JULY 2, 2007

The Clermont Town Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, July 2, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those present were Deputy Supervisor Harned, Councilwoman Lent, Councilman Staats and Councilman Nolan. Others present were Beatrice Banks, Diane and Edward Moore and sons John and Brian Moore, Ron and Carol Banks, Audrey Osterloh, Helen Kukon, Robert Desmond, Gregory Fingar, Peter Fingar, Charles Larsen, Ray Tousey, Judith Neary, Carol Livellara, Elizabeth Mahar, George Davis, Billy Cole, Paul Doherty, Assemblyman Peter Lopez and Richard Roth of the Independent.

Deputy Supervisor Harned opened the meeting with a salute to the flag. Deputy Harned introduced Gregory Fingar who read resolutions from Senator Stephen Saland of the NYS Senate and Assemblyman Peter Lopez of the NYS Assembly. The resolutions mourned the passing of Supervisor William E. Banks who passed way on June 20, 2007 and spoke of his many years of service to the Town and Community as Town Justice, Supervisor and member of Clermont Fire Company. He also presented a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington from Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to Mrs. Beatrice Banks. Deputy Harned spoke about the many accomplishments of Supervisor Banks. Many family members were in attendance.

The minutes were reviewed and a motion made by Councilman Nolan, seconded by Councilman Staats to approve the minutes. All in favor. So carried. Deputy Supervisor Harned asked, in order to save time, if the minutes could be emailed to board members prior to the meeting. Minutes will be emailed from this time forward. Deputy Harned will also prepare an agenda for the meetings. There will be a period for public communication on items on the agenda and at the end of business, a period for public communications on other subject matters. Copies of agendas will be available before the meetings.



Charles Larsen hopes to attend.




Banking and Accounting – Bank accounts have been changed so that Deputy Harned is able to sign checks, etc. It has also been set up so that Councilwoman Lent can sign checks in the event that Deputy Harned is not able to. The Highway department was asked if they would like direct deposit for their checks but they were not in favor of it. The accountant will be making the transfers between the Trust and Agency, Highway and General fund accounts for the payroll. The money market accounts are set up in other banks and will be moved so that we know where they are. Electronic transfers will be set up.

We have received the application for a $4000 grant from Assemblyman Peter Lopez’ office, which will be signed at sent back and a request was made to Senator Salands office for available funds.

Councilman Nolan would like to walk over while it is still light and check the windows.

The board does not have an issue with another contractor at the same price.

Ray Tousey said the top of the windows were not meant to open and if they are painted shut, leave them painted shut unless they need to be replaced. All windows have to be checked.

Councilwoman Lent would like repairs made to the windows we have and then get storm windows to prevent any damage from the weather. It was agreed that if John Fieser is unavailable, Billy Cole could start on the windows.



Assemblyman Lopez apologized for not being here for the presentation to the family of Supervisor Banks but thanked Greg Fingar for presenting the resolutions to the family. He was in attendance at the funeral services and it was an honor.

He made a few suggestions from listening to the topics of tonight’s meeting, such as having a professional planner attend local planning board meetings, which is done is some towns. If the town does want to tape the town board meetings, they might look into sharing equipment with another town, if the meetings are on different nights. Assemblyman Lopez’ office is sponsoring a tour of three wind farms in the region on July 17th. The information will be sent out to towns in the next few days and seats on the bus will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Assemblyman Lopez spoke about a proposed resolution on property tax reductions – stopping unfunded and underfunded mandates, controlling taxes.

Councilman Nolan would like to put the resolution on agenda for next month.

George Davis asked if agenda could be on website prior to the meeting? Harry will work on it for the week before the meeting.

Deputy Harned explained that the Supervisor position will be on ballot in November to fill the unexpired term of William Banks. Also, the board could appoint a Supervisor if they wish.

A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve Trust and Agency abstract #6 in the amount of $1,718.30. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilman Nolan to approve Highway abstract #7 in the amount of $4956.92. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Staats, seconded by Councilwoman Lent to approve General abstract #7 in the amount of $3389.15. All in favor. So carried.

In memory of Supervisor William E. Banks there will a page left blank in the minutes. There was a moment of silence in memory of William E. Banks.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,





October 15, 1938 – June 20, 2007