TOWN BOARD MEETING
 OCTOBER 18, 2003

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, October 18th 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 Marshall Courtney
Councilman Gloria VanVliet
Councilman Wayne Freer
Councilman Peter Beisel

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

Pledge to the Flag

Supervisor Rice opened the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag at 7:30 PM.

Announcements:

Dogs available for adoption at the Esopus Kennel
Tentative budget workshop 7:30 PM, October 23rd
Over the past few years our Records Management Program has provided funding to restore several of our Town of Esopus archival records including:

Chattel Mortgages - 1849-1934
Births, Deaths and Marriages 1847-1858
Births and Deaths 1914-1918
Marriages 1926-1937

These records are on display in the Town Clerk’s Office
Flu Clinic will be held on Election Day November 4th at the Moose on Legion Court in Port Ewen
from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Deer Management Permits will again be available through the Town Clerk’s Office Oct. 31st.

Public Comment:

Susan Boice Wick - St. Remy: Sue Wick is appealing the Records Access Officer Diane McCord on three different requests and claims her request to the Building Dept. was never answered.  Supervisor Rice stated she would receive a letter from the Town of Esopus Appeals Officer, Supervisor Ray Rice.

Town Board Resolutions:

1.  Presentation by Chester Straub, Ulster County Development Corporation

Chester Straub, President of the Ulster County Development Corporation introduced Peter G. Gallagher, Director of Business Development and gave general information about UCDC and information on how the Town of Esopus can work with UCDC.  The following points were made:

1.  They are a non-for-profit organization with 25 years experience offering various services and       programs and their vision is “..that the Ulster County Development Corporation will be the        catalyst for creating wealth, improving the quality of life and fostering economic opportunity         for Ulster County and its citizens”.
2.  The mission is “...”to lead Ulster County and its communities in achieving their long term        competitive economic potential by providing technical and financial assistance to retain and       expand existing businesses and attract new businesses.
3.  Technical and financial assistance are offered to communities and businesses.
4.  Investments in county-wide and local capacity building efforts
5.  UCDC is a marketing organization for Ulster County.  They work with retail developers.        They promote various types of housing.  Promote public development of infrastructure.
     Promote workforce development.

Supervisor Rice commented that UCDC had been most professional and did a great job for the Town of Esopus in their management of our loan package.  On a weekly basis people stop in to inquire about loans and they are directed to UCDC.  UCDC has submitted an application seeking $35,000 to support technical assistance to form a committee to analyze the housing needs in our area.

Councilman Gloria VanVliet asked how we could encourage the building of a supermarket in our Town.  Chester Straub answered there are three or four other communities in need of markets.  Large chains need demographics.  We need to work closely with local retailers looking for smaller operators of grocery stores.  We have not been successful.

Sue Wick asked about the infrastructure for training people in computer techniques?  Chester Straub said there is a program currently underway to have a training seminar to see if it is needed..
Sue Wick continued, in the 1980's UCCC provided specialized training for IBM and asked if anything like that is happening presently?    There are funds available to businesses in Ulster County for this purpose.

Robert Richter asked with Dyno Nobel leaving and losing 200 jobs, would UCDC work with them to encourage them to stay, how could we have stopped them from moving out?  Chester Straub spoke about a number of meetings being held with offers of assistance made through the Empire State Development Agency.  This was not enough to keep Dyno Nobel from leaving, however they will retain ownership.

2.  Resolution to Re-Appoint William Garraty to the Assessment Board of Review

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

Whereas, the term of William Garraty on the Town of Esopus Assessment Board of Review has expired and Mr. Garraty is willing to continue to be of service to the residents of the Town,

Therefore, be it Resolved, the Town Board hereby re-appoints Mr. Garraty to the Town of Esopus Assessment Board of Review for a term expiring September 30, 2008.

Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney
Resolution seconded by Councilman Wayne Freer

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet  Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye
Councilman Peter Beisel   Aye
Resolution duly adopted.

3.  Resolution to Authorize Adjustments to the 2003 Budget

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

Whereas, adjustments to the 2003 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. ($6,050.10) $ 772.00 A1460.4 Records Man. Contrac.
A599 Fund Bal. ($5,470.56)       60.09 A1410.4 Town Clerk School
   482.59 A1670.4 Postage
   167.50 A8011.1 ZBA Secretary
     38.48 A8090.4 Env. Board Contra.
5,000.00 A8889.4 Light Pole Repair
5,000.00 A9710.6 Serial Bond Interest
A3620.2 Safety Insp. Equip.       29.32 A3620.4 Safe. Insp.  Contra.
A1220.4 Supervisor Contrac.  1,200.00 A7141.4 HUD Canal Corr. Contrac.
DA599    6,622.00 DA5130.2 Highway Equipment
DA9010.8 NYS Retire..  9,000.00 DA5130.2 Highway Equipment
 
 Resolution offered by Councilman Marshall Courtney
Resolution seconded by Supervisor Ray Rice

             Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet   Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye
Councilman Peter Beisel   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

4.  Executive Session to Discuss the Weitze Certiorari Litigation

Delayed until the end of the meeting.

5.  Resolution to Authorize Sharing the Cost of a Feasibility Study with the Library

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

Whereas, in December of 1999 the Town of Esopus Town Board in conjunction with the Town of Esopus Library agreed to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of a combined purchase of property for library expansion and a future Town Hall,

Whereas, the feasibility was successfully conducted but when the project was presented to the voters in a referendum, the proposal was defeated,

Whereas, the Library paid the total cost of the feasibility study and has petitioned the town to pay one half of the $16,733.32 cost,

Therefore, be it Resolved, that the Town pay one half of this expense by reducing the Libaries outstanding loan of $25,000 by the amount of $8,366.66.

Resolution offered by Councilman Peter Beisel
Resolution seconded by Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet  Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye
Councilman Peter Beisel   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

#4. Continued - Weitze Certiorari Litigation

A Motion to enter into Executive Session was made by Supervisor Ray Rice and seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney at 8:25 PM to discuss Weitze Certiorari Litigation.
All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion carried.

A Motion to adjourn from Executive Session was made by Supervisor Ray Rice and seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney at 8:45 PM.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion carried.

Whereas, the lawyers for both parties have suggested a compromise wherein their assessments for the years 2001 and 2002 will be reduced by 10%,

Whereas, the Town of Esopus Assessor and the Town Attorney believe that this settlement is in the best interests of the Town,

Therefore, be it Resolved, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor and Kellar and Kellar to accept the negotiated settlement and to execute the appropriate documents memorializing same.

Resolution offered by Supervisor Ray Rice
Resolution seconded by Councilman Marshall Courtney

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney  Aye
Councilman Gloria VanVliet  Aye
Councilman Wayne Freer   Aye
Councilman Peter Beisel   Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

Correspondence and Reports of Committees have been received and are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office:

Town Clerk’s Monthly Report dated September 2003
Planning Board Minutes dated September 2003
Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes dated September 2003

A Motion to accept the Town Board Minutes dated September 2003 was made by Supervisor Ray Rice and seconded by Councilman Peter Beisel.  All Town Board Members voted in favor.  Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk, RMC