REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD
OF THE TOWN OF
Supervisor Thomas Wood opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance
Roll call: Ruth Drumm, Town Clerk, called the roll. Supervisor Thomas Wood- present, Councilman Fred Drumm - present, Councilman Charles Hanehan- absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval - present, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin – present
Recognitions/Presentations/ Bid openings/ Public Hearings: None
Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Councilwoman Betty Koval and seconded by Councilman Michael McLoughlin to accept the minutes of the February 9th regular meeting as written.
Supervisor Thomas Wood - aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval – aye, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 4 – 0.
Town Clerk’s report
for February 2009: Fees paid to the
Zoning Officer’s report: Supervisor Thomas Wood read Gil Albert’s February 2009 report: 2 Building Permits, 6 Building Inspections, 1 Certificate of Occupancy, 1 Fire inspection, 1 Complaint, and 2 Building Permit Renewals. A check for $560.00 was given to Supervisor Thomas Wood.
Dog Control officer’s report for February 2009: The report was read by Supervisor Thomas Wood: answered 25 complaints, took 2 dogs to the shelter, 0 bite cases, traveled 222 miles, issued 11 warnings and 3 summonses were issued.
Town Court report for February 2009: The following were closed: 125 Vehicle & Traffic, 13 Criminal/Penal Law, 4 DEC/ENCON, 5 Dog cases, 0 DWIs, 2 Town & Village Ordinance, 1 Small Claim/Civil, 0 Evictions, 1 Bench trial, 0 (case transfer) Divestiture Forms sent to County Court, 8 attended the Science of Speed School, 1 Defendant sentenced to probation, 20 hours of community service issued, 5 days of jail time issued, 2 Orders of Protection issued, and $9,490.00 in fees were paid to the NY State Comptroller.
Tax Collector’s report: Tax Collector Jim Gorham reported that to date he has collected $2,484,648.79 on 2,576 parcels. He added that he collects taxes on Mondays during March and payments will be accepted through March 31st. He added that 403 second notices have been sent out.
Historian’s report: Sean Kelleher submitted the following reports:
Monthly Report of the Town Historian
Monthly Report of the Town of
Assessor’s report: No report.
Highway Superintendent’s report: Highway Superintendent Dave Hall reported that they have been busy. They have been cutting dead trees, patching roads, and cleaning up ice storm debris as the snow banks disappear.
Supervisor’s report: FEBRUARY 2009
GENERAL FUND – TOWNWIDE (A FUND)
Balance on hand FEB. 1 $ 741,521.90
FEB. Revenues + 605,691.16
FEB. Disbursements - 117,192.01
Balance FEB. 28 $ 1,230,021.05
GENERAL FUND – OUTSIDE VILLAGE (B FUND)
Balance on hand FEB. 1 $ 269,951.57
FEB. Revenues + 1,113.36
FEB. Disbursements - 6,637.39
Balance FEB. 28 $ 264,427.54
HIGHWAY FUND – OUTSIDE VILLAGE (DB FUND)
Balance on hand FEB. 1 $ 612,234.70
FEB. Revenues + 80,392.81
FEB. Disbursements - 59,988.53
Balance FEB. 28 $ 632,638.98
YOUTH RECREATION & SERVICE FEB. 28 $1,362.18
HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT RESERVE FEB. 28 $ 907.61
BUILDING RESERVE FEB. 28 $ 148,573.09
PARKS FEB. 28 $ 53,774.23
RISK FEB. 28 $ 29,166.70
SCENIC BY WAYS GRANT $ 308.13
v Sales Tax Received – February 2009 - $79,462, down $978 from last February, 2008
Public comments on agenda items:
Stephen Bodnar stated
that he agrees that the intersection at
Landfill: Town Engineer Kenneth Martin is analyzing the test results and creating a database to see if there are changes to the levels at the test sites. If there are no changes or the results are improving he will submit his study to the NYS DEC to see if we can change from quarterly testing to semi-annual or annual testing.
Insurance: No report.
Youth: Supervisor Thomas Wood reported that there are openings for a Director and a Red Cross Certified Swimming instructor for the Youth Swim Program. Councilwoman Betty Koval and Councilman Michael McLoughlin will be advertising the positions and interviewing applicants.
The Schuylerville Senior Citizens are pleased with meeting in the new town hall. On February 10th a casserole dinner was enjoyed by all. On February 24th the seniors were entertained by a magician following their sandwich luncheon. The next meeting is tomorrow.
The Quaker springs seniors
met today with 31 members attending. They had a buffet lunch followed by a
business meeting. Next month, April,
will be the anniversary dinner. Members
do not bring food. Reservations are made
with Julie Hanehan by Easter. The cost
is $7. Plans are being made for a July 1st
bus trip to Mount Haven Resort in
NIMS: No report.
GSES, QSFD, SLPID/SLA, SCFB Reports:
Springs Fire Department: Stephen
Bodnar reported that the fire department responded to 6 alarms in
February. The Route 9P Bridge has a 15
ton weight limit. Emergency vehicles are
OK to cross. Over 90 people attended the
He announced that the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be on March 15th. Reservations are required; call 584-3829 or 584-2758.
Old business: None.
Supervisor Thomas Wood reported that Dog Control Officer Ed Cross has requested that the Dog Ordinance be amended to define “nuisance”. After board discussion, Town Attorney William Reynolds was asked to draft the law for a public hearing at April’s meeting.
Supervisor Thomas Wood explained that a concern from
a bus driver was received regarding the intersection at
On a motion by Councilman Michael McLoughlin and seconded by Councilman Fred Drumm the following Resolution # 09-44 Lease for Food Pantry in the Town Hall Annex, Unit 1, was adopted by vote: Supervisor Thomas Wood - aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval – aye, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 4 – 0.
WHEREAS, the Town has excess space in the Town Hall Annex at 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY which is unneeded for Town purposes; and
WHEREAS, the Town desires to enter into an agreement with the Greater Schuylerville Community Food Pantry for establishing a food pantry in the Annex building; and WHEREAS, the Greater Schuylerville Community Food Pantry has agreed to perform at no cost to the Town all of the necessary unit repairs and modifications required to make the space efficiently function as a food pantry; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that Unit 1 in the Town Hall Annex at 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY be leased for a fee of $1.00 (one dollar) to the Greater Schuylerville Community Food Pantry, subject to a lease agreement to be reviewed and approved by the Town Attorney.
This resolution is subject to permission referendum, and shall become effective 30 days from the date of its adoption, if no petition for referendum is filed.
A donation request has been received from the Turning Point Parade Committee Chairman Byron Peregrim for $2,000. The board agreed and noted that it was included in the 2009 budget.
Saratoga Care, who offers Child Health Plus, Medicaid, and Family Health Plus Programs for health insurance for those who qualify, will be using the town hall attorney room #1 for appointments with applicants every Wednesday from 9:00 to noon. Anyone with questions regarding these programs should call Saratoga Care at 580-2021.
Steven Dunkel, President,
Old Saratoga Athletic Association sent a thank you letter to the Town of
Privilege of the floor:
Doug Niles, Saratoga Lake, asked the board if they have applied for grant money for a feasibility/cost study for bringing the County water system into the town.
Marty Hanehan stated that through the
Saratoga County Farm Bureau they have supported the opposition to using
also reported that the QSFD substation at
Clarence Fosdick asked the board not to just
look at stop signs as the solution to the
Wendy Lucas, asked Supervisor Thomas Wood to report on the last NIMS meeting. Supervisor Thomas Wood reported that the primary topic was the “Are You OK” form and revisions to it. The committee is also determining how to accommodate pets and guide dogs during an emergency situation. He added that there won’t be a meeting in March. Wendy stated that there are still people in Schuylerville that are not being called by the emergency Reverse 911 system.
Wendy inquired if Extra Helpings would also be in the Food Pantry space and he said no. She also asked if the town has applied for stimulus dollars and Supervisor Thomas Wood responded that they have not.
asked how the board felt regarding the Victory Woods dilemma regarding the
paving of a 3 car parking area and
Marty Hanehan reported that the QSFD has applied for stimulus dollars to be used for the new substation.
Town Attorney William Reynolds suggested the board enter into Executive Session to discuss the ongoing litigation with MD Recovery, a tenant.
Councilman Fred Drumm made a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss the ongoing litigation with MD Recovery, a tenant, and the motion was seconded by Councilwoman Betty Koval at Supervisor Thomas Wood - aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval – aye, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 4 – 0.
At the board resumed the regular meeting on a motion by Councilwoman Betty Koval and seconded by Councilman Fred Drumm. Supervisor Thomas Wood - aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval – aye, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 4 – 0.
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v Regular town board meeting –
Audit the Bills: On a motion by Councilman Fred Drumm and seconded by Councilwoman Betty Koval the following Resolution #09-44 Approving the payment of bills in Abstract 3G was adopted by vote: Supervisor Thomas Wood - aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval – aye, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 4 – 0.
RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga to authorize payment of the bills listed in Abstract 3G (03/09/2009) in the following amounts: General A $24,712.10 General B $4,457.47, and Highway Outside DB $26,950.46 for a total expense of $56,120.03.
A motion to adjourn at was made by Councilman Fred Drumm and seconded by Councilman Michael McLoughlin. Supervisor Thomas Wood – aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan - absent, Councilwoman Betty Koval – aye, and Councilman Michael McLoughlin - aye. Carried 4 – 0.