TOWN OF ESOPUS TOWN BOARD
 FEBRUARY 20, 2002

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, February 20, 2002 at 7:30 PM at the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons in attendance:

Supervisor Ray Rice
Councilman Marshall Courtney
Councilman John Loughlin
Councilman Gloria VanVliet
Councilman Wayne Freer

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord
    Town Clerk, RMC

Public Comment: None

1.  RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF JUSTICE ANDREW
     AURIGEMMA

Supervisor Ray Rice presented Justice Andrew Aurigemma with a plaque in
honor of his service:

“On behalf of the Town Board and the residents of Esopus, I would like to recognize the contribution of Justice Andrew Aurigemma to our community.

Andy has represented a lot of things to our residents.  He has a real reputation for fairness –fairness combined with the firmness required of a judge.  Beyond his fairness, Andy has a reputation for being kind and helpful –and those qualities are not always displayed by judges –and they are certainly not a job requirement.

For 29 years Justice Aurigemma has been a fixture in our Town Hall – and he has certainly held up better than the rest of our Town Hall fixtures.   We are certainly going to miss your presence here in Town Hall and we thank you for all those years of dedicated service.”

2.  PRESENTATION BY ST. REMY SKATEBOARD ADVOCATES

Christopher Williams spoke on behalf of several students  and St. Remy residents
on the subject of establishing a Skateboarding  Park in place of riding on the streets where they have taken abusive language and insults.  Designs for said park were submitted to Supervisor Rice who asked the following questions:

1.  How many people would be using the facility?  Christopher Williams answered          twenty to thirty people.
2.  Who would be supervising the activities?
3.  Do you have adults who would be willing to supervise when the facility is open?

Insurance is the biggest problem.  Saugerties and Catskill had skate boarding facilities but they were closed due to the lack of insurance coverage.  Insurance requirements are stringent.  Christopher Williams was asked to come up with a list of supervising adults.  Marilyn Coffey stated the children had contacted the Port Ewen Athletic Association and were told if they receive a letter from the Town Board they will see if someone is interested in helping from their organization.

3.  RESOLUTIONS AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN THE PORT EWEN       WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT TAP FEES

 WHEREAS, the fee for tapping a water main, in the Port Ewen Water District has been $100.00.

WHEREAS, it has become necessary to raise this fee, in order to cover the cost of providing this service.

WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board of Commissioners has recommended that the fee charged for tapping a water main, in the Port Ewen District, be increase.

WHEREAS, the new fee will be $200.00 for tapping a water main, for a domestic service of 3/4 inch, in the Port Ewen Water District,
 
THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the fee for tapping a water main, in the Port Ewen Water District be increased to $200.00.

Resolution offered by Councilman John Loughlin
Resolution seconded by Supervisor Ray Rice.

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 SEWER TAP FEE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the fee for tapping a sewer main, in the Port Ewen Sewer District has been $100.00.

WHEREAS, it has become necessary to raise this fee, in order to cover the cost of providing this service.

WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board of Commissioners has recommended that the fee charged for tapping a sewer main, in the Port Ewen Sewer District, be increased.

WHEREAS, the new fee will be $200.00 for tapping a sewer main, for a domestic service of six inch, in the Port Ewen Sewer District.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the fee for tapping a sewer main, in the Port Ewen Sewer District be increased to $200.00.

Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney and seconded by Councilman John Loughlin.

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

4.  RESOLUTIONS AUTHORIZING THE ATTENDANCE AT THE NYSTC
     ASSOC. CONFERENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION           SCHOOL

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

WHEREAS, the New York State Town Clerk’s Association Conference will hold its annual meeting April 21-23rd in Saratoga Springs, New York,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the attendance of Town Clerk Diane McCord and Deputy Clerk Kathleen Kiernan, the expenses to be paid from the Town Clerk’s budget.

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice and seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney.

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ATTENDANCE OF TOWN CLERKS AT ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN ALBANY, NEW YORK

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:
 
WHEREAS, The Town Clerk’s Association will hold a regional meeting in Albany, March 25, 2002, to demonstrate the Encon computer system which will be installed in all Town Clerks offices,

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman John Loughlin

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

5. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE 2002      BUDGET

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

WHEREAS, adjustments to the 2002 budget are required in order to properly reflect changes in certain accounts,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the transfer of the following amounts from the indicated accounts and Fund Balances to the indicated active accounts.

From: A1220.4 Supt. Contr. $65.63 A1220.2 Sup. Equip.(printer)
A1010.4 Town Bd.   46.25 A1010.2 Town Bd. Equip.
(cabinet)
A1450.4 Elec. Cont.      1815.00 A1450.2 Elect. Equip.
(Voting Mach.)
A1990.4 Contingency   11099.69 A1910.4 Ins. (liability)
A599      Fund Bal.       21236.19 A7144.2 Perrines Bridge
Park
 
Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

6.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS       RECEIVED SINCE THE JANUARY TOWN BOARD MEETING

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 vouchers be approved for payment:

GENERAL FUND #52-118   $ 90,317.09
HIGHWAY FUND #20-  50      19,301.57
STREET LIGHTING #2         3,566.51
PORT EWEN SEWER #9-    27      15,905.51
PORT EWEN WATER #21- 60      32,270.56

TOTAL....................................................................$161,361.24

Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney
Resolution seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

7.  MOTION ACCEPTING THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY BOARD
     MEETING

A MOTION WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY BOARD MEETING.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

8.  APPOINTMENT TO THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

There is a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals due to the resignation of Robert Martin.  The ZBA discussed this at their last meeting having a quorum of four persons.  There were two qualified candidates Duane Baxter and Robert Hare and there was a tie vote.  The Town Board will wait another month until there is a full quorum of the Zoning Board of Appeals and make the appointment based upon their decision.

9.  APPOINTMENT OF COURT CLERK

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

WHEREAS, Gloria Meschi is resigning from her position as Clerk to Justice Robert C. Grieco’s court,

WHEREAS, Justice Grieco has requested that we appoint Karen Bitonte to the position of Clerk to his court,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board appoints Karen Bitonte to the position of Clerk to Justice Robert C. Grieco’s Court.

Resolution offered by Councilman John Loughlin
Resolution seconded by Supervisor Ray Rice

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Announcement of the availability of correspondence and reports of committees:

The following reports are available to the public in the Town Clerk’s Office:

Town Clerk’s Report dated January 2002.
Fire Inspection Report dated February 2002.
Fire Inspection Report dated January 2002.
Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board Minutes dated February 12, 2002.
Tax Collector’s Monthly Statement dated February 4, 2002 in the amount of $1,264,025.00.
Tax Collector’s Monthly Statement dated January 2002 in the amount of $57,117.70.
Tax Collector’s Monthly Statement dated January in the amount of $485,648.10.
Tax Collectors Monthly Statement fo January 2002 in the amount of $500,000.00
Building Inspector’s Report dated January 2002.
Letter from Building Inspector Mark Rieker regarding Stop Work Order at Rondout Hills.
Planning Board Minutes dated January 24, 2002.
Planning Board Minutes of Workshop Meeting dated January 16, 2002.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Councilman Gloria VanVliet commented it was good to see so many people attend this

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE AT 7:55 PM BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AND SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RICE.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC