TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
June 8,2021
 

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

GUESTS: Edmund Doyle, Carol A. Metz, Nadine Myrdycz, Melanie Lekocevic

 

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

A motion to open the public hearing on proposed Local Law #1-2021 was made by Thomas
Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried. The legal notice was presented.
The proposed law addresses Lot Line Adjustments and would give the planning board in their
discretion to waive the requirement of holding a public hearing in certain instances of lot line
applications. If enacted a new subsection to Section 174 of the Town Code will be added.

There being no public comments the hearing was closed at 7:07 pm on motion of Patrick
Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried. The regular meeting continued.

A motion to accept the minutes of May 11, 2021, was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz questioned the status of the solar project on Route 9W across from Pegasus. For further information she should contact the planning board, to date no building permit has been applied for.

EMS Chief reported that they had 86 calls and they covered the bike races. Nadine presented an application for a full time EMT. The position has been posted and approved by Civil Service. James June presently works as a parttime EMT and Jen McGee works as a full time EMT. Jen would like to move down to part time and James would like to move up to full time. Civil Service requires that Jen McGee be terminated as a fulltime employee before she can be hired as part time. Patrick Kennedy made a motion terminating Jen McGee as a full time EMT and hired her as a part time EMT. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

On recommendation of the EMS Chief Patrick Kennedy made a motion to hire James June to fill the vacated full time EMT position. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Update on Flint Mine Solar, the Town Clerk read an email from Patrick Doyle. Supervisor reported that Flint Mine has opted to negotiate PILOT terms directly with the IDA.

Update on Hecate Solar, there has been no movement, the assessor is trying to contact them regarding the negotiation of a PILOT.

Discussion on senior center re-opening protocols. Under new COVID guidelines and recommendations from legal counsel and the town health officer the Senior Center has been reopened to the Senior Club, but the center will not yet be opened for congregant meals due to staffing issues. Three cooking sites – Athens, Acra, and Jewett will reopen in August. Coxsackie and Catskill will remain closed. Nadine suggested that the Senior Club reach out to the YMCA or other gyms to see if volunteers would be willing to come in and teach classes. Linda Wilkinson is the liaison and hopes to get back on a regular schedule and resume club meetings twice a month. They had their first meeting in over a year (she did not attend) but they did have 44 members present. People are ready to get back out and be social.

Received a request from Coxsackie American Legion Post 166 to use the Senior Center parking lot on September 25 for a chicken BBQ fundraiser put on by Freese Bakery. The building would not be used. A motion to authorize use was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Union contract negotiations will begin soon. Tom and Mike are liaisons with the teamsters and Tom and Patrick with UPSCEU. Mike and Patrick will continue as liaisons with Hose 3 Fire Company.

A motion to adopt Local Law #1-2021 as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $64,546.95 were audited on abstract #6, voucher numbers 2021-399 through 2021-484.

A motion to accept the April Justice reports as presented was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion to accept the budget transfers as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

At 7:30 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk