TOWN BOARD MEETING
 AUGUST 19, 2004

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, August 19, 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
Councilman Michael Lange
Councilman Ernie Germano

Recording Administrator: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk, RMC

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

Pledge to the Flag.

Announcements:

1.  Free insect repellant is available at no charge through the Ulster County Health Dept. at the Town Clerk’s office.

2.  The Ross Park Recreation Program has received a flag which was flown over Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  This flag was received through the efforts of two children participating in the Ross Park Summer Recreation Program, Jennifer and Katherine Patane.  The Recreation Board is investigating a suitable way to permanently display the flag in our Town Hall.

On behalf of the Town Board I thank Jennifer and Katherine Patane for their efforts in supporting our troops and acquiring this flag for the Town.

Public Comment: Supervisor Rice stated since much of the public comments tonight will be focused on the first two resolutions, we will proceed to resolutions.

1.  Discussion of Resolution to Accept Sidewalks in Port Ewen

Supervisor Rice opened the discussion with the follow quote:

“Sidewalks have become an issue because they are part of the Rt. 9W improvement plan.  The DOT has agreed to install over 13,000 feet of sidewalks on both sides of Rt. 9W from South of BOCES to the old Rondout Bridge.  The decision to build the sidewalks came out of a series of public meetings held here in our Town Hall over the past year.  The citizens attending the meetings repeatedly expressed a desire for sidewalks along Rt. 9W.

The DOT is prepared to install the sidewalks, but only on the condition that they are not responsible for the future maintenance.

In a perfect world, I believe that each property owner should be responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk -- but we have long stretches with absentee owners -- like the state and the cemetery (those owners are about as absent as any I can think of).

I believe that the removal of snow should be done by the Town, using town employees, after the streets are cleared and paid for out of the general fund -- not the highway budget.

I know that there are a number of folks here this evening to discuss this issue -- so at this point I want to open the discussion to the public.”

Continued Public Comment:

Deborah Silvestro - Broadway, Port Ewen: Ms. Silvestro is a Broadway resident of Port Ewen and she addressed the sidewalk proposal.  Over the last three weeks she has taken time out from her business and her personal life in order to gage the level of support for this project.  Debbie has spoken to people who live, work and shop in Port Ewen and found many people were not informed or misinformed about the sidewalk project but everyone was overwhelmingly in favor of sidewalks.  It would make Port Ewen a safer, more unified and more beautiful village.  Ms. Silvestro presented a petition in favor of sidewalks signed by 906 people and thanked the Town Board for their consideration.
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Will Thomas - representing Riverview Condo Association as Vice President on behalf of President Chet Allen:     A letter was sent to the Town Board from the Riverview Condo Association.  There are 126 units at Riverview and soon going to 150 units.  No one walks into the town because we have a lack of sidewalks.  One of things we have to realize is our community receives very little from the town.  We pay for our own water, we have our own highways, and we don’t receive any other services from the town but we pay premium taxes.  We would like a sidewalk spur going from Medrex to Riverview 443 ft. that will allow the residents to walk into town without having to jump over snow piles or be hit by speeding vehicles.  Riverview residents love the town and want to be part of the town.  We have people working as volunteers for the town.  The cost of the sidewalks would be $19,500 according to DOT.  Supervisor Rice believes the cost may be less than that.  Mr. Thomas asked the Town Board to please consider the sidewalks.

Supervisor Rice digressed and commented that Will Thomas is a volunteer for the town and explained the problem with water chestnuts and a grant was received to purchase a harvester.  Will has run that harvester at no cost to the town for years.  Thank you.

Barbara Patrick - Esopus: Barbara Patrick was not looking for sidewalks.  As someone who pays a lot in taxes and gets very little for it, the last thing she wants to see is sidewalks going into private places.  She pays $56,000 a year in taxes.  Will Thomas said they were not asking for sidewalks to go on private property just to the property line.

Johannah Jankowski - Rondout Harbor: Johannah Jankowski supports the Riverview sidewalk extension and is pleased to see the sidewalks will go to the rock-cut at the Rondout Creek Bridge because it is dangerous.  People at the Harbor want the sidewalks.

Beatrice Koskie - Ulster Park: Perhaps people will stop and support the businesses if we have sidewalks.  Sidewalks will improve the town.

Jerry Dingee- a one year resident - The Hills: Mr. Dingee believes the DOT should consider some kind of speed bumps to slow down traffic for people walking.  Mr. Dingee would like to start up some type of landscaping volunteer organization to beautify the town.  Maybe when the sidewalks are completed we could have some nice planters out on the sidewalks.

Rich Terpening - 60 yr. Resident Port Ewen: Several years ago DOT planted trees and then came in and took them down.  Sidewalks are a good idea on the flat lands but what will happen by Smitties?  Will people be able to park their cars?  As far as Mr. Thomas not getting services, Mr. Terpening has been a member of the fire department for fifty years.  We service everyone in Port Ewen.  What will happen further down, why do we have sidewalks going to BOCES?  The State is us and eventually we are all paying.  The parking could be improved if we didn’t let the town employees park in the front of the building.  Why do we have to take this building (Town Hall) and move it somewhere we don’t want it to be?  I see people here that don’t live anywhere near where the sidewalks will be.

Marilyn Coffey - former Supervisor St. Remy Resident: The reason the trees were taken down originally was because the water district was put in and then because the sewer district was installed.

Vince Fisher - Ulster Park: (A 24 year resident).  Even though Mr. Fisher lives in Ulster Park he visits Port Ewen daily.  He does business at the gas station, Stewart’s, Smitties, the barber shop.  Economically walking access to the people from Rondout Harbor and Riverview would be great for the town businesses.  Secondly, he considers Port Ewen his hometown and it is very close to being small town USA but without being able to walk down the main safely it isn’t there.

Jim Smith - Broadway Port Ewen: Jim Smith has lived in the town for 45 years on Broadway and wants to know where he will put the snow?  He is for sidewalks.  The town should consider some responsibility for the maintenance of sidewalks.  The Town Supervisor believes the town should be responsible for maintenance.
 
Sal Silvestro - Broadway Port Ewen: Sal Silvestro has the antique store across from the Town Hall.  Now the snow plows come close to the buildings but with a curb it will be better.  Connecting this community with the new Noah Hotel on Abeel St. in Kingston will bring more walking traffic into the town.

Kathy Pearson - a 22 yr. Resident from Buffalo: Concerning snow removal ......it should not be a problem.

Leonard Cappinelli - Broadway Port Ewen: In favor of sidewalks because it improves the appearance of the town.  It is his understanding that the curbs will be placed at the white line.  Parking on Broadway will be a problem.  Emergency vehicles and modular homes coming into town, if curbs are placed it will not be possible to have the curbs at the white line.  Supervisor Rice stated there should be no loss of parking according to DOT.

Roscoe Pecora - Broadway Port Ewen: Roscoe Pecora made the following points:
*He has been participating for over a year and one half with the DOT Citizens Advisory Committee.
*He is glad to hear that the maintenance of the sidewalks is supported.
*Please explain further about the property for the Town Hall?  How did you arrive at the decision to take the Spinnenweber property?
* There is concern that there has been only one discussion on the Town Hall regarding this         decision.
*The State is willing to give us free property by Medrex and we need the facts and figures that go into choosing one property over the other.
*There is hearsay in the Community that part of this deal is contingent on building a new Fire     Dept.?
*There are many issues to be resolved.

Joe Eshban - President of Rondout Hills Tenants Assoc.  - Everyone in the Hills that he spoke to is in favor of the sidewalks.  One person has been hit an killed in the rock cut and we must make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Garth Warren - Broadway Port Ewen: He was sure everyone here tonight knows where he stands on the sidewalks.  According to the plans there was to be no parking from Stout Street south on the east of the highway and no parking from 226 Broadway south on the west side of the Highway.  All those people who sent the Town Board the questionnaires and did not want to give up parking in front of their homes.....you have not addressed that issue.  That was not the proposition that was before DOT and if that has now been changed then that is a wonderful thing.
 
It is a shame that tonight everyone is here stating that they are for sidewalks or no sidewalks.  Sidewalks are making money for the town already.... a man is selling tee shirts.  All I have ever said is if you are taking away parking you need to provide parking on the street and that has never been offered.  Supervisor Rice then stated there would be no net loss of parking and that does not mean you will have a parking space in front of your house.....it may be re-arranged and that is the word from DOT Engineer Ed Goff this morning.  Garth Warren continued.....now we have shoulders...if there is a single lane and a curb, be aware that when you pull forward to park in your driveway you better know that the car behind you must stop to allow you to back up in the middle of 9W and traffic will stop.  There are other issues that need to be addressed.  Pop out curbs at the corners are creating problems in other towns and the state is being sued.  The ambulance will have a problem because the vehicles are too long and will not be able to turn into town roads.  The issue is sidewalks and no parking.  Many people do not come and you asked for comments and I surveyed 30 people on 9W.  We have a handicapped facility in the town and yet we do not have mail delivery.  All this should be looked at and fairly decided instead of it being said this is what we are offering you.  You have not come to the final step with this stuff.

Marion ?_Last Name was inaudible  - Broadway in Port Ewen: Rhinebeck has town parking lots.  You need to address this issue..Next year she will not be able to have a graduation party for her son but there will not be enough parking.

Sal Silvestro - Broadway Port Ewen: Sal Silvestro donated the tee shirts.

Peter Beisel - Chairman Citizens Advisory Committee: Each and every issue raised at this evenings meeting has been addressed by the Advisory Committee and the DOT.  There has always been support for sidewalks.  The DOT has been very receptive to the entire plan and each time we brought up an issue they worked with us.  The curbs will not be going out to the yellow line.  Everything has been addressed.  It is the position of the Committee to vote o this issue and pass it.

Kelly Aldridge - (speaking on behalf of her friend who is handicapped) There needs to be curb cuts because people in wheelchairs need them.  They would like to be included in the plans and remain in the community.  Other places are more open minded.  Supervisor Rice said curb cuts would be included.

Mary Warren - Broadway Port Ewen: Mary Warren’s concern is if you take away parking in Port Ewen when we have Town of Esopus Day or parades there will be no room for the cars.   What will happen with the funeral parlor, sometimes they have many cars and they have always parked on 9W.  Supervisor Rice said there would be no net loss of parking.  Mary Warren reiterated people want to park where they live.

Garth Warren - You are radically changing peoples access to their property.

Rich Terpening - West Main Port Ewen: Everyone who spoke in favor of the sidewalks doesn’t live on Rt. 9W in Port Ewen.

Kathy Robinson - Sleightsburgh: Isn’t there a sidewalk there already?

Fred Zimmer - Port Ewen: Sidewalks are a separate issue from the turning lanes.  If you don’t have sidewalks the State will plant grass.

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Leonard Falcinelli owns a home at 302 Broadway: Mr. Falcinelli has truck deliveries and if he gets no truck deliveries he will be out of business.  Peter Biesel commented there was parking on Rt. 9W.....Smitties issue has been addressed.  He did not know about Mr. Falcinell’s property.   There will be further meetings of the C.A.C.

Roxanne Pecora - Port Ewen, Chairman of the Ulster County Planning Board: Roxanne is also member of the Town of Esopus Planning Board.  She offered the assistance of the County Planning Board to the Town.  The County can assist the town by taking the maps from the DOT pull down a satellite image and look at properties as they fit currently and show exactly how it would look when completed by the DOT.  We are here to help the community.

Barbara Patick - Esopus: After attending one meeting of the CAC, why must the sidewalks be five ft. wide?  Supervisor Rice and Fred Zimmer, NYS DOT,  answered it is because that is the standard handicapped regulations.

RESOLUTIONS:

1.  RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT SIDEWALKS IN PORT EWEN

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

Whereas, the New York State Department of Transportation proposes the reconstruction and renovation of Rt. 9W within the hamlet of Port Ewen in the Town of Esopus,

Whereas, the State will include as part of the project, the replacement or construction of approximately 13,000 lineal feet of sidewalk on the East and West sides of Rt. 9W, pursuant to Section 10, subdivision 22, Section 46, or Section 349-C of the Highway Law, as shown on the plans relating to this project, and,

Whereas, the State will provide the replacement or construction of the above mentioned work, as shown on the contract plans relating to the project,
 
Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus approves the construction and replacement of the sidewalks and the above mentioned work performed on the project and shown on the contract plans relating to the project and that the Town of Esopus will maintain or cause to be maintained, the sidewalks constructed as above stated and as shown on the contract plans, including control of snow and ice.

