PUBLIC HEARING
 January 19, 2006

A Public Hearing was held on January 19, 2006 at 7:15 PM to Authorize an Ordinance to Increase Dog License Fees in the Town of Esopus from $1.00 to $3.00.  The following members of the Town Board were in attendance:

    Supervisor John Coutant
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet
    Councilman Wayne Freer
    Councilman Michael Lange
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

    Administrative Recorder: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk

The following notice was printed in the Daily Freeman Newspaper:

 Public Comment:

Town Clerk Diane McCord: There has not been an increase in the local fee of $1.00  for the twenty-eight years I have been working for the Town of Esopus.  When we mail out a renewal of a dog license it cost almost $.40. With the cost of postage and the cost of processing the license we are really losing money with each license.  It is unfortunate we need to raise the local fee but it is necessary to cover the expenses.

Supervisor Coutant: You have proven nicely that there is a need for this increase.  In the 1980's the cost was the same.

A motion to adjourn was made by Councilman Wayne Freer and seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet at 7:20 PM.

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Motion duly adopted.
 

 TOWN BOARD MINUTES
 JANUARY 19, 2006

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on January 19, 2006 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons in attendance:

    Supervisor John Coutant
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet
    Councilman Wayne Freer
    Councilman Michael Lange
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

    Administrative Recorder: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk

  Guests: Gary Swinger, Maple Ridge
    Virginia Robinson
    Kay VanTassell
    Bruce Maroney
    Sal Silvestro
    Susan Wick
    Mr. & Ms. Herbert Klippel
    Jon Haight
    Supt. Don Kiernan
    Michael Melendy
    Bonnie Hewitt
    James Lamb
    Lornie Hiller
    Two students KHS
    John McAuley
    Patti Kowatch
    Dave Quinn
    Highway Supt. Al Larkin
    Roscoe Pecora

Pledge to the Flag

Public Comment:

Joseph Sills:
“This is a new year and as a citizen of the Town I would like to express our appreciation for those that are sitting at the head table to guide our town forward.  On behalf of every citizen in this community we wish you well, God’s speed and may your decisions be always in the best interest of every citizen in this community.”

Sue Wick asked for a copy of the lower level of the Town Hall.  Supervisor Coutant asked Sue Wick to go into his office to view the latest plans hanging on his wall.

1.  Resolution to Authorize An Ordinance To Increase Dog License Fees - Jan. 19, 2006

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

Whereas, the Town of Esopus share of dog license fees is currently $1.00, which is insufficient to cover the cost of handling and tracking dog licenses.  The Town is authorized by the State of New York to charge up to $5.00 per license.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes an ordinance to increase the Town’s share of the license fee to $3.00 per license.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

2.  Emergency Management Office Payment

The Town has received word that $15,667.57 is on its way coming from the Emergency Management Office in Albany to cover the damages done from the storm April 2 to April 4th, 2005.  The Supervisor thanked the Highway Supt. for putting the application together.  It covers damage done to our beach and to some of the property along the river.

3.  Civil Defense Director-Supervisor and Contacts

The County of Ulster Civil Defense has asked us to once again pass legislation providing a Civil Defense Director and Deputy.

4.  Resolution Appointing Civil Defense Deputy Director

Whereas, the New York State Defense Emergency Act, Article 3 Section 22, Part 2 allows for the appointment of a deputy civil defense director,
Whereas, this is necessary and requested to update the Ulster County Comprehensive
Emergency Management Plan,

Be it Resolved, that John K. Coutant, Supervisor serve in this capacity of one (1) year and further,

Be it Resolved, that Councilman Wayne Freer fulfill this responsibility in the absence of Supervisor John K. Coutant.

Resolution offered by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet
Resolution seconded by Councilman Michael Lange

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Supervisor Coutant stated this was a really important issue.  There has been such devastation over the last few years in our country.  A few years ago we had a mini-tornado in Esopus.  The possibility of having disasters in our own town is there.  Within the County of Ulster the best emergency location is the Armory off Manor Avenue in Kingston and the second best is in the Town of Esopus at Mt. St. Alphonsus.  We need to be prepared and Councilman Wayne Freer is adequately prepared to assist us.  Kay VanTassell mentioned this is another good reason for having a Community Center.

5.  Planning Board Information Meeting 1/31/06 6-8 PM

There will be an Informational Meeting with the Ulster County Planning Board on January 31st from 6-8 PM.  The Town Board has been invited.

6.  Robert Ranger-Bonding for Vehicles and Town Hall

One of the first jobs the Supervisor took on was relative to the bonding of the new Town Hall and the bonding for new  highway vehicles.  Our Highway Dept. is in pretty rough shape and the youngest vehicle is better than eleven years of age.  Our Highway Supt. has had problems in keeping things in tow and keeping things running.  We need to bring our vehicles up to date and in doing so we consulted with Robert Ranger who does bonding and he will custom tailor our bonding.  If the life expectancy of a vehicle is three years we can bond for three years...if a backhoe is twelve years we can bond for that amount of time.  We can bond for the vehicles and couple that bonding with the bonding for the new Town Hal.  The interest rate would be low in comparison to other places.  We have a good relationship and information is available to the public to review on this bonding company.

7.  Public Access Cable Request

Channel 23 Kingston Public Access TV Commission has petitioned the town to endorse placing a franchise fee on the Cable bills which is allowed by the Federal Government. The previous Town Boards believed this was a hidden tax and did not institute a franchise fee.  The proposed charge would be about $5.00 on a yearly basis would be incurred to support the operational overhead.  Supervisor Coutant stated they have done a good job and I am sure we will help them in some way, however, they brought to light a lot of paperwork and questions from our Town Board.  In doing so, the last contract that was ever signed was from 1985 and therefore, we have a lot of information to digest on this decision.  This franchise fee would be collected by Time Warner and the money would go to the Town and the Town would then give the fee to the Kingston Access TV.  Kingston has passed a resolution supporting KPA contingent upon the Town of Esopus, Town of Kingston, Town of Hurley also doing the same.

The Town Board is at the point where we need more time to review this.   Councilperson Deborah Silvestro said we need to have better communication  with our Kingston Access TV representative Marian Schoettle.  She basically represents us and we need a better working relationship with her.  The Town Board in Workshop decided to table this until we get a better handle on it stated the Supervisor.

Sal Silvestro:   Have you considered sending someone to negotiate the contract with Time Warner and get back to the Board?  Councilman Deborah Silvestro was willing to take on this responsibility.

8.  Possible Grant to Remove Water Chestnuts

A possible grant opportunity has arisen from New York State to remove water chestnuts from our Town beach.   The applications have been given to Waterfront Advisory Chairperson Marian Zimmer and member Chet Allen to review.

9.  Progress on Town Hall Project

A memo has been sent to all our Dept. heads from the Supervisor stating “the final floor plan layout has been completed and our architect Joe Hurwitz is starting on the construction drawing phase of our new Town Hall.  This will be the final time you will be able to change the basic layout of your office, doors, closets, etc.  Therefore, please review the drawings on the Supervisor’s office wall A.S.A.P. and leave me the bottom half section, so we can move forward.”  This will prevent change orders.

In all due respect to the Spinnenweber Family, the Supervisor has asked the architect to put the addition to the Community Center in his drawing.  The family was asked to look at the drawing and to give him their comments.  The original wall has been expanded and the proposed cost is $400,000.  It is good that we are looking at the size of the community center and it is good because we will never be able to build anything cheaper than what we can do now.  The assessor was asked to analyze the cost per thousand between the paying back of a three million dollar bond and the cost of paying back a three million four hundred thousand dollar bond.  It adds up to $.39 per thousand of assessed valuation compared to $.44 per thousand.  That does not appear
to be a tremendous amount of money considering the average house of $200,000 would be $52.00 compared to $59.00.  The Supervisor and Town Board have challenged the architect to bring the building in either under the proposed amount or right on the money.  The cost of material is going up by the week to the tune of 15 to 18 percent and that is what we will have to deal with during the construction phase of this building.  The latest drawing is on the Supervisor’s wall.

Patti Kowatch: As a resident of Bowne Street, the Kowatchs’ want to make it known that the entrance and exit from the Town Hall should be on Rt. 9W not on Bowne St.  Supervisor Coutant said he believed there would be an impact on the residents over there, however, he would like to see a minimal impact.  The intention is to have it as an emergency entrance and exit, however, the public is going to take the course that they believe is the easiest and the safest.  We cannot direct every person to go out through 9W.  The total site plan has not been seen yet.  The minute we have it we will let you know.  Any suggestions you may have would be welcome.  The Supervisor would be concerned also if he lived on Bowne St.  Patti Kowatch countered with she has received a $400 increase on her tax bill.  The Supervisor said the only thing the Town Board is responsible for is the General Fund and that increased by ½ of one percent.  The County tax went up 39 %.  The previous administration did a good job with the budget.

Councilman Freer said his opinion about the Bowne St. has not changed for he believes it should be a gated or chained exit used only for emergencies.  Councilperson Gloria VanVliet concurred as did Councilperson Deborah Silvestro.  Councilman Lange stated there may be another way out
by the time we build the Town Hall.

10.  Review Requests for CPA Firms

The Town of Esopus had its’  last audit done in 1993 by the Sickler Administration.  The other audit was done by the NYS Comptroller in 2001.  The Town Board has discussed having a basic review audit.  The review would be done by an independent firm to verify that our balances are right and our policies are correct.  This is a good business practice.  The following letter has been written by the Supervisor Coutant:

 “At the January 19, 2006 Town Board Meeting a motion was made, seconded
 and carried to authorize the Supervisor to obtain a quote for a review of our
 Town Accounts.  We would ask that a quote from your firm to review the
 following areas or items: All bank accounts, including our investment accounts.
 Our fund balance accounts including those with escrow balances from proceeds
 from the Planning Board securities.  Our investment policy.  Department
 accounts such as our water and sewer and capital accounts.

 It is the intention of our Town Board to have this completed as soon as possible.
 We would also ask that upon completion of the review meet with the board
 members and give us a recap of our findings.   Please feel free to contact me
 at the Supervisors office if additional information is necessary.  Thank you
 and we look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.”

A motion was made by Councilman Michael Lange and seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer to send the above mentioned letter to four independent accounting firms.

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Motion Carried.

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro asked the Supervisor if this was a requirement of the State Comptroller?  Supervisor Coutant answered the State Comptroller indicated this would be a good thing to do, however, it was not a requirement.  The requirement spoken about in Albany concerned all the in house accounts being audited by the 20th of January.  We are working on this now.  This would be over and above that to make sure the accounts are correct.

11.  Assignments to Liaison to Departments and Boards

Supervisor Coutant tried to match a department with a board and assign one person so there is continuity:

 1.  Water/Sewer Board   Councilman Wayne Freer
 2.  Building Dept.    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet
 3.  Recreation Dept.    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro
 4.  Transfer/Landfill    Councilman Michael Lange
 5.  Highway Dept.    Councilman Wayne Freer
 6.  Dog Warden    Councilman Michael Lange
 7.  Tax Collector    Councilman Michael Lange
 8.  Court System    Councilman Wayne Freer
 9.  Assessor     Councilman Michael Lange
 10.  Zoning Board of Appeals  Councilperson Gloria VanVliet
 11.  Waterfront Advisory Board  Councilperson Deborah Silvestro
 12.  Town Hall Project   Supervisor John Coutant
 13.  Sidewalks    Supervisor John Coutant

A motion to approve the liaisons to the above mentioned departments and boards was made by Supervisor John Coutant and seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer.  All Town
Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

12.  Resolution of Delegate to Assoc. of Towns Meeting

The Supervisor wanted to attend the Association of Towns Meeting in New York City, however, he is so busy at the office that he cannot make the time.  Councilperson Deborah Silvestro has volunteered to attend the meeting and to be our delegate and bring back any information she gathers.

Whereas, the New York State Association of Towns holds its annual training meetings in New York City on February 19-22, 2006

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that Councilperson Deborah Silvestro be authorized to attend as the official delegate from the Town of Esopus and vote on our behalf,

Further, Be it Resolved, that all expenses included be paid for by the Town of Esopus.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

13.  Resolution Appointing Electrical Inspector

Whereas, the Town of Esopus Code, Chapter 56 allows for the appointment of personnel and companies to inspect electric work done in the Town of Esopus and report all finds, etc. to our Building Inspector.

Be it Resolved, that Tri-State Inspection Agency of Warwick, New York inspectors Al Shauger and Nick DeFusco be authorized to preform such inspections.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

14.  Sidewalk Update

New York State DOT has held informational meetings about the improvements to Rt. 9W.  New sidewalks are a part of that improvement.  The drawings of the sidewalks have been presented to the Supervisor.  We need to pass three resolutions in regard to the sidewalks.  One resolution deals with the maintenance and the lighting of the sidewalks.  The lights cost $1,700 each.  They are the type of light if knocked over for any reason the entire light must be replaced.

Supervisor Coutant asked for the detailed drawings for the electric going to these lights for the responsibility of the maintenance will be the towns.  DOT had no detailed drawings but there will be before the town passes a resolution.  The reason is....the lighting problem for the lights going over to Kingston.....there are no schematics for those lights....and the DOT put them in.  We are responsible for those lights and we have enjoyed no lights or intermittent lights for some time.  We finally got a contractor to look into this and there are a series of shorts occurring in those lights.  No one has detailed drawings on how they are wired.  The clock is running for electrical work on those lights.  That is why we need detailed drawings for the new lights.

According to the State they will have this project out for bid in May of this year.  The first phase will replace a section of water line from River Road to Keyser Funeral Home.  Phase 2 will be the sidewalks and Phase 1 will include the mini-park and the removal of the old Town Hall.  This will be absolutely gorgeous.  The overlay pictures should be available to the public shortly.

According to Councilperson Silvestro the Advisory Committee to the DOT had discussion over the choice of the lights, however, the cost was not discussed with the committee.   Supervisor Coutant thought there would have to be pieces that could be purchased instead of an entire pole.  Maybe this same light could be purchased in pieces.  There will be another informational meeting in March with the state.

15.  Resolution to Pay Bills

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, County of Ulster as follows:

Whereas, the Town of Esopus has been presented with vouchers for payment and these vouchers have been examined and approved by the Town Board,

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the following that following vouchers be approved for payment:

 General Fund  #061001-061062  $39,437.65

 Highway Fund  #062001-062024  $20,782.02

 Capital Fund   #065001   $20,000.00

 Street Lighting  #066001   $ 4,037.61

 Port Ewen Sewer  #063001-064002  $13,794.24

 Port Ewen Water  #064003-064034  $22,683.20

 Total....................................................................................$120,734.72

Resolution offered by Councilman Michael Lange
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Councilman Lange had a comment.  He has been asking for the last year to see the balances left in each account after the bills are paid.  We will address the issue stated Supervisor Coutant.  One of the problems the Town Board has had is there seems to be a lax of time between the end of the month and when the fund balances are updated so the Dept. heads know how much money they have in each particular fund so they know directly where they stand.  The Supervisor said we will address that issue as soon as possible.  It is important everyone knows how much is left to spend.  We will get to it.

Councilperson Silvestro suggested upgrading the computer system we have.  Supervisor was on the Town Board when the AS400 System was purchased in 1988 or close to that.  It was the most modern thing at the time.  Now you cannot get the maintenance and the updates for the system.
The rule of business is one thing and the rules for government is another and we would be well blessed to address a spread sheet that addresses government bookkeeping.  Councilperson Silvestro suggested contacting the bookkeepers in other towns.  Supervisor Coutant suggested contacting the Assoc. of Towns for their suggestion.  Councilperson Silvestro will try to meet with other Council Members and ask for their input when she attends the Association of Towns Meeting in New York.

Supervisor Coutant commented,  Mrs. Quimby our bookkeeper, will be retiring by the end of the year and it will not be an easy job to replace her.  When you look at the bookkeepers pay scale it is probably a little on the sub-standard side.  When you look at the responsibility it is great.  When you look at someone coming in and finding out how this system works....we are on the verge of a nightmare.  The intentions of the Supervisor are to find the right person with the appropriate background and put them through the schooling process with the State of New York as to how the State wants our books done.  The second intention is to find a competent person within driving distance to spend time with the present bookkeeper for on the job training.  That is the Supervisor’s plan of attack.

16.  Resolution to Transfer Lighting District

Whereas, the Port Ewen Lighting District requires adequate balance to pay its obligations.

Be it Resolved, that the sum of $1,630.57 be transferred from the General Fund to the Port Ewen Lighting District until District Tax Receipts are collected..

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

     Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
     Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
     Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
     Councilman Michael Lange Aye
     Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

17.  Resolution to Close Beach Account

Whereas, the Beach Park Restroom Project is complete and our general fund should be reimbursed.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the amount of $10,117.49 be transferred from Park Restroom Account to the General Fund.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilman Michael Lange

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

18.  Resolution to Transfer Water Funds

Whereas, the Port Ewen Water Fund requires adequate funds to pay current bills,

Be it Resolved, to transfer the sum of $6,612.99 from the Port Ewen Sewer Fund until water bill money is received and posted.

Resolution offered by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet
Resolution seconded by Supervisor John Coutant

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Supervisor Coutant mentioned the monitory controls failed at the water plant and that costs $13,000 to repair.  The Central Hudson bills have increased forty percent.

19.  Resolution to Transfer Funds for Esopus Library District

Whereas, the pilots have not been received to adequately support the Esopus Library District,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, to transfer $65.65 from the General Fund to the Esopus Library District.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer
    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

20.  Resolution to Transfer Town Hall Funds

Whereas, the funds for our Town Hall construction has been in our General Fund and the accurate need for project accounts purchases for this project.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, to transfer the sum of $351,826.50 to our Capital Project Fund.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant
Resolution seconded by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

21.  Resolution to Change 2006 Salary Schedule

Whereas, the 2006 Salary Structure in the Organizational Meeting on January 1, 2006 had two errors,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, the salary of the Building Department Clerk Debbie Pugliese was listed as $11.49 per hour and should have been listed as $12.51 per hour and Water Treatment Operator 2A Eric Balash was listed as $17.23 per hour and should have been listed as $16.94 per hour.  The salaries will be changed.

Resolution offered by Councilman Wayne Freer
Resolution seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

    Supervisor John Coutant  Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet Aye
    Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
    Councilman Michael Lange Aye
     Councilperson Deborah Silvestro Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

22.  Above and Beyond

Niagra Falls hit the Town Hall last Sunday when the Supervisor entered.  Being new he did not know where the keys were to turn off the water which had come from the hot water tank and flowed through the court record room and ended up with four to six inches of water in a flood in the middle of the Town Hall.   The Supervisor called the Town Clerk and she came over the opened the door.  Don Kiernan, John Meehan, Eric Balash and Dan Vedder all came in to clean up the disaster.  The next day Dan Vedder pickup a new hot water heater and repaired our problem with the expertise of Jon Haight.  Our employees did a job above and beyond because they had a real concern for our Town Hall.  A special thanks was given to all involved.

Public Comment:

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro: There was a concern regarding our website not being updated.  The last calendar listed is October of 2003.  Something should be done so that people can look and find out when the Town meetings are scheduled or when special activities are taking place.   Supervisor Coutant suggested Councilperson Silvestro work on this problem.

Jon Haight: The bathroom at the park is not completely finished.   Supervisor Coutant said financially the bathroom is complete and thank you for your efforts down there.  Supervisor Coutant continued stating he believed that many of the town employees have not been recognized for their efforts in the past and as a businessman he plans to recognize those extra efforts and to begin an Above and Beyond Club.  We do have good people who go above and beyond every day they go to work.  We have good people here.

Roscoe Pecora: Roscoe Pecora thanked Councilperson Gloria VanVliet for helping me with a lost dog along Rt. 9W.  The situation was simply he did not know who this dog belonged to as .  The dog was thin and he was placed inside his gate and food and water was given.  Roscoe was not able to reach the dog warden and the backup dog warden never responded.  He then called Councilperson VanVliet because it was 23 degrees out.  The then Supervisor did not feel this was an emergency.  Roscoe placed the dog in his garage and the dog warden pickup the dog 10 AM the next day.  The other part of the problem is he asked about the dog later.  New Years Day came along and Walter VanLeuven, who takes care of the town dogs responded that the dog died and was placed in the dumpster.  It is bad enough trying to help this dog and to find out it had died and was dumped. Could the new liaison check into this issue to find a more humane approach?

Supervisor Coutant answered Joe Sills question about a start up date and that should be May 1st.  The first thing to happen will be the replacement of the water main and take off with the sidewalks after that.  The biggest concern will be the slowing down of the traffic pattern through Broadway.  It will be a beautiful project.

Councilperson VanVliet asked about the Town Board Workshop Meetings.  Will it still be the first Monday of the month and the third Tuesday before the Town Board Meeting?  The Council people were asked to place their schedules on the Town Clerk calendar to determine what the best dates would be for the meetings.  Town Clerk Diane McCord stated the Environmental Board has changed their meeting day to the third Wednesday of the month and that would help with some of the Tuesday problems.  The Town Board will review the calendar.

The monthly correspondence is available for inspection in Town Clerk’s Office.
The following reports of committees and officials are available:

Town Clerk Monthly Report for December 2005
Town Clerk Yearly Report for 2005
Building Dept. Monthly Report for December 2005
Port Ewen Water and Sewer Dept. Report for December 2005
Assessor’s Monthly Report for December 2005
Planning Board Minutes for December 2005
Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes for December 2005

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 PM was made by Councilman Michael Lange and seconded by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

      Respectfully submitted,

      Diane L. McCord
      Town Clerk, CMC, RMC