TOWN BOARD MEETING

JULY 17, 2008

 A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, July 17, 2008 in 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 Deborah Silvestro

                                                            Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

Administrative Recorder: Diane L. McCord,

                                                            Town Clerk

Pledge to the Flag

 Supervisor John Coutant called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Public Comment:

 Jim Smith: Jim Smith understands the Town Board is working on a resolution for the sidewalks.  Supervisor Coutant said we are working on a resolution which includes the watering of the trees, snow removal, etc.  We will send a draft to our town attorney when it is completed.  Another question was who will be responsible for the sewer and water line under the sidewalks?  The Port Ewen Water or Sewer District will be responsible.  When will this resolution be ready?  Perhaps within the next three months.  A local law will have to be adopted and a public hearing held.

Lois Ingellis: The Main St. Grant Committee has changed their name to Promoting Pride in Port Ewen because we don’t want to be only associated with only the Main St. Grant.  On 7/29/08 at 6:30 we will have a guest speaker Clara Lou Gould, former mayor of Beacon.  The community is invited.  She was attending this meeting with other members of the committee to support the effort on the local law for the sidewalks. 

1.  She had a concern about the watering of our new trees along Rt. 9W.  It would be good to have a watering tank to water the trees so they can survive. 

2.  Another concern was the extenders from our new poles....some are knocked over by the trucks and we will not be able to place flags on those poles, not that every pole should have a flag.  Supervisor Coutant asked to have a report from the committee to keep the Town Board aware.

3.  Our group is trying to make decisions with guidelines from the Planning Board. Our town was a brick town and may be that could be part of our vision.  Supervisor Coutant said we are proud of what is happening in Port Ewen.

4.  Could the Economic Development Committee be reinstated?  The banks and the public will try to put together a package.  How can we support the investment in Port Ewen and stretch taxes out?  Supervisor Coutant said the first obligation the town has is to try to get rid of the eyesores that are out there.  Packets from the bank should be coming in soon.  He thanked Lois Ingellis for her efforts.

7.  Promoting Pride in Port Ewen

 Neil Cahill attended the Main St. Grant Meeting and he was here to speak at this evenings meeting.  He moved here last October.  He and his wife walk a great deal.  He believes this is a very solid community.  It is the Town Boards’ obligation to bring Main St. Port Ewen up to 

parr.  He is a retired school teacher.  Many people traveling through Port Ewen only see the main street and it is your obligation to work with us and make this a pretty town.  This group is going to get bigger and bigger.  We don’t need another gas station in Port Ewen next to Riverview.  What is happening with Stewarts’?  We could have done better and made this building beautiful.

We have to sit down with people who have architectural backgrounds and have them make suggestions. Are we going to get another gas station?  Could we put people together to promote pride in Port Ewen.

Supervisor Coutant stated we have a very good Planning Board with an architect, engineers and everything goes before them.  As a Town Board we cannot get involved with what a building should or should not look like stated Councilperson Freer.  We have no idea what is happening with Medrex.  There have only been rumors about a gas station.  Lois Ingellis wanted the Town Board to zone the property so a gas station could not be built above Riverview....however, she was told this would be spot zoning which is illegal.  Mr. Cahill believes there must be a way to prevent a gas station from coming in.  The Town Board cannot control what goes in there.

Councilperson Carl Belfiglio stated the property in question is zoned commercial and we cannot change the zoning and Medrex would have to go out of business if we did.  He was not in favor of a gas station but there is nothing we can do at this point.  He did not know where the rumors about the gas station started.  At the Fred Johnson Museum in uptown Kingston there is a beautiful painting of that property.

Supervisor Coutant did speak to Mr. Fisher, owner of the Medrex property over a year ago and he requires more space.  He now rents space in Kingston and is in need of a bigger complex.

He would like to remain in the area and has been looking for space.  He made no mention of what was going to be done with this property.  No mention was made of a gas station.  Nothing has come before the Planning Board.  Lois Ingellis believes it is important not to let things happen to our town and to set things in place before something like a gas station happens.

Town Hall Update

 Prior to beginning his report Clerk of the Works Charlie Wesley mentioned the Town Seal has been dropped off to be colored.  The window for bidding on the phone system has been extended to include Cornerstone, Pay Tack and Verizon. 

Report: Progress from Friday, June 20th, through Thursday, July 17, 2008

19 possible working days        19 working days logged for this period          0 days lost

 


I.                   Framing of the lower level partitions is complete and drywall is in progress.

II.                Framing of the upper level partitions is nearly complete.

III.             The Cupola drywall is complete, as is the Upper Level Ceiling.

IV.             All windows have been installed with the exception of the dormer over the main entrance.

V.                The emergency generator is in place.

VI.             The upper level sprinkler system is complete.

VII.          The upper level HVAC system is underway, with all heat pumps in place and duct-work approximately 75% complete.

