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					                           REGULAR MEETING SHELDON TOWN BOARD
                                     September 15, 2009

The Regular Meeting of the Sheldon Town Board held September 15, 2009 at the Sheldon Town Hall, was
called to order by Supervisor John Knab at 7:30 PM.

Present:           Supervisor John Knab
                   Councilmembers: Glenn Cramer, Jim Fontaine, Lynne Metz
                   Absent: Councilmember Paul Kirsch
                   Recording Secretary: Town Clerk Carol Zittel
                   Attorney Anthony DiFilippo

Also Present:   Justice Fran Lefort, Justice Robert Jae, Zoning Officer Ken Martin, Arcade Herald
reporter Adam Zaremski and approximately 15 others. A signed list of all present is on file in the Town
Clerk’s Office.

Minutes
A motion was made by Jim Fontaine and seconded by Glenn Cramer that the minutes from the Regular
Board Meeting on August 25, 2009 and the minutes from the Special Meeting on September 1, 2009 be
approved as printed and received.
                  Yes      4      No      0        Motion Carried.

Communications:
        NYS Archives Training
#55     Town Clerk asked approval to attend a NYS Archives seminar entitled “Using State Retention
Schedules” on September 17, 2009 and a Wyoming County Town Clerk Assoc. meeting on Monday
September 28, 2009.
                Yes      4       No       0       Motion Carried.

         Upcoming Public Hearings
#56      Town Clerk reminded the Board of the upcoming Public Hearings: the Harris Corners Fire Dept.
contract on September 23, 2009 and the Varysburg Fire Dept. contract on October 1, 2009 at 7:30PM at the
respective Fire Halls. The Town Clerk also advised the Board of a ZBA Public Hearing on September 30,
2009 at 7PM at the Town Hall regarding a variance request by resident Kevin Lynch.

           Usage of Town Hall by Non-Profit Groups
#57        Town Clerk notified the Board of two organizations using the Town Hall in October.
           October 9, 2009: Cornell Cooperative Extension
           October 13, 2009: Alzheimer’s Association

         Old State Road Paving
#58      Town Clerk read a Thank You from Edwin & Margaret Francis thanking the Town personnel for
the paving of Old State Road.

         Historical Society Schoolhouse Internet & Phone Service
#59      The Town Clerk distributed a letter from the Sheldon Historical Society asking the Town Board
for phone and internet service at the Schoolhouse in Strykersville. Supervisor Knab stated that he will get
prices on providing such service and will report back to the Town Board next month.




           Planning Board Workshops
#60       The Town Clerk announced upcoming Planning & Development Workshops on September 30th,
October 15th and October 22nd.
A motion was made by Jim Fontaine and seconded by Lynne Metz to approve for any interested Town
official to attend the Monroe County Planning & Development workshops on September 30 th, October 15th
or October 22, 2009.
                    Yes    4       No       0      Motion Carried.

Invenergy Code of Conduct Agreement
#61     The Town Clerk distributed a letter from Hodgson Russ Attorneys stating Invenergy’s intent to
comply with the Code of Conduct Agreement for Wind Farm Development.

Financial Reports
Financial Reports were presented for the month of August 2009 from the Town Supervisor, Town Clerk
and the Town Justices.

Bills:
A motion was made by Lynne Metz and seconded by Jim Fontaine that the
        General Bills #308 to #337 for a Total of $14,098.22, the
        Highway Bills #181 to #196 for a Total of $36,631.44, the
        Varysburg Water District Bills #60 to #65 for a Total of $4,967.79, and the
        Lighting District Bills for a Total of $707.81 be paid.
                 Yes      4          No       0        Motion Carried.

Highway Superintendent’s Report
Highway Superintendent Dave Ricketson updated the Board on various Highway projects including oiling
and stoning roads, assisting neighboring Towns with paving and assisting the County Highway Dept. with
hauling gravel for the work on Dutch Hollow Rd. Supt. Ricketson notified the Board that the new Town
pick-up truck has arrived.
Payment of New Highway Pick-Up Truck
A motion was made by Jim Fontaine and seconded by Lynne Metz to approve pre-payment of the new Ford
pick-up truck for the amount of $18,678.77.
                   Yes      4       No      0        Motion Carried.

Supervisor Report
        Wyoming County Bills
Supervisor Knab reported the Wyoming County bills for the month of August 2009 were $2,801,803.79.

         Vincent Almeter Memorial Park
Supervisor Knab informed the Board that the new roof has been installed on the pavilion in the Vincent
Almeter Memorial Park in Varysburg. The Lions Club provided the labor and the Town of Sheldon paid
for the materials.

         Flu Shots Sponsored by the Wyoming County Office for the Aging
Supervisor Knab noted the following dates and times for flu shots available to Wyoming County residents
age 60 and over: Monday September 28, 2009 at the Arcade Fire Hall, Tuesday September 29, 2009 at the
Valley Chapel Church in Warsaw and Wednesday September 30, 2009 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in
Attica. All clinics are from 9-11:30AM.

         Motorcycle Noise in Varysburg
As a follow-up to previous Board meeting discussions regarding the noise complaints in Varysburg,
Supervisor Knab reported that the Town Court has processed at least 19 tickets for loud motorcycle
mufflers in the past month.

        Insurance Coverage on Town Building and Equipment
A motion was made by John Knab and seconded by Glenn Cramer to raise the insurance coverage on the
Town Hall to $1,000,000.00 and to leave the equipment coverage the same.
                  Yes      4        No       0        Motion Carried.

        Praller Assessment Challenge
Attorney DiFilippo updated the Board on the Praller Assessment Challenge.

Justice Court Mail-In Pleas
Justice Fran Lefort addressed the Town Board regarding the way mail-in plea procedures are handled by
the Town Prosecutor. Supervisor Knab stated that he will contact Town Prosecutor David DiMatteo about
implementing a few changes to the way mail-in pleas are handled.

Acceptance of Reports
A motion was made by Jim Fontaine and seconded by Lynne Metz to accept all reports as presented.
                Yes     4       No       0       Motion Carried.

Old Business
Resolution to approve new zoning - Local Law 2-2009
A motion was made by Jim Fontaine and seconded by Glenn Cramer to approve Local Law 2-2009
establishing a new zoning law in the Town of Sheldon.
                  Yes      4        No     0        Motion Carried.

New Business
Wyoming County Magistrates Association Dues
A motion was made by Lynne Metz and seconded by Glenn Cramer to approve the $20.00 payment of dues
for Town of Sheldon Justice membership in the Wyoming County Magistrate’s Association.
                 Yes      4      No        0      Motion Carried.

Salt Building Re-Roof Bids
A motion was made by Glenn Cramer and seconded by Lynne Metz to give permission to Supervisor Knab
to sign the contract with Just Barn’s Inc. in the amount of $13,350.00 for the re-roof of the Highway
Department Salt Storage Building.
                   Yes      4        No         0      Motion Carried.

Set Date for Budget Workshop Meeting
A motion was made by Jim Fontaine and seconded by Glenn Cramer to set the date for the budget
workshop for Tuesday September 29, 2009 at 7:30PM.
                Yes     4       No       0       Motion Carried.

Halloween Night
A motion was made by Glenn Cramer and seconded by Jim Fontaine to designate Saturday October 31,
2009 as trick or treat night in the Town of Sheldon, and that the Town Clerk so advertise in the East Aurora
and Attica Pennysavers.
                   Yes       4        No      0        Motion Carried.

Board of Assessment Review Appointment
A motion was made by John Knab and seconded by Jim Fontaine to appoint Vince Kirsch to the Town of
Sheldon Board of Assessment Review for a five-year term 9/30/2009-9/30/2014.
                 Yes    4        No       0        Motion Carried.




Comments from the Floor
Wind Turbine Noise
Councilman Cramer addressed the Board regarding the wind turbine noise complaints received from
resident Rick Slowinski. Councilman Cramer informed the Board that he visited the Slowinski residence
late in the evening of August 25, 2009 in order to gauge the noise level for himself. He stated that he had
no noise measuring instrumentation but that in his opinion it was extremely loud.

Sheldon Elementary School
Resident Brian Becker addressed the Board regarding the enrollment numbers at Sheldon Elementary
School.

Advertising Bids on Craigslist or Ebay
Resident Mike Armbrust addressed the Town Board regarding the posting of bids for the Town Highway
Pick-up truck. Mr. Armbrust suggested listing the truck on Craigslist or Ebay.

Noise Turbine Noise
Resident Steve Gregoire addressed the Town Board regarding the wind turbine noise they are experiencing
at their residence. He expressed his opinion that the Town should take it upon themselves to measure the
sound. Invenergy Representative Steve Bystriansky responded that Invenergy had a third party involved
in resolving the Gregoire issues. Mr. Bystriansky stated that the next step is to have Invenergy
Representative Geoff Kerr contact the Gregoire’s and set-up a date to visit their residence. Councilman
Cramer reiterated his opinion that the sound study should have been conducted near a residence where
complaints are coming from. Mr. Bystriansky stated that a location very representative to the Gregoire
residence was chosen. Resident Norm Kehl stated that it seems natural that some turbines make more
noise than others and that the ones that are receiving complaints should be tested. Mr. Bystriansky stated
that Invenergy will make sure that nothing is out of whack on the turbines and mechanically nothing is
wrong.

Adjournment
At 8:40PM a motion was made by Lynne Metz and seconded by Glenn Cramer to adjourn the September
15, 2009 meeting of the Sheldon Town Board.
                 Yes      4       No     0      Motion Carried.

				
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