Highway Superintendent Tim Vendel was absent as well.  

The presentation for the evening was given by Lyn Boyd-Bauer, President of the Walworth Lions Club. Ms. Boyd-Bauer discussed what the Lions Club does in the community, and noted the Walworth Lions Club was chartered in 1972. The club is responsible for the sponsorship of “No Magic in Drugs,” a program currently in Gananda Schools and one they are discussing with counselors at Wayne Central that typically targets fifth and sixth grade students. It is also responsible for the Town Clean Up, supporting local Scouts programs, the implementation and maintenance of the Memory garden, eye exams and glasses for school children, tent donations to various organizations, food donations at the holidays, backpack programs, supporting the Eastern Service Workers, and more. 

They also created the Festival in the Park for the town to replace the Street Dance, and have helped create and support other community additions such as the flagpole in the park, the bathrooms, the playground by the pavilion, and more. The Lions Club supports organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Wayne County 4-H, Mercy Flight, and Wayne ARC, as well as several others, and global causes include vision, diabetes, childhood cancer, hunger, and the environment. Those interested in joining can contact Lyn Boyd-Bauer or the membership director, and information is available online as well.  

Gene Bavis, Town Historian, addressed the board and audience following Ms. Boyd-Bauer. Mr. Bavis also serves as the chairman of the Wayne Historians Organization (WHO), a group consisting of representatives from Wayne County historical societies and municipal historians. 

They meet six times each year to share information, and are currently working on creating an online inventory system that includes historical sites throughout Wayne County. The list will become available to the public and can be sorted by category. 

In anticipation of this and the upcoming bicentennial, the group met with Devon Lander, State Historian, on Tuesday, November 13, and will be focusing on bringing awareness and getting the word out in 2019 to local organizations and boards.

Following the presentations, the minutes from the October 29, 2018 Special Meeting and November 1, 2018 Regular meeting were approved.

During the first Public Participation session, at 7:21PM, Nancy Sclamo of Haley Road spoke regarding a dog kennel located on the road and her concerns regarding it. 

Councilman Ambroz noted that the board is aware, but will not be commenting as it is a Planning Board matter. Councilman Ruth noted in response to Ms. Sclamo’s concerns that there are leash laws, and Councilman Phillips asked about types of training with the dogs. The session closed at 7:27PM.

The Town Supervisor’s Report was accepted and filed.

  - A Resolution authorizing the Town Highway Superintendent to write a letter of intent to Regional International for a new 10-wheel truck so that a price can be secured in 2018 for a Fall 2019 delivery was approved.

- Councilman Ruth reported a situation with a downed tree in the West Walworth Cemetery was taken care of by Robbie Burns and his crew.

- Councilman Ambroz noted that the Planning and Zoning boards are aware of the issue on Haley Road, and wanted to let everyone know that the Town Board does not influence the Planning Board. 

He added that the budget has been completed, and that union negotiations are ongoing.

- Supervisor Jacobs noted that the compliance review being completed with Phil Williamson is ongoing, union negotiations are continuing, and there is currently no news for cable and internet. Supervisor Jacobs also noted that Tim Cleary has the necessary information and will be providing a quote for the 2019 insurance, and that Dr. Mathis Calvin with Wayne Central School District advised that a real estate agent is now in charge of accepting offers for lease or purchase of Freewill Elementary School. Supervisor Jacobs also explained the facilities are coming along, salt has been ordered, and pricing is being looked into for carpeting and other projects. Lastly, she and Councilman Phillips attended a Gananda School Board meeting on Wednesday, November 14, where a presentation was given regarding the reason for the school taxes being high in Gananda; Supervisor Jacobs is looking to bring the presentation to a town board meeting in the future.

Resolution for Abstract 11, Approval was carried.

- Resolution to Authorize the Town Supervisor to sign the Engagement Letter for Accounting Services for year ended December 31, 2018 with Raymond F. Wager, CPA, P.C., was carried.

- Resolution to Authorize the Town Supervisor to sign the Engagement Letter for Depreciation (GASB#34) for the year ended December 31, 2018 was carried.

- Resolution to accept the Certificate of Recognition – NYPENN Troop 40978, Amber Taylor, was carried.

Under Correspondence:

- Email thanking Dog Warden Lea Dill from Ms. Barbara Stoops was accepted.

- Letter from the Town Justices Daniel Majchrzak and Charles J. Young was accepted.

 Following Correspondence, items not on the agenda were covered, including:

- Resolution to accept the training of Charles Buss was carried.

- Councilman Phillips motioned to accept a $600 donation from Friends of Walworth Park for Light the Night on Saturday, December 1, from 6-8:00PM was carried. 

- Resolution for the Town Supervisor to sign a license agreement (regarding a home for sale and issue brought to the board by Norm Dreschel) was carried.

 Supervisor Jacobs then noted that there will be no presentation at the December 6, 2018 meeting and instead, there will be a tree lighting of the Town Hall tree in the lobby with cookies and conversation at 7:00PM, followed by the regular board meeting. 

There will also be no presentation at the December 20, 2018 meeting, with presentations resuming in 2019. The meeting adjourned at 7:55PM.

By Emily Kunz

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