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Minutes of 01.17.2022

A regular meeting of the Town of Denmark Town Board was held on January 17, 2022, at the Town of Denmark Municipal Building.  A Zoom meeting connection was provided for the interested public to attend the meeting remotely if they wished. The NYS Tug Hill Commission offered their assistance and expertise to set up the meeting for the Town of Denmark Town Board. The link for the meeting was posted on the Town of Denmark website, the three US Post Offices located in the Town and was provided to the media.

The meeting was opened by Supervisor Doyle at 6:00pm.  Councilman Wadsworth led those in attendance in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

In attendance were the following officials:

Councilman Fred Wadsworth

Councilman Frank Fazio

Supervisor Scott Doyle

Councilman Peter Jones

Councilwoman Darlene Rowsam

Town Clerk Prudence Greene

Supt. of Highways Patrick Mahar

Assessor William Vargulick, exits meeting at 6:19pm

 

Also in attendance:

Justice Thomas Kiernan, enters at 6:27pm, exits at 6:42pm

Raymond Taylor, exits at 6:02pm

Deputy Supt. James Der

Cindy Doyle

 

Attending remotely:

Kim Vogt, Trustee Village of Copenhagen

Mickey Dietrich, Tug Hill

Nicholas Astafan, Town of Denmark Dog Control Officer

Deputy Town Clerk Susan Kirch-Corey

Sandra Jones

 

Clerk Greene conducted a roll call of the Town of Denmark Town Board. All members were present.

Public Comment:  None

Retired Justice Raymond Taylor was presented with a plaque, purchased with personal contributions from the elected officials of the town, to commemorate his 30 years of service as a Justice for the Denmark Town Court.

Councilman Fazio made a motion to accept the agenda for the meeting.  His motion was seconded by Councilman Wadsworth.

Roll Call Vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Councilman Wadsworth made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jones to accept the minutes of December 20, 2021, as prepared by Deputy Town Clerk Susan Kirch-Corey.

Roll Call Vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Councilman Fazio made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wadsworth to accept the minutes of the January 1, 2022, Organizational meeting.

Roll Call Vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Abstracts of bills:

 

Councilman Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilman Jones as follows:

Resolution 23 0f 2022: Town of Denmark Town Board approves payments of General Fund Abstract # 651, dated January 17, 2022, claim #’s 1-26, Total of all claims $17,128.81

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 23 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Councilman Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam as follows:

Resolution 24 0f 2022: Town of Denmark Town Board approves payments of Water District 1 Abstract #76, dated January 17, 2022, claim # 1, Total of all claims $25.00.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 24 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Councilman Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam as follows:

Resolution 25 Of 2022: Town of Denmark Town Board approves payments Highway Department Abstract #693, dated January 17, 2022, claim #’s 1-26, total of all claims $34,714.53.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 25 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Discussion was held on the Workers Compensation bill payable to Lewis County.

 

Department Reports:

 

Dog Control: DCO Astafan provided the Town Board with his report of activity from December 2021 and a report showing all his 2021 activity.

 

He also spoke to the Town Board about the contract the Town has with the Lewis County Humane Society for the boarding of dogs that are found in Denmark.  Currently the contract allows for dogs to be held 10 days at the facility with the Town being charged $10.00 per day.  If the dog is claimed by an owner, they pay the $10.00 per day fee.  If no one claims the dog after 10 days, the dog becomes available for adoption.  NYS only requires the dog be held for 5 days.  Discussion was held.  DCO Astafan will discuss this potential change in the contract with the Lewis County Humane Society on behalf of the Town.

 

Zoning and Planning:  ZEO Woodruff provided his December 2021 report to the Town Board.  The minutes of the Planning Board meeting held on 01.04.2022 were also provided.

 

Assessor:  Assessor Vargulick attended the meeting and discussed possible changes coming to the special assessment of solar projects with the Town Board.

 

Clerk:  Town Clerk Greene provided the Town Board with a copy of her December 2021 report.  She also provided copies of the following correspondence:

  1. Missing Link Snowmobile Club Insurance Policy
  2. Mortgage Tax Report 2021, Town received $64,823.82
  • RACOG Report for January 2022 submitted by Mickey Dietrich.

 

Clerk Greene spoke to the Town Board about a server that is required to run the scanning / filing system she was authorized to purchase in the 2022 budget.  Discussion was held.  A server is also needed for the possible technology upgrades to the meeting room.  Clerk Greene was asked to have someone from Advanced Business Systems attend the next regular monthly meeting on 02.21.2022 to discuss the potential purchase and installation of a server.

 

Assessor Vargulick exited the meeting at 6:19pm.

 

Discussion was held on the new website (denmark.racog.org).  The site went live on December 28, 2021, and Mr. Dietrich continues to work on it.  Clerk Greene will be trained soon on the administration of the site.  All of the 2022 tax bills included the new website, and it has been reported to Lewis County, the NYS Association of Towns and local media.

 

The search feature on this site is set up differently than the former website hosted by Digital Towpath.  Discussion held on potential to search documents from home screen.  Mr. Dietrich will see if it can be set up so the entire site can be searched instead of individual documents.

 

Justice Thomas Kiernan entered the meeting at 6:27pm.

 

Highway Department: Supt. Mahar updated the Board on the activities of his department including work done on plow blades, the rebuild of the sand screener, and assistance provided to the Town of Osceola after a snowstorm.  He also provided a voucher report and budget report.

 

Supt. Mahar reported that he has been contacted by the Jefferson County Highway Department about a project for summer 2022.  Jefferson County would like the assistance of Denmark when they repave County Route 47.

 

Supt Mahar reported that Deputy Supt. Der completed payroll today and would be doing it again for the 02/03/2022 payroll in the absence of Supt. Mahar.

 

The Gradall will be posted on Auctions International later this month and he will have information for the Town Board at the February 21st meeting.

 

Court:  Justice Kiernan spoke to the Town Board about the vacancy in the second justice position.  At this time the vacancy has been reported to the Board of Elections, NYS Comptroller, and Unified Court System by Clerk Greene.  The position will be on the ballot in November 2022.  Justice Hancock resigned when he was in the midst of his initial training and he became aware that his involvement with a local Elks lodge was a conflict of interest due to the fundraising activity associated with the lodge.  He was the only town resident who responded to the advertisement for the position.  Justice Kiernan is willing to take on the additional duties of civil matters if he can receive a portion of the salary earmarked for the second justice.  Discussion was held.

 

Councilman Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilman Jones as follows:

Resolution 26 Of 2022: Town of Denmark Town Board hereby resolves and directs that Justice Thomas Kiernan be paid a total of $20,326.00 for the year 2022 which includes a portion of the salary budgeted for a second Town of Denmark Justice position that is vacant.  Justice Kiernan is to be paid $1,693.83 per month from budget code A1110.11.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 26 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

A discussion was held between the Town Board and Justice Kiernan about technology upgrades in the meeting / courtroom.  Justice Kiernan will contact the State Court system to get information on what is required.

 

Councilman Fazio exited the meeting at 6:38pm.

 

Discussion was held on the audit of the Court for 2021.  Councilman Jones and Councilwoman Rowsam will conduct the audit and report their findings to the rest of the Town Board in February.

 

Councilman Fazio reentered the meeting at 6:41pm.

 

Discussion was held on the appointment of a Town Attorney.  Atty Burrows has left Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall and has established a new practice.  Discussion was held.

 

Councilman Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam as follows: Resolution 27 Of 2022 to authorize the Town of Denmark’s hiring of Law Firm Kendall, Walton & Burrows to handle the Towns legal matters.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 27 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Justice Kiernan exited the meeting at 6:42pm.

 

Supervisors Report:  Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor Doyle asked for volunteers from the Town Board to serve as the RACOG representatives.  Discussion was held.  Councilman Wadsworth and Councilman Fazio will serve as the RACOG representatives for the town.

Supervisor Doyle advised the Town Board that he has completed the submission of AUD Worksheet to the accountant.  He noted that he has added the Town of Denmark Water District 1 on the infrastructure line.

Town Board members were supplied with select financial information from December 31, 2021, and the reconciliation report December 2021.   2021 budget overages were discussed.

