December 10, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
December 10, 2019

 

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

*GUESTS:
Caitlin Mayforth, Beau Dushane, Mari Louise Merkwa, Helen Meier, David Meier, Kris Garvey (in spirit per Helen) Carol Metz, Mark Flach, Gabe Wapner, Patrick Doyle

*not all guests signed in

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

A motion to accept the minutes of November 12 and November 19 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to Mari Louise Merkwa from Hybrid Building Solutions.
She presented information on salt shed options and provided a proposal for a 42×70 Calhoun
Super Structures CC Series building with a capacity of 1000 tons. Ms. Merkwa stated
that if the Town was a member of Sourcewell they could provide us with discounted pricing
and eliminate the need to go out to bid. She also stated that steel prices would be increasing.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Helen Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

Patrick Doyle updated the board on their project.

Mrs. Agovino expressed her continued frustration.

Gabe Wapner updated the board on their project.

Carol Metz stated that even with all the rain and snow, there have been no problems at the senior
Center and once again thanked the board.

Highway Superintendent reported that they had a culvert pipe collapse on Hinrichsen Heights which has been repaired. Larry thanked the Town of Athens for their assistance and the Earlton Fire Department for lending pumps. All has been going well with the plowing. Need better communication, some of the radios were down. Larry requested that the 2003 Ford pickup and the 1985 Chevy pickup be deemed surplus. The 2003 motor died and the 1985 used for parts has transmission issues. Patrick Kennedy made the motion to declare both vehicles surplus and authorize the Highway Superintendent to list with Auctions International. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Beau Dushane reported 71 calls for the month. He provided the board with information on a new ambulance. Same model 2020 F350 4×4 and same price from AEV, no need to be put back out for bid. Backup camera and power load stretcher system (to be retrofitted) increase the price. Discussion ensued. Beau will get more information from the salesman Bill Litteer.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Pattison Koskey, Howe & Bucci – 2020 accounting services – this was tabled per Supervisor
pending further information.
–Coxsackie American Legion Post 166, request use of Senior Center

Linda voiced her concerns with the Legion using the Senior Center for social events. She has no problem with them using the facility for meetings but feels there could be issues with allowing social events. Supervisor reported that they will have to leave the Center as they found it and he will check to see that all is in order. Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing the American Legion to use the Senior Center in accordance with the letter submitted by Commander Chauncey Cole. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that we are still waiting for a closing date for the sale of 16 Reed Street to
the National Bank of Coxsackie.

The following appointments were made:

On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried, Patty McIntyre was appointed as the secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

On motion of Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried, Jerry Donnelly was re-appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

On motion of Linda Wilkinson seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried, Joseph Garland was reappointed to the Planning Board.
Ayes: 5- Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

There will be no workshop meeting as it falls on Christmas. On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried, the year-end meeting was scheduled for December 30 at 6:00 pm and the 2020 organizational meeting will directly follow. Both meetings are opened to the public however no public comments will be taken.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Mike stated that he received a complaint regarding snow on the sidewalks at the Town Building; Rick is aware of the issues. The Town will be purchasing a snow blower.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $134,919.91 were audited on abstract #19, voucher numbers 2019-1006 through 2019-1112.

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

At 8:10 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

November 12, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
November 12, 2019

 

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

ABSENT: Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

*GUESTS:
Gabe Wapner, Carol A. Metz, Beau Dushane, RJ Schmollinger, Mark Flach, David Meier, Helen Meier, Patrick Doyle, B. Brumell, Ternello, Ellen DeLucia

*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 October 8 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz thanked the board for their efforts in getting the Senior Center parking lot paved.

Helen Meir read and submitted a prepared statement.

Patrick Doyle updated the board as to where their project is in the process; would much prefer
to work with the Town and not ask the citing board to overrule. Farming is difficult everywhere;
let’s do something different.

Beau Dushane reported 64 calls for the month (about 6 of those were to the prison). They participated in an outreach program with the Medway-Grapeville Fire District. Working on specs for a new box ambulance to replace 75-3.

Highway Superintendent reported that they are all set for winter, continue cutting brush and servicing vehicles. He is getting rid of junk on auctions international, and the pad has been completed for the salt shed.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Columbia Greene Humane Society Contracts for 2020 – no change
–Ameresco letter – DOCS solar project

Supervisor requested authorization to sign a letter to Ameresco Inc. and the Department of Corrections reserving the Town’s right to negotiate a PILOT agreement regarding their solar project at the Greene County Correctional Facility. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the 2020 preliminary budget is ready for adoption, the total tax levy is $2,250,912.36. The board had several budget workshops; the public hearing was held on November 6 at 7:00 pm (no one from the public was present). Rick noted that the State prescribes the timeline for preparation and adoption of the budget. Copies are available upon request. Patrick Kennedy made a motion to adopt the budget as presented by the budget officer. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Supervisor asked for authorization to sign the certification for delinquent water & sewer relevies as prepared by the Village Clerk. These charges will be included on the tax rolls. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Supervisor offered two resolutions for consideration. One offering non-union full-time employees the ability to carry over unused vacation and sick leave. The second resolution is to establish longevity pay for elected officials that are also full-time employees, i.e. Town Clerk and Town Highway Superintendent. It was noted that both policies are already in place for union employees. The longevity policy is already in place for non-union and full-time employees. Thomas Burke made a motion approving the resolution as presented regarding sick and vacation leave. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Richard Hanse made a motion approving the resolution as presented regarding longevity pay. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4- Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Copies of the resolutions are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Health insurance options (choice of 3) for Town retirees were presented for board approval. A motion to renew the retirees’ health insurance plans for 2020 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Workshop meeting for this month has been canceled as it is Thanksgiving.

Carol Metz thanked the board members for their personal donations in sponsoring an owl.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $29,606.71 were audited on abstract #17, voucher numbers 2019-938 through 2019-1003.

A motion to accept the September and October 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

At 7:50 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

January 8, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
January 8, 2019

 

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

GUESTS:
Frank Drewello, Linda Drewello, David Meier, Helen Meier, Gabe Wapner, Donald Gardner, Mary Garvey, Diane Michener, Mark Flach, Beau Dushane, Kris Martin, Luciano Agovino, Giuseppina Algovino, Dom Multari, Thomas Multari, Carol Metz, Patrick Doyle, Megan Root

The public hearing was opened on the proposed fire protection contracts with Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3. Proof of publication was presented. Supervisor stated that the contract is for one year; the terms did not change. Mrs. Meier asked if money was included for a new truck. Councilman Kennedy responded that the Town was not agreeable to funding a million dollar ladder truck but funds were included for a new pumper. Mark Flach suggested that the proposed solar projects would be able to help fund the fire departments.

A motion to close the public hearing at 7:10 pm was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried. The regular board meeting was convened.

A motion to approve the Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3 contract was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to accept the minutes of December 11, and December 31 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Kristie Martin formerly a member of Saving Greene stated that she is now in favor of the Flint Mine Solar project.

Diane Michener, Village of Athens is in support of Flint Mine Solar and stated there should be unification between the Towns.

Helen Meier asked why the board is in opposition to solar power. Rick stated that the board is not against solar power but objects to losing local control.

Mrs. Agovino questioned why Article 10 is now an issue and wasn’t back in 2016.

Donald Gardner once again asked the board to reconsider their decision.

Jeanette Rice once again asked the board to reconsider their decision

Carol Metz stated that Sleepy Hollow residents help themselves. In the past 12 years she has never heard of any problems with the Lake and they have had no help from NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets. This has been a bad year for run off.

Megan Root introduced herself – she is with “Mothers Outfront an organization that is dedicated to ensuring a livable climate for all children. They support clean and renewable energy. She realizes this is a difficult process; plans to stay engaged.

Mark Flach stated that both solar projects would help with the run off. In 44 years no one has ever asked him to change his farming practices.

Mary Harvey provided a photo of the run off from Murderers Creek. She asked the board to reconsider their decision.

Gabe Wapner has been in talks with the Town for nearly 2 years. Hosted open houses, and had meetings with various Town officials and residents. A lot of misinformation had been circulated. Hecate will continue to refine site plan and hope to come up with one that is acceptable to the community and the board.

Patrick Doyle said that they have filed their public service statement comments. He went on to say that farming is difficult; solar brings economic benefits, habitat protection planned for.

Thomas Multari, C-A alumni and Friends of Flint Mine. If not now, when and where do we begin to improve sustainability?

Supervisor reported that there were 91 EMS calls. Chief is working on specs for a new box ambulance; will be going out to bid soon. Repairs to 75-3 were not as costly as anticipated. Nadine submitted the following names to fill three part-time vacancies: Matthew Marlow, Barbara Lacitignola, and Gerard Laird. Candidates are certified by NYS Department of Health and are approved by Civil Service. Patrick Kennedy made a motion on recommendation of the EMS Chief to hire the aforementioned people as part-time EMTs. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Highway Superintendent Ross reported they have been cutting brush and thanked the County for use of their bucket truck. Larry is getting prices on equipment. Councilman Burke once again suggested a workshop meeting dedicated to discussing equipment replacement. The Town has 50 miles of roads to maintain; need to have a plan in place.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Greene County EMS Contracts
–Carreras & McCallen PLLC, notification of liquor license application – Cottage 81

The 2019 agreement with Greene EMS for paramedic services was presented. There was a slight increase of $747.00 for a total of $101,126 for the year. Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing the supervisor to sign the 2019 agreement with Greene County EMS. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanes, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor stated that once again Town officials will be attending the Association of Towns annual meeting and training February 18-20 in NYC. Delegates are appointed on behalf of the Town to attend the business meeting which entitles them to vote. Patrick Kennedy made a motion appointing Supervisor Hanse as delegate and Councilman Burke as alternate. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $49,611.04 were audited on abstract #1, voucher numbers 2019-001 through 2019-027.

Special District SS Fund payment approved in the amount of $1,251.21 check number 244.

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

Memorandum of Agreement with the Teamsters Highway Union was presented. It is a three year contract 2019-2021 and has been ratified. A motion to approve and authorize the Supervisor to execute on behalf of the Town was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Memorandum of Agreement with UPSEU Ambulance Union was presented. It is a three year contract 2019-2021 and has been ratified. A motion to approve and authorize the Supervisor to execute on behalf of the Town was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Highway Superintendent submitted three quotes relative to the purchase of a new air compressor as follows: Van Buren Enterprises $5,180, Atlas Copco $4,995, and Air Compressor Engineering Co., Inc. $5,000. Thomas Burke made a motion to accept the quote from Air Compressor Engineering as it best fit the needs of the highway department. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Councilwoman Wilkinson would like to see some lighting installed at the Senior Center. The parking lot is very dark. Discussion ensued; possibility of installing a sensor light at the top of the door, maybe Central Hudson could put a light on the pole.

At 8:00 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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