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Barrington town board 11/11/08

Meeting:  The Barrington town board met Wednesday, Nov. 11 for 50 minutes.
Attendance:  Freeman Freeman was the only board member absent.  There were seven members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board held a public hearing for the 2010 town budget, that lasted five minutes.  The budget was passed.  Supervisor Eileen Farnan said he highway portion of the budget is $894,376, up 2.3 percent over last year.  She said the total A fund budget is $470,315.60.
• The board scheduled a highway inspection for Wednesday, Nov. 18, as long as it doesn’t snow.
Discussion without action:  Jim Balyszak, Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District manager, gave a presentation on the department’s water inspection services.  He said the SWCD does the same thing for the towns of Milo and Jerusalem.  Board member Ken Christensen Jr. asked why the cost for Barrington would be about $17,500, when Jerusalem currently pays about $15,500.  Balyszak explained the increase was because the funds from the government to cover this program were cut by 48 percent.
• The Barrington Historical group thanked the town for the chance to get photos from the time capsule.  A CD with the photos on it was given to the town.
• Planning board chairperson Sue Lange gave the town board a new version of the proposed sign law to read.
• Farnan said there would be a Farmland Protection III meeting, Dec. 7 in Geneva.  The town will cover the $10 per person for any board member that wants to attend.  She added it counts towards the hours the planning board needs each year.
• The board tabled revisions on the local wastewater treatment law.
• Code enforcement Officer Gary Boardman said he would have an updated job description for the board by the next meeting.
• Farnan said the state extended the Marcellus Shale drilling regulation comment period to Dec. 31.
Upcoming meetings:  The board scheduled the next meeting for Wednesday, Nov. 25 at noon.  The only items on the agenda will be to pay the general and highway bills.  

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