March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019 by
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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
March 12, 2019
 

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

ABSENT:
Thomas Burke, Councilman

GUESTS:
Steve Ritter, David Meier, Helen Meier, Barbara Brumell, Randall Schmollinger, Jennifer ?, Diane Oringer, Harrison Oringer, Carol S. Metz, Kristyne Martin, ???, Kim Rose, Gabe Wapner, Dom Multari, Luciano Agovino, Giuseppina Agovino, ??? Sicliano, Govanni Sicliano, Donald Gardner, Cari Gardner, Larry Ross, Michael H. Rausch

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

A motion to accept the minutes of the January 31 and February 12 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Prior to opening the meeting to the public Supervisor Hanse stated that he would be not accepting comments regarding solar unless there was something new to be brought before the board.

Carol Metz inquired into the paving of the senior center parking lot.

Helen Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

David Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

Supervisor reported that there were 95 EMS calls.

Highway Superintendent Ross stated that we received the insurance money for the truck that was lost due to the fire. Larry wants to hire a full time worker (employed last year as a part timer) was told no money in the budget. He is down to five guys, there were always six. Councilman Kennedy said it would be a benefit to the Town to have a full crew. No action was taken.

Town Historian Michael Rausch presented his 2018 annual report to the board.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Letter of intent to apply for liquor license, Emilie’s Pastaria, LLC
–Girvin & Ferlazzo, PC, letter of engagement and retainer

A motion to authorize Supervisor Hanse to sign the retainer agreement with Girvin & Ferlazzo was made Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Michael Veeder made a motion to donate $1,366.00 to Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3 to defray the cost of the portable toilets for the Greene County Firemen’s Convention in September. This was previously discussed. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

A motion to accept the commercial insurance package policy as presented by Marshall & Sterling was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Linda Wilkinson reported on renewal of employee health insurance. She, Karen and Tom met with current representative (Whitney) of Marshall and Sterling; looked at about 20 different plans. Current plan with Blue Shield does not fit Town’s needs due to the union contracts. CDPHP Bronze medical plan is comparable. Delta Dental will be renewed with no increase in premiums and will keep the current vision plan. Orientation will be scheduled to review with employees. Linda Wilkinson made a motion to accept the CDPHP Bronze plan which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Utility easements between the Town and the Village of Coxsackie were presented for signature by the Supervisor. One is a temporary construction easement and one is a utility easement over property located at the Town Senior Center for the construction, installation and maintenance of a sewer collection system.

Michael Veeder made a motion authorizing the supervisor’s signature on the temporary easement which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing the supervisor’s signature on the utility easement which was seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1- Burke

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $367,866.48 were audited on abstract #3, voucher numbers 2019-156 through 2019-272.

A motion to accept the January and February Justice reports as presented was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing Highway Superintendent Ross to attend highway school June 2-5 in Ithaca. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

A motion authorizing attorney Tailleur to execute a stipulation removing the Lis Pendens that was filed against the Teft property back in 2010 was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Supervisor made a motion to enter into executive session at 7:36 pm to discuss litigation and the sale of Town property. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried. Town Attorney Tailleur and Assessor Gordon Bennett were present.

A motion to end executive session and reopen the meeting at 8:20 pm was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Town Attorney Tailleur accepted service of the Article 78 petition filed by the Friends of Flint Mine Solar on behalf of the Town. Joan indicated that Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP would be representing the Town in this matter. A motion retaining the services of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in connection with the Article 78 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Michael Veeder made a motion to list the Town Hall (16 Reed Street) with Heartland Realty for $240,000; the terms subject to attorney approval and the commission to be negotiated. Motion by Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

Michael Veeder made a motion to retain Empire State Appraisal Consultants for the purpose of providing an analysis relative to the Empire Merchants North assessment. The fee shall not exceed $1,000. Gordon will check with the school to see if they will consider paying half. Linda Wilkinson seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent: 1 – Burke

At 8:30 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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