TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
April 11, 2017
 

PRESENT:
Richard Hanse, Supervisor
Thomas Burke, Councilman
Patrick Kennedy, Councilman
Michael Veeder, Councilman
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman
Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

GUESTS:
Charlene Boehlke, Carlton Wilkinson, Jim Kurbiez, Kurtis Bullard, Virginia Brockner, Howard Brockner, Chad Harris, Dawn Smith, Beau Dushane, Tracy Welch, Robert Welch, Steve Tailleur

Supervisor Hanse called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion to accept the meeting minutes of April 11 and April 27 was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor opened the meeting to representatives of the United States Postal Service to discuss the relocation of the Climax Post Office. Supervisor stated that this is not the Town’s hearing as the board has no authority over the post office. The Town is providing the venue for the public forum. It was noted that this is the start of a 30-day comment period. The project has been approved for a 480 square foot modular which is self-contained. The first step will be to find a potential site. The current lease is set to expire in October 2018. They are looking to stay within the town limits. Rumors were put to rest–the post office is not closing, rather relocating. Public comments and questions on the project can be addressed to the USPS by contacting Kurtis Bullard at 336/544-3823 or email Michael.k.bullard@usps.gov .

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public – no comments were offered.

Reports from Department Heads:

EMS Chief Nadine Myrdycz reported 83 calls. Nadine stated that in accordance with the union contract the shift leaders will be Chris Frisbee, Shane Merchant and Stanley Dushane, Jr. and is ready to hire two full time employees that were put out to bid through the civil service process. She is recommending moving Peter Decker from part time EMT to full time and to hire Joshua Mattice as a full time driver as previously discussed. Rick stated that he prepared a resolution to appoint Joshua Mattice as a full time driver for Coxsackie Emergency Medical Services. All board members were provided with a copy and it was reviewed by Greene County Civil Service who concur that the resolution protects the Town in the event Mr. Mattice does not fulfill the conditions of his hiring. Supervisor made a motion to accept the resolution appointing Joshua Mattice as presented. Discussions on the motion–Patrick stated that Mr. Mattice has demonstrated his desire to further his career and has proven himself as a loyal employee. Mike does not think we should not tie up a full time EMT position by hiring a full time driver. It was noted that it will only be for four about months, until Josh can get his necessary EMT training. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Noes: 2 – Wilkinson, Veeder

A complete copy of the resolution is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

A motion to hire Peter Decker as a full time EMT was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor noted that the Town Board still has not received the signed UPSECU agreement. Mr. Dushane stated that it should have been emailed. He will try and have it sent before the meeting is over so that the Board can act on it this evening.

Nadine went on to say that she would like to purchase a mower to take care of the grounds at the station and to purchase some planters and plants to spruce the place up. She is also going to look into putting a fence around the dumpsters. Dawn Smith would like to do some volunteer work/landscaping at the station. It was recommended that she discuss plans with the Mayor. Linda suggested that Nadine talk to Larry; to see if he has as a mower they could borrow, maybe his guys could mow. Nadine is also going to speak to John Murphy about building some counter space in her office.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary – none

Supervisor reported on various matters:

The Village of Coxsackie has approved the Town’s request to be lead agency for the highway garage/municipal building. The next step is for the Town to go to the Village Planning Board meeting on May 18. Hershberg will be representing the Town; however, any and all board members can attend.

Everyone received a copy of the bond resolution prepared by attorney Tailleur for the purchase of a 2018 International plow truck which has been budgeted for and approved. The bond amount is $212,707 for a 10 year period and is subject to permissive referendum. Supervisor asked for a motion to adopt the bond resolution as presented. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A complete copy of the bond resolution is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Court Clerk Norma Johnson submitted a request for training in Castleton on June 8. There is no fee for the class; mileage would be reimbursed. Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing Norma to attend training. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Tom Burke strongly recommends training for Town officials and employees; he attended various classes in NYC on collective bargaining, ethics, and conflicts of interest which proved to be interesting. He stated that the Town does have an ethics policy if anyone should need a copy. Linda concurred that the Association of Towns training classes were beneficial.

The Memorandum of Agreement between the Town and UPSEU (ambulance unit) was received and reviewed. The agreement has been approved and ratified by the members of the union. Patrick and Rick have kept the board up to date and informed of the negotiations. A motion to accept the Memorandum of Agreement as agreed upon and presented by the Union was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

The board was in agreement to cancel the May 25th workshop meeting and reschedule for May 30th at 6:00 pm.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $30,847.74 were audited on abstract #7, voucher numbers 2017-352 through 2017-386.

Bond payment approved in the amount of $19,963.58 check number 17858.

At 8:10 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk