TOWN BOARD MEETING
The meeting was called to orderat 7:30 p.m. by Supervisor McDonough at theRosendaleCommunityCenterwith the Pledge to the Flag.
PRESENT:Councilman Kenneth Cluen
Councilman Robert Gallagher (arrived 7:33 p.m.)
Councilwoman Mann Jo Greene
Councilman Richard Minissali
ALSO PRESENT:Billy Liggan, Fred Greitzer, PlanningBoard Members; Jack Snyder, W/S Commission; and about a dozen residents.
PETITIONS: No petitions werepresented.
PUBLIC COMMMENTS: Ken
Oldehoff announced that the RosendaleFarmers Market opened on Sunday;
they had a very successful opening. The strawberries are exceptional;
verysweet. They will soon have home-growntomatoes as well as other local
complimented CarlHornbeck and the Highway Dept. on the exceptional job
they did onParkcrest Driverecently. Mr. Gouldsbury said that acrew of
4-5 men completed the work on the drainage over the course of 3-1/2
daysand did an excellent job; this should correct the long standing
problem in thatarea.
stated thatdue to the high cost of paving materials this year more focus
will be placed oncorrecting drainage and other problems rather paving
but some paving will stillbe done.
Jack Snyder agreed that
theHighway Dept. does a great job but some things are getting away from
them; thecross walk markings are worn away, a white line needs to be
painted on the JamesStreet hill delineating which lane vehicles should
be in, getting the sidewalkinstalled on the James Street hill, stop
lines should be painted a ends ofMadeline Lane along with STOP signs,
especially at the intersection of Route 32;Mr. Snyder suggested that
perhaps NYS DOT would help with some of theseprojects; Supervisor
McDonough noted that the NYS DOT will not work on Townroads, it is our
responsibility. Mr.Snyder said that he went up to the Police Dept. and
filed a complaint abouttrucks traveling onJamesStreet; the Police need
to enforce existinglaws. Supervisor McDonough stated thatthe Police will
be doing more patrols; they are already doing more night patrolsin the
area but they will not have a patrol vehicle there full-time.
1.Sat., June 14th¡VFlag Day ¡V Flag Disposal Service ¡V American Legion, Tillson, 7p.m.
Bloomington Fire Aux., Nickel Social, 6pm¡V Bloomington Firehouse
2.Sun., June 15th¡VFather¡¦s Day
3.Sun., June 15th,Farmer¡¦s Market
4.Fri., July 4th¡VIndependence Day, Town Offices CLOSED
5.Wed., July 9th¡VTown Board Meeting, 7:00 pm atRecCenter(NO WORKSHOP MEETING IN JULY)
6.Sat., July 19th&Sun., July 20th¡V Rosendale Street Festival
7.Wed., August 13 ¡V Town BoardMeeting, 7:00pm atRecCenter(NO WORKSHOP MEETING IN AUGUST)
CouncilwomanGreene said that the Planning Board recently had an
application for a re-entryfacility in Maple Hill and there is a
pre-application for a second re-entryfacility onMainStreetin the Cigar
Factory building; public hearingswill be held on each application during
the process. There was also a discussion about the¡§karsts¡¨ in the
Rosendale area; Planning Board has to be sure that septic isadequate to
protect the water resources; consultants have to look very closelyat the
applications. Ms. Greene statedthat we need to have very clear
guideline, the Town Code doesn¡¦t address itadequately; RCCE should
interact with the Planning Board. Fred Greitzer interjected that he
stronglyagrees that we need general guidelines and mapping rather than
going piece-mealon each application. Ed Maestro saidthat RCCE is doing
on-going studies and will work with the Planning Board andthese studies
will become a Town resource.
asked if weneed to codify. Billy Liggan stated thatthe Board of Health
has control of this project; there is 35 feet of soil tocleanse the
water before hitting the ¡§karsts¡¨. Supervisor McDonough stated that
the ZoningCode Ad Hoc Committee will look at this and decide whether to
include it in therevisions.
stated thatthe Recreation Commission minutes are on file; the pool is
coming along, but wedon¡¦t know when it will open. TheHighway Dept.
received their new backhoe/loader last Thursday.
announced thatthe Youth Tee Ball had a very successful season; last
month the Center had 900+visits, double last year¡¦s attendance; the Car
Show was a big success; and thecamp is almost full. The TransferStation
had a successful ¡§Metal Amnesty¡¨ and is pulling its own weight.
reportedthat a longtime member had resigned from the ZBA and we are
looking for avolunteer to fill the position; they are also looking for
volunteers for theWater/Sewer Commission.
MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:
A motion was made by CouncilmanCluen to accept the May minutes; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
CORRESPONDENCE: On file.
SUPERVISOR¡¦S FINANCIALREPORT: Supervisor McDonough read theend balances; the report is on file with the Town Clerk.
Discussion: Route 323
BridgeRehabilitation. Hans Priebe, NY DOTConstruction Engineer, for
orange and Ulster Counties gave an overview of whatwill be taking place
in Rosendale beginning next week on the Route 32 Bridge; itwill be
rehabbed, one lane at a time (staged construction) over the next yearand
a half; work will be done between 7 am and 5:30pm, Monday
throughFriday. DOT will be changing the roadstripping in front of the
Recreation Center, creating a turn lane; there will beno posted detour
signage, people will no doubt formulate their own detours;notices are
going out to truckers (those permitted by DOT) to use alternateroutes.
Mrs. Maestro advised
Mr. Priebethat DOT should not forget that they need to allow a curb cut
for her drivewayon Route 32 (it is currently just grass).
Ann Citron asked if
there will beany change to traffic; Mr. Priebe noted that the
intersection by the monumentswill be closed; traffic will have to
proceed to the light past Stewart¡¦s tomake a right hand turn. A number
ofpeople raised question about how large trucks will negotiate such a
turn; theresponse was that there will be a wide swing available.
John Maylie asked if
DOT couldmark a pedestrian crossing in front of theRecreationCenterto
the Park&Ride on theopposite side.
Tim Morrison asked
aboutextending the sidewalk beyond the Recreation Center to the Senior
Housing (ParkHeights); Supervisor McDonough stated that the Town has
already received a grantfrom State Senator Bonacic to extend the
sidewalks which was secured last yearby Former Supervisor Gallagher.
questioned whetherdrainage at the intersections of Route 32 withMadeline
Laneandalso at the Memorial Park would be addressed; the response was
A resident asked what
should bedone if an unforeseen event happens during the construction
that creates aproblem; Mr. Priebe stated that Paul Marcello, site
manager, should becontacted; his office is in the Astoria Hotel Building
on Main Street, phone658-8263.
Questions about local
roadsbecame the subject for further discussion which became a little
contentious attimes: Ed Maestro asked ifJamesStreetcould be dead-ended
(currently it is one wayin from Route 32) so that he could get to his
driveway without having to waitfor traffic to turn intoJamesStreet.
Mark Morganstern asked
abouttemporary speed bumps; Jack Snyder replied that the vibrations will
endanger the100 year old water system. SupervisorMcDonough said that he
talked with Carl Hornbeck and he will erect large signsstating NOT A
Jack Snyder also
suggested thatany new project in Town require sidewalks be installed as
part of theproject. Mark Morganstern also asked ifguardrails will be
installed between the pedestrian sidewalks and the vehiclelanes.
Discussion ended with KenOldehoff defusing the tension by stating ¡§walking is allowed onJames Street!¡¨.
STREET FESTIVAL: A
motion was made by Councilman Gallagher toadopt the Rosendale Street
Festival Site plan as written; seconded by CouncilmanCluen. Roll Vote: 5
After the vote, Jack
Snyder askedwhat the Town gets from the Street Festival; Billy Liggan
responded that thebusinesses along Main Street ¡§a shot in the arm¡¨,
the Festival provided thestage a Willow Kiln Park for the benefit of the
Town, they are building a bridgeover the canal to access Central Avenue
and Billy said that the tee-shirts soldat the Festival give
advertising/publicity for the Town(he was wearing a shirtin Oklahoma and
someone stopped him and knew about the Festival in Rosendale).
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Town Board isstill seeking applications for a volunteer member for the Zoning Board ofReview.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Town Board isstill applications for volunteer members for the Water/Sewer Commission.
ZONING CODE REVIEW COMMITTEEAPPOINTMENTS:
Economic Dev.Dee McCluskey
Environmental Comm.Nava Tabak
Planning BoardFred Greitzer
Town BoardManna Jo Greene
Public MembersGary Jacobson,Chairman
A motion was made by
SupervisorMcDonough to appoint the above as members of the Zoning Code
Review Committeewith Gary Jacobson as Chairman; seconded by Council-man
Cluen. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
Fred Greitzer asked
that legalopinion be sought to determine if a Town Board member would
have to recusethemselves from voting to adopt the recommendations and
amendments of theCommittee; Ms. Greene and Mr. Minissali both stated
that they would recuse ifnecessary. Supervisor McDonough said hewill
check with counsel.
wanted to putforth a ¡§good word¡¨ on behalf of Betsy Tuel; she attends
just about every TownBoard meeting; Billy Liggan stated that she also
attends almost all PlanningBoard meetings.
GENERAL FUND ¡V Transfer the sumof:
1. $8,717.34 from Safety InspectionC.E.(A3620.4) into Safety Inspection Eq. (A3620.2)
2. $1.00 from Unemployment Ins. (A9050.8) intoPolice Retirement (A9015.8)
3. $899.50 from Playground/Rec C.E. (A7140.4)into Buildings Eq. (A1620.2)
A motion was made by SupervisorMcDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote:
Supportof WSW Historic Building Purchase and Restoration. The
resolution is supporting the Women¡¦sStudio Workshop seeking a grant
from NYS through the Environmental ProtectionAct of 1993 available
during fiscal year 2008.
A motion was presented bySupervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by CouncilwomanGreene. Roll Vote:
Councilman MinissaliAbstained (He previouslyobtained a grant fromWSW)
In Supportof Mohonk Preserve to Purchase Fifty Acres on the Northern
Tip of the ShawangunkRidge. The resolution is supporting theMohonk
Preserve in its endeavor to secure a grant through the NYS
EnvironmentalProtection Act of 1993 during fiscal year 2008 to purchase
fifty acres ofland.
A motion was made by SupervisorMcDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote:
Councilman MinissaliAbstained (His wife works forMohonk Pres.)
RESOLUTION: Grant Agreement for$15,000.00 grant from Lifebridge Foundation.
The resolution is to authorizethe Supervisor to sign the agreement to accept a $15,000.00 for the benefit ofthe Rosendale pool.
A motion was made by SupervisorMcDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by Councilman Cluen. Roll Vote:
Councilwoman GreeneAbstained (She received a donation for theSustainableLivingCenter)
stated thatthe meeting on Tuesday evening concerning ¡§Flood Plains
Mapping&Management¡¨ was attended by approximately 150 people and
was very informative;she also stated that some members of the Rosendale
Planning Board and ZBA werein attendance. Ms. Greene made
therecommendation that the Town Board authorize that two (2) hours of
continuingeducation credit be given the members in attendance.
A motion was presented
byCouncilwoman Greene to grant two (2) hours continuing education credit
to memberof the Rosendale Planning Board and ZBA who attended the
workshop on ¡§FloodPlains Mapping&Management¡¨ held on June 10th; seconded byCouncilman Minissali. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
Jack Snyder questioned
whetherthe storage facility in Tillson has met the requirements of their
site plan withregard to planting of the buffer along Route 32; he
thought that more maturetrees were to be planted and extended up passed
the Turco property. Supervisor McDonough responded that this isup to the
Planning Board and Code Enforcement; he will check with them.
stated thatat the outset of the bridge rehab project, the residents had
petitioned to havea citizens committee on crosswalks, signage and etc.
for problems in any area tobring them to the attention of the Town; now
might be the time to activateit.
AUDIT OF BILLS:
GENERAL FUND VOUCHER¡¦S #550-621TOTALING $37,598.11
HIGHWAY FUND ¡§ #116-129 ¡§ $10,880.97
SEWER FUND ¡§ # 87-97 ¡§ $ 4,032.07
WATER FUND ¡§ # 83-90 ¡§ $ 2,455.59
CAP. RES. WATER ¡§ # 1- ¡§ $ 3,064.60
A motion was made by CouncilmanMinissali to pay bills; seconded by Councilman Cluen. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
A motion was made by CouncilmanMinissali to adjourn at 9:35 p.m.; seconded by Councilwoman Greene. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
Joan S. Jordan