TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
August 8, 2017
 

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

ABSENT:
Richard Hanse, Supervisor

GUESTS:
JoAnn Conway, Tracy O’Bryan, Kaaren Kiernan, Pat Linger, Dawn Marie Smith, Warren Mueller, Brianna Adrian, Beau Dushane, Matthew Marlow, Daniel Schuttig, UPSEU, Elizabeth Putnam, Chris Frisbee, Lillian Ecker, Sydney Kohrs, Dan Beachler, Doreen Beachler, Donna G., Cheyenne W., Jason W., Jen W.

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

A motion to accept the meeting minutes of July11 was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Hanse

Deputy Supervisor opened the meeting to the public. Daniel Schuttig from UPSEU addressed the board as the union representative for the EMS employees. He read a letter that he had sent to Rick stating that they were surprised and a little taken back by the actions of the Town Board in considering subcontracting out ambulance coverage. Mr. Schuttig further stated that they will be prepared to take any and all legal action to enforce the collective bargaining agreement.

Matt Marlow, Town of Coxsackie EMT and Fire Chief of the Medway-Grapeville Fire Company addressed the board and presented a petition with over 200 signatures against consolidation of the ambulance service. He urged the board to make the best decisions for the residents and the EMS employees.

JoAnne Adamo Conway as lifelong resident and member of the planning board addressed the board regarding lack of solar regulations in the Town. Solar companies are targeting areas without regulations; she would like to see our community protected. There are regulations on the books; a local law was passed last year, some adjustments may be necessary.

Reports from Department Heads:

EMS Chief Nadine Myrdycz reported 105 calls, they remain busy. The fly car is out of service due to mechanical issues. Not certain if it is worth fixing she has an estimate from Albrights for $2600 and will get another quote. The car is not used that often; mostly for special events and to attend training. At some point in the future may look to have it replaced.

Dawn Smith asked what the July revenue recovery numbers were. A definite answer was not given; she can obtain that information from the bookkeeper. It was noted that the ambulance service does not make money. It costs about $700,000 per year to run and brings in about $400,000.

A few people addressed the board but did not identify themselves. Discussion on ambulance calls to the prison. The Town should receive fair reimbursement from the State. There have been many talks regarding this issue in the past to no avail. Ambulance services cannot be denied at the prison. It can’t hurt to speak with the County legislatures and State representatives.

Pat Linger a Greene County Legislature and member of the task force provided background information on Countywide system and multi-agency system. The Town of New Baltimore, Coxsackie and Greenville recently met regarding consolidated ambulance services.

Jennifer Warren-Moore Explorer advisor and taxpayer addressed the board stating that the Town of Coxsackie is the only agency with a Junior program and said it would be a disservice and loss for the Town to do away with that program. Ms. Moore asked the board to be mindful of that.

There are a lot of rumors and misinformation being spread around regarding this issue. The proposal at this time is just that. The board has a lot to consider before making any decisions. The numbers that were provided are only projections. Further information is needed.

Bambi reported on behalf of Highway Superintendent Ross that Bronk Mill Road, Pieter Bronck Road and Kings Road have all been oil and stoned. Road work has been completed for the year.

Mike Veeder reported that the highway committee had recently met and they hope to get the project out for bids in September with a Spring start date or earlier if possible.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary

–Letter from Knights of Columbus requesting use of pavilion and parking lot at Senior Center on October 19 for chicken BBQ fundraiser, proof of insurance was submitted. A motion to authorize use was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Hanse

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $82,602.31 were audited on abstract #11, voucher numbers 2017-516 through 2017-562.

Capital (H) Fund New Building approved in the amount of $17,510.00 check numbers 304
through 305.

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

At 7:45 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk