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            TOWN OF ROSENDALE                                                  DRAFT



MAY 5, 2010


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 Robert Gallagher

                                    Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene (arrived 8:00pm)

                                    Councilman Kenneth Hassett

                                    Councilman Richard Minissali

                                    Supervisor Patrick McDonough


ALSO PRESENT:       Dennis Kaye, Economic Development; Terry Johnson; W/S Superintendent; Carl Hornbeck, Hwy. Superintendent; Billy Liggan, Street Fest; Brian Goldberger, Attorney for the Town; Rochelle Resivato, reporter; 2 residents.


PUBLIC INPUT: Two residents of Sawdust Road area spoke about concerns with the detour through that area while Route 213 is closed.  They asked why Mountain Road is not being used as a detour; the response was that Mountain Road is only about a 1-1/2 car-width road with virtually no shoulders.  Question was also raised about reducing the speed limit on Sawdust Avenue temporarily; Supervisor McDonough responded that it is up to the County to reduce the speed; we are patrolling the area along with the State Police and the Sheriff.  Supervisor McDonough reported that DOT has told him that they are still on schedule to reopen Route 213 at the end of July; this prompted an additional question as to whether Route 213 could be opened to “one lane traffic” before the completion.  Supervisor McDonough said he would check into that possibility; he also noted that DOT will be installing stationery signs to indicate that Main Street (local) businesses are open; they have been having a hard time during the detour.  Supervisor McDonough also clarified that when the road reopens the culvert work under the road will not have been done, in a year or so that work will require closure again but DOT says that will only require one (1) week.  Supervisor McDonough stated that the Board would be presenting a resolution later this evening setting weight limits on Binnewater Road, Cottekill Road and Sawdust Road, which are all totally within the Town of Rosendale, to 10 tons. 


APPOINTMENT:  The re-appointment of Nora Snyder to the Youth Commission is necessary since she did not take the oath of office within the required time.

A motion was made by Councilman Hassett to re-appoint Nora Snyder to the Youth Commission; seconded by Councilman Minissali.  Roll Vote:  4 Yes, 1 Absent.


RESIGNATION: Supervisor McDonough informed the Board that John Maylie will not be returning to Rosendale at this time and therefore is submitting his resignation from the Water/Sewer Commission.

A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to accept the resignation of John Maylie from the Water/Sewer Commission with regret; seconded by Councilman Minissali with regret.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Absent.


1). PUBLIC HEARING:  The public hearing to bond for repair of the wastewater lift station at the intersection of NYS Route 32 and James Street was opened at 7:40 pm with the reading of the public notice by the Town Clerk.  Terry Johnson, Water/Sewer Superintendent stated that the repair definitely needs to be done, the station is 31 years old and now requires near daily attention.  Councilman Hassett asked how long  will the fix take; Terry responded that once the work starts it would only be a matter of days but it will take several months of preparation; all materials are special order and would have to be on site before the start of the actual fix.  Terry noted that we received a price quote more than a year ago and will have to obtain new quotes.  Only two customers of the district were present; Councilman Minissali and Town Clerk Jordan.

Supervisor McDonough moved forward on the agenda at this time leaving the public hearing open.


7). HIGH FALLS WATER DISTRICT: A short discussion took place regarding a seepage problem that exists on properties near the water tank which several residents insist comes from the “backwash” on the tank.  Terry Johnson stated that when the EPA commissioned the plant in 2007 they did not see the backwash as a seepage problem.  Residents adjacent to the tank claim that they constantly have wet basements which they claim result from improper drainage; Terry stated that there are constant puddles in the area.  Terry has obtained three prices for the work and it was decided that the District would purchase the pipe necessary (350 feet) to reduce the cost; the decisions on this project must be made by both Rosendale and Marbletown Town Boards jointly.  Both Town Boards seem to feel that bonding for the repair so they can leave the Capital Reserve account intact.  Supervisor McDonough will talk to Supervisor Pickering-Cole as to how to proceed as a public hearing will need to take place; they will need to decide whether they will each hold a hearing and that wording in the same.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he would like to have a resolution next week to set the public hearing so as to move things along.


4). HIGHWAY CONTRACT FOR COUNTY ROADS: Supervisor McDonough deferred to Carl Hornbeck, Highway Superintendent as to his feelings about contracting with Ulster County to do winter plowing and summer maintenance of County roads in the Town of Rosendale.  Carl feels that the $4,700 per center lane mile for winter does not cover our costs without including benefits for personnel; he has no problem with what they want to do but Rosendale is unique and we are “strapped”.  He further stated that even taking 10 miles would cost us.  Councilman Hassett said he was also concerned about the additional “wear and tear” on our vehicles.  All of the contract finances must go through the General Fund therefore putting additional work on our bookkeeper and the highway clerk (she only works 20 hours per week).  Councilman Gallagher asked about Binnewater Road; Carl said he would not undertake the whole thing as it would need a vehicle larger than we have and he also cited additional insurance liability.