VIII.       Work on the upper level plumbing is in progress.  This passed inspection today.

IX.             Parking lot, sidewalk and driveway curb layout is in progress, with installation of the curbs scheduled for next week.

X.                Electric service for the elevator is ready and the elevator is scheduled for delivery and installation by the end of the month.

XI.             “Stoneflex” siding panel exterior finish is scheduled to be installed beginning next week.  We will begin on the south side of the building in order to prepare for the installation of our gas and electric meters.

XII.          Our entrance sign location has been laid out, and lighting fixture pole bases have been set.

 

            Please provide a quote for the following telephone system to be installed in the net Town of Esopus Town Hall, currently under construction at the above address.

I.                   T-1 24 line bundle

II.                (24) 30 button telephones

III.             (3) basic telephone - 8 button no display

IV.             (3) exterior wall mount telephone (ring to inside)

V.                Related hardware and software

 

I.                   Please contact me if further information is needed.

II.                Quotes for the above system should be sent to: Town of Esopus Town Hall                                                                                                  P O Box 700 Port Ewen, NY 12466

1.  Dog License Penalty Fee - Local Law No. 2

             RESOLUTION TO ADOPT LOCAL LAW NO. 2

DOG LICENSE PENALTY FEES

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

WHEREAS, the New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets maintains all dogs must be licensed in New York State and

WHEREAS, there are town residents that fail to license their dogs or fail to renew their dog licenses in a timely manner and

WHEREAS, those residents who do not license or renew their dogs are notified by the Town Clerks office on several occasions and thus a sent to court and

WHEREAS, the court has no vehicle with which to charge a penalty fee,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Esopus Town Board will adopt Local Law No. 2 - 2008 instituting penalty fees for residents who fail to license or renew their dog licenses.

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

2.  Todd DelGadio - Shiloh Island – Rondout I Lighthouse

 Todd DelGadio gave a presentation on behalf of Shiloh Island “a not-for-profit Christian organization in New York City dedicated to equipping inner-city children with tools that build hope, confidence, and the skills to attain their goals.  Shiloh mentors at-risk children in an effort to positively impact their physical, mental and spiritual growth.  Shiloh embraces children of all faiths and backgrounds.”

 Mr. DelGadio’s goal is to be able to purchase and/or lease the current island in the Hudson River where the original Rondout I Lighthouse foundation lies in decay for purposes of creating nature retreat weekends for the non-for profit children’s organization Shiloh.  This island would be used to teach water safety and kayak skills.  This would be a tent based camp.  The Town of Esopus owns the island.  He hopes the Town Board keeps an open mind and open heart and shares this vision for our youth.

The Supervisor said the Town Board will digest the information as presented.  It is not an easy decision for us to make because of the liability issue.  We need time to question the issues and iron them out.  The Supervisor believes it is a good idea and he thanked Todd DelGadio for coming.

3.  Vacant Position Water/Sewer Board

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

Whereas, there is a vacancy on the Town of Esopus Water/Sewer Board,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, the Town of Esopus Town Board makes the following appointment:

                         Michael Tronolone

                        Term Expires: December 31, 2011

 

Resolution offered by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 4.  Environmental Board Vacancy Appointment

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

Whereas, there is a vacancy on the Town of Esopus Environmental Board,

 

Therefore, Be it Resolved, the Town of Esopus Town Board makes the following appointment:

 

 

                        Dan Shapley

                        Terms ends: December 31, 2009

 

Resolution offered by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

5.  Appointment to Ulster County Environmental Management Council

 

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

 

Whereas, we have been requested by the Ulster County Environmental Management Council to appoint a member to this council from the Town of Esopus Environmental Board,

 

Therefore, Be it Resolved, the Town of Esopus Town Board would like to appoint Kathy Quick as our representative to the Ulster County Environmental Management Council.

 

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant and seconded by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro.

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

6.  Headless Horseman - Best Tourism & Hospitality Business of 2008

 

Supervisor John Coutant read the following letter:

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Jubie:

On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of Ulster County and the Ulster County Development Corporation, it is my pleasure to inform you that Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted House is a wonderful attraction for Ulster County.  Its reputation draws people from all over the world, assisting in putting Ulster County “on the map” as a tourist destination.  Your hand work and unique ideas every year draw untold numbers of tourists to Ulster County.

There is no question that Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted House is a wonderful attraction for Ulster County.  Its reputation draws people from all over the world, assisting in putting Ulster County “on the map” as a tourist destination.  Your hard work and unique ideas every year draw untold numbers of tourists to Ulster County, not once, but again and again.  We commend you for your efforts, and we are proud to have Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted House as part of the Ulster County community.

Congratulations on winning “Best Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year.”  We would like to show our pride and appreciation for your business at our Fourth Annual Ulster County Business Recognition Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Wiltwyck Golf Club.  We ask that you arrive at 5 p for photos, we will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 PM and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.  As an award winner, you will receive two complimentary tickets for you and a guest to share in this special evening.  Thank you again for your contributions to Ulster County!

Sincerely,

Ward Todd, President

Chamber of Commerce of Ulster County

Supervisor Coutant would like to attend this dinner.  Congratulations to the Jubies’.

7.  Promoting Pride in Port Ewen

 The following letter was sent to the businesses in the Port Ewen/Town of Esopus from Promoting Pride in Port Ewen Committee regarding July 29, 2008, 6:00 PM , Town of Esopus Library with speaker: Clara Lou Gould, former Mayor of Beacon:

Dear Business Owners and Citizens,

The committee to Promote Pride in Port Ewen has arranged for Clara Lou Gould, former Mayor of Beacon, New York to speak to us at the Town of Esopus Library at 6 PM on Tuesday, July 29th.  Ms. Gould was successful in pulling together public and private people and funds to reinvest in Beacon’s Business District.  The Town of Esopus has applied for a New York State Main Street Grant, which could bring in $200,000 to the businesses and buildings along the Port Ewen

Broadway corridor.  In addition to this grant, our group wants to increase the improvements the DOT has begun with the road, streetscapes and sidewalks by additional public/private investment in our community.  The goal is to make Port Ewen an even more attractive destination, to live and do business.

Please plan to attend, or send a representative of your business to this presentation.  The audience will be able to ask questions of Ms. Gould.  We will also have representatives of the Ulster County Planning Board, Rural Ulster Preservation Co. RUPCO, Town of Esopus Board members of hand to answer your questions.

By working together we can build upon the improvements that have been made to our business district.  A strong vibrant business district would be an asset to the whole town.

Sincerely yours,

Lois M. Ingellis, Promoting Pride in Port Ewen Committee Chairperson

8.  Moving Expense Reimbursement from NYSDOT

 The Town Hall will be moving to the new building the end of September.  NYS will reimburse the town for our moving expenses.  The state representatives have done an inventory and will make a collective list to place out to bid in order to move us.  NYS has helped the town again.

9.  Cable Television Franchise Agreement to Time Warner

 Councilperson Silvestro said we have put together an agreement and it has been sent to Time Warner on July 16th.  This is a lengthy franchise agreement and the town and Town Warner will negotiate.  The Public Service Commission was sent a copy. 

10.  Resolution Re: Weitze vs. Town of Esopus

              RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT STIPULATION

For Reduction of Assessment

Regarding Weitze vs. Town of Esopus

 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, State of New York,

 

WHEREAS, we have received and reviewed information received from the Town Attorney and the Town Assessor regarding the above reference matter.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes our Attorney to accept the Stipulation of Settlement and Order on Consent to a reduced assessment for Peter and Kathy Weitze, SBL: #72.3-1-1.100, from $355,390 to $310,000.

 

Resolution offered by:          Councilperson Wayne Freer

Resolution seconded by:       Supervisor John Coutant

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

                                               

Resolution duly adopted.

 

11.  Payment of Vouchers

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF BILLS SINCE JULY 2008

 

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                        #081341-081403                                 $           36,191.54      

                                               

Highway Fund                       #082160-081283                                             98,290.68

 

Capital                                    #085056-085060                                           405,445.40

 

Street Lights                          #086007                                                             4,666.28

 

Port Ewen Sewer                  #083083-083095                                                7,554.93

                                               

Port Ewen Water                  #084175-084195                                              11,931.60

 

 

                                                                                                                        __________

                                                                                                                        $564,080.43

 

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer

 

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

12.  Budget Adjustments

 

            RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

JULY 17, 2008

 

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

 

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has been presented with the following budget adjustments,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following budget adjustment be approved:

 

Dogs Contractual                    AO599            $437.15                       AO3510.4

 

Resolution offered by Supervisor John Coutant

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                 Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

13.  Adoption of Minutes

 

A Motion to approve the Minutes of the June Meetings was made by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet and seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 

14.  Communications & Reports

 The June correspondence is available for review in the Town Clerks’ Office.  The following reports of Boards and Committees have been received and are on file:

Town Clerks’ Report for June 2008

The Supervisors’ Report dated July 16, 2008

Building Department Report dated June 2008

Minutes of the Planning Board dated June 2008

Minutes of the ZBA dated June 2008

Port Ewen Water and Sewer Minutes dated July 8, 2008

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

 

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

  

                                                                                    Diane L. McCord

                                                                                    Town Clerk, CMC, RMC

                                                                                    NYSTCA Dist. 2 Reg. Dir