March 10, 2020

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
March 10, 2020
 

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

ABSENT: Thomas Burke, Councilman

GUESTS: Larry Ross, Carol A. Metz, Mark Flach, Patrick Doyle,
Gabe Wapner, Giuseppina Agovino, Helen Meier, David Meier

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

A motion to accept the minutes of February 11 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Meeting was opened to the public.

Mrs. Meier read and distributed a letter on behalf of Frank and Linda Drewello.

Mrs. Agovino addressed the board stating that the only constant in life is change. She suggests that moving forward the Town should readdress the local law. So much money and time has been spent on preventing the inevitable. She does not believe it was the intent of the board to cause friction between neighbors.

Supervisor stated that under the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act it [solar] is likely to come and the Town will have no say in the matter.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine project. They will most likely stay in the Article 10 process as they are already three years in. He once again related that Flint Mine would prefer to work with the Town and the community to provide well sited solar. Most communities want renewable energy.

Gabe Wapner gave an update on the Hecate project. They have received their deficiency letter and are in the process of addressing it. They also anticipate remaining in the Article 10 process. They are hoping their application will be deemed complete in the next 1-3 months.

Carol Metz addressed the board and asked that everyone sign a petition against the Athens Waterfront Project. For more information people can go to the Sleepy Hollow Face Book Page and the Athens Community Board.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that it has been a quiet winter. They are working on equipment. Larry submitted his 284 agreement which was reviewed by the board. A motion to accept the agreement as presented by the Highway Superintendent was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

EMS Chief Myrdycz was not present but previously advised they had 90 calls in February. It was also noted that delivery of the new ambulance has been delayed from March until May.

Helen Meier asked how many of those calls were to the prison. Rick was uncertain of that number but did related that the taxpayers are subsidizing EMS calls to the correctional facilities.

Councilwoman Wilkinson reported that she and Karen Pautz, who is the bookkeeper, and also her daughter, met with the insurance broker, Whitney from Marshall & Sterling. Linda noted that Councilman Burke is also on the insurance committee but was not available to meet. They reviewed over twenty health insurance plans. They felt the MVP plan is not feasible and Empire has a much higher cost. Linda is recommending that the Town renew with CDPHP (8% increase) as it is very similar to what we have now and most in line with the union contracts. Dental and vision plans will remain the same with no increase. Michael Veeder made a motion to accept the health insurance renewal plan with CDPHP which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Rick reported that the Town has received an A+ rating which will be helpful in securing a favorable interest rate on our bond.

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion to accept the February Justice reports was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Councilman Veeder questioned a bill for the EMS Station – a service call due to no heat. Mike feels the bill is excessive. No action was taken but Rick will reach out to them.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $60,611.65 were audited on abstract #4, voucher numbers 2020-157 through 2020-261.

At 7:35 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

March 10, 2010

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
March 10, 2020

 

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

ABSENT: Thomas Burke, Councilman

GUESTS: Larry Ross, Carol A. Metz, Mark Flach, Patrick Doyle,
Gabe Wapner, Giuseppina Agovino, Helen Meier, David Meier

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

A motion to accept the minutes of February 11 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Meeting was opened to the public.

Mrs. Meier read and distributed a letter on behalf of Frank and Linda Drewello.

Mrs. Agovino addressed the board stating that the only constant in life is change. She suggests that moving forward the Town should readdress the local law. So much money and time has been spent on preventing the inevitable. She does not believe it was the intent of the board to cause friction between neighbors.

Supervisor stated that under the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act it [solar] is likely to come and the Town will have no say in the matter.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine project. They will most likely stay in the Article 10 process as they are already three years in. He once again related that Flint Mine would prefer to work with the Town and the community to provide well sited solar. Most communities want renewable energy.

Gabe Wapner gave an update on the Hecate project. They have received their deficiency letter and are in the process of addressing it. They also anticipate remaining in the Article 10 process. They are hoping their application will be deemed complete in the next 1-3 months.

Carol Metz addressed the board and asked that everyone sign a petition against the Athens Waterfront Project. For more information people can go to the Sleepy Hollow Face Book Page and the Athens Community Board.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that it has been a quiet winter. They are working on equipment. Larry submitted his 284 agreement which was reviewed by the board. A motion to accept the agreement as presented by the Highway Superintendent was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

EMS Chief Myrdycz was not present but previously advised they had 90 calls in February. It was also noted that delivery of the new ambulance has been delayed from March until May.

Helen Meier asked how many of those calls were to the prison. Rick was uncertain of that number but did related that the taxpayers are subsidizing EMS calls to the correctional facilities.

Councilwoman Wilkinson reported that she and Karen Pautz, who is the bookkeeper, and also her daughter, met with the insurance broker, Whitney from Marshall & Sterling. Linda noted that Councilman Burke is also on the insurance committee but was not available to meet. They reviewed over twenty health insurance plans. They felt the MVP plan is not feasible and Empire has a much higher cost. Linda is recommending that the Town renew with CDPHP (8% increase) as it is very similar to what we have now and most in line with the union contracts. Dental and vision plans will remain the same with no increase. Michael Veeder made a motion to accept the health insurance renewal plan with CDPHP which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Rick reported that the Town has received an A+ rating which will be helpful in securing a favorable interest rate on our bond.

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion to accept the February Justice reports was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Councilman Veeder questioned a bill for the EMS Station – a service call due to no heat. Mike feels the bill is excessive. No action was taken but Rick will reach out to them.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $60,611.65 were audited on abstract #4, voucher numbers 2020-157 through 2020-261.

At 7:35 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

February 11, 2020

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
February 11, 2020
 

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

GUESTS: Larry Ross, Carol A. Metz, Mark Flach, Patrick Doyle, Gabe Wapner, Giuseppina Agovino, Helen Meier, David Meier

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

A motion to accept the minutes of January 14, and January 30 was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Meeting was opened to the public.

Last month Mrs. Meier addressed the board polling them individually as to their position on solar. As Patrick Kennedy was not at the meeting she asked for his opinion. Patrick related that properly sited he feels solar can be beneficial for the Town. Patrick reminded her that he was the only member to vote against the solar ordinance; he thinks solar is a fine idea.

Mrs. Agovino stated that she attended the recent planning board meeting. She indicated that there is a proposed wedding venue on Route 385 (they had no issue with solar) and a bus depot coming in on Route 9W. In the scheme of planning, Route 9W should be more appropriately zoned.

Carol Metz addressed the board thanking them for proper siting. There are differences of opinions on the matter and sales have been lost in Sleepy Hollow.

Gabe Wapner gave an update on the Hecate project. They are moving forward with the process. They updated their site plan based on feedback – decreased the number of panels, the project will be tucked away and not seen from Route 385. He will be happy to discuss the changes with anyone who is interested.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine project; their application still has not been submitted.

Mark Flach stated that three farm properties have sold within the last three years; not affected by solar, some sold for more than their worth.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that he received the plans for the salt shed. Stated that there needs to be a ventilation system in the shop.

Larry submitted a quote from River Valley Radio Inc. (they are on the state bid). Highway radios need to be updated to new/higher frequency. The total cost is $7,797.87. Thomas Burke made the motion to accept the bid which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

EMS Chief Myrdycz was not present but previously advised they had 95 calls in January.

Bond repayment tables (payback terms for the new building) as prepared by Fiscal Advisors and Marketing were discussed. Fifteen, twenty, and twenty-five-year amortization rates were reviewed. The board opted to go with the 15-year bond. Thomas Burke made a motion which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

It was noted that the Town borrowed 3.1 million and going with the 15-year payback will save approximately ½ million in interest.

Potic Creek Road resolution was reviewed. It was determined that Potic Creek Road is not listed on the state’s local highway inventory of Town Roads resulting in a loss of CHIPS funding. The road is in the Town of Coxsackie and has been maintained by the Town. A resolution was put forth accepting the legal responsibility, maintenance and care of Potic Creek Road, Earlton, New York. The Supervisor and Highway Superintendent are authorized to execute any further documents necessary to complete the adoption of said Road. Thomas Burke made a motion to adopt the resolution which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

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

Tom reported that an audit will be conducted by the NYS Teamsters Council Health Insurance and Hospital Fund of payroll records for the period of October 2013-December 2019. The audit is scheduled for February 12.

Linda and Karen will be meeting with the health insurance representative this month; they are not anticipating too many changes.

Mike stated that he continues to work on obtaining turnout gear for the new members of Earlton Fire Department; he will be providing the board with more information.

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion to accept the December 2019 and January 2020 Justice reports was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $77,191.08 were audited on abstract #3, voucher numbers 2020-109 through 2020-156.

At 7:27 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

January 14, 2020

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
January 14, 2020

 

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

ABSENT: Patrick Kennedy, Councilman

GUESTS: Larry Ross, Beau Dushane, Mark Flach, Jeanette Rice, Patrick Doyle, Gabe Wapner, Giuseppina Agovino, Helen Meier

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

The public hearing on the proposed fire contracts with Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3 was opened at 7:00 pm on motion of Richard Hanse seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried. Clerk presented the legal notice.

Helen Meier asked if the Town was seeing that the fire company gets a special washer and dryer to clean their turnout gear. The cost is approximately $15,000. Presently D.M. Hamilton lets Hose 3 use their machines; this issue can be revisited next year. The only change to this year’s contract was the mandated cancer insurance that the Town is required to pay for both fire companies.

Mrs. Meier questioned why Earlton gets the same amount of money as Hose 3 even though their call volume is less. Supervisor stated that is not true and that there is some confusing/misleading information being passed around on Facebook. There is one fire district; the Town contracts with both Earlton and Hose 3. Both contracts are available for public review. The Town is very fortunate to have volunteer fire protection.

At 7:10 pm a motion to close the public hearing was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.

A motion to approve and authorize the supervisor to sign the fire protection contract with Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3, Inc. was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Kennedy

A motion to accept the minutes of December 10, and December 30 (2 sets) was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.

Meeting was opened to the public.

Mrs. Meier addressed the board polling them individually as to their position on solar. Each member related their individual response; indicating they had no problem with solar as long as it is responsibly sited.

Helen stated that the Friends of Flint Mine Solar have set up a Facebook page where donations can be made to assist in saving the animals in Australia from the wildfires.

Giuseppina provided the board with a handout regarding NYS approving a large windfarm overriding the local zoning.

Gabe Wapner gave an updated on the Hecate project stating that they have submitted their application. It has been a very comprehensive process and he encourages everyone to look at the changes to the visual impacts. The application is available at Town Hall, the library and online.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine project stating that they have not yet submitted their application. Climate change is real, we all need to step up our efforts. Solar is good for the community.

Jeanette Rice and Mary Garvey voiced their concerns on climate change; both are worried for their grandchildren and are asking the board to revisit the local law.

Helen Meier stated that none the farms are food producing and are no longer dairy farms.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that they have been cutting brush, the County assisted with their bucket truck. They continue to clean up at the old garage. Larry purchased storage cabinet and spill containers which are compliant with PESH and OSHA.

EMS Chief Myrdycz reported a busy month with 87 calls. The inmates from Greene Correctional have been doing a great job at the station painting, replacing doors, etc.

At the December 30 meeting Beau Dushane presented the board with information on the new ambulance. Total amount for 2020 F350 4×4 chassis and options is $182,906; does not need to go out for bid, prices are effective until February 1. The purchase was approved contingent upon receipt of all the proper paperwork which has been submitted.

Thomas Burke made a motion approving the purchase as discussed above. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Burke, Hanse, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Kennedy

Michael Veeder made a motion to purchaser two Stryker stretchers in the amount of $5011.80. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Burke, Hanse, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Kennedy

A motion to purchase a salt storage shed from Hybrid Building Solutions in the amount of $108,743 was made by Thomas Burke and seconded by Linda Wilkinson. Discussion on the motion. Originally $60,000 budgeted for the shed, according to Karen there is money available in the budget for the purchase. The motion was carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Kennedy

A motion to adopt the income limits for Senior Citizens and Disabled Tax Exemptions as recommended by the Greene County Legislature with a maximum income limit of $29,000 with sliding scale was made by Linda Wilkinson, seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Kennedy

Thomas Burke made a motion appointing delegates for the Association of Towns Annual Meeting as follows: Richard Hanse delegate and Thomas Burke as alternate. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Kennedy

Thomas Burke made a motion authorizing the Supervisor to sign the retainer with Tal Rappleyea, attorney for the Town in the amount of $15,926 for the year. Richard Hanse seconded the motion which was not carried.
Ayes: 2 – Hanse, Burke Noes: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Kennedy

Michael Veeder made a motion to accept the contract with Barton & Loguidice for engineering services relating to the Hecate Article 10 process. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Kennedy

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $18,437.86 were audited on abstract #1, voucher numbers 2019-001 through 2019-057.

Supervisor and Town Clerk year end accounts were reviewed.

Michael Veeder made a motion at 7:54 pm to enter executive session for the purpose of discussing ongoing and potential litigation. Thomas Burke seconded the motion.

Linda Wilkinson made a motion to come out of executive session at 8:08 pm which was seconded by Thomas Burke.

A motion to retain the services of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna to represent the Town in a code enforcement issue was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Kennedy

At 8:09 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

October 8, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
October 8, 2019

 

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

ABSENT: Thomas Burke, Councilman

*GUESTS:
Laura Bomyea, Carol A. Metz, Beau Dushane, Nadine Myrdycz, Gabriel Wapner, Mark Flach, David Meier, Helen Meier

*not all guests signed in

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion to accept the minutes of September 10 and September 26 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz asked about paving of the parking lot now that it appears the Village is finished
with their piping project. The parking lot remains a mess. Rick hopes that it will be paved by
the end of October.

Giuseppina Agovino questioned the status of the Solar project at the end of Stacy Road.
Discussion on progression of project, lack of screening, etc. They are not in compliance
with their site plan; what if anything can residents do to ensure this does not happen with
future projects. The Town is aware of the issues; Rick suggested residents attend planning
board meetings.

EMS Chief reported that they responded to 79 calls. Discussion on repairs to 2008 box ambulance – repairs are costly $8-9,000 to replace head gasket and $10-15,000 to replace the engine. Mike suggested possibility of the Questar students fixing, this issue can be revisited. It was noted that a new rig will be purchased next year. Nadine stated that the floors have been cleaned by an inmate on work release from Greene Correctional; he did a great job.

Highway Superintendent reported that they are cutting brush and servicing vehicles. He is hopeful that the new truck should be arriving next month. Would like to start ground preparation for the salt shed.

A resolution was presented authorizing the Town Supervisor to execute certain stipulations with the applicant in Case 17-F-0619 before the NYS Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Flint Mine Solar).

Theresa Bakner of Osterman Whiteman and Hanna reviewed the stipulations that the Town does not agree to:
#3, location of facilities
#4, land use
#9, alternatives
#15, public health and safety
#24, visual impacts
#27, socio economic effects
#31, local laws and ordinances

A motion was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried authorizing the Supervisor to execute all stipulations except for those listed above.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

The resolution is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office. The stipulations can be found in the applicants scoping statement.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Greene County EMS contract for 2020
–Greene County Department of Human Services 2020 contract for Senior Center
–County Administrator – road name application for County Jail

Supervisor was authorized to sign the 2020 contract for paramedic service on motion of Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing the supervisor to sign the 2020 contract with the County for rental of the Senior Center. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Linda Wilkinson made a motion approving the County’s road naming application for the new County Jail to be 45 Haverly Memorial Drive. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

A water service agreement was presented between The Town, Village, Aaron’s Assets, and Wendy Flannery and Thomas Lennon. The agreement permits the Flannery/Lennon property (130 Stacy Road) to connect to the Aaron’s Assets private water line. The board authorized Supervisor Hanse to sign the agreement on motion to Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $179,857.06 were audited on abstract #15, voucher numbers 2019-847 through 2019-902.

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

A motion to accept the August Justice reports as presented was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Budget workshop meetings were scheduled for October 16 and October 23 at 6:00 pm. The October 31 workshop meeting was cancelled. Public hearing on the budget will be November 6 at 7:00 pm.

Linda stated that the Seniors will be using the parking lot at Town Hall on October 22 and December 5 as they have trips planned.

At 7:50 pm Supervisor Hanse made a motion to move to executive session to discuss pending litigation and the sale of Town property. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.

At 8:05 pm Patrick Kennedy made a motion to come out of executive session which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Patrick Kennedy made a motion to accept the offer from the National Bank of Coxsackie to purchase 16 Reed Street. The sale is subject to permissive referendum. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

At 8:07 pm Patrick Kennedy made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

September 10, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
September 10, 2019

 

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

ABSENT: Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

*GUESTS:
Marilyn Rausch, Tom Silvious, Brigid E. Tighe, Carol S. Metz, Gabriel Wapner, Catherine Benson, Mark Flach, David Meier, Helen Meier, Guiseppina Agovino,

*not all guests signed in

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance asking for a
moment of silence in remembrance of September 11.

The meeting was opened to Catherine Benson, Director of the Heermance Memorial Library.
Catherine distributed the proposed budget and gave her report to the board. The budget
vote will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 10 am – 9 pm at the Library.

Carol Metz asked if the Library would accept hard cover books from Helping Hands. Catherine suggested that she contact the Methodist Church in Ravena.

A motion to accept the minutes of August 13, 2019 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.

Before opening the meeting for public comments Supervisor Hanse said the board would not
be discussing Flint Mine or solar in general unless there was something new to be brought up.

Gary Bartlett addressed the board stating his displeasure with the Earlton Fish and Game Club
and the lack of response to his various complaints. He feels the Town has done nothing to assist
in rectifying the problems that persist–constant noise, shooting, safety concerns, environmental
concerns and declining property values. It was noted that Mr. Bartlett provided letters to each
member of the board dated August 12.

James Gallagher reiterated Mr. Bartlett’s comments.

Supervisor Hanse said he would be in touch.

Gabe Wapner from Hectate said that their proposed stipulations have been submitted; public
comment period extended until September 26.

Carol Metz – paving of parking lot??? Carol also inquired as to the status of the Solar project on
Stacy Road; believes it is not in compliance with site plan. The Planning Board and Code
Enforcement Officer are aware of the situation.

EMS Chief provided a written report that they responded to 70 calls and were busy assisting with the Firemen’s Convention.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Donation request from Bronck Museum

A motion to donate $500 to the Bronck Museum’s annual Heritage Craft Fair was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Abstain: 1- Hanse Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Supervisor Hanse disclosed that he is on the committee for the Historical Society and therefore abstains from voting on matters related thereto.

Town Clerk reported that we received various correspondence on the solar projects regarding the proposed stipulations. Notice was given from the attorneys of the Town of Athens and attorneys for Flint Mine that a public hearing has been scheduled before the Town of Athens regarding a
proposed local law to amend their zoning map. Hearing will be held September 23 at 7:00 pm at the Athens Village Fire Department. Each board member received a packet of information that was hand delivered today from Saving Greene.

A resolution was presented authorizing the Town Supervisor to execute certain stipulations with the applicant in Case 17-F-0619 before the NYS Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. A motion was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried authorizing the same.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

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

Supervisor gave an update on the sale of 16 Reed Street property (old Town Hall). The purchaser has backed out; it remains on the market for sale. In the interim, the National Bank of Coxsackie would like to lease the ground floor from September 30 through October 25 and has agreed to pay $1000.00. Patrick Kennedy made a motion which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried to lease the ground floor of 16 Reed Street to the National Bank of Coxsackie.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

A motion to appoint Linda Deubert to the Town of Coxsackie Planning Board was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried. Linda will fill the unexpired term of Richard Bruno which expires December 31, 2020.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Gordon Bennett stated that he had expressed an interest in serving on the planning board. While the board feels he is qualified they determined that it would not be appropriate for Gordon as the assessor to sit on that board.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $68,588.17 were audited on abstract #13, voucher numbers 2019-751 through 2019-807.

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

A motion to accept the July Justice reports as presented was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Councilman Burke put forth a motion to continue Tristan Gerrain’s employment with the Town Highway Department as a part time MEO not to exceed 29 hours through the end of the year and effective January 1, 2020 that he be brought on as a full time MEO. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion. Discussion on the motion included comments from Councilman Kennedy that Tristan is a nice young man, has proved to be a good worker. In the past, the Highway always had 5 crew members. Councilman Burke went on to say that Athens has 5 guys with only 30 miles of road while Coxsackie has 50 miles of road; more manpower is needed. Councilman Veeder agrees contingent upon there being money in the budget to do so. The motion was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

At 7:40 pm Supervisor Hanse made a motion to move to executive session to discuss pending litigation. Assessor Gordon Bennett was present. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which duly carried.

At 8:10 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to come out of executive session which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Michael Veeder made a motion which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried authorizing Gordon Bennett to instruct attorney David R. Murphy to put forth a motion to dismiss the Sleepy Hollow Lake suit. The fee will be split the with the Town of Athens.

A motion to hire Tal Rappleyea to respond to an action brought by George Korchowsky was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

At 8:15 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

August 13, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
August 13, 2019

 

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

*GUESTS:
Carol S. Metz, Patricia Meyers, Gabe Wapner, Mark Flach, Nancy?, David Meier, Helen Meier, Barbara Brummell , Margaret Jones, Guiseppina Agovino, Kris Martin, Patrick Doyle, Nancy Harm

*some guests did not sign in; others were not legible

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

A motion to accept the minutes of July 9, 2019 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Before opening the meeting for public comments Supervisor Hanse stated that the board would
not be delving into the Flint Mine matter; reminding everyone of the pending lawsuit.

Carol Metz commented on what a mess the Senior Center parking lot is, no one disagreed.

Helen Meier submitted written statements together with a proposal for Article 10 Solar
Development in Coxsackie. Mrs. Meier also stated that her grandson just returned home from
his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. She went on to say that he has been accepted to the Naval
War College. The board thanks him for his service.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary: none

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that they have finished paving High Hill Road and thanked the Towns of Athens and Catskill for their assistance.

Bond Resolution presented for the purchase of a 2019 F550 4×4 cab, chassis, dump, snowplow and attachments authorizing the issuance of $85,928.00 Serial Bonds of the Town of Coxsackie to Pay the cost thereof. The bond is not subject to permissive referendum. Thomas Burke made a motion adopting the resolution which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

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

A proposal was submitted from RMB heating and Cooling for preventative maintenance on the HVAC system for the new Town building – $1,670 per year. A motion was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried accepting the proposal as submitted.

A motion to re-appoint Bruce Haeussler as the Coxsackie liaison to the Greene County Planning Board was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A proposal was submitted from RECON Pest Elimination to continue monthly service at the Senior Center in the amount of $45 per month. Patrick Kennedy made a motion to accept the proposal which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to authorize the Village of Coxsackie to pave 400 feet of Bailey Street in Front of Town Hall for an amount not to exceed $15,412.60 was made by Richard Hanse seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Helen Meier questioned the cost which is correct; black top is expensive. As part of the site plan process with the Village of Coxsackie the Town agreed to repave Bailey Street immediately in front of the Town Hall driveways after the project construction is completed.

Councilman Burke encouraged the board to read the Town Topics article regarding highway superintendents. He and Mike are working on a 5-10-year plan for highway equipment. Tom stated that he is also prepared to hire a full-time guy for the highway department. Patrick indicated that Corky Eldred always had 5 full time guys as did Mike Tighe. Larry has only had four. This will be discussed further; Tom will put forth a resolution at the next meeting.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $233.36 were audited on abstract #11, voucher numbers 2019-633 through 2019-635.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $155,561.45 were audited on abstract #12, voucher numbers 2019-636 through 2019-750.

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

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

On motion of Tom Burke, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried, the Town Clerk was authorized to attend the NYSTCA regional educational seminar September 22-23, 2019 in Saranac Lake.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

At 7:15 pm Supervisor asked for motion to move to executive session to discuss the sale of Town property. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

At 7:30 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to come out of executive session which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

At 7:33 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

July 9, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
July 9, 2019

 

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

*GUESTS:
Tessa Partridge, Gabe Wapner, Carol Metz, David Meier, Lloyd Zimmerman, Helen Meier, RJ Schmollinger, Barbara Brummell Schmollinger, Mary Garvey, Mark Flach, Kris Martin, Patrick Doyle, Liz Buono, Kim Rose

*some guests did not sign in; others were not legible

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

A motion to accept the minutes of June 11 and June 27 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Before opening the meeting for public comments Supervisor Hanse again asks that
solar comments are limited unless there is something new to be presented. Rick noted
that this is not intending to be disrespectful or disparaging but the board has already heard from
this group on many occasions. He reminded everyone of the pending lawsuit as well.

Helen Meier read a statement. It was noted that Mrs. Meier dropped off envelopes for each
member of the board earlier today.

Mr. Schmollinger addressed the board; Rick stated that he would be happy to meet with him at
another time. He reminded the group that this meeting is not a public hearing, the hearing was
held last month.

Mr. Zimmerman stated that he believes Mike Veeder should recuse himself from voting on the solar law as he feels there is a conflict of interest.

Councilman Kennedy stated that there is no conflict, Mike has nothing to gain. He does not install large scale arrays; his business installs residential systems.

Mark Flach stated that 57 acres of the best farm land on the southeast side of Sleepy Hollow has been sold to developers which will not be farmed.

Gabe Wapner spoke up regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s comments about Mike Veeder’s interest in solar and feels it could be a possible conflict.

Alexandra Dobles, the Town’s attorney for the Flint Mine solar lawsuit stated that she is unaware of any conflict, as Mr. Veeder has no financial stake and no direct benefit.

Carol Metz appreciates Mike’s knowledge and thanks him for his guidance with the solar law.

Councilman Burke thanked them for raising the issue however he stated there is no conflict. If Mike felt there was a conflict he would have recused himself from the beginning – more than two years ago.

Patrick Doyle provided written comments from their attorney.

Written comments are on file and available for review at the Town Clerk’s Office by appointment. Copies can be obtained at 25 cents per page.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:

Rick reported that we received a request from Knights of Columbus to use the Senior Center Parking Lot for a chicken barbeque fundraiser on August 8, 2019. However, there may be a conflict with the parking lot due to construction. Mike Veeder offered the use of his property at Kool Temp as an alternate location. Thomas Burke made a motion authorizing use upon availability. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $81.115.80 were audited on abstract #7, voucher numbers 2019-565 through 2019-632.

Prior to calling a vote on Local Law #1-2019 Supervisor asked Attorney Dobles for an overview. Ms. Dobles stated that the Town has met their obligations under 239m in regard to the law. It was sent to the County Planning Board and the Town Planning Board for review. Comments were received from the Town Planning Board; however there was no quorum at the County meeting so they responded without comments and stated that the Town was free to proceed. It was noted that the County could have requested an extension but did not do so, and further noted that the law is substantially the same as Local Law 2 of 2018, which the County previously approved. The Town should be comfortable in moving forward with the adoption of Local Law 1-2019, should they so move.

Linda Wilkinson made the motion to adopt Local Law #1-2019 which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson No: 1 – Kennedy

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

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

Richard Hanse made a motion to hire Alexa Fava and Johnathan Murphy as part time EMTs. Both have been approved by Greene County Civil service. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Linda Wilkinson made a motion to donate $200 toward the Greene County Youth Fair which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

At 7:39 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

June 11, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
June 11, 2019

 

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

ABSENT:
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

*GUESTS:
David Meier, Lloyd Zimmerman, Mary Lou Zimmerman, Jeanette Rice, Carol Metz, Steve Ritter, Dom Multari, Ellen DeLucia, Gabe Wapner, Douglas Koch, James Taylor, ? Ternullo, Mark Flach, Helen Meier, Douglas Koch, Joseph Klene, Tessa Partridge, ? Ritter, ? Schmollinger, Donald Gardner, Patrick Doyle, Donald Gardner

*some guests did not sign in; others were not legible

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

A motion to accept the minutes of May 1, May 14, and May 30 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Before opening the public hearing on proposed Local Law #1-2019, Supervisor stated that this is
a hearing, not a debate. He asked that comments be addressed to the board, that they be limited
to new information, and that there be is no cross talk. Supervisor went on to say that there have
been no changes to the law itself rather the board took a more thorough look at the
environmental impacts and determined there were no changes. The legal notice of publication
was presented. Comments from the Town Planning Board were received. No input
has been received from the County Planning Board yet, their meeting is scheduled for June 19.

Joe Klene of Athens addressed the board and submitted written documentation and appraisal reports.

Jeanette Rice emailed her comments to the board.

Donald Gardner, Sleepy Hollow Lake Resident, read a statement.

Kim Rose, Saving Greene read a statement.

Gusippena Agovino, Friends of Flint Mine read and submitted a statement.

Steve Ritter, family farm owner asked that the board listen to the voice of all people, not just three and that the board compromise and consider rezoning.

Carol Metz, 13 year resident of Sleepy Hollow. Not against solar, against improper siting.
Reminded everyone that a petition with over 1,000 signatures against the large scale projects was submitted to the Town.

Douglas Koch of Athens not personally affected but sees lots of wins for Athens and Coxsackie, what happens in Coxsackie will affect the entire State.

Win Morrison Realty would like to see Coxsackie be part of a legacy that benefits the environment.

James Taylor applauds efforts to maintain farmland views however, they are turning into wastelands that will be of no economic benefit, falling off the tax rolls leaving little opportunity for economic benefit for small farmers.

David Meier read and submitted written comments.

Patrick Doyle submitted written comments prepared by their attorney. Would like to the Flint Mint site used to its fullest potential, not suitable for farming anymore. It will provide broad economic benefits to the community.

Gabe Wapner stated it is good opportunity for the Board to reassess the situation, the Town has more information than they did two years ago. He asks that each project be assessed individually.

Helen Meier read a prepared statement; Barbara finished reading.

Mary Garvey, Sleepy Hollow resident stated she pays higher taxes than she did in Westchester. She has concerns about the blue green algae in the lake. Implores the board to take people’s lives into consideration. Farms are not selling.

Lloyd Zimmerman would like to see rebate on taxes.

RJ Schmollinger stated the future can be scary, but new ideas, technology and solutions need to be looked at. He asked the Town to be bold.

Ellen DeLucia lived and worked in Coxsackie for 20 years, is now a Catskill resident. Environment is in terrible trouble. Asks that each project be based on merits, this is an opportunity for Coxsackie to be a leader in renewable energy.

Lisa Turnello parents have a home in the country for 60+ years. They endured many changes over the years — NYS Thruway, cell towers and others. This is a chance for Coxsackie to be a leader in renewable energy for New York State.

Mark Flach 40+ years of farming. In the past has had to sell farmland for housing lots. Without solar he will continue to sell off land as building lots.

Barbara Brumell read a statement about “children of the world”.

At 7:55 pm a motion to close the public hearing and open the board meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Written comments are on file and available for review at the Town Clerk’s Office. Copies can be obtained at 25 cents per page.

Carol Metz asked about Senior Center parking lot, nothing new to report.

Gabe Wapner of Hecate reported that two $1,000 study grants were given out at the awards ceremony to Coxsackie Seniors (Michael Petramale and Steven Maurer) who plan to enter into the renewable energy field.

EMS Chief submitted a written report indicating they had 87 calls in May. She asked the board to declare the 2012 ambulance as surplus and be authorized to list on Auctions International. Patrick Kennedy made the motion which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:

–Resignation of Town Attorney, Joan P. Tailleur

With regret and reluctance Richard Hanse made a motion to accept Joan Tailleur’s resignation. Michael Veeder seconded the motion reluctantly which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

It was noted that Joan served as Town Attorney for 20+ years, the Town is more than thankful for her service and dedication.

The Town has retained the services of Tal Rappleyea as the attorney for the Town. Tal comes with great municipal expertise and is already the attorney for the Planning Board.

Joan and Tal will be working together to tie up some loose ends.

The Town received a purchase offer on 16 Reed Street, for $225,000. The sale is subject to permissive referendum. Inspections have been complete and the negative declaration prepared. A motion authorizing the supervisor to sign the contract as written was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $84,102.88 were audited on abstract #6, voucher numbers 2019-486 through 2019-545.

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

A motion to accept the April Justice reports as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Councilman Burke presented a proclamation recognizing the Coxsackie American Legion Post 166. They will be celebrating their 100 year charter anniversary on August 10, 2019. Thomas Burke made a motion designating August 10, 2019 as honorary Coxsackie American Legion Post 166 Day throughout the Town. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Supervisor Hanse asked for motion to enter into executive session at 8:15 pm to discuss pending litigation. Patrick Kennedy made a motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried. Attorneys Joan Tailleur, Tal Rappleyea and Town Assessor Gordon Bennett, were present.

A motion to end executive session and reopen the meeting at 8:35 pm was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried authorizing Joan Tailleur and/or Tal Rappleyea to proceed with settlement of the Save a Lot case.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

At 8:36 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Michael Veeder, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

May 30, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
May 30, 2019

 

PRESENT:
Richard Hanse, Supervisor
Thomas Burke, Councilman
Patrick Kennedy, Councilman
Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

ABSENT:
Michael Veeder, Councilman
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

GUESTS:
Gabriel Wapner, Jake Jensen, Steven Polach, Mark Flach, Herman Ritter, Stephen Ritter, Joseph Klene? David Meier, Helen Meier, Luciano Agovino, Giuseppina Algovino, Patrick Doyle, Jen Crawford, Laura ???

A motion to accept the minutes of the January 8 organizational meeting and town board meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.

Legal notice to bidders presented and bid opening for 2019 F350 Type 1 ambulance. One bid
was received from Specialty Hearse & Ambulance Sales Corp. in the amount of $142,746.00.
Richard Hanse made a motion to accept the bid subject to the EMS Chief’s review and approval.
Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Steven Ritter, as a property owner and tax payer stated his displeasure with the solar law.

David Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

Giuseppina Agovino said that landowners are being penalized for Article 10. She will continue advocating.

Joe Klene stated that there is a lot of misinformation on property values decreasing due to solar projects.

Helen Meier speaking for herself read and submitted a prepared statement.

Jen Crawford, Senior Engineer of Crawford & Associates Engineering and land Surveying, PC submitted a letter in support of the Flint Mine Solar project which outlined the environmental and economic benefits.

Mark Flach stated that now is Coxsackie’s chance to capitalize on the solar projects.

Gabe Wapner indicated that Hecate sponsored training on PV equipment for Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3.

Thomas Multari stated this issue is not going away, need to bridge the gap.

Patrick Doyle spoke about their public service statement which was revised. He stated that NYS does not want to override local laws. Smaller projects don’t work; financing is the same.

Supervisor reported that there were 95 EMS calls.

Tom Burke reported on behalf of the highway superintendent that all is going well with the plowing. Larry is getting bids on replacing the 1 ton dump truck.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:

–Capital Bicycle Racing Club – Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series April 6 & 13
–Greene County Real Property Tax Service – Sr. & Disabled Tax Exemption Maximum
Income Limits
–Greene County Department of Human Services – re Senior Center addendum
–Letter from Flint Mine Solar
–Letter from Flach Development & Realty re public hearing February 21, 7pm Village Building
–Letter from Linda & Frank Drewello re Solar
–Letter from NYS Department of Transportation re speed limit reduction County Route 49

A motion to adopt the income limits for Senior Citizens and Disabled Tax Exemptions as recommended by the Greene County Legislature with a maximum income limit of $28,500 with sliding scale was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to authorize Supervisor to sign an addendum to the rental agreement with the County for the Senior Center was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2- Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $578,348.28 were audited on abstract #2, voucher numbers 2019-028 through 2019-155.

A motion to accept the December Justice reports as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the CO has been issued for the new facility at 56 Bailey Street; we are coordinating the move scheduled for March 13, 14 and 15th. Town Offices will be closed during the transition.

Tom reported that he has an insurance meeting on February 22 at 10:00 am.

At 8:02 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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