TOWN BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER 20, 2003

A regular meeting of the Town Board was held on Thursday, November 20th , 2003 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
Guests: Highway Supt. Art Cross
Highway Supt. Elect Al Larkin
Attorney Paul Kellar
Attorney Joseph Pisani
Councilman Elect Ernie Germano
Douglas DeKoskie
Recording Secretary: Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk, RMC

Pledge to the Flag

Announcements: Dogs are available at the Town of Esopus Kennel.  The Town Clerk thanked the Election Day Workers for their good work on Election Day.

Town Board Resolutions:

1.  Executive Session to discuss the DeKoskie litigation.

A MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AT 7:30 PM TO DISCUSS THE DEKOSKIE LITIGATION WITH ATTORNEY PAUL KELLAR.  COUNCILMAN ELECT ERNIE GERMANO WAS INVITED TO ATTEND.
ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AT 8:40 PM AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN PETER BEISEL.  ALL MEMBERS OF THE TOWN BOARD VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

2.  RESOLUTION TO APPOINT COLLEEN VAN BUREN AS TOWN PARK       SCHEDULER.

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

Whereas, the position of Town Park Scheduler has been vacated by the resignation of Lynn Bright who has moved out of the Town of Esopus,

Whereas, the Town Recreation Board has recommended that Colleen Van Buren be appointed
to this position.

Therefore, Be it Resolved, the Town Board hereby appoints Colleen Van Buren to the position of Town Park Scheduler for a term expiring December 31, 2003.

Resolution offered by Councilman Wayne Freer
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.

3.  DISCUSSION OF STATUS OF POTENTIAL TOWN HALL SITES

Letter from Supervisor Ray Rice:

“Ken Silver has indicated that the Silver family is willing to donate up to 10 acres of the property south of the old “Lindy’s”.  Mr. Silver reiterated that he was willing to include a site for TEVAS if the ambulance squad was interested.  M. Silver has requested that the Town Board meet with him to walk the proposed site as soon as convenient.

I had a discussion with a DOT representative concerning access to the site and he felt that there would be no problem, possibly requiring a left tun lane for south bound traffic.  A light would only be required if warranted by the traffic flow.  He additionally stated that the modifications for a turn lane could possibly be included in the existing 9W improvement plan.

The next meeting of the Rt. 9W Improvement Citizens Advisory Committee will be on December 10.  Approval of the 9W Improvement Plan should be received in December.

I spoke to Peter Matson to confirm that costs for amenities requested by “Concerned Citizens” group would not be reimbursable from the “functional replacement” funds.  Expenses for a multipurpose meeting room and kitchen facilities will be reimbursable.  Mr. Matson strongly suggested that the Town retain an Architect to develop requirements and a general, non-site specific, plan for our future Town Hall.”

We have interviewed the following Architects:

(Alphabetical order)

Rick Alfandre
Michael Morkaut
Claude Samton
Suraci/Mauri
Chas. Wesley/Jay Klein

The day after Thanksgiving Town Board Members will meet to walk the Silver property, however, they will stagger their time so as to not be obligated to call a Special Meeting.  Newly elected Councilman Ernie Germano and Michael Lange will be invited to walk the property also.

4.  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:

A599 Fund Bal. ($3,320.02)          $ 138.00 A1670.4  Postage
 400.20 A3310.4  Traffic Control (Signs)
   90.55 A3410.1  Fire Inspector
 111.00 A3410.4  Fire Inspector
    67.71 A5010.4  Hwy. Supt. Contractual
           2,351.62 A6140.4  Home Relief
  160.94 A8011.1  ZBA Secretary

Resolution offered by Councilman Peter Beisel
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.

5.  RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS RECEIVED       SINCE THE OCTOBER 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  #616-732  $43,228.03
Highway Fund    302-336     13,807.95
Capital Fund              32         879.50
Street Lighting             11      3,630.28
Port Ewen Sewer    136-149      7,613.97
          Port Ewen Water     248-274      9,650.90

Total..........................$78,810.63

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.

6.  MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER BOARD MEETINGS

A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER BOARD MEETINGS WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Public Comment: None

Announcement of the availability of correspondence and reports of committees:

The following reports of committees were received:

Town Clerks’ Monthly Report for October 2003
Fire Inspectors Report 10-15-03 thru 11-11-03
Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board Mtg. 11-11-03
Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board Mtg. 10-14-03
Planning Board Meeting Minutes 10-23-03
Environmental Board Minutes dated 04-15-03, 05-20-03, 06-17-03, 07-15-03, 09-16-03, and
10-21-03
Waterfront Advisory Board Minutes dated 10-28-03

A MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING WAS MADE BY SUPERVISOR RAY RICE AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MARSHALL COURTNEY AT 8:40 PM.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. McCord
Town Clerk, RMC