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Barrington town board 04/22/09

Meeting:  The Barrington town board met Wednesday, April 22 for one hour and 30 minutes.
Attendance:  All board members were present.  There were four members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board agreed to send the town’s personnel handbook to Paychex for an update.  Supervisor Eileen Farnan said the board would discuss financial changes when they started discussing the budget again later in the year.
• A public hearing was set for the next meeting, May 13, for the senior citizens property tax exemption.
Discussion without action:  The board decided to hold off on taking action on the town jeep.  Farnan came up with some numbers if they sold it, saying the town could probably get between $15,000 and $17,840.  She also went through some reasons why the jeep was initially bought, including; need of the code enforcement officer to have four wheel drive to get to some locations, professional presentation to the public, and use for group trips.  Board member Ken Christensen said he had heard from village residents their concern about the jeep not being used enough.  Board member Fred Wright said it was a good idea when the town first bought the jeep, but he now wanted to sell it.  However, he added they should give it a couple more months before making a decision.
• Board member Freeman Freeman suggested the board should not sign the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities pledge because the town simply could not keep the promises.  He explained the pledge was really for larger municipalities.  Instead he said the town should approve a statement in support of clean air communities.
• Sue Lange, from the planning board, again asked the board to temporarily adopt a subdivision law for when the town’s moratorium runs out.  She suggested that Barrington use Benton’s law while the planning board works on finishing their own.
• Barrington’s Clean-Up Day will be Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Barrington residents.
Bids/purchases over $1,000:  The board approved Superintendent of highways Steve Wheeler to pursue several highway projects.  One is paving of the raw salt barn floor.  Wheeler provided estimates that the work would cost about $7,029.  He also said paving of the town hall driveway would cost about $5,815.  The board also authorized him to purchase $20,000 each of dust oil and cold patch asphalt.  Wheeler said the cost of oil was down so it would be a good time to buy now.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting is May 13 at 7 p.m. 

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