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:
Ed Ross, Larry Ross, Dawn Marie Smith, Carlton Wilkinson, Carol Metz, Rino Crisafulli, George Colvin, Mary Beth Bianconi, Shaun Groden

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

A motion to accept the meeting minutes of March 21 was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public. Carol Metz once again inquired about the senior center parking lot indicating that she will continue to bring this issue up until there is a remedy. Patrick suggested that the Senior Club look into getting a grant for black topping. Tom stated that the highway superintendent is busy taking care of the roads and there is no money for black top. Carol noted that she is not a member of the senior club but is a volunteer for the meals on wheels program. It has become a safety issue. Patrick reminded the board that he got a quote for gutters last year; it would be a minimal investment and may help with the problem.

Rino Crisafulli, licensed real estate broker and George Colvin, the owner of 17 Industrial Parkway addressed the board on recommendation of Charlie Martinez. They suggested that the Town consider 17 Industrial Parkway for a public works building. Discussion ensued. Rick said that this property has been looked at in the past. Tom stated that we are clearly at the 11th hour. Linda stated that a study was done on the GNH property. Mike stated we are ready to go on the current location; a lot of money and time has been invested in this project and the Town has looked into various other properties that do not fit the Town’s needs. Rick also indicated the possibility of losing grant money. Mr. Colvin suggested that the property be utilized strictly for a highway garage; no office space. Rick thanked them for their time.

Reports from Department Heads:

Code Enforcement Officer Ed Pebler submitted a written report.

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported that the guys did an excellent job during the snow storm. Currently they are sweeping the roads and working on Potic Mountain Road. The roof is once again leaking at the garage. Mike told Larry to give Schmidt a call. The fluorescent lighting will be replaced by Barry Rausch. Larry indicated that he and the crew would be continuing to mow the Town properties again this year. Larry is looking for clerical help with his bills. He has opened an account at Lowes which will save time and money. His 284 agreement will be submitted at the workshop meeting, he is waiting for stone prices; blacktopping will begin in June. He also thanked Ed Ross for allowing the Town to continue storing salt on his property. Ed would like to have us out sooner rather than later; at least by Fall. Supervisor thanked Ed for his continued patience, support and generosity to the Town.

EMS Chief Nadine Myrdycz reported 82 calls and they assisted with the bike race. There have been shortfalls in scheduling as they are down to four full time EMTs. Nadine would like to hire Donna Gianola as a full time EMT and Josh Mattice as a driver until he can complete his training for full time EMT. Discussion ensued; it has been Town policy not to hire drivers. There was a misunderstanding and confusion with the status of Steve Salluce; he had requested to drop down from full time to part time–he did not resign. She would also like to hire 3 full time EMTs.

Further discussion ensued. Thomas Burke made a motion to hire Donna Gianola as full time EMT effective immediately. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Wilkinson

A motion to hire Steve Salluce as a part time driver as made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Noes: 1 – Kennedy

A motion to hire Bethany Sterritt as part time EMT was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to start the necessary civil service process for hiring 3 additional full time EMTs was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

County Administrator Shaun Groden and Mary Beth Bianconi of Delaware Engineering addressed the board relative to a resolution presented exempting the County from Town land use laws for the pubic telecommunication facility located on Mountain Road. The County purchased land on Mountain Road adjacent to their existing County 911 telecommunications site for the purpose of constructing a new tower. They are requesting that the subdivision and site work be exempt from review by the Town of Coxsackie. All documents regarding the land purchase and SEQR were provided. On motion of Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried the resolution was adopted as presented.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

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

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary.

–Letter from Greene County Council on Arts, donation request Sprouts program

Linda Wilkinson made a motion to donate $500 to the Council on the Arts for the sprouts program. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported on various matters:

Trees on the highway garage/municipal building site were cut down by March 31 in order to keep the bats out.

The Greene County Historical Society has indicated an interested in deconstructing the barn (Church of God Prophecy) in Earlton.

The board was informed of Richard MacLeod’s resignation as interim dog control officer. Supervisor proposes that the Town appoint Sherry Vieta, the current dog control officer for the Town of Athens in his stead. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried appointing Sherry Vieta as interim dog control officer.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kenned, Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $29,619.04 were audited on abstract #5, voucher numbers 2017-263 through 2017-324.

Capital (H) Fund New Building approved in the amount of $17,665.36 check numbers 295
through 297.

Special District SS Fund approved in the amount of $4,847.34 check number 227.

Bond payment approved in the amount of $16,031.60 check number 17762.

At 7:55 pm Supervisor made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss pending and possible litigation. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.

At 8:20 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to come out of executive session and reopen the board meeting. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.

At 8:20 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Michael Veeder, seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk