June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 by
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June 12, 2018


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

Warren Mueller, Carol S. Metz, James Cavalari, Dawn Marie Smith, Margaret Jones, Jeff Jones, Chris Steinke, Patrick Doyle, Gabriel Wapner, Linda Friel, Shannon Friel

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

A motion to accept the minutes of May 8 and May 24 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Patrick Doyle of Hudson Energy provided a handout from the open house hosted on May 30 at Pegasus Restaurant for the Flint Mine Solar Project.

Carol Metz thanked Councilman Kennedy for asking the students/parents to get more involved in the community during his presentation at the Coxsackie Senior Awards ceremony.

Carol went on to address the board regarding the change in site plan for the Cypress Creek solar project, she is very concerned about the new location; sacrificing trees for solar panels. It is her understanding that the project is being moved from a cornfield to a forested area. She and other residents of Sleepy Hollow are relying on the Town Board to do the right thing.

Chris Steinke, Village resident stated that he served 10 years on the Sleepy Hollow Board; he suggested that the Town board reach out to Laurel Wolfe and Ken Gifford, board members of Sleepy Hollow, as their position on the Cypress Creek project may have changed.

Jeff Jones asked for an update on the new solar legislation. Councilman Veeder stated that they continue to meet with the attorneys on getting the new ordinance drafted. There is a lot of information to go over; have talked with and met with representatives from NYSERDA and have obtained information from other Towns. The moratorium has been extended for another six months. Mr. Jones asked about public transparency. It was noted that there will be a public hearing prior to the enactment of the new ordinance and that board and workshop meetings are opened to the public.

Town Clerk commented that the supervisor and this board are listening to community concerns regarding the solar projects and is taking those concerns very seriously; they are dedicated to seeing a positive outcome for the Town. While the issue of solar is extremely important, the board has a lot of other Town business to take care of as well.

Gape Wapner of Hecate addressed the board. He recognizes that there is a lot of information to get through; he asks that people keep an open mind as we are at the beginning of a very long process.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary – none

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported that they have been grader patching and mowing. They are a bit behind schedule due to the long winter, snow and rain.

Clerk reported that the Town received a thank you letter from Martinez Auto Body stating that the Highway Superintendent and his crew did a “superb job” in filling the potholes on Flint Mine Road that formed over the winter. Larry stated that he has a great crew.

Supervisor reported that things are moving along with the new municipal project. Councilman Burke reported that he and the Supervisor met with Larry to discuss the salt shed situation which will need to be further addressed. Rick reported that the land preparation is almost complete, the water and electric have been hooked up and the sewer is expected to be connected tomorrow. Once that work has been completed the road will be patched up. They are on schedule to pour concrete within the next two weeks.

Councilman Kennedy reported on his meeting with the legislature to discuss increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates; which are among the lowest in the State. The board has talked about pushing for an increase over the last several years. Patrick indicated that County Attorney Ed Kaplan made a phone call on behalf of the Town and received verbal confirmation of increase in fees as follows: Basic Life Support from $80.20 to $125.86 and Advance Life Support from $90.00 to $146.77. While at the legislative meeting Patrick also mentioned that the Town is looking for monetary assistance to pave the Senior Center parking lot; no money was offered but at least the word is out there.

Councilman Burke stated that the Town/County is in need of election inspectors, it’s actually a problem for the entire state. General discussion ensued. If anyone is interested they can contact the Board of Elections directly.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $30,164.33 were audited on abstract #10, voucher numbers 2018-398 through 2018-466.

A motion to accept the April and May Justice reports as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

At 7:32 pm a motion to move into executive session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried a motion to come out of executive session and reopen meeting.

Michael Veeder made a motion which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried authorizing the supervisor to sign the retainer agreement with E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy relative to the Sleepy Hollow tax certiorari case with the provision that the amount is capped at 8,333 (Town’s portion) and contingent upon the Coxsackie-Athens School District and Town of Athens signing the agreement as well.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

At 8:02 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Linda Wilkinson, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk


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