March 6, 2006


The Clermont Town Board held its regular meeting on Monday, March 6, 2006.  Those present were Supervisor William E. Banks, Councilman Harned, Councilwoman Lent, Councilman Staats and Councilman Nolan. Others present were Charles Larsen, Laurence Saulpaugh, Robert Desmond, Judith Neary, Elizabeth Mahar, Bram Moreinis, Dagmar Payne, Rebecca Sethi, Mandy Fuchs, Meri Puccio, Ray Tousey, Dianne O’Neal, Bruce Unson, Charles Lent, Elizabeth Maher, Paul Doherty, Billy Cole, Anne Poleschner, Julie Horrocks, Bob Corey, and Richard Roth of the Independent, et al.


Supervisor Banks called the meeting to order with a salute to the flag.  A motion was made by Councilman Harned, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve the minutes of the February meeting as copies have been provided.  All in favor.  So carried.




·        Rebecca Sethi, chairwoman of the Hamlet Steering Committee reported on the survey and copies were given to the board members.  The survey will assist in the direction of the hamlet design.  A meeting was held with Behan Associates, Planners, and the committee and public on Saturday, March 4th at the Community House.  Approximately 50 were in attendance.  There will a meeting scheduled once the data is collected from the outcome of Saturday’s meeting.  Copies of the survey will be left at the town hall.  No one, other than Councilman Nolan, on the board, was able to attend, so an evening meeting might be scheduled to be able to include those who could not attend on Saturday.

·        Dagmar Payne asked if the Town website was going to be updated.  We no longer have a webmaster and the site has not been updated.

·        Robert Desmond, who attended the Fire Commissioners meeting, thanked the Clermont Fire Department for saving the toy factory from a fire on Pleasantvale Road just days ago.




·        NYS Department of Transportation – Request for Speed Reduction/Passing Zone Study for Route 9 – Letter written in 2004 requesting reduction from present 55 mph to 45mph from Route 8 to the Livingston Town Line and extend the no passing zone in the existing 45 mph zone in the hamlet of Clermont.  Denied reduction in speed limit, however, will establish a no passing zone with the section of Route 9 that is posted with a 45-mph speed limit.

·        NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Div. Of Environmental Permits regarding notice of incomplete application Blue Stores mine – A.W. Coons & Sons in the Town of Livingston.



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·        NYS Office of Real Property Services – notifying of assessment ratio in the event that update is not completed for 2006 roll.  The number of residential sales for the period 7/1/04 through 6/30/05 was 26 with a residential assessment ratio of 71.54 percent.

·        NYS Office of Real Property Services notifying that the Town of Clermont qualified for Excellence in Equity Award granted to municipalities that are receiving state aid for providing fair assessments at 100 percent of market value.

·        Letter from Twin Counties Council on the Arts regarding cultural funds recipients for 2006 and reception held on March 2.

·        Hudson-Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration 2009- Events to be held in 2009 from July through October to commemorate 400th anniversary of discovery of Hudson River in 1609, Steamship voyage of Robert Fulton in 1807 and past historic celebrations of these events.




·        Community House Grant – Received $25,000 of a $50,000 grant from Athens Generating for renovations to Community House.  In order to match funds, it is necessary to transfer funds from the Con Ed CD with the following resolution.

Resolution #3-06 was offered to transfer funds from the Con Ed CD to the Interfund Transfer Account A-5031 and to the building account A-1620.4 in the amount of $25,000.  A motion was made by Councilman Harned and seconded by Councilwoman Lent.  All in favor.  So carried.  It was noted that the transfer had been done, however it had not been memorialized by a resolution.

·        The Town Clerks report was read and a check submitted to the Town in the amount of $945.60.  A motion was made to accept the report by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Harned.  All in favor.  So carried.

·        Supervisor Banks reported that on the list of spill incidents by DEC that was submitted last month by Councilman Nolan, that 17 of the cases have been closed with two cases remaining open, the Nevis Gas station and a fuel tank spill on Buckwheat Bridge Road at Munro’s.  These cases will remain open until DEC closes them, but they are not the town’s responsibility.

·        Councilman Nolan submitted a letter to Councilwoman Lent for the Zoning Review Committee.

·        The Annual report for 2005 has been filed with the State Comptroller and a copy is on file with the Town Clerk.

·        Received a report from Erin Wood and Melissa Head, Bard College Students on the  development of the Town and the impact on the Town of Clermont.

·        Appointment of Dog Control Officer – A motion was made to re-appoint Joseph Palumbo to the position of Dog Control Officer for the term to expire December 31, 2006 by Councilman Harned, seconded by Councilwoman Lent.  All in favor.  So carried.

·        Councilman Nolan reported on the Association of Towns Conference held in NYC.  He spent time with the Office of the State Comptroller representative discussing


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balance sheets, statements, and procedures for accounting.  He also heard about Economic Development and how to deal with it, Environmental Impact Statements and how they may soon have to be accessible on the internet, Creating quality communities through infrastructure, water and sewer systems, etc. Funding programs through USDA Rural Development.

·        Reported that the two issues for the Zoning Enforcement Officer brought to the Board last month have been relayed to him.  The owner of the property on Route 9 with the trailer has agreed to let the developer of property on Route 9 remove the trailer and the other issue of junk cards on Pleasantvale Road has been an ongoing matter.  John will be speaking to the owner of the property to see if they will be removed.

·        At a previous meeting, a letter was received disagreeing with the Highway Superintendents decision to close the section of road between South Road and County Route 8 for the winter season.  After review with the Town engineering firm of D.F. Wheeler it was determined that it should remain a seasonal road.




·        Councilwoman Lent reported that volunteers are welcome for the Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on April 15th from 12 PM to 2 PM.

·        Roof work on the Community House should start, weather permitting, soon after April 15th.

·        Councilwoman Lent reported that seven display cases for the Community House are almost ready.  The cases will hold items that Historian Anne Poleschner has been storing until the cases were available.

·        Councilwoman Lent has been in contact with a representative from the Glynwood Center regarding the Keep Farming Grant and they are advocating a regional grant with the Towns of Germantown, Livingston and Clermont.  They will be working with the Supervisors of these towns.




·        The Zoning Review Committee will be meeting on Monday, March 20 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.

·        If agreeable a meeting will be scheduled with Behan Planning Associates on the Hamlet for April 11th or 18th.


A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Harned to approve Highway Abstract #3, vouchers #20-31 in the amount of $6,255.49.  All in favor.  So carried.


A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Harned to approve General Abstract #3, vouchers 50-80 in the amount of $12,978.49.  All in favor.  So carried.



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A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Harned to approve Trust and Agency Abstract #2, vouchers 3,4 & 5 in the amount of $2,980.00.  All in favor.  So carried.


A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to adjourn at 8:15 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,



Mary Helen Shannon

Town Clerk