TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
February 12, 2019

 

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

ABSENT:
Michael Veeder, Councilman
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

GUESTS:
Gabriel Wapner, Jake Jensen, Steven Polach, Mark Flach, Herman Ritter, Stephen Ritter, Joseph Klene? David Meier, Helen Meier, Luciano Agovino, Giuseppina Algovino, Patrick Doyle, Jen Crawford, Laura ???

A motion to accept the minutes of the January 8 organizational meeting and town board meeting was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.

Legal notice to bidders presented and bid opening for 2019 F350 Type 1 ambulance. One bid
was received from Specialty Hearse & Ambulance Sales Corp. in the amount of $142,746.00.
Richard Hanse made a motion to accept the bid subject to the EMS Chief’s review and approval.
Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Steven Ritter, as a property owner and tax payer stated his displeasure with the solar law.

David Meier read and submitted a prepared statement.

Giuseppina Agovino said that landowners are being penalized for Article 10. She will continue advocating.

Joe Klene stated that there is a lot of misinformation on property values decreasing due to solar projects.

Helen Meier speaking for herself read and submitted a prepared statement.

Jen Crawford, Senior Engineer of Crawford & Associates Engineering and land Surveying, PC submitted a letter in support of the Flint Mine Solar project which outlined the environmental and economic benefits.

Mark Flach stated that now is Coxsackie’s chance to capitalize on the solar projects.

Gabe Wapner indicated that Hecate sponsored training on PV equipment for Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3.

Thomas Multari stated this issue is not going away, need to bridge the gap.

Patrick Doyle spoke about their public service statement which was revised. He stated that NYS does not want to override local laws. Smaller projects don’t work; financing is the same.

Supervisor reported that there were 95 EMS calls.

Tom Burke reported on behalf of the highway superintendent that all is going well with the plowing. Larry is getting bids on replacing the 1 ton dump truck.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:

–Capital Bicycle Racing Club – Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series April 6 & 13
–Greene County Real Property Tax Service – Sr. & Disabled Tax Exemption Maximum
Income Limits
–Greene County Department of Human Services – re Senior Center addendum
–Letter from Flint Mine Solar
–Letter from Flach Development & Realty re public hearing February 21, 7pm Village Building
–Letter from Linda & Frank Drewello re Solar
–Letter from NYS Department of Transportation re speed limit reduction County Route 49

A motion to adopt the income limits for Senior Citizens and Disabled Tax Exemptions as recommended by the Greene County Legislature with a maximum income limit of $28,500 with sliding scale was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

A motion to authorize Supervisor to sign an addendum to the rental agreement with the County for the Senior Center was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2- Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $578,348.28 were audited on abstract #2, voucher numbers 2019-028 through 2019-155.

A motion to accept the December Justice reports as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy Absent: 2 – Veeder, Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the CO has been issued for the new facility at 56 Bailey Street; we are coordinating the move scheduled for March 13, 14 and 15th. Town Offices will be closed during the transition.

Tom reported that he has an insurance meeting on February 22 at 10:00 am.

At 8:02 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk