Town Board Minutes: 20 August, 2018

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
August 20, 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.

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

Approval of the minutes of the July 16, 2018 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A)The grader has been repaired. The wet weather has slowed down road grading, but the Highway Department has finally been able to work on the Town Roads which needed grading. (B) In March, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton contacted a company in regards to a price for a new axle and hub for the sweeper broom. When quoted a price of $1,000.00, he decided to go another route, and fixed the problem another way. In July the part showed up without being ordered. The company was contacted and after explaining that no part was ordered, a return sticker was supposed to be sent, but as of now has not. Multiple phone calls have not brought a resolution to this problem yet, but Superintendent Bouton will continue to work on getting the part back to the company. (C ) The Oshkosh has been shipped out for work to be done. The cost of repairs will be around $15,000.00.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0818 – vouchers #114 – 116, 118 – 123 = $3,190.51. Highway Abstract #H0818 – vouchers #124 – 128 = $2,421.16. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B)CHIPS paperwork has been submitted for September reimbursement. (C ) The Town received an invoice from the Hunter Transfer Station with no address for payment to be sent. Finance Chair Kasanof thought the payment should go to Greene County Solid Waste and Supervisor White agreed.(D) The Town has had some problems with the insurance company handling the payment of the Selective Insurance bill, and with the loss of our local insurance representative as well, Supervisor White feels it may be time for the Board to have a discussion about finding a new insurance broker.

Clerk’s Report: Billy Haynes (dumpster fee June/July): $200.00, C/O Search (3@ $25.00): $75.00, Building Permit: $300.00, Garbage Tickets (15@ $9.00)): $135.00, Dog License (3@ $5.00): $15.00. The Town collected and disbursed $725.00 for the month of July.

Other Business: (A) ZBA Chairwoman Karen Rauter would like to step down as chairwoman, and she would like the Board to consider ZBA member Warren Reynolds for the position. (B) The CWC has sent a letter to the DEC asking them to give the CWC the right to review and comment on all proposed land acquisitions made by the DEP. This letter has been signed by all the directors and was driven by the Town Representative’s (of the watershed towns) concern over land acquisitions by the DEP which come through that do not comply with their own parameters. As it stands now, the only
comments which can be made are in regard to recreational use. It was felt that the DEP would respond more to the CWC than individual Towns.

Executive Session for Personnel: Supervisor Alan White made a motion to enter into an Executive Session at 7:48 pm. Executive Session: closed at 8:10 pm.

Next Meeting: Regular Meeting Monday September 17, 2018, 7:15pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 8:10 pm by Supervisor Alan White, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye.