TOWN OFROSENDALETOWNBOARD DRAFT
PUBLIC HEARING – MORATORIUMOWB’S
The meeting was called to orderby Supervisor McDonough at 6:05 pm at theRosendaleCommunityCenterwith the Pledge to the Flag.
PRESENT:Councilman Robert Gallagher
CouncilwomanManna Jo Greene(arrived 6:10pm)
Councilman Richard Minissali
ABSENT:Councilman Kenneth Cluen
Fleming, bookkeeper; MichaelDiBattista, Police Chief; Heidi Jewett,
Diane Bedell, Recreation Commission; DanBaker, Assessor;Joe Havranek,Planning Board; about twenty residents.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: No comments were made at this time.
REQUESTS: Department budget requests were previouslyreceived from
department heads; some department heads wished to presentjustification
for requests in person as follows:
Chief DiBattista stated the need for a new SUV as a largepart of his
request. He favorspurchasing a Chevy Tahoe Suburban which are used by
the State Police becausethey are dependable with minimal maintenance.
The Tahoe would replace the Dodge Durango which has 83,400 miles and
hasa lot of problems. Chief announced thatwe will be losing at least one
or possibly two full time officers; it’s a “cointoss”; one will be
going to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Dept. There is no money allocated
for DWI($6,500.00); maybe next year we will receive some as we are
making DWIarrests. There are no pay increasessince the Police Union
Contract has not been negotiated at this time; raiseswill be retroactive
to January 1, 2008; $5,000.00 is being included forcontractual raises.
The total requestedby the Police Dept. is $412,456.00. Supervisor
McDonough added that this figure does not include autoinsurance,
benefits, health insurance and etc. which come out of the GeneralFund.
CLERK: Joan Jordanstated that according to figures from a survey
conducted this year shows thatRosendale pays close to the lowest salary
for Town Clerk in Ulster County; shealso stated that $1,000.00 for
Records Management Officer which was added due tothe tremendous increase
in FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests since thestart of the
Hudson River Valley Resort application (formerly Williams Lake) andwhich
are expected to continue until this project is finalized. The total
Town Clerk budget request is for$62,087.00.
COMMISSION: Jennifer Metzger, Chair of the Commission, did not speak. A
discussion followed about the NRI (NaturalResource Inventory) and the
projected cost. John Maylie said thatUlsterCountyhas hired two people
and is in theprocess of updating all these resource materials, perhaps
the Town can work withthe County so that we don’t have to duplicate the same work. This will be looked into.
Diane Bedellstated that “the budget is what it is”. The personal
services reflects Heidi Jewett at $32,000.00 per year asfull time (40
h/p/w) as manager and Rosemary Milano at $13,650.00 for 25 h/p/wfor
housekeeping; Councilwoman Greene noted that Heidi should be calling
backrenters when the building is not in acceptable condition and hold
deposits. Supervisor McDonough noted that we haveprofessional cleaning
of the carpet done four (4) times per year but people arebeing careless.
An additional $600.00for a clerk to take minutes at meetings is still
up in the air. Diane stated that since lifeguards areseasonal and we are
paying them very well there is no “cost of living increase”but one
additional week will be added to the season next year; Heidi got her
CPO(certified pool operator)so there will be no additional expense for
that;revenues are expected to remain the same. Also discussed was what
will be done with the snack bar; should the Townrun it or go out to bid
for operators; Supervisor McDonough said that he wouldlike to see
figures for the operation, Doug Olympia completely refurbished
thebuilding and paid no rent; his contract expires this year. Diane
spoke about the second partition forthe center; Supervisor McDonough
stated that he has already asked C.T. Male todo engineering study for
the partition and is waiting for a response; they willhave to rewrite
the proposals. TotalRecreation requests are $187,823.00.
Dan Baker toldthe Board that revenues will be coming in from STAR Aid
in the amount of$1,345.00 and Reval Aid will be $13,750.00 which will
pay for the commercial andIMAR revals and will be paid for the next six
years, this will offset some ofthe budget increase. Dan asked thatLaurie
Hornbeck be given and additional five (5) hours per week which would
makeher full time; she is the face of assessor’s office and presently
works thirtyfive (35) hours per week. SupervisorMcDonough noted that
$1,000.00 had been included in the department budget forlegal fees; this
will come out of the General Fund; but thanked Dan forobserving the
need and the expense for BAR will come out of a separateappropriation.
Supervisor McDonough alsonoted that funds for commercial and IMAR may be
encumbered from 2008 to furtherreduce the budget request. Total
BOARD:JoeHavranekpresented a proposed budget totaling $56,500.00
for2009. Estimates of major expenses were:$20,000.00 for legal counsel;
$20,000.00 professional planning services;$2,500.00 for a laptop
computer and accessories; $2,500.00 for education andtraining; $1,000.00
for postage; $1,400.00 office supplies and mileagereimbursement;
$9,100.00 for salary for clerk with an increase of 10 hours permonth.
Supervisor McDonough noted thatthe cost of legal counsel would not come
out of the Planning Board budget thusthis would bring his budget request
down to $36,500.00; the clerk, Leslie Treut,had submitted a less
detailed budget with a total request for $39,000.00. Joe stated that
they would be redoing allapplication forms and flow charts by C.T. Male
(this would be part of theprofessional planning services) to make them
more user friendly for clients.
All department heads
thatappeared finished their presentations at 7:15 p.m.; Supervisor
McDonough calleda 15 minute recess before the workshop meeting begins.
At 7:30 p.m. reconvened themeeting.
1). ANNOUNCEMENT: The
Town is seeking applicants for the ZBA,Environmental Commission and
Water/Sewer Commission. Applications are available at Town Hall or
2). PUBLIC HEARING: A Three (3) Month Moratorium on OutdoorWood-burning Boilers.
The Notice of Public Hearing wasread by the Town Clerk.
announcedthat the moratorium will not affect those already permitted;
they can proceedwith installation but must be aware that they may have
to meet new regulations;no new permits will be issued during the
Tom Ferry stated that he is donewith installation of his boiler; it’s been inspected and is in proper workingorder.
Paul Costa asked if the
TownBoard will support rescinding the moratorium if agreement is
reached onregulations prior to the expiration of the three (3) months;
he understands thatthere have been zero applications since the last
meeting; January is a littlelate to have to wait to start the process
for installing a boiler thisseason. He is willing to work withJennifer
Metzger from the Environmental Commission to crunch for an agreement
ofwording for the local law. SupervisorMcDonough stated that Paul and
Jennifer are close to seeking the same thingsfrom a proposed local law.
JoeHavranekasked if the Environmental Commission is crafting thelaw;…………………
Cal Rider stated that
you arestopping the permitting of the boilers; if they are close to an
agreement whywait. Mr. Rider stated that digging isnecessary for
installation of wood boilers; if they are close to an agreementperhaps a
moratorium is not necessary.
expressedconcern about both the monetary investment and health concerns
and stated thatshe feels the moratorium is important to give breathing
space to the issue. Ms. Greene recommended that if thenegotiations break
down that consideration be given to professional mediators.
Paul Costa agrees that
time isneeded but he feels that this concerns all auxiliary units and we
should notjust address one type; address all heating appliances.
all heating appliances should be lookedout; Supervisor McDonough added
that hedidn’t feel we should be prejudiced.
Councilman Minissali asked whatthe current permit allows; Councilman Gallagher responded that the permit is forthe parcel. Joe Havranekstated
that the wood stove permit liststhe requirements right on the permit,
such as the smoke stack must be two (2)feet above the peaks of the
house. JohnMaylie added that the permit is code driven.
asked ifthere is a process for re-certification; Supervisor McDonough
responded thatdoesn’t know of anything.
Cal Rider opined that
if theboilers are operating properly there will be no complaints,
otherwise there willbe complaints; there is no sure method for testing.
Paul Costa suggested
that theCode Enforcement Officer be empowered to shut down the use of
the units ifproblems arise; treat on a case-by-case basis; if they burn
proper fuels thereis no problem otherwise treat them as a problem child.
Supervisor McDonough noted that overloadingof fuel is the single
greatest cause of smoke.
Barbara Pambino thanked the TownBoard for the use of public hearings for residents to have a dialog.
A motion to close the
publichearing was made at 8:10 pm by Supervisor McDonough; seconded by
CouncilmanMinissali. Roll Vote: 4 Yeses, 1 Absent(Councilman Cluen).
A motion to revise the
moratoriumwas made by Supervisor McDonough; seconded by Councilman
Gallagher to changeSec. 1 (b) to read: it is the further purpose of this
law to enable the Town ofRosendale to suspend thefiling of new applications forpermitting, construction and installation………… Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Absent (CouncilmanCluen).
RESOLUTION10-2008-#1Adoptinga Local Law, Three Month Moratorium on the
Permitting, Construction andInstallation of Outdoor Wood Boilers.
A motion was made by SupervisorMcDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by Councilwoman Greene. Roll Vote:
4). TENTATIVE BUDGET TO
TOWNBOARD: The Town Clerk presented theTentative Budget to the Town
Board. Supervisor McDonough asked that the Board look over the budget
and givesuggestions to him before next week. General Fund is up 23%,
Highway up 14% for an overall increase of 19.33%;most of the increases
are due to the increased costs of petroleum products.
5). RESOLUTION: A
resolution willbe presented next week to set a public hearing on the
2009 Preliminary Budgetfor November 5, 2008.
6). RESOLUTION: A resolution willbe presented next week to set a Halloween Curfew.
7). RESOLUTION: A resolution willbe presented next week to make Budget Transfers.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1.Every Sun. –Farmer’s Market, 9 am to 2 pm atRecCenter
2.Thurs., Oct.–Central HudsonEnergy Saving Workshop, 6pm atHV Mall
3.Sun., Oct. 5– Bill Brooks “40 years onMainStreet.” Party, 1to 4pm at Bill’s
4.Wed., Oct. 8– Town Board Meeting, 7:30 pm atRecCenter
5.Sat., Oct.11 – UCRRA Household Hazardous Waste Collection, by appt. only, call 336-3336(FlatbushRoad)
6.Mon., Oct.13 – Columbus Day – TOWN OFFICES CLOSED
7.Tue., Oct.21 – Fire District Budget Hearings – Respective Fire Houses.
Nov. 2– “Fabulous Fall Breakfast Buffet”, 8 an to noon at High Falls
Fire House ($8adults, $7 seniors, $6 children 5-12 yrs old)
9.Wed., Nov 5– Public Hearing on 2009 Preliminary Budget
10.Mon., Oct.6- Flood Management,RecCenter
11.Thurs., Oct 9 –Rondout Creek Water Shed
12.Sat., Oct. 11 –Stream Monitoring 1-3:30 pmMettacahonts Rd., Accord
13.Sat., Oct. 18 –“Trees for Tribs” south of the Rt 213 Bridge,Creekside Lane
Notice was also made
that theFarmer’s Market will end it’s outdoor season on November 9; it
will hold market indoors at theRecCenteron the 1StSunday fromDec. through March. The Farmer’s Marketdonates to the Rosendale Food Pantry.
DEC will hold a Scoping Sessionon Wed., Oct. 29 at 7pm at theRecCenterof the HRVR project.
LINK parking for the
train toPoughkeepsie is available at the Park&Ride, additional,
temporary overflow parking is in the designated area at the front of the
Rec Center; the Stateis paying us $2 per space until the Park&Ride
expansion is completed.
Tuesday, October 14, “RosendaleYesterday, Today and Tomorrow” with Tim Morrison and Ken Hassett is on KAPA at8:30 pm.
John Liggan offeredcongratulations on a “good meeting”.
Eric Benjamin stated
that UlsterCounty Legislature passed a resolution (#9) giving exemption
for active veteransof the Cold War period on their County taxes, each
jurisdiction must adopt theirown resolution to expand their exemption.
Supervisor McDonough stated that the Town will look at the measure;
wewould need a public hearing and have to enact a local law.
AUDIT OF BILLS:
GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #947-993TOTALING $29,176.31
HIGHWAY FUND “ #209-217 “ $13,207.03
SEWER FUND “ #152-158 “ $ 1,335.89
WATER FUND “ #145-151 “ $ 1,651.89
A motion was made by CouncilwomanGreene to pay the bills; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote: 4 Yeses, 1 Absent
A motion was made at 9:02 pm toadjourn by Councilman Minissali; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote: 4 Yeses, 1 Absent
Joan S. Jordan