Town Board Minutes June 18, 2018

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
June 18, 2018, 7:15 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Council members Yukari Day, Alan Reynolds, Innes Kasanof, Judy DiBenedetto, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield. Current and previous Fleischmanns Fire Chief Bob Van Valkenburgh and Todd Wickham.

7:15 pm, Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the minutes of the May 21, 2018 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) Stone and Oil is ready to begin, starting Wednesday, June 20th. (B) As the Highway Department uses materials on scheduled road repair and maintenance, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton will work on replenishing the crusher run reserve stockpile, and also bring in a few loads of #3 stone and small fill to have on hand for emergencies. (C ) Thomas Hoyt is no longer the Deputy Superintendent of the Greene County Highway Department. He will now be setting up a Safety Office for Greene County to ensure that all who work in Greene County are in compliance with mandated safety requirements.

Halcott Fair: The Fair Committee met June 2nd. This year will be the 20th anniversary for the Fair which will be on July 21st, 12pm to 6pm.There will no longer be a table for Attic Treasures, instead individuals are encouraged to come and set up a table (free of charge) to sell their own attic treasures, hand made items, or other wares. All items must be removed from the premises by the end of Fair Day.

LFA Process: The Town Board is ready to proceed with the LFA process. Supervisor Alan White, Councilman Alan Reynolds and Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton will represent the Town.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0618 – vouchers 085 – 093 = $1,502.07. Highway Abstract #H0618 – vouchers 094 – 102 = $9,819.78. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report.

Clerk’s Report: 7 Certified Transcripts @ $10.00 each: $70.00, 1 Grange Rental (non local): $100.00, Building Permits (2), 1 @ $100.00, 1@ $400.00: $500.00, 1 C/O Search: $25.00, Copies: $1.00, Billy Haynes (April): $100.00, 8 Garbage Tickets @ $9.00 each: $72.00, 2 Dog License (1 neutered @ $5.00: 1 non neutered @ $10.00): $10.00. The Town collected and disbursed $883.00 for the month of May.

Other Business:(A) Fire Chief Bob Van Valkenburgh and Todd Whickham were present at the Board meeting to inform the Board of a new State Mandate for all Fire Districts, Fire Departments or Fire Companies with volunteer firefighters. As of January 1, 2019, each must show proof of insurance
for cancer coverage that meets the requirements of this Act or show satisfactory proof of the ability to pay such compensation to ensure adequate coverage for all eligible volunteers. To be eligible, certain criteria must be met: at least 5 years as an interior firefighter, passage of a physical upon entering service with no evidence of pre-existing condition covered by this act, and a diagnosis that conforms to the definitions set forth in the Act. It has been determined that 65% of interior firefighters get cancer through their gear due to airbourne carciogens. This insurance cost will need to be added into the new fire budget. The estimated cost of coverage would be $250.00 per man per year. (B) The Fire Department will bring the new pumper truck to the Halcott Fair for the public to see. (C ) The Board recognized all the years of service Todd Wickham put in as Fire Chief and thanked him for all of his hard work.

Next Meeting: Regular Meeting July 16, 2018, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:56 pm by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Planning Board minutes, May 9, 2018


Meeting of May 9, 2018

Present:  Ted Johnson, Adina Johnson, Andrew Kelder, Mark Vogler, Sec. Nancy Reynolds

The May 2, 2018 meeting was rescheduled to May 9 due to the fact that there was no quorum on May 2.

Chairman Johnson opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag at 6:05PM.

Application and site sketches for tent sites (one on each property) on properties of Adina Johnson, off County Route 3, and Tim Johnson, off Steinfeld Road, were reviewed. Site visit to both locations was made by T. Johnson, A. Kelder and N. Reynolds on 4/18/2018. As there were no issues or questions the Board agreed that a public hearing could be waived. Motion to waive was made by T. Johnson, seconded by A. Kelder, unanimously approved. There are two possible locations for the Tim Johnson site; final location will be determined after meeting with the tent site company. Both locations are acceptable to the planning board. Motion to approve both applications was made by T. Johnson, seconded by A. Kelder; approved by T. Johnson,

A. Kelder and N. Reynolds. A. Johnson abstained. Sketches were signed and dated and part 2 of the EAF forms were completed.

Motion to accept the minutes of the 3/21/2018 meeting was made by A. Kelder, seconded by

T. Johnson, unanimously approved.

Correspondence:  None

Motion to adjourn was made at 6:25PM by M. Vogler, seconded by T. Johnson, unanimously approved.

Submitted: ___________________

N. Reynolds, Sec.


Town Board meeting: 7:15 PM, Monday, July 16, 2018

7:15 PM, Monday, July 16, 2018
Town GRANGE, all are welcome
Pledge of Allegiance
1. Approval of minutes Monday June 18, 2018
2. Highway Superintendent’s Report
Any vehicle updates
Chips Progress
3. Halcott Fair
4.Voucher vote.
5.Finance Report.
Monthly report
6. Clerk’s Report.
7. Other business:
8. Public comment.
Next meeting:  Regular meeting Monday August 20, 2018

Fabric Art Workshops at the Grange, July 27-29

Dear Friends:  This spring, on a trip to Houston to visit Paul and Sybil Margaritis, Nan Reynolds, Sybil and I were treated to a class in dying and printing on silk.  Published artist Ginny Eckley, who made the original (cotton plaid – remember them?) aprons for one of our early Halcott Fairs, gave us an impromptu lesson on the secrets of this medium and we were overwhelmed.  It was amazing how, in a few (deftly guided) strokes we created masterpieces.  The process was quick and effortless.  And the results were incredibly pleasing, both to wear and to show off.

Creating a dyed fabric over Bubble Pack Plastic!

Good news!  We have managed to persuade Ginny to come to Halcott to repeat her teaching this summer.  On July 27, 28, and 29th she will offer classes at the Grange Hall from 10AM to 4PM on the techniques of dying and printing on silk.  Classes will be stand-alone; if you can come only once, you are guaranteed to learn a process.  The cost is $50 for the day, with an additional $25 for the materials used.  She will also accommodate children, if there is any interest, introducing them to the concept of dye, learning techniques and wearing the results.

The art of dying is amazing.  Of course, it is a creative outlet for those artists among us.  But it seems so easy that less-than-artistic souls can find great delight as well.  Come and see!

Pleated and dyed silk, then silk screen printed with 2 birds

One of the special aspects of this experience is getting to know Ginny, experiencing her energy and being set on fire by her enthusiasm.  (Visit Ginny’s websites at or  Classes, therefore, are limited to 10, so that everyone gets attention.  You may sign up by responding to this email, stating which of the classes you’d like to attend.  Sweep aside your ordinary chores and tasks for those days, treat yourself to a time of indulgence, a time to awaken secret talents you always suspected were inside of you.  Join others who want to learn, too.  Who knows where it will lead us?