September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019 by
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TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF COXSACKIE
September 10, 2019

 

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

ABSENT: Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman

*GUESTS:
Marilyn Rausch, Tom Silvious, Brigid E. Tighe, Carol S. Metz, Gabriel Wapner, Catherine Benson, Mark Flach, David Meier, Helen Meier, Guiseppina Agovino,

*not all guests signed in

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance asking for a
moment of silence in remembrance of September 11.

The meeting was opened to Catherine Benson, Director of the Heermance Memorial Library.
Catherine distributed the proposed budget and gave her report to the board. The budget
vote will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 10 am – 9 pm at the Library.

Carol Metz asked if the Library would accept hard cover books from Helping Hands. Catherine suggested that she contact the Methodist Church in Ravena.

A motion to accept the minutes of August 13, 2019 was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.

Before opening the meeting for public comments Supervisor Hanse said the board would not
be discussing Flint Mine or solar in general unless there was something new to be brought up.

Gary Bartlett addressed the board stating his displeasure with the Earlton Fish and Game Club
and the lack of response to his various complaints. He feels the Town has done nothing to assist
in rectifying the problems that persist–constant noise, shooting, safety concerns, environmental
concerns and declining property values. It was noted that Mr. Bartlett provided letters to each
member of the board dated August 12.

James Gallagher reiterated Mr. Bartlett’s comments.

Supervisor Hanse said he would be in touch.

Gabe Wapner from Hectate said that their proposed stipulations have been submitted; public
comment period extended until September 26.

Carol Metz – paving of parking lot??? Carol also inquired as to the status of the Solar project on
Stacy Road; believes it is not in compliance with site plan. The Planning Board and Code
Enforcement Officer are aware of the situation.

EMS Chief provided a written report that they responded to 70 calls and were busy assisting with the Firemen’s Convention.

Correspondence was reviewed and acted upon if necessary:
–Donation request from Bronck Museum

A motion to donate $500 to the Bronck Museum’s annual Heritage Craft Fair was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 3 – Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Abstain: 1- Hanse Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Supervisor Hanse disclosed that he is on the committee for the Historical Society and therefore abstains from voting on matters related thereto.

Town Clerk reported that we received various correspondence on the solar projects regarding the proposed stipulations. Notice was given from the attorneys of the Town of Athens and attorneys for Flint Mine that a public hearing has been scheduled before the Town of Athens regarding a
proposed local law to amend their zoning map. Hearing will be held September 23 at 7:00 pm at the Athens Village Fire Department. Each board member received a packet of information that was hand delivered today from Saving Greene.

A resolution was presented authorizing the Town Supervisor to execute certain stipulations with the applicant in Case 17-F-0619 before the NYS Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. A motion was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried authorizing the same.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

The resolution is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Supervisor gave an update on the sale of 16 Reed Street property (old Town Hall). The purchaser has backed out; it remains on the market for sale. In the interim, the National Bank of Coxsackie would like to lease the ground floor from September 30 through October 25 and has agreed to pay $1000.00. Patrick Kennedy made a motion which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried to lease the ground floor of 16 Reed Street to the National Bank of Coxsackie.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

A motion to appoint Linda Deubert to the Town of Coxsackie Planning Board was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried. Linda will fill the unexpired term of Richard Bruno which expires December 31, 2020.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1 – Wilkinson

Gordon Bennett stated that he had expressed an interest in serving on the planning board. While the board feels he is qualified they determined that it would not be appropriate for Gordon as the assessor to sit on that board.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $68,588.17 were audited on abstract #13, voucher numbers 2019-751 through 2019-807.

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

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

Councilman Burke put forth a motion to continue Tristan Gerrain’s employment with the Town Highway Department as a part time MEO not to exceed 29 hours through the end of the year and effective January 1, 2020 that he be brought on as a full time MEO. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion. Discussion on the motion included comments from Councilman Kennedy that Tristan is a nice young man, has proved to be a good worker. In the past, the Highway always had 5 crew members. Councilman Burke went on to say that Athens has 5 guys with only 30 miles of road while Coxsackie has 50 miles of road; more manpower is needed. Councilman Veeder agrees contingent upon there being money in the budget to do so. The motion was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

At 7:40 pm Supervisor Hanse made a motion to move to executive session to discuss pending litigation. Assessor Gordon Bennett was present. Patrick Kennedy seconded the motion which duly carried.

At 8:10 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to come out of executive session which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Michael Veeder made a motion which was seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried authorizing Gordon Bennett to instruct attorney David R. Murphy to put forth a motion to dismiss the Sleepy Hollow Lake suit. The fee will be split the with the Town of Athens.

A motion to hire Tal Rappleyea to respond to an action brought by George Korchowsky was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder Absent: 1- Wilkinson

At 8:15 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


 

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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