Councilman Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilman Jones as follows:

Resolution 28 of 2022: Town of Denmark Town Board approves the budget transfers listed below to balance the 2021 budget.

From To Budget Code Amount to transfer Description
Fund Balance A1910.4 24,449.04 Insurance (was paid in January 2021 for 2021 and December 2021 for 2022)
Fund Balance A3510.4 8.21 Contractual – Dog Control
Fund Balance A5010.4 125.79 Contractual – Highway Super
SW18310 SW19030.8 11.56 Social Security
       

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 28 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Supervisor Doyle discussed a letter he received asking for the Town Board to issue a proclamation in support of National School Choice Week Letter.  No action taken.

Supervisor Doyle asked the Town Board for permission to pursue early payoff of the remaining building and highway garage construction bond. Discussion held.

 

Councilman Jones offered a motion, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam the Supervisor Doyle be authorized to contact the Depository Trust Company to see if the bond can be paid off sooner than the July 2022 maturation date.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                 Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                 Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Supervisor Doyle spoke to the Town Board about the land owned by Douglas and Carolyn Carlson that has been used in the change of the curve on Roberts Road.  The driveway requested by the Carlson’s has been installed by the highway department and the land has been subdivided.  Atty. Burrows will work on getting the map recorded with the County.

 

Discussion was held on the Tug Hill Conference to be held at Turning Stone on April 19, 2022.  Clerk Greene will contact Town Board members, Planning Board members, Zoning Board of Appeals members, the Zoning Officer, and Assessor to see who would like to attend and include those registration fees on the February general fund abstract so the town can take advantage of the lower registration fee (savings of $75.00 per registration if postmarked by 3.18.2022).

 

Old Business:

Copenhagen WindSupervisor Doyle reported that no new complaints have come in about the Copenhagen Wind Farm at this time.

Technology Upgrade Update – Councilman Wadsworth has reached out to Advanced Business Systems.  ABS will be asked to attend the February 21, 2022, meeting to discuss future needs.

ARPA funding – Discussion was held on newly released rule that allows towns of our classification to elect to take the money as a “Standard Allowance”.  Under this option, the Treasury presumes that up to $10 Million in revenue has been lost to the public lost health emergency.  ARPA recipients are permitted to use the monies received to fund “government services”.  Supervisor Doyle consulted the towns accountant Scott Lawrence at North Country CPAs about the change.  The Town Board had begun using the funds received in the fall of 2021.  In order to now take the money as a standard allowance those resolutions dealing with the expenditure of funds must be changed.  Supervisor Doyle has also spoken to the Village of Castorland Fire Department and informed them of the potential change.

Councilman Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam as follows:

Resolution 29 Of 2022 to rescind resolution 105-2021 (adopted October 18, 2021) that directed a check be issued to the Castorland Fire Department in the amount of $10,200 for the purchase of a Tate Radio system for their newly purchased ladder truck and four (4) handheld radio units. Further directing the returned $10,200 be deposited back in ARPA Account ending in 4777.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution 29 adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Councilwoman Rowsam offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilman Jones as follows:

Resolution 30 Of 2022 to rescind resolution 104- 2021 (made in October 2021) that directed Supervisor Jim Der to transfer of $14563.00 to the General Fund 0048 from the ARPA Fund 4777 to offset lost revenue.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Councilman Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam as follows:

Resolution 31 Of 2022 authorizing the Town of Denmark to issue a check in the amount of $10,200 from the General Fund 0048 for Fire Radio Equipment to the Castorland Fire Company after the funds are received and deposited from the Castorland Fire Company.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution adopted 01/17/2022.

 

Councilman Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam as follows:

Resolution 32 Of 2022 authorizing Supervisor Scott M Doyle to select the “Standard Allowance” on the American Rescue Plan Act for The Town of Denmark, transferring the initial payment of the main allocation of $85,591.75 and the second allocation $348.02 to the General Fund.  This selection cannot be changed for any additional funding received.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth               Aye

Councilman Fazio                            Aye

Councilman Jones                           Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam               Aye

Supervisor Doyle                             Aye                                                        Resolution adopted 01/17/2022.

 

New Business:

ARPA funding use ideas were discussed including the following:

  • Handicap Access Ramp in front, including engineering, heated ramp, railings
  • Replacement of lower-level exterior door and heated sidewalk between office building and highway garage.
  • Technology upgrades to allow the Town to have remote access to meetings and court sessions if permitted by the unified court system.

 

Discussion on sending letter to County Buildings & Codes regarding resident concerns about permitted junk yards on the Roberts Road.

Councilman Fazio offered a motion, seconded for adoption by Councilwoman Rowsam that Supervisor Doyle be authorized to contact the Lewis County Building & Codes Department Sr. Officer Ward Dailey about the concerns.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                 Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                 Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Discussion was held about having Supervisor Doyle contact NYSERDA regarding design, availability of grant funding and payback analysis to install solar panels on town property to help offset electrical costs for the offices, highway garage and any heated sidewalks that are installed.

Councilman Wadsworth offered a motion, seconded for adoption by Councilman Fazio that Supervisor Doyle be authorized to contact NYSERDA to discuss the potential for solar power at the site of the offices and highway garage (3707 and 3709 Roberts Road).

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                 Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                 Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Supervisor Doyle informed the Board that AES Energy reached out to him regarding a potential large solar interest in Denmark. He will forward the information to the Lewis County IDA.

Discussion was held on the towns Ethics Board.  Councilwoman Rowsam asked if the ole of the Ethics Bard is outlined anywhere.  Councilman Wadsworth pointed out that a description of ethics boards is in the Town Law book published by the Association of Towns.  Discussion was held.

Supervisor Doyle would like to hold a work session later this winter to discuss long term capital planning for the highway department and town offices. Discussion was held.

Supervisor Doyle advised the Town Board that he has spoken to Atty. Burrows about a proposal received from an out of area attorney for PFAS Representation.  Attorney Burrows does not feel the Town needs this additional council at this time.

Public Comment: Supt. Mahar asked Village of Copenhagen Trustee Kim Vogt about the new lighting the town is purchasing through the Village of Copenhagen.  Mrs. Vogt is unsure of when the Town should expect the lights.

Councilman Jones expressed his appreciation for the replacement of a resident mailbox on Stoddard Road that was hit by a plow.  Supt. Mahar explained that it has been his policy that mailboxes destroyed by town snowplows plowing roads are replaced.

Being as there was no further business before the Board Councilman Wadsworth made a motion, seconded by Supervisor Doyle to adjourn the meeting.

Roll call vote recorded as:

Councilman Wadsworth                 Aye

Councilman Fazio                             Aye

Councilman Jones                            Aye

Councilwoman Rowsam                 Aye

Supervisor Doyle                              Aye

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:27pm.

 

Prudence Greene

Town of Denmark Town Clerk

 

AGED Exemption

Town of Denmark AGED Exemption

The Town of Denmark Town Board has increased the income threshold guidelines for qualification for the AGED exemption.  A sliding scale has been developed as follows:

Exemption Percentage Minimum Income Maximum Income
50 $0.00 $18,500.00
45 $18,500.01 $19,499.99
40 $19,500.00 $20,499.99
35 $20,500.00 $21,499.99
30 $21,500.00 $22,499.99
25 $22,500.00 $23,499.99
20 $23,500.00 $24,499.99
15 $24,500.00 $25,499.99
10 $25,500.00 $26,499.99
5 $26,500.00 $27,499.99

 

Those wishing to be considered for the exemption must be over the age of 65 years, have a gross income stream of less than $27,499.99, and complete an RP 467 form available at the following website: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp467_fill_in.pdf

All applications must be submitted to the Town of Denmark Assessor William Vargulick, 3707 Roberts Road, Carthage, NY 13619, no later than March 1, 2022.  Please direct questions to William Vargulick at 315-493-3846 ext. 4.

 

AGED Exemption Information

Town of Denmark AGED Exemption

The Town of Denmark Town Board has increased the income threshold guidelines for qualification for the AGED exemption.  A sliding scale has been developed as follows:

Exemption Percentage Minimum Income Maximum Income
50 $0.00 $18,500.00
45 $18,500.01 $19,499.99
40 $19,500.00 $20,499.99
35 $20,500.00 $21,499.99
30 $21,500.00 $22,499.99
25 $22,500.00 $23,499.99
20 $23,500.00 $24,499.99
15 $24,500.00 $25,499.99
10 $25,500.00 $26,499.99
5 $26,500.00 $27,499.99

 

Those wishing to be considered for the exemption must be over the age of 65 years, have a gross income stream of less than $27,499.99, and complete an RP 467 form available at the following website: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp467_fill_in.pdf

All applications must be submitted to the Town of Denmark Assessor William Vargulick, 3707 Roberts Road, Carthage, NY 13619, no later than March 1, 2022.  Please direct questions to William Vargulick at 315-493-3846 ext. 4.

 

02/01/2022 Planning Board Meeting cancelled

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Denmark Planning Board scheduled for 02/01/2022 at 7pm has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7pm.  Applications are due in the Town Clerk’s office by 02/15/2022.

Agenda for 01.24.2022

Town of Denmark Special Meeting January 24, 2022 @ 5:00PM

Pledge – Scott Doyle

Role call – Clerk Prudence Greene

Motion to approve tonight’s agenda.

 

  1. Approval for Town of Denmark, Supervisor – Scott M Doyle to submit necessary documents to be eligible to payoff Bond on Town Facilities

 

  1. Approval of Town of Denmark Court Clerk.

 

Minutes of 2022 Organizational Meeting 01.01.2022

On January 1, 2022 the Town of Denmark Town Board held their organizational meeting for 2022.

Town Officials Present:

Board Member Frank Fazio

Board Member Peter Jones

Board Member Darlene Rowsam

Board Member Fred Wadsworth

Supervisor Scott Doyle

Supt. Of Highways Patrick Mahar

Town Clerk Prudence Greene

 

Also present:

James Der

 

The meeting was called to order at 1:00pm by Supervisor Doyle.

 

Board Member Fazio led those assembled in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

 

A roll call was conducted by Clerk Greene for attendance.  All members of the Town Board were in attendance.

 

Board Member Fazio made a motion, seconded by Board Member Wadsworth to accept the amended agenda.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye

 

Board Member Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Wadsworth as follows:

Resolution #1-2022:  The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby resolves to remove James Der and Frank Fazio as signers for any accounts associated the Town of Denmark.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 1-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Fazio as follows:

Resolution #2-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby resolves to remove Lori Wheeler as a signer / depositor on the Town Clerk, Tax and Decals accounts.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 2-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Fazio as follows:

Resolution #3-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby appoint Frederick Wadsworth as Deputy Supervisor for a term of one year beginning January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2022.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Abstain

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 3-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #4-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby approves the following appointments:

-Town of Denmark Dog Control Officer – Nickolas Astafan

-Town of Denmark Deputy Dog Control Officer – John Young

-Town of Denmark Zoning Officer – Lloyd Woodruff

-Town of Denmark Deputy Zoning Control Officer – Kevin Gaines

-Town of Denmark Bailiff – Joseph Greene

-Town of Denmark Deputy Bailiff – Duane St.Louis

-Town of Denmark Deputy Court Clerk Rachael Vary from 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2022

-Appointment of North Country CPAs as the Town’s Accountant

-Town of Denmark Website Administrator Prudence Greene

-Appointment of Patrick Mahar as Superintendent of Special Districts. Date of office 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2025

-Appointment of Prudence Greene as Water District Clerk. Date of office 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2025

-Appointment of Patrick Mahar to Planning Board. Date of office 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2028

-Appointment of Fred Smith to Zoning Board of Appeals. Date of office 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2026

-Appointment of Prudence Greene as Town of Denmark, District 2451, Registrar of Vital Statistics for a four (4) year term effective 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2025.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 4-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Supervisor Doyle noted that no appointments were made to the Board of Ethics.  He asked the Town Board to consider whom they would like to appoint and discuss it at the regular monthly meeting on January 17, 2022.

Board Member Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #5–2022: Town of Denmark Board designates/approves the following: Supervisor Scott M Doyle to utilize Community Bank as authorized signer, with Deputy Supervisor Frederick Wadsworth as additional authorized signer as depository for funds for:

  • Funds for Highway Account Ending 0006
  • Town General Account Ending in 0048
  • Trust & Agency Account Ending in 0113
  • Town of Denmark Water District 1 Account Ending in 7079
  • Town of Denmark Water District 1 Capital Account Ending in 1773
  • Town of Denmark Money Market Account Ending in 1933
  • Clerk Prudence Greene with Deputy Clerk Susan Kirch-Corey as signers & depositors to utilize Community Bank for Town Clerk Account Ending in 9708, Town Tax Collection Account Ending in 1552 and Town DECALS Account Ending in 0030
  • American Recovery Plan Act Account Ending in 4777

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      abstains

Supervisor Scott Doyle   abstains                                                                               Resolution 5-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Fazio as follows:

Resolution #6–2022: Town of Denmark Board Authorizes Justice’s Thomas Kiernan to utilize Community Bank for the Town of Denmark Justice Account 4588

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 6-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Rowsam offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Jones as follows:

Resolution #7-2022 The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby readopts the existing Town of Denmark Policies that follow:

  • Policies & Procedures for Purchases
  • Workplace Violence Prevention Policy & Incident Reporting
  • Town of Denmark Sexual Harassment Policy (State Mandated, Outside Trainer)
  • Town of Denmark Code of Ethics Policy
  • Town of Denmark Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Town of Denmark Americans with Disability Act Policy
  • Town of Denmark Firearms Policy
  • Town of Denmark Training of Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Town of Denmark Electronic Use Policy
  • Town of Denmark Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment (Compliance Officer Section)

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 7-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Wadsworth as follows:

Resolution #8-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby establishes that Regular Monthly Meetings of the Town of Denmark Town Board will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month, starting at 6PM. Meetings will be held at the Town Municipal Building at 3707 Roberts Road every month, except for November, when the meeting will be held on November 9th,, commencing at 6PM. (the public hearings will be set by the Town Board the month prior to the hearings.)

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 8-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #9-2022 The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby authorizes Supervisor Scott M. Doyle to invest Town of Denmark monies in an interest bearing Account(s)

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 9-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Wadsworth as follows:

Resolution #10-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby names the Lewis County Journal & Republican and/or the Watertown Daily Times as the official newspapers for the Town of Denmark

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 10-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Supervisor Doyle offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Wadsworth as follows:

Resolution #11-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby authorizes the town to adopt Federal Milage Reimbursement Rate of $.56/mile for travel conducted doing Town of Denmark business.  

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 11-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #12-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby directs that the Town of Denmark approves a blanket undertaking bond covering all Town Officers as required by Section 25 of the Town Law; and further resolve that, Supervisor Doyle, Deputy Supervisor Wadsworth, Town Justices Thomas Kiernan, Town Clerk Prudence Greene and Deputy Clerk Susan Kirch-Corey are specifically covered under Blanket Undertaking, as required by Public Officers Section 11(2).

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      abstains

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 12-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Fazio as follows:

Resolution #13-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby authorizes Patrick Mahar to review I-9 forms and sign as authorized representative for all Highway Department employees.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 13-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Fazio as follows:

Resolution #14-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby authorizes Prudence Greene to review I-9 forms and sign as authorized representative for all General Fund employees.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 14-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Jones as follows:

Resolution #15-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby authorizes Town Clerk Prudence Greene to charge a $25.00 fee for all dishonored checks paid to the Town of Denmark

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 15-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Fazio offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Jones as follows:

Resolution #16-2022 The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby directs the attached salary schedule be adopted for 2022:

Bi-Weekly Payroll
Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period (26)
Town Clerk / Tax Collector Greene A1410.11 $32,000.00 bi-weekly $1,230.77
Highway Supt. Mahar A5010.1 $53,000.00 bi-weekly $2,038.46
Assessor William Vargulick A1355.1 $20,000.00 bi-weekly $769.23
Appointed Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period (26)
Court Clerk Prudence L. Greene A1110.13 $11,927.00 bi-weekly $458.73
Custodian Sandy Wadsworth A5132.1 $20.00 per hour bi-weekly  
Deputy Clerk Sue Kirch – Corey A1410.12 $16.00 per hour bi-weekly
Monthly Payroll
Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period (12)
Town Supervisor Scott Doyle A1220.1 $18,000.00 monthly $1500.00
Councilman Fred Wadsworth A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Councilman Frank Fazio Jr A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Councilman Peter Jones A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Councilman Scott Doyle A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Town Justice Kiernan A1110.11 $15,218.00 monthly $1,268.17
Town Justice A1110.11 $ 5,572.00 monthly $464.33
Deputy Court Clerk Rachael B. Vary A1110.14 $4,200.00 monthly $350.00
ZEO Lloyd Woodruff  B8010.1 $15.25 per hour monthly *Will be reported
Planning Board Chair Kevin Gaines B8020.1 $840.00 monthly $70.00
Planning Member Patrick Mahar B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member John Williams B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member Debra Der B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member Mary M. Jones B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member Thomas Beyer B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Secretary Amanda Gaines B8020.1 $600.00 + $14.00 per hour monthly $50.00 + *reported hours at $14.00 per
Quarterly Payroll
Appointed Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period
Court Bailiff Joseph E. Greene A1110.12 $ 3,256.00 quarterly $814.00
Deputy Court Bailiff Duane St. Louis A1110.12 Will be reported
Water Clerk Prudence Greene SW1 8310.12 $ 1,200.00 quarterly $300.00
Supt of Water Patrick Mahar SW1 8310.11 $ 1,500.00 quarterly $375.00
Web Admin Prudence Greene A1010.42 $ 1,100.00 quarterly $275.00
Registrar Prudence Greene B4020.11 $    400.00 quarterly $125.00
Deputy Registrar Lori Wheeler B4020.12 $    100.00 quarterly $  25.00
Teamster Contract Article 24: WAGES AND HOURS – effective 01/01/2022
Working Supervisor

$22.31 hour

M.E.O.

$21.51 per hour

Probationary

$20.45 per hour

 
Annual Payroll to be paid 1 time in December
Appointed Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period
Board of Assessment Review Chair Debra Der A3610.41 $410.00 annually $410.00
Member Board of Assessment Review John Astafan A3610.41 $130.00 annually $130.00
Member Board of Assessment Review Jamie Haggett A3610.41 $130.00 annually $130.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Charles Haggett B8010.1 $250.00 annually $250.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member James Reed B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member Fred Smith B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member Glen Sarnowski B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member – vacant B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 16-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

A brief discussion was held on the budgeted salary for the Town Supervisor.   Supervisor Doyle announced he would not be accepting a salary for the Town Supervisor position.  Supervisor Doyle asked that the Town Board consider transferring money from the salary line to the contractual line for him to use for printer supplies for his home, a possible “hot spot” from Verizon for internet access at his home and increased mileage expenses when he travels to conduct Town of Denmark business.

Board Member Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Wadsworth as follows:

Resolution #17-2022: The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby directs that $5000.00 be moved from budget code A1220.1 to budget code A1220.4 in the adopted 2022 Town of Denmark Budget.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   abstains                                                               Resolution 17-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Fazio as follows:

Resolution #18-2022 The Town of Denmark Authorizes Supervisor Doyle to sign INSUREDS CONSENT TO RECEIVE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS provided by ESA to provide documents related to insurance coverages written through or quoted by/in the form of electronic records.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 18-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #19-2022 The Town of Denmark readopts the Commercial Zoning Permit Fee Schedule and Residential Zoning Permit Fee Schedule that is attached.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 19-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Board Member Jones offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #20-2022 The Town of Denmark hereby authorizes Supervisor Doyle to sign the 2022 Dog Control Officer Agreement.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 20-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

Discussion was held on the appointment of a Town Attorney.  Supervisor Doyle will contact Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall to se what the status of that firm will be in 2022.

 

Supt. Mahar asked that the salary schedule be amended to include temporary highway department employees who are paid $19.00 per hour on a biweekly basis from budget code DA5130.1.

 

Board Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, seconded for adoption by Board Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #21-2022 The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby rescinds Resolution 16-2022 and adopts the following salary schedule for 2022:

Bi-Weekly Payroll
Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period (26)
Town Clerk / Tax Collector Greene A1410.11 $32,000.00 bi-weekly $1,230.77
Highway Supt. Mahar A5010.1 $53,000.00 bi-weekly $2,038.46
Assessor William Vargulick A1355.1 $20,000.00 bi-weekly $769.23
Appointed Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period (26)
Court Clerk Prudence L. Greene A1110.13 $11,927.00 bi-weekly $458.73
Custodian Sandy Wadsworth A5132.1 $20.00 per hour bi-weekly  
Deputy Clerk Sue Kirch – Corey A1410.12 $16.00 per hour bi-weekly
Monthly Payroll
Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period (12)
Town Supervisor Scott Doyle A1220.1 $18,000.00 monthly $1500.00
Councilman Fred Wadsworth A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Councilman Frank Fazio Jr A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Councilman Peter Jones A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Councilman Scott Doyle A1010.1 $2,240.00 monthly $186.67
Town Justice Kiernan A1110.11 $15,218.00 monthly $1,268.17
Town Justice A1110.11 $ 5,572.00 monthly $464.33
Deputy Court Clerk Rachael B. Vary A1110.14 $4,200.00 monthly $350.00
ZEO Lloyd Woodruff  B8010.1 $15.25 per hour monthly *Will be reported
Planning Board Chair Kevin Gaines B8020.1 $840.00 monthly $70.00
Planning Member Patrick Mahar B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member John Williams B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member Debra Der B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member Mary M. Jones B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member Thomas Beyer B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Member B8020.1 $600.00 monthly $50.00
Planning Secretary Amanda Clark B8020.1 $600.00 + $14.00 per hour monthly $50.00 + *reported hours at $14.00 per
Quarterly Payroll
Appointed Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period
Court Bailiff Joseph E. Greene A1110.12 $ 3,256.00 quarterly $814.00
Deputy Court Bailiff Duane St. Louis A1110.12 Will be reported
Water Clerk Prudence Greene SW1 8310.12 $ 1,200.00 quarterly $300.00
Supt of Water Patrick Mahar SW1 8310.11 $ 1,500.00 quarterly $375.00
Web Admin Prudence Greene A1010.42 $ 1,100.00 quarterly $275.00
Registrar Prudence Greene B4020.11 $    400.00 quarterly $125.00
Deputy Registrar Lori Wheeler B4020.12 $    100.00 quarterly $  25.00
Teamster Contract Article 24: WAGES AND HOURS – effective 01/01/2022
Working Supervisor

$22.31 hour

M.E.O.

$21.51 per hour

Probationary

$20.45 per hour

Temporary Highway Employee $19.00 to be paid bi weekly from DA 5130.1
Annual Payroll to be paid 1 time in December
Appointed Position and Name Budget Code Annual Salary Frequency Gross Amount per pay period
Board of Assessment Review Chair Debra Der A3610.41 $410.00 annually $410.00
Member Board of Assessment Review John Astafan A3610.41 $130.00 annually $130.00
Member Board of Assessment Review Jamie Haggett A3610.41 $130.00 annually $130.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Charles Haggett B8010.1 $250.00 annually $250.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member James Reed B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member Fred Smith B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member Glen Sarnowski B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00
Zoning Board of Appeals Member – vacant B8010.1 $100.00 annually $105.00

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 21-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

 

Being as there was no further business before the Town Board Council Member Wadsworth offered a resolution, second for adoption by Council Member Rowsam as follows:

Resolution #22-2022 The Town of Denmark Town Board hereby adjourns its 2022 organizational meeting at 1:37pm.

Roll Call Vote recorded as follows:

Member Fazio                   Aye

Member Jones                  Aye

Member Rowsam            Aye

Member Wadsworth      Aye

Supervisor Scott Doyle   Aye                                                                        Resolution 22-2022 adopted 01.01.2022

 

 

Prudence L. Greene

Town of Denmark Town Clerk