ROSENDALE TOWN BOARD
SPECIAL MEETING – CREEK LOCKS PROPOSALS
JULY 13, 2010
meeting was called to order by Supervisor McDonough at 6:04 pm at the
Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.
PRESENT: Councilman Robert Gallagher
Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene (arrived at 6:12 pm)
Councilman Kenneth Hassett
Councilman Richard Minissali
Supervisor Patrick McDonough
ALSO PRESENT: Deb
Tierney, Fred Greitzer, Ken Oldehoff, Nick Mercurio, Jack Snyder,
Jennifer Metzger, Tim Morrison, Ann Citron all Town of Rosendale
employees or commission/committee members; a dozen residents and
representatives of “Birchez Associates” and “Ulster Rural Preservation”
welcomed both presenter groups and the public for coming for the
presentation of development proposals for the Town owned Creek Locks
acknowledged Steve Aaron, President of Birchez Associates as the first
presenter; Mr. Aaron introduced members of the “Birchez” team and some
insight and history of his company. Mr.
Aaron stated that they are “open to all ideas and viable alternatives
to their proposal” from the Town and from the public through the
charrette process and that they have further enhanced the plans since
the proposal was submitted; an additional handout was provided to the
Town Board members and the Town Clerk.
development & housing consultant, recommends reuse of the Tillson
School for the purposes of fulfilling the “new town hall” part of the
proposed project. The sewer plant upgrade is a main consideration for
the whole project; if
upgrade is not made there is a loss of developable land on the parcel
due to set backs, 500 feet without the upgrade, but only 200 feet if
completed. By utilizing
the Tillson School the site could accommodate 72 units (40 units for
seniors, 32 townhouses for low income working); these ideas could be
taken to the community to see what parts work.
attorney for the project, stated that the school renovation approach is a
“great legacy opportunity” since the building is masonry in
construction and is great condition and would have an infinite life if
properly maintained; it would cost less to renovate than to create a new
structure, wood frame built, which would only have a life expectancy of
50 years. Ms. Shadlock
stated that they have a party interested in providing a line of credit
or bonds and that occupancy could be guaranteed in 8-12 months from
acquisition. Ms. Shadlock
further noted that the property appears to have no DEC wetlands but does
have a high water table for which they would not recommend having
basements in the buildings; if the town hall were to be built on the
parcel it would create more impervious surfaces and would eliminate the
units available for homeownership. The
wastewater (sewer) plant upgrade would be front and center to
accomplish the project; Birchez would pay a certain level toward
accomplishing this goal; the Town Board would go through the process to
find the best grant writer and engineer (Birchez would pay those
engineering expenses and the 10% gap between the grant and the cost). A back up water supply using the well would wipe out another 3 acres from the build-able land.
Judith Calogero stated
that financing would be tailored to the Town’s finances; Birchez has
the resources to fund the predevelopment costs; they have debt and
equity for tax credits already underwritten; there would be no funding
gaps. Ms. Calogero stated that they would be ready for 2011/2012 when
the next funding cycle opens depending upon the wastewater upgrade;
financiers want “high yield, low risk”.
At 6:55 pm Supervisor
McDonough opened a question and answer period for Town Board members; he
asked if the set back from the sewer plant was “set in stone”; Ms.
Shadlock stated that according to DEC ENCON the pre-improvement set back
is 400-500 feet but would be reduced to 200 feet post-improvement.
Councilman Hassett asked how the town hall would be funded; response was that Birchez has a bank that would buy the bonds. Councilman
Hassett stated that the Town is “poor and can’t afford to paint the
current town hall let alone go for bonds of $1-$2-$3 million dollars; he
also asked if they were seeking a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes)
agreement; the response was that there is an amendment to Real Property
Law that allows a 581A to be used versus the PILOT which uses a
specified formula based on net operating income to set an assessment. A 581 is required by law from the assessor if requested by negotiation and is an option open for discussion.
stated that basically “we want everything for nothing”; we have some
capital reserve funds but have four (4) town projects competing for the
Mr. Aaron readdressed
the acquisition of the Tillson School property stating that the cost now
would be less than it was 5 years ago and the Kingston School District
would probably be more willing to negotiate since the property is
deteriorating and has been vandalized; they are looking to lessen their
liabilities; the cost to the Town for the renovations could be spread
over 10, 20, 30 years.
closed the question and answer period and thanked Birchez
representatives for coming and airing their proposal.
RURAL ULSTER PRESERVATION:
introduced Kevin O’Connor, Executive Director of RUPCO who proceeded to
show a short film describing the function of RUPCO. A Power Point
presentation followed with the introduction of members of the assembled
team for this proposed project.
The proposal for the new town hall is a two (2) story building with basement.
upgrading the wastewater plant included investigating heat recovery and
using photovoltaic systems; financing could be through the USDA.
The presentation included “Buttermilk Falls” in Ellenville which received an Energy Star rating and was partnered with NYSERDA.
At 8:50 pm Supervisor McDonough opened question and answer period for Town Board members.
asked about funding for preliminary studies and the charrette process;
Guy Kempe, Director of Community Development, responded that a
$30,000.00 grant would get the studies started and for the charrette
Councilwoman Greene addressed the LEED certification and the importance it has which Birchez
has obtained; Mr. O’Connor responded that Woodstock Commons has been
submitted for LEED certification and that it is a very expensive
certification to obtain. Ms.
Greene also asked about selection of planners and architects; Mr.
O’Connor responded that those selections are open and that “if they are
less expensive, they are in”.
questioned the setback issues for the wastewater plant; response was
that DEC sets the criteria; Mr. Gallagher stated that he was pleased
with the presentation of additional sewer plant options.
questioned RUPCO’s commitment to the charrette process; they responded
that they are totally committed to the process.
closed the presentation and the meeting at 9:12 pm and thanked everyone
for their participation tonight and that there will be more meetings to
which the public will be able to participate.
Joan S. Jordan