Town Board Minutes, August 15, 2022

Draft Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
August 15, 2022, 6:00 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Innes Kasanof, Council members Alan Reynolds, Eric Fronckowiak, Samantha Bouton, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield. Absent: Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Budget Officer Paul Tamaccio. Public: Warren ReynoldsVicky Ballard, Dave Carpenter, Ted and Mary Lou Randazzo, Cindy Bouton, Patty and John Dobsa, Fred and Susan Herzog, Jen Bouton, Jamie Vogler, Mary Constantine.

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

Approval of the minutes of the July 18, 2022, meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, 2nd by Councilman Eric Fronckowiak, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.

Public Hearing on “Solar Energy System PILOT Law for the Town of Halcott opened at 6:02 pm. The purpose of this law is to ensure that Towns receive revenue from commercial solar energy systems, historically towns have not received any compensation whether monetary or even a lowering of local electric rates. A project of this magnitude would not be feasible in town due to the lack of transmission lines large enough to support the system. Additionally, if something is not specifically allowed as per the Land Use Code then it would need to be presented locally to not only the Planning Board but also the ZBA for consideration and then additionally meet state SEQR requirements as well. Public Hearing closed at 6:12 pm.

Adoption of the Solar Energy System Pilot Law: Motion to adopt Local Law 1-2022, The “Solar Energy System PILOT Law of the Town of Halcott, NY” by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilman Eric Fronckowiak, Councilwoman Samantha Bouton: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The front end of the Oshkosh has been rebuilt; new rims were needed as well with the total repair cost over the expenditure amount. Motion to approve repair expenditures for the Oshkosh by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, Councilman Eric Fronckowiak: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye. (B) Greene County will begin taking down dead trees on the County roads in Halcott on September 12, 2022 and has scheduled ditch work to begin September 1. There is still no start date to replace the culvert on County Rt. 1.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0822 – vouchers 125 – 132 = $1,240.77. Highway Abstract #H0822 – vouchers 133 – 139 = $15,030.78. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, 2nd by Councilman Alan Reynolds, Councilman Eric Fronckowiak: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.

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

Clerk’s Report: BP Renewal: $200.00. The Town collected and disbursed $200.00 for the month of July.

Other Business: (A) Supervisor Kasanof has a mileage voucher for reimbursement to a trip to Catskill and asked the board to revisit the Organizational Schedule mileage reimbursement of 58 cents per mile for 2022 and increase the reimbursement amount to 62.5 cents per mile as per new federal guidelines. Resolution 4-2022 A Resolution to increase the Town of Halcott mileage reimbursement from the amount of 58 cents per mile to 62.5 cents per mile as per federal guidelines. Motion to approve by Councilman Eric Fronckowiak, 2nd by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye. (B) Land Use Code update: Surveys were sent out using the tax rolls with receipt of the survey postcards spotty at this moment.

Next Meeting: Regular Meeting September 19, 2022, 6:00 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 6:33 pm by Councilman Eric Fronckowiak, 2nd by Councilwoman Samantha Bouton, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Innes Kasanof: aye.