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November 14, 2023

TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE

November 14, 2023

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


ABSENT:

Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman


GUESTS:
Brittany Palmateer, Matthew Weidman, Poliany Weidman, Jolene Region, Collin Mallory, Earle Mallory, Carol S. Metz, Greg ?, ? Minnotola, Patrick Doyle 


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


The Public hearing on proposed Local Law #3-2023 Imposing a six-month moratorium on new excavation or mining of lands approvals was opened and the legal notice presented – no public comments.


The Public hearing was closed at 7:05 pm on motion of Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


Supervisor Hanse opened the meeting to representatives of Green Hut LLC (Brittany Palmateer of Athens and Poliany Weidman of Greenville. They provided the board with their business introduction.   The business is applying to the NYS Office of Cannabis Management for an adult-use retail dispensary license.  If the license is granted site, security, and building plans will be submitted to the Town seeking approval of their location at 12187 Route 9W (former Dollar Tree).  They discussed their background and went over key points.  The board thanked them for their informative presentation.


A motion to accept the minutes of October 10 and October 26, was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


The meeting was opened for public comments:


Jolene Region and Collin Mallory residents (for 3 years) of property on State Route 81 in Earlton addressed the board with concerns regarding neighbors, junk, trash, etc., and road access being blocked to their property.  They provided the board with photos.


Carol Metz thanked the board for having the pavilion at the Senior Center removed.  She also stated that the parking lot needs to be sealed and asked if there was any money budgeted for that.  Currently there are no plans to do that; there is no money budgeted.  Town Hall needs to be sealed as well.


Patrick Doyle gave an update on the Flint Mine Solar project.  They continue to face obstacles beyond their control but are hoping to begin with pre-mobilization and clearing trees in November.  Possible construction date in May or June.


Supervisor asked for a motion to adopt Local Law #3-2023 as presented.  Thomas Burke made the motion which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


Patrick Kennedy made a motion to donate $500 for Christmas by the River.  Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


Discussion regarding the 2024 rental agreement with the County for the Senior Center.  There have been no changes to the agreement.  Patrick Kennedy suggested looking into raising the rent next year as the Town pays all expenses for the building except for trash pick-up.  There has never been an increase in the rent.  Discussion ensued.  


A motion to approve the rental agreement as presented was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


Patrick Kennedy made a motion to waive the 30-day hold on the liquor license application for Most Like Toast, LLC. It was noted that they notified the Town last month but inadvertently checked the wrong box, so they need to resubmit the application. Thomas Burke seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


A motion to accept the Cyber Insurance policy in the amount of $1,250 per year was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


The County Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan Resolution was presented.  The plan has been accepted by New York State and sent to FEMA for final approval.  All jurisdictions need to adopt the resolution.  A motion to adopt the resolution as presented by made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burkie, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


Delinquent water and sewer charges were presented as prepared by the Village Clerk.  A motion to approve amounts to be added to the January 2024 tax bills as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried. 
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


A public hearing was scheduled on the proposed fire protection contract with Coxsackie Hose Co. No. 3 for December 12 at 7:00 pm.  The contract calls for a 3% increase.  Michael Veeder seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


EMS Chief has requested permission to hire a part-time EMT, Jennifer Killinger.  She is Civil Service approved.  A motion to hire Jennifer as recommend by the Chief of EMS was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent:  1 – Wilkinson


Tom reported that he was approached about the “field of flags”.  He also had an inquiry if the Town would be able to allocate funds to the YMCA.  No action was taken.


Tom also stated that there was a rumor going around that the school was going to be purchasing Astro turf for the field and holding a special vote.  Discussion ensued.  Mrs. Garvey said that she could provide the Board with statistics on Astro turf injuries.


General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $124,123.20 were audited on abstract #11, voucher numbers 2023-584 through 2023-647.   


A motion to accept the September Justice reports was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


At 7:58 pm Richard Hanse made a motion to move into executive session to discuss a particular personnel matter.  Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which was duly carried.


At 8:05 pm a motion to come out of executive session was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


Patrick asked where we are at with regulating storage containers.  Rick will get a copy of Catskill’s law out to the board later this week.


At 8:08 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.


Copies of all resolutions, agreements, and contracts are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.




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Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk



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