TOWN BOARD MEETING
 JULY 19, 2001

A regular meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday,
July 19, 2001 at the Town Hall in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons present:

Supervisor Ray Rice
Councilman Marshall Courtney
Councilman John Loughlin
Councilman Peter Beisel
Councilman Gloria VanVliet
Highway Supt. Art Cross
Henry Pittner
Richard Terpening

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk

Announcements:

The Town of Esopus is participating in the Ulster County Health Dept.’s Tire Collection to prevent the spread of the West Nile Virus.  Our participation will cease July 21st.  If you have tires to dispose of after that date the Town of Kingston will be collecting them until August 4th.

The Town is distributing insect repellant through the Town Clerks’ office.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Carol Boughton - Heavenly Valley: Carol Boughton had questions concerning Phase II of Heavenly Valley.  The neighbors are worried about the roads.  There is a plan for an additional forty homes.  Supervisor Rice stated Heavenly Valley is before the Planning Board and they will have a meeting next Thursday, July 26th.  Any questions should be addressed to the Planning Board and if questions remain the Town Board will try to answer them.  Councilman Marshall Courtney read a quote from the Minutes of the June Meeting of the Planning Board relating Heavenly Valley.  Two lots are being developed at this time, however, they are part of Phase I and are not in contention.

Wilson Tinney- Port Ewen: Wilson Tinney was upset over a property on Rt. 9W
owned by Daniel Terpening.  To walk up the street is very dangerous with brush and branches hanging in the walkway.   The lawn has not been cut.  There is a local
law relating to neglected property where the house can be destroyed and billed to the owner.  It is a danger and an eyesore and is a safety concern for the people.  Supervisor Rice asked if Wilson Tinney and the neighbors would sign a petition?  If so this complaint can be turned over to the Building Department.

TOWN BOARD RESOLUTIONS:

1.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REMOVAL OF SUNKEN VESSEL AT       SLEIGHTSBURGH PARK

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

WHEREAS, numerous vessels have been abandoned on the Sleightsburgh Park property,

WHEREAS, the town has been presented with a proposal to remove one of the vessels at no cost to the Town,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the removal of the vessel by Roundout Holding Company, DBA Hideway Marina.  Prior to removal of the vessel, Roundout Holding Co. will provide the Town with a Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $1 million with the Town as the named insured, and will additionally provide proof of Workmans Compensation and Disability Insurance.

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.

During the discussion Councilman Peter Beisel asked about DEC approval for the removal of the barge?  Supervisor Rice stated DEC would not allow for the removal of the wooden barges but steel barges could be removed.

2.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADJUSTMENTS TO 2001 BUDGET

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

WHEREAS, adjustments to the 2001 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: A1990.4 Contingency 269.85 A1620.2 Bldg. Equip. (chairs)
381.30 DA9061.8 Health Ins. Pilot
    5.72 A9050.8 Unemployment Ins.

Resolution offered by Councilman Peter Beisel
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.

3.  RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT       TO PLACE NO PARKING SIGNS ON GURNEY STREET

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

WHEREAS, residents on Gurney Street and representatives of the Sheriff’s Department have requested that No Parking signs be placed at a problem area on
Gurney Street, between Prospect and Grove,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Town Highway Supt. to place No Parking signs on Gurney St. as required.

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 Peter Beisel    Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

It was mentioned the narrow spot between Prospect St. and Gurney was a concern to the neighbors and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Dept.

5.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ORGANIZATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS       WITHIN THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

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

WHEREAS, Robert Koskie has retired from the Highway Department vacating
the position of Road Maintenance Leader,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the hiring of a Maintenance Equipment Operator and the promotion of Ed Avery, Jr. to Road
Maintenance Leader.

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.

5.  RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE HIRING A PART TIME       BUILDING INSPECTOR - July 19, 2001

A MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 7:50 PM TO INTERVIEW CANDIDATES FOR THE POSITION OF PART TIME BUILDING INSPECTOR WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 8:35 PM WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

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

WHEREAS, a vacancy exists for a part time building inspector,

WHEREAS, the Town Board has advertised the position and review the qualifications of the applicants,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the hiring of Henry Pittner as a part time Building Inspector with the provision that he will be certifed by NYS within 18 months of this date.

Prior to the offering of this resolution Councilman Gloria VanVliet read the following statement:

“I am not convinced that another part time building inspector is the right thing to do.

Documentation and information I have gathered from other town building

departments, our town building employee, Mark Anderson, Dept. of State with

offices in Kingston, who answers questions on codes and building code variances

leads me to believe our town needs a full time building inspector.
 

Upon investigation I have found that towns around us with populations close to ours

have at least one full time building inspector and in some instances an additional

part time or two part time inspectors.  Continuity is an important factor in

maintaining a good building department.  There is a lot of liability to consider as

well as the life and safety of our town residents.  This department should not be

taken lightly.  Continuity will be very much lacking by having two separate

inspectors coming into the office on different days.  Our town budgeted for a full

time inspector.  Our vote should be based on operating building departments.  How

are the other members of this board going to base their decision?  Have any of your

personally investigated or contacted anyone before voting tonight?

I am making a motion that we delay the vote for a part time building inspector

tonight in order to give the board sufficient time to review the full requirements of

the position.  I am willing to come to any special meetings in order to resolve this

issue if Don Otis must leave us next week.”

Councilman Gloria VanVliet asked if anyone wanted to entertain a motion to delay but there was no reply..... there was no second to the motion.

Supervisor Rice stated he could appreciate Councilman VanVliet’s concerns but over the past eighteen months the Building Dept. has functioned effectively with part time building inspectors.  Councilman VanVliet asked if any other member of the Town Board had talked to anyone in the building department or done any investigating?  Supervisor Rice stated he had talked to the building department on many occasions.  There was no further response to the question.

Councilman Beisel contended at a workshop meeting two months ago he asked  the same questions, where are the complaints......?  Identify the shortcomings of the building department functioning with a part time building inspector?  Since there were no complaints he would go ahead with this resolution with the understanding if this does not work out the Town Board will have to dissolve the position of part time and make this a full time position.  Supervisor Rice concurred.

Councilman Courtney agreed with Councilman Beisel stating the Town Board members are the trustees of the taxpayers money and if there is an opportunity for us  to save a significant amount of money for the taxpayers I believe we should and he was not convinced the problem Councilman VanVliet speaks of does exist.  He recognizes the Councilman’s comments and appreciates the work she has done in looking into this, however, he believes the responsibility should be first and foremost to the taxpayers of the town and he would go along with the resolution that is on the table and go along with a part timer.

Councilman VanVliet commented that the Town Board had already paid out 335 hours to part time building inspectors and up until May 11 we had gratis from the City of Kingston and she does not know how many hours they put in?  Therefore, she does not know how much money we are really saving the taxpayers when you are calculating the hours the two building inspectors are putting in.  Is it that much of a savings for the taxpayers of the town?  Supervisor Rice said there was a significant savings and Councilman VanVliet would like to have the Supervisor show this to her.

CONTINUATION OF RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE HIRING OF A PART TIME BUILDING INSPECTOR.....................................

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 Peter Beisel   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   No

Resolution duly adopted.

7.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS       RECEIVED SINCE THE JUNE 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 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  #358-418    $ 28,346.18
HIGHWAY FUND  #145-178       17,961.10
STREET LIGHTING  #7          3,261.31
PORT EWEN SEWER  # 95-104         3,890.64
PORT EWEN WATER #171-188       67,131.62

TOTAL.....................................................................................$120,590.85

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.

8.  MOTION ACCEPTING THE MINUTES OF THE JUNE TOWN BOARD       MEETING

A MOTION ACCEPTING THE MINUTES OF THE JUNE TOWN BOARD MEETING WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

9.  CORRESPONDENCE AND REPORTS OF OFFICIALS AND       COMMITTEES

The June Correspondence was made available for inspection.

The following reports of Officials and Committees was received and is on file with the Town Clerk.

Town Clerks Report dated June 2001
Planning Board Minutes dated June 28, 2001
Building Inspectors Monthly Report dated June 2001
Zoning Board of Appeals dated June 19, 2001
Fire Inspectors Report dated June 2001
Town of Esopus Highway Dept. Report dated June 2001
Port Ewen Water & Sewer Report dated June 2001
Zoning Board of Appeals Findings & Conclusions dated July 17, 2001

Public Comments: None

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AT 8:40 PM SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC