Mexico Town Board
Minutes of the Regular Meeting
Held August 12, 2019 at the Town Hall Commencing at 7:30 P.M.

Present:                        David Anderson, Supervisor
Eric Behling, Councilor
Larry Barber, Councilor
Russell Partrick, Councilor
Judy Greenway, Councilor
Elizabeth Dishaw, Town Clerk
Rebekah Prosachik, Town Attorney
Russell Marsden Jr, Highway Superintendent
Richard Diehl, Parks Manager
Diane Chepko-Sade, President of Friends of Mexico Point Park
Carrie Bond, Mexico Point Park Manager
Terry Grimshaw, Water Commissioner
Absent:             Jack Spriggs, Animal Control
Ronald Marsden, Zoning Officer
And 4 in the audience

            Supervisor Anderson opened the regular Town Board meeting at 7:32 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  

            Resolution 2019-69 Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

Resolved the Mexico Town Board approves the minutes from the July 8, 2019 town board meeting.

Communications:

  • NYS DEC Forestry Grant Sessions
  • IRS – Exempt Bond Form
  • Mexico High School – Thank You Letter
  • Town of Henderson – Flooding Resolution
  • Village of Sodus Point – Flooding Resolution
  • McFee Ambulance – Thank You Letter and Meeting Notice
  • Leveler Newsletter
  • Congressman Brindisi – IJC Funding
  • Various DEC Permit Copies

Public Comment and Concerns:  Anderson answered the question about the phones from the last meeting by saying Marsden change the plan. 

Concerns were:

What happened to the old phone that was upgraded, Where is the parking lot meeting being held, Sales tax split

Reports:

            Town Clerk/ Tax Collector- A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the town clerk/tax collector report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

            Dog Control Officer- A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Partrick to accept the dog control report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

Zoning Officer / Building Inspector– A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the monthly report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

             Highway Superintendent – A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Councilor Greenway to accept the monthly report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.   

Community Park –The quote for the dugouts is from Atlas Fence. There was a discussion about the dugouts.  A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the monthly report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

Mexico Point Park –Bond said the lifeguards have a scheduling issue.  The lifeguards will be going back to college on August 24th.  There will not be two lifeguards available for duty.  Anderson said to close the beach early.  Partrick said to put out signs informing the public the beach is closed.  There are some items that need to be purchased for next year.  Anderson said to purchase them in the spring.  Bond asked who received gratis use of the park.  Anderson said not for profits. 

Chepko-Sade said the roof on Casey’s cottage needed repair.  Partrick asked what happened to the apprentices that were going to put the roof on.  Chepko-Sade said the roof was too steep.  Barber said the pitch of the roof and the windows was why he wanted Maryak to look at it.  Bond said the caretaker’s cottage is also leaking.  Barber asked if the other beach could be used.  Bond said the seaweed is too thick there, people fish from the rocks and there may be hooks and boats dump bilge there.  Barber said the trees should be removed that are in the swamp.  Partrick said a road needs to be built to the beach.  Prosachik asked if the highway could remove the trees.  Marsden said no it was too wet.  A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Supervisor Anderson to accept the monthly report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

Water Commissioner –Grimshaw said there are no markers on Tubbs Road for the hydrants.   He submitted a report for UFPO’s.  A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Partrick to accept the monthly report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

Supervisor A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Councilor Greenway to approve the supervisor’s report as presented.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

             Resolution 2019- 70 July Payroll

             A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board approves the July payroll.

The Quarterly Report is for the board’s review.

             Water Update –The bid opening for Water Service Area #5 was on August 2nd at 11:00 am.  The bid came in over budget.  Yerdon suggested applying for a grant increase of $280,000.

             Resolution 2019- 71 Bid Overrun Request

             A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board authorizes Supervisor Anderson to submit the application for $280,000 from USDA-RD.

             The Full Environmental Assessment for Water District #6 needs the last page signed by Anderson.

             Resolution 2019-72 Authorizing Signature for SEQRA for Water District #6

A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board authorizes Anderson to sign the last page of the EAF.

             Resolution 2019-73 Lead Agency Status for Water District #6

A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays.

Whereas, the Town of Mexico, hereinafter referred to as the “Town”, is proposing to cause to be constructed a water system to serve town residents, businesses, and institutions; and

Whereas, the Town of Mexico Town Board must evaluate all proposed actions submitted for its consideration that may affect the environment in light of the State Environmental quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the regulations promulgated thereunder; and

Whereas, the involved agencies [as that term defined in 6(A-2) NYCRR 617.2(f)] include the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the required environmental review will be conducted solely by the Town of Mexico Board; and

Whereas, the Town of Mexico Town Board desires to serve and act as the lead agency for the purposes of SEQRA; and

Whereas, the aid to the Town of Mexico Town Board in determining whether the Action may have a significant impact on the environment, a Full Environmental Assessment Form dater 8/12/2019 has been prepared by the Town and a copy of which has been filed with the Town Clerk.

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved by the Town of Mexico Town Board that; The Town of Mexico Town Board makes the following findings and determinations with respect to the proposed project:

The project constitutes an “Type 1 Action” as that term is defined in Section 6(A-2) NYCRR Section 617.2(kk) and 617.11;

The Town Clerk shall cause the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and NYS Department of Health, as the other “involved agency” to be notifies of this resolution.

This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Resolution 2019-74 AECOM SEQRA

A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Partrick to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board authorizes New York Power Authority to be lead agency over the “Communications Backbone Executive Plan.”

Resolution 2019-75 Opposing IJC Plan 2014

Whereas, Lake Ontario is an important regional, national and international resource; and

Whereas, Lake Ontario is a vital economic and recreational resource for the Town of Mexico and Oswego County; and

Whereas, upon adoption and implementation of this plan in 2017, Lake Ontario experienced historic high water levels and flooding in 2017 and then experienced higher water levels and worst flooding in 2019; and

Whereas the Lake Ontario floods of 2017 and 2019 inflicted serious and substantial damage to businesses and homes along the shorelines of the Town of Mexico, and

Whereas, damages are still being inflicted on lakefront businesses and homes in amounts well into the millions of dollars; and

Whereas, recreational and tourism revenue, which is essential to the economic well-being of the Town of Mexico, are being impacted by the high Lake Ontario levels; and

Whereas, it is likely that flooding will continue to inflict devastating damages to homes and businesses in the Town of Mexico in future years if Plan 2014 is left intact and unmodified;

Now, therefore be it resolved that the Town of Mexico calls for immediate suspension of Plan 2014 and that the assumptions, scientific concepts and theories on which Plan 2014 is based be re-examined as being flawed and poorly conceived and modified in a manner to protect the Lake Ontario shoreline from future devastating flood levels and, until such time as a new or modified water level plan is developed, that Plan 1958DD be reinstituted;

Be it further resolves that the Town of Mexico urges Oswego County, State of New York and United States elected officials representing Town of Mexico to advocate for the suspension and modification of Plan 2014.

Resolution 2019- 76 Appoint ZBA Member

             A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Councilor Greenway to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Greenway, Barber, Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board appoints Andrew Halsey as Zoning Board of Appeals.

             A motion was made by Supervisor Anderson and seconded by Councilor Greenway to authorize Liz Dishaw, Town Clerk to advertise for a ZBA board member and an alternate member.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Greenway, Barber, Partrick and 0 nays.

             A motion was made by Councilor Partrick and seconded by Councilor Barber to table the decision for appointing an assessor.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Greenway, Barber, Partrick and 0 nays.

Resolution 2019- 77 Highway Superintendent Conference

             A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Councilor Partrick to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Greenway, Barber, Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board approves the attendance of the highway superintendent to attend training.

Discussion -Ambulance District

Attorney Prosachik said some sort of map plan and report needs to be prepared.  Once the map plan and report are prepared a public hearing will be scheduled, the cost to residents would be figured and then it would go to permissive referendum.  Anderson said Parish and Amboy are not participating.   A special meeting will be set up after the meeting with McFee.

Greenway said the museum needs new windows and back door.

Discussion – Kwik Fill Parking Lot

Anderson said he would prefer to purchase the parking lot rather than lease.  Eventually the town and village offices will be housed in McAuslan Hall.  The parking lot would be ideal for town and village employees and the public doing business.  Mayor Grimshaw said we do not want to be responsible for tenant parking.

Resolution 2019-78 Kwik Fill Parking Lot

             A motion was made by Supervisor Anderson and seconded by Councilor Barber to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved the Mexico Town Board appoints Eric Behling and Judy Greenway to represent the Town of Mexico.

             Barber said he contacted Syracuse Time and Alarm about the repairs to the clock at McAuslan Hall. 

             Resolution 2019-79Audit of Claims 

A motion was made by Councilor Greenway and seconded by Council Partrick to accept the following resolution.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays. Resolved that the bills for Abstract 8 have been reviewed by the Town Board and are authorized for payment in the following amounts:

General A Fund                        voucher # 172 to 200               $  114,631.87
General B Fund                        voucher # 57 to 63                   $     3, 808.67
Highway Fund                          voucher # 176 to 201               $  331,401.52
Water                                       voucher # 13 to 14                   $      2,968.23
Special Districts                        voucher # 12                            $        335.12
Capital                                     voucher# 10 to11                     $     7,126.03

A motion was made by Councilor Barber and seconded by Councilor Behling at 8:55 to adjourn.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5 ayes Anderson, Behling, Barber, Greenway and Partrick and 0 nays..

Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth Dishaw, RMC