Monday, October 19, 2020

ILCS BOE September 15 2020

ILCS BOE September 15 2020



No sports at Indian Lake Central

By PETE KLEIN

INDIAN LAKE

Superintendent Dave Snide presented the Superintendent's/Principal report and said the Re-opening was going well, There will not be Section VII sports participation because of possible Wuhan Virus safety issue and Open House/Parent Teacher conference will be virtual for the same reason.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL

Jon Voorhees moved, seconded by Bob Lewin to approve regretfully recommendations to not participate in sports this fall season. Carried.

Jodie Seymour moved, seconded by Jon Voorhees to approve CSE Recommendation #000092027. Carried. Mrs.

Seymour moved, seconded by Corey Hutchins to approve Ben Conboy substitute teacher. Carried.

Voorhees moved, seconded by Hutchins to approve resolution for retention and disposition schedule for New York Local Government Records. Carried.

Lewin moved, seconded by Mr. Hutchins to approve policy #6570 Remote learning (with some deletion), #7150 remote learning and policy# 3520 Extraordinary circumstances. Carried.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Lewin moved, seconded by Mrs. Seymour to adjourn the regular board meeting at 6: 45 pm and go into Executive Session. Carried.

Executive session was closed by Dave Harrington. Harrington called the regular meeting to order at 7:30.

Lewin moved, seconded by Hutchins to approve sub pay increase non-certified to $15 per hour and certified sub to $17 per hour. Carried.

Mr. Lewin moved, seconded by Mr. Hutchins to approve to increase cleaner pay rate by $1.00 more per hour when the employee successfully passes the civil service custodian exam.

This article is based upon minutes by Dianna Wilder, District Clerk


Wells begins work on 2021 budget

 Wells TB October 5 2020


Wells begins work on 2021 budget

By PETE KLEIN

WELLS—The Wells Town Board held a budget workshop on Oct. 5, during which the following was discussed.

Budget Officer Rob Berju explained where we are at in this year’s budget process. He has put together budget templates for each Department Head with historical data from the last three years included. Once collected, Supervisor Nick Mauro will load the information into the Town budget template.

We will have 2019 Flood expenses this year to include. Councilperson Crewell asked what the typical surplus is, usually $300,000 to $400,000. Rob explained that we would create a new line item under the General Fund for the interest paid on the $705,000 Revenue Anticipation Note.

Supervisor Mauro will request an interest re-payment schedule from NBT. Supervisor Mauro and Rob were to meet on October 6, 2020. It was decided to hold the 2nd Budget Workshop on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Offices. A Legal Notice will be published in the Leader Herald and posted on the Town Website. Salary increases were discussed. Superintendent Earley would like to see 2% across the Board. Councilperson Crewell agreed, particularly showing an effort in good faith. Jennifer Woodward, Bookkeeper addressed the Board prior to the meeting regarding an increase in her duties and a request for a 10% salary increase.

REMOVAL OF 2019 FLOOD-GERNERATED VEGETATIVE DEBRIS

On a motion of Councilperson Crewell, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the following was APPROVED Ayes 5 Mauro, Crewell, Hunt, Lauria, Saltis; Nays 0.

WHEREAS, the Town of Wells has recently been suffered the effects of a severe storm, and

WHEREAS the Town anticipates undertaking a significant vegetative debris removal work project that will require the use of heavy equipment that is not currently owned by the Town, and

WHEREAS the project will be managed and directed by the Town of Wells Supervisor and undertaken by a contracted provider of heavy equipment, with an operator, selected through a Request for Bid process, and

WHEREAS, debris removal bids, in accordance with specifications on file with the Town Clerk, were officially opened and read on September 14, 2020 at 7:10 p.m. as advertised and

WHEREAS one bid was received from Dan Bowler d/b/a Dock Works, and

WHEREAS, it has been determined that Dan Bowler d/b/a/ Dock Works offers the best service and experience.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Professional Debris Removal Services Contract be awarded to Dan Bowler d/b/a/ Dock Works, and BE IT 

RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Dan Bowler d/b/a Dock Works for said services.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Maryellen Stofelano Town Clerk.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Long Lake Central is meeting COVID restrictions

 LLCS BOE October 8 2020


Long Lake Central is meeting COVID restrictions

By PETE KLEIN

LONG LAKE—When the Long Lake Central School Board of Education met on October 8, Noelle Short, Principal/Superintendent, said student and staff compliance with COVID restrictions have been wonderful.

She said board members will be given a health screening form at each meeting to complete.

Short dispersed Committee Rosters and board members were asked to sign up if interested in any committees.

An athletic choice board as an alternate to interscholastic sports is available for grades 7-12. The competition runs October 9 to November 6. Awards will be handed out at the end.

Parents were mailed a letter regarding our Positive Case Response Plan, Daily Health Screenings, Return to School for a Symptomatic Child, Siblings of a Symptomatic Child, Return to School Required Paperwork and Remote Learning While Waiting for Return to School. Public Health from different counties have interpreted the guidance differently which has created some problems. Attendance is counted if a student is being instructed remotely.

Teacher observations have not started yet. New teachers are settling into their roles.

Academic Intervention Services are starting next week. Grades K-6 services will be in person while grades 7-12 will receive instruction from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. via Google Meets/Google Classroom.

BUSINESS AFFAIRS

Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, the August 2020 Treasurer Reports.

Comprehensive Budget and Revenue Status Reports for the General and Lunch Funds, Budget Transfer Schedule A-1, and Warrants #A-5, C-2, and TA-3 were reviewed.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the District Wide Safety Plan dated September 1, 2020.

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Policy #6550 Leaves of Absence and #8241 Patriotism, Citizenship and Human Rights Education.

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, 504 Recommendation for Student #202805.

Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, RESOLVED, By the Board of Education of Long Lake Central School District that Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), issued pursuant to Article 57-A of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, and containing legal minimum retention periods for local government records, is hereby adopted for use by all officers in legally disposing of valueless records listed therein.

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 57-A: only those records will be disposed of that are described in Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), after they have met the minimum retention periods described therein;

(b) only those records will be disposed of that do not have sufficient administrative, fiscal, legal, or historical value to merit retention beyond established legal minimum periods.

Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, Lillian Dechene as a teaching and cafeteria substitute.

Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Grade 12 Spanish Textbook Adoption: The House on Mango Street.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

The annual Schedule of Reserve Funds was reviewed.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Trisha Hosley asked about the arrival procedures for students of staff members, possibility of changing high school students and staff working hours and extra- curricular activities for students.

The CTSO first meeting of the school year will be October 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Long View Lodge.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, to enter Executive Session at 6:54 p.m. to Discuss Matters which will Imperil Student Safety if Disclosed.

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, to come out of Executive Session at 7:21 p.m.

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, the Building Level School Emergency Response Plan dated September 1, 2020.

The next meeting date is Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6 p.m.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Clerk of the Board, Victoria J. Snide.


Wells hydroelectric plant in the black

 Wells TB September 14 2020



Wells hydroelectric plant in the black 

By PETE KLEIN

WELLS—At the September 14 meeting of the Wells Town Board, Supervisor Nick Mauro reported on the Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant for August 2020. Revenues totaled $562.03; expenditures totaled $887.37. Year to date, revenues $85,806.69, expenditures $73,323.59.

RESOLUTIONS TABLED

RESOLUTION #79, Authorizing the Supervisor to enter a Professional Engineering Services Contract was TABLED

RESOLUTION #80, authorizing the Supervisor to enter a contract for debris removal was also TABLED.

TOWN PICNIC

Supervisor Mauro announced that unfortunately, due to the Wuhan China Virus, the town will not have a Town Picnic this year as it usually draws over 100 residents.

BUILDING INSPECTOR VACANCY

Position was advertised in the Hamilton County Express for two consecutive weeks and received interest from 2 applicants. Councilperson Lauria recalled holding interviews in the past with a Special Meeting, then going into Executive Session. This was to take place on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6 pm. Required Open Meeting Law will be followed with placement of a legal ad, posted on the Town Website and the Clerk’s bulletin board.

LETTERS TO THE SUPERVISOR

Supervisor Mauro read four letters of thanks. Resident, Dee Parker; Wells Garden Club for Town donation; Wells Historical Society for Town donation and resident Neil Higgins. Another letter received from Pricilla McBride regarding Verizon’s interest in modifying its tower on Ranger Road and AT&T’s interest to construct a tower on the same lot. AT&T is currently doing survey work and in discussion with the APA. She wanted to make sure Supervisor Mauro was aware of this and will forward via email any updates.

WVAC REPORT

The Board reviewed the WVAC report for July 2020.

BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT

The Board reviewed the Building Code Enforcement Officer’s report for July 2020.

WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT

The Board reviewed the Water Department Report for July 2020.

George Paige reported work is complete at the Garth Weiss residence. Also, cleaning being done at the Hydro Plant.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Board reviewed the Highway Superintendent’s Report for July 2020.

COMMITTEES ROUND TABLE

Councilperson Saltis thanked the Virginia Hosley Library for their donation to the Summer Rec program. Also asked if the Town was still on water restrictions, yes.

Councilperson Lauria, Buildings and Grounds Committee reported he has researched what grants there may be regarding ways to reduce electric costs. It appears all related grants are dried up, He asked Supervisor Mauro if he knew on a County level if any Town’s or the County are using solar panels. On behalf of Friends of Lake Algonquin, he asked the status of the 16 ft. dock at the boat launch. Supervisor Mauro explained that the contractor interested in removing the flood generated debris from the lake had access to a dock we might be interested in. He did not submit a bid when the first RFP was advertised. Therefore, status is unclear at this point.

Councilperson Crewell has been working with Jen Woodward, Bookkeeper and has a new appreciation of what her job entails.

Supervisor Mauro appreciated Highway Superintendent Earley and his crew for spreading new chips at the playground. Three loads were spread at $130 per load and it has really cleaned up the playground area.

PUBLIC ACCESS

John Higgins brought to the Boards attention confusion regarding the street signs on the Park Rd horseshoe and asked that they be changed clearly marking Park Rd. East and Park Rd. West where they intersect Algonquin Dr. He also suggested that the street sign for Montaigne Dr. be removed as there is no such road.

John Margies commented that there was supposed to be a road called Montaigne Rd. at one time. He also asked if there was a timetable for repairs on Griffin Rd. No, not currently and it is the Counties responsibility.

Supervisor Mauro added, Gilmantown Rd. probably will be completed sometime this fall.

Councilperson Crewell asked about our stance on watering vegetable gardens due to the restrictions. Supervisor Mauro asked everyone to be frugal and water in the evening.

This article is based on minutes provided by Maryellen Stofelano, Town Clerk.


Friday, October 9, 2020

Salt contamination levels leveling off in Lake Pleasant.

 LPTB September 21 2020



Salt contamination levels leveling off in Lake Pleasant.

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Lake Pleasant Town Board met on September 21, Supervisor Betsy Bain said she received a letter from Bill Dievendorf with the results of him testing the contaminated wells. The result being the salt contamination levels have leveled off. However, except for the Town Hall well, no significant improvement is noted.

The existing Reverse Osmosis Systems are treating the water satisfactorily, but, with time, they will require more maintenance and eventual replacement. He recommended a standby unit to be kept on hand with a quote of $3,100 McGovern suggested that money be put in the 2021 budget for the extra system.

HIGHWAY/BUILDING

Superintendent Randy Lavarnway stated that this Thursday September 24 will be the last Thursday garbage pick-up for the year, back to pick up on Mondays.

DOT removed the beaver dam under the Lake Pleasant bridge on Rt. 8 as there were many phone calls to the Town saying that people could not paddle through.

Head mechanic Don Pinkerton passed his Class B CDL road test today. Chip seal was done on Hamilton Lake Rd. all that needs to be done are the shoulders.

Next week, Tues. and Wed., Long View Drive and Old Indian Lake Rd. are getting 2- inch type 6 topcoat. The Highway Crew started to prep the old bus garage for fresh paint but seeing what shape the building was in Superintendent Lavarnway decided it would be less expensive to use metal siding. Some of the old broken windows are just being boarded up and covered by metal siding. The front and left side of the building is being done this year next year the other side the colors will match the other buildings.

BUILDING CODE ENFORCEMENT FEES UPDATE

Cristine Meixner handed out her study from 2017- 2020 on permits given out. After reviewing the figures, the new Williamson Law software should be paid off in 3 years with the new updates in fees. Supervisor Bain and Code/Zoning Officer met with the Mayor who is still working on fees so at this time the discussion is tabled until the next Board meeting, the sooner this gets decided the sooner we can inform the public of new fees.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN TORNADO SHELTER

Cristine Meixner has meet with Lake Pleasant School Superintendent about using the School for a shelter, during the pandemic the Superintendent will have to investigate where being a shelter fits in. Further discussion in the Spring.

ROADWAY/DRIVEWAY PERMIT

OFFERED BY, Cristine Meixner and by Neil McGovern

RESOLVED, after much discussion the Board agreed to make the following changes to the present permit. Permit fee $75 plus $200 per 10 ft. of culvert.

ADOPTED by ALL.

DUMPSTER REQUEST

Discussion on the dumpster request form - Don Braunius is concerned about the liability insurance coverage. he knows firsthand that it is not always easy to place these dumpsters where people requested. Don wants the wording added that the Town is not responsible for any property damage. Town Clerk said she would add the wording and bring it back to the table at the next Town Board Meeting.

PRIMARY CARE FLOORING

There were two bids that were received by the Supervisor for the new flooring in the Primary Care building Ruby & Quiri $17,322 and David Ameden $19,529.

The board approved the low bid and RESOLVED, that the cost of the flooring will be covered by $10,000 in money that has been donated over the years and the balance paid by the consolidated health account. ADOPTED by all.

OTHER BUSINESS

Supervisor Bain, Zoning/Code Officer Bob Benkovich and Speculator Mayor Barrett have been discussing a septic law there will be a committee set up to work on this.

There was a discussion on installing more electric vehicle charging stations. There are some at the Lane Emporium, and it was suggested maybe more at the Pavilion in the Village. Bain will talk to the Mayor on this.

Nancy Seifts and Don Braunius will be meeting with the O’Brien’s at Oak Mt. about kid’s ski lessons and try and draw up a youth recreation contract. This information is important for the youth rec budget line. Neil McGovern said he thinks there was one in the past maybe in the Supervisors office. Town Clerk will look in the past minutes.

ROUNDTABLE

Neil McGovern said he had gotten a call about the benches that the Village will no longer be responsible for the benches and their storage. Neil will investigate this and find out if this is true.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Deborah O’Rourke, Town Clerk.


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Cost of Halloween storm mounts

 Supervisors Oct 1 2020



Cost of Halloween storm mounts

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on October 1, continuing repair work done by the Hamilton County Highway Department on the damage done by the Halloween Storm of 2019 resulted in the need to pass the following resolution.

DAMAGE REPAIR FROM HALLOWEEN STORM OF 2019

WHEREAS Resolution No. 89-20 Authorized Appropriations of $250,000 for repairs of damage from the Halloween Storm of 2019, and

WHEREAS, the DPW has been continuing repairs from the damage and needs more funding to continue the damage repairs, and

WHEREAS DPW Superintendent recommends the transfer of $400,000 from the County Road Fund balance to fund these ongoing repairs, be it

RESOLVED, that $400,000 be transferred from County Road Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Capital Account No. H7.8760.401 Halloween Storm 2019 and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and County DPW Superintendent be so notified.

REPLACE ABOVEGROUND HEATING TANK

WHEREAS the 500 gallon above ground heating oil tank failed at the Indian Lake Facility for the Social Service wing, and

WHEREAS the tank must be replaced, and any contaminated soil must be removed per NYSDEC regulations, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has received two (2) written proposal for the replacement and installation of a new heating oil tank as follows:

RM Dalrymple Co. Inc, - $12,448.63.

Yocum Full Service Inc. - $15,850.

And WHEREAS, the Superintendent recommends accepting the proposal from RM Dalrymple, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors does hereby approve the proposal from RM Dalrymple to replace the said failed tank and the Superintendent be so authorized and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

SETTING ANNUAL SESSION DATES

RESOLVED, the following dates have been designated as the annual session for 2020: November 5 10:30 A.M.; November 10 10:30 A.M.; November 12 10:30 A.M.; November 17 10:30 A.M.; November 20 10:30 A.M. PUBLIC HEARING 11:00 A.M.; December 3 AUDIT 10:30 A.M.; December 18 AUDIT 10:30 A.M.

and be it further RESOLVED that any necessary changes will be subsequently arranged.

EXPENDITURE LINE FOR TREASURER’S INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

WHEREAS Hamilton County passed Resolution No 295-19 authorizing an agreement with Three+one Company, LLC, for investment analysis to help maximize the Counties investment opportunities, and

WHEREAS, Three+one Company, LLC, has provided the initial “CashVest” analysis plus two quarterly updates, which shows the necessary 3 to 1 benefit to receive the initial fee of $9,900 and the quarterly liquidity monitoring and reporting fee at .003/$1,000,000 invested, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that expenditure Account No. A1325.0411 Treasurers Investment Analysis Fees, be created in the amount of $16,120, to cover the initial fee of $9,900 plus the quarterly liquidity fee for the remainder of the year, which is to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A2401.0000 Interest and Earnings by $16,120, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to issue a check in the amount of $11,970 to Three+one, Company, LLC, from newly created Account No. A1325.0411 Treasurers Investment Analysis Fees, to cover initial fee plus four months of liquidity fee, and the Clerk of the Board be so advised.

COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE CONTRACT – COMMUNITY SERVICES

WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has approved the contract with Comprehensive Medicine PLLC to provide tele-psychiatry to residents of Hamilton receiving mental health services at Hamilton County Community Services, and

WHEREAS the utilization of services exceeded the cap of $45,000 specified in the 2020 contract, and

WHEREAS services projected to be provided by Comprehensive Medicine PLLC will require additional funding through the end of the current year, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby approves amending the County’s 2020 contract with Comprehensive Medicine PLLC to increase it from a $45,000 cap to a $54,000 cap and the Treasurer be so advised.

CATHLEEN E. ROGERS AS COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS

WHEREAS, this Board has received a recommendation from the Chairman of the Hamilton County Democrat Committee, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3-204 of the Election Law, to appoint Cathleen E. Rogers, a resident and qualified voter of the Town of Arietta, Commissioner of Elections, be it

RESOLVED, that the recommendation be accepted, and Cathleen E. Rogers is hereby appointed as Commissioner of Elections for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

CENSUS OUTREACH GRANT

WHEREAS, New York State Urban Development Corporation, d/b/a Empire State Development (“ESD”), the New York Department of State (“DOS), and the New York Department of Labor (“DOL”), granted to Hamilton County an award of up to $20,000 from the Census 2020 Complete Count Outreach Grants program, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Department of Planning, Tourism and Economy Development has been assigned the duty of forming a complete county committee for Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS, such a grant will help strengthen our efforts to provide, education, outreach, and communication to your citizens, this grant award will be contingent upon 75% of the grant proceeds must be allocated to approved Not-For-Profits or libraries while taking off the economic burden and all expenditures incurred under this grant must be in accordance with the Grant Disbursement Agreement, and

WHEREAS, ESD has described key funding requirements, award disbursement terms, and other relevant ESD terms and conditions, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has received 90% of the total grant, which was disbursed upon receipt of an executed GDA and a payment requisition form, and

WHEREAS, these monies are being tracked and disbursed by the Planning Tourism and Economic Development Office, and

WHEREAS expenditure and revenue lines need to be created and added to the budget of Planning, Tourism and Economic Development to accept and expend the funds, and

WHEREAS monies have already been expended for postage for an every door direct mailing charged to the Hamilton County credit card due the short amount of time left to promote the census, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Account No. A8020.0416 Census Outreach Grant be created in the amount of $20,000 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. A3715 Census Outreach Grant in the amount of $20,000, and be it further

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment to Cardmember Service (NBT Bank) in the amount of $631.94 from Account No. A8020.0416 Census Outreach Grant for said Every Door Direct Mailing.

PAYMENT TO WARRENSBURG COLLISON CENTER

WHEREAS Sheriff’s vehicle #619 was involved in an accident and the repairs for the damage was completed by Warrensburg Collison Center, Inc., and

WHEREAS an invoice for supplement repairs has been received and the Fleet Coordinator recommends the payment of the said repairs of vehicle #619, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to increase Account No. A1910.0402 Repairs to Vehicles-Insurance by $1,082.48 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A2680.0000 Insurance Recoveries by $1,082.48, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make a check payable to Warrensburg Collision Center, Inc., Warrensburg, in the amount of $1,082.48 for Invoice #3059 and the funds be taken out of Account No. A1910.0402 Repairs to Vehicles-Insurance and the Fleet Coordinator and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

THE COURT CLEANING CONTRACT

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has received the Annual Renewal Letter and Budget for the Court Cleaning Contract #C-300407 authorized by Resolution No. 301-18 adopted October 4, 2018, and

WHEREAS, said Renewal Letter covers State Fiscal Year 2020-2021 with a budget of $142,738, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Letter of Renewal and Budget is hereby approved for State Fiscal Year 2020-2021, and the Chairman is authorized to sign the necessary documents and the County Treasurer be so notified.

TEMPORARY PER DIEM HOME HEALTH AIDE

WHEREAS there is a need to provide home health aide care to residents in Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS there are currently three full time home health aides providing services, and WHEREAS, there are still an average of 15 hours of home health aide service that we are unable to provide to our residents, be it

RESOLVED, that the Director of Public Health be authorized to hire Sara Smith as a temporary per-diem home health aide to be used as needed to address missed home health aide hours at a rate of $16.50 per hour with mileage reimbursement, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Hamilton County Public Health will cover the $800 cost for home health aide re-certification, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Account No. A4010.0120 Per Diem Home Health Aide be created and funded through a transfer of $10,000 from Account No. A4050.0125 P/T On Call RN, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Personnel Office be so notified, and the County Treasurer be so authorized.

SERVICES FOR THE PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide for Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a developmental delay as defined through a comprehensive evaluation, through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and

WHEREAS, Wells Central School District can provide these related services through the New York State Department of Education, and

WHEREAS, the frequency and duration of services for each child is based on the findings of the comprehensive evaluation and rules applying to section 4410 of the NYS Education Law, as determined by the CPSE committee in preparing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and

WHEREAS the compensation for related services are set at rates in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Department of Education, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with said provider to provide the aforesaid services for the period of September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021 pursuant to an aforesaid IEP for each eligible child, with compensation for services rendered at the current approved rates set forth for Hamilton County by the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department, upon approval of  the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer be so notified.

AGREEMENT BETWEEN COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CITIZENS ADVOCATES, INC. FOR RCORP GRANT

WHEREAS Hamilton County Community Services (HCCS) participates in the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) grant with Citizens Advocates, Inc., and the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (HM AHEC) who is the recipient of the grant, and

WHEREAS, Citizens Advocates, Inc. receives funding from the grant from the HM AHEC as they hold the certification for Substance Use Disorder treatment services provided by HCCS, and

WHEREAS an agreement has been developed that will allow Citizens Advocates, Inc. to pass through funding from the grant from the HM AHEC to HCCS to provide local services, trainings and support identified in the RCORP grant, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Chairman to sign the Independent Contractor Agreement with Citizens Advocates, Inc. to allow HCCS to receive the funding.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLERK 3 (1410.106) ADDITIONAL HOURS (1410.108)

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Office continues to be backlogged and extremely busy due to the COVID pandemic and the DMV regulations and protocols as instituted the Governor, and State DMV which are having a direct effect on our office efficiency, and

WHEREAS, we have taken steps to help alleviate some of this back log by closing to the General Public on Wednesdays to help push through this situation, and

WHEREAS, as of October 5, 2020, we have taken an additional step to help reduce the backlog by only processing transactions for Hamilton County Taxpayers, and

WHEREAS, we have worked many hours paid and most recently unpaid, to help alleviate this backlog and the employees have done this out of a caring for the County, a strong work ethic and pride in their jobs, and

WHEREAS the employees of this office should be paid to compensate for this additional time they are working, and

WHEREAS there is additional money left in Motor Vehicle Clerk #3 (1410.106) as the new employee did not start until August 10, 2020, and

WHEREAS the Central Government Committee met on September 21, 2020 to discuss this issue and agreed that the money could be transferred to help cover these costs, and

WHEREAS, in consultation with the Hamilton County Treasurer's Office, it was determined that after the remaining payrolls for 2020 and the previous transfer, there will be a balance in the account of $14,505.20, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that $12,000 be transferred from Motor Vehicle Clerk 3, 1410.106 to Additional Hours, 1410.108 and the Hamilton County Treasurer be so notified.

PATH STUDY BY LIGHTSPEED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

WHEREAS Hamilton County was awarded a grant in the amount of $540,399 from New York State Office of Interoperable Communications, contract # C198204, and

WHEREAS, it has been determined that additional Microwave Towers are needed to achieve the interoperability required with said grant, and

WHEREAS locations for these Towers have been found in both Piseco and Morehouse, and

WHEREAS a Path Study is required to ensure that the Microwave signal can be viably sent from Lake Pleasant to Piseco and then on to Morehouse to achieve the required interoperability, and

WHEREAS, a Purchase Order in the amount of $18,699 under NYS contract PM67989 is required by Lightspeed Technologies, Inc in order to authorize the Path Study to be done to ensure the required Microwave connectivity, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services be authorized to issue the required Purchase Order for the Path Study to Lightspeed Technologies, Inc. in the amount of $18,699, with funding for said order coming from Interoperability grant # WM17198204, Contract # C198204, Account No. A3645.0418 SI17-1003-D00.

TOWER LEASE AGREEMENT WITH NEW YORK RSA2 CELLULAR PARTNERSHIP d/b/a VERIZON WIRELESS

WHEREAS, Verizon Wireless has requested the County of Hamilton to enter a lease for the extension and use of the tower situated at the County Courthouse complex, Lake Pleasant, New York, and

WHEREAS the aforesaid tower extension and use by Verizon Wireless will enhance the broadband capacity for users within the County of Hamilton, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign a lease with New York RSA2 Cellular Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless for the extension and use of the tower at the County Courthouse Complex, Lake Pleasant, New York.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Benson raises American Flag

 Benson TB September 15 2020



Benson raises American Flag

By PETE KLEIN

BENSON—When the Benson Town Board met on September 15, it passed several resolutions including one to put the American Flag back to Full Staff as follows.

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE PUTTING THE FLAG BACK UP

WHEREAS, on April 8, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of people who died because of COVID-19, and

WHEREAS, as of September 15, 2020, our flag has been at half-staff for 161 consecutive days, during which both Memorial Day and 9/11 occurred without us lowering the flag to honor those who died as a result of war and a terrorist attack on our country, and

WHEREAS the Lake Pleasant Town Board unanimously approved their resolution #85 PUTTING THE FLAGS BACK UP TO FULL STAFF when they met on August 17, 2020, and

WHEREAS, the Benson Town Board stands with the Town of Lake Pleasant and wishes to support our fellow patriots, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that our flag, representing the United States of America, will immediately on passage of this resolution be raised to full staff where it belongs.

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Mr. Horton asked why the town was being put through the expense of a survey for VanSlyke Rd?

Supervisor John Stortecky told him it was on the advice of the Attorney, Hamilton County Soil and H2O, and FEMA.

Horton asked, “Why replace culvert?”

Stortecky said, “It is what Hamilton County DPW and others advised to be done.”

Congressman Robert Smullen took some questions from the public and briefly explained the financial situation in NYS. He remained for the major duration of the meeting.

TAX CAP OVERRIDE/LOCAL LAW #1 OF 2020

WHEREAS the New York State Legislature enacted General Municipal Law §3-c which establishes a limit upon real property tax levies by local governments, and

WHEREAS, pursuant to General Municipal Law §3-c (5), a local government may adopt a budget in excess of the tax levy limit only if the governing body of such local government first enacts a local law to override the tax levy limit for the coming fiscal year only, and

WHEREAS the Town of Benson NY Town Board not yet finalized the fiscal year 2021 budget and may need the flexibility to exceed the property tax cap if it is deemed necessary.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED by the Town of Benson NY, Town Board, as follows:

Section 1 Legislative Intent The Benson Town Board has determined that it is important to maintain flexibility in  the process of finalizing the fiscal year 2020 budget, and it may be necessary to override the limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Town of Benson for the coming fiscal year 2021.

Section 2 Override of Tax Levy Limit Upon the adoption of this local law, the Town Board is hereby authorized to override the tax levy limit for the coming fiscal year 2021, if the Board deems it necessary for the Town of Benson to adopt a budget for the fiscal year 2020 which may require a real property tax levy in excess of the “tax levy limit” as defined by General Municipal Law §3-c.

Section 3 Legal Authority The authority to override the tax levy limit is authorized by General Municipal Law §3-c (5), which expressly authorizes a local government to override the tax levy limit for the coming fiscal year 2021 by the adoption of a local law approved by a vote of sixty percent (60%) of the total voting power of its governing body, the Benson Town Board.

Section 4 Effective Date This Local Law shall take effect immediately, in accordance with the provision of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York. Approved.

RETENTION AND DISPOSITION SCHEDULE

RESOLVED, by the Town of Benson Board that Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), issued pursuant to Article 57-A of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, and containing legal minimum retention periods for local government records, is hereby adopted for use by all officers in legally disposing of valueless records listed therein, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 57-A: Only those records will be disposed of that are described in Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), after they have met the minimum retention periods described therein; Only those records will be disposed of that do not have sufficient administrative, fiscal, legal, or historical value to merit retention beyond established legal minimum periods. Approved.

NEW ACCOUNT NUMBERS ON 2020 BUDGET

WHEREAS the ruling by Judge Slezak concerning Van Slyke Road will necessitate the expenditure of funds not anticipated on the 2020 budget for the Town of Benson, and

WHEREAS the Town will be required to account for these expenditures in a clearly defined manner because they are part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by Frank and Elaine Fernandez against the Town, the Highway Department, and specific individuals, and

WHEREAS, the Supervisor/CFO has worked with the Deputy Treasurer of Hamilton County, part of our bookkeeping service, to accurately account for thousands of dollars in additional unforeseen expenses for the Town, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Supervisor/CFO be authorized to create and fund the following new account numbers in the amounts listed for the 2020 budget, and to transfer unappropriated funds from the Highway Fund ZDB. and General Fund ZAB. as follows:

ZDB.5680.101 Personnel $0.00; ZDB.5680.801 Fringe Benefits $0.00; ZDB.5680.201 Equipment $0.00; ZDB.5680.401 Surveying $15,000.00; ZDB.5680.402 Engineering $25,000.00; ZDB.5680.403 Road Construction $0.00 GPI; ZDB.5680.404 Bridge/Culvert $0.00 GPI; ZDB.5680.405 Equipment Rental $0.00; Benson Highway workers Debit ZDB.5680.101.Credit ZDB. their payroll line; Benson Highway equipment Debit ZDB. Town equipment Rental Expense Credit ZDB.5680.405; ZAB.1420.401 Town Attorney, Contractual $5,000 (20 Hours@$250.00/HR). Approved

REPORTS FROM STANDING/SPECIAL COMMITTEES

LEGAL COMMITTEE

All public knowledge information on the Lawsuit of Fernandez vs. Benson is available from the County via a F.O.I.L. request

FINANCE COMMITTEE

For fiscal flexibility, the tax cap override is done prior to budget time, if needed so that it is available for the next years

Stortecky invited the public to comment on the tax cap override.

He then made a motion to adjourn the public hearing and return to the regular meeting. Motion carried.

OTHER BUSINESS

Government Computer Services offers computers sold at discount prices to government entities; Mr. Rogers suggested looking into it for the town computers.

FUEL BID

The bid was given to GA Bove Fuels of Wells, NY as per motion of D. Rogers; 2nd by J. Stortecky Motion carried.

#2 Fuel Oil, Ultra Low Sulfur (On Road) Diesel, and Propane 2020-2021 Fuel Bid

We hereby submit the following bid for the period January I, 2021 to December 31 '1, 2021 on acceptance of proposal.

#2 Fuel oil delivered lo the Highway Garage.

Pricing will be G.A. Bove Commercial Fuel Oil price at time of-delivery Minus a fixed rate off .20 cents pet' gallon: /\ s of 9/1 4/2020 price is 2.099 minus .20 cents'"' $ 1. 899

On Road Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fu l delivered to the Highway garage Town Barn (275) and the Town of Hope Highway Garage (Benson 1000 gallon).

Pricing will be G.A. Bove posted Rack plus a fixed markup of .25 cents per gallon: As of 9/14 /2020 price is 1 .1 3 35 plus fixed markup of .25 Cents= $1.3835

Propane Gas delivered lo the Town Hall (2) 100 gallon tanks at 2213 Cty Hwy 6 Benson, NY Pricing will be a fixed rate of $2.299. Approved.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Jeanne Cox, Town Clerk


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Facebook is anti free speech



 According to Mark's Facebook, my post, "Germans are nuts. Hitler proved it. Glad my ancestors got out of that stupid country," is hate speech and because of it I am banned for 7 days.

Me, a German on both my father's side and my mother's, is accused by Facebook thought control of expressing hate speech for making the above statement.

But don't worry. I will continue to post my reports on local government and schools here and on Twitter. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

County schools receive COVID grants.

 Supervisors September 21 2020



County schools receive COVID grants.

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—During committee meetings held on September 21, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors passed several resolutions including the following.

DISBURSEMENT OF FLEXIBLE SPENDING FOR RURALLY BASED LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO FUND COVID-19 EMERGENCY 

WHEREAS the New York state Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) has offered Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service a flexible funding grant to assist Hamilton County School Districts in COVID-19 Emergency Response efforts, and

WHEREAS Resolution No. 219-20 created the Appropriation Account No. A4050.447 NYSACHO COVID-19 in the amount of $6,785.00, and

WHEREAS the funding will be split between the four school districts in Hamilton County, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be so authorized to write a check to the following schools in the amount of $1,696.25 to the following school districts:

Indian Lake Central School District 6345 NYS Rt. 30, Indian Lake, NY 12842

Long Lake Central School District 20 School Road, Long Lake, NY 12847

Lake Pleasant Central School District 120 Elm Lake Road, Speculator, NY 12164

Wells Central School District 1571 NYS Rt.30, Wells, NY 12190.

ACCEPTANCE OF BID FOR TRANSPORTATION FOR CHILDREN

WHEREAS Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service heretofore solicited bids for the Transport for Children with Disabilities pursuant to invitation to bidders and in accordance with all applicable state regulations, and

WHEREAS one (1) bid was received in response to the said invitation to bidders, as follows: Blueline Commuter, Inc. PO Box 775, Indian Lake, NY 12842 and  

$425.00 flat rate per day.

WHEREAS, Blueline Commuter, Inc.'s bid does meet specifications for the above­ mentioned invitation to bidders, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to sign a contract with Blueline Commuter, Inc. of Indian Lake, NY at the daily rate listed above, upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded a NYS 2020 SHSP grant through the FY2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) in the amount of $47,731, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said FY2020 SHSP grant and the Director of Emergency Management, Sheriff, and County Treasurer be so notified, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Account No. A3645.0423 SH20-1037-D00 be created and funded at $47,731 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0127 SH20- 1037-D00 at $47,731.00 and the County Treasurer be so 

PAYMENT TO B&H PHOTO-VIDEO – DHSES SH17-1003-D00

WHEREAS Hamilton County received SHSP grant SH17-1003-D00 from New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) in the amount of $49,985, contract T970870, and

WHEREAS all purchases for this grant must be made by August 31, 2020 and paid for by September 30, 2020, and

WHEREAS one of the purchases for Sheriff’s Office Surveillance equipment was delayed in shipment and not invoiced until after the cut-off for August 2020 bill submission and must be paid for before the next regular County Board Meeting, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Hamilton County Treasurer to issue a check for payment of Invoice No. 17729336 from B&H Photo-Video to be paid for before September 30, 2020, in the amount of $1,529.12, charged to Account No. A3645.0416 SH17-1003-D00.

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO LAPG, INC.

WHEREAS Hamilton County received SHSP grant SH17-1003-D00 from New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) in the amount of $49,985, contract T970870, and

WHEREAS all purchases for this grant must be made by August 31, 2020 and paid for by September 30, 2020, and

WHEREAS, one of the purchases for medical supplies for the Multiple Casualty (MCI) trailer was back ordered due to Covid-19 and not invoiced until after the cut-off for August 2020 bill submission and must be paid for before the next regular County Board Meeting, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Hamilton County Treasurer to issue a check for payment of Invoice No. IV00973216 from Los Angeles Police Gear (LAPG) to be paid for before September 30, 2020, in the amount of $272.02, charged to Account No. A3645.0416 SH17-1003-D00.

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO DELL

WHEREAS Hamilton County received SHSP grant SH17-1003-D00 from New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) in the amount of $49,985, contract T970870, and

WHEREAS all purchases for this grant must be made by August 31, 2020 and paid for by September 30, 2020, and

WHEREAS one of the purchases from Dell was delayed in shipment and not invoiced until after the cut-off for August 2020 bill submission and must be paid for before the next regular County Board Meeting, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Hamilton County Treasurer to issue a check for payment of Invoice #10423974714 from Dell to be paid for before September 30, 2020, in the amount of $1,769.42, charged to Account No. A3645.0416 SH17-1003-D00.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Wells Central capital project almost completed

 WCS BOE September 16 2020



Wells Central capital project almost completed

By PETE KLEIN

WELLS—When the Wells Central Board of Education met on September 16, Superintendent Thomas D. Sincavage reported the Capital Project is almost complete. A contracting firm came in to powerwash and clean up the sidewalks in front of the building. The contractors are working on finishing the final punch list. The district will file the certificate of substantial completion for state aid. Enrollment is currently at 142 and we have 3 new students expected to register this week. Mr. Sincavage reviewed the fund balance report as well as the future debt service and building aid revenues. The district maintains a very healthy financial position and intends to pay for the current capital project in full by utilizing the 2 capital reserve funds established by the voters. The district was awarded a cafeteria equipment grant in the amount of $10,396. The district will use the grant money to purchase a new stove for the kitchen.  Mr. Sincavage gave an update on Wells Reopening. The first 6 days of school have been amazing, and we have had 100% of students and staff wearing masks.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT

Principal Jeremy J. Siddon reported on the resiliency of the students and staff all adhering to the protocols. He has been fine tuning some of procedures in place like the morning bus pick up times and the morning breakfast. All students in grades 3-12 have received a Chromebook from the district. The district will be getting another shipment of Chromebooks within the next 2 weeks and plans on distributing them to students in grades K-2.

The Harvard Proving Ground Grant continues and starting on September 25 students in grades 1, 3, & 5 will receive weekly attendance postcards. The rest of the grades will receive weekly attendance postcards starting in January. Finally, Mr. Siddon spoke about Section VII sports. Currently the only school districts who are having sports are Willsboro and Chazy.

They are the 2 farthest schools that we can compete against. Mr. Siddon made a recommendation to the Board that we not participate in league sanctioned sports this fall. Safety of our students is our number one priority. He said the school could offer an in house intramurals soccer program. The program would be a 3 week skills based program for students in grades 7-12. The district is also looking into the possibility of an afterschool art program for students in grades 3-6.

APPROVALS

The Board of Education approved the Annual CSE report on a motion by Ken Hoffman, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 4-0.

The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the classifications, recommendations, and programs for the following student: 982420555 on a motion by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 4-0.

Under New Business the Board approved transfer of funds.

The Board of Education of the Wells Central School District appropriates $566,287.79 of the 2019/20 unassigned fund balance toward the Capital Project that was brought before the taxpayers and approved in May 2018. The $566,287.79 shall be transferred to the Capital Fund.

A9950900003- INTERFUND TRANSFER TO CAPITAL

The Wells Central School District Board of Education authorizes a General Fund budget increase of $566,287.79 with appropriated 2019/20 fund balance for use toward the Capital Project approved by the voters in May 2018.

On a motion made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 4-0.

The Wells Central School Board of Education approved an increase to the employee benefit accrued liability reserve for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 by $45,742.00 to reflect the actual accrued liability on a motion made by Rachel Lauria, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 4-0.

The WCS BOE approved the Emergency Response Plan, as presented on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 4-0.

There was one comment during Public Access. Mr. Steve Stofelano wanted to commend the district administration for their hard work on the reopening plan and for their work on the capital project.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Wells Central School Board of Education recessed to Executive Session at 6:23p.m. for the purpose of discussing specific personnel matters and/or negotiations on a motion made by Rachel Lauria, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 4-0.

The Wells Central School Board of Education returned to Open Session at 7:05p.m. on a motion by Dorman Reese, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 4-0.

Resolved that the Board of Education of the Wells Central School District hereby approved the amendment to the employment agreement of Thomas D. Sincavage, as Superintendent, dated September 16, 2020 setting forth the revised terms and conditions of his employment and approved the payment of money provided therein on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 4-0.

This article was based upon minutes provided by Rachelle Dwyer, District Clerk.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Vandalism at Indian Lake beach

 ILTB September 14 2020



Vandalism at Indian Lake beach

By PETE KLEIN

INDIAN LAKE—When the Indian Lake Town Board met on September 14, Councilwoman Sally Stanton questioned Bill Laprairie, Department Head of Buildings and Grounds, concerning the vandalism that has been happening all summer at the Chain Lakes beach.

Laprairie said he, the State Police and the Sheriff's Department have been patrolling, however it happens extremely late at night and they have not been able to catch the perpetrators. He did state that since the beach has closed there have been no further incidents.

Councilman Rathbun thanked all the departments for their work on Trash Day. He stated this is a good service to the Town and appreciates the crews doing such a good job.

SET BUDGET MEETING DATES

Supervisor Brian Wells asked the Boards preference on holding the Budget Workshops in person. He stated his preference would be to hold them in person but with scheduled appointments for each person, therefore limiting the amount of people in the room. He stated he is working on that schedule. He also stated that the individual participants could either come in in person or give a written request.

Department Heads will have a set time to present their budget. The Board agreed with this. Supervisor Wells reported to the Board that the Sewer/water truck has been ordered.

OPEN CLEANER CONTRACT BIDS

Supervisor Wells reported that only one (1) bid was received for the Cleaning Contract. The bid was from John C. Hall in the amount of $90,000. Councilwoman Stanton made a motion to accept the bid from John C. Hall in the amount of $90,000. Seconded by, Councilman Rathbun. After holding a discussion, the board approved signing the contract with Hall.

SUPERVISOR COMMENTS

Supervisor Brian Wells reported to the Board that the Garbage/Recyclable Bid request is in the paper. These bids need to be in by October 9.

Supervisor Wells told all that the Board had received a thank you letter from Ellen Collins, thanking the Board for their donation to the Invasive Species program.

Supervisor Wells reported to the Board that himself and Deputy Supervisor Meade Hutchins had meet with the Chazen Company regarding the Adirondack Dam. He stated that the questionable specs were agreed upon and he is hoping to go out to bid on the project in the Spring. He stated that there are some things the Board will need to discuss during the Budget Workshops.

Supervisor Wells reported to the Board that he had the new TRP for the Weed District. He also stated that we had the barge that has been in storage for some time.

Supervisor Wells reported to the Board that he has a meeting on September 16 with Cedarwood and Hydro Source concerning the Blue Mt. Lake project. He told all that Adirondack Experience has offered a different piece of property if this one does not work out. He stated this new source is on the right side of the road and one that he and Kevin had looked at previously, but Adirondack Experience had not offered that piece until now.

Supervisor Wells told all that 22,760 lbs. of trash were picked up on trash day.

Supervisor Wells reported that no Bids were received for the emergency generator or the bog relocation. He stated that we will have to try something else. He said we may need to write up a proposal and put it out to bid.

Supervisor Wells reported that The 5 Towns (consisting of, Indian Lake, Newcomb, Minerva, North Hudson and Long Lake) which also makes up the Upper Hudson Recreation Club, passed a Resolution of support to DEC for making changes in to the Essex Chain Unit Management Complex, now allowing for camp fires along the shore and adding additional parking to increase the equestrian opportunities in hopes to increase tourism.

Supervisor Wells stated that the rafting numbers are down around 50% due to the pandemic, however Supervisor Wells feels like it has been busy this year. Councilman Mahoney stated that there have been a lot of people around looking for things to do. Supervisor Wells reported to the Board that he and the rafting association have modified the rafting contract, and this will be finalized by the next season.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

Andy Coney reported to the Board there has been an invasive species found on Marion River. He stated that Divers have been working on this and to eliminate it and it would take about five (5) days to complete.

OTHER TOWN BUSINESS

Councilman Rathbun questioned how we were doing with our Grants. Supervisor Wells stated that we were doing okay. He told all that we had been moving ahead and were under contract for some of them already, so hopefully they will still go through. Supervisor Wells also stated that the Website Grant was done, and we are now just waiting for the money.

Supervisor Wells also reported to the Board that the newly hired Account Clerk, Suzanne Walrath, has begun her training with Pam Howard, Senior Account Clerk, and as soon as she gets acclimated he will be working with her to review all the Grants.

Councilman Mahoney, who has been working with Trampoline on the Town's new website, stated that all was going well. He is hoping to have something to present to the Board by the next meeting.

Councilwoman Stanton reported to that the Comprehensive Committee are working diligently on the Commons Area.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Speculator stays vigilant on COVID

 Speculator VB August 24 2020



Speculator stays vigilant on COVID

By PETE KLEIN

SPECULATOR—When the Speculator Village Board of Trustees met on August 24, Mayor Jeannette Barrett advised the board that currently in our region, COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Hamilton County stays low with only sixteen (16) cases while other counties around us, including Herkimer, Fulton and Warren counties continue to increase. Hamilton County currently has 10-11 quarantined from direct contact with someone that tested positive and approximately 150 quarantined travelers. In the coming weeks there are several scheduled testing sites, including one at Lake Pleasant school on September 9 to test teachers, staff, and students.

All our categories for FEMA from the Halloween Storm have been submitted. The Village has been reimbursed for debris, and all virtual sight inspections have been completed. FEMA has also accepted the submitted project for COVID-19 expenses, which will allow the Village to receive reimbursement of 75% for extra expenses exceeding a total of $3,500 due to COVID-19. This includes any extra supplies, PPE, extra expenses for COVID, management time for the Clerk – Treasurer, extra personnel related to COVID-19, etc. As of right now, the disaster period remains open ended, so we will keep a running tally of all potential expenses.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS REPORT

Roger Blanchard gave a written Department of Public works report. Additional commentary is as follows:

In the last month the DPW activities have included: roadside clean up, shoulder work, mowing and trimming grass as needed, garbage and recyclables, prepare sidewalks for paving, work on paving Black Bear Run, replace a culvert on Elm Lake Road, fix pot holes and maintain the dirt section of Elm Lake Road.

In the next 30 days, the beach will be closing, sidewalks will be paved, roadside ditches will be cleaned out, Black Bear Run will be paved, finish playground work, ready the trucks for winter, pick up benches and trash cans, cut hanging brush along roadsides, garbage and recyclables.

Additional items discussed were the missing road sign for Chalet Drive has been ordered. Blanchard will be contacting the State DOT to get an estimated time for the repair of the shoulder on Route 8.

Trustee Karen McComb mentioned the problem of goose excrement at the Point and suggested we contemplate ways of keeping the geese off the Point next year. Trustee Crary asked if there could be any repairs done to the road to the brush pit. As this is a Lake Pleasant road, Mr. Blanchard would contact Mr. Randy Lavarnway.

CLERK’S REPORT

Crystal O’Brien gave a verbal Clerk-Treasurer Report as follows:

Village Elections are just three (3) weeks away and as of today, there have been no change, postponement, or additional executive orders regarding the Village Elections. A reminder has been sent out by email to the election inspectors and the candidates. A NYCOM webinar for clarification on the processes for the September Elections was to be held that Wednesday.

NYCOM’s Fall Training School has gone to an all virtual platform this year with a reduced registration cost. With the reduced price and the online platform, it will allow the Deputy Clerk – Treasurer to also attend. Since the Spring conference for Mayors was canceled, Mayor Barrett has also expressed her interest in attending the fall training school. Additionally, the Office of the State Comptroller has moved their Accounting schools online, Mrs. O’Brien hopes to take advantage of this online schooling and attend both the basic and advanced government accounting schools.

The Beach inspection occurred on August 11, violations for Beach Closed signage was addressed within the following week and a violation on the buoys will be addressed in the next year. The beach had to close on Sunday, August 23. Lifeguards have put equipment away for winter. DPW will put away any remaining items for the winter was.

OLD BUSINESS:

A correction was made to the agreed upon water fees. The charge for the road crossing using the Boring machine was increased to $750 due to improperly omitting some of the expenses to pick up and drop off the machine.

Trustee Rudes made a motion to correct the cost of the road crossing fee when using the boring machine to $750. Trustee McComb seconded and the motion passed with the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, McComb and Rudes; nays – none; Donecker - Absent.

The Village is still awaiting regulatory tribal approval for the Verizon Small Cell Towers

Grant expenses are being submitted to DEC for the Fire Tower. There is a remaining $35,000 owed to Mr. Vilegi, but the DEC has informed us we must pay out the remaining expense before being reimbursed. At this time, the Village is waiting for an estimated timeframe for reimbursement to pay the remaining amount owed to Mr. Vilegi. Mayor Barrett expressed she has had a couple of people interested in helping with fund raising of the remaining monies needed for the fire tower. Mr. Vilegi and Lori Ranken have expressed their interest in holding the kickoff meeting soon through Zoom.

Over the last two weeks Mayor Barrett was able to contact National Grid about the LED Street Light conversion. At this time, it would cost about $2,300 to $2,400 to convert to LED light bulbs, but we would get back about $5,200. The LEDs will shine straighter down and have the capabilities of attaching a shield preventing the light from shining into homes. More information on the conversion is being sent to the Mayor.

NEW BUSINESS:

A resolution allowing certain municipal officials and village employees to attend one or more NYCOM Fall Training School for cities and villages and/or OSC government accounting schools was presented to the Board. This resolution is normally apart of the Organizational Meeting, but with the postponed election the organizational meeting will not happen until after Fall training school.

Trustee McComb made a motion to approve Resolution Number 14 of 2020 - Resolution to Approve Attendance at Schools and Conferences. Trustee Rudes seconded and the motion was passed with the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, McComb and Rudes; nays – none; Donecker - Absent.

BOARD ROUND TABLE:

Mayor Barrett attended the yearly Consolidated Health District meeting for Speculator and Lake Pleasant. This meeting was to go over the budget for the Consolidated Health District including the Health Center. Items covered under this budget include, the GAVAC contract, Nathan Littauer annual fee, BTI treatment for the rivers and streams, and health activities within Lake Pleasant and Speculator. Lake Pleasant also received a donation of $10,000 over the past two years for the CHD which they will be using to refurbish the floors in the Health Center.

Lake Pleasant currently has a Job Posting for the administration of BTI treatment for the rivers and streams. Interested parties should contact the Town of Lake Pleasant.

The NBRC Grant Application regarding the water department was rejected again. We will continue to apply since we are in a different situation now. Additionally, NBRC has grants for recreation and bike trails Mayor Barrett would like to apply for. Oak Mountain has created a Mountain Bike Trail which is growing in public interest. The Brister Brook trail was explored a few months ago but determined to be to be too extensively damaged from logging to revitalize. With that in mind, and collaboration with DEC, Mountain Bike Trail experts, Oak Mountain, the Town of Lake Pleasant and Volunteers, other potential trails were explored, and ideas of creating a potential trail route connecting the pathway, the Speculator Bike Loop, Oak Mountain and Moffitt Beach as well as connecting the Fawn Lake Trail and Piseco Airport. The Trail systems like these will draw many to the area and benefit the community in multiple ways.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Bobbi. Hoover commented testing for COVID at Lake Pleasant School is not mandatory for teachers or students at this time.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Trustee Rudes made a motion to enter executive session at 7:45 PM to discuss the notice of claim from Moose Creek Holding LLC. Trustee McComb seconded and the motion passed with the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, McComb and Rudes; nays – none; Donecker - Absent. Trustees McComb, Rudes and Crary, Mayor Barrett and Village Attorney Smith entered executive session.

Trustee Rudes made a motion to exit executive session at 7:58. Trustee Crary seconded and the motion passed with the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, McComb and Rudes; nays – none; Donecker - Absent.

Trustee Rudes made a motion to refer the Moose Creek Holdings LLC matter to our insurance company and will terminate the services of Mr. Schopf. Trustee McComb seconded and the motion passed with the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, McComb and Rudes; nays – none; Donecker - Absent.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Crystal O’Brien, Clerk – Treasurer


ILCS cancels travel club this year

 ILCS BOE August 18 2020



ILCS cancels travel club this year

By PETE KLEIN

INDIAN LAKE—When the Indian Lake Central School Board of Education met on August 18, Superintendent Dave Snide reported there would not be a travel club trip this year, but the clay target fall league is a go at the Fish and Game Club with Greg George supervising.

The Board retreat will be held in the school cafeteria Thursday, October 1 at 5 pm.

Recommendations for Approval

The board approved a tax rate resolution for 2020-21.

The board approved the bus maintenance agreement with Minerva CSD.

The board approved the AIS (Academic Interventional Services). Carried.

The board approved fund raisers.

The board approve the claims audit for July 1, 31.

The board approved Carissa Lance and Greyson Knight as out of district students for 2020-2 l.

The board approved Indian Lake CSD Building Level Emergency Response Plan for 2020-21.

The board approved Bryan Dunbar as night cleaner at a rate of $13 per hour.

The board approved Robin Witz as a substitute nurse.

The board approved waiving parenting and personal finance graduation requirements for the 9th and I0th grade for the 2020-21 school year.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Dianna Wilder, District Clerk.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Long Lake Central working on safety plan

 LLCS BOE September 10 2020



Long Lake Central working on safety plan

By PETE KLEIN

LONG LAKE—When the Long Lake Central Board of Education met on September 10, the board held off adopting a District Wide Safety Plan.

The District Wide Safety Plan was on the agenda to approve, but since there needs to be a public comment period on the plan, the board agreed to hold approval until next month.

Superintendent Noelle Short reported that that day was the first day with students in the building. All students were mask compliant. Staff and students are completing a daily health screening. Some busing logistics are still being worked out.

Two Superintendent’s Conference Days were held this week for staff. Time was allotted for the standard mandatory trainings. Christine Campeau from the Adirondack Experience held a virtual diversity training for all.

The custodial team has done a great job setting up classrooms, including our outdoor learning centers.

No visitors will be allowed in the building at this time. Anyone coming in must have an appointment and complete a health screening.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Mary Phillips-LeBlanc as a ½ Year Mentor for the 2020-2021 school year.

Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the Budget Planning Dates for the 2021-2022 School Budget.

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Brian Penrose, with all in favor, Annalisa Berns, Benjamin Conboy, Ethan Cooke, and Laura Moore as Substitutes.

Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Joan Paula, with all in favor, Noelle Short as APPR Lead Evaluator.

Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Margaret Smith as Long-Term Science Substitute.

Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, the Permanent Civil Service Appointment of Joseph Parent as Custodian.

The District Wide Safety Plan was tabled until next month.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

The Board discussed the 20% State Aid Reductions. Fund Balance and recent staffing changes should allow us to financially absorb the withholdings for this year if they become permanent.

Policy 1st Readings: A first reading of Policy #6550 Leaves of Absence and *8241 Patriotism, Citizenship and Human Rights Education was held.

2nd Public Participation: Michael Farrell asked about Interscholastic Sports.

The next meeting date is Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6 p.m.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Clerk of the Board, Victoria J. Snide.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Wells seeks funds to compensate for Halloween storm

 Wells TB August 10 2020



Wells seeks funds to compensate for Halloween storm

By PETE KLEIN

WELLS—When the Wells Town Board met on August 10, Ryan Frykholm, Municipal Disaster Consultants, updated the board on the FEMA process, saying it continues to go well and most projects, except for those needing engineering assistance, are entered into the system.

FEMA is doing virtual site inspections in other Towns where they have accepted ours with the status of the various damage inventory sites within the Town.

No response to the RFP log removal project. We will re advertise immediately. Also, Ryan will rewrite the RFP for the engineering project and advertise once completed. He then explained that FEMA Public Assistance is a reimbursement process, therefore the Town needs to pay for damages first then request reimbursement. This will entail the need to borrow money as discussed last month. Further information regarding a Revenue Anticipation Note was discussed later in this meeting.

Councilperson Hunt asked if we are 100% guaranteed that FEMA will reimburse us? No guarantee can be made, it is a Federal program and there are no guarantees. Having said that, the projects that the Town is claiming are straight forward and are not anticipated to have issues. The permits and technical details are not complex. There are no indications that the funds related to the Halloween Disaster are at risk of being rescinded by FEMA. He does not see how New York State will have the funds available for their 25% reimbursement due to COVID.

Councilperson Lauria asked how it works to pay for damages first from this year’s budget. Supervisor Mauro has been working on this for the past two weeks preparing to explain the process to the Board at this meeting and turned it over to Councilperson Crewell who also has been working with him.

Councilperson Crewell explained that obviously the Disaster was not planned for in this year’s budget and has researched and consulted with the Town Attorney regarding a Revenue Anticipation Note (RAN). Councilperson Crewell spoke with a few banks including NBT where rates fluctuate between .09% and 1.50%. $705,000 is the amount we feel sufficient to cover the damages before FEMA reimburses the Town. Tonight, we can pass a resolution to enter a RAN. Separate bank accounts have been opened, where the funds from FEMA reimbursement will be deposited, and checks written to keep the monies clean and separate from our regular operating accounts.

Councilperson Lauria shared concerns that new bank accounts were opened without prior approval from the Board. Councilperson Crewell added, there are no funds in the account and further explained that the Finance Committee acted as a committee responsible for what needed to be done on these big milestones.

Supervisor Mauro said, point well taken. Councilperson Crewell also said this has been a grueling process, taking several hours away from her primary job and it was never the committee’s intention to keep the Board members out of the loop.

Councilperson Lauria is not implying that anyone is keeping information from the Board but would appreciate such information be shared prior to the meeting. Supervisor Mauro explained this only came together in the last 48 hours. Councilperson Saltis thought it is a good idea that we are keeping finances separate for reporting purposes. Town Attorney Joseph Walsh was available via conference call to confirm the Revenue Anticipation Note process.

Councilperson Crewell asked if there were any questions for Mr. Walsh. There were none.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTES OF THE TOWN OF WELLS, HAMILTON COUNTY, NEW YORK IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $705,000 PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL FINANCE LAW.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Wells, Hamilton County, New York (the “Town”) as follows:

SECTION 1. The revenue anticipation notes of the Town in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $705,000 are hereby authorized to be issued in anticipation of the collection by the Town of moneys from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) to finance expenses incurred as a result of the Halloween flood of 2019.  Such moneys are due and payable in fiscal year 2020 and are revenues other than real estate taxes or assessments.

SECTION 2. The amount of moneys to be collected from FEMA against which said revenue anticipation notes are authorized to be issued is $705,000.

SECTION 3. Said revenue anticipation notes shall mature within one (1) year from the date of their issuance.

SECTION 4. The proceeds of the notes authorized by this resolution may be applied to reimburse the Town for expenditures made after the effective date of this resolution for the specific purpose set forth herein.  This resolution shall constitute a statement of official intent for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 1.150-2 of the United States Treasury Department.

SECTION 5. Each of the notes authorized by this resolution shall contain the recital of validity prescribed by Section 52.00 of the Local Finance Law.  The faith and credit of the Town are hereby irrevocably pledged for the punctual payment of the principal of and interest on said revenue anticipation notes as the same respectively become due and payable.

SECTION 6. Subject to the terms and contents of this resolution and the Local Finance Law, and pursuant to the provisions of Sections 30.00, 50.00 and 56.00 to 63.00, inclusive, of said Law, the power to authorize the issuance of the revenue anticipation notes authorized by this resolution and the renewals of said notes (including, without limitation, dates, denominations, maturities, interest payment dates, consolidation with other issues, manner of execution and redemption rights), and the power to sell and deliver said revenue anticipation notes, is hereby delegated to the Town Supervisor, the Chief Fiscal Officer of the Town.  The Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to sign the revenue anticipation notes issued pursuant to this resolution, and the Town Clerk is hereby authorized to affix the corporate seal of the Town to said revenue anticipation notes and to attest such seal.

SECTION 7. The Town Supervisor is further authorized to take such actions and execute such documents as may be necessary to ensure the continued status of the interest on the revenue anticipation notes authorized by this resolution as excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes pursuant to Section 103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) and to designate the revenue anticipation notes authorized by this resolution as “qualified tax-exempt obligations” in accordance with Section 265(b)(3) of the Code.

SECTION 8. The validity of said revenue anticipation notes may be contested only if:

(a) Such obligations are authorized for an object or purpose for which the Town is not authorized to expend money, or

(b) The provisions of law which should be complied with at the date of the publication of this resolution, or a summary thereof, are not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty (20) days after the date of such publication, or

(c) Such obligations are authorized in violation of the provisions of the constitution.

SECTION 9 The Town Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish this resolution, or a summary thereof, together with a notice in substantially the form provided by Section 81.00 of the Local Finance Law, in The Leader-Herald, a newspaper having a general circulation in the Town and hereby designated as the official newspaper of the Town for such publication.

SECTION 10. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.

The foregoing resolution was declared duly adopted.

AUTHORIZING THE TOWN SUPERVISOR AND THE TOWN BOARD TO PUBLISH A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP REQUEST) FOR REMOVAL OF 2019 FLOOD GENERATED VEGETATIVE DEBRIS FROM WITHIN LAKE ALGONQUIN

On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the following was APPROVED

WHEREAS, the Town of Wells has recently been suffered the effects of a severe storm, and 

WHEREAS the Town anticipates undertaking a significant vegetative debris removal work project that will require the use of heavy equipment that is not currently owned by the Town, and

WHEREAS the project will be managed and directed by the Town of Wells Supervisor and undertaken by a contracted provider of heavy equipment, with an operator, selected through this Request for Bid process, 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor and the Town Board are authorized to publish a Request for Proposals (RFP Request) to obtain bids from qualified contractors to provide heavy equipment with operators and a general laborer to the Town of Wells on an as-needed basis for a period of six months or other such agreed upon term as stated in a contract executed by the selected bidder and the Town of Wells.

The Board agreed to expand the circulation of this second RFP to include a legal ad in the Leader Herald and Times Union in hopes of receiving a minimum of 2 bids.

AUTHORIZING THE TOWN SUPERVISOR AND THE TOWN BOARD TO MODIFY THE CONTRACT WITH MUNICIPAL DISASTER CONSLUTANTS

On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the following was APPROVED.

WHEREAS, THE Town of Wells hired Municipal Disaster Consultants, Inc. (MDC) to represent the Town it its dealing with NYS and FEMA as it recovers from the damages caused by the Halloween Flood event of 2019.  Damages exceed two million dollars ($2,000,000), AND

WHEREAS The Town and MDC entered a contract with a not-to-exceed amount of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) based upon a limited identification of the damages to MDC.  After undertaking an extensive inventory of damages with the assistance of the Town of Wells Highway Department, the initial ten (10) sites identified to MDC has now grown to over sixty (60) sites.  To accommodate the additional workload represented by these additional damage sites, MDC has requested a contract modification.  This contract modification will increase the not-to-exceed amount to sixty-thousand dollars ($60,000), THEREFORE, BE IT NOW

RESOLVED, that the existing contract with Municipal Disaster Consultants (“MDC”), dated April 6, 2020 is hereby amended by increasing the remuneration to be paid as a result of the additional and expanded scope of the FEMA reimbursable projects to $45,260, covering services rendered through August 7, 2020, and that said contract, as amended is completed and terminated with MDC’s consent, subject to payment of the remaining amount due to MDC by the Town.

AUTHORIZING THE BOARD TO ENTER INTO A NEW AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES WITH MUNICIPAL DISASTER CONSULTANTS TO ASSIST AND ADVISE WITH FINANCIAL RECOVERY TO BE RECEIVED FROM FEMA AND NEW YORK STATE AS A RESULT OF THE STORM ON OCTOBER 31, 2019

On a motion of Councilperson Lauria, seconded by Councilperson Crewell, the following was APPROVED

WHEREAS the Town of Wells suffered devastating damage because of the storm and flooding that occurred on October 31, 2019 and thereafter (FEMA-DR-4472-NY), and

WHEREAS the Town Board is currently planning and executing a massive recovery program to repair such damage caused by this storm and to mitigate future damage in the event of similar storms in the future, and

WHEREAS the Town Supervisor and Town Board entered a contract with Municipal Disaster Consultants (MDC) on April 6, 2020 for assistance and advice regarding financial recovery and dealing with FEMA and New York State because of the storm on October 31, 2019, and

WHEREAS, the Town Supervisor and Town Board have determined that it is in the best interest of all parties to terminate said contract with MDC and enter a new contract with MDC, NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Town Board desires to enter into a new agreement for the services of Municipal Disaster Consultants (“MDC”) to continue to assist the Town in preparing FEMA Reimbursement funding applications for numerous repair and reconstruction projects necessitated by the flooding caused by the October 2019 storm events, such services to begin on August 11, 2020, such new contract to contain essentially the same terms and conditions as the prior contract, and to provide remuneration to MDC in a sum not to exceed $15,000 for such services, and it is also resolved that the Town Supervisor is authorized to execute and deliver such contract on behalf of the Town once the contract is approved as to form and content by the Attorneys for the Town, Walsh & Walsh, LLP.

MONTHLY HYDROELECTRIC REPORT

Supervisor Nick Mauro reported on the Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant for July 2020. Revenues totaled $562.03; expenditures totaled $391.58. Year to date, revenues $85,244.66, expenditures $72,436.22.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

TOWN PICNIC

Supervisor Mauro announced unfortunately that we will not have a Town Picnic this year as it usually draws over 100 residents.

BUILDING INSPECTOR VACANCY

Position was advertised in the Hamilton County Express for two consecutive weeks and received interest from 2 applicants. Councilperson Lauria recalled holding interviews in the past with a Special Meeting, then going into Executive Session. This will take place on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6pm. Required Open Meeting Law will be followed with placement of a legal ad, posted on the Town Website and the Clerk’s bulletin board.

LETTERS TO THE SUPERVISOR

Supervisor Mauro read four letters of thanks. Resident, Dee Parker; Wells Garden Club for Town donation; Wells Historical Society for Town donation and resident Neil Higgins. Another letter received from Pricilla McBride regarding Verizon’s interest in modifying its tower on Ranger Road and AT&T’s interest to construct a tower on the same lot. AT&T is currently doing survey work and in discussion with the APA. She wanted to make sure Supervisor Mauro was aware of this and will forward via email any updates.  

WVAC REPORT

The Board reviewed the WVAC report for July 2020.

BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT

The Board reviewed the Building Code Enforcement Officer’s report for July 2020.  

WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT

The Board reviewed the Water Department Report for July 2020.

George Paige reported work is complete at the Garth Weiss residence. Also, cleaning being done at the Hydro Plant. 

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Board reviewed the Highway Superintendent’s Report for July 2020.

COMMITTEES ROUND TABLE

Councilperson Saltis thanked the Virginia Hosley Library for their donation to the Summer Rec program. Also asked if the Town was still on water restrictions, yes. 

Councilperson Lauria, Buildings and Grounds Committee reported he has researched what grants there may be regarding ways to reduce electric costs. It appears all related grants are dried up, He asked Supervisor Mauro if he knew on a County level if any Town’s or the County are using solar panels. On behalf of Friends of Lake Algonquin, he asked the status of the 16 ft. dock at the boat launch. Supervisor Mauro explained that the contractor interested in removing the flood generated debris from the lake had access to a dock we might be interested in. He did not submit a bid when the first RFP was advertised. Therefore, status is unclear at this point.

Councilperson Crewell has been working with Jen Woodward, Bookkeeper and has a new appreciation of what her job entails.

Supervisor Mauro appreciated Highway Superintendent Earley and his crew for spreading new chips at the playground. Three loads were spread at $130 per load and it has really cleaned up the playground area.

PUBLIC ACCESS

John Higgins brought to the Boards attention confusion regarding the street signs on the Park Rd horseshoe and asked that they be changed clearly marking Park Rd. East and Park Rd. West where they intersect Algonquin Dr. And suggested that the street sign for Montaigne Dr. be removed as there is no such road.

John Margies commented that there was supposed to be a road called Montaigne Rd. at one time. He also asked if there was a timetable for repairs on Griffin Rd. Not currently and the Counties responsibility. 

Supervisor Mauro added, Gilmantown Rd. probably will be completed sometime this fall.

Councilperson Crewell asked about our stance on watering vegetable gardens due to the restrictions. Supervisor Mauro asked everyone to be frugal and water in the evening. 

This article is based upon minutes provided by Maryellen Stofelano, Town Clerk.


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Arietta makes plans for septic laws

Arietta TB September 8 2020



Arietta makes plans for septic laws

By PETE KLEIN

ARIETTA—When the Arietta Town Board met on September 8, Supervisor Rick Wilt reported that the Town Attorney feels the new language in the proposed septic law is ok. The next step is to have a public hearing for public comments. The board will pass the resolution to move ahead with the public hearing at the next regular meeting on October 20.

Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Governments Records

The board passed the following resolution.

WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta, Town Board will rescind Resolution 20-06-17 Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Governments Records or LGS-1 adopted at the Town Board Meeting on July 20, 2020, passed prematurely before the established effective date, and

WHEREAS: it is necessary for the Town of Arietta, Town Board to revisit the implication of the proposed new LGS-1 Retention and Disposition Schedule, and

WHEREAS: the Town of Arietta adopted Resolution 19G, the Records Retention and Disposition Schedule #MU1 on August 5, 1996 and now the Town of Arietta must adopt the new LGS-1 Retention and Disposition Schedule and it will supersede and replace the present Records Retention and Disposition Schedule #MU1 issued by the State Archives and Records Administration (SARA) and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Town Board, Town of Arietta will rescind all past Record Retention Schedule Resolutions and adopt the Records Retention and Disposition Schedule LGS-1 issued by the State Archives and Records Administration.

Appointment Planning Board Member

The board passed the following resolution.

WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta, Town Board will reappoint Sheila Crouse to the Arietta Planning Board retroactive as of March 1, 2020 and,

WHEREAS: it is necessary that the Arietta Town Board reappoint Sheila Crouse for a five year term that ends February 28, 2025, and

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED: that the Town Board, Town of Arietta does hereby appoint Sheila Crouse to the Arietta Planning Board effective immediately.

SNOWMOBILE TRAILS COMMITTEE

Rick Wilt reported nothing is going on with snowmobile trails yet. Mrs. Rudes reported that those working on the ski trail at the Airport are doing a great job.

AIRPORT & FINANCE COMMITTEE

Rick Wilt reported the final contracts are signed for the lighting work, but the contractor cannot order supplies until he receives the signed contract from the attorneys. It will take six weeks to get the supplies after he orders them. If it gets done this year it will be late October or early November. After that probably not.

The clear zone obstruction survey is almost done. After that is done the Town can get a grant to cut any in the clear zone except for the trees on Town property. None of the trees on State land can be cut down and there are a lot of them.

LAKE/ DAM/ INVASIVE COMMITTEE

Sarah Rudes reported the engineer for the Piseco Lake Dam David Railsback was supposed to be at this meeting to give information on the data collected from the water monitoring system and the future of the existing dam. He said he will be here in October. Rick Wilt said if he cannot come, we will do a zoom meeting. Mr. Railsback has been working on the permits for the fence.

OTHER BUSINESS

The board also agreed to hold budget meetings on October 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2020 at 5pm.

Rick Wilt reported there are two people working at the Airport from the highway department one running a brush hog and one is running a rental grubber that grinds the brush and trees that are growing up in the clear zone.

Rudes asked if the density plan given to the board by the Planning board could be sent to the APA for their review. Wilt said he would talk to Mrs. Kiewicz and have the Planning board send it.

Wilt reported there probably will not be any airport grants next year as the FAA has lost a lot of revenue since COVID has cut down sharply on airline flights where the money comes from.

Rudes asked when the brush dumping was moved from Route 10 to the Town old pit property by the airport. Mr. Small said someone came in and ground the brush at Route 10 and they hauled the grindings to the pit and spread it on the floor of the pit. At that time, they moved the dumping of brush to the pit property. He also said that they could take larger sized brush as the grinder can grind up to things up to 11 feet long. The board will consider larger brush. Mr. Wilt said the Towns permit only allows 20 tons of brush in a pile. He said we could change the permit, but it can be sticky. Mrs. Wilt will put the brush dumping has moved on the Town website.

Rudes reported that the board should thank the Piseco Lake Association for cleaning up after the fireworks display last Saturday.

Samuel LaScola asked if the demo permit has been changed to include roofing material. Wilt said yes charge for all demo permit debris taken to the transfer station. He also asked about town stickers for vehicles for the transfer station. Wilt said he investigated it and it usually does not work very well.

Craig Small reported he was not able to find any pickup trucks at dealers to be able to bid for the ones he was approved for at the last meeting. There are no Chevrolet and if he bid for them it would be at least until next March before the came in. He found four Dodge pickups at Main Motors that are on State OGS contract and he can get three of those. Wilt told him to have Joyce Page look on the OGS website and if she can find them, he can get them.

Chris Rhodes told the board he moved the snowmobile trail around the Evergreen pit and asked the board to please put up fencing or something on the old trail to stop people from using it and going through the pit.

Next regular meeting will be October 5 at 5 pm.


This article is based upon minutes provided by Kenneth Parslow, Town Clerk.