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Town Board Minutes 2011






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 community volunteer.


                        PRESENT:       Councilman Robert Gallagher

                                                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.     



Resolution 01-2011-#1

1.         Deputy Town Clerk                              Debra Tierney                          $11.00

2          Deputy Tax Collector                           Mary Carroll                            $10.15

3.         Deputy Highway Superintendent           Michael Brown             $22.20

4.         Highway Foreman                                John Lawlor                             $21.36

5.         Highway MEOs                                    Joseph Craig                            $20.37

                                                                        Stanley Galewaler                     $18.80

                                                                        Thomas Hausmann                   $20.64

                                                                        Gary Scriber                             $20.07

                                                                        Timothy Sheehan                      $18.80

6.         Laborers                                              Ronald Whispell                       $18.02

                                                                        Shawne Rider                           $17.60

                                                                        Matthew Hintz              $16.30

7.         Highway Superintendent Clerk  Joy Quick                                 $13.68

8.         Town Historian                         Ann Gilchrist                    $1,019.00 yr.

9.         Recreation Director                              Heidi Jewett                     $653.04/wk.

10.       Parking Attendant                                 Raymond St. Rose           $1,370.15 yr.

11.       Dog Control Officer                              Edward Hintz                           $12.03

12.       Deputy Dog Control Officer                  Stephanie Hasbrouck                $10.20

13.       Housekeeper                                        Rosemary Rodriquez                $10.56

14.       Youth & Recreation Director                Kathy Wade                             $16.48

15.       Recreation Aide                                    Tara Burke                               $10.67

16.       Recreation Aide                                    Erik VanGaasbeek                   $  8.03

17.       Recreation Aide                                    Kyle Manner                            $  8.63

18.       Recycling Coordinator              Rayne Kouhout                        $17.40

19.       Solid Waste Attendant              George Glass                            $13.67

20.       Senior Account Clerk                           Doris Fleming                           $21.37

21.       Supervisor’s Assistant                           Ann Citron                               $13.93

22.       Deputy Supervisor                                Jennifer Metzger              $1,200.00/yr.

23.       Court Security Officer                           Michael Caponero                    $11.82

24.       Security Attendants                               Thomas Dockery                      $11.82

                                                                        Robert Roddy                          $11.49

                                                                        Antonio Sissili                           $10.61

                                                                        Nicolas Tacti                            $10.00

25.       Justice Clerk                                         Trudy Harper                           $12.73

26.       Deputy Justice Clerk                             TBD                                         $10.00

27.       Assessor Clerk                         Laurie Hornbeck                      $12.17

28.       ZBA Clerk                                           Leslie Treut                              $12.24

29.       Planning Clerk                          Leslie Treut                              $12.24

30.       Building Inspector Clerk                       Nora Lane                                $15.25

31.       Police Clerk                                         Lynn Waddell                           $17.09

32.       Clerk                                                    Carol Aldridge              $12.17

33.       Environmental Clerk                             Tanya Jurcic                             $  9.00

34.       Water/Sewer Operator             Roy Weimann                           $20.77

35.       Water/Sewer Operator             Joseph Manner             $20.77

36.       Water/Sewer Trainee                            John Visconti                            $12.00

37.       Water Clerk                                         Theresa Heinitz             $13.99

38.       Sewer Clerk                                         Theresa Heinitz             $12.93

39.       Building Inspector                                 Tom Fiore                                $16.55

40.       Fire Marshall/CEO                               Dave Massimi                           $13.14

41.       Assessor                                              Daniel Baker                    $775.51/wk.

42.       Police Chief                                          Perry Soule                      $550.22/wk.

43.       UC Planning Board                               Fred Greitzer               

44.       Alternate UC Planning Board                Jeanne Walsh

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

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            Yes


                                               Supervisor’s Liaison Appointments


                                    Highway Department:                           Councilman Gallagher

                                    Justice Department:                               Councilman Gallagher

                                    Transfer Station:                                   Councilman Hassett

                                    Assessment Board of Review:   Councilman Gallagher

                                    Chamber of Commerce:                        Councilwoman Greene 

                                    Economic Development:                       Supervisor McDonough           

                                    Environmental Commission:                   Councilman Minissali

                                    High Falls Water Commission:  Councilman Hassett

                                    Planning Board:                                    Councilwoman Greene

                                    Police Commission:                               Deputy Supervisor Metzger

                                    Recreation Commission:                        Councilman Hassett

                                    Water/Sewer Commission:                    Councilman Minissali

                                    Youth Commission:                               Councilman Minissali

                                    ZBA:                                                    Councilwoman Greene




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

                        Councilman Hassett                  Yes

                        Councilman Minissali                Yes

                        Supervisor McDonough            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.



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

2.                  Mon, Jan 17 – Martin Luther King Day – TOWN OFFICE CLOSED

3.                  *Mon, Jan 17, 4:30 pm – Town Board Audit Meeting, Town Hall

4.                  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.




                        GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S #1138-1174 TOTALING $12,394.02      

                        HIGHWAY FUND         “             #   264-281          “            $  4,220.57

                        SEWER FUND               “             #   193-197          “            $  3,016.93

                        WATER FUND              “             #    203-206         “             $     251.10


                        GENERAL FUND          “             #        1-13           “             $15,217.64

                        HIGHWAY FUND         “             #        1-6             “             $  5,370.34


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 Yeses.


                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                                Joan S. Jordan, Town Clerk