TOWN BOARD MEETING

JULY 19, 2007 

A regularly scheduled Town Board Meeting was held on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 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

                                                                                                    

Pledge to the Flag

 Opening: Supervisor Coutant opened the meeting at 7:30 PM

Public Comment: None

1.  Hudson Point - Sewer District Agreement

 Attorney Joe Eriole, Developer Ralph Zucker and Nick Graviano met to discuss the Hudson Point Sewer District Intra-municipal Agreement.  There were  changes to the agreement since the Monday evening Workshop Meeting.  These changes included Article 1 Section E and Article 1 Section I., as well as additional letter I. being added.  The Town Board will submit these changes to our Attorney Paul Kellar for review.

2.  The Devereux Foundation

 A letter has been received regarding a home on Doris St. to be used as an Intermediate Care Facility for children with developmental disabilities.  At our next Workshop Meeting at 7 PM a meeting will be held to address any questions or concerns from the public.  Steve Fortune will attend.

3.  Noah Hotel Loan Return

 The Town of Esopus received a Section 108 loan and $945,000 was lent to the City of Kingston for the Noah Hotel.  This money is being returned and we would like to loan it out again, however, the people lending the money would like it back.  HUD was contacted to see if we could keep it.

4.  Water Plant Damage Report

 FEMA has listed the damages to our water plant and the total amount is $1,638,600.00.  Part of this money will pay for the shoring up and strengthening of the electric poles and lines above the water plant.  

5.  Committee/Michael Richardson

 Tabled.  Mr. Richardson could not appear this evening.

6.  Request to Use “Chester”

 The Village of Saugerties has requested use of our water chestnut harvester (Chester).  Our water chestnut harvester has had some mechanical problems this year with the hydraulic pump needing repair.  The amount for the repair was over the amount budgeted.  Councilperson Lange sought donations and thanked the following people who responded:

                                    Patricia Eslinger Stalker

                                    Richard & Margaret Dixon

                                    Margery & Irwin Gaffin

                                    Rev. Ujjala Schwartz

                                    Carol & Jim Tomassetti

                                    Wayne Hoyt d/b/a The Kingston Lawn Shop

                                    Timothy J. Halpin

                                    The Frozen Rainbow

                                    Jack D. Spinnenweber d/b/a Spinnenweber P.F.V.

                                    Fred & Marion Zimmer

                                    Steven DeSalvo

                                    Port Ewen Sales Corp. d/b/a Port Ewen Liquor Store

                                    Van Loan’s Discount Beverage

                                    Edith Glenn

                                    Don Kiernan

                                    Roscoe Pecora

                                    Chester & Maj-Britt Allen

                                    Mark Miller

                                    Kathleen & Edward Milhaven

Supervisor Coutant will ask the Highway Supt. to have a professional examine our machine and give us an estimate as well as asking Marian Zimmer to do the same.

 

7.  Town Hall Update

 A.  Ground Breaking: The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on August 5th at 3 PM.  The invitations will be sent soon.

B.  Report of Progress: All the contracts have been signed and returned by the contractors.  A meeting was held Monday and the start date was yesterday. 

8.  Tom Daniele Agreement Resolution

 The agreement with Tom Daniele to install a waterline into the new Town Hall Building some 610 linear ft. has been signed and received.  Councilperson Silvestro pointed out we are the Town of Esopus not the Town of Port Ewen.  This will be crossed out and corrected.

A Motion to authorize Supervisor Coutant to sign the corrected agreement with Tom Daniele was made by Councilperson Wayne Freer and seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet. 

                                                             Supervisor John Coutant                             Aye

                                                            Councilperson Gloria VanVliet                   Aye

                                                            Councilperson Wayne Freer                        Aye

                                                            Councilperson Michael Lange                     Aye

                                                            Councilperson Deborah Silvestro                Aye

 

Motion Carried.

 9.  Assessor Letter

 In the Assessors’ monthly report he stated property transfers indicate values are still holding in the Town of Esopus.  Throughout the United States property values are going down.  Our mortgage tax is good, however, we should be cautious.

10-A  Peddler’s Permit

 An application has been received to peddle books from door to door in the Town of Esopus.  .

There have been several complaints in the City of Kingston.

A Motion to deny a Peddlers’ Permit was made by Councilperson Wayne Freer and 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.

 10-B  Public Address System

A public address system is needed by the town.  Councilperson Wayne Freer has looked at many different systems for both indoors and outdoors.  This will be good for our recreation program.  School Outfitters has an appropriate system.

A Motion to purchase a Public Address System not in access of $500 was made by Councilperson Wayne Freer 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 Carried.

 11.  Payment of Vouchers and Adjustments to the Budget

Resolution Authorizing the Payment of Bills Received Since June 2007

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                        #-071405-071467                                $ 52,105.67

 Highway Fund                       # 072180-072217                                $ 53,684.57                                             

Capital Fund                         # 075010-075011                                $   3,767.50

 Street Lighting                       # 076007                                             $   4,117.67

 Port Ewen Sewer                  #073080-073090                               $   4,456.40

 Port Ewen Water                  #074197-074218                                 $ 19,502.92

 

                                                Total...............................................$ 137,634.73

                       

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilman Wayne Freer                Aye

                                                Councilman Michael Lange Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

 Resolution duly adopted.

 Resolution to Authorize Adjustments to the 2007 Budget

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

Whereas, the adjustments to the 2007 Budget are required in order to 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:

Appraisal                     AO.0599.000       $     4200.00            AO 1357.400         $     4200.00

Computer                    AO 1990.4                       31.87         AO 8011.400                    31.87

Legal Fees                  AO 0599.00                1,325.80          AO1420.400                1,325.80

Lawn Mower              AO 0599.00                4,995.00         AO 7110.2                    4,995.00

 Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

                                                 Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Michael Lange         Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

12.  Approval of Minutes

 A Motion to approve the Town Board Minutes was made by Councilperson Michael Lange and seconded by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro.  All Town Board Members agreed.  Motion Carried.

 13.  Correspondence and Reports of Committees

 Correspondence for the month and Reports of the following officials and committees are available in the Town Clerks’ Office:

Assessors’ Monthly Report dated July 12, 2007

Town Clerks’ Monthly Report dated June 2007

Building Inspectors’ Report dated June 2007

Port Ewen Water and Sewer Minutes dated May 8, 2007

Minutes of the Environmental Board dated April 18, 2007

Waterfront Advisory Board Minutes dated March 27, 2007

Town of Esopus Zoning Board of Appeals dated June 19, 2007

Planning Board Minutes dated June 20, 2007

Planning Board Minutes dated June 28, 2007

14.  Brush-hogging at Transfer Station

 It is the town’s obligation to chop down the weeds at the Transfer Station. 

A Motion to approve the brush-hogging at the Transfer Station was made by Councilperson Michael Lange and seconded by Supervisor John Coutant.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 15.  Miscellaneous Discussions

 1.  Rondout Creek Bridge to be repaired and painted in 2008.

2.  Merry-go round at Ross Park is up and running.

 16.  Public Comment:

 Patti Kowatch: Will the roadway entering the Town Hall property be completed by November 14th?  Supervisor Coutant: by November the top coat for the 50ft. coming into the property should be placed on the sub-base.

Mrs. Kowatch, referring to the Peddlers’ Permit application, does not want someone knocking on her door. 

Supt. Al Larkin was asked to have a highway truck for display for the children at the Library .  There was a question of insurance coverage.  Our insurance company will be contacted.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Town Hall- August 5th 3 PM.

 A Motion to adjourn at 8:40 PM was made by Councilperson Michael Lange and seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

                                                                                     Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                     Diane L. McCord

                                                                                    Town Clerk, CMC, RMC

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