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Meeting Minutes 2020

Town Board Meeting – Year-end 2020

TOWN BOARD MINUTES
YEAR END – DECEMBER 28, 2020

The Clermont Town Board held the Year-End meeting on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. Because the Town Hall is closed at this time because of Corona virus the meeting is being held virtually. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson, Councilwoman Lindsey Lusher Shute and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve. Also at the virtual meeting was Peter G. Fingar of Fingar Insurance, Tracey Gallant, Deputy Town Clerk and Mary Helen Shannon, Town Clerk.

Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag. He then introduced Peter Fingar who will speak on the Town’s insurance coverage.

INSURANCE:

The new policy period to be covered is 12/30/20 to 12/31/21. The liability coverages were reviewed for property, vehicles, injury, equipment and bonds. The bond includes the Tax Collector and Town Clerk. There is optional coverage for Cyber Liability for $314.00 which can be added in at any time. This can be discussed if it seems that it is something that should be added at a later time.

COMMUNICATIONS:

  • Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe program for Seniors will be at the Town Hall from March 15 to March 26, 2021.
  • Budget and Revenue reports through December 31, 2020.
  • Councilman Gildersleeve looked into a voice recorder to be used by the different boards at the meetings. Along with the voice recorder a locking system was also found so that it can be secured. The approximate costs is $100.00. Councilman Gildersleeve will order it.
  • The Tax Collector will not be able to meet with tax payers in January at the Town Hall because of the closure. She can use the Court dropbox in order for taxpayers to leave their payments.
  • The Supervisor received a letter of resignation from the Town Clerk, for health reasons, effective January 4th, 2021. He would look at appointing the current Deputy Town Clerk, Tracey Gallant to fill the position.

NEW BUSINESS:

Supervisor Staats introduced the following Budget Amendments and Transfers to balance the accounts:

  • Budget Amendment #1 of 2020- to balance certain accounts in the General Fund in the amount of $15,516.00. Motion made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
  • Budget Amendment #2 of 2020 to balance the Park account appropriations in the amount of $12,193.00. Motion made by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to transfer $50,000.00 from Highway Capital Reserve 9950.9 to Highway Equipment Reserve. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to transfer $25,000.00 to Highway Capital Reserve from CHIPS 5112.2C. All in favor. So carried.

Our representative to the Office of the Aging, Clayton Andrus, has asked the Board to fill another position of representative with Suzanne Pelletier. A motion was made to fill the position by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to move into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter at 7:53 P.M., seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to come out of Executive Session at 8:10 P.M. seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to rescind the appointment made on 12/7/20 of Phyllis Heiko to the Zoning Board of Appeals effective for the term of 1/1/2021 to 12/31/2025 by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

Interviews will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 starting at 11:00 AM at the Town Hall for an alternate member and a full member if the current alternate is not interested in moving into that position.

ABSTRACTS:

  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute to approve Prepaid General abstract #13, voucher #315-317 in the amount of $225.86. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve General abstract #13A, vouchers #318-327 in the amount of #3346.33. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Desmond to approve Highway abstract #13, vouchers #106-109 in the amount of $4132.85. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust and Agency abstract #9, voucher #15 in the amount of $214.50. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Desmond at 8:25 P.M. All in favor. So carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Town Clerk

Planning Board – December 2020

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD
December 9, 2020

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

After review of the November 2020 minutes, a motion was made by Clayton Andrus, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to accept the minutes. All in favor. So carried.

Billy Cole, 3541 Route 9G, Clermont, Tax Map ID#190.-1-4, represented by Marty Williams, came before the Board for the storage unit project. The Public Hearing remains open open awaiting a response from the DEC. Marty Williams read a letter from the DEC dated 2012 proposing removing 1 storage unit building which will create less disturbance. A letter from SHIPO requesting more information was given to the applicant. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to carry over the Public Hearing until the next meeting. All in favor. So carried.

Paul Gates, 82 Turkey Hill Road, Tax Map ID #201.-1.80.4, #201.-1.80.3, #201.-1.80.2, is seeking final approval on a lot line adjustment and driveway easement. Motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to waive the Public Hearing. All in favor. So carried. SEQRA was read and motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, declaring a negative impact under SEQRA. All in favor. So carried. Motion to accept the application as complete and approve the application was made by Ron Miller, seconded by Clayton Andrus. All in favor. So carried.

Marissa Rendon, 23 Maisello Road, Tax ID #201.-1-33, represented by PlugTV regarding the application for ground a mounted solar system, returned with the addition of screening on the site plan map. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Clayton Andrus, to deem the application complete as well as to accept it. All in favor. So carried.

Motion was made by Ron Miller, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to schedule a Public Hearing for the January 2021 meeting. All in favor. So carried.

Mary Jane Fuchs, Cedar Hill Road, Tax Map ID #191.-1-32.111, Represented by Andy Diddio with Taconic Engineering. Discussion was held regarding a private road for the subdivision versus a town road. Conceptually, the Board had no objections, contingent upon reviews of relative laws to roads and compliancy to town laws.

Dee Ann Campbell, 180 Shields Road, Tax Map ID #210.-1-28, represented by Suncommon, is proposing the installation of a 656 square foot ground mounted solar array. Discussion included minor modifications needed to be added to the site plan, including the flood plain and adjoining properties.

A motion was made to adjourn by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Mary Howard. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – December 2020

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD
DECEMBER 7, 2020

The Clermont Town Board held their regular meeting on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at the Clermont Town Hall. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilman Kris Gildersleeve, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson and Councilwoman Lindsey Lusher Shute. Others present were Mary Howard, Phyllis Heiko, Chris Nolan, David Szalas, Merri Puccio and Tracey Gallant.

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

MINUTES: After review of the November minutes, a motion was made by Councilman Desmond to accept the minutes, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The November Clerk’s report was read and a check for the General fund in the amount of $8.03 was presented to the Supervisor.
  • BUDGET AND REVENUE REPORTS: The Supervisor gave the board members the budget and revenue reports for November, 2020.
  • WEBSITE: Councilman Gildersleeve is keeping the website up-to-date with postings. There was a question about COVID-19. A link will be added so that there is access to current information.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • VETERANS MONUMENT: Councilman Desmond reported that the path to the monument is settling and holding up.
  • APPOINTMENTS: Councilman Desmond reported that members of the town board met to interview a replacement for the position on the Zoning Board of Appeals due to the resignation of John Rusconi. There was one applicant for the five-year term, Ben Peacock, who is currently the alternate member and Lee Gallant for the alternate position.

Councilman Desmond recommends both applicants.

  • HETTLING PARK: Councilwoman Lusher Shute reported that the committee for the park have put in the stakes for the newly planted trees, cleaned up around entrance, marked spot for benches and tables. The maintenance schedule has been updated and they are asking that the stream bed and monarch meadow area not be mowed. Also, removal of trash and debris be removed from around vernal pool. Jennifer Phillips has offered top soil for monarch meadow. Currently, the driveway and parking area are not being plowed but the Supervisor will ask the Highway Superintendent to plow them.
  • COMPUTER: Councilman Gildersleeve has been working on setting up a new computer for the Town Clerk and it is almost completed.
  • AMERICA WALKS GRANT: Councilwoman Brownson has filed a grant for $1500 for two bicycle racks and signs in Spanish for the park. She has not heard from County Historian Bill Better about an event at Clarkson Chapel in Clermont.
  • GRANT – NYS CLIMATE SMART COMMUNITIES: Councilwoman Brownson and Lusher-Shute introduced a grant possibility for communities to be able to hire a coordinator for $8000.00 to address impacts of climate change and town infrastructure. There is no cost to the town. David Szlasa of Clermont has expressed interest and if appointed by the Board would apply for this grant and identify improvements to buildings and vehicles. There is no application for the town to do what is proposed by the Coordinator.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilwoman Lusher Shute to nominate David Szlasa as Climate Task Force Community Coordinator and to move forward with the resolution for Mr. Szlasa to apply for the grant. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Brownson, Councilman Desmond, Abstained, Councilman Gildersleeve, opposed, Supervisor Staats, Aye. Motion passed.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • COMMUNITY HOUSE INTERNET: There was discussion last month about getting internet service to the Community House. After Councilman Gildersleeve and Councilwoman Lusher Shute looked at several options, it was decided to go direct from the Town Hall to the Community House.
  • MORTGAGE TAX: The mortgage tax check received was $44,606.00, $27,000 over budgeted amount for this year. The 4th quarter sales tax will not be received until February.
  • COUNTY BUDGET: In past years, Supervisor Staats has voted against the County budget as he felt they were inflated, but this year he will probably vote in favor of the budget with a 1.57% increase.
  • CHIPS REIMBURSEMENT: We have not yet received this but it is felt that it will be a 20-25% decrease from past years. Our highway Superintendent Jim Potts cut back on the road work that he had budgeted for as he thought this would be the case.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • RESOLUTION NO. 42 OF 2020: Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Record. A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to adopt Resolution No. 42 of 2020 having to do with retention and disposition of government records. All in favor. So carried.
  • APPOINTMENTS: Supervisor Staats asked for motion to approve the following:

Sarah Takacs – Board of Assessment Review – 5-year term 10/1/2020 -9/30 2025

Larry Saulpaugh – Planning Board – 7-year term – 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2027

Phyllis Heiko – Zoning Board of Appeals – 5-year term – 1/1/21 – 12/31/2025

Ben Peacock – Zoning Board of Appeals – 5-year term – 12/7/2020 – 12/31/2023

Completing term of John Rusconi

Lee Gallant – ZBA Alternate – Appointed 12/7/20 – 12/31/2020

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Desmond to accept the appointments.

  • The year-end meeting will be held on Monday, December 28th at 7:00 P.M. to pay the final bills of the year.
  • COURT SECURITY: The town has had a request from the District Attorney’s office to have Court Security when Court is in session. The Town Justice’ agree that, for safety reasons, the town contract with the Sheriff’s Office for coverage 3 hours per week. The cost to be determined depending on rank of officer.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve. All in favor. So carried.

  • PLANNING, ZBA Signs: Mary Howard, Planning Board member, has requested that the board purchase signs that can be posted on landowner’s property when subdividing or making a lot change that can alert adjoining landowners. She is authorized to purchase signs at a cost of up to $750.00 for both boards.
  • FIRE COMMISSIONERS: The Election for Fire Commissioner will be held on Tuesday, December 8th from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • Supervisor Staats thanked the Election Day workers, those that participated in the Veterans Day event at the Memorial site, Highway workers for putting up the Christmas lights, Park Committee and Amy Parella, Chairwoman. Wished all a Happy Holiday.

ABTRACTS:

  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve Highway abstract #12, vouchers #91-105 in the amount of $23,766.66. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve General abstract #12, vouchers #276 – 278 in the amount of $195.02. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilwoman Lusher Shute, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to approve General abstract #12A, vouchers #279 -314 in the amount of $19,046.05. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust and Agency abstract #8, voucher #14 in the amount of $190.50. All in favor. So carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Chris Nolan is moving forward with a deed for an abandoned portion of old road across from his property on Commons Road. He will have a deed prepared with meets and bounds and have Jim Potts approve before map is finalized.

Merri Puccio had comments about the former LaMunyan property, now William Cole, on Route 9G. He is in front of the Planning and Zoning Board for storage buildings on property on 9G which adjoins the former LaMunyan landfill. She has questions about the DEC action on this property and if he can be approved for this. This board was not able to answer her questions, suggested she go to the planning board meeting with her questions.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve at 9:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Town Clerk

Fire Commissioners – November 2020

CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS
NOVEMBER 16, 2020

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.

Those in attendance were Chairwoman Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Laurence Saulpaugh, Commissioner Raymond Bauer, Commissioner Ronald Miller, and Commissioner Joseph Scott. Others present were Chief Lloyd Kukon, Bob Desmond, Treasurer Brian Fitzgerald, Ron Rifenburgh, and Commissioner Scott’s Daughter Danielle.

Chairwoman Rifenburgh opened the meeting with a salute to the flag. 

MINUTES: The Minutes of the October meeting were reviewed. A motion was made by Chairwoman Rifenburgh to accept with correction of alarm battery changing, All in favor. So carried

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Motion: A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s Report by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Saulpaugh. All in favor. So carried

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • Marshal Sterling is offering home and auto discount insurance
  • RBC Wealth management $426,714.56
  • Collin Brown physical received
  • Fire Department law management resource manual $295
  • Losap audit option 
  • Death Benefits for Mark Shiller received
  • A concerned taxpayer letter

OPEN DISCUSSION:

BUILDING AND GROUNDS:

K and H fuel gave an estimate on a new gauge and service call $230

We are on automatic Delivery. 

