January 17, 2020
A special meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Busti was held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., at the Town of Busti, Highway Building, 3646 Lawson Road, Jamestown, New York with the following members present:
Supervisor Jesse M. Robbins
Councilman Jim Andrews
Councilman Paul Gustafson
Councilman Todd Hanson
Councilman Kenneth Lawton
Supervisor Robbins called the meeting to order with the salute to the flag and a moment of silence was observed.
Present at the meeting were: Highway Superintendent Melvin Peterson, Highway Employees: Josh Pilling, Aaron Kier, Greg Johnson, Jeremy Hasson, and Eric Ecklof; and David R. Ellis.
Supervisor Robbins moved to set a public hearing on the 3rd day of February, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. pursuant to Sections 405.13(B)(4) and Section 405.27(G) of the Town of Busti Zoning Code on February 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Busti Administration Building, 125 Chautauqua Avenue, Lakewood, New York, on the application of Craig Acklin, 470 Orchard Road, Jamestown, New York, for a Special Use Permit allowing him to construct a 40’ x 60’stand-alone accessory building on a vacant lot at Donelson Road, which parcel is designated on the official tax map of the Town of Busti as Section 437.07, Block 1, and Lot 27. Motion was duly seconded by Councilman Hanson.
Upon roll call vote, all aye, carried.
Supervisor Robbins noted there was a clerical error in Josh Pilling’s 2020 pay rate and it will be corrected with the next payroll. He also noted when Aaron Kier was hired, on November 18, 2019, for the position of Utility Worker/Parks Department the resolution stated he would be paid at an hourly rate of $15.00 for the first year which would be increased $1.00 per hour per year through five years at which time any further hourly rate increases would be determined by the rate set in the annual budget. A cost of living rate would be added to the previous year’s hourly rate before adding the $1.00 increase. Therefore, Mr. Kier is not eligible for a wage increase in 2020. Supervisor Robbins stated the employee health insurance is provided for employees and their families, spouses, and/or children and does not cover domestic partners. He reported Councilman Andrews and Town Clerk Nygren will meet with Randy Graham, Slone-Melhuish Insurance agent, next week to review the proposal for the renewal of the town’s liability insurance with NYMIR. The proposal includes a 2% increase in the annual premium, however, upon renewal the town will receive a $487.87 capitalization distribution check from NYMIR.
Those in attendance received a copy of the Town of Busti Highway 10-year plan, including a list of the Highway equipment. Highway Superintendent Peterson and Councilman Hanson met and agreed on the plan as presented. Superintendent Peterson showed the equipment in the Highway Garage to those present and explained their uses, he pointed out the various welding work on the equipment that was done by the department which reduced the overall cost to the town; he stated there is additional smaller equipment stored in the cold storage building and offered to take anyone who was interested down to see it. He noted the department had recently built a welding hood over the welding table to assist with exhaust.
Councilman Hanson inquired if the 1 Ton truck that was bid for purchase would be used by the Highway Department only or if it would be shared with the Parks Department. Superintendent Peterson stated the truck would be used by both departments. Discussion followed. Councilman Hanson recommended the cost of the truck be divided between the highway and parks departments due to the fact that the truck will be used by both departments. Superintendent Peterson agreed.
Councilman Hanson moved the following resolution which was duly moved by Councilman Gustafson:
RESOLVED, to accept the bid from Ed Shults Chevrolet, Inc. for the purchase of a 2020 4WD 1 Ton regular cab and chassis, Model CK 31003, with a 3 year/36,000 miles basic warranty and a 5 year/100,000 miles powertrain warranty at a cost of $39,988.90 which will be divided equally between the Highway Equipment budget and the Parks Department budget.
Upon roll call vote, all aye, carried.
Supervisor Robbins moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:56 p.m. which was duly moved by Councilman Andrews.
All in favor, carried.
Darlene H. Nygren, Town Clerk