TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
February 09,2021
VIA ZOOM
 

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

ABSENT: Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

GUESTS: Mark Flach, Carol Metz, David Meier, Giuseppina Agovino,
Patrick Doyle, Alex Campbell, Gordon Bennett

 

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

Supervisor asked for a motion to reaffirm any and all actions taken at the February 9, 2021
Board meeting held via Zoom. Patrick Kennedy made the motion which was seconded by
Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion to accept the minutes of February 9, 2021 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz asked when the Senior Center would be re-opening for meals. She is hoping that the delay is not due to a cost savings reason. People need socialization. Rick assured her that the meals will continue once COVID is over. The County does not pay rent when the center is not being utilized, but he does not feel it is their intent to save money by not opening. There is a current contract in place between the Town and the County.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine project. Briefs have been submitted, Judges will issue recommendations possibly in June and the Citing Board could possibly make a determination in August. Interconnect 6 months to negotiate, hoping for a good result.

Giuseppina hopes that the board is working on moving forward with the Host Agreement.

Tom Burke reported that a zoom meeting was held with Marshall & Sterling and the insurance committee – himself, Karen Pautz and Mike Veeder to review medical, dental and vision coverage which will be coming up for renewal May 1. The coverage is basically unchanged for dental and vision benefits. The medical will see an increase of approximately 3%. It was the committee’s recommendation that the Town keep the current CDPHP plan. Mike was impressed with the in-depth presentation. A motion to renew the health insurance with CDPHP, Delta Dental and Empire Vision as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Highway Superintendent Ross reported on the CHIPS money and thanked the County for their assistance in moving the blocks for the salt shed annex. He also stated that the mowing will be going out for bid and recommends Ritter Cemetery be taken off the list as there are too many trees down and it is unsafe for anyone to be in there at this time. Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing the solicitation of bids for the 2021 mowing season. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Larry requested that the board approve the following purchases which have been budgeted for. Tow master drop deck tilt trailer, which was purchased from Sourcewell (State contract) in the amount of $11,944.80. A motion to approve was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Larry received three bids for a used tandem roller – Stephenson Equipment Inc. $40,250, Montano Equipment $35,900, and Finke Equipment $27,997. A motion to purchase the roller from Finke Equipment was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Larry requested authorization to put out to bid a new F-250 crew cab with utility body, diesel engine. Again, this truck has been budgeted for and will not need to be bonded. A motion was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried authorizing the Highway Supervisor to advertise for bids.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Mike Veeder reported that he has met with the new president, Mike Tobin of Coxsackie Hose Company #3. He assisted them in obtaining more favorable rates on their outstanding bonds. Mike looks forward to seeing improvements with the budgeting process this year as Kevin has been very cooperative.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $148,766.82 were audited on abstract #3, voucher numbers 2021-116 through 2021-213.

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

A motion to enter into executive session at 7:21 pm for the purpose of discussing litigation and particular personnel issues was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried. Assessor Gordon Bennett was asked to stay.

A motion to come out of executive session at 8:07 pm was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

A motion to appoint Nathaniel Tailleur to serve on the Planning Board as unanimously recommended by the Planning Board was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried. It was noted that Nathaniel will fill the seat vacated by Hal Beaumont which term expires December 31, 2021.

Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

A motion to hire Hilco Real Estate Appraisal, LLC in the matter of WENWEI, LLC (Meadow Ridge Farm) tax certiorari proceeding as recommended by Assessor, Gordon Bennett, was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

At 8:10 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk