DRAFT COPY- MINUTES
SPECIAL/AGENDA MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD
OF THE TOWN OF SARATOGA, 30 FERRY ST.,
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Supervisor Thomas Wood opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance
at 7:00 p.m.
Roll call: Linda McCabe, Deputy Town Clerk, called the roll. Supervisor Thomas Wood- present, Councilman Fred Drumm- present, Councilman Charles Hanehan- present, Councilwoman Betty Koval – present, Councilman Michael McLoughlin – present
Also present: Mayor John Sherman, Trustee Mike Hughes, Trustee Margaret Ditch, Mayor George Sullivan ,Village Clerk Maureen Kemmet, Town Attorney William Reynolds, Tracy Clothier, Senior Planner with the LA Group, and many interested residents.
Supervisor Thomas Wood explained how for the past year one of Governor Spitzer’s goals has been to help municipalities look at ways that services could be shared in order to increase efficiency of government in order to reduce costs. Supervisor Thomas Wood explained that after being approached by two village residents he sent a memo to Mayor Sherman in September asking that he speak with his trustees to see if they would like to meet to discuss shared services and if so when would be good for them. Subsequently, the meeting was set for tonight. He explained that this joint meeting with the Village of Victory and the Village of Schuylerville’s trustees is for discussion on the grant available and to see if there is agreement between them to proceed to apply for a Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant. The deadline for applying for the grant is December 14th. Resolutions would need to be adopted by the villages and the town at their November meetings in order to meet the December deadline. Tracy Clothier of the LA Group, who would write the grant, explained the grant program. She stated that this is a grant offered by the New York Department of State that is well funded. If the grant is awarded, it would allow for a feasibility study to look at all ways to save money and increase efficiency. Some areas mentioned were infrastructure, maintenance of infrastructure, equipment purchases, recreation, personnel, public safety, tax collection, health insurance, code enforcement, fuel and electric purchases and future needs of the municipalities. Tracy Clothier stated there is a $200,000 maximum award per municipality, so it could be as high as 600,000 for the three municipalities. A 10% match is required from the municipalities which would bring the maximum to $660,000. She added that she would meet with the mayors and the town supervisor to look at what the issues are and what the cost savings could be before the grant goes out. Supervisor Thomas Wood added that once the grant is awarded public meetings would be held and the residents’ input would be gathered on the menu of recommendations. Discussion followed on how the matching 10% would be divided between the municipalities. Supervisor Thomas Wood felt it would be based on population and Mayor George Sullivan said that would be reasonable. Mayor George Sullivan asked Tracy Clothier to attend a Village of Victory’s board meeting to present it to his trustees in November.
A motion was made by Supervisor Thomas Wood and seconded by Councilman Charles Hanehan that the fund match for the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant would be paid for by an “A” account by the town. Supervisor Thomas Wood – aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – aye, Councilwoman Betty Koval - aye, Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 5 – 0.
General discussion by the board members followed on the following items on the agenda:
v Presentation on Wind Turbines – Jason Kemper, Co.
v Presentation – Alane Chinian, Saratoga PLAN, parcels with County approval.
v Public Hearing – 2008 Annual Town Budget
v Recognition Resolution #07-128 – Recognizing the 230th Anniversary of the First National Day of Thanksgiving Commemorating the American Victory at Saratoga and Honoring Resident David Bullard for his efforts in the community.
v Old Saratoga on the Hudson Grant, May 29, 2005 – documentation needed
v Update – Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership
v Penelope Benson-Wright memos & Town Engineer Kenneth Martin’s memo
v Resolution #07-125 Adoption of 2008 Annual Town Budget
v Resolution #07-126 James Vianna, P.L.S., Existing Conditions Survey & Mapping– Hudson River Boat Launch Recreation Facility - $3,500.
v Resolution #07-127 Extension of Saratoga Country Inn PUD to May 12, 2008
v Saratoga Builders/Naret water problems
v Notice of Public Hearing of the Saratoga County Sewer District No. 1 on November 7, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in Ballston Spa. The purpose is to consider the proposed sewer rates for the year 2008.
v Notification of Old Saratoga Wine and Spirits, Inc., liquor license renewal.
v Saratoga County Public Health Flu Clinic Schedule – Schuylerville Legion Hall 11/19/07 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (695-3385)
v Notification by the Village of Schuylerville’s Planning Board that there will be a balloon float at 42 Spring Street on November 8, 2007, between 8 a.m. and noon, a 100’ monopole is proposed at that site.
A motion to adjourn at 8:50 p.m. was made by Supervisor Thomas Wood
and seconded by Councilwoman Betty Koval. Supervisor Thomas Wood – aye, Councilman Fred Drumm – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – aye, Councilwoman Betty Koval - aye, Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye. Carried 5 – 0.
Deputy Town Clerk