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Meeting Minutes 2019

Town Board Meeting – Year-end 2019

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD

DECEMBER 30, 2019

The Clermont Town Board held its year-end meeting on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those present were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson, Councilman Evan Hempel and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve. Others present were Lindsey Lusher Shute and Peter Fingar of Fingar Insurance.

Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.

He introduced Peter Fingar of Fingar Insurance to speak about renewal of our policy which comes due December 31, 2019. We are covered by NYMIR which is a municipal reciprocal policy. He went over Limits of Liability and the various breakdowns of coverages. He will get additional information on crime coverage, employee theft and computer fraud. The premium increase from last year is $497.00. Supervisor Staats thanked Mr. Fingar for coming in.

Supervisor Staats advised the Board that he has spoken to Jeff Irish of SunCommon about roof mounted solar. Mr. Irish will be at the January 6th meeting. Councilman Desmond would like to see us apply for grants for this project.

The Supervisor prepared a budget amendment to balance accounts at the end of the year as follows:

Highway Fund:
 To:   D5142.4 Snow Removal    21.00
 From:  D5130.4 Machinery    21.00

General Fund:
 To:   A1010.4 Town Board    297.00
   A1355.4 Assessor    341.00
   A3610.4 Examining Board    136.00
   A9060.8 Hospitalization Insurance    177.00
   A1670.4 Central Printing    511.00
   A5132.4 Garage    263.00
   A5182.4 Streetlighting    113.00

 From: A1990.4 Contingent    1500.00
   A1440.4 Engineer    358.00

  Total:    1,858.00 1,858.00

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel to approve the budget amendment. All in favor. So carried.

ABSTRACTS:

A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve General abstract #13A, vouchers #339 – 368, in the amount of $8053.62, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson.

A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve General Prepaid Abstract #13, vouchers #332 – 338, in the amount of $655.42, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilman Hempel to approve Highway Abstract #13, vouchers #125 – 130, in the amount of $6556.55, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust & Agency #12, vouchers #29-30 in the amount of $473.37, seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried.

This is Councilman Hempel’s last meeting as he resigned effective December 31, 2019. Supervisor Staats and the Board thanked him for his service to the Town.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve at 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk

Zoning Board of Appeals – December 2019

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

December 18, 2019

The meeting opened at 7:30 pm. The meeting started with a salute to the flag. Members attending were Hank Himelright, Luke Kumburis, Don Van Wagner, Phyllis Heiko and alternate Ben Peacock for John Rusconi. Matthew Griesemer, Attorney for the Town, was also present.

Hank Himelright asked if anyone had any additions, corrections or omissions to the minutes of the last meeting, October 23, 2019, as well as the minutes from the Joint Public Hearing held November 13 with the Planning Board. The ZBA did not hold a November meeting. A motion to approve the October minutes was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Ben Peacock. All in favor. So carried. A motion to approve the minutes from he Joint Public Hearing was made by Luke Kumburis, seconded by Ben Peacock. All in favor. So carried.

Motion to open an extension of the Public Hearing for Joyful Acres for the purpose of reading letters from the additional 5 days extension was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Phyllis Heiko. All in favor. So carried.

Matthew Griesemer read a portion of the letters submitted by residents during the 10 day extension regarding Joyful Acres. Motion to add the additional letters to the record was made by Phyllis Heiko, seconded by Don Van Wagner. Motion to close the Public Hearing was made by Phyllis Heiko, seconded by Luke Kumburis. All in favor. So carried.

Shane and Janet Cook, 316 Commons Road, Tax ID# 192.-1.33.112, came before the Board seeking an area variance for an Accessory Structure, a detached garage. A 10 foot setback is required. The applicant is seeking to a set back of 2.3 feet. Motion to accept the application was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Ben Peacock. All in favor. So carried. The application fee of $100.00 and escrow fee of $250.00 was paid. Motion to conduct a site visit after January 1, 2020 was made by Don Van Wagner, seconded by Phyllis Heiko. All in favor. So carried.

Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, Andrew Didio came before the Board explaining the pending project will be an Eating and Drinking Establishment, according to Town Code. retail sales will be an accessory. Matthew Griesemer read the definition of an Eating and Drinking Establishment as well as the definition of Retail from the town Code. Approval from the DEC and Department of Health is pending. Phyllis Heiko made a motion to delay a decision to allow the Board to read the submitted letters of comment. Seconded by Luke Kumburis. All in favor. So carried. The applicant explained the event plan and answered questions on the actual operation of a Farm Brewery.

Matthew Greisemer read a letter from Attorney Ann Weaver regarding the timeliness of the publication for the Public Notice for the Public Hearing for the Joyful Acres project. The letter stated the publication was not prior to 10 days of the Public Hearing. Matthew Griesemer stated the correct requirement is 5 days and the Public Notice did meet the deadline of 5 days.

Santiago Suarez, 756 County Route 8, came before The Board to discuss the possibility of a wedding venue. He was given information on the needed steps to begin the process.

Rodney and Deborah Hapeman came before The Board regarding the permit and steps taken which would be needed for an accessory building. The building would be a garage with an apartment upstairs.

The Board voted for Desiree Webber to continue as the ZBA Secretary.

A motion was made to adjourn by Phyllis Heiko, seconded by Luke Kumburis. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:20.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Fire Commissioners – December 2019

CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS

DECEMBER 16, 2019

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:00 at the Town Hall. Those present were Chairwoman Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Miller, Commissioner Raymond Bauer and Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh. Others present were Chief Lloyd Kukon, 2nd Assistant Chief Evan Decker, Captain Les Coon, FF Joseph Scott, Denise Fiore, Robert Desmond and Mark Hildenbrand.

Chairwoman Rifenburgh opened the meeting with a salute to the flag and introduced Mark Hildenbrand to speak about the FLIR thermal camera. He showed the mid-priced K53 model at $5300.00 with camera, two batteries, charger and lanyard. There is also a lower priced camera with less clarity and no picture storage for $3295. There is also a mid-range priced for $4500. The cameras carry a 5-year warranty and 2 years on the batteries. Commissioner Rifenburgh asked Mark if he could get the lower priced model and if he could bring it in so he can see the clarity of the camera. He can ask but cannot promise. The Commissioners thanked him for coming in.

MINUTES: A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer to accept the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Miller. All in favor. So carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

December 16, 2019 Fire Commissioners’ Treasurer’s Report

RE: November 2019

Total Amount of November 2019 Invoices Paid       $ 3,288.37

Re: December 2019

Proposed December 2019 Invoices       $ 4,424.10

Paid December 2019 Invoices       2,569.88

        Total      $ 6,993.98

Reconciliation of Accounts

The Bank of Greene County Balances to Date

Money Market Checking Balance*       $ 85,486.88
*Includes interest paid on 11/30/19 in the amount of $10.90

Checking Balance       5,667.95

Less Outstanding Checks       2,465.08

Checking Balance to Date       3,202.87

Money Market & Checking A/C Total       $ 88,689.75

Capital Reserve Fund for Fire Equipment       $ 29,728.61 (as of 12/31/18)

Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19       $ 3.78

Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19       3.42

Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19       3.79

Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19       3.66

Interest 4/30/19 – 5/31/19       3.79

Interest 5/31/19 – 6/30/19       3.67

Interest 6/30/19 – 7/31/19       4.63

Deposit 7/15/19 unexpended 2018 balance       $ 12,000.00

Interest 7/31/19 – 8/31/19       5.32

Interest 8/31/19 – 9/30/19       5.15

Interest 9/30/19 – 10/31/19       5.32

Interest 10/31/19 – 11/30/19       5.15

           Total       $ 41,776.29

Capital Reserve Fund for Constr. &Improvement:       $ 33,666.86 (as of 12/31/18)

Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19       $ 4.29

Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19       3.87

Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19       4.29

Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19       4.15

Interest 4/30/19 – 5/31/19       4.29

Interest 5/31/19 – 6/30/19       4.15

Interest 6/30/19 – 7/31/19       4.29

Interest 7/31/19 – 8/31/19       4.29

Interest 8/31/19 – 9/30/19       4.15

Interest 9/30/19 – 10/31/19       4.29

Interest 10/31/19 – 11/30/19       4.15

           Total       $ 33,713.07

Denise Fiore, Treasurer
December 16, 2019

MOTION: A motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s report by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor. So carried

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • RBC Wealth Management account statement for November $413994.82
  • Association of Fire District newsletter for December-January.
  • Fire Commissioners training at various locations by Butler & Hannigan
  • LOSAP Data Request package for 2019.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Commissioner Bauer

  • Commissioner Bauer contacted Amerigas about the regulator on the generator which doesn’t seem to be working.

INSURANCE: Commissioners R. Rifenburgh and Miller
No Report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioner Bauer and R. Rifenburgh

  • Light on cab of 6013 is fixed.
  • The radio that was not scanning has been fixed.
  • The light on 6010 has been fixed.
  • The new truck is on line. Any numbering on the new truck has to be 6035 because of the mutual aid agreement. Treasurer Fiore reported that the budget had to be corrected because of the truck reserve. It did not affect the overall budget figures.

LOSAP:

  • Chairwoman Rifenburgh will work on this. There are three members who may qualify in the Defined Benefit Plan effective 1/1/20. They are Thomas O’Connell, Christopher Farewell and Evan Tompkins.
  • Treasurer Fiore also received a check from PIMCO for $40.67 that was proceeds from an investment which she put back in the RBC account.

LAWS AND POLICIES:

  • Discussed the OSHA Class and Sexual Harassment Training. The ladies auxiliary would also have to do this training when it is decided when it will be held.

LEGAL:
No Report

OLD BUSINESS:

  • The Commissioners reviewed the Mutual Aid Agreement from Columbia County Fire Coordinators office. The Commissioners voted on the resolutions suggested by the County as follows:

Resolution #23 – To participate in the Columbia County Fire Mutual Aid Plan, motion made by Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Ronald Miller. All in favor. So carried.

Resolution #24 – Resolution by the Municipality or Fire District body having jurisdiction over the Fire Company or Fire Department, motion made by Commissioner Ronald Miller, seconded by Commissioner Raymond Bauer. All in favor. So carried.

  • Hydrotest: Five bottles were sent out to be tested but have not received any back yet. There are 18 and will send five at a time.
  • The winch cover has not been purchased that was authorized to be purchased last month.

NEW BUSINESS:
None

CHIEFS REPORT:

There were five calls in November as follows:

  • 11/3/19 – Trash can fire – 664 County Route 6
  • 11/5/19 – Mutual aid to Livingston – 67 Pinewood Road
  • 11/6/19 – Alarm activation – 62 Massello Road (Livingston coverage area)
  • 11/11/19 – AAPD – County Route 8/Mill Road
  • 11/13/19 – Mutual Aid (Livingston) – 138 Deerhaven Road

Monthly Drill/Work Details

11/24/19 – Stop the Bleed – Livingston Firehouse

11/25/19 – Cemetery Road Hydrant

First Assistant Chief Brown has taken the extrication class. The Chief was not aware that he didn’t have it when he became Assistant Chief.

Rescue Tool has not been serviced and has not been serviced since 2018 but should do this every year. Lloyd will check into it with Garrison.

The Fire Department Officers in the recent election are Chief Lloyd Kukon, First Assistant Chief Evan Decker, Second Assistant Chief Colin Brown, First Lieutenant Joseph Scott and Second Lieutenant Samuel Williams.

MOTION: A motion was made to accept the Officers for 2020 by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor. So carried.

This is Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh’s last meeting. His time spent with the Fire District, Fire Company and Firematics has been for the better of 40 years. Commissioner Bauer asked if Ronald could help with the LOSAP but he declined.

ELECTION RESULTS:

The Election for Commissioners was held on December 10th for two positions. The first for five years and the second for the remaining two-year term of Laurence Saulpaugh who resigned.

Those running were Alfred Sardaro, Laurence Saulpaugh and Joseph Scott. The results were Alfred Sardaro, 18 votes, Joseph Scott, 27 votes and Laurence Saulpaugh, 25 votes. Mr. Scott will fill the five-year term until December 31, 2024 and Mr. Saulpaugh, the two-year term until December 31, 2021.

FUEL REPORT: Commissioner R. Rifenburgh reported that 18.3 gallons of fuel were used.

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Miller to pay the bills. All in favor. So carried.

The Treasurer will post an ad seeking applicants for the positions of Treasurer and Secretary for the District.

Public Comment:

  • Bob Desmond noted that the sign at Station #1 is missing letters.
  • Les Coon said that the siren at Station #1 is not working and he found that the pager clip is keeping the pager from charging. The Chief will get a new pager clip for it.
  • Assistant Chief Decker is interested in becoming a First Responder and wondered if the District would cover the cost. There was discussion about the cost, insurance coverage and other issues. Chairwoman Rifenburgh will look into it with him.
  • The Chairwoman is looking into grants for equipment.

A motion was made to adjourn at 8:30 P.M. by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Chairwoman Rifenburgh.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
Fire District Secretary

Planning Board – December 2019

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD

December 11, 2019

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, Nathan Hempel, Mary Howard, Ron Miller, Jennifer Phillips, Tom Jantzen and Clayton Andrus. Others present were George Schmitt, Engineer for the Town, Matthew Griesemer, Attorney for the Town.

After review of the November 2019 minutes, a motion was made by Clayton Andrus, seconded by Mary Howard, to accept the minutes. All in favor. So carried.

Motion was made by Mary Howard to open the Public Hearing for Joyful Acres to receive comments in letters sent regarding the proposed project. Letters were sent from Eric Conroy, Vernon and Deborah Coon, Ann Weaver and Scott Dunn as well as a petition submitted by Scott Dunn. Motion to close the Public Hearing was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Jennifer Phillips. All in favor. So carried.

Paul Gates, Irish Hills, Tax Map ID# 201.-1-71.3, representing Irish Hills for a Lot Line Adjustment. Parcel A: #201.-1-80, Parcel B: #201.-1-80.11 and Parcel D: #201.-1-71.4. He presented maps with the current and proposed boundaries. The Board addressed revisions needed for approval, including new lot lines, wells and septic. New deeds also have to be drawn up. Motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Jennifer Phillips, to waive a Public Hearing. All in favor. So carried. Motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to waive notice to neighboring property owners. All in favor. So carried. The Board accepted the sketch plan with anticipation for approval in January. The application fee of $100.00 was paid.

Motion to close the meeting was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Clayton Andrus. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – December 2019

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES

DECEMBER 3, 2019

The Clermont Town Board held their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:00 P.M at the Town Hall. This meeting was changed from Monday due to a snow storm. Those present were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilman Kris Gildersleeve and Councilman Evan Hempel. Councilwoman Dawn Brownson was absent.

Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.

MINUTES: The minutes of the November meeting were reviewed and a motion was made to accept by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel.

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Town Clerk presented a check to the Supervisor for the General fund in the amount of $490.96 and for Trust and Agency for $800.00.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • The Village Green Christmas Event will be held on Sunday, December 15th from 6 PM to 7 PM at St. Luke’s Church with caroling and the Community House for a visit with Santa and refreshments.
  • Mary Howard reported that the next Park Committee meeting will be held on December 8th at 6 PM at the Town Hall.
  • Supervisor Staats gave the board members reports for November.
  • There were no comments for the web committee.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Veterans Day: The Veterans Day Ceremony was held at the site of our Veterans memorial and was attended by 15-20 people.
  • Website: Councilman Hempel and Councilman Gildersleeve will be meeting on finalizing the website.
  • Park Committee: Councilman Gildersleeve reported that volunteers showed up to plant some 300-500 bulbs at the entrance to the park and around the Veterans Memorial.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Supervisor Staats will be meeting with Jeff Irish regarding solar either behind the park or mounted on the town buildings.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The year end meeting will be held on Monday, December 30th at 7:00 PM.
  • The Organizational meeting for 2020 will be held on January 6th at 7:00 PM.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • The County budget has not yet been approved.
  • Thanked the Village Green Committee for doing the upcoming Christmas Event, the Park Committee volunteers for planting the bulbs in the park and the Highway Department for clearing the roads and keeping us safe during this recent storm.

ABSTRACTS:

A motion was made to pay Highway abstract #12, vouchers #111-124 in the amount of $24,373.88 by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to pay General Prepaid abstract #12, vouchers #310 – 312 in the amount of $175.09 by Councilman Hempel, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to pay General abstract #12A, vouchers #313 – 331 in the amount of $14,551.57 by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.

A motion was made to pay Trust and Agency abstract #11, vouchers #27 – 28 in the amount of $902.50 by Councilman Hempel, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.

Supervisor Staats wished all a Merry Christmas.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Fred Cartier, our videographer wished all a Merry Christmas.

A motion was made to adjourn by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk

Fire Commissioners – November 2019

    CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS

      NOVEMBER 18, 2019

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.  Those in attendance were Chairwoman Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Miller and Commissioner Raymond Bauer.  Others present were Chief Lloyd Kukon, Captain Les Coon, Second Assistant Chief Evan Decker, Treasurer Denise Fiore, Robert Desmond, Joel Margot of Avon Protection Fire and Kevin Walsh of MES Fire.

Chairwoman Rifenburgh opened the meeting with the salute to the flag. 

Mr. Margot did a presentation on his companies thermal imaging cameras.  Prices ranged from $6500.00 to 4200.00 with varying warranties from 5 years to 3 years, battery life warranties etc. The two higher priced units have the hot and cold locator and one has the compass and laser pointer.  Mr. Walsh presented the products from MES ranging from $8600.00 to $2400.00, warranties and battery life up to 8 hours on some units.  They do not have the hot and cold locator or compass or laser feature on their products.

MINUTES: A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Miller to accept the minutes of the October meeting.  All in favor.  So carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

November 18, 2019 Fire Commissioners’ Treasurer’s Report       

RE:  October 2019

Total Amount of October 2019 Invoices Paid                    $27,719.57

RE:  November 2019

Proposed November 2019 Invoices                                     $    981.06

Paid November 2019 Invoices                                               2,307.31

                                                Total                                                                  $ 3,288.37

Reconciliation of Accounts

The Bank of Greene County Balances to Date

Money Market Checking Balance*                                                      $ 90,475.98

*Includes interest paid on 10/31/19 in the amount of $18.85

Checking Balance                                                                                              3,745.71         

Less Outstanding Checks                                                                                2,116.75

Checking Balance to Date                                                                              1,628.96

Money Market & Checking A/C Total                                 $   92,104.94

Capital Reserve Fund for Fire Equipment                                        $   29,728.61 (as of 12/31/18)

                Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19                                                  $            3.78

                Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19                                                                   3.42

                Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19                                                                     3.79

                Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19                                                                   3.66

                Interest 4/30/19 – 5/31/19                                                                     3.79

                Interest 5/31/19 – 6/30/19                                                              3.67 

            Interest 6/30/19 – 7/31/19                                                                4.63

                Deposit 7/15/19 unexpended 2018 balance                12,000.00

                Interest 7/31/19 – 8/31/19                                                                     5.32

                Interest 8/31/19 – 9/30/19                                                               5.15

                Interest 9/30/19 – 10/31/19                                                                  5.32

                                                                                Total                                $   41,771.14                                                                           

Capital Reserve Fund for Constr. &Improvement:        $   33,666.86 (as of 12/31/18)

                Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19                                                                  $            4.29

                Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19                                                                       3.87         

                Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19                                                                      4.29

                Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19                                                                       4.15

                Interest 4/30/19 – 5/31/19                                                                       4.29

                Interest 5/31/19 – 6/30/19                                                                       4.15

                Interest 6/30/19 – 7/31/19                                                                 4.29

                Interest 7/31/19 – 8/31/19                                                                       4.29

                Interest 8/31/19 – 9/30/19                                                                 4.15

                Interest 9/30/19 – 10/31/19                                                                    4.29

                                                                               Total                                $   33,708.92

Denise Fiore, Treasurer

November 18, 2019

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Bauer to accept the Treasurer’s Report.  All in favor.  So carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • RBC Wealth Management Account Statement – October $412,093.68
  • Fire Commissioners Training presented by Mark Butler law offices.
  • Physicals for Josh Williams and Jackie Therrien Decker.
  • Private Fire Alarm System reports that were given to Code Enforcement from 2014 to present.
  • Penflex – Service Fee Agreements for Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution plans to be signed by Chairwoman.
  • Check received from Friends of Clermont for $100.00 for standby at propane pump out/flare off at the State historic site.  This check should go to the Fire Company.  Treasurer Fiore will deposit and then issue check to the Company.
  • We have been notified that we did not receive the grant for gear.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Commissioner Bauer

No report

INSURANCE: Commissioners R. Rifenburgh and Miller

No report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioners Bauer and R. Rifenburgh

  • Truck 6013 steering problem has been resolved.
  • Truck 6010 will go out of service on Monday for a wiring problem.
  • The radio on 6010 does not scan.  It will be checked out.
  • The new truck may be in earlier than expected, possibly January or February.

LOSAP: All Commissioners

We will check on new members that may be eligible under the defined contribution plan policy effective 1/1/19.

LAWS AND POLICIES: All Commissioners

  • The NYS Sexual Harassment training for Commissioners and firefighters will be scheduled at the same time as the OSHA Class. Only firefighters will have to attend both. The cost will be an additional $100.00 added onto the $400 for OSHA.

MOTION: The Fire District Sexual Harassment Policy was reviewed and a motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller to adopt Resolution No. 22 of 2019. After a roll call vote, the motion passed.

LEGAL: All Commissioners

No Report

OLD BUSINESS:

Thermal Imaging Cameras: Commissioner R. Rifenburgh researched the cameras and FLIR showed to be the best one on the market at this time. Mark Hildenbrand is a salesperson for these cameras but he did not come to this meeting, stating that he did not have a camera to show the Commissioners. Commissioner R. Rifenburgh would like to arrange a meeting to see these cameras.  

NEW BUSINESS:

Truck #6010 needs a new light bulb at a cost of $90.00 plus tax.

A motion was made to purchase by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer.  All in favor.  So carried.

There is a new mutual aid plan with the County which has to be signed and back to the county by the end of year. There was discussion about the Commissioners reading the entire plan and then voting on it in December. Commissioner R. Rifenburgh will email it to those who would like to read it.

CHIEFS REPORT:

There were five calls in October as follows:

10/1/19 Alarm activation – 3847 Route 9G

10/3/19 – Alarm activation – 3847 Route 9G

10/10/19 – Alarm activation – 651 County Route 6

10/11/19 – Alarm activation – 6 Sharon Drive

10/25/19 – Mutual Aid with Livingston – Standby and on scene, Beaver Road

DRILLS:

10/27/19 – Flashover training (Hudson Station) 6 firefighters attended

10/28/19 – Chimney Fires and Thermal Imaging camera – 9 firefighters attended

  • The Chief reported that on 11/6/19 air packs were serviced as well as the compressor. 
  • Five bottles were sent out for a static test.
  • The was a call on Massello Road that was in Livingston’s district but Clermont handled it for them.

A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh to pay the bills, seconded by Commissioner Bauer.  All in favor.  So carried.

Commissioner R.Rifenburgh reported that there was 50 gals of fuel used, 17 ½ inches as of 10/15/19. 

Station #1 and #2 were both cleaned on October 30th.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Bob Desmond pointed out that the cost for the Sexual Harassment training is not far from what the town paid for our Sexual Harassment training.

Captain Les Coon thanked the commissioners for the use of truck #6013 for his wedding. He reported that Sam Williams said that the winch is bound up on #6013.

We should get a cover for the winch on #6010. A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh to buy a cover, seconded by Commissioner Miller.  All in favor.  So carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, Secretary

Clermont Fire District

Planning and ZBA – November 2019

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD

November 13, 2019

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, Mary Howard, Ron Miller, Nathan Hempel, Jennifer Phillips, Tom Jantzen and Clayton Andrus. Others present were George Schmitt, Engineer for the Town, Matthew Gallagher, Attorney for the Town.

After review of the October 2019 minutes, a motion was made by Clayton Andrus, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to accept the minutes with corrections.  All in favor. So carried.

Motion to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Mary Howard.  All in favor.  So carried.  The Public Hearing was held jointly with the Planning Board and ZBA.  Present for the ZBA were Luke Kumburis, Don Van Wagner, John Rusconi and Phyllis Heiko. 

Andrew Didio of Taconic Engineering, representing applicant Alex Wenner, presented the Brewery site plan, explaining parking, lighting, deliveries, the addition of a tasting room and outdoor patio area adjacent to the Tasting Room.  An open air seating area and walking paths will be added in Phase II of the project.  Questions and concerns from the audience included increased traffic, noise and possibility the project would be a retail operation.  Mary Howard made a motion to keep the Public Hearing open for an additional 10 days for written comments to be submitted, seconded by Jennifer Phillips.  All in favor.  So carried.  Motion was made by Tom Jantzen to return to the regular meeting.  All in favor.  So carried.  A site visit is planned at a future date.

Sara Berks, 3474 Route 9G, Tax Map ID# 190.-1-26, inquired of the need to present a site plan for her business location.  The board determined there was not a change of use and directed the Building Inspector issue a business license.

Bill Cole, 3541 Route 9G, Clermont, Tax Map ID#190.-1-4, came before the Board with changes to the site plan for the storage unit project. 

Motion to adjourn was made by Mary Howard, seconded by Tom Jantzen.  All in favor.  So carried.  The meeting adjourned at 9:20.

Respectfully submitted,

Desiree M. Webber, Secretary

Town Board – November 2019

CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES

NOVEMBER 4, 2019

The Clermont Town Board met on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:45 P.M. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilman Evan Hempel and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve.  Councilwoman Dawn Brownson was absent. There were seven others present.

PUBLIC HEARING:

Supervisor Staats opened the public hearing on the 2020 Budget. Supervisor Staats went

over the summary of the budget as follows:

Appropriations – $675,441.00

Estimated Revenues – $503,207.00

Appropriated Revenues – $28,000.00

Fund Balance – $39,654.00

Amount to be Raised by Taxes – $104,580.00

There is no town tax increase and there has not been since 2008.  There were no questions from anyone present.  A motion was made to close the public hearing by motion made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel.  All in favor.  So carried.

Supervisor Staats opened the regular meeting of the Town Board with the salute to the flag.

Holly Tanner, County Clerk, was introduced to those present to speak about the NYS License types, Standard, Enhanced and Real ID.  The Standard License can be used to board domestic flights until October 2020, for Photo ID purposes and if a license, for driving

The Enhanced license, permit or non-driver ID can be used to board a domestic flight, to enter a federal building or military base, to cross the U.S. border coming from Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean countries (not acceptable for air travel between these countries), for photo ID purposes and to drive. The Real ID license, permit or non-driver ID can be used to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.) to enter a federal building or military base for photo ID purposes and to drive (if a driver’s license) For more information visit the following websites:

www.dmv.ny.gov/which-id-right-me; www.tsa.gov; www.dhs.gov (How Do I link/travelers)

MINUTES: A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to accept the minutes of the October Town Board meeting, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor. So carried.

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Town Clerk presented a check to the Supervisor for the General Fund in the amount of $1, 149.00.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • The Village Green Committee will hold the Election Day ham dinner on Tuesday, November 5 at the Community House from 5 PM to 7 PM.
  • Office for the Aging “Caring for Those who Cared for Us” information was received.
  • Budget and revenue reports ending October 31, 2019 were given to the board members.
  • Web Committee: There were no comments or complaints.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Councilman Desmond reported that the American Legion in Germantown will hold the Veterans Day ceremonies in Livingston on Monday, November 11th at 10:00 AM, Clermont in the Hettling Park at 10:30 and Germantown at Palatine Park at 11:00.
  • Councilman Hempel and Gildersleeve are working on the website.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Supervisor Staats said that the Sexual Harassment/Workplace Violence Training has been completed.  The training was held with Holly Hedgepeth from County Human Resources. We will also be rewriting our policy to conform to new requirements.
  • The Supervisor reported that the mortgage tax revenues continue to be over the budgeted estimated revenues and the sales tax is also over budgeted amount.
  • Solar Energy: The Supervisor advised that Mr. Jeff Irish of Hudson Valley Clear Energy will be meeting with the town.  The county is also looking into setting up an energy committee.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • A motion was made to approve the 2020 Budget by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • A motion was made to re-appoint John Halterman III to the Board of Assessment Review for the five-year term 10/1/2019 to 9/30/2024 by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor.  So carried.

SUPERVISORS REPORT:

  • Supervisor Staats suggested that if you are planning on coming to the Election Day dinner you may want a takeout as it gets very busy for the dinner.
  • The Holiday Event will be held on Sunday, December 15th from 6 PM to 7 PM with Caroling at the church from 6 – 6:30 and Santa’s visit for children up to 12 years old at the Community House.
  • The Supervisor reported that he did receive a call from the Sheriffs Department on Sunday morning, 11/3/19 regarding the homicide which occurred in town and that there was no danger to anyone in town.

ABSTRACTS:

  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve Trust & Agency abstract #10, vouchers #25 & 26 in the amount $655.00, seconded by Councilman Hempel.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve Highway abstract #11, Vouchers #103-110 in the amount of $4,274,66, seconded by Councilman Hempel.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Hempel to approve General abstract #11, vouchers #283-309 in the amount of $4,669.16, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor.  So carried.

Mary Howard, chairwoman of the Hettling Park committee, spoke about the upcoming plan by the committee.  On November 17th from 4 to 6 PM at the Community House will meet for the Community Review of the plans, November 23rd at 1:00 P.M. volunteers are needed to plant bulbs at the entrance to the park, the rain/snow date will be November 30th.   In December the committee will meet to discuss the final draft.  They are also looking to have a kiosk built.

Mr. John Marvin is asking the Town Board to look at and confer with Zoning and Planning Boards about putting limits on events being held that include fireworks and loud music.  He and some others that live across the river from the wedding venues on Woods Road are seeking some relief from the fireworks and loud music that they hear every weekend. He is asking the board to look into this and give the Code Enforcement Officer the enforcement tools he needs.  The board will review the policies in place and discuss registration fees for events so that it can be easily determined if they are following their permitted number of events.

A motion was made to adjourn at 7:50 P.M. by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Desmond.  All in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk

Fire Commissioners – October 2019

CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS

OCTOBER 15, 2019

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held the public hearing on the 2020 Budget on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. ahead of the regular meeting at the Town Hall.  Those in attendance were Chairwoman Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Miller and Commissioner Raymond Bauer.

Others present were Chief Lloyd Kukon, Assistant Chief Collin Brown, Treasurer Denise Fiore and Robert Desmond.

The budget public hearing was opened at 6:35 P.M. with the salute to the flag by Chairwoman Rifenburgh.  The budget was presented to the Board and there were no questions or comments by anyone present.  A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh to close the hearing, seconded by Commissioner Miller.  All in favor.  So carried.

A motion was made to accept the 2020 Budget by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller.  All in favor.  So carried.

The regular meeting was opened by Chairwoman Rifenburgh.

MINUTES:  A motion was made to accept the minutes of the September meeting by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller.

TREASURERS REPORT:

October 15, 2019 Fire Commissioners’ Treasurer’s Report                            

RE:  September 2019

Total Amount of September 2019 Invoices Paid                $ 5,092.84

RE:  October 2019

Proposed October 2019 Invoices                                          $     -0-

Paid October 2019 Invoices                                                  27,525.51+ 194.06 = 27,719.57 *

                                                Total                                                               $27,525.51 + 194.06 = 27,719.57 *

* adjusted – added $170.00 and $24.06

Reconciliation of Accounts

The Bank of Greene County Balances to Date

Money Market Checking Balance*                                                      $ 115,457.13

*Includes interest paid on 9/30/19 in the amount of $34.54

Checking Balance                                                                                              6,559.52

Plus deposit 10/11/19 (Final Bond Installment #7)                           25,000.00           

Less Outstanding Checks                                                                              27,542.99

Checking Balance to Date                                                                              4,016.53

Money Market & Checking A/C Total                                               $ 119,473.66

Capital Reserve Fund for Fire Equipment                                        $   29,728.61 (as of 12/31/18)

                Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19                                                  $            3.78

                Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19                                                                   3.42

                Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19                                                                     3.79

                Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19                                                                   3.66

                Interest 4/30/19 – 5/31/19                                                                     3.79

                Interest 5/31/19 – 6/30/19                                                               3.67

              Interest 6/30/19 – 7/31/19                                                                4.63

                Deposit 7/15/19 unexpended 2018 balance                      12,000.00

                Interest 7/31/19 – 8/31/19                                                                       5.32

                Interest 8/31/19 – 9/30/19                                                                 5.15

                                                                                Total                                $   41,765.82                                                                                                                                           

                Capital Reserve Fund for Constr. &Improvement:        $   33,666.86 (as of 12/31/18)

                Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19                                                                 $            4.29

                Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19                                                                       3.87         

                Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19                                                                      4.29

                Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19                                                                       4.15

                Interest 4/30/19 – 5/31/19                                                                       4.29

                Interest 5/31/19 – 6/30/19                                                                       4.15

                Interest 6/30/19 – 7/31/19                                                                 4.29

                Interest 7/31/19 – 8/31/19                                                                       4.29

                Interest 8/31/19 – 9/30/19                                                                4.15

                                                                               Total                                   $   33,704.63

Denise Fiore, Treasurer

October 15, 2019

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • RBC Wealth Management account statement for September – $411,771.05
  • Fire District Affairs newsletter for October – November.
  • Letter from Bank of Greene County to fire districts and EMS about specialized customer service for same.
  • Elections: Letters of intent must be submitted by Wednesday, November 20th to run for Commissioner for five-year term starting 1/1/2020.  Election day is Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6 PM to 9 PM.  Will need two election inspectors, to be paid $50.00 each and are  authorized to have pizza for dinner by a motion made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller.  All in favor.  So carried.

BUILDING AND GROUNDS: Commissioner Bauer

No report

INSURANCE: Commissioners Rifenburgh and Miller

No report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioners Bauer and R. Rifenburgh

  • Truck #6013 has been repaired.  It was a bearing.
  • Truck #6013 has two bad sensors.  Truck #6010 had a short with lights when the compartments doors were open.
  • When they come down for the sensors, will ask them to show how to operate the foam unit.
  • Cab and chassis for the new truck is in. 

LOSAP: All Commissioners

  • Check for new members in 2019 which may be eligible for the LOSAP Program.  It is unsure if they must be active for the entire year or partial to be eligible must be determined.

LAWS AND POLICIES: All Commissioners

LEGAL: All Commissioners

No Report

OLD BUSINESS:

  • HYDRANTS: The hydrants were installed on Cemetery Road with the work being done with help by the Clermont Highway Department.   Currently there is no support but it might be a good idea to put support under it.  A thank you note will be written to the highway department.
  • Thermal Imaging Camera: There are three vendors for cameras, MES, Garrison and Mark Hildenbrand.  The costs range from $2700 to $8900. Should have salesman come down to show their cameras.   Can update one camera this year and a second one in a year or two. 

NEW BUSINESS:

No report

CHIEFS REPORT:

There were two calls in September:

9/5/19 – Standby for Paraco Fuel at Clermont Historic site

9/6/19 – Standby for Livingston – County Route 19

DRILLS:

Drill extrication – 13 firefighters

WORK DETAILS:

9/5/19 – Set up for Tivoli fundraiser – 3 firefighters

9/7/19 – Tivoli Barbecue – 9 firefighters

9/13/19 – September BBQ – 6 firefighters

9/14/19 – Steak BBQ – 15 firefighters

RADIOS: There were fifteen portable radios and one was stolen.   The Chief has a list of those who have a radio.  He would like to replace the one that was stolen using the $935.00 which was paid by the insurance company. Commissioner R. Rifenburgh has asked for a list of who have radios. The Chief has a list but has not given it to the Commissioner.

Commissioner R. Rifenburgh feels that if it is justifiable to purchase another radio that would be fine, but wonders if we need another portable radio?

TRAINING: Livingston Fire will have a ‘stop the blood training’ in November.

The Carmelite Sisters on Woods Road has put in a new water main.  There was discussion on this and other hydrants. Can look at other hydrants next year for replacement.

MOTION TO PAY BILLS: A motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer to add two payments, Tracey Gallant for calls $170.00 and Johnson Newspaper for $24.06. All in favor.  So carried.

A motion was made to adjourn by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Bauer at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon

Fire District Secretary

Planning Board – October 2019

CLERMONT PLANNING BOARD

October 9, 2019

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Larry Saulpaugh, Nathan Hempel, Jennifer Phillips, Tom Jantzen, Ron Miller and Clayton Andrus. Others present were George Schmitt, Engineer for the Town, Matthew Gallagher, Attorney for the Town.

After review of the September 2019 minutes, a motion was made by Clayton Andrus, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to accept the minutes.  All in favor. So carried.

Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, applicant Alex Wenner, represented by Andrew Didio of Taconic Engineering, presented the updated site plan for a Brewery and Tasting Room.  The updates included waste water treatment plan and the surveying of the wetlands deliniated field.  The lighting plan includes pole mounted lights.  Down casting specifications have been updated.  Lighting will also be added to the walking paths, which are part of Phase II. 

Motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to hold a Joint Public Hearing with the Clermont ZBA at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  All in favor.  So carried.

Motion to adjourn was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Tom Jantzen.  All in favor. So carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Desiree M. Webber, Secretary