TOWN BOARD MEETING
 JULY 15, 2004

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons in attendance:

Supervisor Ray Rice
Councilman Gloria VanVliet
Councilman Wayne Freer
Absent: Councilman Michael Lange
Councilman Ernie Germano

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk, RMC
Highway Supt. Al Larkin

Announcements:

Announce availability of insect repellant from Town Clerk’s Office
Announce discussion of the DOT sidewalk for the August 19th Town Board Meeting
Announce status of the Richman Group/Berg development proposal.

The Richman Group first proposed low income housing for the Berg property.  That proposal is “deader than a beaver hat” according to Supervisor Ray Rice.  This group is now considering a retirement community on the Berg property.

Public Comment:

Garth Warren - Port Ewen: Garth Warren is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for New York State Department of Transportation regarding the Rt. 9W arterial and he stated a vote of the Committee was never taken regarding the sidewalk issue.  Garth provided the Town Board and Town Clerk with a survey of neighbors south of Stout Avenue who are opposed to sidewalks.  Supervisor Rice stated he thought this issue was resolved, especially when he talked with Chairman Peter Beisel.  Garth Warren disagreed and he spoke with Chairman Peter Beisel and was told to go to the Town Board.  When Ed Goff, DOT engineer was contacted by the Supervisor....he stated the sidewalk issue was resolved.  Supervisor Rice would like to have a discussion on the sidewalk issue at the next Town Board Meeting to be held on Thursday, August 19th.  All people interested in this issue should attend the Town Board Meeting.

Ray Kowatch - Avon Park: Ray Kowatch asked if any meetings on the new Town Hall were to be held?  Supervisor Rice stated there was no meeting scheduled, however, the contract from  Spinnenweber’s  Attorney was received today by the Town Attorney....the Town Board has not yet seen the contract. When the contract is received it will be available to the public.

Town Board Resolutions:
 
1.  Discussion of request to donate property to the Town from Sampton Subdivision

 Sean Doyle spoke on behalf of Claude Sampton.  Claude Sampton has applied for a four lot minor subdivision on Suominen Lane.  Suominen Lane has a sharp curve.  Sampton owns the land at this curve and it has been recommended land be donated to the town in order to widen the radius on this curve.  When subdividing, the laws require one hundred ft. of road frontage.  Sampton has 97.74 ft.  Councilman Freer asked why Claude Sampton had not gone for a variance for the 3 feet instead of giving away his property.  Sean Doyle thought this was common practice for people to donate land to the town.  Highway Supt. Al Larkin said the biggest problem was a shared driveway will be necessary because the site is not wide enough.  For this four lot subdivision only three driveways will be approved.  Councilman Freer asked why this problem is coming to the Town Board?  This case should be referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

2.  Resolution to reserve funds for future Town Hall replacement

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

Whereas, the Town of Esopus Town Hall is antiquated and does not provide sufficient space for Town offices and programs,

Whereas, it is fiscally prudent to reserve funds for the replacement,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes the transfer of $100,000 from the General Fund Balance to the Capital Reserve Account for Town Hall Replacement.

Resolution offered by Councilman Gloria VanVliet
Resolution seconded by councilman Wayne Freer

Supervisor Ray Rice  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
Absent Councilman Michael Lange
Councilman Ernie Germano Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

3.  Resolution to authorize Town Clerks attendance at Cornell School

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

Whereas, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ School will be held at Cornell, August 1st through 5th, 2004.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Clerk be authorized to attend, with the expenses to be paid from the Town Clerk’s budget.

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Supervisor Ray Rice  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
Absent: Councilman Michael Lange
Councilman Ernie Germano Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

4.  Resolution to Authorize the payment of bills received since the June Board Meeting

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows:

Whereas, adjustments to the 2004 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 Conting. $154.46  A7143.4 Water Chestnut Harvest
    57.12  A7144.4 Perrine’s Bridge Park
    16.00  A1010.4 Town Board
  111.40  A8010.1 Zoning Rev. Secretary
  711.36  A8540.1 Drainage
  231.68  A8540.4 Drainage
A1460.1    749.00  A1460.4 Record Management

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

Supervisor Ray Rice  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
Absent: Councilman Michael Lange
Councilman Ernie Germano Aye

4.  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  #041408-041466  $28,583.43
Highway Fund  #042182-042211    73,776.93
Capital Fund
Street Lighting  #04607       3,604.70
Port Ewen Sewer  #043074-043087      4,643.44
Port Ewen Water  #044188-042213    11,903.30

Total.....................................$122,471.80

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Supervisor Ray Rice  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer  Aye
Absent: Councilman Michael Lange
Councilman Ernie Germano Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Councilman VanVliet noted the Highway Fund was up due to the paving.  She asked where the paving would take place?  Highway Supt. Al Larkin answered Soper Road, William White Road, Bayard to Sunset, and Main St. in Esopus.

6.  Motion to Accept June Town Board Minutes

A motion was made by Supervisor Ray Rice and seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer to accept the Town Board Minutes for June 2004.  All Town Board Members present voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

Public Comment: None

Announcement of the availability of correspondence and reports of the following of Offices, Boards, and Committees:
 
Town Clerks Report dated June 2004
Highway Supt. Report dated June 2004
Environmental Board dated June 2004
Planning Board Minutes May 19, 2004
Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes dated June 8, 2004
Waterfront Advisory Minutes dated May 25, 2004

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Supervisor Ray Rice at 8 PM and seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet.  All Town Board Members present voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC