February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020 by
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February 11, 2020

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


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