March 12, 2020 Regular Meeting

The Regular Meeting for the Town Board of the Town of Brighton, Franklin County, NY, was held Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7:00pm at the Brighton Town Hall, 12 County Road 31, Paul Smiths, NY, with the following:

Meeting was Called to Order by Supervisor Peter Shrope at 7:01pm

PRESENT: Supervisor Peter Shrope
Council Members: Amber McKernan, Steve Tucker and Lydia Wright
ABSENT: Councilmember Matthew Szeliga
OTHERS PRESENT: Paul Blaine-Code Enforcement Officer, Andy Crary-Superintendent of Highways, Elaine Sater-Town Clerk and 1 resident

Notice of this meeting was posted on the Town Clerk’s Sign Board and in three local post offices.


1. Highway – Andy Crary, Superintendent of Highways: Report provided prior to meeting

a. Replaced wing cable on the 2015 plow truck
b. Plowing and sanding of roads starting to slow down
c. Out of screened sand and digging into the sand bank
d. Took loader to Keese Mills Road and cleaned up road
e. Took loader to Fire House and pushed back banks
f. Cleaned the trucks
g. Changed wing steel on 2015 plow truck
h. Checked roads
i. Purchase a pallet of cold patch for the pot holes
j. Cleaned the shop
k. Ordered new plow truck, thank you to Supervisor Peter Shrope for his help
l. New pickup truck is ready for purchase, voucher has been submitted.
m. Made a dump run
n. Changed the oil in the loader and greased it
o. Need to have the Town Clerk post a legal notice concerning closing of Town Roads to certain vehicles from 3/19 to 4/30/20.
p. Sealing the new signs for the cemeteries
q. Furnace malfunctioned and the site glass needs replacing
r. Need to increase the price for the third plow truck, would like to add the warranty amount of $10,000. Amendment to Resolution #16-2020

RESOLUTION #16-2020 (Amended)
Motion made by Supervisor Peter Shrope, second by Steve Tucker,

RESOLVED that the Town Board authorizes Superintendent of Highway Andy Crary to initiate procedures to purchase a new plow truck, with an extended warranty, for delivery in February 2021, Not To Exceed $195,000.

ROLL CALL VOTE: Aye 4 (McKernan, Shrope, Tucker, Wright), Nay 0, Absent 1 (Szeliga)

Resolution #16-2020 declared duly amended.

2. Town Clerk – Elaine Sater: Report provided prior to meeting

a. Total Revenue to Supervisor as of February 29, 2020 was $90.00, from 1 Town Hall Use donation, 2 Dog Licenses renewed, and 1 Building Permits (#20-005)
b. February 19- Received email from requesting wage rates for Truck Drivers and Laborers, provided information of $17.54 for MEOs and $15.60 for Park Laborer.
c. Received email request from Mountain Lakes PBS intern concerning history/events of Town, directed them to the website and the Brighton 2000 project information.
d. Took an Oath of Office from Steve Tucker as Deputy Superintendent of Highways
e. TOWN HALL REQUESTS: March 23, 9 to 10am, Rainbow Lake Water Protection District
f. TOWN PARK REQUEST: August 22, 10am to 5pm, Smith Family
g. RECORDS MANAGEMENT: Completed indexing Vol 8 minutes from 1973 and started 1974, shredding records that can be destroyed per MU-1 schedule.

3. Historian – Elaine Sater: Nothing to Report

4. Tax Collector – Holly Huber: Report provided prior to meeting

a. Payments received by 2/29/20 totaled $237,953.46 comprised of $237,174.79 in tax payments, $686.68 in penalties and a $91.99 overpayment. Bank interest for February was $4.07 and will be paid to Supervisor Shrope with January’s bank interest and February’s penalty income by 3/15/2020
b. Paid out the following during February: Check #1035 to Franklin Co. Treasurer for $300,000.00 and check #1036 reimbursement for overpayment by tax payer

5. Justice – Nik Santagate: Report provided prior to meeting

Supervisor received a check in the amount of $1,607.00 for 19 cases disposed during February 2020

6. Code Enforcement Officer – Paul Blaine: Report provided prior to meeting

a. One building permit (BPs#20-005) was issued during February
b. Attended mandatory 24 hours of training in Lake Placid from March 2 to 5. Towns will now have to pay for Code Books, cost of about $300

7. Assessor – Roseanne Gallagher: Nothing to Report

8. Supervisor – Peter Shrope:

a. Retirement Activity Reports: Still trying to update monthly payroll reporting for two elected officials.
b. Former Camp Gabriels Property: Thursday, February 27, met with several people in Malone to discuss further use of the former Camp Gabriels property, needs to benefit communities and tax payers
c. Budget Report: Provided Board members with budget update as of February 29, 2020
d. Revenues: Received $23,074.77 from Franklin County Snow and Ice Contract, $1,607.00 from Town Justice, $90.00 from Town Clerk and $694.25 interest and penalties from Tax Collector
e. NYCLASS Investments: Interest for February was $130.40 for General, Total Amount $110,851.61 ($20,000 for Town Hall), and $49.68 for Highway, Total Amount $42,245.64.

MINUTES AMENDMENT/ACCEPTANCE – Minutes of Regular Board Meeting February 13, 2020

Motion made by Amber McKernan, second by Lydia Wright, to accept the minutes of the February 13, 2020, Regular Board meeting as written.

ROLL CALL VOTE: Aye 4 (McKernan, Shrope, Tucker, Wright), Nay 0, Absent 1 (Szeliga)



Tree Removal in Park – Supervisor Peter Shrope: Highway Department will take of the ones they can in the Spring

COMMITTEES: Nothing to Report


Motion made by Amber McKernan, second by Lydia Wright,
RESOLVED that the Supervisor be authorized to pay the audited vouchers as listed on the abstracts as follows:

PREPAID FUNDS: Abstract #3 for Voucher #s 3A through 3C for 2020 General Funds in the amount of $507.40 and STREET LIGHTING 2020 FUND Voucher #3C in the amount of $67.43
GENERAL FUND: Abstract #3 for Voucher #43 through #61 for 2020 funds in the amount of $66,031.44
HIGHWAY FUND: Abstract #3 for Voucher #28 through #41 for 2020 funds in the amount of $23,441.39
SPECIAL FUND-Fire Contract: Abstract#2 for Voucher #2 in the amount of $48,697.50

ROLL CALL VOTE: Aye 4 (McKernan, Shrope, Tucker, Wright), Nay 0, Absent 1 (Szeliga)
Resolution #22 declared duly adopted


Motion to Adjourn at 7:34pm made by Amber McKernan, second by Supervisor Peter Shrope, Aye 4 (McKernan, Shrope, Tucker, Wright), Nay 0, Absent 1(Szeliga)

Respectfully Submitted,
Elaine W. Sater, RMC
Brighton Town Clerk