Town Board Meeting Minutes, October 19, 2020

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange
October 19, 2020, 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 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opened Public Hearing for the 2021 Budget at 7:16 pm: Finance Chair Innes Kasanof took into consideration items discussed at the September Board meeting and was able to accommodate a raise for the Highway Department employee, a salary increase for the Deputy Bookkeeper from $1,000.00 to $1,650.00 per year and a salary of $51,000.00 for the Highway Superintendent with no tax increase, in part due to money saved on equipment repairs and the fire contract costing the Town less than originally thought.. With no public to hear from, motion to approve the Town of Halcott 2021 Budget by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye. Motion to close the Public Hearing at 7:25 pm by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Approval of the minutes of the September 21, 2020 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) The Highway Department is getting trucks and sanders ready for winter weather. (B) The Highway Department has been having mechanical problems with the Chevy, it could be sediment in the gas tank causing the problem and the tank may need to be replaced.(C) The Highway Department was able to complete additional tree work and the truck turn- around on Townsend Hollow Rd. before the winter weather arrived.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G1020 – vouchers 150 – 153, 158 = $877.49. Highway Abstract #H1020 – vouchers 154 – 157, 159 = $3,099.74. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. (B)With all invoices in, paperwork can be finished and turned in for the last of the CHIPS reimbursement.(C) With the increased use of the transfer station, the Town may need to raise the per bag fee for garbage in order to help close the gap between the actual cost to the Town to run the transfer station and the money brought in.

Clerk’s Report: C/O Search: $25.00, Transfer Station/bagged garbage: $517.00. The Town collected and disbursed $542.00 for the month of September.

Next Meeting: Regular Town Board Meeting November 16, 2020, 7:15 pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:41 pm by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Agenda, Town Board meeting November 16, 2020

Town of Halcott
7:15 Monday, November 16, 2020
Town Grange, all are welcome

Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance
Regular Meeting

  1. Approval of minutes: October 19, 2020
  2. Highway Superintendent Report
  3. Voucher Vote
  4. Finance Report: 
  5. Clerk’s Report
  6. Public Comment
  7. Other Business: Executive session
  8. Next Meeting: December 21, regular meeting
  9. Adjourn

A loss for our Halcott community

Dear Friends:  Ruth Kelder passed away on Friday. Ruth led the Halcott United Methodist Church for many years and is known for her great bake sales which she and her daughter Pattie held at every election and Halcott Fair until earlier this year when public gatherings were discouraged. There will be a viewing at Gormley’s Funeral Home in Phoenicia on Friday October 23 from 7 to 9PM and on Saturday, October 24 between 11 and 1. The funeral home practices social distancing; the number of visitors will be limited to 50% of their capacity at a time. Because of the danger of large gatherings, there will be only a small private funeral for Ruth on Saturday.  

Planning Board minutes, Sept 2, 2020


Meeting of September 2, 2020

Present:  Adina Johnson, Andrew Kelder, Mark Vogler, Nancy Reynolds

Absent:   Ted Johnson

Public:    Frank Lombardi, Catalina Lombardi, James Zampino, A. Dunn,

               Peter & Demetra Platis, Harry Johnston

Chairman Johnson was unable to attend the meeting; co-chair Adina Johnson opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag at 6:05PM.

Public hearing for a new garage proposed by F. Lombardi was opened at 6:07PM. There were no public comments or concerns. The hearing was closed at 6:15 PM. Motion to approve the application was made by A. Johnson, seconded by N. Reynolds, unanimously approved. Sketches were signed and dated and part 2 of the EAF from was completed and signed. Site visit had been done on August 16, 2020, by A. Johnson, A. Kelder and N. Reynolds.

P. Platis, whose application to replace an existing structure with a larger new home had been denied due to setback issues on August 5, 2020, proposed replacing the old structure with one in the same footprint. After review and consideration of Land Use Code Sections #6.1.2b and #9.5.8 the Board determined that the proposed replacement is exempt from site plan approval. Motion to exempt was made by A. Kelder, seconded by A. Johnson, unanimously approved. The Board referred the matter back to the Code Enforcement Officer and the ZBA.

Application and sketches were presented by J. Zampino for a new garage on his property at 

245 Turkey Ridge Road. Site visit was scheduled for September 6, 2020; public hearing was scheduled for October 7, 2020, at 6PM.

Application and sketches were presented by H. Johnston for a mobile home on Turkey Ridge Road. The 911 number had not been established at that time. Site visit was scheduled for September 6, 2020; public hearing was scheduled for October 7, 2020, directly following the Zampino public hearing.

Motion to accept the minutes of the 8/5/2020 meeting was made by A. Johnson, seconded by 

M. Vogler, unanimously approved.

Correspondence:  None 

New Business:  Updating the 4 hour course requirement was discussed. A. Johnson will look into possibilities for internet courses.

Old Business:  The list of possible planning board alternates was tabled for this month; we will discuss the issue at the October meeting.

Motion to adjourn was made at 7:13 PM by A. Johnson, seconded by M. Vogler, unanimously approved.

Submitted: N. Reynolds, Sec.