May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 by
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May 12, 2020

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

GUESTS: Gabe Wapner (via phone call)

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 1:18 pm with a roll call.

The advertised teleconference was not broadcast due to technical difficulties. Board
Members present at the Town Clerk’s Office were Hanse, Kennedy, and Burke. Veeder and
Wilkinson called in. Gabe Wapner was also able to call in. Supervisor contacted Mrs. Meier to
Inform her of the technical difficulties. Town Clerk contacted Carol Metz, Patrick Doyle, and
Gabe via email to make them aware of the issues as well. Patrick Doyle called in to Councilman
Burke as the meeting was adjourned.

A motion to accept the minutes of March 10 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Report from EMS Chief Myrdycz was read by the Town Clerk as follows: responded to 77 calls in the month of April, down 12 calls from last year. Completed CARES provider request fund today. Estimated loss of revenue for March is $7,950.04 and April’s estimated loss of revenue is $10,221.48.

Report from Highway Superintendent Ross was read by the Town Clerk as follows: the roads have been swept; new radios have been installed in the trucks; construction of the salt shed will begin next week. The full crew is back to work and are now working 10-hour days (off on Friday).

Correspondence was received from Young/Sommer LLC regarding Flint Mine Solar. A complaint letter was received from William Schnare regarding opening burning in Earlton on Route 81 and the stock piling of junk. Also complained of “growing” junkyard in the old Manly Hillicoss pit. The Town received Greene County Solar Facility (Hecate) supplement to their application. It was suggested that Mr. Schnare call DEC regarding open burning; the Town does not regulate that.

Supervisor reported that we are progressing with the appropriate steps regarding the camp/church property in Earlton. We must start the process from scratch, a letter has been sent. Linda asked if it has been placed back on the tax rolls – it has as they did not apply for their exemption.

Supervisor was happy to report that after more than 18 months of negotiations with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision they have come to an agreement for ambulance services. Payments as follows: $400 for Basic Life Support (BLS) and $560 for Advanced Life Support (ALS), with $9.00 per mile for transportation. Prior to this agreement our reimbursement was $123.78 for BLS and $144.14 for ALS and mileage reimbursement of $2.11. A motion to authorize Supervisor Hanse to execute the agreement with DOCCS was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

It was noted that approximately 20% of our calls are to the prison.

Supervisor also reported that the process of connecting residents on Kings Road to the new water main that has been installed to serve the Greene County Jail is almost complete and the line should be supplying water to residents within a week or two. The new main will replace a line
that is seriously deteriorated and has required the expenditure of thousands of dollars in repairs over the years. Rick also said that he is looking into the feasibility of connecting residents with the sewer line that has been installed to serve the jail as well.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $20,453.03 were audited on abstract #6, voucher numbers 2020-356 through 2020-416.

Linda asked about getting the building sanitized and deep cleaned, she has concerns that it is not being cleaned the way it should. Rick reported that things are being cleaned – high touch areas are wiped down, and the trash is taken out. Proper precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are being practiced. Currently the building is not opened to the public and is not fully staffed so Rich and Betty have not been cleaning. Rick will ask Rich to start coming back in once a week to clean.

Mike asks that we be mindful spending during these uncertain times – hold off on “wants”.

Pat thinks we should be prepared to face serious financial shortfalls.

Tom feels things are political, we have a good budget which will have to be monitored.

Rick is not confident in the budgeted amount for mortgage tax, the numbers are not going to be what we expected.

At 1:39 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk


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