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August 8, 2023

TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE

August 8, 2023


PRESENT:
Thomas Burke, Councilman
Patrick Kennedy, Councilman
Michael Veeder, Councilman/Deputy Supervisor
Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk


ABSENT:
Richard Hanse, Supervisor
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

GUESTS:
Carol S. Metz, Patrick Doyle, Nathan Tailleur, Beth Tailleur,
Chip Tailleur, Erin Scott, Shelly Pascuzzi


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


A motion to accept the minutes of July 11, 2023, was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


Deputy Supervisor Veeder opened the meeting for public comments. 


Carol Metz thanked the Board for the white boards at the Senior Center.  She inquired as to whether the Town would be replacing the pavilion once it is removed.  Currently there are no plans for doing that.


Patrick Doyle gave an update on Flint Mine Solar.  SEEP filed a few months ago and received comments from State agencies with requested revisions; they are working to accommodate the necessary requirements.  They are at the advanced stages of engineering and working towards plans for construction.  Continue working with conservation to place as much of the site under a conservation easement.  Land acquisitions are moving along.  Possibly start construction in 2024.  The board thanked Patrick for the updates.  


Beth Tailleur, Chip Tailleur and Nathan Tailleur all addressed the Board with their ongoing concerns regarding the Gallivan Mine.  Beth inquired as to when the Zoning Board will be meeting to discuss the appeal.  A meeting is going to be scheduled sometime in September.  It will not be a public hearing; however, the meeting will be open to the public.  Discussion regarding case law, zoning, etc.  The board will check into the possibility of placing a moratorium on new mining.


Erin Kennedy and Shelly Pascuzzi addressed the board regarding Riverside Festival. They are on the festival committee along with Stefanie Sitcer and are looking for donations from the community as they are hoping to revive the festival with many children’s events, entertainment, and fireworks.  The board will have to check with the bookkeeper to see if there is any money available in the budget.  


EMS Chief submitted report – 116 calls for the month of July.


Tom gave an update on behalf of the highway superintendent. Paving projects have been completed.  Larry and Tom will be meeting with the Supervisor and Budget Officer regarding new equipment (front end loader) and possible construction of a pole barn.  Discussion on bridges continues, Tom feels there are grants available and, suggests the Town look into hiring a grant person for assistance in obtaining said funds.   


The Town received notice from the Village of Coxsackie that they are seeking to regulate short term rental properties within their boundaries.  They have asked that the Town consent to the Village acting as SEQRA lead agency on this matter.  On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried the Town authorizes Supervisor Hanse to execute the consent as presented.
Ayes:  3 – Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  2 – Hanse, Wilkinson 


On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried the old gas range currently being stored at the Senior Center pavilion was declared surplus and its sale was authorized to the highest bidder.    
Ayes:  3 – Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  2 – Hanse, Wilkinson


It was noted that Mike and Patrick have been trying to get a meeting scheduled with Hose 3 for contract discussions as budget season is upon us.  


General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $156,296.27 were audited on abstract #8, voucher numbers 2023-423 through 2023-473.   


A motion to accept the June and July Justice Reports as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


At 7:34 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


Copies of all resolutions, agreements, and contracts are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.



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Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk



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