Organizational Meeting Minutes 2020 January 6, 2020

Organizational Meeting Minutes 2020 January 6, 2020
Grange Hall, 7:15 pm

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

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, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Councilwoman Yukari Day, Town Councilman Alan Reynolds, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield, Tax Collector Robin White.

Deputy Town Clerk: Jamie VoglerDeputy Bookkeeper: Sheri Reynolds

911 Committee: The Board will ask Bob VanValkenburgh they need to add another committee member to fill the vacancy left by Ted Randazzo.

Grange Oversight Committee: Inventory of tables and chairs at the Grange will be taken to see if additional items need to be purchased. These items are usually purchased with money from the Community Fund.

Planning Board: The Board will ask Andrew Kelder if he would like to continue to serve on the Planning Board with the new term ending in 2024.

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Board will ask Eric Johansen if he would like to continue to serve on the Board of Assessment Review with the new term ending in 2022.

Cemetery Maintenance: Will increase from $1100.00 to $1133.00.

Standard Guidelines for Response Times: Response to requests for information to any of the elected or appointed officials shall be initiated within 24 hours from the time of the request. Most of our town officials work from remote locations on a part time basis. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

2020 Town of Halcott Terms of Employment: (A)Truck/Heavy Equipment Operator wages to increase from $19.00 to $19.50 per hour based on experience. (B) Laborer wages to increase from $10.80 to $13.00 per hour.

Motion to accept the Town of Halcott Organization Schedule for 2020 with modifications by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Motion to Adjourn at 8:08 pm by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Town Board Meeting Minutes, December 16, 2019

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes
Halcott Grange
December 16, 2019, 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. Delaware Co. S.W.C.D. Gale Neale, C.W.C./C.E.O. Town of Halcott John Mathiesen, NYC DEP Adam Trescott.

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

LFA Discussion: Councilman Alan Reynolds asked if the Elk Creek toe-cut area had been added to the report and were there any recommendations. The area had been addressed and the recommendation was to remove debris from the area below the toe-cut. A work group will be formed to figure out the steps needed to move forward to make the LFA recommendations a reality. On Town roads, a tactical plan will be put into place to tackle smaller projects that can be accomplished this year;  then looking ahead, perhaps add funds to the 2021 budget allocated for additional projects recommended in the LFA report. To facilitate the implementation of the LFA recommendations on roads eligible for funding, the Town will invite Peg Ellsworth from the M-ARK project to the next board meeting to discuss the grant writing process. The Town can apply for funding for various projects when the LFA is accepted by the Town.  Motion to accept the LFA Report by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Approval of the minutes of the November 18, 2019 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department purchased better lighting for both large plow trucks.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G1219 – vouchers 187 – 195 = $1,224.88.  Highway Abstract #H1219 – vouchers 196 – 202 = $3,412.42.  Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B) The Town received a loyalty check in the amount of $500.00 from the Workers Compensation program for adhering to recommended safety guidelines and also received $51.77 from NYMIR in the form of a reimbursement check. (C) The costs of compensation packages (health insurance and retirement) incurred by the Town is more than the wages paid to those individuals.

Clerk’s Report: Billy Haynes: $150.00. The Town collected and disbursed $150.00 for the month of November.

Town Board Meeting Minutes, November 18, 2019

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
November 18, 2019, 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 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the minutes of the September 16, 2019 meeting: With the following spelling correction: Paul and Sybil Margaritis. Motion to approve by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department has been working towards the purchase of a water tank and are weighing various options, they would like to have one in place by brooming season this coming spring. (B) A mechanic was here installing a new injector pump system in the Town’s Chevy pick-up truck. (C) The Town will reach out to Greene County and explain our concern about maintenance and repairs on the County roads in Halcott and ask that a representative come look at road conditions and come up with a dedicated schedule for road and bridge work going forward.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G1119 – vouchers 163 – 177 = $16,836.12. Highway Abstract #H1119 – vouchers 178 – 186 = $40,673.27. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2ndby Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B)The Town received more CHIPS reimbursement money than was originally budgeted. (C ) Vouchers were presented for payment on the internal loans for Town equipment purchased which will go back into the Highway Reserve Fund.

Clerk’s Report: 1 C/O Search: $25.00, Billy Haynes: $150.00. The Town collected and disbursed $175.00 for the month of October.

Other Business: (A) The Board had a conversation about the logistics of part-time local government positions and response time to public inquiries, and will work to come up with a uniform time line for answering them and address the issue at the Organizational Meeting.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting December 16, 2019, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:42 p.m. by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Minutes, Town Board Meeting October 21, 2019, 7:15 pm

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
October 21, 2019, 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. Public:Paul Margolis, Sybil Margolis.

Call to Order at 7:15 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opened Public Hearing on the Preliminary Budget at 7:16 pm. The Preliminary Budget stayed below the 2% tax cap with a levy increase of 1.99% which includes a 3% pay increase for all who work for the Town, including the following yearly wages: Town Supervisor: $3,695.00, Town Board members: $1,848.00, Town Clerk: $4,635.00, Highway Superintendent: $48,222.00. Paul Margolis asked if health insurance costs were factored into the presented budget and the answer was yes, the insurance cost increase was modest with a 6% increase and reflected in the budget. With no other public input the Public Hearing was closed at 7:28 pm.

Opened Regular meeting at 7:30 pm.

Approval of the minutes of the September 16, 2019 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The new tractor is working well. Superintendent Bouton would like to keep the old mower tractor for a while as it will not bring in much revenue if sold due to its age, but is very useful to the Highway Department. The Town of Middletown may take care of some brush mowing for the Town, but this would not happen until this winter or next spring at the earliest.(B) Greene County will be in Halcott to patch holes on County Route 3. Supervisor White asked Highway Superintendent Bouton if the County has a schedule for the resurfacing/topping of the county roads in Halcott because extensive ditch work needs to be done before any topping work should begin. Supervisor White recommended the Town have a comprehensive conversation with the County in regards to the scope of work needed to be done to maintain our roads, with the LFA documentation of the bridge repair/replacement work that needs to happen added into the conversation as well.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G1019 – vouchers 147 – 154 = $2,943.20. Highway Abstract #H1019 – vouchers 143, 155– 162 = $29,91613. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. The Town is in good fiscal standing heading towards the end of the year. (B) The new to Halcott John Deere tractor will need to be added to the equipment list on the Town finance report and added to the Town’s insurance coverage as well.

Clerk’s Report: 1 Building Permit: $160.00, 4 C/O Searches @ $25.00 each: $100.00, Transfer Station Bagged Garbage Money: $259.00. The Town collected and disbursed $519.00 for the month of September.
Other Business: (A) Zoning Board Appeals Chairwoman Karen Rauter has asked to step down from her position for personal reasons, with ZBA member Warren Reynolds willing to fill the vacancy.Motion to appoint Warren Reynolds as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. ABSTAIN: Councilman Alan Reynolds. (B) LFA Final Public Hearing: MMI presented the preliminary final report to the public at the meeting, outlining the need make the bridge on County Route 3 (coming into Halcott) and the relocation of the Highway Garage a priority. MMI did make contact with someone at the County level when working on this study. It was brought to the attention of the Board that the area known as the Elk Creek toe-cut was not addressed by MMI in the LFA study. MMI will be notified of the oversite and asked to add this area to the study and included in the report. The last step in the LFA process is for the final report to be drafted and posted, a comment period to take place, any revisions made and then the Board will be able to have a vote on the adoption of the LFA study. Once the LFA has been adopted, the Town can then begin to solicit grant money. Peg Ellsworth of the M-ARK project will be asked to come to Halcott and give a presentation on grant proposal options. (C) Supervisor Alan White asked the Board for a motion to adopt the preliminary budget. Motion to Adopt the 2020 Preliminary Budget by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting November 18, 2019, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:59 p.m. by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Minutes, Town Board meeting September 16, 2019

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange

September 16, 2019, 6:00 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Council members Alan Reynolds, Innes Kasanof, Judy DiBenedetto, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield, Halcott Code Enforcement Officer John Mathiesen, Mark Carabetta Miles & Macbroom Inc., Matt Trueheart Miles & Macbroom Inc., Gale Neal DCSWCD, Phil Eskeli NYCDEP. Public: Al Doubrava. Present: 7:00pm Councilwoman Yukari Day

Meeting Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance at 6:00 pm.

LFA Presentation: After discussion with FAC and Board members, MMI’s recommendation is to relocate the Town Highway Garage, either to higher ground on the existing property, or to a new property that is not within or accessed through flood-prone areas. These choices were discussed at length with relocating to a new parcel as the preferred solution. The final public meeting will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at which time MMI will issue the final LFA report; which when adopted, allows the Town to be eligible to look for funding sources going forward.

Approval of the minutes of the August 19, 2019 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Approval of the minutes of the August 28, 2019 special meeting to open bids: Motion to approve by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye. Supervisor Alan White: abstain.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) Greene County Solid Waste will be bringing a closed container box with openings cut in for the Town to be used for all recyclable material. (B) A muffler guard was delivered to the highway garage and mistakenly dropped off behind the recycle bin where it was accidentally taken. The highway department will look at the security camera tapes to see if they can find out where it went. (C) The mower is off the John Deere tractor because a step was ordered and the old mower has a broken shaft so fall mowing will need to be done later in the season.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0919 – vouchers 133 – 140 = $1,465.18. Highway Abstract #H0919 – vouchers 141, 142, 144 – 146 = $4,470,92. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B) The 2020 Tentative Budget was presented to the Board for discussion and review. Included in the budget is a conservative 3% pay raise and money to pay for a deputy clerk and a deputy to the finance chair. These positions would each be paid $1,000.00 for the year. There was also discussion in regards to starting a Building Reserve Fund.

Clerk’s Report: Billy Haynes/Dumpster fee (Aug/Sept): $300.00. The Town collected and disbursed $300.00 for the month of August.

Other Business: (A) Public access the Turk Hollow lean-to and State Land has been restored with the installation of a new culvert. This information will be included in the next Times of Halcott. The Board thanked Highway Superintendent Bouton for getting this long standing problem taken care of. (B) Motion to appoint Jamie Vogler as Deputy Town Clerk by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Next Meeting: LFA Final Public Meeting Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 am, Halcott Grange Hall Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budget October 21, 2019, 7:15 pm,

Regular Board Meeting to follow.

Motion to Adjourn at 8:45 pm by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.