Town Board Meeting Minutes, January 27, 2020, 7:15 pm

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
January 27, 2020, 7:15 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Council Members Yukari Day, Alan Reynolds, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk, Patricia Warfield. Greene County Sheriff: Peter Kusminsky. Absent: Council Members Innes Kasanof, Judy DiBenedetto.

Call to Order at 7:15 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Greene County Sheriff Peter Kusminsky: Newly elected, Sheriff Kusminsky came to Halcott to introduce himself to the Board. Some of the items discussed for the Town were increased patrols in Halcott, an issue with speeders on County Rote 3, the installation of a new data base to better route 911 calls from Halcott and creating a Senior Call-In Program in Halcott where by senior residents of Halcott (who sign up for the program) call into the Sheriff’s department between 8-10 am each day. If no call-in is received, a member of the Sheriff’s department would come to Town to check on that individual. This program already exists in other communities.

Approval of the minutes of the meeting: With the following typo correction: Councilwoman Innes Kasanof instead of Councilwoman Yukari Day where it shows up twice. Motion to approve by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilman Alan Reynolds, Supervisor White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The lawn tractor used by the Highway Department for mowing by the Grange and other locations is in need of work. Given the age and condition of the mower, the Highway Department will look to purchase a replacement at some point. (B) The Highway Department will have an employee out for an extended period of time but Highway Superintendent Bouton assured the Board that the position is well covered.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0120 – vouchers 01-12 = $42,216.84. Highway Abstract #H0120 – vouchers 13-18 = $3,826.10. Motion to pay bills by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Supervisor Alan White presented the monthly finance report. (B) The Finance Chair has been working on the Town’s AUD report. (C) The 2020 Budget has been amended, the bottom line is the same but some amount totals needed adjustment. Motion to approve the amended 2020 Town of Halcott Budget by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Clerk’s Report: Building Permits: 1 @ $80.00, 1 @ $340.00: $420.00, 1 Flood Plain Development Permit: $250.00, 1 BP Fine: $250.00, 1 C/O Search: $25.00, Garbage Money(Sept-Dec): $403.00. The Town collected and disbursed $1,348.00 for the month of December.

Other Business: The Catskill Mountain News Newspaper is currently not publishing and with no committed time to restart, the Town needs to find another paper to use as the “official” Town of Halcott newspaper. Supervisor Alan White recommended the Mountain Eagle as a replacement. Motion to amend the Town of Halcott Organizational Document to list the Mountain Eagle as the official Town of Halcott paper by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting, February 24, 2020, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:50 p.m. by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilman Alan Reynolds, Supervisor Alan White: aye.