TOWN BOARD MEETING

SEPTEMBER 19, 2008

 PUBLIC HEARING:

 Present:                      Supervisor John Coutant

                                    Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

                                    Councilperson Wayne Freer

                                    Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

                                    Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 Recording Administrator:     Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk

Local Law No. 3 - 2008

To Amend Chapter 50 o0f the Town of Esopus Code

Titled Appearance Tickets

 (Place Public Hearing Notice Here)

  

Supervisor Coutant called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

Public Comment: There was no public comment.

A Motion to close the Public Hearing was made by Councilperson Wayne Freer and seconded by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 Public Hearing: Local Law No. 4 (103-1 Legislative Intent: The purpose of this local law is to define the obligations of the owners of real property abutting sidewalks along Rt. 9W and old Rt. 9W in the hamlet of Port Ewen, Town of Esopus, to keep the sidewalks accessible to pedestrians and to ensure safe pedestrian traffic.

 (Place Public Hearing Notice Here)

Public Comment: 

Jim Smith - Broadway Port Ewen: A few years ago he attended a preliminary meeting (on the road project) where it was stated the town would maintain the sidewalks.  Then he spoke with someone who stated the town could not afford to maintain the sidewalks.  In August he was talking to an individual who stated the homeowners must maintain the sidewalks.  What happened to the town maintaining the sidewalks?  Councilperson Carl Belfiglio answered.... this is a public hearing....it is not a forum for debate.  We are here to listen to public comments. 

Mr. Smith continued.....He did not know how much pressure you are getting about the sidewalks.  He read the law and the only person who has any responsibility is the homeowner.  He has lived in his house for fifty years.  He has cleaned up over all these years.  He would like to know why all of a sudden Rt. 9W is so sacred?  In Mr. Smith’s opinion this law is discriminatory and an abuse of power.  All of a sudden Rt. 9W is sacred.  In 1970 we had five feet of snow and you are going to tell someone to put a 36" wide walkway in?

There is no sign on this highway pertaining to littering.  A few months ago a guy came down the highway on a horse.  I have seen skate boards, etc.  Within twenty four hours you must have a path on the sidewalk.  Last Saturday there was a deer killed on the sidewalk.  It took until Sunday night for it to be cleaned.  It was a health hazard.  In my opinion I have enjoyed the fifty years I have enjoyed in this town.  You are eliminating the small town environment.  We have to do this for the seniors and that for the senior citizens.  I am a lucky person I get my pension and my social security but how many older people in this town are going to be hurt by this?  The cost of oil and gasoline is up.  There are older people who live alone and now who must clear their sidewalk within twenty four hours.  Most people will not be able to afford it   If you get a bad snow storm these people will not be able to clear their sidewalks.  That’s all I have to say....thank you.

Sal Silvestro - Broadway: Mr. Silvestro sympathized with Mr. Smith, although he is in favor of the law, personally.  There is only one concern 103-5 Section C/103-10- C where there appears to be an inconsistency. 

(C) Failure to comply with any of the above articles shall result in a fine not to exceed $250 for each failure to comply.  There could be a several violations after each 24 hr. period.  Also there is a problem with 103-10-C. concerning failure to comply and a $250 fine plus expenses incurred by the Town for maintenance of vegetation. 

Tim Halpin - Broadway: He had a problem with equity.  His section of the highway has three lanes.  Sometimes he has two lanes of snow but given the fact he has two unreasonable neighbors there is more of a problem.  There are some absentee landlords.  The cost of removing the snow alone will be too much.  He is having drainage issues now and by spring his house will be flooding away.  He realizes we need a law but if an impact study was done you would know that some neighbors are affected more than others. How can the town assume liability and enforcement when we live on a state highway.  It is not fair to everyone.  The state took all the area by imminent domain and it is not fair and equitable.

Herb Klippel: Who takes care of the trees?  We have dead trees and who is going  to replace them?  Who will trim the trees?  Will the town take care of all of that?  Who will replace the dead trees?

Supervisor Coutant explained there is a warrantee on the trees from Augustine Nursery and they will replace all the dead trees this October. 

Bob Emberson: Who will maintain the rock cut?

Irene Emberson: Will no one answer?  This has been discussed many times.  This is your chance to comment.

Tim Halpin: Some people were opposed to the sidewalk project...how can one assume risk and liability when they were opposed to it to begin with? 

Jim Smith: Will you vote on this tonight?  Supervisor Coutant said yes.

A Motion to close the public hearing at 7:30 PM was made by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio and seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 A Motion to have a ten minute recess was made by Supervisor John Coutant and seconded by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio at 7:30 PM.  All Town Board Member voted in favor.  Motion Carried. 

Town Board Meeting

September 19, 2008

 A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town Board was held on Thursday, September 19th at 7:40 PM at Town Hall on Broadway 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 thanked the audience for coming to the public hearing on the two local laws.

Public Comment:

 Supervisor Coutant wanted to address some of the questions.  Four years ago when this was undertaken there were laws and dialogue with the state and commitments made by everyone involved.  No one predicted the fact that snow has become a hazardous material because it is diluted with sand and salt.  What we used to do years ago we can no longer do.  What will we do with the snow now?  The NYSDOT helped the Town of Esopus remove snow.  Highway Supt. Alan Larkin estimated how much it would cost to do the snow removal per storm and that estimate is $18,000.  If we have to deal with snow removal what will it cost us as taxpayers?  The Town Board considered all of this and basically we are asking you to make a path.    

On the tree issue......the trees are under warrantee and last year some were replaced.  Augustine Nursery will come back again and replace them.  They require a lot of watering.  We had too much rain and then we were too dry.  These are decorative trees with limited height and width.

If there is a branch hanging, we will ask you to take care of it.  The law is written in such a way that the new sidewalks are covered under the law as well as any future sidewalks that are constructed.  Sweeping and shoveling are considered maintenance.  When we repair a water break that is real maintenance and it is a heavy duty bill.  The light poles when someone hits them the replacement cost is $6,700 a piece.  When you talk about the real cost of maintenance, the smallest thing we could ask the homeowners is to take care of the sidewalks.  BOCES will be required to shovel their sidewalk.  If you really think about what we are asking....it is not a tremendous amount.  

Councilperson Freer: Supervisor John Coutant was not here when these initial meetings were held.  What was said in those meetings was .....the Town Board would cause the sidewalks to be maintained.  I never intended for the town to do the light maintenance of the sidewalks.  We said we would cause the sidewalks to be maintained.  The expense of the heavy maintenance will be picked up by the town.  With the removal of the snow...it will probably be in the same fashion as last year with the town and the NYSDOT.

Councilperson Freer continued....The rock cut has been talked about extensively.  It is State property and they will have to do the sidewalks.  This can be done with a wing on their plow. 

As far as the deer being killed on Rt. 9W ....it is a state road and it should have been taken care of in a more timely fashion.  The Ulster County Sheriff did not notify NYSDOT.  In the future let someone locally know about the problem   Another problem mentioned was the littering.  We will call NYSDOT for signs and it is an enforcement problem.  We have a state wide littering law.  A sign may remind people that they cannot littler.  Supervisor Coutant said he would challenge anyone here to help us find the people who dump their trash in our containers.  We are constantly picking up garbage.  He will pay $100 to catch the people who litter in our town.  Councilperson Freer stated tires have been dumped.  Please let him know if you see any problem.

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro: The fine of $250 is consistent with all the other fines in our town code.  It basically says up to $250.  The Town Code Enforcement Officer has latitude.  We are trying to set some guidelines.  There was a lot of confusion and we are trying to set guidelines to prevent unsafe and dangerous situations.  About a comment made about a small town environment.  Sidewalks are a positive effect.  We need to cooperate and have consideration for each other and this makes a small town a good place to live.

Tim Halpin: Were any other towns and city laws taken into consideration?  Councilperson Freer said we have looked at many laws.  All of them hold true to the same thing.  They have residents complying within 24 hours.  The Enforcement Officer has discretion.  It will go before our local judges.  People can plea their case.  That is why we have a justice system.  Mr. Halpin continued...who deems the need for snow removal?  NYSDOT only did the business district once.

