TOWN BOARD MINUTES
 APRIL 20, 2006
A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, April 20, 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
    Councilperson Wayne Freer
    Councilperson Michael Lange
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

    Administrative Recorder: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk
                                                                                             CMC, RMC
Pledge to the Flag

Public Comment

Stephen Barth: A month ago Stephen Barth’s father passed away.  Stephen’s siblings and himself propose to purchase a bench in memory of his father and locate this bench at the Lighthouse Park on River Road in Ulster Park along with a shade tree.

A motion was made by Supervisor John Coutant and seconded by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro to allow the Barth Family to locate a granite bench and shade tree in memory of their father at Lighthouse Park on River Road in Ulster Park.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

Kelly Tomaseski - Library Director: There will be a ground-breaking ceremony held on May 7th at 1 PM at the Library Property on Canal Street in Port Ewen, New York.

Vince Fisher: Vince Fisher believes it is important that the criteria used for the Summer Park Program at Ross Park be the same as the Free Lunch Program at the area schools.  If you have a free lunch you can go to the Park Program for free.  Also, Vince Fisher favored the Clean Election Resolution on this evenings agenda.

Roscoe Pecora: Resolution No. 12 this evening is a Resolution to use Dr. Rugg in Kingston for cremations, autopsy’s and rabies tests.  Roscoe Pecora is in support of this resolution for it encourages more humane standards as well as addressing better procedures to be used.  This is a step in the right direction.

Bonnie Hewitt: Clean Money Clean Elections Resolution on the agenda tonight and she believes we have enough government in elections.

Great River Sweep: Councilperson Deborah Silvestro announced the Waterfront Advisory Board and Marion Zimmer will be at the Great River Sweep to be held from 9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon on April 29th at the Sleightsburgh Park.  On May 11th NYSDOT will have a meeting of the Citizen Advisory Committee to discuss plans for Rt. 9W construction.  Everyone is invited.

1.  Verizon - Lighting Update

Supervisor Coutant commented on the positive article printed in the Daily Freeman and thanked Reporter Donna Cafaldo for the coverage.  He commented Verizon has been excellent and with luck we will have the entire bridge lighted.

2. $100,000 Funding for Hardenburgh Road Construction

The Town of Esopus has just received funding in the amount of $100,000 to go toward the work to be done on Hardenburgh Road.  This funding was done through Senator William J. Larkin through the Multi-Modal Program.

3. $42,441 Local Government Assistance

Senator Larkin has also been able to secure $42,441 in Local Government Assistance as part of the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities   This money is used as an incentive to small towns.
Councilperson Silvestro asked what is meant by local government assistance?  Supervisor Coutant answered the money could be used for just about anything.  As an example, the bathrooms could be completed.

4.  Transfer Station To Increase Town of Esopus Transfer Station Fees

Whereas, the contractual expenses for the Town of Esopus Transfer Station has risen tremendously within a very short period of time and it has become necessary for an adjustment of fees to avoid an operating loss projected in excess of $51,000 for the year.

Whereas, the operator (C. Dankelmann) of our Transfer Station has suggested the below increases of fees as outlined.  With this adjustments, as recommended, this will prevent the loss from occurring.  The proposed fees are as follows:

 Item   Current   Proposed

 Coupons  $ 2.50    $3.75 Book of 10        $37.50
 C. & D  $   .06 lb.   $  .07 lb.
 Large Bag  $ 2.50    $3.75
 Small Bag  $ 1.50    $2.00
 MSW   $   .06 lb.   $   .07 lb.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that these rates become effective May 1, 2006.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

5.  Resolution to Adopt Harassment Policy

The Wright Risk Management Company have recommended our Harassment Policy needs to be redone.  This same agency helped us select one of the best policies in New York State.  This policy is unique for both a male and female will review any charges and requires a formal harassment complaint form.  This allows those people reviewing the complaint to speak with the individual and make a recommendation to the Town Board.

Whereas, the Wright Risk Management Company has reviewed our current harassment policy and has made a recommendation to the Town of Esopus to adopt a policy consisting of a review committee and procedures for disciplinary actions to be taken by the Town Board,

Whereas, the policy we are adopting will fulfill these requirements and thus become part of our Town of Esopus Employee Handbook,

Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus hereby duly adopts the harassment policy with the recommended changes provided by Wright Risk Management Company.  This policy will become effective May 1, 2006.

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

6.  Resolution for 2008 Town Wide Re-assessment

Whereas, the Town of Esopus’ Sole Assessor, Daniel Terpening has advised the Town Board that the surrounding towns and the City of Kingston are scheduling re-assessment of real property during the year of 2008,

Whereas, these surrounding areas and the town of Esopus are part of the Kingston Consolidated School District, we have been advised that doing this re-assessment in a timely fashion corresponding with other municipalities within that district would be appropriate.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Assessor be authorized to advise the New York state Office of Real Property Value Services of the intentions to participate in the re-assessment of all parcels within the Town of Esopus.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted

Councilperson Gloria VanVliet was happy that the City of Kingston is going to do something with their assessments.  Maybe we will all be on “an even keel” and it will give us more equality.

7.  Resolution Supporting Clean Money/Clean Elections

Whereas, The Clean Money Clean Elections bill (S2401, A5506), creating a public fund for candidates who refuse private money in their campaigns for statewide offices, has been introduced in the New York State Legislature, and

Whereas, Clean Money Clean Elections would enhance democracy by eliminating the deleterious influence of money in the political process, removing access to wealth as a major determinant of a citizen’s influence in the political process, and restoring the principle of “one person, one vote”, and

Whereas, Clean Money Clean Elections would level the playing field to give qualified citizens without access to big money a fair chance at winning office based on their ideas and integrity rather than how much money they can raise, and

Whereas, Clean Money Clean Elections would stop the endless money chase so that candidates are free of the constant need to raise money and those elected have more time to serve the public interest rather than constantly raising funds for their next campaign, and

Whereas, Clean Money Clean Elections would reduce the escalating costs of elections, and

Whereas, Polls show an overwhelming majority of citizens support public financing of campaigns so long as the candidates abide by spending limits and do not accept any private donations, therefore, be it

Resolved: that the Town of Esopus urges the New York State Legislature to enact the Clean Money Clean Elections bill (S2401, A5506) into law in order to break the hold big money interests have over the electoral and legislative processes of government and restore the democratic principle of one person, one vote, and be it

Further Resolved: that the Town of Esopus Clerk send copies of this resolution to Senator William Lark, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Governor George E. Pataki, Senate Majority Leader
Joseph Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, Senate Minority Leader David Paterson, and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz.

Resolution Offered by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro
Resolution Seconded by Councilperson Supervisor John Coutant

    Supervisor John Coutant   Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet  No
    Councilperson Wayne Freer  No
    Councilperson Michael Lange  Abstain
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro  Aye

Resolution was not adopted.

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro: “This resolution is in support of a bill which is being offered in both the State Senate and the Assembly.  It is non-partisan, and has support from both major parties.  If enacted, it will affect races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Assembly, Attorney General, and Comptroller.

States which have already passed Clean Elections reform bills are Arizona, enacted with the help of Senator John McCain, Maine, Vermont, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and most recently, Connecticut.

The City of Kingston passed this same resolution on Oct. 6, 2004.  The Ulster County Legislature unanimously passed the Clean Money Clean Elections Resolution on Oct. 6, 2005,

With this resolution, we will be joining other towns in New York State including Ithaca, Schenectady, Woodstock, Saugerties, Olive, the Village of New Paltz, Renssalaerville, and Thompkins County.

This is our opportunity, in the Town of Esopus, to let our voice be hear: We want positive reform of the election process.”

Councilperson Gloria VanVliet voted no.  It is more regulation and it takes away and limits the amount that may be donated.  Everyone is not “crooked or dishonest”.  She believes we should leave this up to the state lawyers to decide.

Supervisor John Coutant originally voted no agreeing with the concept, however, he could not vote for it at this time, but challenged the people who gave this to us for more information to make it palatable.  Upon re-consideration he voted yes for the concept is what we are trying to get across here.

Councilperson Michael Lange abstained because he was undecided.

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro voted yes because it is something she very much believes in.
The only way our state government can know is what we tell them.  She was disappointed in the vote for she believes we need to tell our state government how we feel about it.  It is worthy.

Councilperson Wayne Freer voted no.

Councilperson Gloria VanVliet: Some taxpayers money is going to go into this even though you may think it is of no cost to us.  Councilperson Deborah Silvestro said the State of Maine adopted this and now the entire state is able to afford health care.

There was a question about the abstention vote.  The Town Clerk will call the Association of Towns for an opinion.

8.  Resolution for Dead End sign on “J” Road by Riverview Condominiums

Whereas, the Riverview Condominiums Board of Managers has advised the Town Board of a problem involving a large number of vehicles using the private “J” Road to get back out onto 9W, they have petitioned the Town Board to install a dead end sign at the beginning of the “J” Road,

Whereas, this road is owned and controlled by the Town of Esopus Town Board and it is not the responsibility of the Town of Esopus Highway Department to place such sign as per a prior Town Board’s acceptance of this “J” Road,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that this sign be placed at the entrance of the “J” Road as soon as possible.

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

    Supervisor John Coutant   Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet  Aye
    Councilperson Wayne Freer  No
    Councilperson Michael Lange  Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro  Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Councilperson Wayne Freer voted no because he did not feel the sign would solve the problem.
He had concerns as to why the Highway Dept. did not want to accept this road?  He would like the condos to bring this road up to standard so that it could be accepted.  Councilperson Mike Lange said when the road was put up there were to be two gates placed up for emergency access and keys were to go to the Fire Dept.

Supervisor Coutant gave some history of the road.  When the condos were built that road was an access road to gain access for the residents to get to the proposed marina which was never built.  Now the road is considered a private one owned by the town.  The Town Board accepted the road against the wishes of the Highway Superintendent for it does not have the right grading.
Planning Board Chairperson Roxanne Pecora said the road must always have a chain across it.  The road, in the original plans, was to be a private road maintained by Riverview.  Supervisor Coutant requested a meeting between the Highway Supt., Councilperson Michael Lange and himself.

 8-A: Donation from Charles Neer

The Town has received a donation from the estate of Charles T. Neer on April 11th in his memory as a Rifton resident.  This was formalized with a letter from IBM Fidelity Trust Account.  It was suggested we put this money in our scholarship fund for use in the Summer Park Program for the children who cannot afford to attend in Charles Neer’s Memory.

9.  Resolution To Adopt 2006 Summer Park Program

Whereas, the Town Board has reviewed the Town of Esopus Summer Park Program information and proposals for 2006 as submitted by Julie Habernig, Program Director dated April 3, 2006.

Whereas, this proposal details the hours of operation, rain policy, enrollment requirements, registration requirements, staffing, supplies and equipment, registration fee, staff salaries, daily procedures, advertisements and staff hiring,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the town of Esopus hereby adopts the Town of Esopus 2006 Summer Park Program as submitted by Julie Habernig on April 3, 2006.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro spoke with Julie Habernig and suggested she speak with the principals of the area schools to determine which children are in need of help attending the program.

10.  Resolution For Street Interconnection and Plan

Whereas, the Planning Board, Port Ewen Water/Sewer District and the Port Ewen Fire Department of the Town of Esopus have communicated the need for the Town to conduct a street interconnection study and plan for Port Ewen, specifically the new developments surrounding the Town Hall site,

Whereas, the Planning Board has discussed the inconsistencies with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan from 1994 as it does not consider the new storm water requirements and/or other new regulations,

Whereas, the Planning Board requested the Town Board conduct a conceptual (qualitative analysis) and request Shuster Associates to assist in this effort to provide this study at the least possible cost,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus hereby authorizes the hiring of Shuster Associates in the amount of $2,500.00 to conduct a qualitative analysis (first task( as detailed in their proposal letter dated April 4, 2006.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

Chairperson Roxanne Pecora had concerns over the twenty five acre site owned by the town as to where the roads will go, where the water lines will go and the drain fields.  The Planning Board needs to know what should take place with regard to planning.  Don Kiernan, Water & Sewer Supt., believes this is a smart move and the money is wisely invested.  Chairperson Pecora said they are looking for a conceptual study so we can make the correct plans for our developments.  At another time we will need an engineering study, however, the preliminaries need to be done now.

11.  Resolution for Appointment to Environmental Board

Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has a vacancy on the Town’s Environmental Board,
 
Whereas, the Town Board has reviewed the outstanding credentials of Emily A. Pereira of 116 Dashville Road, New Paltz, New York 12561,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus appoints Emily A. Pereira for a term of two years to serve from April 20, 2006 to December 31, 2007.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

12.  Resolution for Proper Disposition of Deceased Dogs

There has been a lot of activity on this issue and we want to establish a clear policy.

Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has recognized the need to enhance our existing policy with regard to proper disposition of deceased dogs that reside in our Town Kennel and/or are picked up by our Dog Control Officer,

Whereas, the Town Board believes it to be proper and just to provide cremation in such an instance and not to dispose of a dog in a Transfer Station container o receptacle,

Whereas, the Town of Esopus Local Law Section 68-22 B. Disposition of Deceased Dogs - states “every dog seized shall be treated in a humane manner,”

Whereas, Subpart 360-11.1.i of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency’s section on Transfer Stations and section 360-11.1.i.  Applicability and registration – states that no commercial waste should be accepted at the Transfer Station.

Whereas, the Ulster County SPCA would applaud such an improved policy,

Whereas, we have conferred with our Dog Control Officer and she has recommended the sole use of Dr. Rugg from the Kingston Animal Hospital at 456 Albany Avenue, Kingston, New York to provide us with cremation service, autopsy service for a dog that dies without clear explanation as to the cause and for rabies services,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus officially adopts the above policy and conveys such to our Dog Control Officer.  This policy is to become effective immediately and become part of the written official job duties of our Dog Control Officer.

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

    Supervisor John Coutant   Aye
    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet  Aye
    Councilperson Wayne Freer  No
    Councilperson Michael Lange  Aye
    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro  Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Councilperson Wayne Freer voted no because this was a negative resolution not a positive one and he questioned if this resolution should have been adopted in stages?  Councilperson Gloria VanVliet stated we need some type of policy in place.  She was not happy with some of the wording and she agreed it was a negative resolution but she was interested in protecting the animals.  Councilperson Michael Lange was not happy with some of the wording either but we needed to do something.  Councilperson Deborah Silvestro stated the resolution does take care of the disposal of animals.

Roscoe Pecora: Roscoe Pecora agreed the resolution was not complete, however, this is only part of the issue.  Don Cole, who has had considerable experience with this from New Jersey, agrees we should put in place the right procedures to go after negligent dog owners for abandonment and give our courts the ability to do so.  He suggested having a can to raise money for the dogs.

13.  Resolution for 2006 Highway School Authorization

Whereas, the Town of Esopus Highway Superintendent, Alan Larkin, has requested that he and his deputy, Steve Rodschat be authorized to attend the 2006 Highway School held in Ithaca, New York from June 5, 2006 to June 7, 2006,

Whereas, the cost of registration and lodging be paid by the Town of Esopus,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus authorizes the attendance and expenses to be incurred for the 2006 Highway School for Alan Larkin and Steve Rodschat.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

14.  Resolution to Extend Shuster Associates Expanded Services to the Town of Esopus         Planning Board for the Remainder of 2006

Whereas, the Town of Esopus Planning Board’s Chairperson has strongly suggested the continuation of the three month plan previously endorsed by the Town of Esopus Town Board on a trial basis,

Whereas, it has enhanced the Planning Board’s performance in assisting applicants with questions in preparation of their applications they are preparing to bring to the board and has provided them with specific direction on what they need to address prior to submitting their formal application with their fees to the Town to get on the Planning Board’s agenda,

Whereas, we have received communications from Shuster Associates indicating the continuation of the monthly fee of $500.00 for these expanded services throughout the remaining months of 2006.  These expanded services were detailed in Shuster Associates letter from January, 2006.

Therefore, Be it Resolved that Shuster Associates continue to provided the expanded services for the remainder of 2006 at a fee of $500.00 per month.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Michael Lange

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

Resolution duly adopted.

The Planning Board has been under great pressure from the public and developers.  We are trying to minimize the delay by hiring Shuster to help with these pre-submission conferences once a month.  Councilperson VanVliet was wondering if there would be enough money in the budget?  Roxanne Pecora answered the Planning Board secretarial fees should be down and we should be close to our budget.  Councilperson VanVliet voted with the stipulation that the Planning Board stay within the budget and the Town Board does not have to advance any more money.

15.  Resolution for Purchase of Signs for Port Ewen Riverside Greenway Trail

Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has reviewed the signage program for the Port Ewen Riverside Greenway Trail submitted by Mr. Slotnick at an estimated cost of $1,250.00 for thirteen (13) signs,

Whereas, these signs will be placed in appropriate locations as outlined in the sign schedule and map which is attached to this resolution,

Whereas, our Waterfront Advisory Board has advised the Town Board that the cost and numbers of signs can accommodate our project budget for this grants,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that these signs be purchased for the making of the Greenway Trail at a cost of $1,250.00

Resolution offered by Councilperson Wayne Freer
Resolution seconded Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

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

Resolution duly adopted.

16.  Resolution Requesting Authorization for Investigation for Legal Assistance in Bonding

Whereas, bonding for our Town Hall, bonding for the additional water improvements to the Port Ewen Water/Sewer District and bonding for the purchase of equipment for our Town Highway Department and the investigation of bond anticipation notes and investigation of cost of additional bonding relative to our capital projects,

Whereas, the investigation and the construction of legal resolutions necessary to prepare for the above challenges,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus authorize Supervisor Coutant to investigate the cost of funds and the legal cost of documents required for the procurement of these funds.  After information is obtained, a report will be conveyed to the members of the Town Board

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

Supervisor Coutant stated we have been advised that we may run into a problem with the state paying us on time the 2.7 million dollars for the Town Hall.  We may have to borrow a lot of money until the state reimburses us.  We do not want to have the new Town Hall job shut down during the construction phase.  Councilman Wayne Freer said this resolution gives the Supervisor an opportunity to investigate as long as it does not require additional expensive attorney fees than we already have.

17.  Resolution to Use Orange County Trust Company Bank As Depository
       for the Town of Esopus

Whereas, Paul Wilson from the Orange County Trust Company Bank in Middletown, New York has offered favorable considerations relative to our capital projects and the financing of such,

Whereas, this relationship ties extremely chose to the working relationship developed with the bonding banks being considered for our capital projects,

Whereas, personal expertise above and beyond in assisting government in these endeavors has been shown to the Supervisor of the Town of Esopus,

Therefore, Be it Resolved that approval of the use of the Orange County Trust Company Bank in Middletown, New York and a relationship be developed assisting of Town Board in our major endeavors.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

17-B.  Acceptance of Minutes

A Motion to approve the minutes of the March Meetings was made by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro and seconded by Supervisor John Coutant.

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

Motion duly adopted.

18.  Site Plan Review of New Town Hall

Supervisor Coutant explained after the survey of the Town Hall property was done and a Site Plan Review should be conducted.  The only place the Town Hall would fit on the land is just in line with an existing stone wall.  The site plan will be presented to the Planning Board next Thursday.  The signage was discussed for Rt. 9W.  At this time, a 35" sign on a “V” is planned.

19.   Seasonal Employment for Recreation Dept.

We will need to hire some help for the Recreation Dept.  There is a problem with hiring help at the end of June and they work until the middle of August when the bulk of the work begins in March through May.  It is a little late.  We will try to adjust this next year.

20.  Fire Inspector Resignation
21.  Fire Inspector Applications for Position

Brad Valentine, our Fire Inspector, has resigned.  An ad was placed in the Daily Freeman and we have had four applicants.  The Town Board will conduct interviews on Monday, May 8th.  We need an active fire inspector for a lot is going on in the town.  There was a Workshop Meeting scheduled for May 1st and the Town Clerk will re-schedule this meeting until the 8th.

22.  Dog Enumeration - Count Our Dogs/ Need for Dog Census

The Town has not had a dog enumeration in about ten years.  Each year the amount of dogs decreases and presently we have less than 1,000 dogs.  We need to hire someone to do a dog census.  The Town Clerk will attend the New York State Town Clerks’ Assoc. Meeting this month and will bring back information on the census.

23.  Payment of bills/vouchers

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   #061204-061281  $ 39,194.09

Highway Fund   #062088-062118  $ 18,616.98

Capital Fund    #065003-065004           $ 388,899.00

Street Lighting   #066004                                       4,282.70

Port Ewen Sewer   #063050-063063                         6,497.92

Port Ewen Water   #065086-064112                       74,359.15

Total...............................................................................................$  531,849.84
 

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

Public Comments:

Reporter Donna Cafaldo: The Town Clerk may have something to say?

Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk: It may be a little premature, however, the New York State Town Clerk’s Association has advised me I have been nominated to be the Region 2 District Director for the Association.  This would mean I would be responsible for Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster County to pass information from the Executive Committee to the area Town Clerks’.

Jim Lamb: Jim Lamb questioned how the reassessment would be done and what the cost would be?  At this time, we do not know stated the Supervisor, however, it will probably be done in house.

Sal Silvestro: When the reassessment is done, will the standards used be the same in Kingston as in Esopus?  Supervisor Coutant said the reassessment for Kingston, Ulster and Esopus will be done in 2008.  Councilperson Freer said the same questions were asked several years ago.  The same criteria will be used for the City of Kingston and Esopus.  The standard of comparisons used is mandatory.  There are several school districts in the town.  This will allow those people in different school districts to be on the same standard.  The Town board believes this will be more fair.

There was a brief discussion about the Recreation Budget.  The budget is all inclusive for personnel, equipment, and the summer park program.  The charge last year for the park program was $4,645.  This amount did not cover the expenses.

The was a question about the abstention vote given by Councilperson Michael Lange.  The Town Clerk was asked to call the Association of Towns for a legal opinion on abstaining.

A motion to adjourn was made at 9:40 PM by Councilperson Michael Lange and seconded by Supervisor John Coutant.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

       Respectfully submitted,

       Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk