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MAY 12, 2010


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

            PRESENT:       Councilman Robert Gallagher

                                    Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene (arrived at 7:45 pm)

                                    Councilman Kenneth Hassett

                                    Councilman Richard Minissali

                                    Supervisor Patrick McDonough

ALSO PRESENT:       Debra Tierney, Deputy Town Clerk; Dave Massimi, Fire Marshal;

Fred Greitzer, Planning Board; Carl Hornbeck, Highway Superintendent; Perry Soule, Police Chief; Billy Liggan, Street Festival; John McGarril, resident.


PETITIONS: No petitions were presented.


PUBLIC COMMENTS: John McGarril stated that Cornell University will be presenting a workshop on “Snow and Ice Removal” for downstate highway people and they are looking for a location; he asked if the Town would consider allowing use of the Community Center.  Supervisor McDonough told him to contact Heidi Jewett, Recreation Manager, as to the availability of the Center; the Town would waive fees as our highway people would be able to attend the sessions.


MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:  A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to accept the minutes of the April 7th and April 14th meetings; seconded by Councilman Hassett.   Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Absent.


COMMITTEE REPORTS: Councilman Gallagher reported that the Highway Department has received bids for a used bucket truck and the Board will be awarding the bid tonight; the highway crew has been working to get the pool ready for painting.  Councilman Gallagher stated that Grievance Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25th, 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Community Center.

Councilman Minissali reported that the Youth Commission is holding their “Car Show” this Sunday, May 16th; the ZRC met put he was unable to attend; Environmental Commission still needs volunteers to help with their Expo on Sunday, June 6th; Water/Sewer Commission is again looking for another commissioner to fill a vacancy.

Councilman Hassett reported that the minutes of the Recreation Commission are on file with the Town Clerk; the pool repairs are on schedule, painting is expected to be done next week if the weather cooperates (they need at least three dry, warm days); the target date for opening is Memorial Day weekend, then weekends only until school closes; High Falls Water District is moving forward to repair the seepage problem.  Councilman Hassett reported that he has spoken with Kingston Mayor Sottile; they have a “sewer cam” machine which they would make available to us if we need it.


SUPERVISOR’S FINANCIAL REPORT:  Supervisor McDonough read the end balances for the month of April; the report is on file with the Town Clerk.


Councilwoman Greene arrived at 7:45 pm.


RESIGNATION:  Supervisor McDonough informed the Board that he received a verbal resignation from Deputy Supervisor Ken Cluen; Ken said that he is unable to fulfill the duties at this time; Town Clerk Jordan reminded the Supervisor that we must have a formal written resignation on file even if it is via e-mail. Supervisor McDonough made a motion to accept the resignation of Ken Cluen as Deputy Supervisor with deep regrets; seconded by Councilman Hassett with profound regret.  Roll Vote:

            Councilman Gallagher   Yes with deep regrets

            Councilwoman Greene  Yes

            Councilman Hassett                  Yes with profound regrets for all Ken has done

                                                                   for the Town as Councilman and as Deputy


            Councilman Minissali                Yes with deep regrets

            Supervisor McDonough            Yes echoing the sentiments of Councilman Hassett


1). PRESENTATION: A presentation of the proposed budget for the Rondout Valley Central School District was given by Deb Kasinski, Business Administrator and Tim Wade, Vice Superintendent.  The budget being put up for a vote on Tuesday, May 18th is $61,059,188; which reflects a projected increase of 2.81%.  The average class size for elementary and middle school classes will be between 15 and 25 per class; a reduction in staffing will be mainly through retirements.  The construction project is progressing on schedule; the 400 wing was done in January 2010; the Science wing was finished in April 2010 and it is expected that the 300 wing will be completed in June; they are projecting a very aggressive summer work schedule while school is not in session for renovation of the cafeteria, 200 wing and roadways.

John McGarril stated that the Rondout Valley Girl’s Track Team is undefeated in their regular season meets and are headed for regional meets at Dietz Stadium in Kingston this weekend.


2). PRESENTATION: Dave Massimi, Rosendale Fire Marshal, gave a presentation on proposed burning regulations changes related to issuing burn permits.  Dave high-lighted changes needed to Local Law #1 of 2005 and provisions of DEC Part 215 which took effect October 14, 2010.  Dave asked the Board for permission to contact Shannon LaFrance, Esq. for legal advice to proceed with writing an amendment to the Local Law; he was given approval to proceed.  Five years ago Rosendale established our own burn permit system with approval from DEC; we have 73% fewer out of control fires than the rest of the County; it’s all about educating not penalizing.  A short discussion of whether to charge a minimal fee for issuing a “burn permit” should be instituted; perhaps $5.00 or $10.00, to cover administrative costs should be imposed; also discussed were penalties for illegal burns, presently fines range from $50.00 to $500.00; should they be increased to a minimum of $250.00 with half going to the fire company that responds.  Dave stated that he would not seek to have the “no burn” or permit requirement apply to chimineas or fire rings.  In 2009 Dave said the Town of Rosendale issued about 150 permits for legal burns.

Councilman Hassett suggested that he, Carl Hornbeck and Rayne Kouhout (Transfer Station/Recycling Coordinator) work with Dave to formulate a plan to deal with leaves which are not permitted to be burned.

Councilwoman Greene suggested that the Town hold a semi-annual amnesty town wide.


3). HIGHWAY CONTRACT: The proposed contract with Ulster County was discussed at the last meeting and the consensus at that time was that they were not favorable to signing a contract; tonight Supervisor McDonough asked the Board if it was okay to just do nothing; they all agreed.


6). RESOLUTION 05-2010-# 3 Awarding of Bid for Bucket Truck.  Carl Hornbeck recommended to the Town Board that he be permitted to purchase the 1997 Ford Utility truck from Upstate Auto Sales, Inc. of Hoosick Falls, NY for the bid price of $12,900.00, as presented in bid offering opened on May 3, 2010, plus inspection and certification of the boom for a total price of $13, 215.00.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution authorizing the purchase of the bucket truck for a total price of $13,215.00 to be paid from Highway Capital Reserve; seconded by Councilman Minissali.  Roll Vote:

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


4). STREET FESTIVAL: Billy Liggan answered questions about the site plan that was presented last week; Supervisor McDonough stated that DOT is under the impression that road closure (detour) during the Festival for truck traffic includes the roads we just included in a weight limiting resolution; Billy stated that the detour only affects passenger cars and light trucks, he will have all changes by next month (June) when Town Board will be set to accept the site plan.  A question arose about #14 in the site plan relating to no bikes or skateboards being ridden in the Festival area; Billy clarified that Table Rock customers will be permitted to walk bikes to and from the shop but restricted from riding them the same as attendees to the Festival.  A brief discussion about cars being towed last year was brought up by Councilman Minissali; Chief Soule will work with the Festival Committee to work out a procedure; Chief Soule said that it is his intention to “educate the public about safe parking, not penalize them” but if the situation creates a real danger to the public, they will be towed.


5). RESOLUTION 05-2010-#4 Authorizing the Issuing of $17,000 in Serial Bonds for Sewer Improvements.  These improvements are for the Wastewater Lift Station at the intersection of NYS Route 32 and Lower James Street; a public hearing was held on May 5, 2010 and was duly advertised in accordance with Finance Law.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution authorizing issuance of $17,000.00 in Serial Bonds for Sewer Improvements; seconded by Councilman Hassett.  Roll Vote:

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


7). RESOLUTION 05-2010-#5 Authorizing Copier Service Agreement with Atlantic.  The contract is for the copier at Town Hall for the period running from 4/17/2010 through 4/16/2011 at a cost of $661.00 for 62,500 copies, excluding paper and staples.

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution for a one year contract with Atlantic for service maintenance at a cost of $661.00; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote:

                        Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                        Councilwoman Greene  Yes

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


Councilwoman Greene asked that discussion about a Water/Sewer consultant be put on the agenda for the June meeting.



            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #421-461 TOTALING $29,956.91

            HIGHWAY FUND                      #107-121                     $  9,021.90

            SEWER FUND                            #  68-77                       $  2,927.99

            WATER FUND                           #  72-80                       $   2,220.57

            CAP RES HIGHWAY                #   1                              $13,215.00

            SPECIAL LIGHTING                #   13-15                       $  2,098.98


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


A motion was made by Councilman Minissali to adjourn at 9:20 pm; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote: 5 Yes.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan

                                                                                    Town Clerk