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NEW ONLINE TOOL TO HELP OLDER NEW YORKERS AND OTHER HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM COVID-19

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE TOOL TO HELP OLDER NEW YORKERS AND OTHER HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM COVID-19

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge, Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in New York State, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.

Based on an individual’s behavior, the COVID-19 tool provides an analysis of the likelihood to contract, spread, be hospitalized and die from the virus.

It includes a mental health assessment to gauge depression and outcomes as a result of loneliness. The tool links people to local services should they have a need, i.e.) food, testing, paying bills, etc.

As the holidays approach and more indoor activities occur, it is important that older individuals with chronic conditions take this test to protect themselves. It is equally important that young individuals, who are often asymptomatic, take this test to help prevent them from becoming super spreaders. Information is power and understanding how we live and how our day to day routines impact the chances of getting and spreading the virus is critical.

The tool is FREE, anonymous and analyzes behavior, using scientific data that is being updated weekly. It only takes five minutes to complete and can be taken as many times as one wishes.

To take the five minute free online test, please go to: newyork.cv19checkup.org

PUBLIC NOTICE: Clermont Fire District public hearing on the Preliminary Budget

PUBLIC NOTICE

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That the Clermont Fire Commissioners of the Clermont Fire District will hold a public hearing on the Preliminary Budget of the Fire District for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021.

    The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6:30 P.M. at the Town Hall, 1795 Route 9, Clermont. At the public hearing, any person may be heard in favor of or against any item or items therein contained. Copies of the preliminary budget may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. 

    Please note that the regular meeting of the Fire Commissioners will be held immediately following the public hearing. 

By Order of the Fire Commissioners

Jennifer Flandreau,
Fire District Secretary

Town Board Budget Workshop – September 2020

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD
BUDGET WORKSHOP
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

The Clermont Town Board held a budget workshop on the 2021 Budget on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Supervisor Staats, Councilman Desmond, Councilwoman Brownson, Councilman Gildersleeve and Councilwoman Lusher-Shute.

Supervisor Staats opened the workshop and went through all the budget and revenue accounts in the General and Highway funds. The following are the changes that have been suggested:

GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS

Town Board

A1010.4 contractural – reduced from $1,000 to $500.00.

Assessor

A1355.4 contractural – increased from $600 to $1500.00

Town Clerk

A1410.12 – Deputy Clerk personal service – increased from $600 to $900.00

A-1410.4 – contractural – decreased from $3,150 to $2,850.00.

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Buildings

1620.4 – contractural – decreased from $10,000 to $6,000.

1620.41 – contractural – Oil – decreased from $7,000 to $6,000.

1620.43 – contractural – Maintenance – decreased from $1,000 to $0.

Total Government Support $126,220.00

Superintendent of Highways

A5010.1 Personal Services – increased from $51,543 to $52,316. A 1 1/2% increase.

Garage

A5132.41 – contractural – Oil – decreased from $5,000 to $4,000.

Total Transportation $63,566.00

Parks

A7110.41 – contractural – increase from $10,000 to $20,000.

A7110.42 – contractural – Brownfield – increase from zero to $15,000 for engineers well inspection.

Historian

A7510.4 – contractural – increased from $500 to $950.

Zoning

A8010.11 – Personal Services CEO – increase from $11,000 to $14,000. Salary increase for Code Enforcement Officer.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

A9030.8 – Social Security – increased from $10,504 to $11,615.

A9060.8 – Hosp. & Medical Insurance – increased from $8,800 to $9,000.

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS $308,641.00

GENERAL FUND ESTIMATED REVENUES

A1090 Real Property Taxes interest & penalties – increase from $4,000 to $5,000.

A2110 Zoning Fees – decrease from $600 to $400.

A2115 Planning Fees – increase from $500 to $700.

A2290 Tobacco settlement – decrease from $12,000 to $9,500.

A2401 Interest & Earnings – decrease from $3,757 to $3,000.

A2555 Building Permits – increase from $9,000 to $14,000.

A2610 Fines and Forfeited Bail – increase from $9,000 to $10,000.

A5031 Interfund Transfer $10,191.00

A5031.2 Park Fund $20,000.00

TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUE: $308,641.00

HIGHWAY APPROPRIATIONS

General Repairs

DA5110.1 Personal Services REG – increased from $84,864 to $86,136.

DA5110.12 Personal Services OT – increased from $8,670 to $8,800

Salary increased 1 ½%. 2 full time employees at $20.67 per hour.

Part time for snow removal (as needed) at 13.00 per hour.

