TOWN BOARD MEETING

MAY 17, 2001

 

The Town of Esopus Town Board held their monthly meeting at the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen on May 17, 2001 at 7:30 PM with the following persons in attendance:

 

Supervisor Ray Rice

Councilman Marshall Courtney

Councilman John Loughlin

Councilman Peter Beisel

Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Highway Supt. Art Cross

 

Supervisor Rice made the following announcements:

 

1. Frank Ruffini is an Eagle Scout and as such his project has been the restoration of the Old Rock School located on Old Post Road on the Anna Devine School property. Frank has scraped and repainted the building.

 

2. Rabies Clinic to be held between 6-7 PM on June 1 at the Esopus Town Garage.

A fee of $5 per animal will be charged.

 

3. Great River Sweep Supporters. On April 28 the Great River Sweep was held with 100 volunteers. A portion of Sleightsburgh Park was cleaned which had never before been done. There was 60 yards of trash including tires and even a refrigerator. Supervisor Rice thanked the volunteers for their efforts as well as Waste Management of the Hudson Valley, Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, Mario’s Pizza and VanLoan’s Discount Beverage.

 

4. Availability of Insect Repellant from the Town Clerk’s Office.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: There was no public comment at this time.

 

1. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RENEWAL OF A BOND ANTICIPATION NOTE FOR THE CONNELLY PUMP STATION

 

BOND ANTICIPATION NOTE RESOLUTION DATED 17TH DAY OF MAY, 2001, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A BOND ANTICIPATION NOTE IN THE AMOUNT OF $35,000 IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SALE OF SERIAL BONDS AUTHORIZED TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST OF THE INCREASE AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE FACILITIES OF THE PORT EWEN SEWER DISTRICT.

 

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

 

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, at a meeting held on April 24, 1997 authorized the issuance of a $175,000 Serial Bond authorized by the Bond Resolution dated April 24, 1997, adopted by the Town Board on April 24, 1997

WHEREAS, the specific purpose (hereinafter referred to as the “purpose”) to be financed pursuant to the aforementioned Resolution is to finance part of the cost of the increase and improvement of the facilities of the Port Ewen Sewer District and

WHEREAS, a Bond Anticipation Note was issued on May 19, 2000 for $70,000 to Fleet National Bank, which said Bond Anticipation Note was due and payable on May 18, 2001.

 

Now, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board a follows:

 

Section 1: The Town Board of the Town of Esopus duly authorizes the renewal of said Bond Anticipation Note in the principal amount of $35,000. Said Bond Anticipation Note as renewed shall be due and payable on May 17, 2002 in said principal amount, together with accrued interest thereon.

 

Section 2: The specific object or purpose to be financed pursuant to this Resolution is to finance part of the cost of the increase and improvement of the facilities of the Port Ewen Water District.

 

Section 3: As required by said Local Finance Law, it is hereby stated that (a) there is now outstanding a Bond Anticipation Note issued on May 18, 2000, and (b) the Note authorized by this Resolution is a renewal Note, and (c) the Note authorized by this Resolution shall mature within one (1) year from the date of its issue; and (d) such Note is issued in anticipation of bonds that will not be an assessable improvement.

 

Section 4: Said Note shall be in substantially the same form and contain the same terms and conditions as in the original Bond Anticipation Note, maturing on May 18, 2001 except that the principal amount thereof shall be $35,000, and the interest rate shall be determined by the Town Supervisor.

 

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 Peter Beisel Aye

Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye

 

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 

2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SETTLEMENT OF THE WEITZE

TAX LAWSUIT

 

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

 

WHEREAS, Peter and Kathy Weitze have brought tax certiorari proceedings against the Town,

 

WHEREAS, the lawyers for both parties have suggested a compromise wherein the assessed value of the Weitze property would be set at $260,000.00 for the tax years of 1997, 1998, and 2000.

 

WHEREAS, the Town of Esopus Town Board believes that this settlement is in the best interests of the Town,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor and Kellar and Kellar to accept the negotiated assessment.

 

Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Resolution seconded by Councilman Peter Beisel

 

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AYE

COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE

COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL AYE

COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AYE

COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET AYE

 

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 

3. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADJUSTMENTS TO CAPITAL ACCOUNTS

 

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

 

WHEREAS, adjustments are required to certain Capital Accounts to properly reflect their current status,

 

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

 

From: the Reassessment Capital Project (1356.2), $16,429.57 to the General Fund Balance (A599)

 

From: the Gen4eral Fund Balance (A599), $9,892.09 to the Landfill Closure Capital Project Account (8163.2)

 

Resolution offered by Councilman Peter Beisel

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.

 

4. RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT LOW BIDS FOR PORT EWEN WATER DEPARTMENT CHEMICALS

 

WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water/Sewer District advertised and received bids for propane gas to be supplied for a period of one (1) year, beginning June 1, 2001 and

ending May 31, 2002.

 

WHEREAS, bids were received and opened at the office of the Town of Esopus, Town Clerk on May 17, 2001.

 

WHEREAS, the lowest bidder fro propane gas was KOSCO Box 760 Port Ewen at a price of $.79 per gallon.

 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Town of Esopus Town Board award the bid to KOSCO.

 

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.


WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water/Sewer District advertised and received bids for Alum to be supplied for a period of one (1) year, beginning June 1, 2001 and ending May 31, 2002.

 

WHEREAS, bids were received and opened at the office of the Town of Esopus, Town Clerk on May 17, 2001.

 

WHEREAS, the lowest bidder for Alum was Holland Co., Inc. Howland Avenue Adams, Ma. 01220 at a price of $203.77 per ton in 3000 gallon loads.

 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Town of Esopus Town Board award the bid to Holland Co.

 

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice

Resolution seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet

 

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AYE

COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE

COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AYE

COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL AYE

COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET AYE

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

 

WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water/Sewer District advertised and received bids for Chlorine to be supplied for a period of one (1) year, beginning June 1, 2001 and ending May 31, 2002.

 

WHEREAS, bids were received and opened at the office of the Town of Esopus, Town Clerk on May 17, 2001.

 

WHEREAS, the lowest bidder for Chlorine was Jones Chemicals P O Box 280 Warwick, New York 10990 at a price of $58.50 per 150 lb. cyl.

 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Town of Esopus Town Board award the bid to Jones Chemicals.


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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.

 

 

WHEREAS, the Port Ewen Water/Sewer District advertised and received bids for Lime to be supplied for a period of one (1) year, beginning June 1, 2001 and ending May 31, 2002.

 

WHEREAS, bids were received and opened at the office of the Town of Esopus, Town Clerk on May 17, 2001.

 

WHEREAS, the lowest bidder for Lime was Jones Chemicals P O Box 280 Warwick, New York 10990 at a price of $4.70 per 50 lb. bag.

 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Town of Esopus Town Board award the bid to Jones Chemicals.

 

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice

Resolution seconded 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.

 

5. RESOLUTION TO APPOINT LAURA PETIT TO RECREATION BOARD

 

A RESOLUTION TO APPOINT LAURA PETIT TO THE RECREATION BOARD WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND 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.

 

6. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS RECEIVED SINCE THE APRIL 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 #219-283 $42,675.78

HIGHWAY FUND # 87- 106 8,094.51

STREET LIGHTING #5 3,508.22

PORT EWEN SEWER # 60- 77 96,411.49

PORT EWEN WATER #108-138 20,910.92

 

TOTAL.....................................................................................$171,600.91

 

Resolution offered by 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.

 

7. MOTION ACCEPTING THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL BOARD MEETING

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL TO APPROVE THE MINUTES SINCE THE APRIL TOWN BOARD MEETING. ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

 

8. AVAILABILITY OF CORRESPONDENCE AND REPORTS OF THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES:

 

Supervisors Monthly Report dated April 2001

Town Clerks Monthly Report dated April 2001

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting dated April 17th

Building Dept. Month1y Report dated April 2001

Port Ewen Water & Sewer Board Minutes dated May 8, 2001

Tax Collectors’ Monthly Report dated April 2001

Port Ewen Water & Sewer Monthly Report dated April 2001

Planning Board Minutes dated April 26, 2001

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

DENNIS HELM - CONNELLY: Dennis Helm asked what the original assessment was for the Weitze property and what was the cost to the taxpayers in Esopus for the litigation? What was the fee to Kellar & Kellar and what was the payment to the Weitze family? Supervisor Rice said he was not aware of any payment to the Weitze family. The legal costs to the Town would take some time to calculate. This has been going on since 1997. The Town felt at the time the property was worth $267,000 and the Weitze’s claimed the property was only worth $140,000. This has been contested through the Assessor, going through Grievance Day, and through the courts. It has taken four years to get here. The settlement was for $260,000. Councilman Courtney stated it is hard to attribute the total legal expenses just to the Weitze’s because initially a large number of people contested their assessments. Mr. Helm asked if it was not in everybody’s best interest to settle this sooner? Supervisor believed it would be in everyone’s best interest to settle, however, sometimes it is in everyone’s best interest to go to court.

 

Ira Weiner - West Park: There is one question Ira Weiner wanted to ask both the Town Board and the Town Clerk and it concerned the Library Election. The Library Election is held to elect two Trustees and to vote on the budget. The Library Election hours are from 4 PM until 8 PM and Ira Weiner is concerned with the limited hours which he believes completely discriminates against those people working the second shift. The question he presented is there are many citizens that would sign a petition to expand the hours of the Library Election and to move the vote to the Town Hall and Ira Weiner would like the opinion of the Town Board. Would it be okay with the Town Board and the Town Clerk to having the election at the Town Hall? Councilman Courtney stated he did not know if there were legal impediments to this. State law dictates how these special district elections are held. He was not sure if it were legally possible to change the place of the election. Personally Councilman Courtney would have no objection. The Town Clerk assured there would be absentee ballots available. Supervisor Rice stated the Town Hall building is a public building and if the Library chose to have the voting here there would be no objections. The Town Clerk explained voting on the machines would not be a problem for her, however, it may be a problem for the Library to have the ballots drawn up to place on the machine within the present time when the election was June 5th. Everyone who would like to vote certainly should be able to vote and absentee ballots are available. Ira Weiner asked if paper ballots were being used and the Town Clerk said yes. He would like voting to be on the machines. The Town Clerk was positive a Democrat and a Republican would be at the election as poll clerks and she would attend to make sure the election was done properly.

 

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

The Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 AM on Monday, May 28th beginning at the former IGA market and proceeding to the Riverview Cemetery for a service and returning to the point of origin.

 

FLAGS

 

Ira Weiner thanked the Town Board on behalf of Legion Post 1298 for helping to defray the cost of the flags to be given out on Memorial Day.

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane L. McCord

Town Clerk, RMC