TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
April 14, 2020
VIA TELECONFERENCE

 

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

ABSENT: Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

GUESTS: Nadine Myrdycz

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 11:30 am with a roll call, welcoming everyone to the
Town’s first teleconference.

A motion to accept the minutes of March 10 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

EMS Chief Myrdycz reported 68 calls she stated that at the beginning of the pandemic the call volume had been low, it has since picked up. They transported two patients with COVID-19 from Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Nadine indicated that they are taking the proper precautions. They are using a 90-10 bleach mixture for cleaning and they have plenty of masks and appropriate PPE. She has weekly conferences with the Department of Health. Quick Response came and decontaminated the station, she sent them a thank you.

*Councilman Burke entered the meeting at the Town Clerk’s Office around 11:45 am.

Supervisor asked Nadine to explain the availability issue with the 2020 Ambulance. Ford was not able to build the 2020 chassis prior to their plant being closed due to COVID-19 and will not be available until approximately wintertime. They cannot wait until winter and would like to take a 2019 chassis that AEV has in stock. The price would remain the same, but they would be losing the navigation system. Councilman Veeder stated a navigation system could be obtained from Walmart for about $139. In lieu of the navigation system the ambulance will be equipped with an oxygen tank lift system and decontamination light. Councilman Kennedy asked about the retrofitted stretchers; Nadine said they would still be available and fit. A motion to accept the amended bid as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy, seconded by Michael Veeder and approved by all.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the EMS Station received 500 masks from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Chief stated that she has 130 N-95 masks. The board thanked Nadine for her report; she exited the meeting.

Supervisor noted that we received correspondence from David Meier and Giuseppina Agovino.

At 11:51 am a motion to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing on-going litigation was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

At 11:57 am a motion to come out of executive session and reopen the meeting was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

A motion not to pursue any further legal action at this time against Northway Mining, but to send them a bill for costs incurred, was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that we have been fortunate that none of EMTs have the COVID virus.
Rick has worked out a plan with Civil Service, the union and our labor attorney to provide for back-up drivers in the event we need them due to the virus. The board was provided with the memorandum of agreement via email. Civil Services has simplified the hiring process, and, in the event, we need to, will work with local fire companies to hire drivers. Supervisor asked for a motion to authorize him to sign the agreement as presented. Councilman Veeder asked about how they are paid. They will receive minimum wage and only be paid when working. They will not be entitled to receive benefits. Patrick Kennedy made the motion authorizing the Supervisor to execute the agreement which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Discussion on new mattresses for the EMS Station. Looking to replace old worn out mattresses at the station. Nadine contacted three companies but was only able to obtain a quote from one due to the COVID-19 crisis. She received a quote of $1850 for 3 twin sets and one full set. The quote was from Mattress by Appointment, they do not have a show room and you can only purchase by appointment. The quote includes mattress protection pads. Discussion on price.
A motion to purchase the mattresses was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

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

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $214,473.03 were audited on abstract #5, voucher numbers 2020-262 through 2020-355.

At 12:06 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk