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Author: Kris Gildersleeve

Town Board – January 2020

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MEETING

JANUARY 6, 2020

Supervisor Staats opened the regular meeting of the Town Board with a salute to the flag after the swearing in of our newest member of the Board, Lindsey Lusher-Shute. Evan Hempel chose not to seek re-election. He was present and Supervisor Staats thanked him for eight years of service to the residents of the Town.

Those present at the meeting were Supervisor Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Lindsey Lusher-Shute and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve. Councilwoman Brownson was absent. There were 17 others present, including Joe Zietz of Suncommon Solar and Shannon Baxevanis, New York Transco and Nicole Marron of Burn & McDonnell.

Supervisor Staats introduced Shannon Baxevanis and Nicole Marron to speak about the application to the NY Public Service Commission to construct, operate and maintain the NY Energy Solution project. This project will upgrade approximately 55 miles of transmission line and station work through eleven towns from Schodack to Pleasant Valley, including .7 miles through Clermont. They explained how various structures will be affected and answered board members and resident’s questions. There will be ongoing discussions as the project progresses.

Supervisor Staats asked Jeff Irish of Suncommon Solar for a proposal on a solar system for the garage and the town hall buildings. Joe Zietz, Solar Project advisor, came to speak to the board.

The system for the town hall is estimated to be nine panels with a cost of $11,127 before any incentives. For the garage, 24 panels would be required, and the cost would be $37,920 before any incentives. There would likely be no federal tax credits or tax savings because it is considered a commercial project.

MINUTES: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the December 3, 2019 meeting by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Town Clerk presented the Supervisor with a check for the General Fund in the amount of $2.801.13 and for Trust & Agency in the amount of $250.00.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Councilman Desmond thanked the Highway Department for keeping the roads clear and safe during the recent storms. He also thanked Supervisor Staats for investing our funds wisely.
  • Supervisor Staats gave the board the preliminary budget and revenue report for December 31, 2019. The revenues will change when additional revenues are received and posted.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • SOLAR: Supervisor Staats said that we will be discussing and following up on the solar for the buildings.
  • HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019: Some highlights were replacing the roof on the storage area behind the town hall, painting the town hall, replacing the Community House roof on the west side an painting the west side of the building because of the damage done during the hail storm of May 2018. These repairs were paid by our insurance company.
  • We also were able to purchase a new truck for $50,000 from funds we have saved in the equipment fund. We currently have $160,000 in the equipment fund toward another truck when needed. He is hoping to put in $80,000 into our fund balance from this year’s budget. Supervisor Staats also reminded people to shop in Columbia County when possible because it does increase our portion of the sales tax.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The Board members will meet on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 A.M. at the Town Hall to review the books for 2019 of the Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Justices and Supervisor and address any other business which may come up.
  • PARK COMMITTEE: Mary Howard addressed the board regarding the park. There will be a meeting Sunday, January 12th at 6 PM and a presentation in February at the town board meeting. Supervisor Staats and the board thanked all the volunteers for their work. Mary is resigning from her position as the chair of the committee after February.

ABSTRACTS:

A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve General abstract #1, vouchers #1 – 13, in the amount of $19,444.70, seconded by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute to approve Highway abstract #l, voucher #1 – 2 in the amount of $3,728.81 seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve Trust & Agency abstract #1, voucher #1 in the amount of $196.50, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute to adjourn at 8:45 P.M. All in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk

Town Board Meeting – Year-end 2019

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD

DECEMBER 30, 2019

The Clermont Town Board held its year-end meeting on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those present were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson, Councilman Evan Hempel and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve. Others present were Lindsey Lusher Shute and Peter Fingar of Fingar Insurance.

Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.

He introduced Peter Fingar of Fingar Insurance to speak about renewal of our policy which comes due December 31, 2019. We are covered by NYMIR which is a municipal reciprocal policy. He went over Limits of Liability and the various breakdowns of coverages. He will get additional information on crime coverage, employee theft and computer fraud. The premium increase from last year is $497.00. Supervisor Staats thanked Mr. Fingar for coming in.

Supervisor Staats advised the Board that he has spoken to Jeff Irish of SunCommon about roof mounted solar. Mr. Irish will be at the January 6th meeting. Councilman Desmond would like to see us apply for grants for this project.

The Supervisor prepared a budget amendment to balance accounts at the end of the year as follows:

Highway Fund:
 To:   D5142.4 Snow Removal    21.00
 From:  D5130.4 Machinery    21.00

General Fund:
 To:   A1010.4 Town Board    297.00
   A1355.4 Assessor    341.00
   A3610.4 Examining Board    136.00
   A9060.8 Hospitalization Insurance    177.00
   A1670.4 Central Printing    511.00
   A5132.4 Garage    263.00
   A5182.4 Streetlighting    113.00

 From: A1990.4 Contingent    1500.00
   A1440.4 Engineer    358.00

  Total:    1,858.00 1,858.00

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel to approve the budget amendment. All in favor. So carried.

ABSTRACTS:

A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve General abstract #13A, vouchers #339 – 368, in the amount of $8053.62, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson.

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve General Prepaid Abstract #13, vouchers #332 – 338, in the amount of $655.42, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Hempel to approve Highway Abstract #13, vouchers #125 – 130, in the amount of $6556.55, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust & Agency #12, vouchers #29-30 in the amount of $473.37, seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried.

This is Councilman Hempel’s last meeting as he resigned effective December 31, 2019. Supervisor Staats and the Board thanked him for his service to the Town.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve at 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk

Town Board – December 2019

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES

DECEMBER 3, 2019

The Clermont Town Board held their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:00 P.M at the Town Hall. This meeting was changed from Monday due to a snow storm. Those present were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilman Kris Gildersleeve and Councilman Evan Hempel. Councilwoman Dawn Brownson was absent.

Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.

MINUTES: The minutes of the November meeting were reviewed and a motion was made to accept by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel.

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Town Clerk presented a check to the Supervisor for the General fund in the amount of $490.96 and for Trust and Agency for $800.00.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • The Village Green Christmas Event will be held on Sunday, December 15th from 6 PM to 7 PM at St. Luke’s Church with caroling and the Community House for a visit with Santa and refreshments.
  • Mary Howard reported that the next Park Committee meeting will be held on December 8th at 6 PM at the Town Hall.
  • Supervisor Staats gave the board members reports for November.
  • There were no comments for the web committee.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Veterans Day: The Veterans Day Ceremony was held at the site of our Veterans memorial and was attended by 15-20 people.
  • Website: Councilman Hempel and Councilman Gildersleeve will be meeting on finalizing the website.
  • Park Committee: Councilman Gildersleeve reported that volunteers showed up to plant some 300-500 bulbs at the entrance to the park and around the Veterans Memorial.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Supervisor Staats will be meeting with Jeff Irish regarding solar either behind the park or mounted on the town buildings.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The year end meeting will be held on Monday, December 30th at 7:00 PM.
  • The Organizational meeting for 2020 will be held on January 6th at 7:00 PM.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • The County budget has not yet been approved.
  • Thanked the Village Green Committee for doing the upcoming Christmas Event, the Park Committee volunteers for planting the bulbs in the park and the Highway Department for clearing the roads and keeping us safe during this recent storm.

ABSTRACTS:

A motion was made to pay Highway abstract #12, vouchers #111-124 in the amount of $24,373.88 by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to pay General Prepaid abstract #12, vouchers #310 – 312 in the amount of $175.09 by Councilman Hempel, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to pay General abstract #12A, vouchers #313 – 331 in the amount of $14,551.57 by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to pay Trust and Agency abstract #11, vouchers #27 – 28 in the amount of $902.50 by Councilman Hempel, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

Supervisor Staats wished all a Merry Christmas.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Fred Cartier, our videographer wished all a Merry Christmas.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk