TOWN OF ROSENDALE TOWN BOARD WORKSHOP
PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED PURCHASE JOPPENBERGH MOUNTAIN
APRIL 6, 2011
The meeting was called to order by Supervisor
McDonough at 7:31 pm at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge
to the Flag.
Councilman Robert Gallagher
Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene
Councilman Kenneth Hassett
Councilman Richard Minissali
Supervisor Patrick McDonough
ALSO PRESENT: About 175+ town residents; town commission members.
PUBLIC INPUT: Billy Liggan announced that a fundraiser “Spring Jam” will be held on April 16th to benefit the Street Festival at the Rosendale Community Center from noon to 7:00 pm.
RESIGNATIONS: Supervisor McDonough announced that
there are two resignations to be acted upon; Alex Sherwood and Frank
Klepeis from the Recreation Commission; Mr. Sherwood was appointed
previously and then declined.
A motion was made by Councilman Hassett to accept
the resignation of Alex Sherwood; the resignation of Frank Klepeis
with regret; he has served for the last five to seven years and brought
the recreation program to its current status; seconded by Councilman
Minissali. Roll Vote: 5 Yes.
APPOINTMENTS: A motion was made by Supervisor
McDonough to appoint Naja Kraus to the Environmental Commission; Matt
Terpening to the Youth Commission and Christopher Hassett as the
Rosendale Commissioner to the High Falls Water District; seconded by
Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote; 4 Yes; Councilman Hassett
abstained; Mr. Hassett is his nephew.
1). PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ACQUISITION OF JOPPENBERGH MOUNTAIN PROPERTY.
The public hearing was opened at about 7:40 pm;
Supervisor McDonough stated “ground rules” for the hearing; everyone
would have an opportunity to speak. A public stenographer,
Michelle L. Conero, was employed to take the minutes of the public
hearing; a transcript will be forthcoming.
Approximately forty people spoke during the hearing.
Supervisor McDonough started to make a motion to
adjourn the public hearing; Councilman Hassett stated that he favored a
public referendum being held rather than five Board members deciding and
he asked for the opinion of each Board member; Councilman Minissali
stated that he had no objection to a public referendum; Councilman
Gallagher stated that he is torn about the whole sale, he is
disappointed; he believes it has to go to a public referendum, it is
vitally important; Councilwoman Greene stated that she personally knows
that the Mountain is very dangerous and we have to figure how to develop
it safely, she has no objection to a referendum if the parties agree;
Supervisor McDonough stated that under normal circumstances a referendum
would be okay but this is an exception, state law allows the Board to
make this decision in the best interest of the people of the town.
A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to
adjourn the public hearing at 9:55 pm but to leave it open for written
comments until next Wednesday (April 13th); seconded by Councilman Minissali. Roll Vote: 5 Yes.
A break was taken from 9:55 pm until 10:05 pm when Supervisor McDonough called the meeting back to order.
2). DISCUSSION: Salt Shed. Jennifer Metzger
advised that she has been consulting with Carl Hornbeck about locating a
salt shed which is long overdue. They have looked at the salt
pile on Binnewater Road which needs to be moved; they will be staking
out a possible area tomorrow; the shed does not have to be that large;
it does have to be a reasonable distance from the road and also at least
25 feet from the stream. Carl wants to have a roofed area to
cover the loader; they will also be looking at the other side of the
property which would need access from Sawdust Avenue. The subject
of traffic on Sawdust Avenue came up; Carl estimates 20 trips per day
would be the maximum; Billy Liggan (resident of Sawdust) stated that
there would be less traffic than was incurred during the detour.
Billy Liggan suggested the possibility of using the actual kilns if they
would be work for the highway vehicles; question of IMAR being amenable
to access was also discussed. Councilman Gallagher stated that he
is against building on the right side of the entrance for historical
reasons. Councilwoman Greene asked if the money would be from the
Highway Fund; Supervisor McDonough responded that it would probably come
from the General Capital Fund.
Betsy Tuel questioned what appeared to be a new
road in front of the dam on Binnewater Road; Supervisor McDonough
responded that the road was always there, it’s just been cleaned up so
that Carl can clean out trees from the dam area. Councilwoman
Greene asked if the dam is structurally safe; Supervisor McDonough
responded that C.T.Male is working on it.
3). DISCUSSION: Open Container Law.
Supervisor McDonough stated that copies of the proposed law were
e-mailed to the Board members; he would like to assign it to the
attorney for the town for review; he believes that it was based upon the
Town of New Paltz law. Supervisor McDonough stated that Chief
Soule says it is hard to enforce an open container issue all the time
without a law; festivals will have to be addressed. Councilman
Hassett questioned the law as it is now written, someone at the
Recreation Center could not legally have a beer; softball season is
coming up; Supervisor McDonough said that he personally has concern
about allowing open containers in the parks.
4). DISCUSSION: Beltane Festival Site Plan.
Supervisor McDonough stated that the Festival has agreed to move parking
from the Recreation Center to our property on Binnewater Road and they
are talking to the Kingston School District about the Tillson School;
they have an appointment with Dave Massimi; bon fires at this time
(March 15 to May 15) would be under DEC regulations which would
supersede Town Code. Councilman Gallagher asked if they have
talked to Chief Soule about traffic; if they have and things are good to
go with both Dave Massimi and Chief Soule he would have no qualms about
the Festival. A decision will be made next week though they do
not need approval since they fall under the 1000 threshold for mass
5). Agreement for Fire Equipment Inspection
Services. A resolution will be presented next week.
Supervisor McDonough noted that Haight Fire Equipment Supply still seems
to have the lowest overall prices of the three quotes received.
6). AED Purchase. A resolution will be
presented next week to purchase an additional automated external
defibrillator from Allied 100, LC for a price lower than state bid.
Training will take place in May.
7). SCHEDULE A PUBLIC HEARING: A short
discussion centered on the ZRC recommendations for changes to the zoning
code which the attorney for the town is reviewing for legal accuracy
prior to be enacted; the public hearings will be presented in phases:
Phase #1 Signs and the B-3 Main Street District (this will be the first
hearing in May); Phase #2 all the remaining changes; Phase #3 PDD which
has been referred back to the ZRC to expedite the process; Jennifer
Metzger stated that the subdivision for conservation will be
separate. Councilman Gallagher stated that in his opinion the PDD
needs serious work. Billy Liggan stated that he received a legal
opinion (from attorney for town) that adopting the local laws in phases
is not segmentation. A resolution will be presented next week to
schedule a public hearing for the first Wednesday (May 4th) next week.
8). JOPPENBERGH: A resolution will be presented next week considering the purchase of Joppenbergh Mountain.
A motion was made by Supervisor McDonough to go
into Executive Session to discuss the job performance of a particular
person at 10:40 pm; seconded by Councilwoman Greene. Roll Vote: 5
Out of Executive Session at 11:00 pm; no decisions made.
AUDIT OF BILLS:
Abstract #3 (continued)
VOUCHER’S #253-257 TOTALING $ 2,763.80
GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S
#258-333 TOTALING $36,244.16
“ $ 2,172.20
A MOTION WAS MADE BY Councilwoman Greene to pay the vouchers; seconded by Councilman Gallagher. Roll Vote: 5 Yes
A motion was made by Councilman Hassett to adjourn at 11:05 pm; seconded by Councilman Minissali. Roll Vote: 5 Yes.
Joan S. Jordan