November 12, 2019

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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
November 12, 2019

 

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

ABSENT: Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

*GUESTS:
Gabe Wapner, Carol A. Metz, Beau Dushane, RJ Schmollinger, Mark Flach, David Meier, Helen Meier, Patrick Doyle, B. Brumell, Ternello, Ellen DeLucia

*not all guests signed in

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion to accept the minutes of October 8 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Carol Metz thanked the board for their efforts in getting the Senior Center parking lot paved.

Helen Meir read and submitted a prepared statement.

Patrick Doyle updated the board as to where their project is in the process; would much prefer
to work with the Town and not ask the citing board to overrule. Farming is difficult everywhere;
let’s do something different.

Beau Dushane reported 64 calls for the month (about 6 of those were to the prison). They participated in an outreach program with the Medway-Grapeville Fire District. Working on specs for a new box ambulance to replace 75-3.

Highway Superintendent reported that they are all set for winter, continue cutting brush and servicing vehicles. He is getting rid of junk on auctions international, and the pad has been completed for the salt shed.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Columbia Greene Humane Society Contracts for 2020 – no change
–Ameresco letter – DOCS solar project

Supervisor requested authorization to sign a letter to Ameresco Inc. and the Department of Corrections reserving the Town’s right to negotiate a PILOT agreement regarding their solar project at the Greene County Correctional Facility. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Supervisor reported that the 2020 preliminary budget is ready for adoption, the total tax levy is $2,250,912.36. The board had several budget workshops; the public hearing was held on November 6 at 7:00 pm (no one from the public was present). Rick noted that the State prescribes the timeline for preparation and adoption of the budget. Copies are available upon request. Patrick Kennedy made a motion to adopt the budget as presented by the budget officer. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Supervisor asked for authorization to sign the certification for delinquent water & sewer relevies as prepared by the Village Clerk. These charges will be included on the tax rolls. Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Supervisor offered two resolutions for consideration. One offering non-union full-time employees the ability to carry over unused vacation and sick leave. The second resolution is to establish longevity pay for elected officials that are also full-time employees, i.e. Town Clerk and Town Highway Superintendent. It was noted that both policies are already in place for union employees. The longevity policy is already in place for non-union and full-time employees. Thomas Burke made a motion approving the resolution as presented regarding sick and vacation leave. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Richard Hanse made a motion approving the resolution as presented regarding longevity pay. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4- Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

Copies of the resolutions are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Health insurance options (choice of 3) for Town retirees were presented for board approval. A motion to renew the retirees’ health insurance plans for 2020 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Workshop meeting for this month has been canceled as it is Thanksgiving.

Carol Metz thanked the board members for their personal donations in sponsoring an owl.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $29,606.71 were audited on abstract #17, voucher numbers 2019-938 through 2019-1003.

A motion to accept the September and October Justice reports as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

At 7:50 pm Michael Veeder made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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