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.
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:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mary Helen Shannon, RMC