Wayne files January finances seven months late
WAYNE—The Wayne board was presented with the completed town finances for January, at the Tuesday, Aug. 10 meeting, seven months late.
Supervisor Stephen Butchko said the monthly finances for February to August will follow. At the previous meeting, the town board closed out the 2009 fiscal year, allowing for 2010 finances to be started. Butchko said it took some time to become familiar with the software.
“We can’t go on like this,” said board member Barney Hubbs.
He also wanted to know when the finances would be caught up, as the board needs to start planning for the 2011 budget soon. Butchko had no exact date for getting it up to date. Board member Dennis Carlson suggested by Nov. 1.
In other business:
• The town board received a letter from board member Jim Wood, who said he was resigning. In the letter, he explained his job has been keeping him out of state, making him unable to fulfill his role as board member. However, attorney John Leyden advised the board not accept the resignation because the letter was not addressed to the clerk, like it should be. Butchko said he would contact Wood and ask him to resubmit the letter that way.
• During public comment, Geraldine Gleason Simmons said she appreciated the board doing roll call votes now. However, she said other concerns hadn’t been addressed: the bookkeeper transferring funds, and the supervisor saying he had gotten an extension to submit last year’s financial report late. A comptroller’s office representative had previously said there was no extension in their records. Butchko replied to Simmons’s first question that the bookkeeper was not doing any transfers. To Simmons saying he lied about the extension, Butchko said that was a “falsification.”
• Resident Lois Wood offered to contact the county about setting up a town cleanup day, where residents can dispose of garbage. The board approved, as long as the county is willing to pick up the garbage for free like it did last year.
• During public comment, Bob Canfield asked about the status of the Keuka Hydraulic Property. Butchko said he has no update, but whatever he gets he will share with the board for consideration. He explained an option is working with another party, like a developer, to create a partnership with the town, or to sell the property.
• When asked about the town’s Web site, Carlson said Wayne now owns the domain. He added the town is doing training so someone can maintain the Web site. Resident Billie Bauman offered 10 hours a month to keep the site up-to-date.
• Highway Superintendent John McEntire said a company was coming in to see how many signs the town has, as all need replacing. He explained that the state and county are now working to replace signs with ones that are more reflective. McEntire added maybe the town could get a discount on the cost as there would be a bulk amount.
The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.