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Starkey town board 06/04/09

Meeting: The Starkey town board met for approximately one and three quarter hours June 4.
Attendance: All board members were present. Two members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Voted to waive the training requirement for planning and zoning board of appeals members. Councilman Bill Holgate cited the difficulty of attracting and retaining volunteers to serve on the boards, noting the training requirement was a deterrent. He referred to a letter the town recently received from New York State that indicated municipalities could waive the four hour per year training requirement.
• Agreed to have town Clerk Sue Crans check on companies that could effect repairs at the town hall. Of greatest concern is an ongoing drainage problem after rainstorms. Entry doors, plumbing and possible remedies for high energy use in winter were also discussed.
Discussion without action: Supervisor Richard Burcaw said he would speak to the town attorney about whether the town should adopt state law on junk storage or refine the town law.
• The board discussed reimbursement of costs for building permits for large projects. Holgate suggested keeping an amount of money in escrow until costs to the town for projects can be determined. A fee schedule related to the size of the project was also discussed. Councilman Fred Shoemaker said he had no problem with an escrow requirement, suggesting a local law include a line indicating a fee schedule would follow. A decision may be made at the July meeting.
• Heard an update on the Community Wellness project from coordinator Lauren Snyder. The first year has been completed and Snyder said funding has been assured for year two. The project, funded through the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, targeted Barrington, Starkey and Dundee because of the high poverty rates in this portion of Yates County. Snyder noted the high poverty rates make a big difference in the status of residents’ health. Listing some of the area health concerns identified during the first year of the project, Snyder said lung cancer in both men and women is much higher that would be expected. At least 11 percent of children in the project area do not have any health insurance.  Snyder said  86 percent of survey respondents said they would like to help improve the areas. Organizations, such as ProAction, have begun delivering services to the project area, as has Dundee Rotary Club which established a dental clinic. Snyder concluded, “there is a lot of work to be done. This community is already doing things.” One of the projects is the Dundee Farmers Market, scheduled to open June 10. Market manager Jane Levatino gave a brief update on the market.
Upcoming meetings: The next regular meeting is July 9 at 7 p.m. in the town hall on Seneca Street in Dundee. 

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