Time clock issues seem eternal in Jerusalem

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express

The Town of Jerusalem can’t seem to solve the question of its time clock, or rather the question of who should be punching in with it. While the highway employees have used it for years without any issue, some salaried employees at the town hall were also expected to punch the clock to verify the required hours for their positions. Yet it was also asserted by some that salaried employees by definition do not punch a clock.

At the last town board meeting April 16, a resolution was added as a late agenda item, and council member Max Parson, as part of the personnel committee, took exception to that. Not having seen the time clock on the agenda before the meeting, Parson took the last-minute surprise resolution as “a slap in the face,” and demanded the matter be tabled until next month. Despite this, some discussion continued with chairman Patrick Killen and member Mike Steppe asserting that the salaried employee in question be returned to hourly wage status and paid overtime wages if her work requires it. The matter was tabled to be argued again next month.

In another personnel matter, no volunteers were found to take on the duties of Information Technology Liaison, so the duties were appointed to Kerry Wheeler with a $20 per week stipend.

• Branchport Hamlet Plan: Jennifer Gruschow described a grant available from the Transportation Alternatives Program (Federal funds administered through the state) that could provide a minimum of $250,000 with a 20 percent match from the town for the improvements planned for Branchport. These include filling in the deep ditches near the fire hall, and installing curbs and sidewalks along State Rte. 54A between the four corners and the bridge. The town’s portion is payable in kind with services and materials.

Like those at Penn Yan, carved bas relief “Welcome to Branchport” signs have been designed and if approved, will be available for $1,700 each, including a smaller sign below giving credit to each sign’s sponsor.

A 50/50 grant for business owners to improve their façades has met with a tepid response, according to Killen. Some believe improving their property will only increase their tax assessment.

• Highway: Ed Seuss sent a thank you note to the Highway Dept. for the quality and speed of their work on a blocked culvert that caused flooding on West Bluff Drive.

After a request from the Town of Pulteney, Jerusalem will not be sell gravel as a regular supplier, though they will help out with emergency supply when needed.

The board approved the expenditure of up to $17,000 from the building reserve fund for the purchase and installation of pre-cast foundation blocks for the new salt storage shelter.

The 1988 Gradall was declared surplus and will be listed on Auctions International.

A subcommittee was appointed to begin preparations for the next Teamsters’ Union contract negotiation: Daryl Jones, Gary Dinehart, and Ray Stewart.

• Planning and Zoning: The clarification of lot coverage regulations and other changes in the Agricultural/Residential District will be drafted for review next month and for a public hearing in June.

Tim Cutler was appointed as a replacement for David Owens on the Planning Board.