Town Board Minutes 2011
TOWN OF ROSENDALE TOWN BOARD
JANUARY 5, 2011
The meeting was called to orders by Supervisor McDonough at 7:30 pm
at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.
Supervisor McDonough asked for a moment of silence in memory of Louis
Muenkel a long time member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and an active
PRESENT: Councilman Robert
Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene (arrived 7:35 pm)
Councilman Kenneth Hassett
Councilman Richard Minissali
Supervisor Patrick McDonough
ALSO PRESENT: Jennifer Metzger,
Deputy Supervisor; Jack Snyder, W/S Chair; Bob Hendrickson, ZBA and
about half a dozen residents.
PUBLIC INPUT: Supervisor McDonough stated that he would like to
begin public input; he began by saying that Robert (Bob) Hendrickson
has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for more than thirty (30)
years and has decided to step down from the Board and the Town would
like to recognize his service. Supervisor McDonough read the
engraved marble plaque which he then presented to Mr. Hendrickson.
Mr. Hendrickson responded with “thanks” to everyone; he added in
response to Supervisor McDonough’s question as to the time he served
that it was 37 years; he was born and raised in the Town of Rosendale
and feels that you have to give something back to keep the Town moving
forward. Mr. Hendrickson complimented the current ZBA members for
their dedication to service; they are knowledgeable; they don’t just put
in time at meetings, they go home, study, review materials
and take training to have the most up-to-date information
available. All the Councilmen complimented Mr. Hendrickson for his
dedication and service. Councilwoman Greene arrived late and was
asked if she wished to comment; she thanked Mr. Hendrickson for his many
years of service and leadership on the ZBA and also for his mentoring
of current members.
Jennifer Metzger discussed the energy audits for lighting efficiency
that were recently completed in six town buildings by Central Hudson;
free lighting up-grades will be done soon which will save the Town an
estimated $5,475.00 annually and reduce carbon emissions by 60,235
lbs. Further discussion centered on possibly doing an audit of the
street lighting even though there is no program for outdoor lighting
(we would have to pay for up-grades); Rifton did a study and saved quite
a bit. Councilwoman Greene stated that the Climate Task Force
wants to do a street light audit. Jack Snyder asked if there is
any way to contact Central Hudson directly without having to go through
the endless menu to report street light outages; Supervisor McDonough
said he would attempt to find a direct link.
Glen Debrosky commented that he was pleased with the “new dog law”;
it a “win-win” for the Town and the residents; he also noted that there
is a problem with one on the man-holes in the new section on Route 213
that is a real hazard; Jack Snyder spoke to Terry Johnson, Water
Superintendent, about the situation and Mr. Johnson says that its only
and vent and could be filled in (NYS DOT will be digging up that area
next year to replace a culvert).
Councilwoman Greene reverted to the lighting subject saying that the
ZRC needs to grapple with that, senior housing and signage which all
need readdressing; also the problem on residents keeping chickens
whether as pets or for food source which puts the Building Inspector in a
bad situation; Ms. Metzger stated that the Environmental Commission is
looking into what other towns allow with regard to harboring chickens.
Jack Snyder addressed the need to have the timing of the traffic
light heading south from Creek Locks Road on Route 32 recalibrated by
DOT to allow north bound traffic making the left turn to Main Street
time to clear the bridge which has become a dangerous situation.
Supervisor McDonough said that he can try to talk with DOT to see if
anything can be done.
1. Deputy Town
2 Deputy Tax
3. Deputy Highway
Superintendent Clerk Joy
Raymond St. Rose
11. Dog Control
12. Deputy Dog Control
14. Youth & Recreation
19. Solid Waste
20. Senior Account
23. Court Security
26. Deputy Justice
30. Building Inspector
43. UC Planning
44. Alternate UC Planning
45. 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.
46.Official Newspaper: Daily Freeman
47.Official Banks: Bank of America, Rosendale Branch, and Orange County Trust
48.Town Health Insurance Carrier: MVP
49.Mileage reimbursement: $.42 per mile.
A motion was made at a regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town
of Rosendale by Supervisor McDonough and seconded by Councilman Hassett
to adopt the foregoing resolution. Roll Vote:
Councilman Gallagher Yes
Councilwoman Greene Yes
Supervisor’s Liaison Appointments
Assessment Board of Review: Councilman Gallagher
High Falls Water Commission: Councilman Hassett
Deputy Supervisor Metzger
APPOINTMENTS: Supervisor McDonough announced that for the sake
of continuity he would like to have John McEnrue re-appointed to the
Planning Board at this time rather than wait until February; Mr.
McEnrue’s term would run until 12/31/2017.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Greene to appoint John McEnrue to
the Planning Board for a term to run through 12/31/2017; seconded by
Councilman Hassett. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
Supervisor McDonough stated that he would like to see Tanya Jurcic
appointed as clerk to the Environmental Commission; Ilonka Metsger has
not been in attendance since the spring and Ms. Jurcic has been filling
in taking minutes; her salary would be $9.00 per hour. Jennifer
Metzger, Environmental Chair stated that Ms. Metsger has not been in
attendance since the spring thereby making the Commission an eight (8)
member “defacto-commission” which puts more work on the remaining
members. Supervisor McDonough said he will look into the matter
before the February meeting.
A motion was made by Councilman Minissali to appoint Tanya Jurcic as
Environmental Commission Clerk at $9.00 per hour; seconded by
Councilwoman Greene. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
1). Public Hearing for Natural Resources Inventory: The
public hearing is continued until January 12, 2011 for written comments
only; Supervisor McDonough stated that comments have been received from
the Ulster County Planning Board; they would like to have copies of the
inventory to help other towns. The Rosendale Planning Board will have
their comments in next week. Councilwoman Greene said that
Jennifer Metzger and Nava Tabak made a presentation to the Hudson River
Watershed; they were very impressed with the resulting inventory and the
fact it was done by volunteers. Supervisor McDonough asked Ms.
Metzger what the cost and savings were by doing the project in-house;
Ms. Metzger stated that it cost about $1,600.00 and saved the Town about
$40,000.00 and it is a model for other towns.
2). Applications for Boards and Commissions: Supervisor
McDonough announced that applications are being sought for volunteer
positions on all boards and commissions for appointment next month;
appeals for members will appear on the Town website, in the newspaper
and he urged residents to come forward. Edward Williams asked why
Mr. McEnrue was appointed now if applications are being sought for next
month; doesn’t that close a position. Supervisor McDonough
explained that the Planning Board has a very full schedule and that by
re-appointing Mr. McEnrue now assures continuity in their Board; he
stressed that there are still two openings for alternate members to the
Planning Board that don’t just sit in on meetings, they take an active
part an there is usually an absence at each meeting when someone is
unable to attend and they move into a voting position.
Councilwoman Greene suggested that perhaps next year we should do
appointments for the Planning Board in December rather than waiting.
3). RESOLUTION 01-2011-#2 Awarding Scrap Metal Recycling Bid. A
resolution was presented to award a bid for the removal of scrap metal
at the Rosendale Transfer Station to Millens Recycling, PO Box 1940,
Kingston, NY 12402 who delivered the high bid of $203.00 per ton with
the inclusion of a 40 yard dumpster being provided; this was the
recommendation of both Carl Hornbeck, Highway Superintendent and Rayne
Kouhout, Recycling Coordinator after a bid opening on January 4,
2011. The bid covers a period of one year from February 1, 2011.
A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to adopt the resolution
award the scrap metal bid to Millens Recycling for one year at $203.00
per ton; seconded by Councilman Hassett. Roll Vote:
Councilman Gallagher Yes
Councilwoman Greene Yes
4). Resolution: Next week a resolution will be presented for computer
services by Evolution Technologies, Silas Whittaker, owner, for
computer services at an annual fee of $2,400.00.
5). Agreement for Mail Machine Equipment Lease and Service through
Neopost, Inc. (MailFinance). This will be a new lease at a lower
lease price and with additional benefits and options for mail
processing. All Board members were agreeable to reducing the cost
and efficiency of the mailing system for the Town. A resolution
will be presented next week.
6). Budgetary Transfers: A resolution will be presented next
week to make the necessary budgetary transfers for the end of year 2010.
7). Discussion: USDA Application Requirement changes from Barton and
Loguidice related to applying for grants and loans for the Rosendale
Sewer District improvements. Supervisor McDonough stated that the
letter stated that changes in the application process would require
Barton and Loguidice to do $4,000.00 more in work to meet the new
requirements which came into effect after we signed the contract in
October 2010. Councilwoman Greene stated that she wants to see the
required changes in writing before any further discussion takes
place. Supervisor McDonough said he will contact B&L for more
information in writing before moving forward; the Sewer District is
already $3,000.00 in debt at the start of this year do to an electrical
malfunction which could have caused much more damage had it not been
discovered in time.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Wed, Jan 12, 7:30 pm – Town Board Meeting, Rec. Center
Mon, Jan 17 – Martin Luther King Day – TOWN OFFICE CLOSED
*Mon, Jan 17, 4:30 pm – Town Board Audit Meeting, Town Hall
Wed, Feb 2, 7:30 pm – Town Board Workshop Meeting, Rec. Center
*This meeting was previously scheduled for 6 pm, but has been changed to 4:30 pm.
AUDIT OF BILLS:
GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #1138-1174 TOTALING
HIGHWAY FUND “
A motion was made by Councilman Gallagher to pay the bills; seconded by Councilwoman Greene. Roll Vote: 5 Yeses.
A motion to adjourn in memory of Louis Muenkel was made by Councilman
Minissali at 8:45 pm; seconded by Councilman Hassett. Roll Vote: 5
Joan S. Jordan, Town Clerk