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APRIL 1, 2009


The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Supervisor McDonough at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.


PRESENT:       Councilman Kenneth Cluen

                        Councilman Robert Gallagher

                        Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene

                        Councilman Richard Minissali (video conference & physical presence)

                        Supervisor Patrick McDonough


ALSO PRESENT: Andy Buboltz, Acting Police Chief; Lynn Waddell, PBA President; Joe Havranek, Planning Board; Joe Manner, Jr. and about three other residents.


PUBLIC INPUT:  There was no public input.


RESIGNATIONS:  Supervisor McDonough announced the resignation of Tim Morrison from the Kingston Area Public Access Cable Commission; a lot of problems have lead to Tim walking away.  Councilman Minissali commented on the amount of time and work that Tim put into serving on the Commission.

A motion was made by Councilman Minissali to accept the resignation of Tim Morrison from the Kingston Area Public Access Cable Commission; seconded by Councilman Gallagher with regrets.  Roll Vote: 5 Yes. (Councilman Minissali voted by teleconference). 


APPOINTMENT:  Supervisor McDonough stated that Judge Vosper has requested a sub-stitute clerk in the absence of the clerk or deputy clerk; she will probably only work less than ten times during the year and would be paid by voucher at a per diem rate of ten dollars ($10.00) per hour.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Greene to appoint Danielle Bradfield as a substitute clerk for the Court; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote: 5 Yes.


1). UC MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN:  Joe Havranek commented on the plan before the Ulster County Legislature for adoption; Rosendale is one of six Towns whose plan has been accepted.  We can tap into FEMA funds; our main concern is flooding.  The mitigation plan contains sources of funding (grants) by event type.  Joe stated that the County has not yet adopted the plan so we should be sure before adopting that it is the final document.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he will check to be sure that it is the final document; he further noted that the plan did not cost the Town a dime; County did all the work which was over one year in process.  Supervisor McDonough thanked Joe for all his tireless work and time he devoted to the project.

Councilman Minissali asked if Joe was the only one attending; Supervisor responded that he attended some sessions along with other legislators; Councilman Minissali thanked Joe for his service and asked Joe if he had any reservations to adopting the plan.  Joe responded that he “had no reservations.  Supervisor McDonough said that the County and Town will adopt the plan simultaneously. Councilwoman Greene asked if the plan addressed climate change”; Joe responded that it did not address “climate change” per se but all natural sources based on past history.  A resolution for adoption will be presented next week.

Councilman Minissali signed off the video-conference at 7:45 pm to come to the Community Center.


3). DISCUSSION:  Hiring Training Recruit at Police Department.  Supervisor McDonough stated that the Police Commission has already discussed sponsoring a police academy cadet and are “favorable” to the idea.  Rosendale previously sponsored cadets for the 250 hours but in the recent past have been unable to do so because of the cost; the 250 hours would be paid at minimum wage, roughly $1,144.00 plus Medicare and workers compensation; there would be no commitment of retention beyond the 250 hours.  The cadets need to be sponsored by a certified police unit in order to complete their course.  Andy Buboltz, Acting Police Chief, stated that the Police Dept. has money in their budget to cover the cost.  Supervisor McDonough said that both he and the Police Commission agree that it is a worthy program; if the Town agrees to sponsor and hire it should be part of the Police contract

Councilman Minissali arrived at 7:50 pm.

Councilman Gallagher asked for a written opinion from our labor attorney and a waiver from the PBA before he’ll agree to sponsor; it’s a good program but our contract caused it to go away; the Town owed a lot of money due to having free service then we were back-billed for $22,000.00 back wages.  Supervisor McDonough said he would not mind having a discussion with attorney; it’s a good opportunity for the Town and the cadet.

Councilwoman Greene said she was glad that it was being considered as “minimum wage” not free; she hoped that it would be done with Rosendale residents. 

Acting Chief Buboltz stated that the Sheriff’s class starts May 11th so a decision will need to be made soon; this is the second part of the training and the cadet cannot graduate until he completes this portion of the training.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he will have a decision by next week.  Joe Havranek said that we should mediate with the union that we could hire as a part-time on a preferred list.  It was noted that after certification if they don’t work within two (2) years they must attend a modified academy and if not working within five (5) years they must go through the entire academy.


2). DISCUSSION: COPS GRANT: Acting Chief Andy Buboltz stated that the application process opened on March 20th and must be filed by April ; it is for 100% funding for three (3) years plus one (1) year retainment; $56,500.00 full reimbursement (including FICA, Medicare); Supervisor McDonough responded that “it makes sense”.

Further discussion took place on various issues related to “filling a position from attrition” and hiring obligations if the grant comes through; Councilwoman Greene asked that we check into what our obligation would be if the police department were to be dissolved (would we have any legal liability to repay or etc.). Supervisor McDonough stated that he will get legal opinions and also on “lag time” for reimbursement on the grant.

Supervisor McDonough commended Acting Chief Buboltz for the cost savings he has made; in appropriation code A3120.1 the cost for March 2008 was $75,000.00 and for March 2009 the cost was $60,000.00; Supervisor McDonough stated that over-site and management really makes a difference.

A motion was made by Councilman Cluen to enable Acting Chief Andy Buboltz to apply for the COPS Grant; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes 1 No (Councilman Gallagher).


4). SERVICE AGREEMENT: A resolution will be presented next week to authorize a three (3) year agreement with Cornerstone Telephone Services.  We have been dealing with Cornerstone and save a great deal on telephone billing by contracting with Cornerstone over AT&T or Verizon.


5). ANNOUNCING A PUBLIC HEARING:  A resolution will be presented next week to set a public hearing to “Revise Town Code to Update Professional Review Expense Reimbursement and Escrow Provisions”.  This is a rescheduling of a public hearing that did not take place tonight because notice did not get published by the Supervisor.


6). RFP VENDING MACHINES: A resolution will be presented next week to accept a proposal for vending machine services at the Rosendale Recreation Center; a decision to award the services to Coffee Systems of Rifton, NY.


7). EXECUTE ESCROW AGREEMENT:  A resolution will be presented next week to authorize execution of an escrow agreement between the Town of Rosendale and HRVR,LLC to set up an escrow fund.

Supervisor McDonough stated that HRVR is agreeing to provide $6,000.00 more in escrow funds to the Town; C.T. Male will reduce its billable fees by $4,000.00 and the remainder will be the responsibility of the Town (some fees are not billable to clients for work that the Town must do).  A short discussion followed.

Councilwoman Greene stated that while the ZRC is reviewing the Code and Comprehensive Plan we should look at hotels and resorts within the Code.


8). AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES:  A resolution will be presented next week to authorize execution of an agreement between the Town of Rosendale and Gilmour Associates for consulting with the ZRC.  Supervisor McDonough requested that Board members review the proposed contract.


9). DISCUSSION: PROPOSALS FOR POOL REPAIRS:  Supervisor McDonough stated that “no one is happy to do work over previous work” but something has to be done for the pool to open; we received three (3) proposals ranging from over $100,000.00 (complete refurbishing) down to $6,300.00 (paint and patch); the Recreation Commission seems to be leaning toward the paint and patch again this year.  We have had no response from Dom Divesti to date about following up on any of his previous work.  A short discussion followed after which Supervisor McDonough said he would check with Ulster County to see about shared services (possibly share use and cost of our Town pool).


10). DISCUSSION: RFP’S CONCESSION STAND:  Supervisor McDonough announced that no RFP’s had been received to operate the concession stand at the pool; he said that he would contact Tommy Hayes and Market Market again to see if either of them have any interest in operating the stand.


11). DISCUSSION: NYS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION:  The NYS Public Services Commission is seeking comments on the proposed rate increase requested by Central Hudson; a comment period is open for written comments until May 1st.  Due to the fact this is at the latter part of the agenda and so many people have left, Supervisor McDonough said that he will address it again next week during public input.  It is rare that the Public Service Commission offers so much time for comments.  A public notice and information sheet is available at Town Hall.


12). EXECUTIVE SESSION: To discuss the hiring and firing of a particular person.

A motion was made to enter Executive Session to discuss the hiring and firing of a particular person at 8:55 pm by Councilwoman Greene; seconded by Councilman Cluen.  Roll Vote:  5 Yes.

Out of Executive Session at 9:05 pm, no decisions made.

Councilman Minissali departed at 9:05 pm prior to the Audit of Bills.



            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #259-307 TOTALING $23,686.25

            HIGHWAY FUND                      #  60-79                       $12,083.49

            SEWER FUND                            #  45-47                       $  2,691.17

            WATER FUND                           #  41-46                       $   4,582.61


A motion was made by Councilwoman Greene to pay the bills; seconded by Councilman Cluen.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes.


A motion was made to adjourn at 9:20 pm by Councilman Gallagher; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan

                                                                                    Town Clerk