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Text of Wells TB Dec 9 2019

Wells TB Dec 9 2019

Wells approves fuel contracts
WELLS—The Wells Town Board met on December 9 and passed resolutions to approve fuel contracts and water main repair bids.
On a motion of Councilperson Saltis, seconded by Councilperson Lauria, the following resolution was approved by all.
“WHEREAS, fuel oil bids, in accordance with specifications on file with the Town clerk, were publicly opened and read on December 6th, 2019 at 12:00 noon as advertised and referred to the Building Committee to be reviewed for recommendation, AND WHEREAS, after reviewing two bids AND WHEREAS, it has been determined that the delivery differential bid by Shepard Oil Co., Inc. was 2.1088 cents per gallon for No. 2 Heating Oil, 2.2789 cents per gallon for 50/50 Winter Blend Diesel Fuel and 1.8360 cents per gallon for Regular Grade Gasoline, AND WHEREAS, it has been determined that the delivery differential bid by G.A. Bove & Son Inc. was 2.173 cents per gallon for No. 2 Heating Oil, 2.526 cents per gallon for 50/50 Winter Blend Diesel Fuel and 1.954 cents per gallon for Regular Grade Gasoline,
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Fuel Oil contract for 2020 be awarded to Shepard Oil Co., Inc. at the fluctuating bid price, which price will be revised in accordance with the bid specifications, of $ 1.8360 for Regular Grade Gasoline, AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a Fuel Oil Contract be awarded to Shepard Oil Co., Inc. at the fluctuating price, which price will be revised in accordance with the bid specifications, of $2.2789 for 50/50 Winter Blend Diesel and $2.1088 for No. 2 Heating Oil, AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to execute contract(s) with Shepard Oil Co., Inc. to provide Heating Fuel and Winter Blend Diesel transportation fuel and Shepard Oil Co., provide Regular Grade Gasoline to the Town of Wells for the year 2020.
A resolution authorizing the Town of Wells to enter a five-year revocable lease with North Country Public Radio was tabled until the next meeting so Supervisor Beach can clarify the lease arrangement.
Supervisor Beach reviewed quotes from two engineering firms to replace the water main on the bridge. CFI Contracting, Inc. quote is $147,000 and Cedarwood Engineering Firm at $168,500. Another option is for us to purchase the pipe directly from the manufacturer. Supervisor Beach is looking into the possibility of obtaining an Emergency Assistance Water Grant which could provide up to $150,000 and we would have one year to repay the loan. He should know more within 2 to 3 weeks and could apply online. Councilperson Lauria asked about potential assistance through FEMA. No way of knowing how long any FEMA assistance would take.
The Board reviewed the Building Code Officers report for November 2019. Kevin Helm provided the Board with a request from Timothy Mell to subdivide a property he owns into two separate lots at 1439 St. Rt. 30 for the purpose of building a new lakefront cabin (approximately 900 sq. ft.). Kevin Helm is suggesting Mr. Mell have a survey done. Mr. Mell would like to personally approach the board with his plan of sub dividing the property and explain what other government entities he has been in contact with. The board is requiring Mr. Mell provide a survey prior to being placed on a Regular Meeting agenda.
Councilperson Hunt asked if National Grid has been contacted regarding the pole near the dam. Supervisor Beach has placed a call to them, has not received an answer back.
Councilperson Saltis reported gift cards were being sent to the CIT’s as a thank you.
Councilperson Lauria asked about the status of the Hydro Plant repairs. Supervisor Beach replied the estimated costs is approximately $97,000.00. It is covered by insurance with a $25,000.00 deductible. Generator has been sent out to kiln dry, gear box is in good working order. The plant should be online tomorrow.
Councilperson Stuart reported ice is being made for the skating rink.
The meeting, commencing at 7:00 p.m., was held for the purpose of addressing any and all business that came before the Board. Supervisor Beach led off with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Councilperson Lauria made a correction in the November 18, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes. Under Public Access, Michael Waterhouse from Adirondack Motorist Enthusiast Club (A.M.E.C) not presented the Town with a $1,000.00 donation from their club. Approval of the minutes of the November 18, 2019 with noted correction.
Supervisor Beach reported on the Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant for November 2019. Revenues totaled $5,826.80; expenditures totaled $883.38.
Rebekah Crewell asked if we have been in contact with the insurance company regarding the water main break due to the flooding. Yes, and unfortunately it is not covered. She suggested getting in touch with NYS DOT. She also shared an update on FEMA. Don Purdy has confirmed we are still moving in the right direction. On November 29, 2019 Governor Cuomo elevated all the affected counties loss of $33 million to the Federal Government. Unclear at this point as to when if any funds will be awarded.
Sharon Grisenthwaite asked if the Town could assist with a turned over headstone in the cemetery. Superintendent Earley said he could look at it possibly in the spring. Councilperson Hunt said he would assist with the use of his bucket loader.
Kevin Cafaro commented that only one gate is partially open.
Vince Abbott-Forgione commented that emergency services and elected officials responded wonderfully during the Halloween flood. He mentioned an alarm that was discussed at the last meeting. The Town has been fortunate to have had long term supervisors in office over the last 30 plus years with Brian Towers, 20 plus years and his predecessor, Allen Hunt for 14 years. He believes now we should have a protocol, basic procedures for when a disaster occurs and learn from the past to prepare for the future. We received 5 to 7 inches of rain; the Hurricane Irene storm amounted to 4 to 14 inches of rain. The damage to the community, residents and Town were devastating and costly. He went on to ask the board two things. If 3 inches of rain is predicted that the protocol be to open the gates and drain the lake. Secondly, regarding the monthly Hydro report. That it possibly be called a Hydro Facility Report which would include all income and expenses for the prior month and additionally identify what’s not working. He recalled at the December 2018 meeting it was brought up then that we were having problems with the gates. The last time the dam was updated was in 1993 and that’s what we are working with.
John Margies recalled how much more press there was prior to the Hurricane Irene storm opposed to the 2019 Halloween storm. He also thanked Supervisor Beach for his tenure.
Vince Abbott-Forgione added that he believes there is a need for technology to modernize the dams function ability. NYS is looking at $10 million in grant money to assistance with modernizing dams and hydro plants.
Roy Grisenthwaite, kudos to the Board, thank you, and Don didn’t raise taxes!

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

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