March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2020


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

ABSENT: Thomas Burke, Councilman

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 February 11 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Meeting was opened to the public.

Mrs. Meier read and distributed a letter on behalf of Frank and Linda Drewello.

Mrs. Agovino addressed the board stating that the only constant in life is change. She suggests that moving forward the Town should readdress the local law. So much money and time has been spent on preventing the inevitable. She does not believe it was the intent of the board to cause friction between neighbors.

Supervisor stated that under the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act it [solar] is likely to come and the Town will have no say in the matter.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine project. They will most likely stay in the Article 10 process as they are already three years in. He once again related that Flint Mine would prefer to work with the Town and the community to provide well sited solar. Most communities want renewable energy.

Gabe Wapner gave an update on the Hecate project. They have received their deficiency letter and are in the process of addressing it. They also anticipate remaining in the Article 10 process. They are hoping their application will be deemed complete in the next 1-3 months.

Carol Metz addressed the board and asked that everyone sign a petition against the Athens Waterfront Project. For more information people can go to the Sleepy Hollow Face Book Page and the Athens Community Board.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that it has been a quiet winter. They are working on equipment. Larry submitted his 284 agreement which was reviewed by the board. A motion to accept the agreement as presented by the Highway Superintendent was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

EMS Chief Myrdycz was not present but previously advised they had 90 calls in February. It was also noted that delivery of the new ambulance has been delayed from March until May.

Helen Meier asked how many of those calls were to the prison. Rick was uncertain of that number but did related that the taxpayers are subsidizing EMS calls to the correctional facilities.

Councilwoman Wilkinson reported that she and Karen Pautz, who is the bookkeeper, and also her daughter, met with the insurance broker, Whitney from Marshall & Sterling. Linda noted that Councilman Burke is also on the insurance committee but was not available to meet. They reviewed over twenty health insurance plans. They felt the MVP plan is not feasible and Empire has a much higher cost. Linda is recommending that the Town renew with CDPHP (8% increase) as it is very similar to what we have now and most in line with the union contracts. Dental and vision plans will remain the same with no increase. Michael Veeder made a motion to accept the health insurance renewal plan with CDPHP which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

Rick reported that the Town has received an A+ rating which will be helpful in securing a favorable interest rate on our bond.

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 February Justice reports was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Councilman Veeder questioned a bill for the EMS Station – a service call due to no heat. Mike feels the bill is excessive. No action was taken but Rick will reach out to them.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $60,611.65 were audited on abstract #4, voucher numbers 2020-157 through 2020-261.

At 7:35 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk


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