TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
September 12, 2017
 

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

ABSENT:
Michael Veeder, Councilman

GUESTS:
Carol Metz, Warren Mueller, Beau Dushane, Linda Deubert, Wanda Dorpfeld, Eileen West, Thomas Silvious, Dawn Marie Smith, Pat Maxwell, Gordon Bennett, Patrick Doyle

The meeting was opened to Linda Deubert, Director of the Heermance Library; she presented the proposed budget and gave her director’s report to the board. Linda is checking into the possibility of the Town and Village assisting the Library with an on-line community calendar. She will return to the board with more information.

Linda Wilkinson would like to see the library budget vote advertised so that the residents are aware; possibly have a notice inserted in with telephone bills and put up on the signs at National Bank of Coxsackie and State Telephone. It was noted that the 2018 library election will take place on October 17 at the library from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Carol Metz thanked the library for providing glasses for the eclipse.

A motion to accept the meeting minutes of August 8 was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz asked about the Senior Center parking lot and inquired about regulations/protection from solar farms. It was noted that back in 2016 the Town adopted a local law on solar but it needs to be revisited. Two Planning Board members attended the August board meeting voicing their concerns regarding the lack of regulations. Pat Maxwell asked if the board would consider a moratorium; it might be a possibility.

Reports from Department Heads:

EMS Chief Nadine Myrdycz reported 107 calls, things are steady. She is down a full time position as Joshua Drabnick submitted his resignation.

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported that they are cleaning ditches. He and Scott will be headed up to Watertown to have the new truck customized. The Town should be able to take delivery by the end of October. Larry is working on budget numbers.

Roof quotes for the existing highway garage were received and discussed. No action was taken.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:

–Pegasus Restaurant provided notification of intent to renew their liquor license.

The board was previously provided with a copy of the Bond Resolution for the construction of a new town municipal building as follows: BOND RESOLUTION DATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2017. A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING, SUBJECT TO PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW TOWN Municipal building to include a highway garage, court facility and administrative offices on Bailey Street, IN and for THE TOWN OF COXSACKIE, GREENE COUNTY, NEW YORK, AT A MAXIMUM ESTIMATED COST OF $3,250,000 AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $3,250,000 SERIAL BONDS OF SAID TOWN TO PAY THE COST THEREOF.
The resolution was offered by Patrick Kennedy who moved its adoption which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Veeder – 1

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

Supervisor reported that Dean Camley is interested in continuing to shovel snow for the Town. He has done it the past couple of years. A motion to hire Dean Camley at $10.50 per hour for snow shoveling was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Veeder

Supervisor also reported that Kimberly Davis has indicated her interest in cleaning the bathrooms at the Senior Center (the Slater girls are no longer available). She will be paid $25 per week. A motion to hire Kimberly Davis was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

The County has requested that the Town of Coxsackie and Athens submit a request for a posted speed limit on their portions of County Route 49; currently there is none posted. There have been several accidents recently. Thomas Burke made the motion to pass a resolution supporting the request to conduct a traffic study with the purpose of establishing a lower speed limit on the Town portion of County Route 49 in the Town of Coxsackie. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

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

Karen Pautz requested approval to attend a NYS Retirement workshop on September 14 in Albany. There is no fee for the class, mileage will be reimbursed. Patrick Kennedy made the motion approving the training Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Discussion on sale of Oskosh to the County; Town of Greenville is also interested. Hold off another month before making any decision. Truck is not being sold until Town takes possession of the new truck.

The board was previously made aware that Don Meier submitted his resignation as the planning board chairman. Thomas Burke made the motion to accept Don’s resignation which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy (with regret) and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Richard Hanse made a motion to appoint Bruce Haeussler as planning board chairman for the balance of the term. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Veeder

Barry Rausch approached Rick regarding the sign in front of the ambulance station which is in need of some repair; new light bulbs and ballast; he is requesting permission to fix it. Back in 2007 there was a verbal agreement between The Town and D.M. Hamilton to add the ambulance name to the top of the sign, the Town agreed to repairs as they were saving money on not having to purchase a new sign. A motion to authorize Barry Raush to make the necessary repairs was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

EMS Chief was not aware of this arrangement and was instructed to check with DM Hamilton to see about access/usage of sign for EMS events.

Tom Burke recently found out that there are 258 parcels in the Town of Coxsackie/Greenville School District that are being doubled taxed–paying taxes for both the Town of Coxsackie Library and the Town of Greenville Library. He would like to see how this situation can be rectified. Gordon Bennett stated that it will not be a quick fix and noted that Greenville Library District was established first. This matter will need to be addressed further; no action was taken.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $115,098.93 were audited on abstract #12, voucher numbers 2017-563 through 2017-634.

Capital (H) Fund New Building approved in the amount of $2,059.96 check number 306.

Special District SS Fund approved in the amount of $3,150.71 check numbers 230 through 232.

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

At 7:55 pm Supervisor made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss on-going litigation. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.

At 8:20 pm a motion to come out of executive session was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

A motion to hire Barry M. Herbold to do the preliminary appraisal report for $4500 and an additional $2000 for court ready report in the Greene Development Properties LLC (Ducommun) case was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Veeder

A motion to hire Barry M. Herbold to the appraisal for United Stationers in the amount of $10,900 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

A motion to hire E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy to defend the Town in the United Stationers case was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Veeder

Assessor Bennett will reach out to the school to see if they are willing to split costs for the United Stationers appraisal and legal fees.

Patrick Doyle of Hudson Energy Development entered the meeting he wanted to discuss a solar project on Flint Mine Road. He provided Rick with his contact information.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk