CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES
APRIL 9, 2018
The Clermont Town Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson, Councilman Evan Hempel and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve. There were six residents present and the Town Engineer George Schmitt of Morris Associates.
Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.
MINUTES: A motion was made to accept the March minutes by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
TOWN CLERKS REPORT: The Town Clerk read the Clerk’s report for March and presented the Supervisor a check in the amount of $1,587.50 for the General fund.
- Web Committee – No comments or questions.
- Received the Dog Control Officer Inspection Report from the Department of Agriculture & Markets with a Satisfactory report.
- The Supervisor provided the budget and revenue report for the period ending 3/31/18.
NOICE ORDINANCE: There was discussion on further changes to the proposed Noise Ordinance with the public, the Town Board and Town Engineer George Schmitt. The most questions came on the hours for daytime noise and the measured sound levels for daytime and correcting the levels for nighttime. Penalties and violations were also discussed.
- The public hearing on the Noise Ordinance will be set next month for June if the changes are all complete. Copies will be provided when the changes are complete.
- The Code Enforcement Officer will be attending training this week to get his 24 hours for this year. The Town will pay for his training.
- The Web committee met again this month to discuss the website.
- Dawn thanked the Village Green Committee for the Easter Egg Hunt. There was still snow on the ground but the attendance was good, maybe not as many as last year, but still a good turnout.
- PARK COMMITTEE – The following appointments were made by the Supervisor: Councilman Robert Desmond as Chairman, Mary Howard, Louise Kalin, Amy Perella, Phyllis Heiko, Sara Takacs and Ellen Earle. Supervisor Staats also has a few people in mind that are professionals in landscape planning. Councilman Desmond said the first meeting will be sometime in May and there will be discussion on the plans for the park and a walk through. Ripley Hathaway asked about the money for the project. Supervisor Staats said that there is no line in the budget as of yet.
There was no new business to report.
- MORTGAGE TAX: Will be receiving a check for approximately $26,000.00 for the first half of the year.
- FRANCHISE FEES: Received the payment from Hilltop Communications in the amount of $1,250 which is less than in previously years.
- Thanked the Village Green volunteers for helping with the Easter Egg Hunt.
- AMTRAK FENCING: Supervisor Staats has been asked for his support against the idea of Amtrak fencing off access to the river from Rhinebeck to Stuyvesant. He will support this. There will be a rally at the boat launch in Germantown upcoming. A motion was made to support access to the river to those who have it now by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.
- Discussed the Rip Van Winkle bridge access round-about that is planned by the state.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust & Agency abstract #3, voucher #6, in the amount of $151.50, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve Highway abstract #4, vouchers #25 – 40 in the amount of $13,013.48, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Hempel to approve Prepaid General abstract #4, vouchers #89-91 in the amount of $330.76, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve General abstract #4A, vouchers #92-119 in the amount of $14,640.70, seconded by Councilman Hempel. All in favor. So carried.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Anthony Miserendino submitted a comparison of decibel levels across day and night times. He agrees with Phyllis that he appreciates the Boards working on the noise ordinance.
A motion was made to adjourn at 8:20 PM by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC