PROPANE COST INCREASES TEN CENTS A GALLON

Following a month-long competitive negotiation, participants in the Halcott Center Propane Buying Group will be billed $1.799 effective immediately. Wholesale prices are climbing. With two companies bidding, this increase is the best price we could obtain despite our buying power of over 50,000 annual gallons. Any Suburban customers who are billed more than $1.799 per gallon should complain to Brian Fox, the new manager in the Mid-Hudson Kingston office, via his email address: BrFox@suburbanpropane.com. If any Halcott buyers are charged more than $1.799, he promises prompt rate adjustments and refunds. The company is offering Halcott buyers a service contract special of $159.99, off the regular price of $299.95. That price includes one free cleaning per year (stand-alone value of $169.95) and also offers 15% off all parts and labor should any repair work have to be performed.Suburban will also give 35 free gallons to anyone referring a full heat new customer to them.  
I can be reached via email as follows:alanadelson@gmail.com.

All best for a pleasant summer, Alan Adelson.

Town Board minutes, June 21, 2021

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
June 21, 2021, 6:00 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Council Member Alan Reynolds, Yukari Day, Innes Kasanof, Judy DiBenedetto, Deputy Bookkeeper Sheri Reynolds, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk, Patricia Warfield. Public: None.

Public Hearing: Local Law #1 2021, Prior Written Notice Statute: Towns Notice of Highway Defects: Town Supervisor Alan White opened the Public Hearing at 6:00 pm. Supervisor White asked the Board for comments or input, hearing none and with no public to comment closed the Public Hearing at 6:10 pm.

Call to Order at 6:11 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the minutes of the May 17, 2021 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 Highway Department will conduct an interview on Tuesday June 22, 2021 for the Highway Department job opening. (B) Stone and oil work has been completed on scheduled town roads with the help of Greene County which allowed us the use of 4 trucks, 1 loader and a flag person.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0621 – vouchers 83 –87, 89, 90 = $14,500.82. Highway Abstract #H0621 – vouchers 91 – 95, 88 = $10,698.61. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Deputy Bookkeeper Sheri Reynolds presented the monthly finance report. (B) As requested by Supervisor White at the May 17, 2021 meeting, Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented a Solid Waste Income and Expense report for to the Board for review. The report shows a deficit of $2,309.68, the difference between monies brought in for garbage disposal and monies paid out for dumping fees and salary paid to the Solid Waste coordinator.

Clerk’s Report: Building Permits: 1 @ 75.00, 1 @ 200.00, Building Permit fines: 1 @ 100.00, 1 @ 450.00, Transfer Station /Garbage: 178.00, Billy Haynes: 250.00, Dog License (2) unneutered: 2 @ 10.00 each. The Town collected and disbursed $1,273.00 for the month of May.

Other Business: (A) Greene County gives the town a large metal container box with holes cut into it for the collection of all recyclable materials such as cardboard, plastic, cans and glass. There are no dividers in the container which makes it nearly impossible to keep materials separated. While there have been no complaints from Greene County, it was discussed that perhaps the town should request a visit from someone to explain exactly how the county’s collection of the recycled materials works. (B) The Town has been actively looking for an attorney to fill the vacancy which occurred due to the retirement of Town Attorney Carey Wagner. To that end Supervisor White received a resume for consideration from Attorney Shawn J. Smith, which was then sent to each board member for review. Board members felt he would be a good fit for Halcott as he is now and has been the Attorney for numerous local Towns and Villages and is also employed as the Chief Assistant District Attorney for

Delaware County. Mr. Smith limits his practice to municipal law due to his obligations to the District Attorney’s Office. Motion to appoint Shawn J. Smith to the position of Town Attorney by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. (C) The Town was informed that their request for funding from D.C.S.W for culvert replacement on Townsend Hollow Rd. and the mudslide on the Elk Creek Rd toe cut was denied. These are problem areas identified in the Local Flood Analysis. The Town will now submit paperwork seeking funding from the new Flood Hazard Mitigation Program. This may be a better fit as projects are not open to review and requests are seldom denied. Motion to have the Town Board accept responsibility as the Flood Commission for the Town of Halcott by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting Monday July 19, 2021, 6:00 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 6:40 p.m. by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF FINAL ASSESSMENT ROLL

(Pursuant to Section 516 of the Real Property Tax Law)

Notice is hereby given that the Final Assessment Roll for the Town of Halcott,
Greene County, N.Y., for the year 2021, has been completed and verified by 
the undersigned assessor and a certified copy thereof was filed in the office of the 
Town Clerk of the Town of  Halcott  at the Grange Hall  at 264 Route 3,
Halcott Center,  N. Y. on the 1st  day of  July, 2021,  there to remain for public inspection.

Marc Neves, Sole Assessor