Supervisor's Message Archive
August 21, 2019
It is that time of year when the Town's budget process is in full swing.
There are a lot of mandated steps to getting from start to finish so here is a quick primer on how it works: The Town Supervisor is the Budget Officer.
In Lima, the Budget Officer sends budget estimate forms to all the Town Departments in late June. Forms are filled out and returned by August 1st.
The Budget officer is responsible for filling out any forms that are not returned and then a complete review of all the requests. The data is used to prepare the tentative budget.
The Budget Officer may meet with the department heads to discuss their budget submissions. The Town provides funding for many Boards and Group and each Town Board member assigned as liaison to several. Last year I instituted a new policy of including meeting with each Town Board member to get their input. I also meet with our Accountants in Nunda to go over the budget and calculate our tax cap limit. Armed with all of this data I finish the Tentative Budget and hand it over to the Town Clerk who presents it to the Board at the September Board meeting. This is the first time all the board members get to discuss the Tentative Budget together as a board.
If a Town Board working session or special meeting is needed that is scheduled. Working sessions and Special Meetings are advertised and open to the public (with the exception of any sensitive personnel issues.) The Town Board revises the Budget and approves it as the Preliminary Budget. The preliminary Budget is sent back to the Town Clerk. At this time the Preliminary Budget is available for the public to review at the Town Hall or on the Web site. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for the October meeting. The Tax cap calculations have to be filed with the Office of the State Comptroller. When the public hearing is complete and the OSC filing is in place, then the Town Board makes any final revisions and must adopt the Final Budget by November 20th. If the Town Board fails to adopt the budget by November 20th, then by default the preliminary budget stands as the next years budget.
Meetings must be public and advertised when a quorum of the Town Board (that is 3 or more out of 5) are convened to discuss town business of any kind. The Lima Town Board has 5 elected Board Members. The elected members are the ones who vote on Town business. The Deputy Supervisor is an appointed position. The appointment is the sole discretion of the Supervisor and may be any voter in the Town of Lima. While the appointment may be another Town Board member, it does not have to be. The job of the Deputy Supervisor is to fill in for the Supervisor when they are not available (signing checks, reviewing payroll, running meetings, locking the town hall late at night when people forget, researching issues, manning the Town Office, etc). If the Deputy is not an elected board member, they do not get to vote, ever - even if they are filling in for the Supervisor at the Town or attending meetings at the County.
Certainly, if you have any questions feel free to call me at the Town Hall 585-582-1130.
May 28, 2019
Congratulations Lima! Some good news just arrived: The postal carriers will be moving BACK from Honeoye Falls to Lima effective September 14th. It cost more to keep them there than to return them. If you get a chance, please stop by our post office to congratulate them.
April 22, 2019
The Town Board has been working for years on the new solar law. The Draft has been sent to the Livingston County Planning Board for consideration at the May meeting. The Draft text is here for you to review now ahead of the public hearing to come. If you are interested in this legislation consider attending the Town Board meetings in May and June. Feel free to contact me with questions. MJF
February 23, 2019
It is likely there will be a weather event Sunday Feb 24th and beyond. National Grid has told us to expect power outages across western NY including Livingston county.
Check your emergency preparedness kit. Ensure you have needed medicine. Ensure you have some water and that your car has gasoline.
If you run a generator, ensure you run it outdoors and that there are no open doors or windows near the running generator.
Charge up your cell phones and other devices now.
Treat all down power lines as live, report them to National Grid 1-800-867-5222.
You can check outage status via the site outage map.
Stay safe and reach out for help if you need it via 911.
August 21, 2018
Lima Weather Station -
Thanks to the donation of the weather station from the Livingston County Conservation District and installation by the Town Crew our weather station is up and running. You can watch the station at or download the weatherlink app to your phone to get the latest information. It is labeled Town of Lima - easy to spot on the list.
June 5, 2018
Interested in Community Center Facilities? Let your voice be heard! In conjunction with a Livingston County Community Center Feasibility Study that is currently taking place, there is an online survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/66VWJSS. Thanks for giving us your opinion.
June 1, 2018
Lima Congratulates the new owners of the old Save a Lot building! Roof repairs and clean up will follow directly. The aim is to lease it for business purposes. Inquiries can be made to Robert Blaine 585-721-9174.
May 3, 2018
Starting May 3rd, 2018 the Town of Lima offices are now open Thursdays from 8am until 7pm - an addition of 4 open hours. This change allows people on their lunch hour or who work days out of town to purchase dog licenses, fishing and hunting licenses, get building permits, marriage licenses, copies of birth and death certificates and get documents notarized. This zero cost addition was achieved by adjusting staffing hours. More convenience, additional hours and no extra personnel cost - everyone wins!
The offices are additionally open M,T,F 8am - Noon & 1pm - 4pm, W 9am - noon. For more information, call the Lima Town Hall at 585-582-1130 or visit our website at www.townoflima.org
April 24, 2018
Please remember the Livingston County Sherriff's Offender Watch program to get notifications for registered sex offenders. If you sign up your email address via their website, you will get alerts when RSO's move in or move out. (www.livingstoncounty.us/sheriff) under the Offender Watch tab on the left hand side of the page.
March 12, 2018
It is reassessment season here in the Town of Lima. The notices were mailed and you will receive yours this week. If you have questions on your assessment, please call the Assessors Office at
585-624-6120 to schedule a time to meet with the Assessor. Appointment times are first come, first served. See you around Town.
Michael J. Falk, Lima Town Supervisor