CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MEETING
February 7, 2005
The Clermont Town Board held its regular town board meeting on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. Those present were Supervisor William E. Banks, Councilman Staats, Councilwoman Lent, Councilman Harned and Councilman Tousey. Others present were Anne Poleschner, Charles Larsen, Mandy Fuchs, Amandus Fuchs, Jr., Robert Desmond, Walter and Vera Brembs, Judith Neary, Tracey Halterman, Donald Van Wagner, Laurence Saulpaugh, Bruce Potts, Bram Moreinis, Barbara Jean Brisky, Diane O’Neal, George Davis, Nancy Moore, Melissa Head, Erin Wood, Gary Beck, Z3 Consultants and Paul Doherty, Red Wing Sand and Gravel.
Supervisor Banks opened the Town Board meeting at 7:05 P.M. A motion was made by Councilwoman Lent to move into executive session to discuss personnel related issues. Motion seconded by Councilman Staats. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Staats to come out of executive session at 7:30 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Lent. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to waive the reading of the January minutes, January public hearing and special meeting minutes.
A motion was made to approve Judge Richard Christensen to move funds from Rhinebeck Savings to M & T Bank by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent. All in favor. So carried. Supervisor Banks will sign the necessary paperwork, for Judge Christensen and the Bank.
Supervisor Banks reported that Joan Buser, Tax Collector has collected in taxes and deposits have been made to the Fire Account - $120,000, Highway - $50,000, General Fund - $20,000. These amounts were the budgeted amounts to be raised by taxes in the 2005 budget. Additionally, $11,000 for Livingston Fire District has been received and dispersed.
The Town has received a check from the County for sales tax distribution in the amount of $60,257.45, which has been deposited in the Highway account.
The Town Clerk reported and prepared a check in the amount of $1,499 for January receipts. A motion was made to accept the Town Clerk’s report by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent. All in favor. So carried.
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The board will take this into consideration.
Those appointed were:
George Davis, Diane O’Neil, Bram Moreinis, Christopher Nolan, Alan Saulpaugh, Scott Winters, Raymond Tousey, Amandus Fuchs, Jr., Robert Desmond, Rebecca Sethi, Ruth Hammer, Gregory Fingar, Tracey Halterman and Denise Fiore. It was recommended that the committee choose a chairman. Bram Moreinis will notify and set up date and time for first meeting.
Topics from the Association of Towns on establishing a Board of Ethics. We have just adopted the Code of Ethics at a public hearing on January 17 th but have not as yet appointed a Board of Ethics, which would review any ethics problems, which might arise.
$20,000 in funds through the Land Trust Alliance. Councilwoman Lent would like further explanation of the purpose of the grant and how it would affect agricultural land in Town. She will request that Carrie Bates come to March’s meeting at 7:15 P.M. to discuss this further with the board.
P.M. Councilwoman Lent reported that we receive $2500 -$2800 to run the event, which has grown each year. The Clermont Fire Department will assist the volunteers and the Columbia County Sheriffs Department will also be present. A motion was
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made by Councilwoman Lent, seconded by Councilman Staats to approve holding the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 th from 12 – 2 P.M. All in favor. So carried.
wishing to volunteer in the event of a Town emergency should sign up with the Town Clerk.
Resolution #1-2005 was presented by Councilman Staats to correct the total of General Abstract #13-2004 and reflect the correction in the December 29, 2004 minutes by the amount of $35.25, total of abstract $16,028.73. The motion was made by Councilman Staats to approve, seconded by Councilwoman Lent. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Staats and seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Highway Abstract #2, vouchers 1-20 in the amount of $15,947.35. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Staats and seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve General Abstract #2, vouchers 7-41 in the amount of $23,226.80. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Harned, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Trust and Agency abstract #1, voucher #1 in the amount $1.04. All in favor. So carried.
Gary Beck of Z3 Consultants working on a subdivision project on Cemetery Road (the former Goodnow property), showed the Board maps of a proposed road and easement for future development through to adjoining property, which his group is currently working on. They have met with the Planning Board to discuss the proposed 16 residential units on thirty acres and were advised to ask the Town Board to conceptually approve the road proposal. Of concern to the Highway Superintendent and Town is the additional traffic flow at the intersection of Route 9G and Cemetery Road, which may have to be addressed. Our engineer, Daniel Wheeler, is reviewing the plans at present.
A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent.
All in favor. So carried.
Mary Helen Shannon