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Newstead Town Board Meeting- May 23, 2022

A regular meeting was called to order by the Newstead Town Board on Monday, May 23, 2022
at 7:30pm at the Newstead Town Hall.


Present: David Cummings- Supervisor
John Jendrowski- Councilman
Joseph Dugan- Councilman
Edmund Burke- Councilman
Patricia Pope- Councilwoman (remotely)
Emily Janicz – Town Attorney
Michael Coutu- Assistant Town Attorney
Scott Rybarczyk- Town Engineer
Dawn Izydorczak – Town Clerk
Roll Call was taken with all board members present.

Councilman Jendrowski led the pledge to the flag.
Minutes from the regular meeting held on May 9, 2022 were presented for approval. A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Jendrowski to approve as presented.
Carried Unanimously
Agenda Changes – A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilwoman Pope to approve the following changes: add a motion to approve advertising for a part time Clerk position Carried Unanimously
Communications – The Town Clerk presented the following correspondence:
A notice was received from Charter Communications notifying the town of upcoming programming changes taking place on June 1st
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A copy of the Erie County Clerk’s Office’s 2021 Annual Report was received.
A letter was received from the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance notifying the Town that our equalization rate has dropped to 86% for the 2022 roll.
An application for waiver of the 30-day advance notification for a liquor license was received from Thomas Northem for the establishment located at 11891 Main Rd, known as the “Back Lot”.
A notice of public hearing was received from the Erie County Legislature regarding a local law to increase the threshold of property tax exemptions for veterans. With the hearing scheduled for May 26th at 6:00pm at the Legislature Chambers, Buffalo, NY
A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Jendrowski to accept and file the presented correspondence. Carried Unanimously
Work Session: The Supervisor reported that at the work session held last week the following items were discussed: water/sewer updates, planning items, building issue updates, grant updates, plus any other items brought before the Board. An executive session was held from 7:52pm-8:28pm on contractual negotiations.
Agenda Items Question Period: no one spoke
Budget Transfers: a motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan to approve the budget transfer(s) as presented in a memo from Bookkeeper Colleen Salmon dated 5/23/22. Carried Unanimously
Approval of Bills – Councilwoman Pope reported that the Abstract(s) from Batch(es) #2243 have been reviewed with the previously un-audited vouchers and everything was found in order.
Abstract Batch(es) #2244 was presented for payment. Vouchers on this abstract(s) numbered
487-527, totaling $36,795.39. Councilman Burke seconded to approve payment as follows: Abstract Batch(es) #2244:
General Fund (A)-$22,218.46, General Fund- Outside Village (B)-$224.76, Highway (DA) -$0, Highway: Outside Village (DB)-$5,284.42, CAP-Multicultural Ctr (HMCC)- $0, CAP-WaterScotland (HS)-$0, CAP-Water-Koepsel (HW)-$0, CAP-Water-Draper (HW01)-$0, CAP-WaterCedar (HW02)-$0, CAP-Water-Knapp (HW03)- $597.50, CAP-Bike Path (HTG)-$0, Drainage (SD)-$2,850.00, Fire Protection (SF)-$5,468.11, Refuse (SR)-$0, Sewer #1 Fund (SS)-$30.22, Sewer District #2 (SS02)-$79.88, Sewer District #3 (SS03)-$0, Trust & Agency(TA)-$0 and Consolidated Water (SW00)-$42.04, WD1(SW1)- $0, WD2(SW2)- $0, WD3(SW3)- $0,
WD4(SW4)- $0, WD5(SW5)- $0, WD6(SW6)- $0, WD7(SW7)- $0, WD7A(SW7A)- $0, WD8(SW8)- $0, WD9(SW9)- $0, WD10(SW10)- $0; Total: $36,795.39 Carried Unanimously
COMMITTEE AND DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:
Highway – no report presented
Assessor – no report presented
Building Office – the following building report was presented by Julie Brady of the Planning &
Building Department:

Kelly Schultz 11167 Main Special Event-Fair
Arrowhead Timberlodge LLC 12292 Clarence Ctr Fireworks
Arrowhead Timberlodge LLC 12292 Clarence Ctr Fireworks
Town of Newstead 5929 Buell St Fireworks
Peter Gruenthaner 5825 Barnum Single Family Home
Dean Hyder 7010 Scotland Sign
Dominic Torrelli 7220 Sandhill Roof
Louis Post 12220 Buckwheat Roof
David Grisanti 13571 Stage Roof
Bryan Ferry 4548 Ayers EV charger receptacle
Robert Henkel 7955 Scotland Addition & Pole Barn
Clifford Albrecht 7882 Brackett Steel Pole Barn
Leisurewood Campground Cummings Rd Deck
Justin Jeziorski 4725 Ayers Generator

The Town Board accepted the building report as presented.
Town Clerk- the annual dog control and shelter inspection reports were received from the NYS DOH and everything was acceptable/passed.
Town Attorney(s) – nothing at this time
COUNCILPERSONS:
Jendrowski – he attended a library board meeting where they discussed the HVAC grant and after this past week’s rain the roof still looks good. He spoke with Tina regarding the reval project and will be going to the Denio tomorrow to investigate an odor detected by the cleaners.
Dugan – nothing at this time
Burke – he attended the celebration committee meeting on May 14th and was happy to report donations to the committee are up and so is help on the committee. July 4th events are being planned.
Pope – nothing at this time
Supervisor – He addressed phone calls regarding the concerts, met with the Alden Supervisor Brett Sitzman, met with Mr. Schultz regarding his drainage problem, addressed gas well issues and water district issues.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
Buildings – we are waiting to proceed on a construction grant for the library and the expansion tank and backflow preventers will be looked at soon. The roof looks good after the recent rain.
Planning – Steve from NextEra reported the transmission line has been energized and will remain powered up most of the time except for when new connections are being made. Restoration and cleanup is being done thru July and other project final measures will continue thru the fall.
Water/Sewer – the Supervisor and Scott still continue to work with the state officials to get he project moving again for this summer.
Grants – the CDBG sidewalk project is waiting on approvals from several agencies, the Senior Center HVAC is moving forward, and we are looking at new different avenues of funding for the generator at the Denio.
NEW BUSINESS:
Approval – Resurface of Bike Path project:
A motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan approving the project for resurfacing 6 miles of areas of the bike path in need of repairs with a 1” overlay of asphalt and 10’ wide tack coat, with the work to be done by the highway crew and authorizing the Highway Supt. to purchase the necessary materials.
Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope-No Carried
Approval – Certification of Referendum Results for Special Election:
A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Jendrowski authorizing the Town Clerk to accept and file the certificate of referendum dated May 23, 2022 stating the results of the special election of qualified voters of the district held on May 17, 2022 to amend the districts LOSAP program for volunteer firefighters effective January 1, 2023 from $480 to
$840 and to $1,200 effective January 1, 2024.
(Resolution) Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope-Aye
Carried Unanimously
Approval –Purchase of bleachers & benches for Skyline Park:
A motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilwoman Pope approving the request by the Highway Superintendent to purchase new bleachers and benches for the baseball fields at Skyline Park based on submitted quotes as follows: Pioneer Athletics-$16,964.56, MRC-$19,211.70, CW Site Furnishings-$21,082.24. the bid is awarded to Pioneer Athletics for $16,964.56 and the Supervisor is authorized to execute the necessary paperwork.
(Resolution) Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope-Aye
Carried Unanimously
Approval- Annexation Request for Lewis Rd property:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Pope, seconded by Councilman Burke approving the request by the Vet’s Club of Akron to annex parcel #33.00-2-26 located on Lewis Rd into the Village boundaries to allow the petitioner to merge it with parcel #47.06-1-3 and then sell the 2 parcels together under one SBL number.
(Resolution) Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope-Aye
Carried Unanimously
Approval- Lateral Restriction Hardship Application- 5825 Barnum Rd:
A motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Burke approving the application for a lateral restriction exception hardship at 5825 Barnum Rd in water district 5 as submitted by owner Peter Gruenthaner, based on supporting letter provided.
Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope- Aye Carried Unanimously
Approval – 30-day waiver for Liquor License:
A motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan approving the request by Thomas Northem for the establishment located at 11891 Main Rd, known as the “Back Lot” for waiver of the 30-day advance notification for a liquor license.
Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope-Aye Carried Unanimously
Approval – Advertise for PT Clerk-Typist position:
A motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilwoman Pope authorizing the
Town Clerk to advertise for the open position of a part-time Clerk-Typist in the Akron Bugle, the Alden Advertiser and the Clarence Bee.
Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Pope-Aye Carried Unanimously
Privilege of the Floor/Question Period: no one spoke
The Board entered executive session at 7:59pm to discuss contractual and personnel matters on a motion from Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Burke. Carried Unanimously

The Board exited executive session on a motion by Councilman Dugan, seconded by
Councilwoman Pope at 8:16pm, having taken no action. Carried Unanimously
There being no further business to come before the board for the regular meeting, a motion was made by Councilwoman Pope, seconded by Councilman Burke to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:17pm. Carried Unanimously

Respectfully Submitted,
Dawn D. Izydorczak, RMC, Town Clerk