Town Board meeting, Monday October 17, 2016

7:15 PM, Monday, October 17, 2016
Town GRANGE, all are welcome

Pledge of Allegiance
1. Approval of minutes of September 29, 2016 meeting
2. Highway Superintendent’s Report
a. Grader update
b. CHIPS funding
c. Other
3.Voucher vote.
4.Supervisor’s Report.
a. Monthly report.
b. Other
5. 2017 Budget Discussion
6. Clerk’s Report.
7. Other business:
a. Nan Stoltzenburg public land consultation
8. Public comment.
10.Next meetings:  October 24, 2016 Land Use Code Revision

November 21, 2016 Regular meeting

Proposed Resolution No. 2 for 2016

Resolution No. 2 of 2016

Balancing Rural Character and Open Space Land Protection with Long Term Economic Viability

WHEREAS, the Town of Halcott is partially located within the Catskill Park, and wholly within the New York City Watershed; and

WHEREAS, The Town of Halcott has developed and adopted a Comprehensive Plan and a Land Use Code, which seek to balance open spaces and rural character with economic viability; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Halcott faces continuing financial challenges due to its small population and limited tax base; and

WHEREAS, the expenses of municipal operation escalate at a higher rate than is feasible to accommodate without gradual growth in taxable land improvements; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board, on behalf of future generations of Halcott residents, wishes to ensure that a balance is maintained between preserved open spaces and land available for gradual growth in our town; and

WHEREAS, almost forty percent of the Town is presently under permanent public protection;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of  Halcott, with this resolution, establishes a cap on publically protected land within the municipal boundary either by easement or fee acquisition of fifty percent; when this cap is reached through continuing acquisition funded by NYSDEC or NYCDEP the Town of Halcott requests that all further solicitation for acquisition be suspended. Additional publicly funded land protection beyond this cap will be opposed without significant justification.  New conservation easements on farm land are exempted from this resolution, as they are consistent with the Town’s comprehensive plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution supersedes all previous agreements that the Town of Halcott has entered into including the relevant provisions of the NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk shall forward certified copies of this resolution to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator James Seward, Senator John Bonacic, Senator George Amedore, Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Assembly Member Kevin Cahill, Assembly Member Clifford Crouch, Assembly Member Pete Lopez, Assembly Member Claudia Tenney, as well as the Clerks of the Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster and Greene County Legislatures, the DEC Commissioner and the NYCDEP Commissioner.

Dear Town members,
I have attached a copy of the agenda for the next Town Board meeting and a resolution on public land under consideration. You will also note from the agenda that we are starting work on the 2017 Town Budget. I will be proposing that the Town Budget contain a cost of living increase for all town positions. Many of salaries for these positions have not been increased in many years and have fallen behind. In order to attract candidates for all the tasks required to run a town government we need to moves these salaries along gradually over the next few years.

The resolution suggesting a cap on public land is under discussion as a means to protect the long term financial  viability of our special town. Gradual growth in our tax base has been critical to  maintaining modest property tax increases in the past while some of our expenses have gone up radically. Health insurance has been and continues to be an expense that increases at a percentage rate of double digits. Finding a balance between publicly protected open spaces that maintain our rural character and having the ability to grow gradually is a major challenge. I think the town should consider expressing a vision that defines the balance.
Please feel free to weigh in on these issues.
Alan White, Supervisor

Support the Hospital Auxiliary!

Greeting Friends and Family:
As many of you may or may not know – every year the Margaretville Hospital Auxilairy does an Annual Membership drive. This year I have agreed to act as the “Chairperson” for the Town of Halcott. The Auxiliary’s purpose is to support Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center through advocacy and awareness. They do this through various Wellness programs, blood drives, health fairs, a flea market and many other hospital, nursing home and community activities all year long. Please join me in supporting this worthwhile cause. Membersip is only $5.00 per person per year. I’ll be reaching out to many of you asking that you sign up. You can also contact me and I will sign you up.

Sincere thanks,
Lee Austin

MTC Broadband Installation Progress

The map below illustrates the status of the MTC Cable broadband expansion within the Town of Halcott and surrounding communities. The green shaded area shows locations where the fiber network installation has been completed and where service is currently available. The purple shaded areas illustrates the locations where the fiber network is proposed for completion during 2016. Residents who are located in regions outside of the shaded regions on the map and who are interested in having broadband services extended to them in the future are encouraged to contact the MTC Customer Service to convey this interest. This feedback will be used in the pursuit of future grant funding opportunities as we work to insure all residents requesting broadband services have access to this important service.
If you have any questions please let us know.

Kendra Grocholl
MTC Cable

Town of Halcott