Town Board Meeting Minutes, December 16, 2019

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes
Halcott Grange
December 16, 2019, 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. Delaware Co. S.W.C.D. Gale Neale, C.W.C./C.E.O. Town of Halcott John Mathiesen, NYC DEP Adam Trescott.

Call to order at 7:15 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

LFA Discussion: Councilman Alan Reynolds asked if the Elk Creek toe-cut area had been added to the report and were there any recommendations. The area had been addressed and the recommendation was to remove debris from the area below the toe-cut. A work group will be formed to figure out the steps needed to move forward to make the LFA recommendations a reality. On Town roads, a tactical plan will be put into place to tackle smaller projects that can be accomplished this year;  then looking ahead, perhaps add funds to the 2021 budget allocated for additional projects recommended in the LFA report. To facilitate the implementation of the LFA recommendations on roads eligible for funding, the Town will invite Peg Ellsworth from the M-ARK project to the next board meeting to discuss the grant writing process. The Town can apply for funding for various projects when the LFA is accepted by the Town.  Motion to accept the LFA Report by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Approval of the minutes of the November 18, 2019 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department purchased better lighting for both large plow trucks.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G1219 – vouchers 187 – 195 = $1,224.88.  Highway Abstract #H1219 – vouchers 196 – 202 = $3,412.42.  Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B) The Town received a loyalty check in the amount of $500.00 from the Workers Compensation program for adhering to recommended safety guidelines and also received $51.77 from NYMIR in the form of a reimbursement check. (C) The costs of compensation packages (health insurance and retirement) incurred by the Town is more than the wages paid to those individuals.

Clerk’s Report: Billy Haynes: $150.00. The Town collected and disbursed $150.00 for the month of November.