Enter the town attorney who asked the board to vote to enter executive session to discuss two (2) court cases against the town.
Several minutes later, the executive session ended and the public portion of the meeting was resumed.
Suddenly...like a well rehearsed play...
This time, rather hesitantly, almost as if they were afraid to say "no", they asked the town attorney to recite the wording for the resolution that was to be approved.
Wow...discussion relating to paying bills is not a reason to go into executive session. Obviously, however, it was discussed anyway.
Basically, they voted to approve all the bills except for some that are FEMA related according to the resolution that was drafted by Attorney Cully at the request of Councilman Woodland:
That is interesting indeed because a phone call was made to my home last week. A concerned resident was asking questions regarding some work being done by a certain excavating company supposedly even using town equipment according to the caller. However, no bids had been entertained prior to the work being performed.
FEMA is very particular about a municipality obtaining bids for work to be done using FEMA money. They have in some cases refused to reimburse towns for the failure to solicit bids previous to letting out work.
One would think by now the town board would realize that. Last fall Tyksinski asked the town board to pass a resolution declaring some work being done by the same excavator "an emergency" after FEMA started questioning the bid requirements being ignored by the town board. That time, without hesitation, the town board obliged the supervisor.
Looks like we may very well have another "emergency" situation this time? Might be a good idea for the town board to review the process for emergency work; there is a very specific process outlined in the town's Procurement Policy. Not every job is an emergency, Supervisor Tyksinski! We will have to wait to see how this one plays out!
Wonder if the donation made to the town supervisor's re-election campaign had anything to do with the jobs being sent the donor's way? Hmmmm.....
At any rate, also discussed during the public portion of the meeting was the possibility of the town building new offices behind the library and the fees for non-residents to use Town of New Hartford parks...Sherrillbrook, Chadwicks and Washington Mills. I will be blogging on these topics and posting the video over the next few days.
By the way, mark your calendar; the public hearing for the local law needed to start charging the park fees will be held at the next town board meeting on March 9, 2016.