The town board meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope was held at the Mount Hope Town Hall on April 17, 2017 at 7:30pm with the following present: Supervisor Chad Volpe, Councilman Matt Howell, Councilman Brian Carey, Councilwoman Janet Sutherland, Councilman Dominick Cambareri and Town Clerk Kathleen Myers.
OFFICIALS PRESENT: D. Hassenmayer: H’way Supt., P. Rickard: Police Chief, D. Bavoso: Attorney.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Supervisor Volpe called the meeting to order at 7:30pm & asked audience to silence cell phones.
7:30PM PUBLIC HEARING FOR FY-2018 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT:
Supervisor Volpe opened the public hearing at 7:30pm. Town Clerk Myers stated the public hearings notices in Spanish & English are on the desk. He asked for any board comments. There were none. Frank Ketcham questioned what we’re using it for & the amount for the grant $125,000. Supervisor Volpe: yes. Ketcham: senior exercise/resource facility? Cambareri: up to $125,000. Ketcham: That’s the old pool? Supervisor: the left side of the building when you face it.
MOTION TO CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING:
MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to close the public hearing at 7:31pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
RESOLUTION FOR FY-2018 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT:
MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell that the Town of Mount Hope is hereby submitting its application for consideration under the FY-2018 Orange Urban County Consortium Community Development Program and that the Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to submit this application. They further certify that they have read and understood the Orange Urban County Consortium Community Development guidelines for the FY-2018 program year and have met all of its applicable requirements and that the information contained in the application is accurate and true to the best of their knowledge. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
MOTION TO ACCEPT PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:
MOTION offered by Councilman Carey 2nd by Councilman Howell that the minutes of the April 3, 2017 meeting are accepted as submitted. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
1. Letter from Otisville Little League re: opening day parade/ceremony April 22, 2017
2. Otisville Fire Co. monthly report for Feb. 2017
3. Supervisor’s report for March 2017
4. Budget modification from highway office
5. Letter from Senator Bonacic re: CHIPS program
6. Police dept. monthly report for March 2017
7. Sample resolution to accept NYS Urban Forestry/Arbor Day grant
8. Sample resolution for Community Development Block Grant
9. Insurance cert for Roeder’s Ark rabies clinic
10. Otisville Fire line officers list
11. Palmer’s Ark impound report March 2017
Councilman Cambareri reported the engineers working at the sewer plant are finishing up the punch list.
Councilwoman Sutherland: 91 Library cards have been issued so far. Planning board meets on 4/19 at 7pm. The ZBA meets on May 3 at 7pm. There were 2 items in front of them: one for a structure in the front yard which was denied and 2 amendments to Pierson solar farm project. She received 3 quotes so far for fencing for the dog park; 1 – $17421.74 from Excelsior; $14,300 from Paris Fencing; $16736 from BuiltWell and waiting on Ketcham Fencing.
Councilman Carey thanked the highway supt. from the little league for the clay. Football fundraiser was 4/12/17. He reminded everyone about the registration days on April 24, April 25 & May 2. Fliers are going out to the school tomorrow.
Councilman Howell reported the next Master Plan meeting is 4/20 at 5pm at town hall.
Supervisor Volpe reported that we had credit card training on Friday at the police department.
Supt. Hassenmayer reported that spring clean-up starts this Wednesday. We have 18-20 senior pick-ups scheduled. Supervisor added that he hopes to have the roof quote settled for next meeting.
Chief Coppola reported they just had company elections and the list was given to board members. He read the March report into the record. He will get printout to board as soon as all entries for the calls are entered.
He asked the board if it is ok for the fire company to use the old school parking lot for ladder drills. Supervisor: before May 2nd.
Chief Rickard reported that a bill was sent to Cornell for the police coverage for their 5K; have not received payment yet. He would like to have the police awards at the May 15 meeting. He would like permission to send 2 officers to “Trauma of Law Enforcement” training in Syracuse June 5-7 $624 total. He spoke re: “Raise the Age” legislation. Basically – next year if you’re 17 we’ll no longer be able to arrest you. The following year would go to 18. The district attorneys’ association is opposed to this & the police chief’s association is opposed to this. He doesn’t foresee us having many problems with this. There will be significant costs involved with this. Supervisor asked Chief if he was going to the OC Supervisor’s/Mayors meeting. Chief: that’s a separate issue. He spoke re: the ADA and defense counsel being present at all arraignments. Issues have arisen. Police chiefs & judges will be coming to meeting to give an update as to where they’re at. Other laws may have to be passed. A town justice can’t sit outside of the town to do arraignments. There’s a lot of little pieces to this. Darlene DeJesus (OC ADA) explained that Rockland County is going to be doing the pilot program. It’s a different dynamic from Orange County. Councilman Carey asked what the Chief what the procedure is to arrest a 17 year old currently. Chief gave example of what would happen.
MOTION TO SEND 2 OFFICERS TO “TRAUMA OF LAW ENFORCEMENT” TRAINING:
MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Howell to approve sending 2 officers to ‘Trauma of Law Enforcement’ training, June 5-7 in Syracuse NY for $624. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
VILLAGE OF OTISVILLE:
Trustee Loeven reported April 28, 2017 is Arbor Day. The village will be planting a tree at the Veteran’s Park at 10:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.
Supervisor Volpe reminded everyone that the school vote is May 2, 2017 from 6am to 9pm at town hall. Ballots are in. Next town board meeting will be May4th.
RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT THE NYS URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL FOR AN ARBOR DAY PROGRAM COMMUNITY GRANT:
MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Carey:
WHEREAS, the Town of Mount Hope is applying to the NYS Urban Forestry Council for an Arbor Day Program Community Grant to be located at the Mount Hope town park, a site located within the territorial jurisdiction of this town board; and
WHEREAS, as a requirement of these programs, said Town of Mount Hope must obtain the “approval/endorsement of the governing body of the municipality in which the project will be located”,
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope hereby does approve and endorse the application of the Town of Mount Hope for a grant from the NYS Urban Forestry Council for an Arbor Day Program Community grant project and located within this community. Dated: April 17, 2017.
All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
MOTION TO APPROVE SUPERVISOR’S REPORT FOR MARCH 2017:
MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to approve the Supervisor’s report for March 2017 as submitted. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
MOTION TO APPROVE HIGHWAY BUDGET MODIFICATION:
MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to approve the following budget modification: increase revenue fund unclassified income A2770 by $500 and increase Parks/Recreation contractual A7140.4 by $500. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
ORANGE COUNTY ASST. DISTRICT ATTORNEY DARLENE DE JESUS:
She prosecutes crimes and is also the community affairs coordinator. She spoke on three different programs offered through the district attorney’s office: 1 – Community Camera Partnership Program (it’s a centralized camera database where homeowners/businesses that have cameras can register their cameras with the DA office which could in turn help solve a crime.) Councilman Carey asked who has access to the database. Ms. DeJesus answered just law enforcement. 2 – Senior Fraud Prevention (Explained there is a resource guide with some general tips for seniors with regard to fraud prevention.) 3 – Immigrant Affairs Initiative. She handed out 3 different brochures regarding the topics she went over.
If we need more brochures, we can email her. Councilman Howell asked if the tip lines are anonymous. Ms. DeJesus stated they are. Councilman Carey asked how we can get more brochures. Ms. DeJesus said to email her. She thanked the Supervisor and Chief for being active with this.
MOTION TO AUDIT THE CLAIMS:
MOTION offered by Councilman Howell seconded by Councilman Carey to approve the following bills:
GENERAL A: #190-221 $45,896.69
GENERAL B: #29-31 $ 5,971.46
HIGHWAY: #54-65 $25,596.93
SEWER: #30-31 $ 3,997.16
CAP RES GEN B: #5 $61,275.00
All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
MOWER GRANT UPDATE:
Supt. Hassenmayer updated the board with the mower grant. There’s some paperwork he’s processing this week then he will need some signatures.
Mary Maurizzio spoke re: Councilman Sutherland’s attendance at the ZBA meetings for the past year. Councilwoman Sutherland stated one. Meetings are not held every month. Mrs. Maurizzio asked about her attendance at the planning board meetings. Sutherland stated there were 3. I went to 2.
Bob Clouse asked if it would be ok for the school committee to going there and do some raking. Councilman Howell asked if the group is insured. Clouse stated no but they each have individual insurance Councilman Carey noted that there is a lot of dog feces on the grounds. Atty. Bavoso stated it would be up to the board and he could prepare a release letter with indemnification. Councilman Cambareri added that they are 2 ½-3 weeks away from owning it and thinks they should wait.
Diane Loeven reminded the board that the seniors have a trip on Thursday. They will be parking here.
Councilman Howell asked Councilwoman Sutherland about getting copies of the fence quotes. She will get them copies before the next meeting. He asked the Supervisor if the hydrogeologist could come give a brief presentation. Supervisor will look into this.
Councilman Carey added that on 4/5/17 he went with Jerry Cook to a meeting in the county re: conservation advisory committees. He will go to T/O Blooming Grove and Montgomery meetings about this committee. Carey asked about video-taping the planning board and ZBA meetings. The town board members did not oppose this idea.
Supervisor added that the camera is cheap enough. It’s a great investment. Councilwoman Sutherland will ask both boards if they would be interested in video-taping their meetings. He would like to hold another NARCAN class. Councilman Carey asked if the general public could attend the CPR, AED & 1st Aid for summer rec counselors. Supervisor stated if there’s room. Supervisor announced that the Minisink Rotary is holding a clothing drive on 4/22/17 here at town hall from 9-12. Condition of the clothes does not matter. Small appliances in usable condition are allowed.
MOTION TO ADJOURN MEETING:
MOTION offered by Councilman Howell seconded by Councilman Carey to adjourn the meeting at 8:24pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30pm at Town Hall.
Kathleen A. Myers, RMC