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Planning Board – May 2022

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD
May 11, 2022

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Mary Howard, Jennifer Phillips, Ron Miller, Nathan Hempel, and Tom Jantzen. Matthew Griesemer, Attorney for the Town, was also in attendance.

In the absence of Larry Saulpaugh, Mary Howard led the meeting.

A moment of silence was held for Clayton Andrus.

After review of the April 13, 2022 minutes, a motion was made by Nathan Hempel, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to approve the minutes. All in favor. So carried.

Motion was made by Ron Miller, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for Joyful Acres. All in favor. So carried.

Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, represented by Andy Diddio of Taconic Engineering, came before the Board with a request of modifications for the previously approved Site Plan. The proposal would be for the addition of a 15’x25’ farm stand and a building for storage. A sign on the roadway would be illuminated and turned off at 11:00pm. Motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to close the Public Hearing and return to the regular meeting. All in favor. So carried. Questions from the public were presented by Nancy Flannery, Belinda Casivant, and Terry O’Keefe. Andy Diddio explained the hours of operation and the automated system for self serve. Matthew Griesemer read SEQRA. Conditions for approval would include approval by the Clermont ZBA, County approval based on 239M review, limit the hours of operation from 5am to 11pm with lights from the building and sign being turned of at 11pm. Motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to approve the modification of the Site Plan given the conditions as stated. All in favor. So carried.

Southwood Property LLC, 726 Woods Road, represented by Mitchell Khosrova, came before the Board regarding complaints and violations of their previously approved Site Plan. Matthew Griesemer explained procedurally coming before the Planning Board is uncommon and the reason is to discuss complaints and discuss the details which were agreed upon at the time of the Site Plan approval. The original details were a limit of 10 events per year with a maximum of 150 guests per event. The events would end at 10:30pm, there would be no fireworks and the other homes on the property would not be rented for the events. Mitchell Khosrova stated the owners were under the impression they’re not held to a limit of 150 guests. There already are contracts for 2022 and would like to address the limit as well as fireworks which would end at 10:30pm. Bon fires would be reduced to fire pits. It was also stated the pool is enclosed with a fence. The previously required safety fence for the bluff will be 10’ from the bluff and removable when not needed. Currently tiki torches with a string of lights between them is being used at the bluff. The owners have corrected the event end time on the website from 11:00pm to 10:30pm. Noise and music was addressed as the primary issue from the complaints. It was suggested by the Board to turn the speakers and stage away from the river. Only professional fireworks will be conducted and will end at 10:30. The owner would like to increase the guest limit to 200 and have the end time extended to 11:00. The applicant will need to return before the Planning Board for a Site Plan modification.

Lindsay Shultz, 83 Nevis Road, Tax Map # 191.4-1-42, came before the Board seeking a minor subdivision for 5.8 acres with an existing house, to be subdivided to 2 parcels. Parcel A with the existing house would be 2.001 acres and Parcel B would be 3.211 acres. The applicant will return with a completed application and the required information added to the map.

Bruce Potts, 57 Banks Lane, Tax ID #180.-1-5.5, represented by Belinda Casivant, with an application for an accessory apartment. The applicant will return with a completed map.

With no further business, a motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to adjourn. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – May 2022

Town of Clermont
Monthly Meeting
Agenda Date: May 2, 2022

  1. Call Meeting to Order 7PM Supervisor Raymond Staats

Presentation regarding Red Hook school budget

Presentation by Director of Red Hook Library

Presentation by ?

  1. Approval of prior Town Board Meeting Minutes-Minutes not available Clerk out Sick
  2. Town Clerk Report- reported by Supervisor Staats- Total for General Fund $4972.17. Total report for April 2022 $5051.67
  3. Written communications/Mail review
  • Update on phone services from Gtel
  1. Correspondence for Web Committee-Noe
  2. Committee Reports and Updates
    • Bob-Highway department-Truck should be sometime this year, backlog.
    • Lindsey-Park committee-Spring clean up success. Park looks beautiful. Garbage left in park/Trash can discussion. Climate smart committee report.
    • Kris-no updates to report other than assessment information updated on website.
    • Dawn-Grant approval from Bank of Greene County. Columbia Land Conservancy-Grant-Did no get approval, Columbia Land Conservancy will assist with some projects to help us obtain a grant.
  3. Old Business
    • Charging Stations-Atty reviewed. Need one final version to be received for review and signatures.
    • Interviews for Comprehensive Plan completed. Workshop on Tuesday May 10th to discuss applicants.
  1. New Business
    • Thank you to Bank of Greene County for continued support through grants.
  2. Motion To Pay Abstracts

Motion to pay Prepaid General abstract #5A Vouchers #93-95 $266.79 By Councilwoman Brownson Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve All in Favor. So carried.

Motion to pay Highway abstract #5 Vouchers #44-57 $8919.56 By Councilman Gildersleeve Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson All in Favor. So carried.

Motion to pay Trust & Agency Vouchers #7-11 $3442.01 By Councilwoman Lusher Shute Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in Favor. So carried.

Motion to pay General abstract #5 Vouchers #96-126 $10456.44 By Councilman Desmond Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in Favor. So carried.

  1. Public Communication/Comments To Board-

Question from public- regarding past presentation regarding taxes due to new assessments.

Motion to adjourn at 8:18PM by Councilman Desmond Seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute. All in Favor. So carried.

Respectfully submitted.
Tracey J Gallant
Town Clerk

Zoning Board of Appeals – April 2022

Clermont Zoning Board of Appeals
1795 Route 9
Germantown, New York 12526

April 27, 2022

The Clermont ZBA held its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. The meeting opened at 7:30pm. The meeting started with a salute to the flag. Members attending were Hank Himelright, Luke Kumburis, Don Van Wagner, Lee Gallant, Ben Peacock and alternate Cheryl Werner.

Hank Himelright asked if anyone had any additions, corrections or omissions to the minutes of the last meeting, March 23, 2022. A motion to approve the March 2022 minutes was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Lee Gallant. All in favor. So carried.

There were no new applications brought before the Board.

Hank Himelright announced the appointment of Eli Fieser as the permanent Building Inspector.

Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, represented by Andy Diddio of Taconic Engineering, came before the Board regarding their Special Use Permit. Andy Diddio asked if an amendment was needed to the Special Use Permit was needed for the addition of a farm stand. The farm stand would be 15’ x 25’ with 8 parking spaces, 1 of which would be handicap parking. The farm stand would be an automated system for self serve. Hank Himelright responded a farm stand is an allowable use per the Clermont Zoning Law. Motion was made by Ben Peacock, seconded by Luke Kumburis, to vote if an amendment is required for the Special Use Permit.
The Vote was as follows: Hank Himelright, Abstain; Luke Kumburis, No; Ben Peacock, Yes; Don Van Wagner, Yes; Lee Gallant, Yes.
Motion was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Lee Gallant, to accept the application and schedule a Public Hearing for the May 25, 2022 meeting. All in favor. So carried.

With no other business, motion was made by Luke Kumburis, seconded Lee Gallant, to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:45pm

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M Webber
Secretary

Planning Board – April 2022

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD
April 13, 2022

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, Mary Howard, Jennifer Phillips, Ron Miller, and Nathan Hempel. Matthew Griesemer, Attorney for the Town, was also in attendance.

After review of the March 9, 2022 minutes, a motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to approve the minutes as corrected. All in favor. So carried.

Southwood Property LLC, 726 Woods Road, has been postponed to the May 11, 2022 meeting.

Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for James Wright and Emily Sartor, Tax ID # 201.00-01-25, represented by Matthew Bowe, regarding a Lot Line Adjustment of a 13.613 acres. They are seeking to create parcel #1 with 5.004 acres and parcel #2 with 8.609 acres. Question was raised regarding and existing stream and if the addition of a culvert was planned for the new driveway. It was explained it was included in the site plan. There were no other questions. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to close the Public Hearing and return to the regular meeting. All in favor So carried. Matthew Griesemer read SEQRA. A Negative Declaration was made by the Board. Motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to approve the application as presented, with the culvert to be installed for the driveway leading off of Langeridge Road. All in favor. So carried.

Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, represented by Andy Diddio of Taconic Engineering, came before the Board with a proposal to modify the Site Plan for the Brewery to construct a farm stand and pole barn. The farm stand would be 15’ x 25’ with 8 parking spaces, 1 of which would be handicap parking. The farm stand would be an automated system for self serve. The pole barn would be for agriculture purposes. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Ron Miler to accept the application as complete. All in favor. So carried. Motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to schedule a Public Hearing for May 11, 2022. All in favor So carried.

With no further business, a motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to adjourn. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – April 2022

Town of Clermont
Monthly Meeting
April 4, 2022

  1. Call Meeting to Order- 7PM Supervisor Raymond Staats
  2. Approval of prior Town Board Meeting Minutes Motion to accept Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve
  3. Written communications
    1. Rate increase Gtel
    2. Email discontinuation to be addressed before end of year
  • Town Clerk Report-reported by Deputy Town Clerk-Lee Gallant Total for General Fund $905.25. Total report for March 2022 $1,090.45.
  • Correspondence for Web Committee-No report
  • Update on Comp Plan given by Mary Howard-Deadline was March 17th. Point system explained for 4 proposals. Handout provided with strengths.
    • Interboro partners
    • Labella Assoc
    • MJ Engineering
    • Hardesty & Hanover

All are proposed 10-16 Month projects

Committee recommends Interboro with Labella to be also be a consideration. Mary is willing to set up interviews. We have 45 days to respond ~ May 10th. Interview/workshop for 2-3 proposals either in person or via Zoom Tuesday, April 19th at 7PM approximately 30 minutes per interview. Supervisor Staats to let Mary Howard know which proposals/companies they would like to interview.

  1. Committee Reports and Updates
  • Bob-Highway report-Port a Potty fencing discussion
  • Lindsey-
    • Climate Smart task force-Working on Training to achieve certification
    • Park Committee present-added to agenda
  • Kris-
    • Reset password on CEO laptop
    • Email update-Will investigate how to move forward with new email server.
    • Created google account for Town
    • Website updates specifically for the Comp Plan Committee-Mary Howard will be provided access
  • Dawn-
    • Columbia Land Conservancy-Grant
    • Bank of Greene County-Pending
    • Swings-emailing pictures so that vendor can see issue
    • List of donors to Park-Help with completing information
  1. Old Business
  • Charging Stations-Atty has not reviewed yet. Decision needs to be made so that it can be forwarded to Attorney for review.
    • Discussion regarding charging stations
  • Additional Duties/Position Deputy Clerk
    • Discussion regarding need of position pros/cons
      • Possible email blasts
  1. New Business
  • Park Committee-Summary Provided to Town Board
    • Kiosk (2) $8114.00/Justin Ledek

Motion to approve Councilwoman Brownson, Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in Favor. So carried.

  • Entrance Sign- $2070 does not include Sign board/Justin Ledek

Motion to approve Councilman Gildersleeve Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in Favor. So carried.

  • Park stencils-$2182.10

Motion to approve Councilman Gildersleeve Seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute. All in Favor

Veteran’s Monument Planting $1010.92-Top soil (possibly Tyler order and pick up to save on Delivery) Motion to approve Councilman Desmond Seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute. All in Favor. So carried.

  • Donation Plaques-Pricing ~$50/ea. Can be ordered.
  • Potty Enclosure-Gate swings open for delivery/cleaning.
  • No Mow May-Park kickoff day April 30th. Mowing only walking paths, sports fields and Route 9 and Parking lot areas. Additionally field is only to be mowed 1X per year.
  • Postcard Mailing calling for volunteers and clean up days. Dawn will check with Cheryl for mailing list. Motion to approve $650.00 Postcard mailing. Councilwoman Lusher Shute Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in Favor. So carried.
  • Appoint Building Inspector-Town Board has decided to Hire Eli Fieser as Building Inspector expects to be fully certified by August. Councilman Gildersleeve Seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute. All in Favor. So carried. Effective immediately.
  • Workplace Violence Training Video-To be distributed to all Town Employees/paid. Required viewing and test. Should be completed by June 1st.
  1. Supervisor Report
  • County Route 6 to be Tarred and stoned for Maintenance-prolongs blacktop.
  • Complaint regarding sunken drainage grate at Apple Valley Lane & Cty 6
  • Some building maintenance needs to be addressed.
  1. Motion To Pay Abstracts

Motion to pay General abstract #4 Vouchers #76-92 $5454.00 By Councilman Gildersleeve Seconded by Councilman Desmond All in Favor. So carried.

Motion to pay Highway abstract #4 Vouchers #31-43 $14,517.71 By Councilwoman Brownson Seconded by Desmond All in Favor. So carried.

  1. Public Communication/Comments To Board-NONE

Motion to adjourn at 8:49PM by Councilman Gildersleeve Seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute. All in Favor. So carried.

Respectfully Submitted
Tracey J Gallant
Town Clerk

Planning Board – March 2022

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD
March 9, 2022

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, Clayton Andrus, Mary Howard, Jennifer Phillips, Tom Jantzen, Ron Miller, and Nathan Hempel. Matthew Griesemer, Attorney for the Town, was also in attendance.

After review of the February 9, 2022 minutes, a motion was made by Clayton Andrus, seconded by Mary Howard, to approve the minutes as corrected. All in favor. So carried.

Southwood Property LLC, 726 Woods Road, John and Annie Marvin came before the Board regarding noise, hours, fireworks, and frequency of events being held at the the Southwood location. They provided documentation regarding the issues and their concerns for the actions being taken by the Town of Clermont. It was explained to them the Town is in the process of appointing a new Code Enforcement Officer who will review and address the complaint.

James Wright and Emily Sartor, Tax ID # 201.00-01-25, represented by Matthew Bowe, came before the Board regarding a Lot Line Adjustment of a 13.613 acres. They are seeking to create parcel #1 with 5.004 acres and parcel #2 with 8.609 acres. The applicant returned with the revised site plan to include the proposed residences, wastewater treatment, legal descriptions of both lots as well as the needed driveway permits. Motion was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Nathan Hemple, to declare the application as complete and accepted. All in favor. So carried. Motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Ron Miller, to schedule a Public Hearing for April 13, 2022. All in favor. So carried.

Discussion and vote was held by the Board members for recording and live streaming the Planning Board meetings. Voting Yes, was Mary Howard. Voting No, was Larry Saulpaugh, Nathan Hemple, Ron Miller, Jennifer Phillips, and Clayton Andrus. Tom Jantzen abstained.

With no further business, a motion was made by Mary Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to adjourn. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:53pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – March 2022

Town of Clermont
Monthly Meeting
Date: March 7, 2022

Call Meeting to Order by Supervisor Staats at 7PM

Assessment Presentation-by Assessor Cheryl Kaszluga
Discussed equalization rates
Assessed values may increase up to 20%
This does not mean a significant increase in property taxes
Also distributed fact sheet with key dates

Approval of prior Town Board Meeting Minutes

Motion made to accept by Councilwoman Brownson
Seconded by Councilwoman Lusher Shute
All in favor.

Written communications

  1. Town Clerk Report-
    The Town Clerk read the town clerk’s report for February and presented the Supervisor with a check for the General Fund for $2,128.021 and Trust and Agency for $20,000.00.
  1. Mail Review
    Public Notice-regarding new area code proposed for the southeastern portion of NYS-Current 845 customers would retain their number. A new number would only be assigned when the current 845 numbers are exhausted.

    KISS-Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe-Shredding box will be available during Town Hall Business hours through 3/26/22
    Columbia Opportunities-Weatherization program-Information available at Town Hall.
  1. Correspondence for Web Committee
    Town Hall Stream posted on website for February Meeting

Committee Reports and Updates

  • Councilman Desmond
    • Nature trail in park
  • Councilwoman Lusher Shute
    Climate Smart Task Force-
    Electric Vehicle Charging Station.
    Committee is interested in doing an alternative energy event later this spring-to be discussed at next board meeting.
    Open meeting law-Would like to discuss at next meeting.
  • Councilman Gildersleeve
    Anti virus update on Town Computers
  • Councilwoman Brownson
    2 Grants pending Bank of Greene County and Columbia Land Conservancy-no response yet

Old Business

– Interviews Building Inspector and BAR
Interviews conducted on past Saturday
1 additional interview tonight for Building Inspector
1 interested party for the BAR position

– Charging Stations-Contract emailed for consideration-will need to be reviewed by attorney prior to next meeting. Additional discussion followed

– Fuel Oil Charges-Error found in amount of Fuel Oil used. Supervisor spoke to Valley Oil-records have been reconciled and corrected

– Recordings Town Meetings-Supervisor did find out that we cannot force other Boards/Committees to use the recordings/town hall streams. Per the the Attorney Yes the Town can pass a resolution requiring all Boards to record meetings. However, the Attorney made a recommendation that the Town allow each respective board to vote on its own use. Supervisor Staats spoke to both Board Chairmans and encouraged them to record and they would both speak to their respective boards. Additional discussion followed.

– Additional Duties/Position Deputy Clerk
Discussed if it was needed for an additional paid position for the town for work that is already distributed.
Newsletter-Discussion regarding needs for this and the content.

New Business

  • Appointment BAR Member-Al Costello has volunteered and will be appointed to fill the remainder of the open term until 9/30/24. Motion made by Councilman Desmond, Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in Favor. So Carried.
  • Hate-Resolution 42 of 2022
    Motion made by Councilwoman Lusher Shute Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson All in Favor So Carried
  • Zoning Enforcement -Some local infractions that need to be addressed and resolved. CPL will be asked to help cover as needed.
  • Park update by Ellen
  • Comprehensive Plan update by Mary Howard

Supervisor Report-Nothing to report at this time.

Motion To Pay Abstracts

General Prepaid Abstract 3A #43 to #4 $426.07 Motion made to approve by Councilman Desmond, Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in Favor. So Carried.

General Abstract 3 #46 to #74 $8,227.31. Motion made to approve by Councilman Gildersleeve, Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in Favor. So Carried.

General Abstract 3B #75 $570.00 Motion made to approve by Councilwoman Lusher Shute, Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in Favor. So Carried.

Trust & Agency Abstract 2 #6 $214.50 Motion made to approve by Councilwoman Lusher Shute, Seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in Favor. So Carried.

Highway Abstract 3 #16-30 $17,026.13 Motion made to approve by Councilwoman Brownson, Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in Favor. So Carried.

Public Communication/Comments To Board-Tentative rolls will be posted March 1st. You may access through County Site-Findings can be discussed with assessor through May 1st.

No further business will be conducted after Executive Session.

Executive Session–Motion to enter Executive session made by Councilman Desmond and seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve at 8:27PM regarding Building Insp. Position/interview. All in Favor. So Carried.

Adjourned Executive Session at 8:58 PM. Motion made by Councilman Gildersleeve, Seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in Favor. So Carried.

Motion To Adjourn at 8:58 PM. Motion made by Councilman Desmond. Seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in Favor. So Carried.

Respectfully Submitted,
Tracey J Gallant, Town Clerk