Town Board Minutes for June 27, 2022

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
June 27, 2022, 6:00 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Innes Kasanof, Council members Alan Reynolds, Judy DiBenedetto, Eric Fronckowiak, Samantha Bouton, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield, Budget Officer Paul Tamaccio Public: Scott Moroff.

Call to order at 6:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the minutes of the May 16, 2022, meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilman Eric Fronckowiak: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.

Approval of the minutes of the June 20, 2022, meeting: Motion to approve by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department has received numerous complaints about dead trees along roads in Halcott. Superintendent Bouton has spoken to NYSEG and The Town of Middletown Highway Department about getting assistance with the removal of the dead trees on town roads. NYSEG will help with the removal of trees near power lines and the Middletown Highway Department will schedule time to help after they finish flagging for the construction company paving their roads, probably July. The Greene County Highway Department is also planning on helping with tree work in Halcott in July. (B) Road repairs are moving along; material costs have increased, with crusher run costing $40.00 more per load and 1st’s which are used for topping costing $360.00 per ton more. The Mack truck worked well while stoning and oiling roads. The Village of Fleischmanns offered millings (from the road repair to Breezy Hill) to Halcott , the highway department will accept the offer and stock pile the material for future projects. (C) The highway department is still planning to reconstruct a section of Silas Lake Rd. this season and will also need to replace a culvert pipe as well.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0622 – vouchers 91 – 102 = $9,593.05. Highway Abstract #H0622 – vouchers 103 – 110 = $13,525.25. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilman Eric Fronckowiak, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Supervisor Innes Kasanof and Budget Officer Paul Tamaccio presented the finance report for the month of May.

Clerk’s Report: Grange Rental (non-local): $100.00, Building Permits: 1 @ $50.00, 1 @ $645.00, BP Renewal: $50.00, Certificate of Occupancy: 3 @ $25.00 each, Demo Permit: $25.00, Billy Haynes/Dumpster Fee (Apr/May): $500.00. The Town collected and disbursed $1,445.00 for the month of May.

Other Business: (A) Motion to adopt Resolution 2-2022: Franchise Agreement with Heart of the Catskills Communication, INC. d/b/a MTC cable, by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Eric Fronckowiak, Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilwoman Samantha Bouton: abstain.

(B) Motion to adopt Resolution 3-2022: Town of Halcott Town Board resolves to apply to the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s Local Technical Assistance Program for funding to update the Town of Halcott Land Use Code, to reflect in part, the Local Flood Analysis conducted by Miles and Macbroom and adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Halcott on December 16, 2019, by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, Councilman Eric Fronckowiak: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.

(CLUC update meeting June 21, 2022, 6-8 pm. (D) In April or May, the Town was asked by the Greene County legislature to adopt a solar energy pilot law, giving the town the right to opt out of tax exemptions for commercial entities. The Board asked Nan Stolzenburg for her input, and she thought it was a good idea to have a law in place. The Board will look to have a public hearing on this matter before the next regular board meeting.

Public Comment: (A) Paul Tamaccio asked Highway Superintendent Bouton what the procedure was to get a better Silas Lake Road sign. Superintendent Bouton shared that the original sign had been stolen and the current sign was made by the highway department. He will order a replacement but cautioned that it may take some time to have a new one made. (B) Scott Moroff asked if copies of annual reports, budgets, etc. could be provided to the public at the meetings to make it easier to follow what is being discussed.

Next Meeting: Regular Meeting July 18, 2022, 6:00 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 6:32 pm by Councilman Eric Fronckowiak, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Samantha Bouton: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.