TOWN BOARD MEETING

MARCH 16, 2001

 

 

The regular meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, March 16, 2001 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York. The following persons were present:

 

Supervisor Ray Rice

Councilman Marshall Courtney

Councilman John Loughlin

Councilman Peter Beisel

Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Highway Supt. Art Cross

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord

Town Clerk, RMC

Guests: Dawn Letus, Daily Freeman Reporter

Ira Weiner

Greg Gulbrandsen

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

There are six dogs at the Town of Esopus Kennel available for adoption along with seven puppies available in another four weeks.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

 

TOWN BOARD RESOLUTIONS:

 

1. RESOLUTION REQUESTING ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATURE TO REMOVE 3 & 3/4 % RESIDENTIAL ENERGY TAX

RESOLUTION TO THE ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATURE

REQUESTING THE REMOVAL OF THE 3 & 3/4 SALES TAX ON RESIDENTIAL ENERGY

MARCH 15, 2001

 

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

WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature continues to impose a 3 & 3/4 % Sales Tax on Residential Heating bills, and

 

WHEREAS, this is an extremely regressive form of tax and considering the exorbitant energy costs for our residents,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Esopus Town Board requests that the Ulster County Legislature remove the 3 & 3/4 % sales tax on residential energy.

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY

 

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE Aye

COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY Aye

COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN Aye

COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL Aye

COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET Aye

 

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 

2. RESOLUTION REGARDING THE DREDGING OF PCBS FROM THE HUDSON RIVER - MARCH 15, 2001

 

WHEREAS, PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls are a group of chemicals that were widely used as a fire preventive and insulator in the manufacture of transformers and capacitors; and

 

WHEREAS, during a 30-year period ending in 1977, it is estimated that approximately 1.1 million pounds of PCBs were discharged into the Hudson River from two General Electric (GE) capacitor manufacturing plans located in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York; and

 

WHEREAS, PCBs were banned by the EPA in 1979, and are classified as a probable human carcinogen by numerous national and international health-protective organizations, such as the EPA, The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (an arm of the U.S. Public Health Service) and the World Health


Organization; and

 

WHEREAS, although many of GEs PCBs remain concentrated in hot spots in the sediments of the upper Hudson, PCBs have polluted the entire stretch of River below Hudson Falls and, as a consequence, in 1983 a 200-mile stretch of Hudson River from Hudson Falls to the Battery in New York City was classified as a Superfund site by the EPA; and

 

 

WHEREAS, the EPA has issued a proposed plan which calls for the removal, or dredging, of 2.65 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from potions of the upper Hudson River; and

 

WHEREAS, GE and others are strongly opposed to the EPA proposed plan; and

 

WHEREAS, numerous individuals and organizations are strongly in favor of the EPA proposed plan; and

 

WHEREAS, an extensive public relations campaign has been waged by both GE and its opponents on the dredging proposal; and

 

WHEREAS, GE has devoted extensive resources in its efforts to influence public opinion against the dredging proposal by use of radio, television, newspapers and the internet; and

 

WHEREAS, GEs characterization of the EPA proposal has been misleading and has inaccurately described the technology and methods that would be used should the EPA proposed plan be implemented; and

 

WHEREAS, a major portion of the residents of the Town of Esopus depend upon the Hudson River as a source of drinking water as well as for various other economic and recreational purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, it is of vital importance to the residents of the Town of Esopus that the Hudson River be improved and that sources of contamination of all kinds e eliminated to the maximum extent practicable; and

 


WHEREAS, as a result of the dedicated efforts of organizations such as Clearwater, the quality of the Hudson River has improved dramatically over the past

30 years and such improvements have greatly improved the quality of life in the communities along the Hudson, including the Town of Esopus; and

WHEREAS, municipalities throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including the Town of Esopus, have been solicited by organizations on both sides of the dredging issue seeking to list such municipalities among their respective supporters; and

 

WHEREAS, the selection of an inappropriate method of remediation could have a substantial negative impact on the Hudson River and the quality of life i the communities along its shores; and

 

WHEREAS, it is recognized by the Town Board that the determination of the best method of remediating PCB contamination in the Hudson River is a highly complex process requiring extensive technical expertise and study; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the opinion of the Town Board that although public opinion and discussion should play an important part in determining the future of the Hudson River Valley region, the best method of remediating PCB contamination in the Hudson River is not likely to be found through opinion polls conducted among affected communities in the wake of an unprecedented and sustained blitz of mass mailings, infomercials, print ads and other advertisements disseminated through all available media.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that after considerable deliberation, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus hereby abstains from taking a specific position either in favor of or opposed to the EPA proposal; and it is further,

 

RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby calls upon the EPA and all other federal and state environmental agencies to take whatever actions may be technologically feasible and cost-effective in order to ensure that the residents of the Town of Esopus shall continue to have a safe source of drinking water and that the economic and recreational benefits of the Hudson River are preserved.

 

 


RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY

RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL

 

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE Aye

COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY Aye

COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN Aye

COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL Aye

COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET Aye

 

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 

Supervisor Rice expressed concern about when and if the dredging occurs our drinking water will have to be tested more frequently and who is to cover the increased costs?

 

3. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TOWN CLEANUP DAYS AT THE TRANSFER STATION

 

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

 

WHEREAS, the Town Board is desirous of assisting Town residents in cleaning up their properties;

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes Town of Esopus residents to use the Town Transfer Station on May 5th and May 12th, 2001 free of charge for their Spring Cleanup. Guidelines for the Cleanup Days are attached.

 

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 PETER BEISEL Aye

COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET Aye


RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 

Supervisor Rice mentioned the GREAT HUDSON RIVER SWEEP sponsored by Scenic Hudson. The Waterfront Advisory Committee will be cleaning up at the Sleightsburgh Park at 10 AM on April 28th and a group of citizens from River Road will meet at Lighthouse Park.

 

4. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS RECEIVED SINCE THE FEBRUARY 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 Boardm

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following vouchers be approved for payment:

 

GENERAL FUND #103-166 $78,950.20

HIGHWAY FUND # 36- 59 14,929.91

STREET LIGHTING # 3 1,802.96

PORT EWEN SEWER # 27- 45 10,572.19

PORT EWEN WATER # 54- 79 24,300.02

 

TOTAL......................................................................................130,555.28

 

RESOLUTION OFFERED SUPERVISOR RAY RICE

RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL

 

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AYE

COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE

COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AYE

COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL AYE

COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET AYE

 

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.


6. MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES SINCE THE FEBRUARY MEETING

 

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES SINCE THE FEBRUARY TOWN BOARD MEETING WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET.

ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: There was no comment.

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AVAILABILITY OF CORRESPONDENCE AND THE FOLLOWING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

 

Town Clerks monthly report for February 2001

Port Ewen Water/Sewer District Monthly Report dated February 2001

Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board Minutes dated March 12, 2001

Monthly report of the Building Inspector dated February 2001

Economic Development Committee Minutes dated February 26, 2001

Fire Inspection Report dated February 2001

Monthly Statement of the Tax Collector dated February 2001

Planning Board Minutes dated February 21, 2001

Zoning Board Minutes dated February 2001

 

A MOTION TO ADJOURN AT 7:40 PM WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AND SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE. ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane L. McCord

Town Clerk, RMC