Councilperson Freer said a lot of snow had dissipated and melted and the piles of snow had changed.  Mr. Halpin asked who makes these decisions?  That decision was between NYSDOT and Highway Supt. Al Larkin.

 

Jim Smith: He had a concern that our older and proud seniors and with health issues and he does not want to see people hurt.  Councilperson Belfiglio stated our town is a community and we are all neighbors.  If there is a person who cannot shovel he would hope you could help your neighbor.  If someone has a bad back we would hope a neighbor would help.  We will not persecute the elderly.  Last year there were some young people who helped shovel.  The Bruderhof did many sidewalks. Thank you Bruderhof for your help. 

 

Mrs. Rumson - Tucker Pond Disaster: Mrs. Rumson wondered what was happening with the condos at Tucker Pond?  Supervisor Coutant said as of last October the Building Inspector met with them and we thought the issues had been resolved.  We were assured they would finish.  Three or four months have passed and still nothing has been done.  Our Building Inspector called to see what the status was.  They want you to believe they will take care of it but they give you no time limit.  They always renew their building permit and they have never been out of compliance.  I know it is for sale and they are completely overgrown.  I do not want a Creek Locks Road disaster.  Can they be fined for not maintaining their property?  Tim Keefe has gone through it periodically and there are certain things that are being worked on.  Supervisor Coutant said this could be a beautiful project.  Planning Board Chairperson Roxanne Pecora said it was approved as condos  and they came back and they were approved as apartments.

James Reiker - Connelly: In the newspaper the James Reiker Memorial Park is again listed as the Connelly Mini Park.  The Supervisor apologized for the error.  Mr. Reiker’s son rents the property to the town for $1 a year.  He will change that to $500 if we don’t get the name straight.  His Dad did not give the property to the town because he wanted his name on it.  He gave other properties to the town including the fire house.  The Daily Freeman was told of the error, however, the Supervisor said it was his mistake.

Update on New Town Hall Project - Charles Wesley

 Progress from Friday, August 22nd, through Thursday, September 18, 2008

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

*As reported last month, due to the inability of Callanan Industries to hold the cost of paving materials to their (then) current level, I directed Site Contractor Merritt Construction to complete the paving throughout the entire site.  That paving is now complete.

*Sheet rocking of interior partitions is nearly complete, and taping and painting is in progress.

*The exterior fascia and soffit material is currently being installed, and is nearly complete.

*The “storefront” entries at both the upper and lower levels are in place.

*The flooring in the bathrooms, Sheriff’s locker rooms, and the Kitchen area are currently being installed.

*The installation of the finished, (suspended) ceiling is underway throughout the building.

*The telephone system installation will begin today with coordination between our contractor (Superior Telephone), and the contractor for the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department to insure completion by the time the building is occupied.

*The fence, which will surround the retention pond, is being installed, with other fencing (i.e. the dumpster enclosure and decorative fencing along the top of the retaining wall), to follow.

*Guard rails in the parking areas are being placed.

*I have directed all contractors to focus on completing the Town office space within the building first, in order to insure that we maintain our scheduled date of occupancy, which continues to be the last week of October.

*On Tuesday, September 16th, the Fire Sprinkler system was filled with water and pressure tested to 120 lbs.  Once the Fire Department hookup is installed at the front of the building, the system will be ready for use.

*Voice and Data wiring is underway, and is scheduled for completion by Tuesday, September 23rd.

*The Verizon hookup is scheduled for Monday, September 22nd.

*I have forwarded bid/quotes to the Town Board for the following:

 

                                    Telephone Service Provider: (Paetec and Cornerstone)

                                    CCTV and Alarm System: (Rest Assured, Safeco and Fire Systems)

Miscellaneous:

Paetec has waived the installation fee.  There has been a revised quote from Superior.  We can save $1,274.64 by going with Cornerstone.   Cornerstone had a three year contract but  Paetec is month to month.  The contract with Cornerstone expires next April.  They will release us from our contract if we go to another service.  It is the Town Boards decision but Charlie Wesley can see a big savings with Cornerstone.  Superior will work with anyone.  They do a lot with Paetec but will work with Cornerstone.

Datanet Access will put in fiber optic lines for the Ulster County Sheriff.  We need to sign an agreement so fiber optics can be placed in our building. 

Alarm System

Bids are in for the alarm system.  Councilperson Wayne Freer has a lot of experience with this.  Two vendors submitted bids Rest Assured and Safeco.  Councilperson Freer said it appears there are no panic alarms included, however, there should be alarms for the Town Clerk, Tax Collector, and the Court.  There was further discussion about a panic alarm for the Assessor. 

Other things missing are we have no detection on the stairways.  The downstairs basement is to be used for Penny Socials, etc. and there is no restriction for people coming into the upstairs.   A motion detector would prevent people from wandering through the building.  Councilperson Freer believes three motion detectors and three panic alarms are needed. Clerk of the Works Charlie Wesley said this was not in the initial bid.  He would like to go forward with what we have now.

Councilperson Belfiglio said we have agreed on this and we just received these quotes.  Personally he is against DVR surveillance.  Video devices only record after the fact.  He would rather have video that would only show what happens before and after the crime.  If people are on video they are less likely to commit a crime.  Councilperson Freer is of the opinion that we need the technology otherwise we are going backward.  Councilperson Silvestro said we are building a Town Hall not a fortress and she is concerned about what can be perceived as an invasion of privacy.  She had no objection to cameras in the parking areas where damage could be done.  She agrees with Councilperson Belfiglio against having video cameras in the Town Hall.  Councilperson VanVliet believes a proper security system should consist of videos as well as an intrusion alarm system.  We need some type of intrusion alarm system as well as videos.  This quote is not a security quote without an intrusion alarm system.  We also need the panic alarms.  According to the Clerk of the Works the quote was based on what we have now in the Town Hall.  Rest Assured has been our contractor and they were asked what we needed.

Councilperson Freer did not want to hold things up but when this was discussed previously,  prior to having any extra money to cover these expenses.  Councilperson Belfiglio stated he knew Councilperson Freer was in the security field, however, these quotes were only given to us two nights ago.  He had no objection to using video in the parking areas.  The public can FOIL requests for DVR’s and they have every right to do this and you will get random requests.  He has seen these devices in other places and it is used to go after the employees.  Councilperson Freer said it is not in the proper working area.  If we do anything we should put in the panic alarms.  Would you agree if we did the exterior and the two main rooms and the court room?  Councilperson Belfiglio was not comfortable with this and wanted to delay for two or three weeks.    

It was the opinion of the Clerk of the Works Charlie Wesley if we do nothing now there will be problems with the ceiling tiles.  You have a few days.  We need the ceiling in place.  Supervisor Coutant said there are two things he saw one is we are talking about fixed cameras that will look in only one direction and the second thing is they are inside the building and I object to that.  Primarily we should look at securing the building.  By placing cameras on the outside of the building to monitor who goes to work, the windows on each side of the building and .if we use the right kind of camera we could pick up the back of the building.  There are usually responsible people in Town Hall.  I have never seen a confrontation get out of hand.  We are dealing with people here and it could be considered by our employees and the people visiting an invasion of privacy.  If a camera is placed in the court room it should be one that they can turn on when the court is in session.  It is not right to have cameras going through the entire Town Hall.  Put alarms on the doors and cameras on the outside of the Town Hall. 

Permission for Supervisor to Sign Contracts Relative to New Town Hall Project.

 In order for DataNet Communications to enter our new Town Hall a Motion is needed for the Supervisor to sign an Access Agreement to install any required conduit, manholes, cable and equipment.

A Motion was made by Councilperson Wayne Freer to have the Supervisor sign an Access Agreement with DataNet Communications to install any required conduit, manholes, cable and equipment.  This Motion was seconded by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 We will get quotes from Safeco Alarm System on panic alarms for the Town Clerk, Assessor, Court, and Tax Collector Offices and for Intrusion Alarms.

A Motion was made by Councilperson Wayne Freer and seconded by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio to have Supervisor John Coutant sign contracts relative to the New Town Hall Project.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 1. RESOLUTION  FOR GRANT FROM NYSOCA- Sept. 18, 2008

 Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus in building a new Town Hall has incorporated a room that will be used for court and

Whereas, the Town is in the final construction stages of this Town Hall and

Whereas, the Town of Esopus is requesting to be considered for a grant for the purposes of court equipment, bench, and any other necessary court related items not to exceed $30,000,

Whereas, this will benefit the court system of the Town of Esopus and all taxpayers in the Town by assisting us in the safe operation of our court system.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus requests the NYS Office of Court Administration to favor us with this grant.

 Resolution offered by Councilperson Wayne Freer

Resolution seconded by Supervisor John Coutant

 

                                                Supervisor John Coutant                  Aye

                                                Councilperson Wayne Freer Aye

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet         Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    No

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio Aye

 

Councilperson Silvestro was not in favor of this grant as written and did believe it was a good thing to get a grant for our court related expenses but neither should we be dictated to once we receive the money.  The Town Board should make the decisions.  Technically where this room is, it is not just a court house...it is a multi purpose room and we need to be able to have different configurations within that room.  That is why we have a moveable partition.  It is a Town Hall not a court house..

 Resolution duly adopted.

 2.  Resolution Trailer Mounted Sewer Jet Machine

 Whereas, the Port Ewen Sewer District advertised and received bids for a Trailer Mounted Sewer Jet Machine.

Whereas, bids were received and opened at the office of the Town of Esopus Town Clerk, on September 8th, 2008.

Whereas, the lowest bidder for the Trailer Mounted Sewer Jet Machine was Tracey Road Equipment, 6803 Manlius Center Road, East Syracuse, New York, at a price of $40,253.00.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town of Esopus Town Board award the bid to Tracey Road Equipment.

Resolution offered by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio 

Resolution 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.

 3.  Resolution - Reappoint Chris Brown - Assessment Board of Review

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

Whereas, Mr. Chris Brown, Assessment Board of Review Board appointment expires on September 30, 2008,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, the Town of Esopus Town Board reappoints Mr. Chris Brown to the Assessment Board of Review, term to expire September 30, 2013.

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    No

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio Aye

 Resolution duly adopted.

 Councilperson Deborah Silvestro voted  no because the Town Board has never met with Mr. Chris Brown and she believes we should meet with anyone we appoint.

Councilperson Wayne Freer agreed partially.  We will have the final say and what we put in our building is up to this governing board..  After writing numerous grants over the years, there are some specific grants which state this money must be used for the court system.  By putting in alternatives it limits us to the possibility of obtaining the $30,000 grant.  Once the money is received it is up to us to as to how we use it.  Councilperson Silvestro said it gives us absolutely no power.    The resolution, according to Councilperson Freer, is written with the intention of getting the grant.  This is not a matching grant.  The maximum that they can give us is $30,000 and because we have a new building he was hoping we could obtain the $30,000.  There are specifics we must do.  The Supervisor believes we should get the grant, get the money and let us get this thing underway.  It will hold up production of the Town Hall.

 4..  Resolution - Parking Signage on Rt. 213 - Sept. 16, 2008

 Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has created a Town Park, Perrine’s Bridge Park, located between the Wallkill River and Rt. 213 in the hamlet of Rifton through a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,

Whereas, a parking area dedicated to Perrine’s Bridge Park was constructed across Rt. 213 for the convenience of users of the park,

Whereas, parking inside the park is not allowed due to space and safety considerations,

Whereas, the placing of parking indicators by the Town is not feasible as they would need to be located within the New York State right-of-way,

Whereas, conversation with Mark Marano of the NYS DOT has resulted in the proposal that the State would place signs along Rt. 213 indicating the parking lot for Perrine’s Bridge Park, should the Town Board so request it,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus requests the NYS DOT to erect signs on both sides of Rt. 213 in the hamlet of Rifton, in close proximity to the Town constructed parking area, indicating the entrance to said parking lot.

Resolution offered by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

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.

 5.  Resolution - Settlement - Re: Town of Esopus adv. McCormack

 

Resolution to Approve

Orders and Stipulation of Settlement

Town of Esopus Adv. McCormick

 

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

Whereas, we have received and reviewed the proposed Orders and Stipulations of Settlement in the above referenced matter,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes our attorney to execute the Stipulations on behalf of the Town.

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 Deborah Silvestro   Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 6.  Resolution - Renewal of Peddler’s License

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

Whereas, Karen A. Schmitz has applied for renewal of her Peddling and Soliciting License,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes the renewal of this license for a one year period (September 22, 2008 - September 21, 2009).

Resolution offered by Councilperson Wayne Freer

Resolution 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.    

7.  Resolution - Local Law #3 - Appearance Tickets

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

Whereas, Local Law No. 3 for 2008, to amend Chapter 50 of the Town Code entitled Appearance Tickets, has been introduced and a Public Hearing has been held,

Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus approves Local Law #3.

Resolution offered by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

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.

 8.  Resolution - Local Law #4 - 103-1 - Legislative Intent - Sidewalks

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

Whereas, Local Law #4 - 2008, Legislative Intent, Sidewalks, has been introduced and a Public Hearing has been held,

Be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus approves Local Law #4.

Resolution offered by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

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.

 9.   Fall Festival Update

The Fall Festival Committee will be going on the radio WKNY next week to talk about the Fall Festival.  We have added Family Fun Day at Ross Park.  We should have some great things going on.  The Car Show steals the show each year.  Charlie Wesley will be speaking about the Model T’s 100th Anniversary.  Billy Benson will be bringing some Model T’s. 

Councilperson Deborah Silvestro said on a sad note, regarding the United Methodist Church and the pies. For many years there has been one lady in the town who probably had her stamp on every single pie that came out of that building and unfortunately, Shirley Corder has had a major heart attack.  It was noted Shirley passed away.  Councilperson Silvestro continued....the town has suffered a great loss and people in town considered her a family member and she asked everyone to think about her.  Councilperson Belfiglio said Shirley was the choir director at the church for many years and was always involved.

10.  Leaf Pickup

 Supervisor Coutant reminded the public that last year the Town Board passed a resolution to dis-allow the use of plastic bags for leaf pickup.  We will only use paper bags.  Home Depot, Lowes’, Hannaford’s and Herzog’s all sell these paper bags.

11.  Lighting Approval - Senior Citizen Walk

 Information was not available for discussion.

12.  Budget Adjustments

 There were no budget adjustments.

13.  Payment of Bills

             RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF BILLS SINCE SEPT. 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  081461-081515                                                                     $ 39,091.93

Highway Fund 082216-082244                                                                      $ 83,688.14

Capital Fund 085074-085082                                                                        $453,988.93

Street Lights 086009                                                                                     $    5,886.59

Port Ewen Sewer 083108-083126                                                                 $    7,684.97

Port Ewen Water 904222-084246                                                                 $ 66,134.82

Total................................................                                                              $656,475.38

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 Deborah Silvestro   Aye

                                                            Councilperson Carl Belfiglio Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 14.  Approval of Minutes

 A Motion to approve the Minutes was made by Supervisor John Coutant and seconded by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

 15.  Reports/Communications available

 Correspondence for the month is available for review and the following reports of Boards and Depts. has been received and is also available for review:

Town Clerks Monthly Report - August 2008

Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes - August 19th, 2008

Planning Board Minutes dated August 28, 2008

Building Dept. Report dated August 2008

Environmental Board Minutes dated July 2008

Port Ewen Water & Sewer Minutes dated July 2008

Port Ewen Water & Sewer Minutes dated August 2008.

Supervisor’s Report dated September 18, 2008.

16.  Miscellaneous

 Charlie Wesley thanked all who helped move the safes from the Town Clerk’s Office to the new Town Hall.

Councilperson Silvestro reminded the residents of the Rifton Mini Park dedication on Saturday Sept. 20th.  Many contributed their time and energy to this park.  Everyone is invited.

Councilperson Silvestro mentioned the Klyne Esopus Museum is having an Amazing Concert

at the Port Ewen Reformed Church on Salem St. in Port Ewen on October 4th at 2 PM featuring the Story of Sacred Music in Esopus.

A Motion to adjourn was made by Supervisor John Coutant at 9:40 PM and seconded by Councilperson Wayne Freer.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion Carried.

                                                                         Respectfully submitted,

  

                                                                        Diane L. McCord

                                                                        Town Clerk, CMC, RMC

                                                                        NYSTCA Reg. 2 Dist. Dir.