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JANUARY 7, 2009


The meeting was opened by Supervisor McDonough at 7:33 pm at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.


Supervisor McDonough requested that all remain standing and that the opening of the meeting be dedicated to Harriet Van Kleeck a long time resident and community volunteer who passed away this week.  Harriet was an Assessor, Councilman and currently was serving on the Water/Sewer Commission and was involved in other community organizations.


                        PRESENT:       Councilman Kenneth Cluen

                                                Councilman Robert Gallagher

                                                Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene

                                                Supervisor Patrick McDonough

                        EXCUSED:      Councilman Richard Minissali

              ALSO PRESENT:    About a dozen additional people were in attendance.


PUBLIC INPUT:  Paul Costa “thanked” Supervisor McDonough for allowing him and Mario Restivo to work with Jennifer Metzger and the Supervisor to have input into the new local law dealing with outdoor wood boilers; he asked that they meet one more time before finalization of the document.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he hopes to have a draft available from the attorney to disseminate by next week; he also agreed, tentatively, to meet with Mr. Costa next week.  Joe Havranek asked if anything is final for the Planning Board to review; Supervisor responded that by next week he hope to have it to the Rosendale Planning Board and the Ulster County Planning Board for review prior to a public hearing in February.



1.         Deputy Town Clerk                              Deb Tierney                             $10.57

2.         Deputy Tax Collector                           Mary Carroll                            $  9.75

3.         Deputy highway Superintendent            Michael Brown             $20.84

4.         Highway Foreman                                John Lawlor                             $20.26

5.         Highway MEO’s                                  Joseph Craig                            $19.27

                                                                        Stanley Galewaler                     $17.70

                                                                        Thomas Hausmann                   $19.54

                                                                        Gary Scriber                             $18.97

                                                                        Timothy Sheehan                      $17.70

6.         Laborers                                              Ronald Whispell                       $16.92

                                                                        Shawne Rider                           $16.50

                                                                        Matthew Hintz              $15.20

7.         Highway Superintendent Clerk  Joy Quick                                 $13.15

8.         Town Historian                         Ann Gilchrist                 $1,019.00 yr.

9.         Recreation Director                              Heidi Jewett                 $32,640.00 yr.

10.       Parking Attendant                                 Raymond St. Rose        $  1,397.55 yr.

11.       Handicap Park’g Enforce. Officer         Edward Connolly          $         0.00 yr.

12.       Dog Control Officer                              Edward Hintz                           $11.56

15.       Housekeeper                                        Rosemary Rodriquez                $10.15

16.       Youth & Rec. Director             Kathy Wade                             $15.84

17.       Rec. Aide                                             Tara Burke                               $10.25

18.       Rec. Aide                                             Ronald McGhee                       $  7.72

19.       Rec. Aide                                             Kyle Manner                            $  8.29

20.       Recycling Coordinator              Rayne Kouhout                        $16.73

21.       Solid Waste Attendant              George Glass                            $13.14

22.       Senior Account Clerk                           Doris Fleming                           $20.34

23.       Court Security Officer                           Michael Caponero                    $11.36

24.       Security Attendants                               Thomas Dockery                      $11.36

                                                                        Robert Roddy                          $11.04

                                                                        Antonio Sissili                           $10.20

                                                                        John Paterno                            $10.20

25.       Supervisor’s Assistant                           Ann Citron                               $13.26

26.       Justice Clerk                                         Trudy Harper                           $12.24

27.       Deputy Justice Clerk                             Mandy Constable                     $10.20

28.       Assessor Clerk                         Laurie Hornbeck                      $11.70

29.       ZBA Clerk                                           Leslie Treut                              $11.75

30.       Planning Clerk                          Leslie Treut                              $11.75

31.       Building Inspector Clerk                       Nora Lane                                $14.51

32.       Police Clerk                                         Lynn Waddell                           $17.09

33.       Clerk                                                    Carol Aldridge              $11.70

34.       Environmental Clerk                             Ilonka Metsger             $  9.09

35.       Water/Sewer Operator             Roy Weimann                           $19.96

36.       Water/Sewer Operator             Joseph  Manner                        $19.96

37.       Water/Sewer Trainee                            Larry Allen                               $11.36

38.       Water Clerk                                         Theresa Heinitz             $13.45

39.       Sewer Clerk                                         Theresa Heinitz             $12.43

40.       Building Inspector                                 Tom Fiore                                $15.76

41.       Fire Marshall/Code Enforcement           Dave Massimi                           $12.50

42.       Code Enforcement Officer                    Bryant Arms                             $12.25

43.       Assessor                                              Daniel Baker                $38,760.00 yr.

44.       UC Planning Board Rep                       Fred Greitzer

45.       Alternate UC Planning Board Rep         Jeanne Walsh

46.       Official Meetings: Workshop Meeting, 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm           at the Rosendale Community Center; Town Board Meeting, 2nd Wednesday of    each month at 7:30 pm at the Rosendale Community Center.

47.       Official Newspaper: Daily Freeman and the Ulster County Press

48.       Official Banks: Bank of America, Rosendale Branch, Orange County Trust

49.       Town Health Insurance Carrier: GHI

50.       Mileage Reimbursement: $0.42 per mile


A motion made at a regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rosendale, January 7, 2009 by Supervisor McDonough and seconded by Councilman Cluen.  Roll Vote:                Councilman Cluen                     Yes

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Excused

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


                        Supervisor’s Liaison Appointments


Highway Department:  Councilman Gallagher

Justice Department:  Councilman Gallagher

Transfer Station:  Councilman Cluen

Assessment Board of Review:  Councilman Minissali

Chamber of Commerce:  Councilwoman Greene

Economic Development:  Supervisor McDonough

Environmental Commission:  Councilman Cluen

Planning Board:  Councilwoman Greene

Police Commission:  Councilman Cluen

Recreation Commission:  Councilman Gallagher

Water/Sewer Commission:  Councilman Minissali

Youth Commission:  Councilman Cluen

ZBA:  Councilman Minissali




RESIGNATIONS:  Supervisor McDonough announced that a resignation from Sgt. John Solian of the Police Dept. has been received which was effective 9/12/2008 but a letter was not submitted for acceptance until now.

A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to accept the resignation of Sgt. John Solian from the Police Dept.; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes; 1 Excused.


APPOINTMENT:  Supervisor McDonough stated that he would like to make the appointment of Fred Greitzer to the Planning Board at this time rather than wait until February so there is continuity both locally and at the County level since Fred is our delegate to the Ulster County Planning Board.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Greene to appoint Fred Greitzer to the Rosendale Planning Board; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes, 1 Excused.


ROUTE 32 CORRIDOR STUDY:  A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to hold open until February 11, 2009 the public hearing, which was to close tonight, for further comment and review; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote:  4Yes, 1 Excused.


1).  Request for applications for all volunteer Boards and Commissions; Supervisor McDonough said he believes that there are openings on most Commissions and Boards.  Councilwoman Greene noted that volunteer applicants are still urgently needed for the Water/Sewer Commission.


2).  RESOLUTION 1-2009-#1  A resolution to schedule a public hearing to consider increasing water rates in the High Falls Water District; said hearing will be held jointly with the Town of Marbletown on January 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the High Falls Fire House.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote:

                        Councilman Cluen                     Yes

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Excused

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


3).  Authorizing the expenditure of funds to cover expenses associated with acquiring  an easement to the High Falls Water District property on Mohonk Road in High Falls; this is to acquire and additional, supplementary right of way to the property.  The easement is being donated by the adjacent property owner at no cost other than those for professional services and fees associated with the acquisition of the property; the expenditure is authorized up to $2,500.00.  A resolution will be presented next week.


4).  The scheduling of a public hearing to consider regulations on hydronic heaters and other heating appliances (outdoor wood burning furnaces and etc.) will be addressed.  A resolution will be presented next week to schedule the public hearing.


5).  A resolution will be presented next week to authorize the purchase of a 2009 Ford R350 XL Heavy Duty Pickup truck for the Highway Dept. to replace a 13 year old vehicle at a cost of $19,500.00 over two years at a cost of no more than $10,000.00 per year.  The funds are to come out of Highway Equipment account (DA5132.2).


6).  A resolution will be presented next week authorizing the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Cross Point Solutions for a service contract for telephone system maintenance at the Assessor’s Office, 339 Main Street at a cost of $400.00 for the year; January 1,2009 to January 1, 2010.


7).  A resolution will be presented next week authorizing the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Cross Point Solutions for a service contract for telephone system maintenance at Town Hall, 424 Main Street at a cost of $528.00 for a year; February 1, 2009 to February 1, 2010.


8).  A resolution will be presented next week authorizing the lease of office space from Bill Brooks at 371 Main Street from February 1, 2009 until January 31st, 2011 at a cost of $1,400.00 per month, due on the 5th of each month.  The landlord will provide heat, water and sewer.  Termination of the lease requires 90 days written notice from either party.

The offices of the Assessor, Building Inspector and Planning Board will be relocated to this address.


9). A resolution will be presented next week to support Ulster County’s application for vehicle locator services.  Supervisor McDonough said that he has had conversation with Carl Hornbeck, Highway Superintendent, about the matter; Carl is not sure about but we have been assured that there is no obligation to follow through with implementation.


10).  A resolution will be presented next week to enter into an agreement with David Gilmour Associates as consultants for the Zoning Review Committee as they revise our zoning code.  David Gilmour is the recommendation of the ZRC as consultant.


Councilwoman Greene wished to “thank” all who made the annual CHEFS Dinner a success on Christmas Day even though she was unable to attend; she said it is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together.


11). A progress report was received (in writing) from the ZRC.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he understands that it has been a really good “collaborative” effort. 


Council-woman Greene asked that everyone shop locally whenever possible; the local merchants are really hurting; the bridge construction has had some effect on those businesses, especially the hardware store, which can also be traced back to the opening of Lowe’s in Highland.


Paul Costa asked about the bridge rehabilitation; Supervisor McDonough responded that the project would take 18 months (total time) to complete; they will pour concrete on the west side in early spring and then move on to repairing the east side.


Joe Havranek asked if the ZRC will include economic and environmental issues in their review and are sidewalks still a part of the project; Ken Hassett asked about the side walk project from the senior housing project, was it still on track.  Supervisor McDonough responded that sidewalks are still in the project, the walks will go from the bridge eastward to connect with the existing walks on the creek side and from Stewart’s to the existing walk on the Library side; Carl has the fill to grade for the walks from the senior project which will probably be done in the spring.


Paul Costa stated that he is aware that there are no night tours by the Rosendale Police Dept.; Supervisor McDonough responded that they are re-negotiating the shifts; Paul asked also about there  being no Sunday tours; Supervisor McDonough said that is also being addressed; we are still in contract negotiations.  Ken Hassett stated that the Town should take a hard look to see if we are getting  “bang for the buck”; there is $700,000 in the budget for police services, it’s time to do something, they have been negotiating for over a year waiting to go to arbitration.  Jack Walsh asked about our police officers responding outside of Rosendale’s jurisdiction, are they being compensated; a short discussion followed with a determination that it is part of “mutual response” but it will be checked out.



            1. Wed., Jan. 14, 7:30 pm – Town Board Meeting

            2. Fri., Jan. 16, 6:00 pm – Town Board Audit Meeting at Town Hall

            3. Mon., Jan. 19 – Martin L. King, Jr. Day –TOWN OFFICES CLOSED

            4. Thurs., Jan. 22, 7:00 pm – Joint Town Board Meeting with Marbletown for                               High Falls Water District.


A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to go into executive session the job performance of a particular employee; seconded by Councilman Cluen.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Excused.


Out of executive session at 8:46 pm; no decisions made.




            GENERAL FUND VOUCHRS #1229-1245 TOTALING $ 4,301.78

            HIGHWAY FUND                  #   293-297                      $15,876.02

            WATER FUND                       #   199-202                      $  1,241.73

            SEWER FUND                        #   205-209                      $     684.88



            SPECIAL LIGHTING             #        1-3                          $  2,158.71

            GENERAL FUND                   #        1-134                      $23,121.24

            HIGHWAY FUND                  #        1-2                          $     970.04

            WATER FUND                       #         1-3                         $     946.64

            SEWER FUND                        #         1-4                         $     537.35


A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to pay the bills; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes, 1 Excused.


A motion was made by Councilwoman Greene to adjourn at 9:01 pm; seconded by Councilman Cluen.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes, 1 Excused.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,




                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan, Town Clerk





1.                  $6,500.00 Medical (A9060.8) to Planning CE (A8020.4)

HIGHWAY FUND – Transfer the sum of: