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.
extended a “welcome back” to Councilman Hassett who was elected to the
Town Board having previously served three terms.
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
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
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.
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
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
2. Deputy Tax Collector
3. Deputy Highway Superintendent
Michael Brown $21.76
4. Highway Foreman
5. Highway MEOs
Stanley Galewaler $18.20
Thomas Hausmann $20.04
Gary Scriber $19.47
Timothy Sheehan $18.20
Matthew Hintz $15.70
7. highway Superintendent Clerk Joy Quick
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
14. Youth & Rec. Director
15. Rec. Aide
16. Rec. Aide
Erik VanGaasbeck $ 7.87
17. Rec. Aide
18. Recycling Coordinator
19. Solid Waste Attendant
20. Senior Account Clerk
21. Supervisor’s Assistant
22. Deputy Supervisor
Ken Cluen $1,200.00yr
23. Court Security Officer
Michael Caponero $11.59
24. Security Attendants
Thomas Dockery $11.59
25. Justice Clerk
26. Deputy Justice Clerk
Elena Ullman-LaDue $10.20
28. ZBA Clerk
29. Planning Clerk
30. Building Inspector Clerk
31. Police Clerk
Carol Aldridge $11.93
33. Environmental Clerk
Ilonka Metsger $ 9.09
34. Water/Sewer Operator
35. Water/Sewer Operator
Joseph Manner $20.36
36. Water.Sewer Trainee
37. Water Clerk
Theresa Heinitz $13.72
38. Sewer Clerk
Theresa Heinitz $12.68
39. Building Inspector
40. Fire Marshall
41. Code Enforcement Officer Bryant Arms
Daniel Baker $39,536.00 yr.
43. Acting Police Chief
Perry Soule $28,050.00 yr.
44. UC Planning Board
45. Alternate UC Planning Board
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
Deputy Supervisor Cluen
Assessment Board of Review: Councilman Gallagher
Chamber of Commerce:
Environmental Commission: Councilman Minissali
High Falls Water Commission: Councilman Hassett
Deputy Supervisor Cluen
Water/Sewer Commission: Councilman Minissali
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
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;
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.
AUDIT OF BILLS:
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.
Joan S. Jordan