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TOWN OF ROSENDALE TOWN BOARD                    


JANUARY 6, 2010


The meeting was called to order by Supervisor McDonough at 7:31 pm at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.


                        PRESENT:       Councilman Robert Gallagher

                                                Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene (arrived at 7:40 pm) 

                                                Councilman Kenneth Hassett

                                                Supervisor Patrick McDonough

                        ABSENT:        Councilman Richard Minissali

           ALSO PRESENT:        Highway Superintendent Carl Hornbeck; Planning Board members Billy Liggan, Randi Morf, Jeanne Walsh, Alternate Nick Mercurio; ZRC member Joe Havranek; and about eight citizens.


Supervisor McDonough extended a “welcome back” to Councilman Hassett who was elected to the Town Board having previously served three terms.


PUBLIC COMMENTS: Phyllis Noreen thanked the Town Board for the three (3) turkeys donated by the Town to the CHEF’s Christmas Day Dinner.  Phyllis reported that one hundred eighty seven (187) people attended the dinner; they served three (3) hams, and four (4) turkeys and all the trimmings thanks to the donations of all the various organizations in Town.

Phyllis also asked about the trailer in Maple Hill with the sign on it; isn’t it in violation of DOT regulations.  Supervisor McDonough addressed the whole situation by stating that our sign ordinance is seriously lacking and is in the hands of Shannon LaFrance, a land use attorney representing the Town.  Nick Mercurio, employed by DOT, said that they do not have “highway police” and there is no “run off” hazard therefore nothing has been addressed by them.  Phyllis also asked about the deteriorating building on the lot; Supervisor McDonough said that he is not sure what is being about it but he will check with the Building Dept.

Nick Mercurio asked about FOIL’s being submitted to Planning Board members almost monthly related to HRVR; are they being singled out.  Nick noted that Supervisor McDonough had made statements that the Town had been reviewing materials; Supervisor McDonough stated that he has been receiving regular FOIL requests but probably not nearly as many as DEC has been getting.

Joe Havranek read his letter of resignation from the ZRC; he requested an Executive Session to iron out the problem that has been present for several years and has come to a head recently.  Supervisor McDonough said that all on the ZRC and the Town Board value Joe’s input and do not want to see him leave; Supervisor suggested that he, Joe, Billy Liggan and Councilman Minissali meet during the week before next Wednesday to discuss the problem; Supervisor understands that inappropriate comments were made and have to be addressed and he sees it as a difference between two personalities.  Billy Liggan responded that he did not see it as a difference between personalities; it’s been going on for over three years.  Supervisor McDonough stated that if we want the problem resolved, this is not the forum it will only exasperate the situation; Joe responded that the public needs to know what’s going on.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to accept the resignation of Joe Havranek from the ZRC with regret.

No second was forthcoming from any Board member.

Councilman Hassett said he was glad there was no second to the motion; he hopes the four people mentioned will meet before next week; if this goes to Executive Session he will be asking in depth questions until he receives satisfactory answers.

Phyllis Noreen said that she thinks there should be more participation from the public and that perhaps there should be more publicity of the meetings; public presence seems to soften the situations.


ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Resolution 01-2009-#1

1.         Deputy Town Clerk                                          Deb Tierney                             $10.78


2.         Deputy Tax Collector                                       Mary Carroll                            $  9.95


3.         Deputy Highway Superintendent                       Michael Brown             $21.76

4.         Highway Foreman                                            John Lawlor                             $20.76

5.         Highway MEOs                                                Joseph Craig                            $19.77

                                                                                    Stanley Galewaler                     $18.20

                                                                                    Thomas Hausmann                   $20.04                                                                                                 Gary Scriber                 $19.47

                                                                                    Timothy Sheehan                      $18.20

6.         Laborers                                                          Ronald Whispell                       $17.42

                                                                                    Shawne Rider                           $17.00

                                                                                    Matthew Hintz              $15.70

7.         highway Superintendent Clerk               Joy Quick                                 $13.41

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

9.         Recreation Director                                          Heidi Jewett                 $33,293.00 yr.

10.       Parking Attendant                                             Raymond St. Rose        $1,370.15 yr.

11.       Handicap Enforcement Officer              Edward Connelly                 $00.00 yr.

12.       Dog Control Officer                                          Edward Hintz                           $11.79

13.       Housekeeper                                        Rosemary Rodriquez                            $10.35

14.       Youth & Rec. Director                         Kathy Wade                             $16.16

15.       Rec. Aide                                                         Tara Burke                               $10.46

16.       Rec. Aide                                                         Erik VanGaasbeck                   $  7.87

17.       Rec. Aide                                                         Kyle Manner                            $  8.46

18.       Recycling Coordinator                          Rayne Kouhout                        $17.06

19.       Solid Waste Attendant                          George Glass                            $13.40

20.       Senior Account Clerk                                       Doris Fleming                           $20.95

21.       Supervisor’s Assistant                                       Ann Citron                               $13.66

22.       Deputy Supervisor                                            Ken Cluen                       $1,200.00yr

23.       Court Security Officer                                       Michael Caponero                    $11.59

24.       Security Attendants                                           Thomas Dockery                      $11.59

                                                                                    Robert Roddy                          $11.26

                                                                                    Antonio Sissili                           $10.40

                                                                                    John Paterno                            $10.40

25.       Justice Clerk                                                     Trudy Harper                           $12.48

26.       Deputy Justice Clerk                                         Elena Ullman-LaDue                 $10.20

28.       ZBA Clerk                                                       Leslie Treut                              $12.00

29.       Planning Clerk                                      Leslie Treut                              $12.00

30.       Building Inspector Clerk                                   Nora Lane                                $14.95

31.       Police Clerk                                                     Lynn Waddell                           $17.09

32.       Clerk                                                                Carol Aldridge              $11.93

33.       Environmental Clerk                                         Ilonka Metsger             $  9.09

34.       Water/Sewer Operator                         Roy Weimann                           $20.36

35.       Water/Sewer Operator                         Joseph Manner             $20.36

36.       Water.Sewer Trainee                                        TBD                                         $11.00

37.       Water Clerk                                                     Theresa Heinitz             $13.72

38.       Sewer Clerk                                                     Theresa Heinitz             $12.68

39.       Building Inspector                                             Tom Fiore                                $16.23

40.       Fire Marshall                                                    Dave Massimi                           $12.88

41.       Code Enforcement Officer                                Bryant Arms                             $12.62

42.       Assessor                                                          Daniel Baker                $39,536.00 yr.

43.       Acting Police Chief                                           Perry Soule                  $28,050.00 yr.

44.       UC Planning Board                                           Fred Greitzer

45.       Alternate UC Planning Board                            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

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

49.       Town Health Insurance Carrier: MVP

50.       Mileage reimbursement: $0.42 per mile


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

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Absent

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes     


                                                Supervisor’s Liaison Appointments

                        Highway Department:                           Councilman Gallagher

                        Justice Department:                               Councilman Gallagher

                        Transfer Station:                                   Deputy Supervisor Cluen

                        Assessment Board of Review:   Councilman Gallagher

                        Chamber of Commerce:                        Supervisor McDonough           

                        Economic Development:                       Supervisor McDonough

                        Environmental Commission:                   Councilman Minissali

                        High Falls Water Commission:  Councilman Hassett

                        Planning Board:                                    Councilwoman Greene

                        Police Commission:                               Deputy Supervisor Cluen

                        Recreation Commission:                        Councilman Hassett

                        Water/Sewer Commission:                    Councilman Minissali

                        Youth Commission:                               Councilman Minissali

                        ZBA:                                                    Councilwoman Greene




RESIGNATION: Part-time Police Officer, Owen O’Connell, Acting Police Chief Andy Buboltz.

A motion was made by Councilman Hassett to accept the resignation of part-time police officer, Owen O’Connell effective January 2, 2010 with regret; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes, 1 Absent.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to accept the resignation of Acting Police Chief Andy Buboltz, effective December 31, 20009 with regret; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes, 1 Absent.

It was noted by Supervisor McDonough that Andy will be sorely missed; he has been with the Rosendale Police Department for twenty one (21) plus years as an officer, investigator and as acting chief for the last eleven months.  Councilman Hassett recommended that Andy be given the Pride of Rosendale Award; Councilwoman Greene commended how he spoke on behalf of his staff; Supervisor McDonough stated that Andy “righted the financial ship” at the Police Dept.  Supervisor McDonough said he would have to check as to whether the Police Commission retired Andy’s shield or allowed him to keep his “chiefs shield”.


1). REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS:  Supervisor McDonough has requested applications to fill positions on all Boards and Commissions for positions that have expired terms; he is especially looking for someone for the ZBA as Denise Pitcher has informed him that she will not be seeking reappointment to that Board.


2). TOBACCO FREE COUNCIL:  Packets are in Board folders; the Council is seeking to have the Board make playgrounds “tobacco free”.  Supervisor McDonough told Councilman Hassett that he will have information packets made up for him to take to the Recreation Commission at their meeting on January 20th.  Supervisor McDonough said that he would like to see the playground and pool area “tobacco free” and then extend to all the parks.  Carl Hornbeck said that he could probably make up the signs to place in the designated areas.


3). RESOLUTION: A resolution will be presented next week authorizing service agreement with Cross Point Solutions for service at 371 Main Street .

It was further noted that additional resolutions will probably be presented for Budgetary Transfers; a request to increase meeting fees at the Community Center; and etc.

Phyllis Noreen commented that the Women’s Club does a lot for the Town from beautification of the parks and Community Center to banners on Main Street; they have started paying t $10.00 per meeting and then $12.00 last year and it doesn’t seem fair that there is talk of raising it to $20.00 per meeting.  Supervisor McDonough stated that the Town Board could write a letter to the Recreation Commission supporting a fee exemption by the Women’s Club for use of the Community Center; he suggested that Councilman Hassett speak with the Commissioners at their meeting.


4). EXECUTIVE SESSION:  An executive session was deemed unnecessary as the legal matter contemplated for discussion, former Police Chief Michael DiBattista, was resolved.  The presiding judge has thrown the case out; Mr. DiBattista will have 30 days to appeal the decision; the judgment will be effective as soon as filed by Bryan Goldberger, Esq. representing the Town of Rosendale.  Supervisor McDonough expects to make the appointment of Perry Soule as Police Chief next week.





            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #1168-1213 TOTALING $17,385.75

            HIGHWAY FUND                      #  289-317                       $28,105.81

            SEWER FUND                            #  188-194                       $     697.27

            WATER FUND                           #   178-183                       $     815.35



            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #1-12 TOTALING $7,885.47


A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to pay the vouchers; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Absent.


A motion was made by Councilman Hassett to adjourn at 8:50 pm; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Absent.


                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,




                                                                                                Joan S. Jordan

                                                                                                Town Clerk