TOWN BOARD MEETING
 APRIL 18, 2002

A regularly scheduled Town Board Meeting was held on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons present:

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

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Supervisor Rice had the following announcements:

1.  Bug Spray is available from the Town Clerk’s Office.
2.  The Great River Sweep will be held Saturday, April 20th.  Volunteers can meet
     at Sleightsburgh Park or Lighthouse Park at 12 Noon.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Ernie Germano - Ulster Park: Ernie Germano inquired about the Recreation Budget.  His daughter is signed with the Soccer League and he is concerned about her having to “can shake” for donations to support the league and wondered why.   the town doesn’t allot money for these organizations?

Supervisor Rice stated the town allots money for permanent equipment, insurance and maintenance of the field.  Councilman Courtney mentioned the Port Ewen Athletic Association (PEAA) in which the town funds the insurance costs and the cost of the maintenance of the fields, however, we do not provide money for specific money for equipment.  The Town  Recreation Budget is $70,000.  Ernie Germano complimented Saugerties on their field.  Supervisor Rice said Saugerties was fortunate to be given a beautiful field including some 100 acres by Mr. Cantine.

Ernie Germano told the Town Board there was a missing tennis net at Ross Park and the St. Remy facility needed some help.

TOWN BOARD RESOLUTIONS:

1.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROCUREMENT OF A             DEFIBRILLATOR

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

WHEREAS, Senator Larkin has obtained a grant in the amount of $3,500 for a d   Defibrillator for the Town,

WHEREAS, the installation of a defibrillator in the Town Hall will require a commitment in both time and money to educate an adequate number of people to properly utilize the equipment,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to accept the grant for a defibrillator and to expend, if necessary, an amount not to exceed $1,000 over the amount of the grant for education of volunteer personnel.

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.

There was discussion over the cost of training individuals to operate this equipment.
First there is a three hour CPR Course and a two hour Defibrillator Course.

2.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ATTENDANCE OF HIGHWAY
     SUPERINTENDENT AND DEPUTY HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT            AT CORNELL HIGHWAY SCHOOL

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

WHEREAS, the Local Highway School will be held at Cornell, June 3rd through 5th, 2002,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Highway Superintendent and Deputy Highway Superintendent be authorized to attend, with the expenses to be paid from the Highway Dept. Budget.

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.

3.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ATTENDANCE OF THE TAX
    ASSESSOR AT CORNELL TAX SEMINAR

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

WHEREAS, a Seminar on NYS property tax exemptions will be held at Cornell July 14th thru July 19, 2002,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tax Assessor be authorized to attend, with the expenses to be paid from the Tax Assessors department budget.

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.

4.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SIGNING OF A NEW BAILIFF
     CONTRACT

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

WHEREAS, the Town Court Justices have requested that the Town provide the services of a Court Bailiff for the Town Courts,

WHEREAS, the Ulster County Sheriff has agreed to provide a Court Bailiff on a contractual basis,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign a contract with Ulster County for Bailiff services at a rate of $18.86 per hour with a total expenditure not to exceed $6,000 for calendar year 2002.

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN WAYNE FREER

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 REFINANCING PORT EWEN WATER       DISTRICT BONDS

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

WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water District Bonds which were issued in 1991 are callable,

WHEREAS, interest rates are more favorable to the district than in 1992,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor is authorized to negotiate a more favorable interest rate for the remaining $2,260,000.00 bonds.

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN WAYNE FREER
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.   DISCUSSION OF COMMINGLING OF RECYCLABLES AT THE        TRANSFER STATION

Supervisor Rice had a meeting with the Executive Director of Ulster County Resource Recovery Charles Shaw regarding the commingling of the recyclables and the change of policy concerning recyclables.  Now people separate glass, tin, and plastics. These items can all be placed together and they will be separated at UCRRA Transfer Station.  This change in policy will take place in July or August of this year.  This will include all recyclables except newspapers.

Once the program is instituted other recyclables will be taken such as broken china and window glass.

Councilman Gloria VanVliet asked what will happen at our landfill?  Now we have separate containers for each item?  Supervisor Rice explained we will have larger containers for commingled recyclables and UCRRA will give us an additional container for the garbage.

7.  MOTION ACCEPTING THE MINUTES OF THE MARCH BOARD
     MEETING

A MOTION WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE MARCH BOARD MEETING.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

8.  RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS       RECEIVED SINCE THE MARCH 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  #184-244  $27,593.81
HIGHWAY FUND  # 67-   89      7,934.83
STREET LIGHTING  #4       3,412.58
PORT EWEN SEWER  # 41-   52      6,550.07
PORT EWEN WATER # 87- 108     11,834.13

TOTAL....................................................................$57,325.42

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY
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.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Ernest Germano - Ulster Park: Town Residents recently received their preliminary tax assessments.  Supervisor Rice agreed stating the process was done by New York State.  All of the town went up ten to fifteen percent and twenty percent of the town was examined specifically and increased another twenty percent.  “Property tax is absolutely the most unfair mechanism of raising funds – in my opinion, all taxes should be based on income –if you don’t make it, you don’t pay taxes on it.  Given that property tax is an unfair system  – we have to make it as fair as we possibly can.  Your assessment is based on the market value of your home – and as you all know – market values have gone up dramatically in the recent past.

44% since 1999 - Senator Schumer
from $169,000 in December to $183,000 at the end of three months –2002 Rep.
Hinchey.

The state requires that we have assessments that truly reflect the market value of our properties –if we don’t keep our property values current thru regular revals, the state will apply an equalization rate to all properties in the town – the equalization rate would have increased the proportion of the share of taxes we would have to pay to School districts.  (The school districts get 68% of you property tax dollars).
Our tax base has increased by $56 million dollars since last year – this will help to
dampen next years tax bills.”

This increase in assessments does not necessarily translate into higher taxes said Councilman Courtney.  If all the assessments increase the same the taxes will remain the same.  Anyone wishing to have further information about the equalization rate and propety tax assessments should visit the NYS web site www.state.ny.us and follow the links to the NYS Office of Real Property Services.

REPORTS OF OFFICIALS,  BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The following reports of officials, Boards and Commissions have been received and are on file in the Town Clerks’ Office:

Town Clerks’ Report for the month of March 2002
Fire Inspectors monthly report dated April 2002
Port Ewen Water & Sewer Minutes dated March 2002
Planning Board Workshop Minutes dated March 2002
Tax Collectors’ Monthly Statement dated March 2002
Highway Supt. monthly report dated March 2002
Planning Board Minutes dated March 28, 2002
ZBA Minutes dated March 2002

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AT 8 PM AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC