TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
December 12, 2017

 

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

GUESTS:
Robert Kline, Larry Ross, Nadine Myrdycz, Dawn Smith, Ernest K. Barkman, Beau Dushane, Gabriel Wapner, Tom Pucner, Mary Skliba Barkman, Mark Flach

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

A motion to accept the minutes of October 17, October 26, November 9, November 14, and November 30 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public. Robert Kline of Sun & Energy introduced himself; will be passing information out after the meeting.

Highway Superintendent Larry Ross reported that they have been cutting brush and plowing snow; all good with new truck.

EMS Chief Nadine Myrdycz reported 100 calls, fairly busy month.  She asked the board to consider looking into a rate increase; no increase since 2013.  Follow up discussion regarding the purchase of a first response vehicle (fly car) from Greene EMS. The board was previously provided with the information on the 2010 Chevy Tahoe. Supervisor asked Nadine to explain what the vehicle is used for.  The vehicle is utilized to respond to emergencies when ambulances are out of service. They can provide care until an ambulance arrives.  The vehicle is used to transport patients to the ambulance during inclement weather when 911 callers have not plowed their driveways; ambulances often have difficulty on ice and in deep snow. The fly car is also used for community events, stationed at football games, and used to attend training classes.  Patrick Kennedy made a motion authorizing the Supervisor to negotiate a price with Stephen Brucato of Greene EMS not to exceed $9500 for purchase of the 2010 Tahoe.  Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
            Ayes:  5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson 

Nadine and Beau provided follow-up information regarding repeater rentals.  They already have equipment which is broken and needs replaced.  They use their own frequency to communicate with each other as to not tie up 911 calls within the County.  The private channel is also used when no cell service is available.  Other agencies throughout the County have their own channels as well.  A motion to accept the quote from River Valley Radio in the amount of $1,394 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried. 
            Ayes:  5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Nadine noted that the 2004 Tahoe which the board previously declared surplus is currently listed with Auctions International.

No action was taken on proposed Local Law #2-2017 imposing a temporary Town-wide moratorium on the installation of certain solar energy systems.

Rick reported that he was informed by Civil Service that there is no such title as Deputy Tax Collector even though the Town has had a paid position of deputy tax collector for many years. On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried the Town Board adopted the job description of Deputy Tax Collector. Compensation will be $13.87 per hour for the remainder of 2017; a 2% increase will be given for 2018.
Ayes: 5- Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Richard Hanse made a motion to adopt the Greene County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Greene County EMS Contract was approved and supervisor authorized to sign on motion of Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Stephen Simmons was re-appointed to the Board of Assessment Review on motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Bruce Haeussler was re-appointed as chairman of the Planning Board on motion of Michael Veeder seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

The year-end meeting was scheduled for December 29th at 5:00 pm. There will be no workshop meeting on the 28th.

The 2018 organizational meeting was scheduled for January 9th at 7:00 pm.

On motion of Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried the public hearing for the proposed fire contract with Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3 was scheduled for January 9th immediately following the organizational meeting.

A motion to approve November and October (corrected) Justice reports as presented was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $68,978.28 were audited on abstract #18, voucher numbers 2017-780 through 2017-861.

Special District SS Fund payments approved in the amount of $6,989.02 check number 234 through 235.

Patrick Kennedy stated that he would like to see the Village appoint Michael Rausch as the Village historian. It makes sense as he has been the Town Historian for years; Patrick feels there is no one better qualified or more committed. Dawn Smith addressed the board; she was at the Village meeting and said that Betty Cure had already been appointed to that position.

At 7:20 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Thomas Burke, seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk