Town of Lyme Accepting 2017 Mowing Bids Mowing Specs Ball Fields and Abandoned Cemeteries – 2017 - Abandoned Cemeteries (7) mowed, trimmed and cleaned up by Memorial Day. Mowed and trimmed once every two weeks thereafter until September 15th. NYS Route 12E Ball Fields (5) and Grounds – Mowed twice weekly (preferably Mondays & Wednesdays before 4 p.m.) and trimmed once a week from May 1st thru August 1st and mowed once a week thereafter until September 30th. G. Spence Donaldson Memorial Field (Morris Tract Road) Ball Field and Grounds – mowed and trimmed once a week (preferably on Monday) from May 1st thru September 30th.
The awarded Lawn Care Professional must supply own equipment, maintenance and fuel. Proof of Liability Insurance must be filed with the Town Clerk at the time of the quote submittal. The Town of Lyme will be accepting fixed quotes for 1 or 2 years proposals (2 year preferred). Quotes will be accepted until the closing of business on Wednesday April 12, 2017 and can be mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, PO Box 66 Chaumont, NY 13622, dropped off at the Town Offices or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Quotes will be reviewed and awards will be made during the Regular Town Board Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The Town Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.
TOWN BOARD MEETINGS TO BE STREAMED LIVE The town board meetings have been video recorded and placed on the town website for several years. Now, through the graciousness of Steve Weed Productions, our meetings will be streamed live. To watch the board meetings each month on your computer click on the link below. https://livestream.com/swp/lyme. The town board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm.
A Letter From Gerry Geist, Executive Director Association of Towns of the State of New York
At our Annual Business Meeting held on Wednesday February 22, 2017, Supervisor Tim Whitesell, Town of Binghamton, Broome County announced that town officials in Broome County would hold a local press conference on March 2nd at 11:30 am to share information with the public about how local government officials are sharing services, improving efficiencies and holding the line on property taxes. The concerted effort is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s county-wide property tax savings plan proposal. Supervisor Whitesell spoke about the importance of town officials standing together in response to Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal that requires county executives or county managers to create new countywide shared service property tax savings plans that are subject to voter approval at the general election in November. The county executive or county manager does not need the approval of town, city and village officials to put a plan before the voters that could include the transfer of functions to and from municipalities within the county. If voters approve a county’s plan, the proposals included in the plan must be implemented in 2018. There is no direct funding proposed in the governor’s budget to fund the development of the county plans or to implement the proposals contained in those plans. In addition, the governor is conditioning the distribution of general purpose revenue sharing, otherwise known as AIM funding, upon the state Legislature’s inclusion of his countywide shared service property tax savings plan proposal in the final budget. The governor’s tax savings plan proposal is intended to lower property taxes but appears to be another unfunded mandate that threatens home rule.
Governor's Latest Proposal Could Eliminate Local Town And Village Governments
To: Mayors, Managers and Administrators From: Peter A. Baynes, New York Consolidation Of Mayors (NYCOM) Re: Update and CALL TO ACTION on AIM Funding and Consolidation Mandate Later today NYCOM will be emailing you a comprehensive review of the Governor's Executive Budget and other legislation of interest to cities and villages. Via this email, however, I want to update you on two specific issues: (1) NYCOM's top legislative priority (AIM funding) and (2) the controversial new consolidation mandate proposed by the Governor. I also write tothank the many of you who have individually or collectively written and spoken with your State legislators on these key issues. But as budget negotiations move into their active and final stages (including passage of one-house budgets as early as next week), I once again urge you to contact (even if you have previously done so) your State legislators to support our call for an increase in AIM funding and a rejection of the consolidation mandate proposal. AIM Funding For the ninth consecutive year, the Executive Budget fails to provide an increase in AIM funding, which is the State's one and only municipal property tax relief program. This is nearly three times as along as any previous period of time without an increase in AIM (or its predecessor, revenue sharing aid). In real dollars, AIM has actually been cut by $133 million since 2008-09, which is the amount NYCOM is asking the Legislature and Governor to restore when they adopt the final budget due by April 1. Such a restoration in aid would amount to a 19% increase in the AIM appropriation, from $715 million to $848 million, and is affordable within the context of a $150 billion State Budget. Furthermore, the Senate, Assembly and Governor's office today agreed that there is actually additional revenue available to the State than first estimated when the Governor introduced his Executive Budget. Please actively support our call for this long overdue increase in AIM funding by calling your State legislator today and reminding them of the property tax relief such an increase would generate. Not only does the Governor's proposed budget not include an increase in AIM funding, its AIM funding appropriation includes language that makes the entire $715 million in AIM funding contingent on the State Legislature's passage of his consolidation proposal (discussed below). As written, if the Legislature passes a budget that does not include the consolidation proposal, there would be no AIM aid paid to cities, villages and towns for the State Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2017. While we expect the ultimate result of this linkage to be a three-way (Governor, Senate and Assembly) negotiated resolution of the consolidation proposal, we nonetheless believe such a linkage minimizes the budgetary/legislative power of the Legislature and diminishes the value of municipal government. NYCOM strongly objects to this form of budgetary blackmail, particularly when New York's only municipal property tax relief program is being held hostage. Proposed Consolidation Mandate As part of his budget proposal, the Governor has advanced a new mandate that every county hold a countywide referendum on a county-designed municipal consolidation plan. The Governor says he is seeking passage of this mandate because local officials do not and will not work together to share services, nor will you even discuss such cooperation. Anyone who knows city and village government in New York knows that such a claim is absolutely untrue. In the government space, municipalities invented shared services and are constantly working to find even more ways to work with their local government counterparts. NYCOM objects to this proposal on numerous grounds, including: - It's Just Another State Mandate - New York's property tax relief problem is primarily attributable to the services and costs shifted onto local governments via State mandates, including $7 billion in Medicaid expenses, the Triborough Amendment, prevailing wage, Wicks Law, binding arbitration, and many more. By reforming and repealing these mandates, the State would yield immediate and meaningful property tax relief. Instead, the Governor has proposed a new mandate that disregards the cooperative work done at the local level and creates a top-down, State- and County-dictated process that will actually make enhanced shared services more difficult. - Ignores the "Willie Sutton Principle" - Notorious bank robber Willie Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks and he famously responded, "Because that's where the money is." When it comes to New York's property tax burden, school districts are where the money is, with nearly 2/3rds of all property taxes levied by schools. Cities and villages combined only account for approximately 8% of all property taxes. The Governor's proposal excludes school districts and New York City, and also paints shared services as a panacea to New York's property tax problem. By ignoring the largest piece of the property tax pie and relying on shared services -- which are already prevalent in every municipality in the State -- the Governor's mandate would be ineffective at generating property tax savings. - Representative Government Yields Better Results - Shared services work best when developed collaboratively by two or more willing local governments that each have something to gain from the arrangement and their community's best interests at heart. Having counties (who to a large degree provide a different set of services than cities, villages and towns) dictate what will be included in the shared services referendum violates this principle. Furthermore, a countywide referendum on the plan in many cases will hurt the chance of a shared service plan coming to fruition, particularly if there is any controversial aspect to the plan. - Try Something New - The Governor has declared that he has tried everything he can to force efficiencies and tax relief at the local level, so he is putting it in the hands of local voters. As you know, city and village officials are held very accountable at the local ballot box when they perform contrary to their constituents' expectations. What would actually be a new approach would be for the State to provide an increase in unrestricted state aid (AIM funding), which hasn't been tried in nine years and increases prior to that were effective at limiting the growth in municipal property taxes.
2017 TRANSFER SITE STICKERS WILL BE AVAILABLE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH. TOWN TAXPAYERS MAY GET THE STICKERS AT THE LYME TRANSFER SITE.
Effective November 1, 2016 the Town of Lyme Transfer Site will be open from 9am-4pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday and Friday the Transfer Site is open from 9am - 1pm.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM MAPPING APPLICATION (GIS)
The Town of Lyme is pleased to announce today's launch of DANC's new and improved version of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Internet Mapping Application. This upgrade is more user-friendly and intuitive, with enhanced functionality and new tools and features.
Working in concert with six other Jefferson County communities, Lyme contracted with the Development Authority of the North Country to map infrastructure in the Town’s water districts. These maps are accessible through an internet-based GIS which facilitates efficient access to information on critical water infrastructure serving 250 Town users. In addition to water infrastructure, the GIS contains aerial imagery and parcel data for areas of the Town not served by water. The Town of Lyme has made the GIS open to the public. Users can access the system by visiting the Development Authority of the North Country’s website and clicking on the ‘Launch DANC GIS Application’ button on the top of the webpage.
Building Project in Your Future?
Don’t Forget the Permit
As promised, spring has arrived! Now that a lot of us are feeling the urge to repair or expand one of our most valuable investments, our property, a reminder that many building projects need a zoning and building permit.
Since we offer zoning and building permit services at our Lyme Town Office, we are a "One Stop” Department, saving you a trip to Watertown. Most permits are easily obtainable and usually only take several days. To expe-dite your permit process, the following items will be needed. When you come it would be helpful to have your application completely filled out, a recent property survey map, and an accurate sketch of the new structure and its location on the property. Buildings located in known flood zones will also require an elevation certificate available only from a surveyor. The final step will require that the new structure be "staked out" to indicate its location on the property.
As a quick reminder, structures need to be properly setback from adjoining property lines. Consult with our office for the setbacks that apply to your property. We are always available to help you have an enjoyable and successful building experience. Tell us how we my help!
Jim Millington, ZEO/CEO The Town of Lyme Building Office Cell- (315) 777-6115
KEEP OUR TOWN CLEAN
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER
NY CLS Veh & Tr § 1220 (2004) Litter Law
Throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands prohibited (a) No person shall throw, dump, deposit or place, or cause to be thrown, dumped, deposited or placed upon any highway, or within the limits of the right of way of such highway, or upon private lands adjacent thereto, any refuse, trash, garbage, rubbish, litter or any nauseous or offensive matter. (c) A violation of the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 and/or a requirement to perform services for a public or not-for-profit corporation, association, institution or agency not to exceed 8 and for any second or subsequent violation by a fine not to exceed $500 and/or a requirement to perform services for a public or not-for-profit corporation, association, institution or agency not to exceed 8 hours.
At it's meeting on Wednesday, September 10th, the Lyme Town Board passed a resolution requiring the use of punch cards to pay for tipping fees at the Transfer Site. Two months ago, the Town Board passed a resolution to accept only credit/debit cards or checks at the facility. After being informed that the town must accept cash payments, the decision was made to return to the punch card payment system used by the Town several years ago. Residents who wish to pay by cash, may now purchase a punch card at the Town Office which they can take with them to the transfer site to pay for tipping fees or they may purchase a punch card at the transfer site by paying with a credit card or check. The punch card program meets with the Comptroller's recommendations for accepting cash payments. The punch cards should be available by October 1, 2014. We thank our residents for your patience and understanding in this matter as we work to reduce the cash on hand at the transfer site and ensure the safety of our Transfer Site employees.
CASH PAYMENTS NO LONGER ACCEPTED AT TRANSFER SITE
In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of our transfer site employees, a decision has been made to begin accepting credit, debit cards or personal checks only at the transfer site. The board understands a transition period will be needed to educate everyone to this change and has determined that a one month grace period will be given. Effective September 1st, cash payments for tipping fees will not be accepted. Please remember to bring your credit or debit card, or a personal check, with you when you have items which requirement payment.
NEW LINK ADDED TO OUR WEBPAGE
A new link has been added under our "MORE" header that will take you to important emergency information. Important personal emergency information has been added. New information will be added as it is gathered. The Town, along with the Fire Departments, Village officials and local residents will be developing an Emergency Management Plan to follow in the event of a chemical, natural or terrorist occurrence.
TRANSFER SITE REQUIREMENTS
ALL LOADS (COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL) MUST BE TARPED According to NYS DEC laws, all transport of materials to the Town Transfer Site must be covered or confined (tied down). Please respect the State littering law and be respectful of those residents living along your route to the Transfer Site. Let's all work to keep our town roads clean. Subpart 360-1: General Provisions - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "Solid waste must not be accepted at a solid waste management facility unless the waste is adequately covered or confined in the vehicle transporting the waste to prevent dust and blowing litter."
From The Lyme Building & Codes Office
As a reminder to all our residents and contractors, a Zoning and Building Permit is required for most types of construction and change of property use projects. Some examples are: Some types of remodeling, New construction, Roof replacement, Fence construction, Heating equipment installation, Wood burning stoves, Wind and Solar Generation Systems, and Demolition. Please check with our office regarding your project for further information. As your Zoning and Building Code Enforcement Officer, I am always available to assist our residents and contractors in assuring that your building projects are safe, successful, and code compliant. When you “Build to Code” your project will be safe, and have lasting value. Our regular hours are: Tuesday from 8:00 AM to Noon, and Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. My office phone number is (315) 649-2788. My cell phone number is: (315) 777-6115. I look forward to serving our residents and contractors in this place we call “Paradise”, The Town of Lyme.
Jim Millington, ZEO/CEO
PRINT FISHING LICENSES FROM HOME
New York offers some of the best fishing in the country. With trout and salmon fishing season starting April 1st – just around the corner – it is easier than ever this year for New Yorkers to be ready to enjoy great outdoor fishing on opening day.
For the first time, you can now purchase and print a fishing license from home by visiting licensecenter.ny.gov. New York State has also reduced fishing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and expanded fishing clinics as part of the state’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative. Fishing Access Sites located in the town of Lyme are at the NYS boat launch in Chaumont, the NYS boat launch in Three Mile Bay and the newly renovated boat launch at the Isthmus on Point Peninsula.
Anglers, consider investing in a lifetime fishing license that can be converted to an Adventure License and be eligible to receive a free adventure license plate for your vehicle in one of nine designs.
Transfer Site Changes Changes are underway at the town transfer site in how we handle recyclables. In a cost savings measure, the town has contracted with the County for the pickup of recyclables. County requirements are very strict in the enforcement of sorting and separating recyclables. Dumpsters have been supplied for plastics, corrugated cardboard, soft cardboard, glass, paper and tin cans. Transfer site employees will no longer be handling recyclables inside the building. Residents are asked to comply with the new requirements and exhibit patience and understanding while we work to operate similarly to many other town transfer sites in the county.