Town Board Meeting Minutes January 8, 2018

In the future town board minutes will be posted here and available until next January when they will be added to the Halcott Digital Archive page.

Organizational Meeting Minutes 2018 January 8, 2018
Grange Hall, 7:15 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Town Councilmembers Alan Reynolds, Judy DiBenedetto, Yukari Day, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield, Town Tax Collector Robin White, Town Justice Ken Williams. Absent: Town Councilwoman Innes Kasanof.

Meeting opened at 7:15 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Town Justice Ken Williams administered the Oath of Office to Town Supervisor Alan White, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield and Town Tax Collector Robin White.

Planning Board: Motion to re-appoint Adina Johnson to the Planning Board by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Zoning Board of Appeals: (A) Motion to re-appoint John Dobsa to the ZBA by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilman Alan Reynolds, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. (B) A vacancy on the ZBA was created when ZBA member Judy DiBenedetto was elected to the Town Board. Warren Reynolds has been an alternate for the ZBA. Motion to have Warren Reynolds fill the vacant seat on the ZBA by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. The ZBA will look for an alternate to replace the vacancy left by Warren Reynolds.

Shared Services: The Board discussed expanding shared services beyond what is currently utilized by the Highway Department, to cover vacant positions that are dificult to fill, and will form a committee to research additional shared service options for the Town.

Halcott Cemetery Maintenance: The Board would like to invite Mark Vogler to a future Board meeting to discuss concerns about the condition of some headstones at the local cemeteries, and the possibility of some kind of repair work which could be done to save them.

Senior Citizen Exemption: The Town has been using a flat income exemption while Greene County uses a sliding scale income exemption. Supervisor White opened a discussion as to whether the Town should adopt the Greene County exemption or stay as we are. The Board will contemplate the choice and revisit at the next meeting.

Highway Superintendent: The Highway Superintendent has permission to spend $2,500.00 before informing the Board. He must seek approval of the Town Supervisor for unbudgeted expenses over $2,500.00.

Motion to accept the Town of Halcott Organization Schedule for 2018 by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:57 by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.