BOARD MEETING MINUTES

TOWN OF NORWAY

MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

                                                                                                                                       

TOWN BOARD MEETING PRESENT
September 12, 2019

Supervisor: Judy Gokey

Council: Gary Snyder

Craig Gillespie

Perry Siver

Scott Crossett

Hwy. Super: Howard Eaton

Town Clerk: Lora Grower

Assemblyman: Robert Smallen

K.V.A.C: 1 Member

8 Town Members

Motion made by C. Crossett and seconded by C. Gillespie for meeting to open at 7pm.

Pledge of Allegiance

Motion made by C. Crossett and seconded by C. Snyder to close regular meeting at 7:01 to go into executive session. Craig Gillespie has recused himself from the executive session.

Executive session;
Discussions took place on business with ambulance.
Judy explained that we needed to do two resolutions tonight that pertain to this matter.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Crossett to close executive session at 7:14 pm.

Motion made by C. Siver and seconded by C. Snyder to reopen regular meeting at 7:15pm.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Crossett to waive the reading of last month’s minutes.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Gillespie to accept minutes as written.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Crossett to accept two months of reports from the Clerk and the Supervisor.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Crossett to pay bills
General #113-118 $2,003.58
Highway #86-93 $13,772.00

Supervisor Gokey welcomed everyone to our meeting. Judy then went around the room and asked each person if they had anything to add to the meeting.

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Andrew Tolpa from Newport Fire Co. stated that he was willing to pay higher taxes if it meant we would keep K.V.A.C.

Shirley just stated she was here to support the ambulance

Kelly Wares stated she was there to support the ambulance. She is willing to pay higher taxes. She is even willing to get a petition and go door to door and have people sign it.

Wayne Here to support the ambulance

Cheryl Crossett here to support the ambulance.

Two other women here to support the ambulance.

Supervisor Gokey explained that she had spoken to the Association of towns and we can’t discuss any of this with the public at this time.
Judy told our towns people were aren’t taking this lightly and we are in negotiations with K.V.A.C.

Jack from K.V.A.C. SAID Norway and Newport are the only towns that the whole town is with in K.V.A.C. district.
Jack explained to the people that the towns said they will support K.V.A.C.
We just have to figure out a way to do this. We don’t have to do a district we just have to work with towns on negotiations.

Assemblyman Robert Smallen representing the 118th district, which includes Norway spoke to the town board and the people about the #1 issue they have been discussing in Albany and that is the ambulance issues we are having in this area along with lack of funding.
He stated he would answer any questions and discuss any issues with the public.
Assemblyman Smallen stated that we have a broken Medicare and medicade system.
He also stated that due to lack of funding, jobs and high taxes people are leaving NY on a daily basis.
He stated that right now at this point there is a small tax credit for volunteer fire men and ambulance drivers. They are trying to increase this credit so people will want to join.
Judy spoke to assemblyman Smallen and told him these small towns need help with the tax cap being in place our hands are tied as to what we can do. It’s not manageable most of the money goes to N.Y.C. Judy feels we should be separate from N.Y.C.
Assemblyman Smallen said we should override our tax cap. There is a process to do this.Our town hasn’t been under any financial stress in ten years.

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C.H.I.P.S money was discussed They put a limit on our roads they can only be done every ten years if we use C.H.I.P.S. money and by that time they are a messit doesn’t seem right as our roads are as important as the roads in the city.
The board thank Assemblyman Smallen for attending our meeting and for his time.

Dave McKerrow was reappointed as assessor for the town of Norway

Resolution #2
Not enter a district with Ambulance
Craig Gillespie recussed
Motion made by C. Crossett and seconded by C. Siver to accept above resolution.

Roll Call
Judy Gokey AYE
Gary Snyder AYE
Craig Gillespie Recussed
Perry Siver AYE
Scott Crossett AYE

Above resolution is adopted on this 12th day of September 2019


Resolution # 3
Appoint supervisor to negotiate contact with K.V.A.C.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Crossett to accept above resolution.

Craig Gillespie recussed.

Roll call
Judy Gokey AYE
Gary Snyder AYE
Craig Gillespie Recussed
Perry Siver AYE
Scott Crossett AYE

The above resolution is hereby adopted on this 12th day of September 2019.

Motion made by C. Snyder and seconded by C. Crossett to accept M.V.P. as our health plan for the town.
Judy will have the numbers for us for next month, but M.V.P. is better coverage and lower rates.

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The town’s people wanted to know when we would know more about K.V.A.C.
Judy explained that we would know something soon as out=r budget is due November 4th 2019.

Discussion took place on our highway workers are underpaid and it’s hard to get anyone to work here. We aren’t afraid to go over the tax cap. We have to do something to get our guys up to an average of what other town highway workers are making.

We need someone to work on the planning board as Donna Bell resigned .If anyone is interested.

Budget meeting workshop is 9/16/2019 at 6:30 PM
Judy may have some numbers from K.V.A.C. by then.

Motion made by C. Gillespie and seconded by C. Siver for meeting to adjourn at 8:10 PM .

Next meeting is October 10, 2019 at 7 pm

Respectfully submitted by,
Lora Grower/ Town Clerk