Yorktown Town Board awards controversial bids 02/19/13

Town Board
February 19, 2013

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit http://www.ciyinfo.org

1. Fluoridation
Councilman Paganelli reported that he will be meeting with the consulting engineering firm to review options for the new fluoride system at the Catskill treatment plant.

2. Emergency notification system. Susan Siegel (the person writing this summary) asked questions about the status of the Town’s emergency notification system that was used earlier in the month. There was no response to her questions.

3. Public hearing regulating self storage facilities in C-1 commercial zones
The Board voted 5-0 to adopt the proposed “cross reference” amendment to the recently enacted amendment, with the additional change that the facility could be open until 11pm so that the closing time was consistent with another section of the Zoning Code. The discussion also highlighted the need to update the entire Town Code.

4. Bid awards
a. Highway truck: The Board voted 4-0-1, with Councilman Patel abstaining to purchase of a new truck. At issue was whose responsibility it was to provide Board members with information when department heads request new vehicles.

b. Turf tiger zero turn lawn mower. The Board voted 4-1 to award this bid. Councilman Murphy voted no because he felt the bid should go to the local vendor, even though his price was higher.

c. Litigation. The Board voted to hire the Town’s outside labor counsel, Bond, Schoeneck & King, to represent the Town in the lawsuit filed by the two police officers who care/ed for the police dogs.

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