Councilwoman Greene arrived at 8:00 pm.







Councilman Hassett asked Carl, “if pushed to the wall what would your opinion be on signing onto this contract”; Carl’s response was a firm “NO”.  Councilman Gallagher stated “even with coordination this will not work”.  Ms. Resivato stated that she was told that the County claims there cost per mile is $9,000.00 and they are only offering towns $4,700.00.  Billy Liggan asked who gets plowed first; his concern is that he lives on the corner of a county road and a town road; the response was that the superintendent would have to make that decision but there would probably be pressure to do county roads first as they contend they are more heavily traveled.  Carl also raised the situation that he plows a section of the town roads and in the future a new superintendent might not want to plow there by having to divide that route among the remaining drivers; this raises questions with union contracts and additional personnel that might be needed only seasonally.  Ultimately the decision is up to the Town Board but there didn’t appear to be very many benefits to the Town at this time to warrant signing a contract with Ulster County.


6). STREET FESTIVAL:  Billy Liggan presented the 2010 Festival site plan to be reviewed by the Board; he included a vendor application amendment to this years’ plan.  Billy also noted that a new law in 2010 from DOT, 33A, to hold an event on a state highway requires an increase in liability insurance to $5 million dollars; he is already working on this and will name the Town of Rosendale as additional insured for the same amount.  Billy said he will be back again next week to answer any questions and to make any changes the Board feels are needed.


A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to close the public hearing at 8:25 pm; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote: 5 Yes.


2). EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to enter Executive Session at 8:25 pm for the purpose of discussing particular Police Contract negotiations; seconded by Councilman Minissali.  Roll Vote: 5 Yes.


Out of Executive Session at 9:35 pm, no decisions were made.


3). RESOLUTION 05-2010-#1 Establish a Weight Limit Restriction on County Routes for Local Detour.  This resolution will set a 10 ton limit on Binnewater Road, Sawdust Road and Cottekill Road which are totally within the Town of Rosendale except for local deliveries.  NYS DOT will place regulatory signs posting weight limits along these roads upon passage of this resolution.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution to set weight limits on certain town roads; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote:

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


5). ZONING REVIEW COMMITTEE: The Zoning Review Committee is to make a presentation to the Town Board in June; Councilwoman Greene stated that the ZRC Committee has not had the opportunity to discuss/debate the changes to the consultants, Behan Associates; a meeting with the public, ZRC Committee, Behan and the Town Board is desired; a tentative date of June 16th has been set but will need to be confirmed with Behan; Supervisor McDonough will follow up and inform the Board next week.


11). RESOLUTION 05-2010-#2  Designation of Town Welfare Officer and Deputy Town Welfare Officer.  The resolution sets forth that the Town Supervisor (Patrick McDonough) shall be the Welfare Officer and the Deputy Welfare Officer shall be Doris Fleming (bookkeeper) continuing through December 31, 2011.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution designating the Welfare Officer and Deputy Welfare Officer through December 31, 2011; seconded by Councilman Hassett.  Roll Vote:

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


8). RESOLUTION: A resolution will be presented next week to authorize the bonding for $17,000.00 in serial bonds for the cost of the Rosendale Sewer Improvements.


9). RESOLUTION: A resolution awarding the bid for a bucket truck for the Rosendale Highway Department will be presented next week.  Carl will be going to inspect several of the vehicles prior to the meeting and making his choice known to the Board.


10). RESOLUTION: A resolution to authorize a copier maintenance contract for the machine at Town Hall will be presented next week.  The cost of the contract will remain the same as last year for the same number of copies.


A brief discussion by the Board set the meeting agenda for July and August of 2010 as having one meeting each; the July meeting will be on Wednesday, July 14th, the August meeting will be on Wednesday, August 11th; times will be determined if work load indicates a need to start earlier than the standard 7:30 pm.



1.        Wed, May 12, 7:30pm – Town Board Meeting, Rec Center

2.        Sat, May 15, 9am – Rosendale Clean Sweep, Meet at the Rec Center

3.        Sat, May, 15 & Sun, May 16, 11 am to 4 pm – Girl Scout Troop 60216 – Painting

       the Rosendale Dog Shelter (Volunteers Needed!)

4.        Sun, May 16, 10 am – 4 pm –Rosendale Youth Center Car Show

5.        Mon, May 31, 10 am – Memorial Day Parade – TOWN OFFICES CLOSED

6.        Sun, June 6 11 am – 4pm Rosendale Earthfest and Expo




            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #366-420 TOTALING $27,900.28

            HIGHWAY FUND                      #   93-106                    $  3,200.63

            SEWER FUND                            #   63- 67                     $     511.03

            WATER FUND                           #   68- 71                     $  1,113.41


A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to pay the vouchers; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote: 5 Yes.


A motion was made by Councilman Hassett to adjourn at 9:55pm; seconded by Councilman Minissali.  Roll Vote: 5Yes.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,




                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan

                                                                                    Town Clerk