Town Board Meeting Minutes, October 19, 2020

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
October 19, 2020, 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.

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

Opened Public Hearing for the 2021 Budget at 7:16 pm: Finance Chair Innes Kasanof took into consideration items discussed at the September Board meeting and was able to accommodate a raise for the Highway Department employee, a salary increase for the Deputy Bookkeeper from $1,000.00 to $1,650.00 per year and a salary of $51,000.00 for the Highway Superintendent with no tax increase, in part due to money saved on equipment repairs and the fire contract costing the Town less than originally thought.. With no public to hear from, motion to approve the Town of Halcott 2021 Budget by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. Motion to close the Public Hearing at 7:25 pm by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Approval of the minutes of the September 21, 2020 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department is getting trucks and sanders ready for winter weather. (B) The Highway Department has been having mechanical problems with the Chevy, it could be sediment in the gas tank causing the problem and the tank may need to be replaced.(C) The Highway Department was able to complete additional tree work and the truck turn- around on Townsend Hollow Rd. before the winter weather arrived.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G1020 – vouchers 150 – 153, 158 = $877.49. Highway Abstract #H1020 – vouchers 154 – 157, 159 = $3,099.74. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B)With all invoices in, paperwork can be finished and turned in for the last of the CHIPS reimbursement.(C) With the increased use of the transfer station, the Town may need to raise the per bag fee for garbage in order to help close the gap between the actual cost to the Town to run the transfer station and the money brought in.

Clerk’s Report: C/O Search: $25.00, Transfer Station/bagged garbage: $517.00. The Town collected and disbursed $542.00 for the month of September.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting November 16, 2020, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:41 pm by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.