CLERMONT TOWN BOARD MINUTES
APRIL 1, 2019
The Clermont Town Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Supervisor Raymond Staats, Councilman Robert Desmond, Councilwoman Dawn Brownson and Councilman Kris Gildersleev Councilman Evan Hempel was absent. There were seven residents present.
Supervisor Staats opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.
MINUTES: The minutes were reviewed by the board and a motion was made to accept the minutes of the March meeting by Councilman Desmond, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve, Councilwoman Brownson abstained as she was absent in March. So carried.
TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: The Town Clerk presented a check for the General fund to the Supervisor in the amount of $352.38 and for Trust and Agency in the amount of $650.00 for March.
- Columbia County Household Hazardous Waste Collection day will be on Saturday, May 11th from 8 AM to 12 PM at the County Highway Garage on Route 23B in Greenport.
- Office for the Aging Newsletter for April – June available on table.
- Code Enforcement Officer will not be in the office on Thursday, April 4th.
- The Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Saturday, April 6th and possibly on Saturday, April 13th.
- Grievance Day will be held on Tuesday, June 4th from 3 – 5 PM and 6 – 8 PM.
- The Village Green Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Friday, April 19th from 6 – 7 PM.
- Pine Plains School would like to come to the May meeting to discuss the school budget. Germantown and Red Hook Schools will also be contacted.
- Web Committee: There were no comments.
- Budget and Revenue reports through March 31st were given to the board members.
- Councilman Desmond reported that the new highway truck has been received.
- PARK COMMITTEE: Mary Howard reported that the next meeting of the committee will be on Sunday, April 7 from 5 – 7 P.M. The committee has been working on the design and layout of the entrance to the park which is required by DEC. The committee has an amount of $5,688.00 and will add a fence and additional bulbs at a later date as financing is approved. If the board approves this financing, the committee will work with the highway department and plan to hold a community planting on June 15. Supervisor Staats said that the clay and port-o-potty will be moved from where it is now as soon as the ground is dryer. The committee is also working on signage prohibiting activities in the park. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to authorize spending $5,688.00 on the park entrance, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
- BANK OF GREENE COUNTY GRANT: Councilwoman Brownson applied for a grant from the Bank of Greene County in the amount of $2500.00 for the driveway entrance to the park in January. She was hoping to hear back this week. She will also apply for a grant from Iroquois Community Grant for additional money for the entrance.
- Councilman Gildersleeve will order the P.O.W. flag for the park.
- Red Wing Gravel Mine is seeking to extend their permits. Supervisor Staats spoke with Livingston Town Supervisor Jim Guzzi. Livingston’s boards have ordered a traffic study. Supervisor Staats will ask our code enforcement officer to issue a notice for them to come in to our Planning and Zoning boards so that they can take a look at their plans. If they are following the procedure to get the permits then we will go from there.
- Supervisor Staats sent out requests for bids to several contractors for the building repair from May 15, 2018 hail storm. We have received payment from the insurance company for roof repair/replacement and painting Community House, Town Hall and Storage shed. Two bids were received, Jennings Contracting and B/T General Contracting, as follows:
Jennings Contracting – Community House remove and replace roof shingles – $8860.20
Storage building remove and replace metal roofing – $9100.00
B/T General Contracting – Storage building remove and replace metal roofing – $9500.00
Community House remove and replace shingles -$11,164.00
Town Hall scraping and painting west side, Storage area
Clean and paint metal roof – $3300.00
Community House scraping and painting west side and basement door, repair screens – $4800.00
Supervisor Staats will verify information in the bid and insurance coverage.
MOTION: A motion was made to award the bid from Jennings Contracting for removal and replacing of shingles for Community House and Storage building roofing for $8,860.20 and $9,100.00. A motion was made to award the bid from B&T General Contracting for painting the Town Hall & Storage building and Community House for $4800.00 and $3300.00. All in favor. So carried.
- PUBLIC HEARING: A public hearing will be held on Monday, May 6th at 6:45 P.M. for Local Law No. 1 of 2019 concerning the review and approval of lot line alterations in the Town of Clermont.
- Easter Egg Hunt – Friday, April 19th 6 – 7
- Assessments: If anyone still feels that they still need to see the Assessor, please call and make an appointment. Otherwise, Grievance Day will be June 4th from 3-5 and 6 – 8PM. Supervisor Staats explained how the assessment does not necessarily make your taxes go up.
- A motion was made by Councilman Gildersleeve to approve Highway abstract #4, vouchers #22 – 32 in the amount of $71,907.86, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
- A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve General abstract #4A, vouchers #93-110 in the amount of $6,297.24, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve. All in favor. So carried.
- A motion was made by Councilman Desmond to approve Prepaid General Abstract #4, vouchers #90-92 in the amount of $263.59, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson. All in favor. So carried.
- A motion was made by Councilwoman Brownson to approve Trust & Agency abstract #3, vouchers 3 – 7, in the amount of $485.00, seconded by Councilman Desmond. All in favor. So carried.
- PUBLIC COMMENT:
- Travis Sterrett asked about screening in the park and why nothing has yet been done about it. It was explained that the committee has been working on the entrance, which has to be done because DEC requires it to be done. Screening is on their list to be looked at.
- Charles Robinson talked to the board about Red Wing Properties efforts to extend their mining permit and modify to import gravel for processing. He is urging the Town of Clermont to be involved and speak to William Jackaway who is the representative on the issue from the Milan Town Board.
- Ron Miller asked about the location of the clay and port-o-potty at the Hettling park. They will be moved as soon as the ground is dryer.
A motion was made to move into executive session to discuss pending litigation by Councilman Gildersleeve, seconded by Councilwoman Brownson at 7.55 P.M. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made to come out of executive session by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Gildersleeve at 8:35 P.M. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made to adjourn by Councilwoman Brownson, seconded by Councilman Desmond at 8:35 P.M. So carried.
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC