Unapproved Feb. 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Please note the January minutes were approved at the Feb. meeting.

 

February 12, 2018

The regular meeting of the Town Board was held February 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall. Present were: Supervisor Thomas S. Hynes, Councilmen Edward Raeder, Allen Hinkley, Carol Murray and Kenneth Davie, Highway Supt. Neil German, Assessor Robert Breglio and five residents. Absent: Parks Clerk Carolynn Faraci and Attorney Kevin Young.

The Minutes of the January 2018 Organizational meeting were approved on motion of Carol Murray second by Edward Raeder.
AYES-5 Murray, Raeder, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

Margaret Ellsworth of the M-ARK Project, distributed final draft plans of the Kirkside Barn Kitchen project for review and discussed the M/WBE process. It is expected grant funds from different agencies will cover project costs, however, it will not be known for sure until bids come in. Discussion took place on use of the kitchen and scheduling.

No word has been received on the CDBG housing rehab grant submitted last year. If the 2017 round is denied another submission will be done in 2018.

Joseph Resch of the Grand Gorge Business Association and Community Action Group requested another grant be submitted for additional work on the Civic Center that was not able to be done last year by a grant due to not having received the required percentage of income surveys back for the Grand Gorge area. Mr. Resch said the work really is needed and the Business Association would spearhead dialogue and correspondence with the Grand Gorge residents to get more income survey responses completed. Any new surveys would be mailed from the Town and not the M-ARK Project which is thought to have caused some of the confusion with residents. Ellsworth will meet with Rich Davis and/or Joe Resch to put a letter together for the residents.

Highway Supt. Neil German reported the 2006 Chevy 4500 truck needs to be replaced, as well as two sanders and the Snap On mig welder and requests putting them on Auction’s International, he reported the transmission went out on one of the Dodge trucks and is in Albany for repairs, he requested the Town Board approve additional cameras at the highway garage per a quote in the amount of $3,169.98 and requested getting a new or used big truck and a new sander. He will look into prices for the big truck and sander.

RESOLUTION #13-HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT ON AUCTION’S INTERNATIONAL
On motion of Kenneth Davie second by Allen Hinkley the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, the Town Board authorizes the Highway Supt. to submit the following highway equipment to Auction’s International to be sold on their bidding site: 2006 Chevrolet 4500 truck, two sanders and a Snap-On mig welder.”
AYES-5 Davie, Hinkley, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #14-HIGHWAY GARAGE CAMERAS
On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Kenneth Davie the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, the Town Board accepts the quote of ZS Security to install additional cameras at the highway garage in the amount of $3,169.98.”
AYES-5 Hinkley, Davie, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

Supervisor Hynes reported that roof work has begun on the old highway garage.
Assessor Robert Breglio submitted a written report for the Town Board and hi-lited he is working on the 2018 Tentative Roll, has started preparing for the 2019 revaluation update, discussed concerns with the State using vacant lands from other Counties for trending the values of Town of Roxbury vacant lands and finds it unfair, his office continues to work on all exemptions that are due by March 1st and the Clerk has sent reminder notices to those who have not replied and stated the early Level of Assessment (LOA) from the State is at 100%. Discussion also took place on the County mainframe issue that was compromised last year due to an Assessor of two Towns giving corrupted files to the County for processing that caused lost data resulting in all other Towns having to check their data and re-enter most. The County Board of Supervisor’s passed a resolution whereby all Towns in Delaware County are now required to enter their changes on the mainframe. Supervisor Hynes stated the County will not be manually entering that Assessor’s information.

Michael Harrington of Lamont Eng. submitted a written report of water project status.
Denver Water
Meeting with Roxbury Run Village Assoc. next steps phase 2 controls, updated water/sewer mapping, leakage survey, 2” cluster feed piping replacement, valve additions/replacements & pump house improvements. He awaits a proposal from Subsurface Utility Imaging for the water/sewer line mapping and a final pay estimate has been received from Blizzard Electric on Contract #2.

GG/Roxbury Water
Installation of the monitoring well on the Hinkley property is underway where soil samples will be used to assess the aquifer soils so a test/production well can be designed, springs re-development is underway with plans for a 30 gpm pilot unit to be submitted to NYS Dept. of Health next week and he will be working on assembling and submitting the “Needed Items” as requested by EFC.

Supervisor Hynes questioned if we still need to maintain the Frevert Well in Grand Gorge as it is costing Grand Gorge Water District electric costs. Mr. Harrington stated , per NYS Dept. of Health it does still need to be maintained as an emergency water source for Grand Gorge. The pump will be looked into as it had been having problems.

Willard and Anita Palmer of Cronk Lane wanted to bring a matter to the attention of the Town Board whereby they expressed concerns of noise issues (loud music and fireworks) they are having with neighbors who rent the home next to him that is owned by Lee Prince. They stated their son has resorted to having to wear earplugs to bed, having tried to speak with the renters about the matter whereby they felt threatened, they have a log of incidents, have incident reports from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and State Troopers, and feels the loud music issue seems to have become worse since the Palmer’s erected a fence.
The Town Board had discussed both the Palmer’s situation as well as complaints of loud music coming from the house at the end of Cronk Lane at a previous meeting and possibly enacting a noise ordinance. At that time, the Town Board felt it was a civil matter between neighbors, but Supervisor Hynes will contact the Town Attorney to discuss the matters further.

A letter was received from William Quackenbush who is in the process of purchasing the Van’s Variety properties in Grand Gorge where he will be moving his pizza shop to. He is requesting to move the existing hydrant closer to the building, with all costs at his own expense. The Town Board discussed the matter and was agreeable contingent upon the purchase going through.

RESOLUTION #15 -RESOLUTION BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF ROXBURY
APPROVING REQUEST TO RELOCATE EXISTING FIRE HYDRANT LOCATED AT 37249 STATE HIGHWAY 23, GRAND GORGE
On motion of Carol Murray second by Edward Raeder the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Roxbury (“Town Board”) received a letter request dated January 31, 2018, from William Quackenbush, a Town of Roxbury resident, to relocate an existing fire hydrant located at 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2 with all costs at his own expense; and
WHEREAS, William Quackenbush is currently under contract to purchase the property located at 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board carefully reviewed Mr. Quackenbush’s letter request dated January 31, 2018, as well as a letter from the Grand Gorge Fire Department dated February 1, 2018, noting that the relocation of the existing fire hydrant would not hinder any firefighting operations (see letters attached); and
WHEREAS, based upon that review, the Town Board has determined that the relocation of the existing fire hydrant located at 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2 is hereby approved, contingent upon the sale and successful closing of 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1. The Town Board of the Town of Roxbury hereby approves the relocation of the existing fire hydrant located at 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2, contingent upon the sale and successful closing of 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2, from Clarence VanValkenburgh III and Roberta VanValkenburgh to William Quackenbush.
2. All costs to relocate the hydrant shall be at the owner’s expense and construction shall be overseen by Grand Gorge Water District operators.
3. The Town Board of the Town of Roxbury authorizes the Town Clerk to execute the necessary to paperwork, if any, to effectuate the relocation of the fire hydrant located at 37249 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, Tax Map No. 92.1-2-2.
AYES-5 Murray, Raeder, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

A letter was received from WIOX Radio Station stating WSKG, current owner of the station, has applied to the FCC to transfer the WIOX license to WIOX, Inc., an independent New York State educational non-profit organization established by the station’s volunteers.

A second letter was received from WIOX radio station requesting an extension of the lease for the transmitter being housed at the highway garage through August 31, 2018. The current extension expired January 31, 2018 and the new extension is being requested because of not being able to move the transmitter to the new tower in Grand Gorge due to weather issues.

RESOLUTION #16-WIOX RADIO LEASE EXTENSION
On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Kenneth Davie the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“WHEREAS, the radio transmitter is currently housed at the highway garage on a lease that expired January 31, 2018; and
WHEREAS, WIOX Radio plans to move the radio transmitter to the new tower in Grand Gorge; and
WHEREAS, a request has been received from WIOX radio station to extend said lease though August 31, 2018;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESLOVED, the Town Board agrees to grant WIOX Radio station an extended lease for housing the radio transmitter at the Highway Garage through August 31, 2018.”
AYES-5 Hinkley, Davie, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

Joe Resch and Rich Davis reported there are lights out at the Civic Center and having heard from Justice Heather Gockel and Justice Clerk Sandra Rockwell that the Court had been approved for grant funds for items such as emergency lighting, etc. Supervisor Hynes will check with the Court for more information.

On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Carol Murray the Town Board approved the Town Clerk’s monthly report for January 2018 in the amount of $1,640.25 (Town Clerk $280.25 and Building Permits $1,360.00)
AYES-5 Hnkley, Murray, Raeder, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Edward Raeder second by Carol Murray the Town Board approved the Supervisor’s monthly report for December 2017.
AYES-5 Raeder, Murray, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Edward Raeder second by Allen Hinkley the Town Board approved the Assessor’s monthly report for January 2018.
AYES-Raeder, Hinkley, Murray, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Kenneth Davie the Town Board approved the Building Inspector’s monthly report for January 2018.
AYES-Hinkley, Davie, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Kenneth Davie second by Carol Murray the Town Board approved the monthly water reports and receipts for January 2018 in the following amounts: Denver $3,181.48; Grand Gorge 3,684.20 and Roxbury $4,587.82).
AYES-5 Davie, Murray, Raeder, Hinkley, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Carol Murray second by Edward Raeder the Town Board approved the Justice Court monthly report for December 2017 in the amount of $3,806.50.
AYES-5 Murray, Raeder, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Kenneth Davie the Town Board approved the Tax Collector’s monthly report for January in the amount of $3,618,529.90.
AYES-5 Hinkley, Davie, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

The Tax Collector has paid the Town warrant in full as of this date.

No action was taken on filling the vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission.

A letter was received from Phillip Zorda, Chairman of the Roxbury Planning Board requesting appointment of Diane Munro to fill the vacancy on the Planning Board.

RESOLUTION #17-APPOINT MUNRO TO PLANNING BOARD
On motion of Kenneth Davie second by Allen Hinkley the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“ RESOLVED, the Town Board appoints Diane Munro to fill the vacancy on the Planning Board for the unexpired term 2/12/18-12/31/18.”
AYES-Davie, Hinkley, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #18-AGREEMENT FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF HIGHWAY MONEYS
On motion of Edward Raeder second by Carol Murray the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Section 284 of the Highway Law, the Town Board agrees that moneys levied and collected in the Town for repair and improvement of highways and moneys received from the State for State Aid for the repair and improvement of highways shall be expended as follows for the year 2018;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the sum of $270,499.04 shall be set aside to be expended for primary work and general repairs upon 112 miles of Town highways, including sluices, culverts and bridges having a span of less than five feet and boardwalks of renewals thereof; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the sum of $379,500.96 shall be set aside to be expended for the permanent improvement of Town highways that include Sally’s Alley, Redkill Rd, Autumn Breeze Rd., Deerfield Rd., Hanford Shultis Rd., N. Montgomery Hollow Rd.,Bruce Porn Rd., Frevert Rd., Bailey Rd., hamlet of Roxbury roads and hamlet of Grand Gorge roads.”
AYES-5 Raeder, Murray, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #19-ADVERTISE BIDS FOR HIGHWAY FUELS
On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Edward Raeder the following resolution offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, the Highway Supt. is authorized to advertise for bids for Highway Diesel to be opened March 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Town Hall.”
AYES-5 Hinkley, Raeder, Murray, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #20-ADVERTISE BIDS FOR HIGHWAY MATERIAL HAULING
On motion of Carol Murray second by Kenneth Davie the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, the Highway Supt. is authorized to advertise for bids for Highway Material Hauling to be opened March 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm at the Town Hall.”
AYES-5 Murray, Davie, Raeder, Hinkley, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #21-APPROVE RENEWAL OF TOWN POLICIES
On motion of Kenneth Davie second by Allen Hinkley the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, the Town Board has reviewed the current Drug Free Awareness Program Policy and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Policy and renews same for the year 2018.”
AYES-Davie, Hinkley, Raeder, Murray, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #22-RECORDS DESTRUCTION LIST
On motion of Edward Raeder second by Carol Murray the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, in accordance with current retention schedules, the records listed below are approved for destruction:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AYES-5 Raeder, Murray, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

A letter of retirement was received from David Thorington who plans to retire from the highway dept. in May 2018.

RESOLUTION #23- THORINGTON RETIREMENT
On motion of Allen Hinkley second by Carol Murray the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“RESOLVED, the Town Board regretfully accepts the retirement of David Thorington from the Highway Dept. with a last day to be worked May 7, 2018.”
AYES-5 Hinkley, Murray, Raeder, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

RESOLUTION #24-ADD SLATER TRAILER TO GRAND GORGE WATER DISTRICT ON TAX ROLL
On motion of Carol Murray second by Edward Raeder the following resolution was offered and adopted:
“WHEREAS, on May 2, 2017, Dennis & Jacqueline Slater executed an agreement with Grand Gorge Water District to connect a trailer located in Hubbell Corners, Tax Map #157.2-1-20.12 to said system; and
WHEREAS, a water service line has been run to the property; and
WHEREAS, the agreement requires the property to be charged the Grand Gorge Water District tax;
BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board approves the property owned by Dennis & Jacqueline Slater, Tax Map # 157.2-1-20.12 shall be added to the 2018 Tax Roll to include Grand Gorge Water District Tax.”
AYES-5 Murray, Raeder, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

A quote was received from ZS Security for adding cameras at Kirkside Park in the amount of $3,512.48. The matter was tabled until the Town Board gathers more information.

The open building permit list to date was distributed to the Town Board.

The 4th quarter 2017 Transfer Station C&D overage invoice in the amount of $5,927 was distributed to the Town Board.

Discussion took place on correspondence from Lamont Engineers who may be doing a project to develop Tax Map #179.-1-7.211 on Hillcrest Dr. that is currently owned by Fred Morse and Carol Wilson and the possibility of connecting to municipal water & sewer. The Town Board discussed the matter. The Town Clerk was directed to contact the owners and let them know the Town Board must have a written request from them before any further discussion on the matter.

Discussion took place on several water meters having to be replaced over the past few years due to neglect by the owners causing them to freeze and bust. The water by- laws state the property owners can be charged. Councilman Davie made a motion to charge per the water by-laws. No second was made on the motion. Instead, the Town Board directed the Town Clerk to notify the water operators that only one meter per property can be replaced free of charge and charges will be invoked for those after.

On motion of Edward Raeder second by Carol Murray the bills were audited and ordered paid in the following amounts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

AYES-5 Raeder, Murray, Hinkley, Davie, Hynes
NAYS-0

On motion of Kenneth Davie second by Allen Hinkley the meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.

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Diane Pickett, Town Clerk
Thomas S. Hynes, Supervisor
Edward Raeder, Councilman
Allen Hinkley, Councilman
Carol Murray, Councilwoman
Kenneth Davie, Councilman