February 6, 2006

The Clermont Town Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 6, 2006. Those present were Supervisor William E. Banks, Councilman Staats, Councilwoman Lent, Councilman Harned and Councilman Nolan. Others present were Charles Larsen, Laurence Saulpaugh, Robert Desmond, Kimberlea Shaw-Rea, Judith Neary, Ray Tousey, Dianne O'Neal, Walter Brembs, Bruce Unson, Charles Lent, Mary Jane and Amandus Fuchs, Teresa Fuchs and family, Joan Buser, Dennis Palazzo, Elizabeth Maher, Paul Doherty, Billy Cole, Anne Poleschner, John Myers, Julie Horrocks, George Davis, Rebecca Sethi, Bram Moreinis, Greg Fingar, Bob Corey, Jeanne Forkeutis and Frank Salvagni of UBS Financial Services, and Richard Roth of the Independent. Supervisor Banks called the meeting to order with a salute to the flag.

Jeanne Forkeutis and Frank Salvagni of UBS Financial Services made a presentation to the Board regarding the Length of Service Awards funds currently being held by UBS.

Councilman Harned read a proclamation from Senator Stephen Saland in honor of Amandus Fuchs, Jr., who recently passed away, for his service to Community and Town and presented it to Teresa Fuchs and family.

A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Harned to approve the minutes as submitted. All in favor. So carried.


Billy Cole submitted pictures of a trailer, which is adjacent to property he is trying to sell on Route 9. He has asked the board if something can be done to have this eyesore removed. It is a dilapidated and uninhabitable trailer. Supervisor Banks will bring it to John Fiesers attention. Bob Corey submitted a letter regarding junk cars and dumping of unknown materials on the Shanley property on Pleasantvale Road and has asked that the matter be looked into. Supervisor Banks will bring this to John Fiesers attention. Councilman Nolan submitted a list of Spill Incidents from the NYS Environmental Conservation website in Clermont dating back to the late eighties, most of which are closed cases. Rebecca Sethi, chairwoman of the Hamlet design steering committee spoke about the consultant who has been decided upon to design plans for the hamlets of Clermont and Nevis. Supervisor Banks asked about the survey results. They are being compiled by Dagmar Payne who has developed a data base spreadsheet. A meeting will be held on Saturday, March 4, backup date of March 18 from 10:00 AM on at the Community House. Also, a letter will be sent to Suzette Booy, Director of Columbia County Real Property for a CD of the most recent tax parcel data information. The first stage of the project would be to interview major landowners in the hamlet with 10 acres or more.

COMMUNICATIONS: The Town Clerk's report was read. A check in the amount of $l,646.68 was submitted for January. A motion was made to accept the report by Councilwoman Lent, seconded by Councilman Harned. All in favor. So carried. Supervisor Banks reported that our fuel tanks must be registered with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He has signed the required forms and the fee is $100 for registering the tanks will be paid on the February General abstract. A check was received from the Columbia County Treasurer for sales tax for the 4th quarter of 2005 in the amount of $60682.18. Columbia County Civil Service is offering an exam for Road Foreman position. The notice will be posted, the fee for exam is $12.50. Received a memo from Columbia County Tourism regarding search from a filming location in Columbia County of farmhouse and barns on country road for filming to be held in February/March.

OLD BUSINESS: Zoning Review Committee: Supervisor Banks made the following appointment to the Zoning Review Committee to review the current zoning regulations, in particular the acreage requirements: Town Board representatives: Carol Lent and Harry Harned Zoning Board of Appeals: Charles Larsen Planning Board: Laurence Saulpaugh and Clayton Andrus The first meeting will be held on Monday, February 20th at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. The survey information results may also be helpful to the committee. Councilman Nolan sees a potential conflict of interest with elected officials sitting on this committee. George Davis also sees a conflict of interest and thinks that personal interests should be declared. Supervisor Banks reminded that we have a Code of Ethics Board, which, if anyone feels there is a conflict, may file a request for review. The Ethics board members are Robert Elliott, Christopher Wolfe and Richard Dedrick.

Kimberlea Shaw-Rea submitted her recommendation for the firm of C.T. Male & Associates for the environmental restoration project of the former Hettling property. There is a $100,000 grant from DEC, with an additional $10,000 that the town must contribute towards this project. The counsel fees cannot exceed 20% of the total and there is a 5% contingency. The contractor hired to do the investigation and remediation cannot exceed the balance. This was an issue with Councilman Nolan because there was no dollar amount on any of the proposals submitted. Any contract signed by the town with a contractor will be approved and signed by DEC as well

before any work can begin. Once work begins a sign will be posted by DEC that it is an approved worksite. Of the fourteen proposals received, nine met with Ms. Rea and Supervisor Banks. Letters will be sent to the other respondents. Councilwoman Lent thanked Ms. Rea for her hard work on this project. A motion was made by Councilwoman Lent, seconded by Councilman Harned to hire and begin contract negotiations with C.T. Male & Associates on the Brownsfield environmental remediation project. Councilman Nolan disagrees because we don't know the value and stated that he has no interest in any of the firms, which were involved. Councilwoman Lent, Councilman Harned and Councilman Staats were in favor.

The contract with Latorre Construction has been signed for the roof work on the Community House.

NEW BUSINESS: Supervisor Banks made a motion to appoint James (Hank) Himelright to fill the unexpired term of Amandus Fuchs, Jr. on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nolan. All in favor. So carried. Councilman Harned made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Highway Abstract #2, pages 1 & 2, vouchers #2-19 in the amount of $12,585.64. All in favor. So carried. Councilman Harned made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Trust & Agency abstract #1, page 1, vouchers 1 & 2 in the amount of $935.00. All in favor. So carried. A motion was made by Councilman Harned, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve General abstract #2, page 1-3, vouchers #11 - 49 in the amount of $18,788.66. All in favor. So carried. Councilwoman Lent reported that she and Rebecca Sethi have met regarding the Keep Farming Grant and it was mailed before the deadline of 1/24/06. Also the Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15th 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Councilman Harned made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Lent. Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon Town Clerk