Be it Further Resolved; that the Clerk of the Town of Esopus is hereby directed to transmit five (5) certified copies of the foregoing resolution to the State Department of Transportation.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

2.  RESOLUTION TO PURCHASE PROPERTY FOR FUTURE TOWN HALL SITE

Supervisor Rice explained that over the course of the last sixteen months the town has investigated a number of sites for a future Town Hall.  The Town Board has narrowed the choices to the DOT property in Sleightsburgh, Medrex, the Silver property by Lindy’s, and  additionally the Spinnenweber family offered a piece of property four acres half way up the hill to BOCES.

After lengthy discussion, it was decided the DOT property in Sleightsburgh was too small.  The Medrex property certainly was large enough, however, it was far to expensive.  The property at Lindy’s would be rather problematic because it will be a number of years before they have permits to do anything with that piece of property due to the changes in the wetland laws.
That left us with the Spinnenweber property.  They had offered to donate the property and Supervisor Rice approached the family and asked about purchasing additional property for athletic fields.  Our lack of athletic fields will become more acute with the loss of the Berg property which is only one signature away from being sold.  The Spinnenweber family offered to sell the acreage to the town at $10,000 an acre for 21 acres.  This is a favorable piece of property  and if we had the additional property we would have more control over the access to the property and more control over the screening from surrounding developments and that is where we are.

Toni Rosier - Avon Park: Toni Rosier asked the Supervisor how much it would cost the town for the DOT property?  Supervisor Rice explained there was some misconception about the DOT
property and the cost to the town. If the town took the DOT property we would not be paid anything for this site.  If we purchase the Spinnenweber property they will pay for the site.
Toni Rosier stated we have never seen numbers, plans or contracts on what you are proposing to do.  Has there been any?  At our July meeting you told us that an architect had not even been hired.    Supervisor Rice stated since that time we do have an architect.  We hired an architect to evaluate these properties.....not one to design the building.  Dennis Suraci is the architect to design the sites.  The drawings produced are for a conceptual building.

Toni Rosier asked if any drainage studies had been done, traffic studies or environmental impact statements done on the property?  Supervisor Rice answered no..... since we have not taken title to the property.  Those are all proposals contingent on taking title of the property.

A question was asked about the fire department....where they going to build on the property?
Supervisor Rice answered there was a meeting with some members of the fire department who came to express interest in the property but we have not heard from them since.  There was nothing official from the fire department.

Toni Rosier - Avon Park: Regarding ballfields.....there is a ball field in St. Remy that it not playable.  We have enough ballfields.

Joseph Sills - Ulster Park: Let me tell you something, that piece of property in St. Remy is the best playground in the town.  At this point the Supervisor asked for people to address the Board not each other.

Joe Sill’s rose to a point of order...........Being a resident of that community...”Cass Landi Park is considered the best piece of property ever purchased by this Town Board for the purpose of athletic achievement by the youth of our community.  It is used for little league, it is used for soccer, it is used to teach anything and everything that parents wish to teach their children.  It is used by hundreds.”

Toni Rosier - There are people in this community that have children who play ball but we do not play ball in St. Remy....it is not upgraded enough...we play ball in Ross Park which is beautiful. She volunteers to weed wack.....for the town does not do that for us.  In the City of Kingston they grade the fields, they lime them, and if you are talking about athletic fields...we have the fields in Connelly, we have the one in St. Remy to be upgraded, we have the field in Ross Park.  Now you want to purchase 21 acres to have ballfields?

Kathy Robinson - Sleightsburgh: If you take the property in Sleightsburgh you will not receive money for replacement value.  The DOT property is not large enough and we would have to pay for it.

Vince Fisher - Ulster Park: As a point of information...the City of Kingston Little Leagues fields are maintained by  parent volunteers.

Andre Dionne - West Park:    This property would be a tremendous advantage to this town.

Dennis Suraci - Ulster Park: Architect Dennis Suraci explained his firm was retained to do a feasibility study only and as a result the Spinnenweber site was the best site and the four acres was free.  The DOT property had no parking and would have to be a three story building.

Anne Gordon - Avon Park: The concern with many of my neighbors is with the access to the new Town Hall.  Bowne St. is a quiet street with walkers and we are concerned the police would be using that road to speed down our street and in the event that a fire department is placed there the volunteer fireman would also use that street to respond to emergency calls.  I think what would make us feel more comfortable is for the Town Board to guarantee us the use of Bowne Street for emergency use only.  There would need to be a gate and traffic would not come up our street to access the Town Hall and you would only use Bowne Street for emergencies.

Supervisor Rice stated this would be addressed in the Town Board Resolution.

Toni Rosier  - Avon Park: Has DOT approved a light at the entrance to the property?  Supervisor Rice answered the issue had not been addressed.  We have not purchased the property yet, it would be premature to address this issue.

Fred Zimmer - Port Ewen: It was the opinion of Mr. Zimmer that the DOT property was the best place for the Town Hall.  There may be a deduction for taking the property but you will get money.

Johannah Jankowski - Rondout Harbor: The Medrex property would be very valuable property to take off the tax rolls.  It is riverfront property, paying taxes and employing people.

Ray Kowatch - Avon Park: Ray Kowatch asked about the contract for the property.  Supervisor Rice stated there were two contracts.  There are contingencies and they are, a possible  community room and possibly a community center.  There is nothing iron-clad in the contract.  We need facilities for our seniors, we need community rooms.

Peggy Mabie - River Road: In addition to the Town Hall what other buildings could go there?  Could the library go there?  Supervisor Rice stated the library has already purchased property.  Would other town offices go there...the Ulster County Sheriff?  The assumption is, according to the Supervisor, that the Ulster County Sheriff would go with us.

Barbara Patrick - Esopus: Did I recall you said the State would pay for the building?  Supervisor Rice said the town would have to pay for anything above and beyond what the State determines adequate for a town this size.  As a result of the last discussion with the DOT the following determinations were made: This particular building is 7,200 sq. ft. “ Functional Replacement” is the program that would pay for the replacement.  We provided them with our list of requirements.  As you can see, we are jammed into this building.  The State reviewed our plan and they signed up for 11,200 sq. ft. which is significantly larger than our 7,200 sq. ft.  Will 11,200 sq. ft. be big enough?  No, it is not.  We will have to pay for the portion above the 11,200 sq. ft.  Place this in perspective, the State is willing to pay for the 11,200 sq. ft. and that is quite a gift.

Ray Kowatch: Is there preliminary cost figures for what it will cost?  Supervisor Rice answered no.  Our next step is coming up with cost estimates to see what we can afford.

Councilman Gloria VanVliet:   Again, the property is a gift where the Town Hall is going to sit.  We are not buying the property for the Town Hall for it is being donated very graciously by the Spinnenweber family.

Resident: Will the State consider lowering the speed limit on Rt. 9W?  Supervisor Rice said the DOT retains the control over the speed limit.  Peter Beisel said the people designing the road have no authority to approve speed limits.  The Town will continue to ask for reduced speed limits.

Patti Kowatch - Avon Park: Can another Town Board come in and change the rules?  Yes, was the answer.

Peter Beisel - Chairman C.A.C. - From our earliest meeting a concern has been the speed limit.
By adding a Town Hall this adds more pressure to the DOT.

Alan Johnson - A renter for fifteen years.  People do not go 40 MPH going up or down the hill.

Joseph Sills: This Town Board has the opportunity of a life time to make the most historic decision that any board has had the opportunity to make since any board has been here.  Right now they have the opportunity to accept a gift of property to build a new Town Hall and acquire property that we should not have to be concerned about today...but for future generations to come in this community.  It will help this community grow and prosper and be a benefit to the many families who have children doing their sports activities all over God’s creation.  It will be a safer place for everybody, more convenient for the Senior Citizens and anybody else who has any reason at all to come into this building to conduct any kind of business.  We have no dead end streets identified in the Town of Esopus.  Bowne St. is not a dead end street, it just stops at that point.  In our experience, some people do not stay in the same place forever.  The opinion that some people have today may not be the same in five years.  The people who move in may want to see more changes.  I think this Board can make it’s mark in history....accept the gift from the Spinnenweber family to build a beautiful edifice in that area and buy the additional property who will benefit this community for a long time to come and long after we are gone.

Janet Spinnenweber VanHeusen - Port Ewen: Why is it necessary for you to purchase the additional 21 acres?  The four acres is more than adequate for building and park space.  Houses should be placed in the remainder to the property.  The additional 21 acres, according to Supervisor Rice, insures deeded access to the property and it will screen the Town Hall site from the surrounding developments.  Another motivation is also future athletic fields.

Barbara Patrick: $10,000 is a reasonable price.   Open you hearts and your minds.  Supervisor Rice agreed and stated he appreciated Barbara’s comments.

Bob Richter - Esopus: Will we have a vote in the Town on the purchase of the property?
Supervisor Rice said a Permissive Referendum is necessary if we had to borrow money to purchase the property but an outright purchase we do not have to vote.

Roscoe Pecora: More than likely we will have to go to a Permissive Referendum for the building of the new Town Hall.  It is very gracious of the Spinnenweber family to donate the four acres.  It sounds like a good proposition to pay $10,000 an acre.  I am disappointed, it has been months and this board has not presented breakdowns on Spinnenweber property vs. the Medrex property,
how many houses could be placed on that 21 acres and about 12-14 million dollars will be taken off the tax rolls.  What is the story with Medrex?  They are planning on moving and a non-profit is considering moving in and that will be off the tax rolls.  Is the town considering working with Medrex to do something productive.  There are issues here that the public has not had the answers to from this board.  I am not disappointed with the Spinnenweber proposal but I think the board should have made the public aware.

Kathy Robinson - Sleightsburgh: Didn’t the Library take land off the tax rolls?  Riverview property?

Tony Rosier - Avon Park: Numbers and plans should have been placed before the public prior to making this decision.

Earl Johnson - Rondout Harbor: He did not like the idea of building off Rt. 9W and did not believe the purchase price of the property is a big deal because the town is going to pay $200 or more to build.  The Board should not spend a whole lot of time on the purchase cost.  It is a mistake to move out there.

Councilman Gloria VanVliet: “Back in March the Board was not happy with the sights and we opened it up and called real estate agents for other property.  We had a couple of high priced proposals.  As a Town Board we have done our homework and reached out to everyone in the area and asked, is there any other property available for this Town Hall?  We have looked at this property long and hard.  Being a resident myself of Doris St. for thirty years it has been difficult for me to make a decision because it comes close to home.  The decision I will make tonight is for the best interest for the whole Town of Esopus and that is why I was elected, to make the decision based upon what is best for the whole town.  What I am doing tonight is for the whole town and that is why I am here for.”

RESOLUTION:

2.  RESOLUTION TO PURCHASE PROPERTY FOR FUTURE TOWN HALL SITE

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

Whereas, the NYSDOT will acquire the current town Hall as part of the Route 9W Improvements,

Whereas, the Spinnenweber family has offered to donate four acres of property for a Town Hall/Community Center and has offered to see an additional 21 acres for future expansion and athletic fields,

Whereas, the Town Board has reviewed the purchase agreement,

Therefore Be it Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes the transfer of $250,000 from the Town Hall Capital Reserve Account to the Capital Fund for the purpose of Town Hall replacement and the acquisition of property for the replacement,

Be it Further Resolved, that the Town Board’s position on the Bowne Street access to the property is to be for emergency access only,

Be it Further Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes the town Supervisor to sign the purchase contract and any other documents required for the acquisition of the property.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

5 Minute Recess

The meeting was continued at 8:15 PM

3.  Resolution to Authorize a Contract for Review of Utility Bills

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

Whereas, Cost Control Associates, Inc. has proposed to review the Town’s utility bills, on a contingency basis, to possibly recover any overcharges,

Whereas, the Town Board has reviewed the proposal and the contract,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign a contract with Cost Control Associates, Inc., for a review of the Town’s utility bills.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

4.  Resolution to Authorize a Contract for Telephone Services

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

Whereas, Cornerstone Telephone Company has proposed to supply telephone service to the town at a significant savings over our current supplier,

Whereas, the Town Board has reviewed the proposal and the contract,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the town Board authorizes the supervisor to sign a contact with Cornerstone Telephone Company for telephone service.

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Michael Lange

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

Resolution duly adopted.

5.  Resolution to Fill a Vacancy on the Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board

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

Whereas, the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board has a vacancy resulting from the resignation of Thomas Kelley,

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 for a term expiring December 31, 2005.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

6.  Resolution to appoint a part-time Building Inspector

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

Whereas, there has been a significant increase in the workload of the Building Department,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board appoints Salvatore Morello to the position of part time Building Inspector at a salary of $17.25 per hour and a maximum of 17.5 hours per week.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

7.  Resolution to Authorize Adjustments to the 2004 Budget

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.  $   464.01  A7143.4 Water Chestnut Harv.
$3,022.00  A7144.4 Perrine’s Bridge Park
$     68.80  A1410.4 Town Clerk Mileage School
$     23.60  A8010.1 Zoning Rev. Secretary
DA599   $     14.09  DA5120.4 Bridges

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

Supervisor Ray Rice   Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet  Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye
Councilman Michael Lange  No
Councilman Ernie Germano  Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

8.  Resolution to authorize the Highway Superintendents’ Attendance at NYS Highway School

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

Whereas, the New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways Conference will be held in Alexandria Bay Sept. 21 through Sept. 24, 2004,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Highway Superintendent be authorized to attend, with the expenses to be paid from the Highway Department budget.

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

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

Resolution duly adopted.

9.  Resolution to Authorize Payment of Bills Received Since the July 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  #041467-
#041546   $34,039.15

Highway Fund  #042212-
#042258   $32,924.06

Capital Fund

Street Lighting  #046008   $ 3,691.33

Port Ewen Sewer  #043090-
#043102   $ 3,301.00

Port Ewen Water  #044214-
#044229   $12,546.63

Total.......................................................................................$86,502.17
 
Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

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

Resolution duly adopted.

9.  Motion to accept the July Minutes

A Motion to approve the July Minutes of the Town Board was made by Supervisor Ray Rice and seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

10.  New York State Main St. Program

A Resolution was made to submit an application to New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation for the New York Main Street Program.

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

Whereas, the Rt. 9W Improvement Project being done by New York State DOT in Port Ewen will enhance the esthetics of the corridor sidewalks, lighting and tree planting,

Whereas, the Main Street Grant Program will provide grants for facade renovations, building renovation and Streetscape Enhancement Grants,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes this application to be submitted for this grant and authorizes RUPCO to administer the grant.

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Ernie Germano

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

 Resolution duly adopted.

Councilman Ernie Germano explained this was a program offered by the New York State Dept. of Housing and they will match a 50/50 grant.  They will put up 50 percent to the homeowner or business owner or if RUPCO has any funds available they will match those funds up to $10,000 per building.  This would tie in with what we are doing for Rt. 9W to beautify the town.  This only applies to an area that has 80 percent or less of the median income, according to the Supervisor.  Councilman Germano continued stating the Town would have to qualify.  Sept. 20th is the deadline for submitting these applications.  Awards are based upon a point basis.  It is worthwhile for us to do this to do something like this

Public Comment:

Park Program Concerns:

Kathy Pearson/Peggy Gallagher - Serious concerns about the Park Program.  The program is awful.  Please stop by unannounced.  Today there were three kids lying on the ground and another kid jumping over them on a scooter.  This is a dangerous situation.  Councilman Lange explained this is a drop in program.  The children are allowed to come and go as they please.
The program ended today.

Tony Rosier - Avon Park: With four children I do not send my children to this program.

Jim Ellsworth - Doris St.: There is adequate staff, however, the program is lax. I pay a lot of attention to the park.  Supervisor Rice appreciates the efforts of Jim Ellsworth.

Councilman Germano suggested parents becoming more involved in the Recreation Board in order to improve the program.  There will be a survey of the parents with children enrolled and   feedback will be accumulated and we will work from there.

Zoning Review Committee

This committee was formed to clean up problems with the interpretation of our zoning.
Councilman VanVliet is on this committee.  Councilman Freer asked if the committee was just doing corrections?  The Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board also have questions, according to Councilman VanVliet and the Chairman John McMichael is presenting the committee with those questions also.  A sign ordinance has been discussed as well as accessory apartments. Councilman Freer was under the impression that only the interpretation of the zoning was the purpose of the committee. Supervisor Rice will speak with Chairman McMichael to clear up any misunderstanding.

Additional Workshop Meetings

Due to the amount of business before this Town Board there will be two workshop meetings a
month through the end of the year.  These meetings will be held the first Monday of the month except in September when it will be held on Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Supervisor Rice at 9:50 PM and seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer.  All Town Board members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC