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Town Board Meeting – March 2019


                                                               MARCH 4, 2019

The Clermont Town Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.  Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilman Evan Hempel and Councilman Kris Gildersleeve.  Councilwoman Dawn Brownson was absent.  There were five residents present. 

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion was made to enter into executive session at 7:00 P.M. to discuss litigation matters by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor.  So carried.

A motion was made to come out of executive session at 7:35 P.M. by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Desmond.  All in favor.  So carried.

MINUTES: After reviewing the minutes of the February meeting a motion was made to accept the minutes by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor. So carried.

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Town Clerk read the February Town Clerk’s report and presented the Supervisor with a check for the General fund in the amount of $181.50 and for Trust & Agency for $317.50.  


  • Hudson Valley Distillers in Clermont is holding a Grand Reveal of remodeled tap room with beer, cider and wine dispensing systems to be held on March 9th.
  • Keeping our Seniors Safe shredding program to be held March 18 to March 29th.
  • The assessment inventory and valuation data is available for examination and review with the Assessor by appointment on March 5th and March 12th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 
  • Office for the Aging will be holding three discussions on aging issues March 15 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Palatine Manor, May 23r from 10 AM to 11 AM at Office for the Aging and June 5th from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Office for the Aging, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson.
  • The Supervisor handed out the budget and revenue reports for February 28, 2019 to the board members.
  • Website: There was no correspondence or any questions.


  • Councilman Desmond reported that the new highway truck should arrive this week.  He also thanked the highway department for the work they have been doing during the recent storms.
  • Councilman Hempel reported that there were some meetings about the new website and it is coming together.
  • Councilman Gildersleeve reminded us that the outdoor burn restrictions go into effect on March 16th thru May 14th.


  • DEC: Supervisor Staats reported that he had a conference call this month with the town engineer, attorney and the Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss the recent invoices, which were received regarding the remediation of the brownfields. We questioned whether or not we were responsible for these charges. The State did audit the claims and found that this was for work that was done at the site. We will have to pay the invoices or they will find us responsible to pay for the entire remediation. The invoices are on this month’s abstract to be paid.
  • DEVEREUX ADVANCES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: The Town attorney and Supervisor Staats met in Poughkeepsie with the State and a representative of Devereaux.  They listened to our arguments regarding the loss of taxes on the property they are looking to purchase at 32 Scenic Hill Drive and the other parcels that have been removed from the tax rolls. Supervisor Staats asked for a motion to approve Resolution #39-2019 to have our Town Attorney enter into an agreement with Devereaux, which was made by Councilman Desmond and seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor.  So carried.


  • Budget amendment No. 1 of 2019: The Town Board authorized the Supervisor to make budget amendments to transfer $25,000 from the General Fund’s Appropriated fund balance into the Brownfields account A-7110.42 to cover DEC invoices. The motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • REVIEW SCOPE OF WORK FOR BIDS: The Supervisor would like to put the repairs for the Community House roof, Storage building roof and Town Hall & Community House painting out to bid.  The damage is the result of the hail storm on May 15th, 2018. He will send bids out to local contractors to be returned and read at the April 1st meeting.


  • COUNTY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM: The County will be hiring 18 to 23 young adults between the ages of 18 – 24yrs.old for positions in the county. They must provide proof of enrollment in school, pass a drug test and physical. They can work up to 40 hours at $12.00 per hour. If anyone is interested they should contact the Supervisor or Town Clerk.
  • SOUTHERN COLUMBIA LITTLE LEAGUE & SOFTBALL: The Southern Columbia Little League and Softball League is seeking players 4 years old and up. Go to the website SCYSPORTS.COM for information.
  • COUNTY: The North Bay proposed park on the landfill in Hudson does not seem to be going forward. Supervisor Staats proposed fenced in solar panels but it doesn’t seem that the Supervisors want to do anything on it. 
  • RECYCLE PERMITS: The recycle permits have been selling.  Currently there are three permits available, regular, senior and out of county.  It is believed that there are some coming from out of state with their garbage, so the county is looking into that.


  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel to approve Trust & Agency abstract #2, vouchers #,4,5,6 in the amount of $533.82.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Hempel, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve Highway abstract #3, vouchers #13-21 in the amount of $15,366.21.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilman Hempel to approve General abstract #3A, vouchers #59 – 89 in the amount of $32,463.34.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • A motion was made by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Hempel to approve General pre-paid abstract #3, vouchers #56,57,58 in the amount of $305.08.  All in favor.  So carried.  


Mary Howard: Park – A site analysis has been completed by members of the park committee. Mary thanked Amy Parella, Lindsey Shute and other members for their work on this. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 6:00 P.M.

Phyllis Heiko:  Recently, there have been ATV’s using the park and since the committee has been working so hard to make the park usable she would like to see signs prohibiting certain activities. This was brought up at a past meeting. The board suggested that the committee look into this and the placement of the signs. Councilman Desmond suggested that listing limited prohibited uses on the sign and a complete list be available on a pamphlet.

Charles Robinson: The mining permit for Red Wing Properties mining operation on County Route 19 in Clermont is expiring on 9/13/2021.  They are applying to extend their mining operation from property on County Route 19 and truck to their mining facility on County Route 19 in Clermont.  He is a resident of Clermont, living on the Roe Jan Kill, Turkey Hill Road, and is asking Clermont to get involved with this effort to stop the expansion of the mine and use of County Route 19 to haul the materials. There is a website to learn more about this at Livingston

A motion was made to adjourn 8:40 Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by  Councilman Hempel. All in favor.  So carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, RMC

Town Clerk