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TOWN OF ROSENDALE                                                DRAFT




The meeting was called to order at 7:42pm by Supervisor McDonough at the Rosendale Community Center with the Pledge to the Flag.

Supervisor McDonough requested a moment of silence and remembrance for all the victims and emergency workers lost on September 11, 2001.


            PRESENT:         Councilman Robert Gallagher

                                    Councilwoman Manna Jo Greene

                                    Supervisor Patrick McDonough

            EXCUSED:        Councilman Kenneth Hassett  (arrived at 8:45pm)

                                    Councilman Richard Minissali

ALSO PRESENT:   Jennifer Metzger, Deputy Supervisor; Carl Hornbeck, Hwy. Superintendent;      Jack Snyder, W/S Commission; Jere Brown, Plan Board Alt.; and about five residents.


PUBLIC INPUT: Supervisor McDonough recapped the events of Hurricane Irene and how the Town responded; for a period of time the Town was totally isolated.  He tried to thank everyone involved in the response; the fire departments for their water rescues and cellar pumping; the police; Mobile Life Ambulance Service for their gratis transports; Paul Costa who worked tirelessly to coordinate the response on his day-off from the sheriff’s department; Joan Jordan (Town Clerk) and Tara Burke (Recreation Director) for opening and running the shelter; Councilmen Hassett and Gallagher working as liaison with the fire departments, securing cots from the Kripplebush Fire Department; Carl Hornbeck and his highway crew for tree removal and road clearing; Terry Johnson for keeping the water and sewage flowing despite crisis after crisis; all the people who donated food; cooked meals and most of all their time.  Supervisor McDonough hoped that he had not overlooked anyone who had assisted but was sure he had; the stated that he “cannot say enough about the way everyone pulled together; he loves his Town”.

Mario Restivo, Treasurer of Rondout Valley Little League, addressed the Town Board about seeking to find land to relocate the ball fields; they have been flooded out every year (twice last year) and have decided that “enough is enough”, they can’t keep putting resources into the fields to have them washed away; the fields are gone and 200+ kids have no place to play ball.

Mr. Restivo stated that he would like to have the Board consider allowing use of the Creek Locks property for construction of 2-3 ball fields (approx. 5 acres total); there will be no cost to the Town and liability insurance is provided through Little League; do this by a legal lease; make into a sports complex and possibly add another pavilion.  Carl Hornbeck stated that the Town has also been approached by the American Legion for ball fields so perhaps this could be worked together to benefit everyone.  Supervisor McDonough stated that the use of the Creek Locks land was never concretely set; low income housing and a Town Hall were proposed uses but nothing has moved forward; Councilman Gallagher reiterated that “this is the Town of “NO” so nothing has materialized there; it was suggested that the area from the stream to Bianco’s could be used for recreation leaving the remainder for a future town hall.  Councilwoman Greene is not opposed to this use but feels this is not the best use for this land, “it’s a jewel in the Town”; could better be used for a cultural center or art gallery that would attract people to Town.  Mr. Restivo was advised to look at alternative properties and come back next week for further discussion when the full Board should be present.

Jack Snyder asked if building at Williams Lake could be used for sheltering people in an emergency; Supervisor responded that they had not come forward with an offered; Town Clerk advised that there are no water or sewer connections at this time so it would be unacceptable.

Councilwoman Greene stated that she would like to see us revisit “aging in place” to assess resources for keeping and protecting our aging population in their own homes.  Ms. Greene also questioned the safety of the dam (Binnewater Road); Supervisor McDonough responded that an assessment is already underway; Councilman Gallagher stated that he had both Rosendale and Bloomington Fire Depts. reduce the water level behind the dam prior to the storm.

Robert Black from South Street addressed the water run-off near his house; the water now runs into his house.  Mr. Black said that there used to be “speed bumps” that diverted the water after the storm drains were removed, but the bumps are now also gone.  Carl Hornbeck responded that he was unaware there had been storm drains on South Street; he said that all new storm drains are needed on South Street, Brown Avenue and James Street; he suggested that they meet and look at possible remediation solutions.  Mr. Black stated that the house across the street had the retaining wall collapse in front of it recently; this water situation also affects Jack Snyder.


APPOINTMENT: Supervisor McDonough announced that John Poux has volunteered to serve on the Recreation Commission; his wife served for a short time previously so he’s familiar with the position.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Greene to appoint John Poux to the Recreation Commission for a term ending December 31, 2012; seconded by Councilman Gallagher.  Roll Vote:  3 Yes; 2 Excused.


1). The Town of Rosendale is still seeking volunteer members for the Recreation Commission and the Water/Sewer Commission.


2). DISCUSSION: Site Plan Rosendale Pickle Festival:  The site plan was presented for this year’s festival which will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2011.  Billy Liggan commented that people have asked why it is not a two day event; he responds “when you volunteer it will be”, they usually just walk away.  The expected attendance should be around the usual 7,000 people and the pavilion is fast becoming the “pickle palace”.  There are no significant changes to the site plan from last year; Town Board will review and comment later.


3). DISCUSSION: Emergency Preparedness in Rosendale.  A department head review was held yesterday (September 7th); copies of the “Emergency Plan” were distributed and comments are to be returned to the Supervisor by next week so that we can begin to rewrite the plan to meet current needs and duties; the Chain of Command Flowchart” has already been updated and is in folder; review and correct as necessary and advise Town Clerk, Supervisor or his Assistant.  Councilwoman Greene stated that she wanted to commend the Central Hudson crews and the subcontractors for the work they did in restoring power; she also apologized for not knowing about or responding to assisting the residents of Rosendale that was being rendered.


4). DISCUSSION: Revised Park Heights/RUPCO Agreement.   Supervisor McDonough stated that the partnership between Park Heights and RUPCO is being dissolved therefore the agreement with the partnership and the Town must be rewritten; he has recommended that they rewrite the agreement and then our attorney will do a legal review; this does not affect the PILOT Agreement which runs until 2017.


5). DISCUSSION: Salt Shed Bid Opening.  Supervisor McDonough announced that the bids had been opened and the bids ranged from $64,113 down to $51,306.98; they will be reviewed engineers at Ulster County Public Works along with Carl Hornbeck to see that they all meet the specs set forth in the bid package; a decision will be made and contract awarded after this review, probably in a week or so to keep to the time schedule. 


6). DISCUSSION: Support for Greenway Grant for Valley of the Giants.  Lisa Kellogg and Maria Ridelbach again came before the Town Board to urge support for the Greenway Grant which is a planning grant for the Route 209 Corridor Valley of the Giants as a tourist attraction and economic stimulus; it is no cost to the Town.  Councilwoman Greene emphasized that we have issues with our pool, little league fields and should focus on the essentials.  Lisa and Maria noted that this is a matching grant and they are donating their time as payment; Billy Liggan noted that this could require a lot of volunteer activity; Jack Snyder expressed concern as to whether or not the location of the “art” would be brought before the public, he feels Binnewater Road would be more appropriate than Main Street and safer also.  A resolution will be presented next week.


Councilwoman Greene noted that there was correspondence from Nick Mercurio concerning truck traffic on Cottekill Road; Supervisor McDonough stated that he has forwarded that letter along with his own to Dave Sheeley, Ulster County Highway Superintendent with concerns about the weight of vehicles (this is a County road).

Concern was also expressed by someone about the lights a Stewarts; they blind drivers coming out of Creek Locks Road; contact should be made with Dave Massimi, Code Enforcement Officer to have it checked out.

Supervisor McDonough noted that Hudson River Valley Resorts (HRVR) has requested an amendment to their zoning application; they will do a presentation next week.

Councilwoman Greene again expressed the urgency of pool repairs and asked what the next step should be; also the letter from the Health Dept. about reconditioning the water tower. Supervisor McDonough responded that we will have to bond; already we have to do a tax assessment for the engineering study for the sewer to repay the General Fund.  Jack Snyder warned that delay in taking care of the water tower could jump from $500,000 to $1,000,000 if the Health Dept. cites it.

Supervisor McDonough announced that individuals may/should apply to FEMA for flood assistance.

Jack Snyder stated that he has approached Central Hudson about water turbines and solar to generate power for the water/sewer plants without much response; Councilwoman Greene recommended that this be referred to the Climate Task Force.




            GENERAL FUND VOUCHER’S   #755-809 TOTALING  $17,812.41

            HIGHWAY FUND        “                        #213-220         “          $57,896.52

            SEWER FUND             “                       #132-140         “          $  4,082.20

            WATER FUND             “                       #135-142         “          $  3,176.44

            SPECIAL LIGHT                       “                       #  25-27           “          $  2,355.56


A motion to pay the bills was made by Councilwoman Greene; seconded by Councilman Hassett.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Excused.


A motion was made to adjourn at 9:05pm by Councilman Gallagher; seconded by Councilwoman Greene.  Roll Vote: 4 Yes, 1 Excused.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                    Joan S. Jordan

                                                                                    Town Clerk