TOWN BOARD MINUTES
 NOVEMBER 15, 2001

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 7:30 PM at the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons in attendance:

Supervisor Ray Rice
Councilman Marshall Courtney
Councilman John Loughlin
Councilman Peter Beisel
Absent: Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord
                        Town Clerk

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Leaf Pickup until November 20, 2001 - Place bagged leaves at street
Ulster County Flu Clinic -scheduled at St. Cabrini on December 13, 2001
9:30 AM- 12:30PM

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

TOWN BOARD RESOLUTIONS:

1.  RESOLUTION NAMING THE ESOPUS FIRE DISTRICT

Resolution of the Town Board
Town of Esopus

Whereas, on June 14th, 1939 the Town Board of the Town of Esopus created, by resolution, a fire district in the Town of Esopus, a copy of which resolution is appended hereto and incorporated by inference herein; and

Whereas, said resolution failed to give the said fire district an official name; and

Whereas, said district has been unofficially referred to as the ESOPUS FIRE DISTRICT; and Now, therefore, it is hereby Resolved that the said fire district created by this board on June 14, 1939 be officially known as the Esopus Fire District.

Moved by:  Councilman Marshall Courtney
Seconded by: Councilman Peter Beisel

Adopted by the following vote:

Supervisor Ray Rice    Aye
Councilman Marshall Courtney   Aye
Councilman John Loughlin   Aye
Councilman Peter Beisel    Aye
Absent: Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Resolution duly adopted.

2.  MOTION TO CORRECT THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 20,
     2001 TOWN BOARD MEETING

A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN AND SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING CORRECTION TO THE TOWN BOARD MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2001:

“RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ADJUSTMENTS OF THE 2001 BUDGET SEPTEMBER 20, 2001"
DA 5112.4 CHIPS $60,352.87 TO DA 5110.4 GENERAL REPAIRS.  THIS IS NOT A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT, IT IS A TRANSFER OF CHIPS EXPENDITURES FROM 5110.4 TO 5112.4.

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY  AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

MOTION DULY ADOPTED.
 
 3.  RESOLUTION TO APPOINT A PLANNING BOARD       REPRESENTATIVE TO THE ULSTER COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

*APPOINTMENT TO ULSTER COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

The Town of Esopus Town Board: Supervisor Ray Rice
                                    Councilman Marshall Courtney
                                                       Councilman John Loughlin
                                                       Councilman Peter Beisel
                              Absent:      Councilman Gloria VanVliet

Whereas, pursuant to Ulster County Legislature Resolution No. 99 of 1963, the Ulster County Legislature appoints members of the Ulster County Planning Board, and

Whereas, appointment to the Ulster County Planning Board requires the recommendation of local governing bodies,

Resolved, that Roxanne Pecora is recommended for appointment to the Ulster County Planning Board:

APPOINTMENT: Roxanne Pecora
                                P O Box 732 - 183 Schryver St.
                                Port Ewen, New York 12466

and moves its adoption,

                                               Adopted by the following vote
                      Ayes:   4   Noes: 0
 
 

Town of Esopus Town Board: Supervisor Ray Rice
Councilman Marshall Courtney
Councilman John Loughlin
Councilman Peter Beisel
Absent: Councilman Gloria VanVliet
 
Whereas, pursuant to Ulster County Legislature Resolution no. 259 of 1996, the Ulster County Legislature appoints alternate members of the Ulster County Planning Board, and

Whereas, appointment of an alternate to the Ulster County Planning Board requires the recommendation of local governing bodies and the incumbent County Planning Board members, and

Resolved, that John McMichael is recommended for appointment as an alternate to the Ulster County Planning Board for a term that shall coincide with the appointed incumbent board member:

APPOINTMENT: John McMichael
                                12 Buzdygan Court
                                Ulster Park, New York 12487

and moves its adoption,

Adopted by the following vote:
                                                                                Ayes: 4  Noes: 0

4.  RESOLUTION TO APPOINT A PLANNING BOARD CHAIRMAN

Supervisor Rice stated we have two Planning Board Members interested in the appointment as Chairman, Roxanne Pecora and Russ Shultis.  We are fortunate to have two such qualified people to choose from.   Russ Shultis has his days free and has the time to view properties during the day given his schedule and availability.  We thank Roxanne Pecora for expressing an interest and for being a volunteer.

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

WHEREAS, a vacancy exists for the chairmanship of the Planning Board due to the resignation of the Chairmanship by Marilyn Coffey.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board appoints Russell Shultis to the Chairmanship of the Esopus Planning Board.
 
RESOLUTION OFFERED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

Supervisor Rice thanked Marilyn Coffey for all her efforts on behalf of this Board.
“Marilyn was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn College.  She moved to Esopus with her husband Hal in 1959.  She was appointed Secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals in 1971.  From 1972 to 1975 she was secretary to the Town Supervisor and Town Bookkeeper.  From 1976 to 1981 she was elected to three terms as Town Clerk and from 1982 to 1987 she was elected to three terms as Town Supervisor.  In 1989 she volunteered and was appointed to our Planning Board and has served as Chairman of the Planning Board since 1995.  Quite an impressive history of public service to the Town of Esopus – although I am sorry to see Marilyn step down as Chairman of the Planning Board, I am delighted that she has agreed to continue as a board member.”

5.  RESOLUTION TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY FOR THE RIFTON/
     WALLKILL RIVER PARK

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

WHEREAS, the residents of the Town of Esopus do not have public access to the Wallkill River for recreational purposes, and,

WHEREAS, there are no Town park facilities in the western area of the Town,

WHEREAS, the Town has the opportunity to acquire a 2.7 acre parcel on the Wallkill River for the purpose of creating a fishing and canoe launch facility,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that subject to a permissive referendum, the Town Board authorizes the Town Supervisor to acquire, as a donation, a 2.7 ace parcel from the Culinarian Home Foundation.

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk is directed to post the public notice of the permissive referendum and that notice be published in the official newspaper.

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

 RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF PROPERTY
 FOR A PARK - NOVEMBER 15, 2001

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

WHEREAS, the residents of the Town of Esopus do not have public access to the Wallkill for recreational purposes, and,

WHEREAS, there are no Town park facilities in the western area of the Town,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that subject to a permissive referendum, the Town Board authorizes the Town Supervisor to purchase, for the sum of $20,000.00, a 5 acre parcel from the Shawangunk Reserve for a Town park.

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk is directed to post the public notice of the permissive referendum and that notice be published in the official paper.
 
RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VAN VLIET

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

6.  RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE 2002 TOWN BUDGET

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

WHEREAS, the 2002 Town Budget was presented to the public on October 30, 2001, and no changes have been made since the public hearing.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board adopts the 2002 budget in the form presented to the public.

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

Michael Melendy - Ulster Park: Michael Melendy questioned the 2002 Recreation Budget pertaining to the $20,000 purchase of land on the Wallkill for a Town Park and asked why the Recreation Budget was being decreased?  Supervisor Rice answered the $20,000 purchase was coming from the 2001 budget and the
reason for the budget decreasing was extra personnel were hired to aid with installation of playground equipment.

7.  RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ADJUSTMENTS OF THE 2001       BUDGET - NOVEMBER 15, 2001

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

WHEREAS, adjustments to the 2001 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: A1990.4 Contingency $105.00 A1910.4 Insurance
A460.1 C1 Pers. Serv.     80.00 A1460.4 Records Management
DA599 Fund Balance      5,443.16 DA9060.8 Medical Ins.

RESOLUTION OFFERED SUPERVISOR RAY RICE
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

8.  RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS       RECEIVED SINCE THE OCTOBER 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  #607-700  $ 28,435.59
HIGHWAY FUND  #299-335     25,749.43
STREET LIGHTING  #11        3,337.61
PORT EWEN SEWER  #143-155       3,679.52
PORT EWEN WATER  #241-257       5,315.50

TOTAL.....................................................................$66,517.65

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY
RESOLUTION SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE

SUPERVISOR RAY RICE    AYE
COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AYE
COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN  AYE
COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL   AYE
ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GLORIA VANVLIET

RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED.

9.  MOTION ACCEPTING THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER BOARD       MEETING
 
A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AND SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE TOWN BOARD FOR OCTOBER 2001.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS

PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

ANNE GORDON - WEST PARK: Anne Gordon thanked Councilman Peter Beisel for his service to the Town, for his fairness and open mindedness.
Anne Gordon congratulated the incumbents.

COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN: Councilman Loughlin thanked the candidates for keeping the campaign on the high road.  Supervisor Rice agreed it was a good campaign.

ROBERT RICHTER - ESOPUS: The Businessmen’s Association along with the Recreation Dept.  is sponsoring the Town of Esopus Tree Lighting on December 8th at 6:30 PM.  Spinnenweber’s flatbed will be used again this year.  Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

On Monday, November 19th a program will be held at the Town Hall to benefit The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse.  There will be a $5 donation at the door.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN JOHN LOUGHLIN TO ADJOURN AT 8:15 PM.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC