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.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New Benson employee received CDL

 Benson TB Sept 1 2020


New Benson employee received CDL

By PETE KLEIN

BENSON—When the Benson Town Board held committee meetings on September 1, the board was informed highway employee Jeremy Jensen received his CDL permit.

They also agreed that the Insurance opt out resolution (61-18) will apply to Jeremy Jensen, the newest highway employee.

In other committee business:

BUILDINGS/GROUNDS/EMERGENCY SERVICES

Chimney repaired at Town Hall approximate cost was $800.

FINANCE

Tax Cap override Public Hearing to take place Sept. 15.

LEGAL

The committee would like to see Junkyard Law accepted. A Public Hearing on it will be on October 20,

BOARD TOPICS

The Board discussed the timeline for the budget.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Frank Fernandez asked Hwy. Supt. George Blower two questions regarding VanSlyke Rd. The supervisor informed Mr. Fernendez he would need to direct his question to the lawyers of Fernandez vs. Benson.


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


Inlet land sale goes to Permissive Referendum

 Inlet TB Aug 11 2020



Inlet land sale goes to Permissive Referendum

By PETE KLEIN

INLET—At the Inlet Town Board meeting held on August 11, Supervisor John Frey stated that the Public Hearing currently open since the March 10 meeting is to research and hear discussion regarding selling a small portion of land to the Townsend family that currently separates two of the parcel's owned by the Estate of John Townsend. The Town and surveyor, John Deming, have provided the information to decide as to how the town will do a land swap. The property in question was gifted to the Town of Inlet. However, it offers rights to the lake from other neighboring properties. We want to make sure everyone retains their rights.

The board approved holding a PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM that started August 11 and will be at least 4S days, which will bring it to the October 13 meeting.

HIGHWAY

Superintendent Hansen's report provided is as follows: Hauled garbage and recyclables. Brush pick up was a success. Striped town hall parking lot and parking lot between the two churches. Patrolled roads in Plains. Paved Loomis Rd and backed up shoulders. Thank you to The Town of Long Lake and Hamilton County for sending trucks to haul the blacktop.

Chip sealed Uncas Rd. Thank you to the Town of Long Lake for sending us a truck. Spread gravel on Uncas Rd. Helped county with their paving projects. Hauled gravel for the new storage facility and got things up to grade. Still have more to go, letting things settle a bit. Sealed the Tobie Trail. Rebuilt mower deck on John Deere tractor. Brake job on 205 and installed a starter. Painted some of our snow removal equipment. Mowed roadsides and weed wacked.

TRANSFER STATION -

Superintendent Hansen offered the following monthly report: Open 7 days a week from 8 AM to 7 PM. Closed from 12 to 1 dally for lunch.

There was discussion about the fact that people are coming in right before lunch or before night closing. There was a suggestion that they start closing 15 minutes before closing time so that the employees can take their scheduled lunch break without interruption.

Things are going well. Place is clean. Sorting is being kept up with. Staff is working together great.

LAKE JET SKI ISSUES

There was discussion regarding numerous jet skis on 6th & 7th Lake that arc not following rules and becoming a nuisance. Peggy asked why the Hamilton County Sherriff cannot be present on this lake more. Supervisor Frey explained that they are so short staffed, and they are present. They are doing the best they can with the staff they have.

TOWNSEND TRAIL - Peggy Brownell asked where we are with the Townsend Trail grant. We have submitted everything and still waiting on a response. Peggy also thanked the Highway Department for keeping out with any washouts and making sure the trail is nice.

BENCHES Peggy mentioned that the benches at Cedar Creek are still too close together.

RESIDENT COMMENTS

Janice Kandor expressed how loud the generator behind the town hall is and it exercises at 1 am every Sunday. Asked if there was anything that could be done. Supervisor Frey stated he would have Don Raehl change the time, however, there is nothing we can do about the noise. She also expressed that water is pooling and causing an excessive amount of water to pool around her house. The town has tried to dig draining ditches to alleviate the problem, however, she still has water into her basement and on lawn.

Hamilton County Soil and Water has come down to discuss the issues. There is discussion about a grant to help pay for remediation. There are 6 different locations that are trying to stop the current flow of water. Discussion on some ideas on how to remedy the situation followed.

John Masestri commented that the Town of Inlet and its employees have done a great job this year considering everything. Supervisor Frey explained that it takes teamwork, and everyone worked hard and thanked Mr. Maestri for his statement

PARKING ISSUES

Peggy commented that the parking situation in town is ridiculous and wondered if the town was contemplating any ideas on adding more parking. Supervisor Frey expressed that the town is aware of the situation and have always looked to ways to improve this situation. He stressed the importance of ride share. The Dunay parking is only available to us for events. The town also received a letter from a summer resident regarding the situation of lack of parking and tickets being issued to 6111 lake residents. A copy of the letter is provided.

COMMUNICATIONS

There has been quite a bit of movement toward getting towers approved. A taller tower was requested and not approved; therefore, a lower tower is being pursued. The tower that is being referred to as the Eagle Bay Tower might do nothing for In1et, especially up toward Sixth and Seventh Lake. T-Mobile's early location on Corasanti property was denied because there were not enough trees to hide. The location is now being moved to back on top of the hill. The committee is looking toward two towers with emergency towers on each tower. Cell service runs below emergency. Herkimer 911 will remain our primary emergency services communication. Things seem to be constantly changing, however, Supervisor Frey wanted to reiterate that all monies donated to date have not been touched and will be used strictly toward the communications towers.

CAP 21

The Covid Relief Fund is at $206,893.71 and has helped 169 people. The question was asked if there is a fund to help businesses. Adele might have information on that.

YOUTH COMMISSION

Last lifeguard leaves Sunday. Beach will be closing the weekend of the 14th of August. Supervisor Frey thanked all the lifeguards, beach monitors, Barb Murdock, Mary Madeau, Adele, and Mitch for all their hard work and knows it was not easy with some even getting yelled at

POLICE

RETIREMENT PROGRAM - Still looking to acquire the quote for the retirement. The department is still experiencing staffing issues. New vehicle will be in soon.

ASSESSOR/CODES

Assessor and Codes/Zoning Officer, Aimee VanWie provides a report each month and is available online. Aimee needs a new computer. She is having issues and Barry from Real Property thought he had fixed it; however, it was not. Need to order a new one.

INFORMATION OFFICE

Publicity/Tourism Director, Adele Burnett provides a detailed monthly report online. In addition to past events and information about her department, this report will detail upcoming events. She is still looking at having the Fall Festival, however, it will be more like a Farmer's market. She is discussing having no music and food at this year's event.

TOWN CLERK

Reported revenues for the month of July. Town Clerk has reached out to UPS about possibly becoming a UPS drop off site. Now selling fishing/hunting licenses. Is considering selling EZ Passes for convenience to residents to obtain one locally.

Supervisor Frey made a MOTION to allow Town Clerk to spend the initial purchase of about $57S to try it. Passes can be returned if the service is not needed or does not work out. Councilman Levi Seconded. Motion Carried

6TH & 7TH LAKE FIREWORKS

There have been questions from residents as to how the 6th & 7th Lake Association can hold fireworks. Supervisor Frey explained that it is a private event for residents of 6th & 7th Lake and there is no issue with social distancing. No location for people to congregate to watch them and they are not advertised to the public.

TOWN OF WEBB HEALTH CENTER

Supervisor Frey reported that Town of Webb finalized a deal with MVHS, and Inlet's contribution would be $11,000 to the end of 2020. If residents can increase the number of visits and number of residents that use the facility, the funding help may be able to cease. Even Telemed counts toward the number of visits needed. Discussion followed regarding if we need 9400 total visits or additional visits. Supervisor Frey will get clarification.

CENSUS

Supervisor Frey reported that census numbers are extremely low. If you have not completed it, please do so at www.my2020census.gov.

2021 TENTATIVE BUDGE WORKSHOP

Supervisor Frey state that with all the expenses and County tax.es going up, he is looking to have a "flat" budget No increases to any lines, including a COLA increase for employees. He feels we might be able to finish tentative budget in two sessions. The first budget work session will be September 8 at 6:30 pm.

TRAILS - Supervisor Frey reported that trail work has started with work by the Black Fly group and town staff. Thanked Dave Corasanti for his involvement

POLICE DEPARTMENT STAFF

Peggy Brownsell asked if the part-time officers must live in Inlet Supervisor Frey stated they do not. They fill in shifts as needed and are often retired officers from other departments, therefore, the town does not have to pay to train, retirement and health benefits. Andrew Kalil has still been filling in where needed.


This article is based upon minutes provided by Town Clerk Yvonne Lutz.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

County DMV Office will be closed to the General Public on Wednesdays

 Supervisors September 3 2020



County DMV Office will be closed to the General Public on Wednesdays

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASNT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on September 3, it passed many resolutions with the following resolution being the one to be of greatest interest to the public.

AUTHORIZING COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE OFFICE TO CLOSE

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County DMV has been extremely busy since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, and

WHEREAS, due to the Governor's regulations and other County DMV policies in who and how they are to service their customers, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County is a tourist area and the DMV office historically has always serviced our summer residents from all other counties and we have now seen a serious influx of people in our area for the past many months who normally do not reside here, and

WHEREAS, due to this situation, we are unable to keep up and are severely behind with the back-end work and reporting requirements as required by NYS DMV, and

WHEREAS many conversations have been held with board members by the Hamilton County Clerk putting forth the situation in the Motor Vehicle office in efforts to help resolve this present situation, and

WHEREAS, a meeting was held with the Central Government Committee on August 24, 2020 and after much discussion, it was felt that closing the DMV to the public one day a week would help alleviate the present situation by being able to concentrate on in-house paperwork, and

WHEREAS the County Clerk suggested that the best day to close for the above purposes would be on Wednesdays to help with this situation until further notice, and

WHEREAS, New York State DMV has been notified through the County Clerk liaison who understands the situation that all offices are currently facing and was supportive of our proposal and asked to be kept informed as weeks progressed, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County DMV Office will be closed to the General Public on Wednesdays beginning September 9, 2020 until further notice.

SETTING EQUALIZATION RATES DATED

RESOLVED, that the assessment rolls with proposed rates as set up by the Equalization Committee be adopted for the year 2020 as follows: Arietta – 100%, Benson – 85, Hope - 85, Indian Lake – 100, Inlet – 100, Lake Pleasant – 100, Long Lake – 100, Morehouse – 100, Wells - 85.

POLICY FOR AUTHORIZING CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

BE IT RESOLVED, that contracts/agreements that are between $0 - $1,999 for purchases/services may be signed by the Department Head or County official providing it has been approved by the County Attorney and an appropriation has been made in the current year’s budget for said goods or services, and be it further

RESOLVED, that contracts/agreements that are between $2,000 - $ 9,999 for purchases/services may be signed by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors providing the Procurement Policy has been followed, it has been approved by the County Attorney and an appropriation has been made in the current year’s budget for said goods or services.

PAYMENT TO WARRENSBURG COLLISON CENTER, INC.

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 the 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 $4,177.42 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A2680.0000 Insurance Recoveries by $4,177.42, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make a check payable to Warrensburg Collision Center, Inc. in the amount of $5,177.42 for Invoice #3023 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.

PAYMENT OF COMPENSATORY TIME - DEPUTY COUNTY CLERK

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Clerk's Office has experienced an increased workload due to the COVID-19 Crisis with increased customer traffic in the DMV office resulting in a work backlog, and

WHEREAS this situation has necessitated all the staff and specifically that the Deputy County Clerk work longer hours which has been accumulated as compensatory time, and

WHEREAS, the Deputy County Clerk has accrued the maximum allowed compensatory time of 80 hours, and

WHEREAS, a Central Government Committee meeting was held on August 24, 2020 to discuss this issue and it was agreed by the committee and approved by the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Brian Wells, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Deputy County Clerk shall be compensated for her accumulated compensatory time of 80 hours at the rate of $32.838 for a total of $2,627.04 to be paid in 2 separate checks with payrolls ending September 19, 2020 and October 3, 2020 and the Treasurer's Office be so authorized.

2020 NYS HAVA CARES ACT GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Elections has been awarded the NYS HAVA CARES Act Grant BOE01-C004189-1110000 for an amount up t $8,796.41, and

WHEREAS this grant is a reimbursement grant to cover actual costs per the Work Plan submitted by the Hamilton County Board of Elections, and

WHEREAS, both Commissioners have agreed to and signed off on said Work Plan, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign NYS HAVA CARES Act Grant BOE01-C004189-1110000.

PURCHASE OF RADIO EQUIPMENT

WHEREAS one of the requirements of all current New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) grants funding issued through the Office Interoperable Emergency Communications (OIEC) is for 24/7 monitoring of established National Interoperability Channels, and

WHEREAS to be able to monitor said National Channels, specific radio equipment must be used, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services has received a quote from Capital Digitronics for said radio equipment under NYS Contract #’s PT68716, PT68728, and PT68714, in the amount of $23,446.46, and

WHEREAS funding for this purchase is available through DHSES grant C198204, Account No. A3645.418, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the purchase of said radio equipment from Capital Digitronics by the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services in the amount of $23,446.46 with funding from Account No. A3645.418, DHSES contract C198204 is hereby authorized, and the Treasurer and the Office of Emergency Services be so notified.

DOWN PAYMENT FOR GENERATOR – EMERGENCY SERVICES

WHEREAS Resolution No. 208-20 authorized the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management to purchase a 48v DC generator from Polar Power in the amount of $17,980 with funding coming from New York State Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services grant C198204, Account No. A3645.418, and

WHEREAS, Polar Power, with invoice #15999, is requiring a 40% down payment of the quoted amount which constitutes a figure of $7,192, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to cut a check in the amount of $7,192 to Polar Power with funds coming from Account No. A3645.418, grant contract # C198204, and the Office of Emergency Management be so notified.

ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT FOR SHERIFF VEHICLE

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 42-20 authorizes the purchase of a 2020 Dodge Durango SSV for the Sheriff’s Office, and

WHEREAS the said vehicle needs to have ancillary equipment installed such as but not limited to 2-way radio’s, emergency lights, sirens, etc., and

WHEREAS, the County has received a written quote for the installation of the ancillary equipment as from JPJ Electronics, 1 W. Whitesboro St., Yorkville, NY in the amount of $12,982.38, and

WHEREAS this quote is based on pricing discounts on equipment under a contract JPJ currently has with Otsego County, and

WHEREAS, because of the electronics that new vehicles have from the factory such as air bag components and computer-controlled factory equipment the Superintendent recommends waiving the County’s procurement for three written quotes, and recommends that JPJ Electronics complete the installation of the ancillary equipment, be it

RESOLVED, the Fleet Coordinator is authorized to purchase the Ancillary Equipment from JPJ Electronics installed at a cost of $12,982.38 and the Clerk of the Board, County Sheriff and Fleet Coordinator be so notified, be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to issue a check to JPJ Electronics in the amount of $12,982.38 to be charged to Sheriff Account No. A3110.202 Automobile.

FLEXIBLE FUNDING FOR RURAL LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

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

WHEREAS, the total grant contract is for $6,785, and WHEREAS, this is a new grant requiring a new budget line, be it

RESOLVED, that appropriation Account No. A4050.447 NYSACHO COVID-19 be created in the amount of $6,785 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account Number A.2770 by $6,785, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be so authorized.

ATTESTATION FORM FOR NYS OMH

WHEREAS the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH) enacted budget for 2019-20 included a 0.02% increase for salary and salary-related fringe benefits effective April 1, 2020, and

WHEREAS the statute authorizing that the increase requires that each provider sign an attestation that the funding be used to support salary and salary-related fringe benefit increases, be it

RESOLVED, that the Attestation Form be completed to indicate that Hamilton County Community Services will use the increase in funding to support salary and salary-related fringe benefit increases, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Chairman to sign the Attestation form as requested by NYS OMH and the County Treasurer be so advised.

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM BUDGET

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), administered by the Hamilton County Department of Social Services, has been awarded the amount of $11,517 for the administration of the 2020 SYEP, and

WHEREAS, the amount to be awarded for SYEP was not known at the time the 2020 budget was adopted, no amount was put in the 2020 Hamilton County budget for Account No. A6290.103, Job Training Participating Summer Youth, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Account No. A6290.103, Job Training Participating Summer Youth, be increased by $11,517 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A4089.100, Federal Aid, WIA, by same amount and the County Treasurer be so authorized.

RENTAL OF OFF-ROAD DUMP TRUCK DATED

WHEREAS the DPW needs to rent a single axle off road dump truck for the cleanup of Elbow Creek from the Halloween Storm of 2019, and

WHEREAS the DPW solicits for bids for equipment rental and currently has a list of duly awarded bidders, and

WHEREAS three vendors (Finke Equipment, A. Montano & Anderson Equipment) on the awarded bid placed bids for a four wheel drive off road dump truck, and

WHEREAS these vendors either do not have off road trucks available for rent soon or have trucks that are too large for the need, and

WHEREAS the bids from Finke Equipment, A. Montano and Anderson Equipment are $6,775, $8,800, and $6,500 per month respectively plus delivery charge, and

WHEREAS, Abele Tractor has a single axle off road truck available for rent and the Superintendent has received a price quote of $5,500 per month plus $400.00 delivery charge, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent requests authorization to rent the off-road truck from Abele Tractor at the above quoted price for up to two months to complete the cleanup of Elbow Creek, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the DPW Superintendent is authorized to rent the said single axle off road truck from Abele Tractor for no longer than two months with costs not to exceed $11,800 and the County Highway Superintendent, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

AGREEMENT WITH INDEPENDENT AUDIT FIRM

WHEREAS the County Treasurer requested a quote from our present County auditors for the year ending 2020, 2021 and 2022, as our contract has expired with the 2019 year-end audit, and

WHEREAS, the County Treasurer has recommended continuing with our present audit firm of Drescher and Malecki, and

WHEREAS, the Finance Committee agreed with staying with our present auditors, and WHEREAS, the accounting firm of Drescher and Malecki, LLP, proposed $25,150 per year for County audit services and the NYS DOT audit for years 2020, 2021 and 2022, which is a 0% increase over the last three years, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman is hereby authorized to sign a contract with Drescher and Malecki, LLP, Certified Public Accounts, for the audit years 2020, 2021 and 2022 at the stipulated cost of $25,150 per year, based on the approval of the contract by the County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

TRANSPORTATION FOR A PRESCHOOL CHILD FROM LONG LAKE

WHEREAS Hamilton County is obligated to provide roundtrip transportation for Hamilton County children receiving Early Intervention or Preschool Special Education services that cannot be provided in the home setting, and

WHEREAS the HCPHNS staff encourage parents to provide transportation, which however is not an option for this family beginning September 21, 2020, be it

RESOLVED, that bids for roundtrip transportation from Long Lake to Children’s Corner in Tupper Lake, NY be solicited from vendors for the 2020 fall and spring school sessions, and be it further

RESOLVED, that said bids will be due on September 21, 2020 at 10:30 am.


Lake Pleasant plans for new code software and enforcement fees

 LPTB August 17 2020



Lake Pleasant plans for new code software and enforcement fees

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Lake Pleasant Town Board met on August 17, the board discussed the Williamson Software with Bob Benkovich/Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer.

Cristine Meixner would like to see the price of permits go up, maybe this could help with the expense of the new program.

Supervisor Betsy Bain said there is money left on training lines that could also help with this expense.

Benkovich gave Supervisor Bain the list of permit fees from Long Lake and Indian Lake, which are more than the Town’s fees. Bob feels we should be charging a penalty for those who build without a permit and stop order fees. Williamson Law told Bob that they could have the software ready by January 1. The public would need to be notified on the new fees especially the stop order fees and the fees for no permit.

Neil McGovern will be working with Bob on these new fees. Supervisor Bain said when Bob retires the new Code Enforcement Officer will be able to step right in using this program.

Resolution #83 the board approved to purchase the Williamson Law Building and Codes Enforcement software.

Offered by Neil McGovern 2nd by Don Braunius

RESOLVED, that the Williamson Law Building and Codes Enforcement Software has been approved.

ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius, Cristine Meixner. Nays: None.

HIGHWAY

Highway Superintendent Randy Lavarnway reported that the cameras are all set at the Library and the ones at the Primary Care are on back order. The chip sealing is completed on Page St. Lavarnway gave the ok for an Engineer to do a survey and test on Fish Mt. Road/Park Stream to figure out if a culvert can be used or a bridge, and what the cost would be. Paving has started on Hamilton Lake Road, thanks to all the shared services from the County, Arietta, Speculator and Wells. Malcolm Cooke’s last day is Thursday. If you see him, please thank him for his years of service.

OLD BUSINESS

Nancy Seifts reported on the audit being done at the Town Hall by BST. There are 3 auditors working on it. Hopefully, they will be done in the office this week, but probably more questions sent by email. Nancy reported that she got a quote from John Foley to clean up the flower gardens in the front of the Town Hall. Stage 1 would be $380 for weeding the flower beds, especially by the rock wall.

Step 2 in the Spring move around existing flowers add more plants mulch all flower beds and keep watered for seven days $1,281.

Resolution #82 the town board approved stage 1 from John Foley’s quote to refresh the town’s flower bed above the rock wall and weed.

Offered by Nancy Seifts 2nd by Don Braunius

Cristine Meixner reported on the Emergency Operations Plan/Tornado Shelter. The Board of Deacons at the North Country Church said no to using the Church for a Tornado Shelter. There are no bathrooms in the basement and there is no available space. Back to using the School for the shelter. Further discussion on maybe having one person from each trailer park meet with the Board. When the alarm does go off, maybe the Sheriff’s office would notify this person. Maybe each park would have their own siren. There will also have to be a person to notify the School to unlock.

Bids for the Nathan Littauer floors have been tabled. No bids have come in yet. H2O will be testing the salt contaminated wells on August 25.

NEW BUSINESS

A complaint filed with the Supervisor about their deeded right-of-way on 175 Golf Course Road has been put on the record. The complaint was that there were too many people using the ROW. Social distancing is not taking place. Highway Superintendent Lavarnway contacted the Sheriff’s Office and they have agreed to patrol the ROW.

Supervisor Bain has filed the 2021 Consolidated health budget with the State and County after her meeting with the Health committee. The budget did not go over the tax cap for this year even though $48,000 was budgeted for the fly car. Camp of the Woods will not be able to contribute next year because of the decline in attendees because of COVID. They did pay the last quarter for the fly car for this year.

Next meeting is September 8 at 5 p.m. at the Lake Pleasant Library.

Cristine Meixner asked if Verizon has gotten the small towers up and running Supervisor Bain said no, they are still waiting on the APA.

ROUNDTABLE

Resolution #85 to approve putting the flags back up to full staff

OFFERED BY Don Braunius 2nd by Neil McGovern

RESOLVED, that all Town flags be put back up to full staff as they have been at half-staff because of those that died because of COVID.

ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Neil McGovern, Cristine Meixner, Don Braunius.

Supervisor Bain said there will be COVID testing at the tennis courts at the County Complex on September 22. She also encouraged everyone to complete their census. There has been a complaint made by the Nurse Practitioner at the Primary Care, that the walls in the examining rooms are not 100 % soundproof. Further discussion. New pickle board nets have been purchased by Consolidated Health.


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


Friday, September 4, 2020

Few virus cases in Hamilton County

 Speculator VB August 10 2020



Few virus cases in Hamilton County

By PETE KLEIN

SPECULATOR—At the August 10 meeting of the Speculator Village Board of Trustees, Mayor Jeannette Barrett shared data provided by Hamilton County Public Health showing the number of positive cases over the last twelve weeks within Hamilton and surrounding counties. There has been a gradual increase in all counties. Within Hamilton County we have six (6) new cases in that timeframe when the surrounding counties have had much larger increases within that period such as Herkimer (154 new cases) and Fulton (103 new cases). According to the Persons Under Investigation numbers received today, there are currently three patients under quarantine, 160 travelers quarantined, 1,419 COVID tests have been performed to date and a total of 10 positive cases.

WATER/WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

Ed Scharpou, WWTP Chief Operator, submitted a written report. Additional commentary was made as follows:

Water Department: All monthly reporting has been sent in. Samples for POCs, PICs and SOCs, normally sampled and paid for by NYS DOH are currently on hold, Mr. Scharpou has been speaking with the Department of Health and they are trying to get us back on the sampling list. Quarterly readings are done.

The property damaged on Route 8 after a water main break this past spring was cleaned up and seeded.

Still attempting to locate a water service on Oak Mountain Drive, no records found even though the original property owner stated there is a connection. Mr. Scharpou will be digging to try to locate that connection but if none is found they will need to connect a new service.

A water leak was located at 106 Elm Lake Road, it was found to be the responsibility of the homeowner and it is likely to be the cause of the flooded basement at 108 Elm Lake Road.

With the help of Lamont, FEMA coordinates and information about the River crossing have been determined. Sewer Department:

all monthly sampling has been done, requirements met, and the copper monitoring report has been approved and passed but is still awaiting approval on the QAPP.

The inside plant has been pumped and waiting for Adirondack Septic to pump the final foot of sludge and grit that has settled; once completed, the blown diffusers will be installed.

The land use application site has been tested for pH, Mr. Scharpou did this in their own lab and received a pH of 6.83, but they are still waiting for official results.

Concerns mentioned last month, regarding the blowers have been resolved, there is a slow leak in a gasket in Blower #1 that will need to be replaced and the high amps in the original inspection were due to valving issues.

The sewer connection for the lots for sale on Oak Mountain Drive were found.

A sewer issue at 2826 State Route 8 has been resolved, there was concern the main was causing the issue but that is not the case and information on the property was provided.

Contract #1 of the upgrade project has been completed; however, despite requesting a continuous flow system., the same system as before has been installed The system in supposed to correct itself but has not after three weeks. Funds are being held until the issue is resolved. Contract #2 of the upgrade project should be going to bid in August or September.

Scharpou brought water and sewer service connection fees to the board with an analysis of actual costs compared to what we are charging to propose an increase. These fees have not been increased since 2009 despite the increase of costs in parts, labor, and machinery. Mayor Barrett provided an updated hourly wage with fringe benefits amount based on an updated calculation used in FEMA calculations. This brought down some of the total cost, but in discussion it was obvious these service fees needed to be raised a reasonable amount to cover all costs including possible increases in cost of parts or machinery in the next year. It was also suggested that these fees be assessed yearly.

Trustee Mark Donecker made a motion to modify the water connection fees such that a 1-inch line is increased to $1,500, a ¾ inch line is increased to $1,320, a road crossing when done by digging increased to $1,400, a road crossing when using a boring machine increased to $525 and to keep the sewer connection fees at $1,000. Trustee Crary seconded and the motion was passed by the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, Donecker and Rudes, nays – none., McComb – absent.

CLERK’S REPORT

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

The Beach has been closed since last Monday, August 3, for quarantine reasons. The need for quarantine arose because one of the lifeguards, on personal time, encountered someone who tested positive for COVID. To be safe, both lifeguards were tested last week, and both came back negative. Both lifeguards return to college at the end of August, so the beach will be closing after August 26.

Sexual Harassment and workplace violence training for all trustees and any staff who missed the June training is being held at the Village Hall at 9 am on Tuesday, August 11. There are a few trustees that are unable to attend so we will be coordinating with Kevin Townsend to complete all training.

NYCOM’s Fall Training School is being transferred to a virtual platform this year because of COVID, no details have been received yet but hopefully this will allow Tracy to attend a few of the seminars as well.

The AUD is almost complete, with guidance from the OSC, a request for an extension was granted. There were just a few adjustments needed because of the AFG funds sharing a bank account, after those items are adjusted the AUD will be ready to submit.

Trustee Letty Rudes made a motion to approve and pay Abstract #5 $69,005.50. Trustee Donecker seconded and the motion was passed by the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, Donecker and Rudes, Nays – none, McComb absent.

OLD BUSINESS

FEMA virtual inspections have been approved to take place within the next two weeks for both the exposed watermain and the tilted pump station #2.

Mayor Barrett provided an updated Utility Program Cost analysis from Nancy Bernstein from ANCA. National Grid recalculated the undepreciated net book value of our lights as $2,592.60; our annual cost savings is estimated at $3,753 which is 23% and at this rate we would be able to pay back the lights within eight to nine months not including the $5,815 rebate provided by National Grid.

Trustee Rudes made a motion to proceed to pursue the streetlight conversation through National Grid, to confirm the accurate light inventory and adjustment to brightness of the lights. Trustee Donecker seconded and the motion was passed by the following vote: aye – Barrett, Crary, Donecker and Rudes, nays – none, McComb absent.

Verizon small cell tower agreement is still on hold awaiting reopening for regulatory processing.

BOARD ROUND TABLE:

Mayor Barrett informed the Board on the defacing of the Bridge crossing the Sacandaga river. The matter was reported to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office. If anyone has any information regarding the matter, they should contact the Sheriff’s office. New York State Department of Transportation was contacted, and permission was given to restore the bridge.


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


Monday, August 31, 2020

Census worker attacked in Long Lake

 Police Report August 31 2020

 Census worker attacked in Long Lake

LONG LAKE--On August 28 at approximately 1:44 p.m. State Police responded to a residence on State Route 28N in the town of Long Lake for a report of a menacing and a criminal mischief.

An investigation revealed that 37-year-old Francis N. Peets of Long Lake, threatened a U.S. Census worker with a baseball bat. When the victim attempted to drive away, Peets struck his vehicle with the bat, causing damages.

Peets was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd degree, and Menacing 2nd degree. He was released on appearance tickets for the Town of Long Lake Court.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Benson plans to repair North Road

 Benson TB Aug 18 2020



Benson plans to repair North Road

By PETE KLEIN

BENSON—When the Benson Town Board met on August 18, it passed several resolutions include the following resolute to Create and Fund the North Road Project for the Town of Benson for 2020.

WHEREAS, the Town of Benson Highway Superintendent George Blowers has determined that 2,264’ x 20’ of North Road in the Town of Benson requires repair, and

WHEREAS, the Highway Superintendent has received a Piggyback Bid from Gorman Brothers Inc., 200 Church Street, Albany NY 12202, dated May 22, 2020 for Hot Mix Paving, Type 6 @ 2” depth, and

WHEREAS the bid is broken down to include Aggregate Cost of $42,000.00 and Equipment Cost of $8,350.00 for a total estimated cost of $50,350.00, and

WHEREAS, the Highway Superintendent estimates that this 2020 Town Road Highway Project for North Road will be approximately $55,000.00, and

WHEREAS, the Form 284, Agreement for the Expenditure of Highway Moneys, in the amount of $55,000.00 has been signed by the Benson Town Board, the Supervisor, and Highway Superintendent, and

WHEREAS, the Town will use the 2020-2021 Permanent Improvement Chips, Pave NY, and EWR Budget Allocations for the Town of Benson toward these expenditures in the amount of $19,340.78 and

WHEREAS, the remaining $35,659.22 will be funded from the Highway Fund Balance, now therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Account ZDB.5112.0204-North Road, Permanent Improvement, be created and funded by increasing it by $35,659.22 from Highway Fund balance, and transferring $19,340.78 from ZDB.5112.0201-Permanent Improvement, Chips to ZDB.5112.0204-North Road, Permanent Improvement, and the Supervisor/CFO is so authorized.

RESOLUTION TO SET THE 2020-2021 ADJUSTED, ESTIMATED CHIPS, PAVENY, AND EWR BUDGET ALLOCATIONS

WHEREAS the original Town of Benson 2020 Budget line for Chips Revenue ZDB.3501 was set for $17,000, and

WHEREAS the original 2020 Budget line for Chips Permanent Improvements Expenditure ZDB.5112.201 was set for $0.00, and

WHEREAS the 2020-2021 NYSDOT CHIPS, PAVENY, and EWR allocations were originally set for $24,175.97 for the Town of Benson, and

WHEREAS, New York State has authorized an approximate 20% reduction in these allocations due to the excessive burden that Covid-19 has put on the State, thus leaving our adjusted estimated allocations for these programs at $19,340.78, and

WHEREAS, the Revenue line ZDB.3501 State Aid, Chips Consolidated Highway needs to be increased by $2,370.78 from fund balance, and the Expenditure line ZDB.5112.0201 Permanent Improvement-Chips needs to be increased by the estimate of $19,340.78 from Highway fund balance to allocate the 2020 Budget for these programs, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Town Board of Benson approves $2,370.78 to be taken from Highway fund balance to increase ZDB.3501 Chips Consolidated Highway Revenue and $19,340.78 to be taken from Highway fund balance to increase ZDB.5112.201 Permanent Improvement-Chips, Expense, and the Supervisor/CFO is so authorized.

APPOINTING A NEW DOG CONTROL OFFICER 

WHEREAS, Dog Control Officer Dom Cusano has resigned his appointed position, effective July 31,2020 and

WHEREAS the Town of Benson is required to appoint a new Dog Control Officer within 30 days, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Town Board of Benson appoints Carol McQuade as the new Dog Control Officer. Carol is presently the Dog Control Officer for the Town of Hope and will continue in that position. Carol will assume her position with the Town of Benson as soon as her appointment paperwork is signed and submitted. She will be paid at the same rate as Dom was, and her appointment will be for the months of August through December 31, 2020. The position pays $1,000.00 annually, or $83.33 a month. Carol will be paid for 5 months, which computes to $416.67. The pay is issued quarterly.

VANDUESEN & STEVES, LAND SURVEYORS

The board authorized signing the following agreement with VanDuesen & Steves, Land Surveyors.

Van Dusen & Steves proposes to provide surveying services of former Van Slyke Road within the bounds of lands of Frank Fernandez, tax parcel 160.006-1-3.

This will include the following: Review of historic records associated with the road. Survey and map of the existing conditions and improvements. Survey report of the historic and current conditions. Coordination with Town personnel and attorneys. Any legal descriptions.

The estimated cost of the above will be $10,000 to $15,000. Work would begin within 10 days from authorization to proceed.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Matthew C. Steves, PLS

HWY./TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Tad Davis made a motion to enter a 1-year contract with Frontier Communications for phone service for the Town Hall,

Town Justice, and Town Barn.  The Town of Benson currently has 2 phone lines which cost a base price of $74.99 each, and one phone line which cost a base price of $49.99. Currently, the total price for all 3 lines equals $199.97/month plus applicable fees and taxes. Frontier Communications has agreed to reduce all 3 phone lines to a cost of $39.99 each if the Town of Benson agrees to a 1-year contract.  The new total base for 3 phone lines would equal $119.97/month plus fees and taxes, a savings of $80/month.  All services would remain the same.

The board approved signing the contract.

BUILDINGS/GROUNDS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

Dave Rogers requested that Hwy. Dept. repair stairs at the Town Hall’s Bilco Door.

Rogers will research documentation stating contractor’s requirements for insurance, etc.

LEGAL

John Stortecky and Rogers had a meeting with Attorney Heidi Gifford to discuss Fernandez vs. Benson lawsuit

CEMETERY COMMITTEE

Dave Pincombe stated cemetery plot costs for local cemeteries

COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

No raises at the County level due to no revenue in 2021 budget

Before Sept. 20, 2020 dept. heads give contractual data to CFO

Oil bids to go out now; also, propane


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