Placed an order for a new meter from Northern hydraulics $100

A motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Saulpaul. All in favor. So carried.

FIRE EQUIPMENT:

Truck 6013 serviced: noise and vibration found and corrected

Truck 6012 serviced 

LOSAP: 

Chairwoman Rifenburgh:

Resolution: Considering the pandemic/state of emergency; each firefighter will receive three extra points per month backdated from March 2020 through December 2020 and possibly forward.

After a roll call vote, the motion passed.

LAWS AND POLICIES: All Commissioners

Concerning the letter from a concerned taxpayer, we will be looking into hiring a cleaner for the firehouse starting January 2020.

LEGAL: All Commissioners

No discussion

OLD BUSINESS: All Commissioners

No discussion

NEW BUSINESS:

No discussion

MISCELLANEOUS:

CHIEFS REPORT:

There were three calls in October as follows

10/16/20 – Mutual Aid/Traffic Control – Route 9G germantown

10/30/20 – AAPI – Route 9G & Firehouse Road

10/31/20 – Alarm activation – 168 Pleasant Vale Road 

Work Details/Drills

10/26/20 Drill/New 5” Y in service, pressure checked, Driver Training Rich Larsen, Jackie Decker, Collin Brown – 8 firefighters – 16 man hours

10/31/20 Halloween/special detail/SCBA Drill – 8 Firefighters – 24 man hours

Chief comments:

  • Service airpacks on Friday the 20th
  • Livingston Drill on Sunday the 22nd
  • Monday the 23rd – night hydrant system
  • Contact kevin for air compressor to fix
  • hose and electric plug to be replaced for station one
  • Trucks service on Truck 6013 – resolved
  • Going over budget – requesting hand tools voice amplifiers
  • Fit test
  • Water gages wanted
  • Fire Company election on December 14th

Running:

            Josh williams – Second LT 

            Joseph Scott -First Lt

            Collin Brown – Collin Brown

            No captan 

A motion was made by Commissioner Miller to pay the bills, seconded by Commissioner Saulpaugh. All in favor. So carried

FUEL REPORT:

gallons used – 48.7 Gallons

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Ron Rifenburgh, all batteries in homes should have a 10 year battery installed.

Ron Rifenburgh, expressed concern for better management, not leaving certain duties only on one person for the Good of the district.

Commissioner Election scheduled for December 8th, 2020 from 6 PM to 9PM

We have yet to receive a letter of intent.

Commissioner Miller made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 P.M seconded by Commissioner Saulpaugh. All in favor. So Carried.

Respectfully submitted
Jennifer Flandreau Secretary,
Clermont Fire District

Town Board – November 2020

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD
NOVEMBER 2, 2020

The Clermont Town Board held the 2021 Budget Public Hearing on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:45 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. Others present were Phyllis Heiko, Tracey Gallant, Mary Howard and guest, Ray Tousey and Chris Nolan.

Supervisor Staats opened the Budget public hearing and asked for the Clerk to read the public notice. He did go over the highlights of this budget. In 2021 the total tax rate per thousand of assessed value did go down from 47.50 in 2020 to 42.49 in 2021. There will be no tax increase in the town budget this year. There were salary increases for the Code Enforcement/Building Inspector from $11,000 to $14,000 per year due to the volume of work being done. He will be working two additional hours per week. Highway Superintendent James Potts is expected to retire in 2021 so an additional $5000 was added to the Highway Superintendent’s account A5110.11 in the General Fund for training of a new Highway Superintendent.

The amount expected to be used from the fund balance is $52,247.00 total. The amount to be raised by taxes is the same as last year $104,580.00.

Public Comment:

Phyllis Heiko commended the board for the good job done with keeping the budget in check.

Councilman Desmond commented on the Highway Department and how they have helped to keep the costs down by doing a lot of the work themselves rather than sending equipment out to be repaired.

Mary Howard asked that funds for updating the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Regulations be set aside every year.

The hearing was closed at 6:55 P.M.

The regular meeting was opened with the salute to the flag.

MINUTES: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the October meeting by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

TOWN CLERKS REPORT: The Town Clerk presented a check for the General Fund in the amount of $280.08 and for Trust and Agency in the amount of $500.00 to the Supervisor. This report was prepared by Deputy Town Clerk Tracey Gallant.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • The Supervisor gave the board members copies of the budget and revenue reports for October 31st.
  • The Columbia County Office for the Aging announced Memory Mixer Holiday Bingo to be held on Wednesday, December 2nd from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in partnership with Eddy Alzheimer’s Services a St. Peters Health Partner online.
  • Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe program from 11/30/2020 to 12/11/2020 during regular town hall hours. Bring documents to be shredded to the town hall.
  • Web Committee: There were no comments.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Councilman Desmond commented on the Highway Department saving the town money with the work that they do on equipment, etc. He also reported that the signs have been put up in the park. Discussed screening on the park property, suggesting forsythia, lilacs bushes or Rose of Sharon as likely choices. There was also discussion regarding screening of adjoining properties.
  • Councilwoman Lusher-Shute ordered the park benches and tables. The committee met to layout the possible locations. Ten benches and two tables were ordered and should be delivered in six weeks. Some may have already been delivered. It was reported that Jennifer Phillips on the committee and an adjoining property owner to the park is concerned about people bringing their dogs and walking them unleashed as she has sheep in the adjoining property to the park.

Discussion followed on bench, table and fencing locations. Supervisor Staats was thanked for the use of his equipment to plant the trees in the park.

  • Councilman Gildersleeve has been keeping the website updated with announcements, minutes and audio file of town board meetings. He did pick up the new computer for the Town Clerk and will be working on getting that installed.
  • Councilwoman Brownson has been looking for grants for the park and the town. She has also not been in contact with the County Historian, William Better, regarding an event at the Chapel on Route 9G. She will make contact.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • A $5000.00 donation for the Hettling Park was received from Mary and Dan Howard and has been matched with contributions from Robert Desmond, Louise Kalin, Michael Prounis, Hearty Roots Farm, Diane O’Neal and Raymond Staats totaling $11,000.00
  • Supervisor Staats reported that the 3rd quarter sales tax revenue had been thought would be a decrease from last year but it was the largest ever received, $123,172.00. It is expected that the mortgage tax will be $67,607.00. The highway department did reduce their spending this year on road maintenance and salt purchases.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • BUDGET: A motion was made to adopt the 2021 Budget following a public hearing held prior to this meeting by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
  • ROAD USE AGREEMENT: Our attorney sent a Road Use Agreement from Transco for the transmission lines being upgraded authorizing them to pay for any damage incurred to our town roads during this upgrade to the power lines, etc. A motion was made to authorize the use of the roads by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
  • Canaan Fellowship has asked the Board if internet service can be run to the Community House. The Fellowship would pay for part of it to be done if there is a method to do it. Councilwoman Lusher-Shute and Councilman Gildersleeve will look into it.
  • A vacancy has occurred on the Zoning Board of Appeals. A notice will be posted that interviews will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 P.M. at the town hall.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • Supervisor Staats thanked those who donated to the Park. All donations are appreciated and can be sent in to the Town Clerk.
  • The Clermont Fire Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department held a Halloween drive through at the Hettling Park on October 31st for the children.

ABSTRACTS:

  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Highway abstract #11, vouchers #84-90 in the amount of $5,171.98. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilwoman Lusher-Shute, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust and Agency abstract #7, vouchers #11 – 13 in the amount of $260.00. All in favor. So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Desmond to approve General abstract #11, vouchers #251 – 275 in the amount of $19,390.48. All in favor. So carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Chris Nolan continues to work with the County on getting a deed transfer for part of Commons Road which was, to his knowledge, never transferred to the Town. This is partly on his property.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Town Clerk

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

Fire Commissioners – September 2020

CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS
SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.

Those in attendance were Chairwoman Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Laurence Saulpaugh, Commissioner Raymond Bauer, Commissioner Ronald Miller, and Commissioner Joseph Scott. Also present were Chief Lloyd Kukon, Firefighter Les Coon, Treasurer Brian Fitzgerald, Robert Desmond, and Mary Helen Shannon.

Chairwoman Rifenburgh opened the meeting with a salute to the flag.

