TOWN BOARD MINUTES

MAY 15, 2003

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 7:30 PM at the Town Hall in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons in attendance:

Supervisor Ray Rice

Councilman Marshall Courtney

Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Councilman Wayne Freer

Councilman Peter Beisel

Highway Supt. Art Cross

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord

Town Clerk, RMC

The meeting was opened with the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dogs available for adoption.

Special Town Board Meeting will be held on Monday May 19th at 8 PM to meet with Architect Dennis Suraci to discuss a new Town Hall.

Support Our Troops Day Meeting Saturday, May 17th Kingston Strand.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

TOWN BOARD RESOLUTIONS:

1. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A COURT GRANT APPLICATION

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

follows:

WHEREAS, funds are available through the New York State Justice Assistance Program for improvements for local courts,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Raymond Rice, as Supervisor of the Town of Esopus, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the State of New York Unified Court system through the Justice Court Assistance Program, in the an amount not t o exceed $20,000 and upon approval of said request to tenter into and execute a project agreement with the State for such financial assistance to this municipality for the upgrade of the office of the Town of Esopus Justice Court.

Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Resolution seconded by Councilman Peter Beisel

Supervisor Ray Rice Aye

Councilman Marshall Courtney Aye

Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye

Councilman Wayne Freer Aye

Councilman Peter Beisel Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUPPORT OF THE DARE PROGRAM FOR 2003- 2004 SCHOOL YEAR

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

WHEREAS, the Town Board has been requested to support the DARE Program at the Robert Graves and Anna Devine Schools,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board, authorizes the support of the DARE

Program in an amount not to exceed $638.00 per school.

Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Resolution seconded by Supervisor Ray Rice

Supervisor Ray Rice Aye

Councilman Marshall Courtney Aye

Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye

Councilman Wayne Freer Aye

Councilman Peter Beisel Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

3. RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE 2003 BUDGET

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

WHEREAS, adjustments to the 2003 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: Amt.: To:

A1990.4 Contingency $2,364.83 A1220.4 Grant Application

 

5,775.65 A1620.4 Defibrill’s & Dell Cmp.

946.72 A3410.4 Fire Inspection Sch.

6,125.79 A9040.8 Workmen’s Comp.

A599 Fund Balance 5,250.00 DA5130.2 Used Snow Plow

DA599 Highway Fund Bal. 6,138.15 DA5142.1 Snow Removal

 

Resolution offered by Councilman Peter Beisel

Resolution seconded by Supervisor Ray Rice

Supervisor Ray Rice Aye

Councilman Marshall Courtney Aye

Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye

Councilman Wayne Freer Aye

Councilman Peter Beisel Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

4. RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE APPOINTMENT OF RACHEL EVANS TO THE ASSESSMENT BOARD OF REVIEW

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

WHEREAS, the Town of Esopus Assessment Board of Review has a vacancy resulting from the resignation of Paul Kristofy,

WHEREAS, the Town Board has solicited and received applications for this position,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that after reviewing several very qualified applications, the Town Board appoints Rachel Evans to the Assessment Board of Review for a term expiring September 30, 2006.

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice

Resolution seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Supervisor Ray Rice Aye

Councilman Marshall Courtney Aye

Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye

Councilman Wayne Freer Aye

Councilman Peter Beisel Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

5. RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS RECEIVED SINCE THE APRIL 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 fore 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 #242-303 $ 46,294.00

HIGHWAY FUND # 28- 29 1,779.15

CAPITAL FUND #102-118 7,096.92

 

STREET LIGHTING 5 3,889.26

PORT EWEN SEWER 54-72 39,317.22

PORT EWEN WATER 123-147 11,606.92

 

TOTAL.......................................................$109,983.47

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice

Resolution seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Supervisor Ray Rice Aye

Councilman Marshall Courtney Aye

Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye

Councilman Wayne Freer Aye

Councilman Peter Beisel Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

6. MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL BOARD MEETINGS

A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL TOWN BOARD MEETINGS WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET. ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

Correspondence and Reports of Committees:

Correspondence for the month of April are available for inspection. The following reports of Committees are available in the Town Clerk’s Office:

Town Clerk’s Monthly Report for April 2003

Port Ewen Water & Sewer Board Report for April 2003

Tax Collectors Monthly Statement for April 2003

Planning Board Minutes dated April 24, 2003

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Robert Richter - Esopus: Bob Richter asked what is happening with the new park in Rifton?

The Town has received the proper permits from D.E.C. and Highway Supt. Art Cross’s crew has cleaned the park. A volunteer group was there ten days ago and picked up three truckloads full of trash.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AND SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE. ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord

Town Clerk, RMC