TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
July 11, 2017
 

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

ABSENT:
Michael Veeder, Councilman

GUESTS:
Dawn Smith, Dan Miller, Warren Mueller, Carol Metz, Brianna Adrian,
Beau Dushane

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

A motion to accept the meeting minutes of June 13 was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Supervisor opened the meeting to Daniel Miller, NYSDEC. Mr. Miller provided a handout and gave a brief presentation on a research study of river sediment near Coxsackie and New Baltimore. They are looking at existing conditions and restoration alternatives at Rattlesnake Island and Coxsackie Cove. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the impacts of modifying the dike. They have prepared and are seeking responses to an RFP that would evaluate the dike. For further information on the project Mr. Miller can be contacted at 845/889-4745 ext. 110 or by email Daniel.miller@dec.ny.gov.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz asked about the possibility of solar panels on the Skliba Tree Farm. Dawn Smith as the planning board secretary responded that Cypress Creek is in the proposal stages but nothing has been approved at this time.

Dawn Smith reported that the Owl committee has come up with a coffee mug, she had a prototype with her and stated they will be available for purchase at the Village Building.

Reports from Department Heads:

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported that they will be doing oil and stone on Monday however rain may be an issue. Larry advised people to be cautious while driving on the back roads due to dead limbs/trees falling.

EMS Chief Nadine Myrdycz reported 115 calls it has been very busy. All full time positions are filled and things are running smoothly. They should receive the new radios this week. There has been an increase in drug related calls. Discussion on drug epidemic–it is a problem that affects all walks of life. Need to get the word out on prevention. Carol Metz asked about getting information to Sleepy Hollow. Nadine will be in touch with her.

Dawn Smith addressed the Board commending the actions of Chief Myrdycz in her role as Greene County Paramedic. Working together with the Coxsackie EMS team they were able to save the life of a potential heat attack victim. Albany Medical Center also sent out kudos to Nadine and the team on a job well done.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary
–Letter from Greene County YMCA 5th annual Greene Y Tri being held on September 9
–Request from Greene Land Trust for letter of support

Richard Hanse made a motion to send a letter to DEC in support of Greene Land Trust’s proposal to further develop a natural resource inventory, produce story maps, and conduct outreach meetings. Thomas Burke, seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Supervisor reported on various matters:

The Village will hold a public hearing on the proposed Highway garage/municipal building on July 13 at 7:00 pm. They have requested that two test holes be dug in the area of the bio-retention pond to determine the water table level.

Gordon Bennett provided written requested that the board hire a data collector. He feels that the hourly wage is too low ($10.88) as budgeted for and stated this will need to be addressed in next year’s budget. In the meantime he is proposing that for this year the budget dollar amount of $957.44 be divided by $14 per hour instead of $10.88. Gordon will supplement data collection on his time to get the job done as he will have 68 hours instead of 88. He noted Data collectors in Durham and Greenville pay $14 per hour. Thomas Burke made a motion authorizing the request. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Greene County Civil Service has released a new job description for the title of Assessor’s Clerk. A test will be developed in the near future and open to qualified individuals. In the meantime the Town may make a provisional appointment of any person who meets the minimum qualifications of the job description. The board is aware that Randy will be retiring in January. In view of the existence of this job description Richard Hanse made a motion to appoint Randice Robertson to the position of Assessor’s Clerk at the same rate of pay she is presently receiving and that the money previously reassigned to the Town Clerk’s budget when Mrs. Robertson was designated as second deputy clerk be returned to the Assessor’s budget. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

It was noted that nothing will change number wise and everything will be all set for the new person in January. It was further noted that Civil Service did have a job description for this title dated September 17, 1992, which was recently found.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $301,632.96 were audited on abstract #10, voucher numbers 2017-458 through 2017-515.

Capital (H) Fund New Building approved in the amount of $10,184.79 check numbers 301
through 303.

Special District SS Fund approved in the amount of $1,267.03 check number 229.

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Veeder

At 7:40 pm Supervisor made a motion to enter into executive session for purposes of discussing particular personnel issues. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.

Town Clerk excused herself from the executive session.

At 7:59 pm a motion to come out of executive session and adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk