August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018 by
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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
August 14, 2018

 

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

GUESTS:
Carol S. Metz, Patricia Carson, Warren Mueller, William Mueller John ?, Mark Flach, Tessa Partridge, Kim Rose, Patrick Doyle, Aaron Flach, Gabriel Wapner, Larry Ross, Carlton Wilkinsonv

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

A motion to accept the minutes of July 10 and July 26 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried. Supervisor noted an error in the minutes of July 26; rental for the salt shed was listed as $1,000 and should be $600. A motion to accept the July 26 minutes as amended was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

The meeting was opened to Patricia Carson, Lifestyle Coach, Diabetes Prevention Program, Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley. Ms. Carson gave a presentation on type 2 diabetes prevention program and distributed a flyer. The program is funded by a grant specific to Greene County residents 18 + years of age only. It requires a one year life style change commitment. Program begins September 8, 10:00 am in Cairo. Patricia indicated that to date participation has been due to attendance at a Town meeting. She appreciates the opportunity to share the information and asked that it be passed along.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz questioned if the Cypress Creek project will be obligated to follow the new solar law. Supervisor stated that they are already in the process but hopes that the planning board will use the new law as a guideline.

Kim Rose stated that there is a possible solar project slated for 3,000 acres in New Baltimore which has not yet been confirmed. Their group is working with Warren Hart for more specific information. Tessa provided maps.

Cross talk ensued between Patrick Doyle, (Flint Mine Solar) Kim Rose (Saving Greene) and Gabe Wapner, (Hecate Energy) regarding the percentage of acres being covered in solar arrays. Patrick stated that there is misleading information regarding the actual acreage being used. Gabe Wapner stated that they would be using approximately 375 acres of the proposed 1200 acres for their project.

Mark Flach read a prepared statement that was distributed to the board.

A motion to schedule a public hearing for September 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm on proposed Local Law #2-2018, A Local Law to Amend the Code of the Town of Coxsackie, Chapter 167 Titled “regulation and Approval Standards for Solar Collection Systems” was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Appropriate paperwork has been submitted to the County. The SEQRA Resolution/Negative Declaration was authorized and signed by the Town Supervisor on motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Copies are available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Request from Knights of Columbus to use Senior Center pavilion and parking lot on August 30 for a chicken barbecue fundraiser. A motion to approve use was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported things are going well and he thanked Nadine for getting the highway department set up with an EZ Pass account.

Councilman Veeder presented a sealed bid for roof repair at the current highway garage which has been problematic for years. The situation has become dire; flooding has caused electrical issues creating an unsafe work environment. Town clerk opened the bid from Bob Schmidt & Sons in the amount of $9,200.00; removal of gravel and install 1×3 furring strips over existing hot tar roof and installation of Union Master Rib Metal roof system with a 5 year labor warranty. Due the emergency situation that continues to exist, a motion was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried to accept the quote from Bob Schmidt & Sons as presented.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

EMS Chief Myrdycz was not present but indicated that there were 96 calls for the month.

Supervisor gave an update on the highway garage/municipal building; scheduled to pour the slab tomorrow and the steel framework has been delivered.

Supervisor presented a resolution in support of Greene County’s 2019 County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan. Various meetings and public hearings were held to review potential shared services opportunities to create tax savings as mandated by the State. The Town is in support of exploring the possibility of re-lamping and updating the street lighting fixtures. Thomas Burke made a motion seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried adopting the resolution.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

The resolution is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Supervisor on behalf of Judge Dorpfeld requested authorization for her to attend the NYS Magistrates Association Conference in Niagara Falls, September 23-26. A motion was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried approving her request.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $179,982.47 were audited on abstract #14, voucher numbers 2018-559 through 2018-631.

Patrick noted that the negotiation meeting between the Town and UPSCEU was cancelled by their attorney and has not been rescheduled and the Teamsters have not yet requested a meeting. Tom and Patrick are the Town liaisons and will keep the board apprised.

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

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

At 7:45 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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