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Zoning Board of Appeals – October 2020

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

October 28, 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 and alternate, Ben Peacock.

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

Marissa Rendon, 23 Maisello Road, Tax ID #201.-1-33, was represented by PlugTV regarding the application of a Special Use Permit for ground a mounted solar system. The application was deemed as complete, with the addition of the Deed. There will be a site visit by the Board at noon on October 31, 2020. The applicant will return after the Planning Board meeting on November 11, 2020.

Susan Bodo and David Behl, 34 Hill N Dale Road, Tax ID #169.-1-6.111, represented by Jeff Irish with Suncommon, is seeking a solar expansion with the addition of 6 panels to the existing 14 panels. The application was deemed as complete, with the addition of the Deed. Motion was made by Luke Kumburis, seconded by Ben Peacock, to hold a Public Hearing for this project on November 18, 2020. All in favor. So carried.

Billy Cole, 3571 Route 9G, Clermont, Tax Map ID#190.-1-4, came before the Board regarding the construction of self storage buildings. The application was deemed complete and motion was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Luke Kumburis, to accept the application. All in favor. So carried. The question was raised regarding emergency entrance should it be needed since the gates are locked after hours. So carried. A motion was made by Phyllis Heiko, seconded by Ben Peacock, to hold a Public Hearing on November 18, 2020. All in favor. So carried.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Planning Board – October 2020

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD

October 14, 2020

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, 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 September 2020 minutes, a motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Clayton Andrus, to accept the minutes. All in favor. So carried.

Susan Bodo and David Behl, 34 Hill N Dale Road, Tax ID #169.-1-6.111, represented by Suncommon, is seeking a solar expansion with the addition of 6 panels to the existing 14 panels. The application was deemed as complete. All in favor. So carried. Motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to accept the application and schedule a Public Hearing for November 11, 2020. All in favor. So carried.

Billy Cole, 3541 Route 9G, Clermont, Tax Map ID#190.-1-4, came before the Board with an update to the storm water system for the storage unit project. A motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to deem the application complete and to accepted. All in favor. So carried. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to schedule a Public Hearing for November 11, 2020. All in favor. So carried. Motion to declare the Planning Board as the lead agency was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Tom Jantzen. All in favor. So carried.

Marissa Rendon, 23 Maisello Road, Tax Map ID #201.-1-33, represented by PLUG TV regarding the installation of 25 solar panels, inquiring what info is needed to complete the application. The Board asked for a survey of the site. He will return with further information for the application.

Anne Katrin Spiess, 356 County Route 6, Tax ID# 179.-1-48, Windhorse Farm, represented by Kurt Andernach, presented a lighting modification for the parking area . Solar LED dock lights would replace the pole lights. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to accept the modification for the parking are for Windhorse Farm. All other aspects of the original site plan remain as approved. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to adjourn by Ron Miller, seconded by Tom Jantzen. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – October 2020

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES
OCTOBER 5, 2020

The Clermont Town Board held its regular meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilman Kris Gildersleeve, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson and Councilwoman Lindsey Lusher-Shute. There were two residents present.

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

MINUTES: A motion was made to approve the minutes of September 8, 2020 regular meeting by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve the minutes of the Budget Workshop held on September 16th, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • The board received the budget and revenue reports from the Supervisor for September.
  • Website: The posting of information on Covid 19 has slowed down and posting of minutes is what is being done.
  • Town Clerk’s Report: The Town Clerk presented a check for the General Fund in the amount of $8,996.53 and a check for Trust & Agency in the amount of $1,000.00 to the Supervisor for September.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Councilman Desmond reported that the pathway to the Veterans monument is almost done, it just needs one more layer of stone and topsoil. After the most recent heavy rain storm nothing got washed away. It was discussed planting poppies along the walkway to the monument.
  • The highway department painted the lines delineated the handicapped parking spots in the parking lot.
  • HETTLING PARK: Councilwoman Lusher-Shute presented quotes for the purchase of items to protect the trees planted in the park. The freight is very expensive so we will be looking locally to avoid freight costs. Councilwoman Brownson and Councilman Gildersleeve will be looking for a vendor. Also, if no one is found locally will order the higher number of items because freight is the same. A motion was made to approve up to $1200 for the purchase from the parks line in the budget by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
  • PARK FURNITURE: Councilwoman Lusher-Shute is suggesting several types of park benches and picnic tables, from several vendors. These can be ordered next year or ordered now and stored.

A motion to approve purchase of benches and tables from Park Warehouse for $8704.00 by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute. All in favor. So carried.

  • Councilman Gildersleeve reported that we have ordered the Clerk’s computer but have to follow up with when it will be in.
  • Supervisor Staats asked Councilwoman Brownson if she has been contacted by the County Historian William Better about the Clarkson Chapel on Route 9G. They are hoping to have a celebration in the near future at the chapel. He has not contacted her yet.
  • PARK DONATIONS: A matching donation offer has been made by Mary and Dan Howard in the amount of $5,000.00. To date we have received $2,000 from Councilman Desmond but have been promised donations of $3,000 from other residents.
  • Supervisor Staats said that Roma Fence has completed the parking lot barriers at the Clermont Park Little League parking lot and the entrance to Hettling Park on Route 9. They were very easy to work with and he thanked them. Councilwoman Brownson asked if we had gotten the replacement tiles for the swing set pad at Clermont park. Supervisor Staats will have to contact them again.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Supervisor Staats reviewed the 2021 Budget. There are few proposed salary increases. The Highway Superintendent and two full time highway employees will receive a 1 ½% increase, Building Inspector salary will be increased to $14,000.00 and he will work more hours. The highway superintendent will not be running for office again next year. He suggested adding an additional $5000.00 to A5010.1 so that the new highway Superintendent can work with Jimmy for a few months. The tax rate dropped to 42.49.

A motion was made to adopt the Preliminary 2021 budget by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried.

A Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 2nd at 6:45 P.M. prior to the regular meeting.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • Supervisor Staats thanked our cleaning professional Barbara Lawyer for decorating the town hall for Halloween.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd from 6AM until 9 PM at the Town Hall.
  • County Budget: They are looking at a 2% increase and hoping to override the 2% tax cap. The Supervisor will probably vote for the 2% increase, which he has not done in the past years, but not for the tax cap override.
  • We will get the next sales tax revenue check at the end of this month.
  • Our highway superintendent has cut back on spending where he could from his budget lines.

ABSTRACT:

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve General fund abstract #10, vouchers # 229 – 250 for the amount of $10,910.98, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Highway abstract #10, vouchers # 78 – 83 in the amount of $4,686.76, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Chris Nolan asked if there would be an Election Day Dinner. We have not been told by the committee but it is not believed so.

He also asked what is the sequence of events in order for him to get the transfer to occur of property which was given to the town from the county many years ago. The planning board wants a transfer of property before they will approve a subdivision. Mr. Nolan needs a new deed from the town. Supervisor Staats will discuss this with our attorney for next month’s meeting.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute at 8:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Town Clerk

Zoning Board of Appeals – September 2020

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

September 23, 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, John Rusconi and alternate Ben Peacock.

Hank Himelright asked if anyone had any additions, corrections or omissions to the minutes of the last meeting, August 26, 2020. A motion to approve the August 2020 was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Luke Kumburis. All in favor. So carried.

Motion was made by John Rusconi, seconded by Ben Peacock to reschedule the November meeting from November 25 to November 18. All in favor So carried.

Dee Ann Campbell, 180 Shields Road, was unable to attend so the Public Hearing for her solar project was postponed.

Marissa Rendon, 23 Maisello Road, Tax ID #201.-1-33, was represented by Shane Nolan of PlugTV regarding the application of a Special Use Permit for ground a mounted solar system. The application was deemed as complete, with the exception of the Deed which will be added. Motion was made by Luke Kumburis, seconded by Ben Peacock, to accept the application, contingent on the addition of the Deed. All in favor. So carried. Applicant will return after the October Planning Board meeting.

Susan Bodo and David Behl, 34 Hill N Dale Road, Tax ID #169.-1-6.111, represented by Suncommon, is seeking a solar expansion with the addition of 6 panels to the existing 14 panels. The application was deemed as complete, with the exception of the Deed which will be added. Motion was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Luke Kumburis, to accept the application, contingent on the addition of the Deed. All in favor. So carried. Applicant will return after the October Planning Board meeting.

A motion was made to adjourn by John Rusconi, seconded by Ben Peacock. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, 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