June 9, 2020


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

GUESTS: Carol Metz, Helen Meier, Kris Martin, David Meier, Gabriel Wapner, Mark Flach, Patrick Doyle, Kim Rose, Larry Ross, Nadine Myrdycz

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

A motion to reaffirm every action taken at the April and May town board meetings (held via tele-conference) was made by Richard Hanse seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to accept the minutes of May 12 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

Supervisor gave an update regarding the Church of God of Prophecy (camp property in Earlton) regarding their tax-exempt status. Last month when Councilwoman Wilkinson inquired as to their tax status Rick reported that they had been added back on to the tax rolls because the church did not renew their annual exemption in a timely fashion. They have a new secretary that was not aware of the requirement. After receiving an explanation from the church and upon receipt of their application, the Assessor reinstated the exemption.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Patrick Doyle reported Article 10 application is available on-line and at Town Hall. Copies reviewed at Town Hall will be by appointment only. Patrick and his team would like to make a presentation either in person or virtually to the Town Board to specifically address Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 4 public involvement and land use.

Mark Flach asked if the Town has negotiated a PILOT payment with the State for their solar project; Rick reported that we are waiting to hear back from DOCS.

Carol Metz reported that the Owl brochures are out; she thanked the sponsors in the room. They are hoping to have the gala and auction in October.

EMS Chief Myrdycz reported 58 calls, things have been slow due to COVID; call average is
80-90 per month. The new rig has arrived and will hopefully be on the road next week.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that they will be motor paving next week and oil and stone should be completed by the end of July. Construction on the salt shed is progressing.

Discussion regarding camp property in Earlton which has been dragging on for years. Councilman Burke stated that the property is not only an eyesore but also dangerous. He toured the property several years ago with Deputy Code Officer Gordon Pebler. Supervisor reported that Code Enforcement is working with the Attorney to ensure that violation papers are properly drawn up and served.

Supervisor reported on an expenditure that was approved and made via email regarding the Kinds Road water main. Now that the connection of the 11 homes has been complete, the old main needed to be decommissioned. He received two quotes from Bellamy Construction one for $4,470.00 predicated on the equipment still being on site. The second was for $6,890 and based on the need to redeploy the equipment after being removed. In view of the urgency of the matter he canvassed all board members in person or by telephone and it was unanimously decided to have the work done immediately and accept the lower quote. It was also noted that the cost of the work will be paid out of the water and sewer fund. A motion was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried confirming the action of the board, authorizing the emergency expenditure.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that EMS Chief, Town Clerk, and himself had a teleconference with attorney Rappleyea regarding re-opening protocols. Rick feels we have a good plan in place to keep employees and the community safe. On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried the plan was accepted as presented.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Town Clerk discussed specific protocols she is implementing for a safe return of visitors to her office.

Sewer line agreement between Flannery/Lennon and the Town was authorized by the Board for submission to NYSDEC. It is necessary for DEC approval for the homeowners to tap into the septic line, all expenses will be borne by the homeowners; there will be no cost to the Town. Michael Veeder made a motion authorizing the Supervisor to execute the agreement. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Councilman Kennedy reiterated what was reported at the May meeting regarding EMS calls to the prison. This has been an on-going team effort dating back to when Alex Betke was supervisor. Following a meeting with officials of Coxsackie and Greene Correctional Facilities Supervisor Hanse concluded a year-long series of negotiations with DOCS which led to an agreement between the Town and DOCS for ambulance services as follows: $400 for Basic Life Support (BLS) and $560 for Advanced Life Support (ALS), with $9.00 per mile for transportation. Prior reimbursement was $123.78 for BLS and $144.14 for ALS and mileage reimbursement of $2.11. Patrick also noted that if he has anything to say about it, DOCS will be paying for the new solar facility as well.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $116,429.16 were audited on abstract #7, voucher numbers 2020-417 through 2020-491.

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

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

At 7:40 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk