April 9, 2019

April 9, 2019 by
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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
April 9, 2019
 

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

GUESTS:
Carol Metz, Gabe Wapner, David Meier, Helen Meier, Joseph Klene, Patrick Doyle, Mark Flach, Luciana Algovino, Tessa Partridge, Margaret Jones, Jeff Jones, Barbara Brummell Schmollinger, Larry Ross

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

A motion to accept the minutes of the January 31 and February 12 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Before opening the meeting to the public, Supervisor stated that due to the pending Article 78
proceeding the Board would not be making any pronouncements regarding solar.

Carol Metz inquired into the paving of the senior center parking lot. The paving is on the schedule to be completed; the State is in the process of reviewing the grant application.

Helen Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

Joe Klene of Athens asked what statistical data the board used in determining that property values would decline due to solar.

David Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

Carol Metz stated that statistical research on both sides can be misleading.

Patrick Doyle referred to confidential stipulations.

EMS Chief submitted a written report, they had 83 calls. Nadine applied for and received a community grant; Home Depot will be painting, building flower box, benches and doing some other small projects. Nadine completed paperwork for Greene Correctional Facility to have crews come and paint the garage floor and add new lines on the tarmac. They will also buff and seal floors, no cost to the Town.

Highway Superintendent Ross presented his 284 agreement. He reported that the State is cutting CHIPS funding which will affect his budget. The crew has been cleaning up at the old highway garage. The 1989 wheel roller will cost about $10,000 to repair and is not worth investing that kind of money. Once again equipment replacement was discussed. Councilman Burke would like to talk about this at the April 25th workshop meeting.

A motion to accept the 284 agreement as presented by the Highway Superintendent was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Discussion on ambulance calls to the prison. The facility contracts with Mohawk, but calls get turned over to Coxsackie. The Town is obligated to respond. This has been an on-going issue for years; the Town loses money on each call.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Greene County Council on the Arts, Sprouts program donation request

Patrick Kennedy made a motion to donate $500 to the Sprouts Program which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to accept the renewal of the salt shed lease in the same amount ($600/month) with Day Ross Holdings was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the Town Attorney is reviewing the listing agreement with Heartland Realty for the 16 Reed Street property sale; the listing was approved at last month’s meeting.

Patrick Kennedy made a motion accepting Betty Cure’s resignation from the Planning Board which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Rick will prepare a letter from the board thanking Betty for her service.

Rick obtained two quotes for nine windows for installation of solar roller shades at the new building; Lowe’s quoted $2,334.08 and Comfortex in the amount of $2,612.00. Supervisor made a motion to purchase the shades from Lowe’s which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Rick requested authorization to purchase a two sided sign for the Highway department, he presented sketch and quote for the sign prepared by Vince Schettini. Mike Veeder asked if we received other quotes. Discussion ensued. A motion to authorize the purchase of a sign for the highway department up to $1200.00 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Noes: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $62,923.33 were audited on abstract #4, voucher numbers 2019-273 through 2019-336.

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to accept the March Justice reports as presented was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Mike Veeder brought up an issue with fire calls/building inspector. The Village inspector is being called to fire scenes and then billing the Town for services. Ed Pebler is not being given the chance to respond. This has been an on-going issue. Discussion ensued on how to resolve this matter. Councilman Veeder will speak with the Fire Chief and tell him that Ed needs to be contacted first and given a reasonable amount of time to respond before contacting Mr. Ragaini. Discussion on hiring Mike Ragaini directly to answer calls in the event Ed is unavailable. A motion was made by Thomas Burke to hire Mike Ragaini on an as needed basis to answer fire calls and inspections; to be paid $50 per call plus mileage. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor Hanse made a motion to enter into executive session at 7:55 pm to discuss litigation. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried. Town Attorney Joan Tailleur was present.

A motion to end executive session and reopen the meeting at 8:57 pm was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

At 8:58 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Michael Veeder, seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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