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TOWN OF ROSENDALE                                                      DRAFT


DECEMBER 1, 2010


The meeting was called to order at 7:32 pm by Supervisor McDonough at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.

Supervisor McDonough asked that everyone remain standing for a moment of silence for Dennis Grecco who passed away recently; he was very involved in the American Legion, Rosendale Theatre Collective, Street Festival Committee and many other community organizations; he will be sorely missed.


            PRESENT:       Councilman Robert Gallagher

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

                                    Councilman Kenneth Hassett

                                    Councilman Richard Minissali  (arrived at 8:00 pm)      

                                    Supervisor Patrick McDonough

ALSO PRESENT:       Jack Snyder & Terry Johnson, W/S Dept.; Gary Jacobson, ZRC;                                             Jen Metzger, Deputy Supervisor, Environmental Commission, and                           about seven other residents.


PUBLIC INPUT: Kevin Hines, President of Bloomington Fire Company, addressed the Board asking for a letter of support for the LOSAP Program, a retirement benefit program for volunteer emergency responders Bloomington will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00 pm for residents of the fire district.  Mr. Hines hopes that a vote will take place in January; it would take effect in 2011 if it is voted in.  Councilman Gallagher commented that Bloomington is the only one of the town fire departments that is not yet covered by LOSAP.  The cost of this program would come out of Bloomington’s operating budget.


1).   NRI Public Hearing (Continued).  Supervisor McDonough stated that the public hearing is still open; written comments only will still be accepted until December 8th.  Jennifer Metzger and NavaTabak will be giving a presentation to the Planning Board on December 2nd and the Planning Board will be discussing comments from C.T.Male; the Ulster County Planning Board has not made any comment or recommendation at this point. 

A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to keep the public hearing on NRI open until January 12, 2011 for written comment; seconded by Councilman Hassett.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Absent (Minissali).


2).   PRESENTATION: Victor-Pierre Melendez, Rondout Creek Watershed Council Coordinator, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the draft An Interim Watershed Management Plan for the Lower, Non-Tidal Portion of the Rondout Creek, Ulster County, New York, dated November 2010.  Mr. Melendez addressed highlights of the report that might peak interest and advised that comments or corrections may be made to the Clearwater website at www.clearwater.org.   Supervisor McDonough commented that the Rosendale ZRC has addressed a good many of the topics in their review; Mr. Melendez noted that Rosendale is ahead of the curve.  Marbletown and Rosendale are both MS-4 designated communities of the four towns in the council.  Mr. Melendez opened the discussion to comments and Jennifer Metzger suggested that areas of municipal collaboration be identified to facilitate cost sharing for studies and etc.  Supervisor McDonough stated that the Town Board will make recommendations as they read through the document and the Planning Board and Environmental Commission will look at it also and make comments. 

Councilman Minissali arrived during the presentation at 8:00 pm.


3). RESOLUTION 12-2010-#1 SEWER DISTRICT GRANT: Glen Gidaly of Barton & Loguidice Consulting gave an overview of what the grant study covered; this year there is only $15 million dollars available and there is a cap of $750,000 per municipality.  Mr. Gidaly stated that he received original letters of support for the grant application from US Congressman Maurice Hinchey, NYS Senator John Bonacic, NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein which will give weight to the application; the deadline is December 3, 2011 and announcement of grant recipients will be made in two months.  Richard Straut, Vice President of Barton & Loguidice, highlighted current assests, limitations and upgrades planned for the sewer plant in the grant application; he also noted that benchmarks must be seen in the report.  Mr. Straut emphasized that the Ballasted Flocculation method was the most cost effective and the most innovative plan to go for; the engineered wetlands was dismissed after review as the most costly method and therefore not recommended to be considered; a chart showing the four different methods under consideration and the efficiency versus costs was provided to the Board members in their folders.  Councilman Gallagher looked at the debt service figures and roughly figured that $85.00 per user per quarter would be the benchmark figure but if the grant is obtained that figure could be reduced.  Mr. Straut also stated that in addition to the Green Innovation Grant they would also be applying to USDA for alternate funding.  Terry Johnson, Water/Sewer Superintendent stated that we could not add one additional sewer service to the system without being in violation of our SPEDES permit especially in the spring.  Question was raised about the pumps that are aging out in the system; Mr. Straut responded that these concerns would be addressed in the USDA application; Mr. Johnson noted that the pump replacements are covered under the sewer operating budget.

A motion was presented by Supervisor McDonough to authorize application for a Construction Grant through the 2010 GIGP Program and authorizes the Supervisor to sign any related documents related to the project and application subject to review and approval by the Town Attorney; seconded by Councilman Minissali.  Roll Vote:

                                    Councilman Gallagher   Yes

                                    Councilwoman Greene  Abstained * see comment below

                                    Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                                    Councilman Minissali                Yes

                                    Supervisor McDonough            Yes

Councilwoman Greene abstained because she would never vote no against water and sewer but she would vote no against the process, therefore she was abstaining.


Jack Snyder asked if anything further was being done about the water main replacement on Main Street which is more than 100 years old; there was no clear answer at this time.


4). RESOLUTION: A resolution will be presented next week to contract for Stormwater Management Services.  Supervisor McDonough stated that he is still waiting to see if there are other proposals than the one received from Kendell Stormwater Services; if no others are forthcoming he will recommend going with Kendell.


5). RESOLUTION: Next week a resolution will be presented to set a public hearing date for the Town Fire Prevention Law.


6). RESOLUTION: A resolution will be presented next week to authorize bus transportation to the Association of Towns Conference in New York City in February 2011.


7). RESOLUTION: A resolution will be presented next week to authorize a Meal Allowance advance for attendees to the Association of Towns Conference in New York City in February 2011.


8). RESOLUTION: A resolution will be presented next week to name the Official Delegates to the Association of Towns Conference in New York City in February 2011.


Councilwoman Greene suggested that as a cost saving measure that those attending the Association of Towns Conference that would not be required by class attendance on Wednesday return on Tuesday evening to save the additional night room cost and that alternate transportation reimbursement by provided to those required to stay (the difference between a night at the hotel of $235.00 and a possible $25.00 bus or train fare would be substantial).



ABST #11 GENERAL FUND VOUCHERS #1066-1068 TOTALING $     602.11

ABST #12 GENERAL FUND VOUCHERS #1069-1089 TOTALING $  4,506.79

                  HIGHWAY FUND          “           #  237-  249          “           $54,855.68

                  SEWER FUND                “           #  173 - 179          “           $   2,679.52

                  WATER FUND               “           #  189 - 189          “            $   2,956.50


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


A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to adjourn at 9:10 pm; seconded by Councilman Hassett.  Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan