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Starkey town board 08/06/09

Meeting: Starkey town board met for approximately one and one half hours Aug. 6.
Attendance: Board member Fred Shoemaker was absent. Three members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Routine matters were approved.
Discussion without action: Planning board Chairman George Lawson told the board he feels the town board should not waive training for planning board and zoning board of appeals (ZBA), commenting he feels training is valuable. The ZBA met once last year. Councilman Bill Holgate said he feels the four hours of training is not necessary for ZBA members.
• Received word that the village of Dresden has approved a cooperative agreement regarding training for code enforcement officer Brian Quackenbush. Dresden’s share will be 20 percent.
• Dundee resident Carol Scism expressed her concerns about Marcellus Shale drilling, particularly the noise created by 24/7 operation, truck traffic and road deterioration. Holgate said Yates County is looking at the issue and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is involved.
• Community Wellness project coordinator Lauren Snyder reported on “Our Town Rocks”, telling the board more than 40 people attended a meeting in Dundee, July 21. Snyder said there have been several suggestions for projects including the possibility of a wine museum in Dundee.
• Discussed whether continuing an agreement to mow state roads is a benefit to the town. Councilmen Holgate and Tim Gibson suggested a decision be made after looking at fuel costs and wear and tear on machinery at the end of the season to determine if the town is making money on the project.
Bids/purchases over $1,000: Approved purchase of materials to protect the stained glass at the front of the town hall at a cost of $2,400.
Appointments/resignations: None
Upcoming meetings: The next regular board meeting is Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the town hall on Seneca Street in Dundee.

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