TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
February 14, 2017
 

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

GUESTS:
Larry Ross, Carlton Wilkinson

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

A motion to accept the meeting minutes of February 14 was made by Michael Veeder, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

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

Reports from Department Heads:

EMS Chief was not present but it was noted they did 77 calls for the month.

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported that all went well with the storm. They kept the EMS station cleared out and assisted the Village with snow removal for a total of 5 hours.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:

–Thank you letter was received from Coxsackie Senior Citizens for having the chairs cleaned.
–Letter from Greene County Historical Society $500 donation request to commemorate the 400th birthday of Pieter Bronck. The event will take place on May 21.

Linda Wilkinson made a motion which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried to give the Bronck Museum $500 toward the celebration.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy. Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Supervisor reported on various matters:

The bonding process is underway for the new highway garage/municipal building; there is a lot of paperwork involved. Mike stated that he met with the mechanical engineer they did some redesigning which resulted in an approximate cost savings of $30,000.

Follow up on the sale of Town Hall; last month Rick polled the board to see of their interest in granting the purchaser an option; they were all in agreement. A motion to authorize attorney Tailleur to offer a one year option for $210,000 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Follow up on unsafe buildings/camp property in Earlton. Rick stated that we need to hire an engineer to determine potential asbestos remediation. He will contact Delaware Engineering. Mike will contact Mike Kenneally of Shamrock Engineering.

The Town is looking to get rid of the 20 old tables at the Senior Center. Several people have indicated an interest in them. Patrick Kennedy made a motion to declare the 20 old tables as surplus and sell them for $5.00 each. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

The board has been advised of the sudden resignation of dog control officer, Mark Misuraca, his equipment and truck cap have been returned. Temporarily Richard MacLeod has been handling dog control and was instructed to act on complaints only. He will be paid in accordance with the 2017 budgeted rate effective March 10, 2017. A motion was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried appointing Richard MacLeod as interim dog control officer.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Larry requested permission to attend Highway School at Ithaca College June 12-14. Patrick Kennedy made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried authorizing the highway superintend to attend training, the Town to cover registration and lodging costs.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Rick reported that Ron Rouse of the County-Wide Ambulance Task Force contacted him to inquire of the Towns interest in the possibility of Greene County EMS taking over the ambulance service. They are currently looking into combining Coxsackie, Greenville and New Baltimore. The board was in agreement in having the task force look into this. Patrick would like assurance that the Town does not lose any coverage. He also stated that the Town needs to be compensated fairly for rigs and equipment. Richard Hanse made a motion that the County-Wide Ambulance Task Force explore the feasibility of entering into a regional agreement which would be administered by Greene EMS. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Linda presented information on health insurance indicating that she and Karen met with Whitney of Marshall & Sterling. The insurance is up for renewal May 1. The Town budgeted for a 15% increase for 2017; the actual increase is 12% to stay with current plan. To date 60% of HRA has been used. Linda stated that to their knowledge there have been no employee complaints with plan. The dental did not go up. Discussion on vison plan which could be added for $1,000 per year ($103 per person) and still remain within the budget. Linda noted that an informational meeting for the employees will be held in July or August. A motion to accept the current health plan with dental and vision for 2017 was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $299,687.81 were audited on abstract #4, voucher numbers 2017-159 through 2017-262.

Special District SS Fund approved in the amount of $6,278.44 check number 226.

Bond payment approved in the amount of $16,531.72 check number 17659.

At 8:04 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk