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

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