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JUNE 3, 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

                                                Supervisor Patrick McDonough


            ALSO PRESENT:  Terry Johnson, Jack Snyder, Rosendale W/S; Dennis Kaye, Economic Devel.; Betsy & William Tuel; Ken Hassett; John Maylie.


PUBLIC INPUT:  Jack Snyder asked about work on the bridge and the resulting problems with the sewer pipe which runs on the bridge necessitating the replacement of the pipe due to corrosion.  Jack asked “didn’t the engineers (DOT) know about water and sewer pipes on the bridge during the planning for the repairs”; he stated that “we should hold their feet to the fire”.  Supervisor McDonough explained that when the contractor removed the concrete on the first side of the bridge it began to flex causing the water pipe to break.  The DOT paid the costs of that replacement; we were notified of eminent breakage of the sewer pipe if they remove the concrete decking on the second side; we will have to be responsible for the cost of replacement.  The contractor will not proceed with deck removal until we make repairs.  Supervisor McDonough estimates the cost will be about $40,000 with the Rosendale Sewer Dept. being the contractor and materials from Spinnenweber Construction; the water pipe through the DOT and its contractor cost about $150,000.  Ken Hassett suggested that the Supervisor contact Senator Schumer’s office and “make a plea of dire necessity”; they can always find money somewhere.


RESIGNATIONS/APPOINTMENTS:  Supervisor McDonough announced that Owen O’Connell has submitted his resignation as a full time police officer to accept a full time position with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Dept.; he would like to continue as a part time officer with Rosendale.

A motion was made by Councilman Minissali to accept the resignation of Owen O’Connell as a full time police officer and to appoint him a part time officer with the Rosendale Police Dept.; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.


1). ANNOUNCEMENT: Supervisor McDonough announced that we are still seeking a Commissioner for the Kingston Area Public Access (KAPA) Board, a Water/Sewer Commissioner and Alternate members for the Planning Board and the Zoning Board; he feels we especially need a second alternate for the Planning Board.  Anyone interested should contact Town Hall, Terry Johnson or Jack Snyder (for Water/Sewer).


2). RESOLUTION 06-2009-#1 Authorizing the Town Board to act Immediately in an Emergency Situation as Regards the Sewer Infrastructure Attached to the NYS Route 32 Bridge.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution; seconded by Councilman Cluen.

Councilman Gallagher questioned Terry Johnson ( W/S Superintendent) that the plan is to replace an existing 6” pipe with a 4” pipe; Terry stated that it will just restrict the flow; the pumps will run an additional 4 minutes to drain the pit; the pumps are not compromised as per Brinnier and Larios the engineers who designed the sewer system.  Councilman Minissali asked if DOT will pay for this; Supervisor McDonough responded that they will not, that is why they notified us before removing the concrete decking that a problem exists and they will not take responsibility; Councilman Minissali said that we should at least place “some guilt on DOT” since they knew about the pipes when doing the engineering study.  Ken Hassett suggested that the Town Board hold a press conference and state that we don’t have the money to go forward and see what happens; our local politicians should be contacted for possible “member funds”.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he is also looking at a possible bond resolution.

Roll Vote:

                                    Councilman Cluen                     Yes

                                    Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                                    Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                                    Councilman Minissali                Yes

                                    Supervisor McDonough            Yes


3). RESOLUTION 06-2009-#2 Directing Preparation of General Plan, Report and Map for Emergency Sewer Repair.  The resolution authorizes payment  “not to exceed” $2,500.00 to Brinnier and Larios to prepare a general plan, report and map to be filed with the Town Clerk upon completion and within limits of appropriations.

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

                                    Councilman Cluen                     Yes

                                    Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                                    Councilwoman Greene Yes

                                    Councilman Minissali                Yes

                                    Supervisor McDonough            Yes


4). Announcing a Public Hearing Regarding Emergency Sewer Repair.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he was going to present a resolution next week but has been advised that we will probably not need a public hearing.


5). A resolution will be presented next week to enter into an agreement for the sale of food and beverages at the Rosendale Pool Concession Stand with T/S Crossroads following a public hearing (resolution S05-2009-#13 setting the hearing was adopted at a special meeting on May 29, 2009).


6). Budgetary Transfer: The resolution being presented next week will authorize the transfer of $3,000.00 from Dog Control PS (A3510.4) to Dong Control CE (A3510.4).  This is for construction of our Town Kennel.


7). Discussion: Street Festival Site Plan.  Billy Liggan answered questions presented by the Town Board with respect to various items in the draft site plan; Billy will present the amended Site Plan to the Town Board by next weeks meeting.  Jack Snyder addressed the need to have the Festival on two days; he stated that it a great inconvenience to residents of James Street from traffic, parking and noise plus the selling of beer on the street during the two days he feels in the wrong kind of attraction.  Mr. Snyder also questioned what the Town gets out of having the Festival; Billy responded that we get “name recognition”, and proceeds go to charity.  In the past the Rosendale Food Pantry, Youth Center have benefited and currently Alan’s Computer Repair and MusicAid are recipients (they provide computers and musical instruments to hospitalized veterans).  Vendors are still being accepted, they can apply on line at www.rosendalestreetfestival.com/vendor application.  The Town Board expects to accept the site plan next week.


8). DISCUSSION: Possible Bond Resolution next week for emergency sewer repairs.   Supervisor McDonough said that he will explore possible sources of funding (stimulus, member funds and etc.).


9). DISCUSSION: Sale of Mountain Road Property. Mohonk Preserve made an offer of $320,000.00 to purchase 77 acres from the Town of Rosendale; the Town would retain 2 acres with the reservoir on it in perpetuity and rights to remove 375 cubic feet of shale from the “shale bank” for 7 years; the offer price was increased to $340,000.00 with these concessions.  Ken Hassett suggested that we remove our full allotment each year and stock pile it since they are not agreeable to increasing the term to 10 years.  It was suggested that the Town Board have “veto power” on Mohonk’s Management Plan for the property.  A small piece of property is being purchased from a private source to make this acquisition continuous from the Mohonk Preserve to the Mountain Road Property; the land will never be developed and be forever wild.  Question was raised about access to the property; it is believed that either a ranger or ranger station will be there to check access to insure the water shed safety but Supervisor McDonough said he will check into the matter to be sure.  Supervisor McDonough stated further that the sale of the property is subject to a permissive referendum; it is hoped that this could be accomplished by putting it on the ballot at a “primary election” or at the general election in November so as to reduce the financial burden to the tax payers by not requiring a “special vote”.  In response to a question, “where will this money be used”, Supervisor McDonough stated that it would be placed in a “capital account” toward the building of a new town hall.

A possible contact and resolution may be presented next week.



1. Wed., June 10, 7:30 pm – Town Board Meeting, Public Hearing on Concession Stand

2. Sun., June 7 – Rosendale Farmers’ Market at Rec Center

3. Sun., June 7 – Arts Squad Artists’ Sale at Belltower Glassworks, Main Street

4. Sun., June 14 – Flag Day

5. Wed., July 8, 7:00 pm – Regular Town Board Meeting (NO Workshop in July)*

6. Fri., July 3 – TOWN OFFICES CLOSED for Independence Day (Transfer Station will   

  be OPEN)

7. Sat., July 4 – Independence Day (Transfer Station CLOSED)

8. Wed., Aug. 12, 7:00 pm – Regular Town Board Meeting (NO Workshop in Aug)*


* There will be only ONE Town Board meeting in July and August each starting at 7:00 pm.


Jack Snyder asked the Town Board to consider returning James Street to “residential status” after the completion of the bridge; he showed them what had been done in an area of Kingston.


Supervisor McDonough informed the Board that he will be doing a “walk through” on Sunday, June 7th at the HRVR Property with Rondout Land Conservancy.



            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #470-523 TOTALING $30,325.95

            HIGHWAY FUND                      #118-123                     $  4,838.96

            SEWER FUND                            #  74-76                       $  1,271.20

            WATER FUND                           #  71-73                       $     157.30

            CAP SOLAR                               #    6-7                         $     523.61

            CAP SHAWANGUNK               #    2                            $       70.00


A motion was made by Councilman Minissali to pay the vouchers; seconded by Councilman Cluen.  Roll Vote:  5 Yes.


A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to adjourn at 9:05 pm; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote:  5 Yes.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan

                                                                                    Town Clerk