CLERMONT TOWN BOARD
AUGUST 6, 2018
The Clermont Town Board held its regular meeting on Monday, August 6, 2018 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.
There were five residents present.
The Supervisor opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to enter into executive session to discuss contract negotiations at 7:00 P.M.
A motion was made to come out of executive session at 7:15 P.M. by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel.
MINUTES: A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve the minutes of the prior meeting, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. Councilwoman Brownson abstained as she was not present at the July meeting. Motion passed.
TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Clerk read the report for July and presented the Supervisor with a check for the General fund in the amount of $3,822.50 and for Trust and Agency for $762.97.
- Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe (K.I.S.S.) Program – Bring your documents to be shredded to the Town Hall between September 10 and September 21 during the Town Clerks hours to be shredded.
- The Supervisor provided budget and revenue reports for July 31, 2018 for the Boards review.
- WEBSITE: No correspondence
- PARK: Councilman Desmond reported that the committee has met on site and will be meeting again on Monday, August 13th. Postcards have been sent out to residents about the survey online and paper copies are available at the Town Clerk’s office.
- WEB COMMITTEE: Councilman Hempel reported that the website committee expects to be meeting this week as vacation scheduling prevented them from meeting on the fourth Monday.
- HAIL STORM DAMAGE: Supervisor Staats reported that we have been approved for the repairs to the Community House and Town Hall as a result of damage from a hail storm on May 15, 2018. We will be replacing cedar shakes on the Community House roof, screens, painting of both the Community House and Town Hall and new gutter on the town hall. We have received a check for $20,513.91 from the insurance company. Bids will be put out for this work.
- FUEL OIL BIDS: Supervisor Staats explained that we are not going to use the County bid for fuel, which is with Kosco because of difficulties last year with delivery. We have put a notice out for fuel oil bids, which are due back August 17th. They will be opened at the September 4th meeting.
- BINGHAMS MILL BRIDGE: The County Public Works committee discussed opening the bridge for vehicle traffic and Supervisor Staats showed them a list of names that want the bridge opened for vehicle traffic. However, a number of residents want the bridge opened for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only, but the county has no interest in funding pedestrian bridges. In the past several bridges that have been closed have been taken down.
- LIBRARY BOX: We discussed building a library box to be placed in front of the Town Hall. The Highway department has been working on the structure and it should be done this week. Mary Howard will coordinate with the library.
- SOUTHERN COLUMBIA SOCCER LEAGUE: The league would like to contribute $1,000.00 towards the soccer field. The total price of the goals is $3,793.95 including shipping. They will also stripe the fields. There were questions about where the field would be located and if it will be screened from the neighboring sheep farm. The board has discussed this at previous meetings and would like to go forward with it at this time. There is a survey for residents to express what they would like to see in the park. The Supervisor said that there were three things discussed previously, a Veterans Monument, a walking trail and for the youth, a softball field and soccer field. He would like to move forward with the soccer field. A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to spend, from park donations $3,793.95 for the goals, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried. Councilman Desmond asked Councilwoman Brownson about grants, and this is something she can look into, but it doesn’t happen quickly.
- INSURANCE REPAIRS: We will be putting out bids and to be opened on September 4, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. to repair the buildings that were damaged in the hail storm of May 15, 2018.
- The September meeting will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. because of the Labor Day Holiday.
- SALES TAX REVENUE: Received the 2nd quarter sales tax revenue check for $98,684.36. This is increased significantly from last year.
- COUNTY BUDGET: The County budget meetings will be starting and the Supervisor will be pushing for no increase.
A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve Highway abstract #8, vouchers 74-85 in the amount of $27,281.81, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve General Prepaid abstract #8, vouchers #199-305, in the amount of $573.91, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Hempel to approve General abstract #8A, vouchers #206 – 231, in the amount of $7,076.95, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made to approve Trust & Agency abstract #6, voucher #12, in the amount of $193.35, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.
Supervisor Staats thanked all the volunteer that help out on committees. He also thanked Southern Columbia Soccer League for their donation.
Phyllis Heiko thanked those that are on the park committee and those who worked on getting the survey out.
A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel to adjourn at 7:50 P.M.
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC
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