TOWN OF BROWNVILLE JUNE 7, 2017 7:00 PM
TOWN BOARD MEETING TOWN OFFICE, LIMERICK, N.Y.
PRESENT: Roll call of Board Members:
Supv. Richard D. Lane, Kenneth Bates, Ronald Tepfenhart, Richard
Dodge, Albert Roberts, Wayne Flath, Atty. Mark Gebo and June
Several interested tax payers were in attendance. List attached.
ABSENT: No one
MINUTES: Motion from Councilman Dodge to accept the May minutes as
received and Councilman Roberts seconded the motion. Agreed.
STATEMENT: Councilman Bates motioned acceptance of the financial statement for
April, 2017 and Councilman Tepfenhart seconded the motion. Agreed.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Proposed Local Law #3 of 2017 – Wind Energy Rules and
At 7:02 PM the legal notice was read to open the hearing for
public comment. Atty. Mark Gebo was present to address and
answer any questions or concerns.
- Laurie Quencer, NYS Rte 180 inquired if the law was to regulate private wind
towers or commercial wind towers and if the town currently has a law for wind
energy projects. The town does not currently have laws to cover wind energy
project. She inquired as to any Board Member benefiting from this local law.
No Board Member does. She has concerns that the depth needed to install
these towers could jeopardize her wells and water supply. She does not
support the placement of large wind towers other than private individual
- Question as to impact on the Watertown Airport by wind energy towers.
- Bob Zehr questions concerns for waterfowl, bats and wild life. A study would
be done per application.
- Kathy Boyanski stated she thinks this implementation of wind energy rules and
regulations is a good step for the town to consider.
- Could the adjoining towns have combined efforts and agree upon one
combined law for several towns?
- Gunther Schaller feels the 1500 foot setback for towers is weak.
- Irene Sullivan asked if local residents would have input on applications from
Companies to install wind energy. With companies needing approval by
Article X controlled by Albany, this makes it harder to get approval for a
- Bob Zehr asked if there is a public vote in the process and if there is any
financial benefit to the Town and its residents. If the company goes out of
business a bond is in place to insure dismantling of the towers.
Hearing closed at 7:23PM.
- May 12, 2017 letter from Dept. of Taxation and Finance with
notice of 2016 Cyclical Aid Certification
- Received and read an update from BCA on WD#2.
- Planning Board Minutes for May.
- Ron’s monthly land use reports
- Copy of tonnage of refuse and recyclables
- Copy of report from Dog Control Officer
- Councilman Dodge motioned for Supervisor Lane to execute
an IMA with the Village of Dexter for services and provision of
water for WD#2. Councilman Tepfenhart seconded the motion.
- With the County Planning Boards recommendations of small
changes such as typo errors, the Board finds the small changes
to Local Law #3 are insignificant. Councilman Tepfenhart
motioned to adopt the proposed local law for regulations for
wind energy and Councilman Dodge seconded the motion. All
HIGHWAY SUPT: Supt. Wayne Flath reports the crew has been hauling large
materials for the County Highway and also hauling sand bags to
the PP Fire Hall. B. Adams road paving has been completed
and town cemetery fences have been installed.
CLERK: Councilman Bates motioned to accept the monthly clerk
report as provided and Councilman Dodge seconded the
COUNCILMEN: Councilman Dodge noted the Highway Crew did a great job on
the B. Adams Road and also with the ongoing cleanup from the
high water around Pillar Point.
- Supervisor Lane reports the adjoining property to the town office
parking lot has been offered for purchase to the Town.
Councilman Roberts motioned for the Supervisor to pursue the
offer and Councilman Bates seconded the motion. Agreed.
HIGHWAY BILLS: Board Members reviewed the payables. Councilman Bates
motioned to pay the General Bills ($26.833.69), the Highway
bills ($55,884.26) and the water bills ($701.69). Councilman
Tepfenhart seconded the motion. Agreed.
FLOOR: Kathy Boyanski inquired as for the need for Cemetery Fences.
The town is replacing old existing fences.
ADJOURNMENT: Councilman Bates motioned to adjourn at 7:57 PM and
Councilman Roberts seconded the motion. The next town board
meeting has been scheduled for 7:00 PM on July 5, 2017.