Town Board Meeting Minutes, 17 May 2021

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
May 17, 2021, 6:00 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Councilmembers Alan Reynolds, Judy DiBenedetto, Innes Kasanof, Deputy Bookkeeper Sheri Reynolds, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield. Absent: Town Councilwoman Yukari Day.

Call to Order at 6:21 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the minutes of the April 19, 2021 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Town has not yet received any viable applicants for the Highway Department job opening. (B) The Highway Department has been working on Mookas Road repairing storm damage from the Christmas storm. (C) Having a difficult time filling the open highway department position, the board discussed the possibility of hiring part time help to help facilitate the finishing of various road work repairs and maintenance projects scheduled for this summer. To make the part time position more attractive the board discussed raising the current rate for a laborer to $20.00 an hour. Motion to amend the Town Organizational Document to increase labor rates by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. (D) The Town will submit paperwork to the State for additional monies from CHIPS/PAVE-NY/EWR rollover funds. “Rollover” funds are a municipalities unreimbursed funds from one or more previous year apportionments. (E) Emergency Use Roads: To be proactive, the Town Board discussed making improvements to alternative town roads in the event Delaware County Rt. 37 or Greene County Rt. 3 should become impassable. Highway Superintendent Bouton and Councilman Reynolds inspected various town roads and presented their findings to the Board. After careful consideration it was decided by the Board that Silas Lake Rd. would be the best and most cost effective choice for improvements to support higher traffic use in the case of an emergency.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0521 – vouchers 67– 75 = $2,027.71. Highway Abstract #H0521 – vouchers 76 – 82 = $24,197.74. Motion to pay bills by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly report.

Clerk’s Report: Building Permit: 1 @ $200.00, 1 @ $140.00: $340.00, BP renewal: $75.00, Certificate of Occupancy Search: 6 @ $25.00: $150.00, Subdivision: $250.00, Demo Permit: $25.00, Transfer Station/Garbage Money: Feb: $124.00, March: $168.00: $292.00. The Town collected and disbursed $1,132.00 for the month of April.

Other Business: (A) Town Clerk Patricia Warfield presented the annual report for Town Justice Ken Williams. There were no cases to come before the judge in 2020. (B) The Board acknowledged the resignation of BAR member Erik Johansen and discussed the appointment of Marta Weisz to fill the vacant position. Motion to appoint Marta Weisz to the Board of Assessment Review by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. (C) Supervisor Alan White spoke to John Fairbairn in

regards to becoming the Halcott Town Attorney. Mr. Fairbairn did not know if that would be a conflict of interest due to his position as a judge but would look into the matter and get back to Supervisor White when he knew the answer. (D) Local Law 1-2021: A local law providing for written notification of defects and obstructions on town highways, bridges, streets, crosswalks and culverts in the Town of Halcott was recommended by the Town’s Insurance carrier for liability reasons. The Town Board having looked over the proposed law and having no negative feedback, will hold a public hearing on June 21, 2021 at 6:00pm. before the next regular board meeting. (E) Due to much heavier use of the Town Transfer Station, there is a more frequent need to pay Greene County dumping fees for trash removal. Supervisor White requested a solid waste report from Finance Innes Kasanof to be presented at a future meeting for the purpose of determining what the actual cost of garbage removal is for the Town.

Next Meeting: Regular Meeting Monday, June 21, 2021, 6:00 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:04 pm by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.