Town Board Meeting Minutes for March 26, 2018

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
March 26, 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. Webmaster Greg Beechler.

Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Webmaster Greg Beechler presented his annual report. (A)Greg spoke to the Board about making changes to the Town website, to make it simpler and easier for the public to use. (B) Greg explained to the Board a problem he ran into while out of the country during the snowstorm in March. Greg received an e-mail with emergency information but was unable to post it on the Town webpage. He would like to look into the possibility of setting up an emergency information webpage to show emergency posts. The Town official who would be receiving the emergency information could then post that information (and any updates received)by e-mail to a secret address and it would automatically be posted on the emergency website. The Board felt that it would be worthwhile to further pursue this idea. (C )Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto asked Greg if there was a way for the Animal Control Officer to post lost or found pets on the website, as there were a number of lost dogs last year who were returned to their owners because of social media or it was known who the owners were. Greg informed Councilwoman DiBenedetto that the Animal Control Officer could e-mail the lost or found pet information to Greg, and he would post the information on the website. (D)The Board felt that perhaps it could be made easier for the public to find pertinent contact information for Town Officials, and could be worked on when Greg started to rework the Town webpage. A suggestion was made to compile a list of Town Officials and their contact information to add as an insert to the next Times of Halcott, and Greg said he could include the list on the Town webpage as a printable PDF.

Approval of the minutes of the February 26, 2018 meeting: Motion to adopt minutes with the following corrections: The Town was able to add $10,230.00 to the General Reserve Fund, and add $20,498.00 to the Highway Reserve Fund. Motion to adopt the minutes as corrected by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBendetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department experienced a number of breakdowns during the recent snow storms. The sander broke, but was quickly repaired by Hammerhydrolics. Supervisor White asked Highway Superintendent Bouton to let them know the Board was pleased with their service. The Greene County truck had a transmission bearing go, and the County brought our Highway Department another truck to use. (B)Some back roads saw a little plow damage which Highway Superintendent Bouton said will be touched up with the grader when better weather arrives. (C ) Oshkosh repair: When the weather breaks, the Highway Department will look to remove the old body from the truck, have it replaced, and while the body is off, have the frame repaired.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0318 – vouchers 042 – 051 = $21,749.87. Highway Abstract #H0318 – vouchers 052 – 056 = $2956.25. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilman Alan Reynolds, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBendetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.
Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B) Finance Chair Kasanof asked Supervisor White if the Town had received the contract invoice from the Fire Department. Supervisor White had just received it, needed to have it notorized and then he would return it to the Fire Department. (C ) The year end process has been completed and the AUD has been accepted.

Clerk’s Report: Grange Rental: $50.00, Certificate of Occupancy Search: $25.00, Subdivision: $50.00, Billy Haynes: $100.00, Garbage Tickets (8) @ $9.00 each: $72.00. The Town collected and disbursed $297.00 for the month of February.

Other Business: (A) Subdivision Law Update: The next step in the process to amend the Subdivision Law is for a public hearing to be held on the proposed updates. There will be a public hearing on the proposed updates to the Subdivision Law on April 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm. (1) Let the minutes reflect that a Resolution of the Town of Halcott Town Board: Intent to be Lead Agency and Identification as a Type 1 Action: Amend Subdivision Regulations for the Town of Halcott was adopted at the March 26, 2018 Regular Town Board Meeting. Motion to adopt by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. (2) Let the minutes reflect that a Resolution of the Town of Halcott Town Board: Negative Declaration-Type 1 Action: Adoption of Amended Subdivision Regulations for the Town of Halcott was adopted at the March 26, 2018 Regular Town Board Meeting. Motion to adopt by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Next Meeting: April 23, 2018, 7:15 pm: Public Hearing on the proposed Subdivision Updates, Regular Town Board Meeting to follow.

Motion to Adjourn at 8:08 pm by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBendetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.