Town Of Princetown
 Minutes 

September 09, 2008: Town Board Meeting Minutes

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TOWN OF PRINCETOWN

165 PRINCETOWN PLAZA

SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK 12306

                                                           

 

Town Board Meeting                                                                           September 9, 2008

 

Members Present:      Councilmember Gray

                                    Councilmember Kietlinski

                                    Councilmember Myers

                                    Councilmember Whiteley

                                    Supervisor Maura

 

Also Present: Attorney Mathes, Deputy Supervisor Plura, see attached sign-in sheet

 

Communications:

8/14     Rotterdam Planning Commission re: SEQR request for comments "To amend §270-5 of Chapter 270 of the Code of the Town of Rotterdam, "Town of Rotterdam Wind Energy Facility Law"

8/15     Supreme Court decision re: ZBA Wind Power determination (Beekmantown Neighborhood Association vs. ZBA Town of Beekmantown)

8/18     Board of Elections re: upcoming Primary

8/20     Plotterkill Fire Company in support of Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services to service the Town of Princetown

8/20     Denninger to Board re: Revaluation Fund

8/25     Notice of Technical Conference for Verizon NY network plan

8/25     John VanWormer to Board re: request for out-of-district permit for Ext. #2

8/26     Office of Community Renewal re: 9/18/08 Monitoring review NYS CDBG Project #954PW64-05 (Small Cities Grant for Water Dist. #1 Ext. #2)

8/28     Judge VanWoeart to Sheriff Harry Buffardi re: request for security on 9/9 for trial

8/29     Clerk McClaine to T. Bishop regarding transfer of Domain name

8/29     D. Cole to J. VanWormer re: Outside User Connection Request

9/2       USDA re: inspection on 9/30/08

9/3       Schenectady Co. Youth Bureau re: 2009 Funding

9/3       Senator Schumer re: funding for the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Program

9/4       ORPS re: New Exemption Reporting Requirement

9/5       A. Santabarbara (Chazen Engineering) re: Water District Boundary Line Adjustment

9/5       Sandra Scott (Duanesburg Planning Chair) Re: Workshop on 10/25/08

9/7       Pasquariello re: Water District Boundary Line

9/9       D. Cole Re: Water District #1 boundary line error/change

Reports:

Highway Report 8/12, Justice Court 8/12, Planning Board (Draft) 6/26, Planning Board (Draft) 7/10, Supervisor Report 8/31, Building Inspector 8/31, Water Commissioner 8/31

Privileges of the Floor:

*Joe VanDerwerker (REMS): Wanted the Board to know that due to aging equipment

and the decrease in volunteerism the Ambulance Service, in order to continue its service, will need funding from the Town's of Princetown and Rotterdam.  At this time one ambulance is fully staffed 24/7 with the goal being three fully staffed.  Councilmember Kietlinski indicated that the Board is reluctant at this time since the contract does not provide any guarantees regarding coverage nor how many ambulances will be in service and when.   Supervisor Maura asked if the Service had considered fund raising.  J. VanDerwerker said that is being worked on now.  Councilmember Kietlinski asked if there has been any consideration of a "western Satellite" to serve Duanesburg, Princetown and Rotterdam Junction which would decrease response time.  Per REMS; that is not under consideration at this time.  Councilmember Whiteley asked why the Service does not hard bill; it is felt by the Service that would negatively impact those who could not afford the payment over and above any insurance coverage.  Councilmember Whiteley asked how many Princetown residents were served last year by REMS; 300-500 calls were answered but it is not known how many of those were in Princetown.  The Service will provide the Board with that information at a later date.  The Board will continue the discussion of this topic at the next budget meeting.

*Joe Jurczynski (Chairman Comprehensive Plan Committee):  Summary of the Town wide

 survey is completed and will be made available to the Board tomorrow.  One member

has resigned due to a job transfer.  Chair Jurczynski feels that the group is so close to

 completing the draft comprehensive plan that to appoint a new person would be of no

 value.  The TB agreed.  Chair Jurczynski will provide a letter to the Board.  On 9/23 @

 7:00 PM the Committee will hold a meeting to review a build-out (graphics design) that

will be incorporated into the new Comprehensive Plan; the TB is invited to attend.

SCHEDULE PUBLIC HEARING FOR CONSIDERATION OF INCREASE OF WATER DISTRICT USER RATES                                                            RESOLUTION #08-164

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHITELEY IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

            That the Town Board hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 6:00 PM

to consider the increase of user rates within the Princetown Water district.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

*The Town Board will meet on Tues. September 16, 2008 @ 7:00 PM for a budget workshop

 

 

MINUTES:                                                                 RESOLUTION #08-165

 

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER GRAY IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

            That the August 12, 2008 meeting minutes are approved as presented/amended.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

                                                                                    RESOLUTION #08-166

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER WHITELEY AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER KIETLINSKI IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

            That the August 26, 2008 meeting minutes are approved as presented/amended.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Town Hall:

 

State Troopers: General maintenance (discussed drainage, gutters, etc.)

 

Highway: See report on 10/12 T.B. Mtg. Minutes

 

Animal Control: General business

 

 

Water District #1 and Extensions: Councilmember Kietlinski questioned why monthly reports

noted that several failures have occurred.  Superintendent Mead said the failures are due

to communication issues not pump or system failures.  Councilmember Kietlinski asked

that Super. Mead researches how these communications issues can be resolved and report back to the Board.  Within the next few weeks the Reutter Drive tank will be taken off-line for a new roof, general maintenance and repairs. 

 

 

Water District Ext. #5: Applications and permit requests have been submitted to DEC for out-

of-district users in Guilderland.  Per D. Cole; DEC now requires that any out of district

user request have to go through the application/permitting process.

 

Youth Program: Councilmember Whiteley will meet with Jean Frisbee from Duanesburg

regarding the 2008 Youth Program and cost.

 

State Revolving Fund/Bank of America for refinance of Water Districts: Supervisor Maura

did not contact Bank of America but will before the next TB meeting.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

 

GENERAL FUND TRANSFERS                                           RESOLUTION #08-167

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER KIETLINSKI IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

            That the Town Board approves the following transfers in the amount of $2,692.

            From:                           Amount                       To:

            19904 Contingency     $ 49.00                        11104 Justice Supplies

            19904                          $1518.00         14204 Attny C.E.

            19904                          $ 716.50          16211 T.H. P.S.

            19904                          $ 281.50          31214 St. Pol Misc.

            19904                          $ 113.00          35101 Dog Control

            19904                          $ 14.00                        50104 Highway CE                            

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

GENERAL FUND CLAIMS:                                                 RESOLUTION #08-168

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER KIETLINSKI IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

That claims #268 to claim #296 in the amount of $29,311.96 to be approved for payment from the General Fund.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

 

WATER FUND CLAIMS:                                                     RESOLUTION #08-169

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER GRAY IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

That claim #156 to claim # 165 in the amount of $3,804.75 is approved for payment from the Water Fund.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

 

INTERFUND TRANSFER                                                    RESOLUTION #08-170

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER GRAY AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MYERS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

That the Town Board approves the interfund transfer of $783.00 from Highway Fund (99019) to Highway Interfund Revenue (2801).

ROLL CALL: 4 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

                        1 ABSTAIN (Kietlinski)

 

 

 

HIGHWAY FUND CLAIMS:                                                            RESOLUTION #08-171

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER GRAY IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

That claim # 6 in the amount of $ 622.45 be approved for payment from the

Highway Fund.

ROLL CALL: 4 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

                        1 ABSTAIN (Kietlinski)

 

 

*Water District Boundary Line Adjustment: Letter from Chazen Engineers/McDonald

Engineering regarding error in Tax Map; Eric Johnson from Chazen Engineering, due to

error on Tax map Water District boundary line should be corrected.  Attorney Mathes; if

it was the original intent to include the entire parcel in the Water District the TB can defer to the original SEQR findings, maps and plans, etc. and go through the process including public hearing.

CORRECTION OF WATER DISTRICT BOUNDARY LINE

                                                                                                RESOLUTION #08-172

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER MYERS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER KIETLINSKI IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

            That the Town Board holds a Public Hearing on September 23rd to hear persons regarding

 the correction of the Water District boundary line.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

 

*Discussion regarding impact of Water District user rates on residents: Tabled, D. Cole will

 have the info within the next few days.

 

 

 

PRIVILEGES OF THE FLOOR:

 

*Marv Blessing: M. Blessing discussed mutual aide with the T.B. as well as the difference

between EMT/Paramedic coverage.  M. Blessing feels it is beneficial to the Town's

 residents that paramedic coverage is provided as their level of training exceeds that of an

EMT.  M. Blessing congratulated the TB on holding down costs but says that he is more

 than willing to pay $30.00 per year in taxes to be provided with Rotterdam Ambulance

Service.

*Princetown Seniors: notified the Board that the Seniors group will be on a trip from the 15th-

            18th and cars will be parked @ Town Hall and around cul-de-sac.

*Deputy Supervisor Plura: would like to attend a Highway conference in Syracuse but wanted

to check with the Board regarding the cost of mileage.  The TB agreed that cost was not a

 problem since class is free.

*Newsletter: Supervisor Maura will write an article for the next Town newsletter informing

 Princetown residents of the request for funding from REMS

EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                         RESOLUTION #08-173

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER KIETLINSKI AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER GRAY IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

That the Town Board enters into executive session to discuss a personnel matter regarding the planning board and a legal matter @ 8:10 pm.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

 

 

EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION                                               RESOLUTION #08-174

UPON THE MOTION OF COUNCILMEMBER WHITELEY AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MYERS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED

            That the Town Board exit from Executive session @ 8:45 PM.

ROLL CALL: 5 AYES                                   SAID RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED

 

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned @ 8:45 PM

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Carol McClaine

Town Clerk/Tax Collector