Town Board Minutes, 17 August, 2020

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
August 17, 2020 7:15 pm

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

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

Approval of the minutes of the July 20, 2020 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department has finished putting down stone and oil on town roads. Highway Superintendent Bouton will try to get a definitive answer from the State on CHIPS reimbursement to the Town, he will also work with Finance Chair Innes Kasanof this week to finalize the amount of money spent on road repair and maintenance for reimbursement purposes. (B)TheTown has been hauling stone for the Town of Middletown, part of a reciprocal agreement, in exchange for brush trimming work performed by the Middletown Highway Department on Halcott roads. (C) Road improvements are ongoing on Townsend Hollow Rd. The removal of additional trees is necessary to widen the road, and an improved turn around is in the works to help facilitate the snow plowing done for Halcott by the Town of Middletown. (D)Greene County has been out of Halcott, taking care of complaints elsewhere in the County. While they are still short of help, they have plans to be back in Town mowing this week and will help mow town roads as well.

Voucher vote: (A) General Abstract #G0820 – vouchers #119 – 123 = $2,171.71. Highway Abstract #H0820 – vouchers #124 – 129 = $8,148.82. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presently the July 2020 monthly finance report. (B)The 2021 Tentative Budget will be presented to the Board at the September Regular Town Board meeting. With state finances questionable going forward into next year due to COVID-19, the Board will work towards trying to keep a flat budget increase for 2021. (C ) The new fire budget has not yet been presented to the Town Board. The Town would like to have a more formal fire budget discussion than has occurred in previous years, and would also like to discuss having the ability to vote on capital purchases for the fire department with an amount over $10,000.00.

Clerk’s Report: Building Permit: 1 @ $50.00, Certificate of Occupancy Search: 5 $ $25.00 each, Billy Haynes (Aug.-Oct.): $600.00, Transfer Station(garbage) money: $339.00. The Town collected and disbursed $1,114.00 for the month of July.

Other Business: (A) There has been an issue with hikers parking cars at the end of Johnson Hollow road, blocking the road and additionally, access to the truck turn around creating a dangerous situation should an emergency arise. The Town will look to see if there is state owned land on County Route 3 where a safer parking area could be created for day hikers looking to access state land.(B) Community Bank will be closing the Fleischmanns branch in November. Due to this decision, the Town will close out any remaining accounts at Community Bank and exclusively use the Bank of Greene County.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting: September 21, 2020, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 8:18 pm by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.