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December 12, 2023


December 12, 2023

Richard Hanse, Supervisor
Thomas Burke, Councilman
Patrick Kennedy, Councilman
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman
Michale Veeder, Councilman/Deputy Supervisor
Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

Collin C. Mallory, Jolene Region, Greg Region, Monique ? Carol S. Metz, 
Ken Bauer, Kris Garvey, Patrick Doyle 

The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Hanse at 7:00 pm with the Pledge
of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence in honor of Matthew Kennedy.

The Public hearing on the proposed fire protection contracts with Coxsackie Hose Company No 3 was opened and the legal notice presented.

Ken Bauer distributed the 2023 Fire Participation Report – Hose 3 had 155 calls for the year.

Carol Metz thanked the fire company for all they do for the community.

The public hearing was closed at 7:08 pm on motion of Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

A motion to accept the fire protection contract as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes:  5 – Hanse, Bure, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to accept the minutes of November 14, was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

The meeting was opened for public comments:

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine Solar project.  

Rick stated that the board appreciates the updates.

Jolene Region and Collin Mallory approached the board with their ongoing issues and concerns regarding an abandoned portion of Old Route 81. The situation has become worse; discussion ensued.  This matter is an issue between neighbors, over which the board has no authority.

Columbia-Greene Humane Society housing contracts for 2024 were received.  It was noted that the fees will be going up from $35 to $40 per day for the first 10 days and from $300 to $350 flat charge on top if the dog is not claimed.  It was also noted that no dogs were taken to the shelter in 2023. A motion was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried to accept the 2024 contract as presented.
Ayes:  5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Annual income limits as established by the County for Senior and Disabled tax exemptions were presented. The exemptions need to be adopted prior to March 1 of each year.  The Town typically aligns with the County on these exemptions.  A motion to adopt the recommended maximum income limits to $35,100 with full sliding scales for both exemptions was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes:  5 – Burke, Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Approval for EMS Education on-line training at a cost of $2701 per year for all EMS staff was presented by the Supervisor in the absence of the EMS Chief.  Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried to approve.
Ayes:  5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Rick also reported that there were 106 EMS calls for the month of November.

Ely Street Watermain Replacement Project – recommendation to award bid.  The supervisor noted that bids were opened by the Town Clerk on November 29.  Three contractors were in attendance as well as Peter Martin of Delaware Engineering and Supervisor Hanse. Bids were received as follows:  JAT $403,250; Bellamy Construction $551,800; Luizzi Bros $593,600; Carver Construction $664,145. Based on the bid results and review of the low bidder’s qualifications, Delaware Engineering recommends that the Town award the contract to JAT Construction Co., Inc. as the low bidder.  Michael Veeder made the motion to award the bid to JAT Construction Co., Inc.  Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes:  5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the Town is considering two proposed changes to the Town Code.  The first change would regulate shipping containers.  The supervisor provided a draft law based on one that has been approved by the Town of Catskill.  The other is to update the Town’s Code of Ethics.  While the Town has one in place, this would be more comprehensive.  Tal is working on both local laws and if the board chooses to act on these matters a public hearing will be scheduled for February.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $168,943.21 were audited on abstract #12, voucher numbers 2023-648 through 2023-709.   

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

The 2024 Organizational meeting was scheduled for January 9 at 7:00 pm prior to the regular monthly meeting.

At 7:30 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

At the conclusion of the meeting Councilman Burke administered the oaths of office to Elected Officials Hanse, Hotaling and Veeder.

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

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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