Machinery

DA5130.2 Equipment – decreased from $18,000 to $4,000.

Brush and Weeds (Diesel and Gas)

DA5140.4 Contractural – decreased from $16,000 to $14,000.

Snow Removal

DA5142.4 contractural – decreased from $26,000 to $20,000

Total Appropriations $370,136.00

HIGHWAY ESTIMATED REVENUES

DA5031.2 – Highway fund balance – $37,056.00

SALARIES OF TOWN OFFICIALS

SUPERVISOR $ 5,500.00

TOWN BOARD (4 Members each getting $2,500) $l0,000.00

TOWN CLERK $ 7,000.00

TOWN JUSTICES (2 Justices each getting $5,600) $11,200.00

TAX COLLECTOR $ 4,600.00

SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS $52,316.00*

BUILDING INSP/CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER $14,000.00*

ASSESSOR $15,270.00

*Salary increases were approved for Superintendent of Highways, 2 full time highway employees and Code Enforcement Officer.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Town Clerk

NY-Alert

Are you enrolled?
EMERGENCY ALERT CHANGE TO NY ALERT
Columbia County, NY  is changing its mass emergency alert system to the system provided by New York State known as NY ALERT. Currently, all disaster, weather-related and other emergency warnings and alerts for county residents are provided by the Code Red mass alert system. NY Alert  will provide county residents with important emergency alerts and additional informational alert options that include AMBER, sex offender relocation and road closure alerts.
HOW TO REGISTER As with the previous alert system, hard-lined phones will begin to receive the alerts automatically on August 29. For cell phone and email notifications, county residents must go to the New York State NY ALERT website and register for a free account, where they will be asked to enter their information and choose what additional alerts they would like. County residents are advised to visit  www.alert.ny.gov/enroll to register for NY ALERT cell phone and email alerts! Registration is now available to be prepared for the August 29 change
Sign up for NY-Alert today to receiving alerts for Columbia County, NY!

Planning Board – September 2020

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD
September 9, 2020

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, Nathan Hempel, Mary Howard, Clayton Andrus, Jennifer Phillips, Tom Jantzen and Ron Miller. Others present were George Schmitt, Engineer for the town and Matthew Gallagher, Attorney for the town.

After review of the August 2020 minutes, a motion was made by Clayton
Andrus, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to accept the minutes. All in favor. So carried.

Dee Ann Campbell, 180 Shields Road, came before the Board regarding the installation of solar panels. She will return with further information for her application.

Marissa Rendon, 23 Maisello Road, Tax Map ID #201.-1-33, represented by Ben Pottier of PLUG TV regarding the installation of 25 solar panels. He will return with further information for the application.

Jordan Homestead Farm Brewery, 1719 Route 9, Tax ID # 192.-1-13, JR and Megan Jordan came before the Board regarding a proposed brewery. They will return with further information after meeting with the DOT and Columbia County Board of Health.

A motion was made to adjourn by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Mary Howard. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – September 2020

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

The Clermont Town Board held their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson, Councilwoman Lindsey Lusher-Shute and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve. There were seven residents present.

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

Amy Parrella, Chair of the Park Committee, who presented a review of park priorities for the Hettling and Clermont Parks. The committee of volunteers meets monthly to discuss grant possibilities, plan for plantings, watering and weeding. Also in the planning are park signs, fencing, materials stockpiling, tool shed and implements, the Veterans site and the web site.

The future plan is to create trails, start a playground committee for design and funding, seek donations and estimates/bids for tables, benches and screening (trees or shrubs).

To date trees have been planted and maintained by the volunteers. They would like a new stockpile area for highway materials which are now on site, determine areas to be allowed to go to meadow or to be mowed. Other plans include spreading topsoil on bare areas, define overflow parking area, install split rail fence at crossing between parks, install guardrails for parking at Clermont Park.

MINUTES: A motion was made to approve the minutes of August by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Clerk read the August Town Clerk’s report and presented the Supervisor with a check for the General Fund for $405.02 and for Trust & Agency in the amount of $250.00.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • Received the budget and revenue reports for August from Supervisor Staats.
  • Columbia County Department Health will be giving flu shots at various locations in the County. The one in Germantown will be held on Thursday, October 8th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Palatine Park Activities Building. Must be pre-registered at www.columbiacountynyhealth.com or at 518-828-3358 at ext.1310 leaving message with name and number.
  • The Office for the Aging is seeking volunteers for the Meals on wheels program and a virtual program for Alzheimers caregivers on Wednesday, September 16 from 11:00 to 11:45 AM.
  • Received the Office for the Aging Elder Express newsletter for July – September.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to waive the 4th Quarter lease payment from the Canaan Fellowship for the use of the Community House, seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried. They have not been able to use the Community House for services because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A letter will be sent.
  • At the budget meeting the board will discuss what will be purchased for the park. The purchases will be based on estimates received from the committee.
  • Air Filtration system: Councilwoman Lusher-Shute purchased the systems and filters for the town hall.
  • Councilman Gildersleeve updated the board on posting to the website for the Parks. Ellen Earle will be posting and rather than posting a draft, she will post live to the website.
  • Councilman Gildersleeve has been in contact with Columbia County regarding purchasing a computer for the Town Clerk and received a quote of $890.37. This does fall within the approved amount of $1,000.00 made at the last meeting. A motion was made to approve by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson.
  • Councilwoman Brownson held an open house at St. Luke’s Church in conjunction with the County Landmark Open House.
  • GRANTS: Councilwoman Brownson did follow-up on two grants that she was made aware of, however, they are more for 501C applicants.
  • COURT GRANT: Court Clerk Lee Gallant requested a resolution to authorize him to apply for a Justice Court Grant for an amount up to $30,000 for upgrades to the internet, heat and air conditioning systems and electrical. A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve this request with a resolution. All in favor. So carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • MONITORING WELLS: Supervisor Staats did talk with our engineer about monitoring the wells on the park property. DEC wants a sampling of the upstream water and then under the caps. Supervisor Staats asked what can be done to reduce the cost of this process. He was advised that there is nothing for this year but can apply to reduce testing, which is usually done after five years, but it could be done at 3 years if levels are low enough.
  • PARKING LOT – ROUTE 6: Supervisor Staats reported that the parking lot rails for the Little League field should be done soon, as well as the fence at the entrance to the Hettling Park.
  • Supervisor thanked Councilwoman Lusher-Shute for getting the air filtration system units. We should get electrical work done because of the age of the town hall, there are not a lot of outlets.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • A matching donation pledge has been made by Mary Howard and her husband of $5,000.00. Donations received up to $5,000 will be matched.

Supervisor Staats thanked Mary Howard and Councilman Desmond who has donated towards this pledge.

  • BUDGET WORKSHOP: A date for the workshop for the 2021 budget will be Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30 P.M. and a second date, if needed, for Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30 P.M. The board will discuss any other business as needed.
  • STATE AID: A check was received from the state in the amount of $2,870.66 for being at 100% full value assessment in 2019.
  • RED WING PROPERTIES: A letter was received from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation granting Lead Agency designation on the application of Red Wing Properties on their permit for Mined Land Reclamation to the Town of Milan, Dutchess County.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • The County is seeking reimbursement from the State for programs. There have been no funds received since March.
  • Supervisor Staats thanked the Highway Department for the work that they have been doing.

ABSTRACTS:

  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve Highway abstract #9, vouchers #64 – #77 in the amount of $71,173.74, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve General abstract #9A, vouchers #208 – #228 in the amount of $4,062.48, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve General abstract #9, vouchers #205 – #207 in the amount of $216.45, seconded by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute to approve Trust & Agency abstract #6, voucher #10 in the amount of $131.00, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to adjourn at 9:15 P. M.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Town Clerk

Zoning Board of Appeals – August 2020

Clermont Zoning Board of Appeals
1795 Route 9
Germantown, New York 12526

August 26, 2020

The meeting opened at 7:30 pm. The meeting started with a salute to the flag. Members attending were Hank Himelright, Luke Kumburis, Don Van Wagner, Phyllis Heiko, John Rusconi and alternate Ben Peacock.

Hank Himelright asked if anyone had any additions, corrections or omissions to the minutes of the last meeting, January 2020. A motion to approve the June 2020 minutes was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Phyllis Heiko. All in favor. So carried.

Dee Ann Campbell, 180 Shields Road, came before the Board requesting a Special Use Permit for a ground mounted solar array. The application was deemed complete. A motion to accept the application was made by Phyllis Heiko, seconded by Don Van Wagner. All in favor. So carried. A motion was made for a Public Hearing for September 23, 2020 by Luke Kumburis, seconded by John Rusconi. All in favor. So carried.

Discussion was held, and determination was made, regarding the cover sheet on the ZBA application to delete the information on Application Night and add the instruction the Applicant or a designated representative must be present at the meeting.

A motion was made to adjourn by John Rusconi, seconded by Phyllis Heiko. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:10pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary