CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MEETING
May 2, 2005
The Clermont Town Board held its regular town board meeting on Monday, May 2, 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 Chris Nolan, Paul Doherty, Neal Hegaman, Larry Saulpaugh, Gary Beck, George Davis, Judith Neary, Elizabeth Maher, Bob Desmond, Diane O’Neil, Marian Gurnee, Anne Poleschner, Doris Pease, Bruce Unson, Carol and Richard Livellara, Rebecca Sethi, Mandy Fuchs, Jr., Cathy Hettling and Richard Roth of the Independent newspaper.
Supervisor Banks opened the Town Board meeting. A motion was made by Councilman Staats and seconded by Councilman Harned to waive the reading of the April minutes and accept them as presented. All in favor. So carried.
- Office of State Comptroller regarding recent survey of selected operational areas of the town’s financial records and reports.
- Columbia County Planning Boards recommendation on review of Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments. No significant countywide impact or intercommunity impacts associated with amendments. Recommended reviewing section 4.14 special permits as it pertains to two single-family dwelling units on a single lot.
- Letter from Tivoli on their “Tivoli Day” to be held on June 18 th at 5:15 P.M.
- Letter from Jessica Ogden about loose cows on Hogtrough Road. The board considered having cattle crossing signs erected on both sides of the road and speaking to Mr. Heissenbuttle who owns the cows. A letter will be written to Ms. Ogden thanking her for her concern.
- A letter was read from Randy Hinkein thanking Mr. and Mrs. John Moran for donating the money for the clay for the Little League Field in Clermont.
- The Town Clerks report was read and a motion was made to accept the report and the check in the amount of $3,735.76 by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Harned. All in favor. So carried.
- Carol Livellara on acceptance of $15,000 for the taxes owed on the LaMunyan property on Route 9G. It was explained that the judgement against Mr. LaMunyan was unenforceable at the end of ten years. To enter into another judgement would have been very costly. It was voted on to accept $10,000 towards back taxes, with the County accepting $5,000. Also asked if there were any limitations or restraints on the use of the property. Mrs. Livellara has a copy of the DEC rulings if she can located them. It was suggested that the $10,000 be used to apply for grants to be used on the Route 9G side of town for environmental purposes. Supervisor Banks must deposit funds into prior years revenues, but money could be earmarked for
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environmental issues in a Trust and Agency account and transferred to the General Account to pay any associated bills. The board would have to set this up. They will take this suggestion into consideration.
- Zoning Ordinance Revisions – Public Hearing will be held on adopting the zoning
revisions on Monday, May 23, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. Copies will be available during the Clerk’s hours.
- Supervisor Banks reported on the twenty acres of land, which was donated by Cathy Hettling to the town. At last months meeting, Attorney Trezza presented a corrected deed to the twenty acres. After questions arose about a filed deed, it was explained that when the original deed was filed, it did not have the stipulations, which were agreed upon, such as, where the perennial garden was to be located, agreeing that a town garage on the land should be on the western most portion of the land and Exhibit A, which was a map. A corrected deed must be filed including these stipulations. Additionally, the County must transfer the land to the Town by deed.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Lent, seconded by Councilman Staats to amend the existing deed with Exhibit A and stipulations as agreed to at a meeting with the Town Board and Cathy Hettling held on 4/21/03.
A roll call vote was as follows:
Staats – aye Lent – aye Harned – aye Tousey – aye
All in favor. So carried.
- The Clermont BBQ will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2005. A separate account
Must be set up for use by the BBQ committee, as the town can no longer pay the invoices with town funds. This was a determination made by the State auditor who was here in February. The BBQ showed a profit of $3,000 in 2004.
- A motion was made by Councilman Staats and seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Resolution #5-2005 to transfer $53,647 from the Highway Capital Reserve to the Highway Account DA5031 to the purchase of the Tractor loader backhoe in 2004. All in favor. So carried.
- A motion was made by Councilwoman Lent and seconded by Councilman Harned to approve Resolution #6-2005 to transfer $$1,680 from the Contingency Account A1990.4 to Independent Auditing account A1320.4 to cover the additional expense involved with the audit of the books by the accounting firm. An invoice for $4,680 was submitted but $3000 had been budgeted for this year. All in favor. So carried.
- A motion was made by Councilman Staats and seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Resolution #7-2005 to transfer $2,000 from Medical Insurance A9060.8 to Zoning A8010.4 to cover additional expenses. All in favor. So carried.
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- Rebecca Sethi, Chairperson for the Steering Committee for the Hamlet Overlay submitted a draft Request for Proposal for a Planner to assist in the Hamlet District and Route 9 Corridor area plan, a draft for Environmental Protection Agency Technical Assistance Proposal and a list of proposed planners. Councilwoman Lent will provide demographics from the Comprehensive Plan and a letter of support, which is due May 19 th for the Technical Assistance Proposal. A special meeting will be held on Monday, May 23 rd on the Request for Proposal after the public hearing on the zoning revisions. A motion was made by Councilman Harned and seconded by Councilwoman Lent to support EPA Technical Assistance Proposal for Smart Growth by writing a letter of support. All in favor. So carried.
- There is a meeting on May 25 th at Kozels at 8:45 AM, registration at 7:30 AM on building moratoria if anyone is interested in attending.
- Councilwoman Lent thanked everyone that helped with the Easter Egg Hunt which was a success.
- Councilwoman Lent is working on a Brownfields Grant for clean up of the twenty acre parcel given to the town by Cathy Hettling. The deadline for filing is June 30 th. Generally, the grant is a 90%/l0% grant. She will have a draft of the application at the June 6 th meeting.
- A motion was made by Councilman Harned, seconded by Councilman Tousey to approve the General abstract #5, pages l & 2, vouchers 99-126 in the amount of $13,077.82. All in favor. So carried
- A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Tousey to approve Highway abstract #5, page l, vouchers #41-51, in the amount of $6402.20. All in favor. So carried.
- Supervisor Banks informed the Board and those present that Larry Risch has resigned his position from the Highway Department with two weeks notice. He will be paid his pro-rated hospital buyout upon termination. A card will be sent to Larry.
A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Tousey to adjourn at 8:20 P.M.
Mary Helen Shannon