Hearing, Nov 24 2014
Public Hearing of the Ohio Town Board was held on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Recreation Building
The following Officials were present:
Supervisor: Scott Bagetis
Town Clerk: Sandra Gates
Councilmembers: George Lawson, Gordon Roark, Ed Luther and Jason Maher
Also present: Book Keeper Ruth Roark, Codes Enforcement Officer Jeff Greene, Assessor Rosanne Wright, Tax Collector Carol Smith, Michelle Barrows, Michael Kermizian, Marty Leigh, Richard Wright, Kim Grower, James Kearns, Fran Kraszewski, Stewart and Jeanette Burns, Russell Barrows, Kaye and Tim Delano, Larry and Linda Delano, Wes and Jane Wright, Daniel King, Jennifer Roach King, Michael Bianchi, Bruce Koenig and John Wright
The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Bagetis at 7:00 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Supervisor read the Standard Procedures for Public Hearings.
Supervisor read the Proposed Local Law # 2-2014 to Appoint a Single Assessor.
Richard Wright asked the board why are you doing this, is it for the budget?
Supervisor stated it is not for the budget, but it would be a savings to the Town. It is because with one assessor you would have uniformity, constitency, higher education guidelines and New York State recommends only one assessor.
Richard Wright asked how would they be paid and would the pay increase during the six year term.
Supervisor stated the pay would not go up as it would be a contract price.
Fran Kraszewski stated he had made two appointments with Brian Fitts and he did not show for either appointment.
Kaye Delano stated the board needed to do their homework before hiring Brian Fitts as she believes he is inconsistant, she would like to know how many restipulations were done because he did not do his job, as she has helped many residents get their home values reduced. She wanted to know why the board feels it is necessary to go to one assessor.
Supervisor stated in the long run we will maintain a more uniform tax roll.
Jennifer Roach King stated that the last time one assessor was on the ballot 97% of the Town residents voted it down, if the Town Board goes to one Assessor they can not go
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back to three. It is not State mandated to go to one Assessor. She stated she had left messages for Fitts and he never returned her calls when he was doing the revaluation.
Micheal Kermizian stated three assessor system they are more honest and they know the Town properties and residents and that is very important.
James Kearns wants to know if there will be a referendum vote or if the Board will make the residents just swallow the pill.
Stewart Burns stated six years is a long time for a appointment.
Supervisor stated there will be an option out of 30 to 60 days notice for the Town and the person that signs the contract.
Michelle Barrows stated she is willing to pay more in taxes to keep three assessors if that is what it takes. She told the board members that they are all elected and they are to represent the people of the Town and the people want the vote. She also stated the Brian Fitts did not do a good job on the revaluation and was late getting it done.
Several residents wanted to know why the board would not hire someone in Town.
Supervisor stated Brian Fitts is familiar with the Town as his company did the Revaluation, and he does not know of anyone in Town that is qualified or that is willing to do the job.
Jane Wright stated you are elected to represent the people will you consider a referendum.
Supervisor stated yes it will be considered.
Councilmember Maher stated he did not want to have a debate he wanted to hear what the residents wanted. We have not made a decision, we will take the residents concerns under advisement and make an educated discision.
Councilmember Lawson stated no other Town in Herkimer County has three Assessors.
Several residents told Board members they would like a referendum, they would like the vote for one assessor, not have the board do it.
Supervisor Bagetis made a motion to go to executive session at 8:45 PM to discuss personnel, second by Councilmember Lawson. So carried.
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Councilmember Roark made a motion to return to regular session at 9:55 PM, second by
Councilmember Lawson. So carried.
Supervisor Bagetis met with National Grid and had an energy audit done.
He has an estimate of $9,698.00 to replace every light fixture in the garage and office with sensors in the garage, and external lights. National Grid will pay $5,349.00 leaving a balance of $3,761.00. If the balance is paid in full there will be another 15% savings.
Councilmember Maher made a motion to approve the estimate, second by Councilmember Roark. So carried.
Councilmember Lawson made a motion to adjourn at 10:25 PM, second by Councilmember Luther. So carried.