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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