MINUTES: Secretary Flandreau was not in attendance because of a family emergency so the minutes will be reviewed after some changes are made. A motion was made to accept with changes by Commissioner Saulpaugh, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. So carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

The Commissioners approved the invoices that were submitted by the Treasurer. A full report will be done next month.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • PHYSICALS: Received for Samuel Williams
  • RBC Wealth Management account statement for August $441,383.75
  • Requested by Investigator Joseph Myers for any material relating to fire on August 31, 2020, at 380 County Route 6, Clermont.
  • Returned letter to Thomas O’Connell regarding membership.
  • Received certificate from Leslie Coon for completion of Commissioner training – June 27, 2020.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Commissioners Bauer and Saulpaugh

  • Commissioners Bauer and Scott will not be fencing in the extrication area at Station #1. They are looking into doing something else.

INSURANCE: Commissioners Miller and Scott

No report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioners Bauer and Saulpaugh

  • Pump test: 6012 and 6013 had tests.
  • Truck 6010 MES will be servicing the motor on the truck, the compressor is overheating. They have fixed it so that it can be run manually. MES can also do complete service of pumpers for a fee of $450.00.

LOSAP: Commissioners S. Rifenburgh and Miller

No report.

LAWS AND POLICIES: All Commissioners

No report

LEGAL: All Commissioners

OLD BUSINESS:

No business to discuss.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The budget workshop was held on Friday, August 28th. As required by law, the public hearing on the fire budget will be held on the 3 rd Tuesday of October 2020. This year that is October 20th and will be held at 6:30 P.M. prior to the regular meeting. This will be advertised that the meeting and public hearing will be held on this date. A motion was made to adopt the preliminary 2021 budget by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Saulpaugh.
  • An application was put into the Clermont Fire Company from a former member. It was denied because he does not live in the district. He also put a local address on the application but does not live there. Chairwoman Rifenburgh will look into this further before approving or denying membership. Tabled until next month.
  • We have not received a completed physical for Collin Brown and Evan Tompkins.

CHIEFS REPORT:

There were 10 calls for August as follows:

8/4/20 – Wire/Trees across roadway – 149 Buckwheat Bridge Road

8/4/20 – Tree on Wires – 1102 County Route 6

8/4/20 – Wire/Tree across driveway – 1247 County Route 6

Storm damage – Man hours 19 hours 10 minutes

8/9/20 – Foot stuck in bicycle – Hettling Park, Route 9

8/18/20 – Alarm activation – Devereux Facility – 168 Pleasantvale Road

8/21/20 – Alarm activation – 45 Hill n Dale Road

8/23/20 – Vehicle fire – 5339 Route 9G

8/28/20 – CO2 Alarm – 974 County Route 8

8/30/20 – AAPI – Route 9 -Firehouse

8/31/20 – Structure Fire – 380 County Route 6

WORK DETAILS:

8/6/20 – Bailout Tests – Germantown 3 firefighters

8/16/20 – Drill – Livingston Mutual aid tanker – 2 firefighters

8/18/20 – Driver and pump training – 3 firefighters

8/24/20 – Monthly drill – 10 firefighters

  • Commissioner Scott: As was discussed at a previous meeting, a quote was received from B’s Custom detailing for applying a protective coating for $1,000.00 to the new truck. He thinks we should do this now while the truck has not been exposed to salt and sand from the winter. A motion was made by Commissioner Saulpaugh, seconded by Commissioner Scott. The vote was Commissioner Saulpaugh, aye; Commissioner Scott, aye; Commissioner Miller, aye; Commissioner Bauer, aye; Commissioner S. Rifenburgh, nay. This will be paid from the equipment account. Approved.
  • The Chief reported that the new Truck will have to go up to VRS to have lettering fixed and there are some small things which they will also look at.
  • The chief would like to purchase a 5-inch WYE with double shut-offs for $1905 for the tanker. To be taken from the equipment account where there is approximately $6000.00 left in the account. A motion was made by Commissioner Scott, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor. So carried.
  • TURNOUT GEAR: The chief is looking into purchasing some interior gear each year for those that need it.
  • Firefighter Les Coon reported that the following are no longer members: Ryan and Natasha Brown, Chris Ogden, Tyler Case, Bob McCarthy, and Scott Dow.

A motion was made by Commissioner Scott to approve the bills which were approved, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor. So carried.

Commissioner Bauer reported that there were 82.7 gallons of fuel used in August.

A motion was made by Commissioner Miller to adjourn at 8:10 P.M., seconded by Commissioner Scott.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon
For Jennifer Flandreau