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Town of Mount Hope

1706 Route 211W,
Otisville,
New York 10963

REGULAR MEETING, TOWN OF MOUNT HOPE, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

The regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope was held at Town Hall on February 6, 2017 at 7:30pm with the following present:  Supervisor Chad Volpe, Councilman Matt Howell, Councilman Brian Carey, Councilwoman Janet Sutherland, Councilman Dominick Cambareri & Town Clerk Kathleen Myers.

 

OFFICIALS PRESENT: Police Chief Rickard, H’way Supt. D. Hassenmayer, Town Attorney D. Bavoso.

 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Supervisor Volpe called the meeting to order at 7:30pm. At this time, Supervisor Volpe asked the audience to silence cell phones.

 

RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT THE PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to accept the minutes from the January 17, 2017 meeting as presented. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. 3 quotes for credit card machine
  2. Recruitment & Selection Policy
  3. Safety Belts Policy
  4. Lactation Breaks Policy
  5. Copy of resolution re: creating a moratorium for cluster subdivision- 3 month extension
  6. Proposed local law #1-2017 to allow T/O Mount Hope to accept credit cards as a method of payment
  7. Garland Company roof quote
  8. Letters from fair committee re: sign posts usage & highwaymen help for setup/tear down
  9. Police dept budget modification
  10. Community Advisory Board minutes from 1-17-17 meeting
  11.  Building dept answer to complaint re: corner of Otis Road/Carboy Road
  12.  Copy of letter from Senator Bonacic re: Indigot Creek project
  13.  Copy of letter from Sen. Bonacic re: road mower grant
  14.  January 2017 building dept report

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Supervisor Volpe requested Town Clerk Myers to read the letter from Senator Bonacic into the record. (This will be on file in the Town Clerk’s office.) Other than contacting the DEC, we’ve done everything on there. There were quite a few of us that went to the county meeting. I met with the Mayor of Middletown & Greenville Supervisor and we all had our pow-wow and voiced our concerns and quite honestly we were told they had the votes they needed and to have a nice day. You’ll see later in the agenda that we’re looking to get a quote for a hydrogeologist which will hopefully be beneficial to us. He will keep everyone posted. Next letter will be to DEC & we’ll see what kinda response we get. Since then the Indigot Creek off Murray Road, they put a new road in Thursday. I went up early Friday morning with Dean prior to it being closed off to the public. Dean & I went in there – we passed all of the test wells and when you get farther in, you can see the tons & tons of millings they put down to make a road. You can see the pumps and everything else they already have set up in there. They are moving full speed ahead. We’ll do everything we need to do on our end to protect the town.

COUNCILMAN HOWELL reported: Master plan is moving forward. Next meeting is 2/23 at 5pm at Town Hall. It’s a workshop session. We should have a draft of the 1st half of the plan completed for the committee’s review at that time; the draft can be finalized by the planning company.

COUNCILMAN CAREY reported: No update on little league. Football league met on 2/1 – spoke a little bit about the person we have living at Devan’s Gate. Summer rec – they are working on it. The ad went in the paper for a couple directors. No report on Devan’s Gate. Facebook page is going all right.

COUNCILWOMAN SUTHERLAND reported: ZBA meets on March 1. Planning Board meets 2/15. Library so far about 10 cards have gone out. DCO said things are quiet.

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COUNCILMAN CAMBARERI reported: Minutes for Community Advisory board are on the table. There’s nothing really new to report. There’s a new warden for the federal prison. Master Plan is on 23rd. Nothing on sewer plant or old school.

Supervisor Volpe spoke re: receiving a letter from Cornell about a calf sale on May 12 at 7pm. There will be a BBQ also. Kathleen will put on the board.  He handed out info about the 1st annual community day. Paul and I met with the guy that does the fireworks. It will be on July 15/raindate July 16. It will from noon until fireworks are over, somewhere around 10:00pm. David will review for legal requirements.

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT:

Supt. Hassenmayer reported we’ve been hammered with storms. Last storm we had one breakdown. We had to put a new hydraulic pump last Friday. Salt barn is very near the end. We’ll keep an eye on it & if we have to mix more sand and salt – we will.

 

OTISVILLE FIRE DEPT.:

Diane Loeven reported that they have a company meeting tonight. Any questions or concerns, they have a workshop with them tomorrow, please let her know.

 

POLICE DEPT.:

Chief Rickard noted the 3 policies that were sent to the board members. He had some questions/comments. One adjustment to be made to a policy is to add a psychological test at the discretion of the town for non-competitive – it would a “K” on page 3. No other changes or comments.

 

VILLAGE OF OTISVILLE:

Trustee Loeven commented on the email issue as far as receiving email from the computers here. Originally it was just the mayor not getting it. It would bounce back. Now those going to my personal email are bouncing back …’The receiver doesn’t want to speak to you’. Kathleen printed it out for me. I took it to Time Warner to try to resolve this. She was given a phone number to call. She hasn’t done this yet. Councilman Carey added that he had an issue with Kathleen & Paula sending me an email. It would bounce back to them saying ‘NULL’ next to it. Frontier talked me through it. Now I have no issue.

 

TOWN HALL ROOF UPDATE:

Supervisor Volpe asked Dean if he had anything else on the roof. Dean stated he has not seen any emails. He will reach out to him tomorrow.

 

INDIGOT CREEK UPDATE:

Councilman Howell suggested possibly sending a duplicate letter to Rep. Maloney, Sen. Schumer & Sen. Gillibrand and get a response from them since what we got locally is kind of a joke. Supervisor: other than a stamp – I don’t see what the harm is. If the board is ok sending, we can use the help. He will have Angie send them out tomorrow.

 

FOTOS UPDATE:

Supervisor Volpe stated he spoke with Bob Clouse this morning since David had not heard from their attorney yet.  The next meeting for FOTOS is Thursday. Hopefully contract will be finalized then and forwarded to our attorney.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE POLICE BUDGET MODIFICATION:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to increase revenue budget A3389 by $692.45 and increase A3120.1 Police PS by $692.45. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

GIRL SCOUT PRESENTATION:

ROSE PHILLIPS introduced herself. She is a 7th grade honor student at Minisink & 2nd year cadet with GS Troop 105. She has begun the work for her GS Silver Award.

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This is the highest award a cadet can achieve. They have to pick a project that will have a lasting effect on their community.  This will help with college. Her project is a little library. She asked permission to place one outside the senior center entrance. It will be 36X24X15 box filled with books free to the community. People can take a book to read, return when finished and/or donate a book. This will provide books to kids/adults who don’t have access to a library. She will collect books for all ages. She further explained about how to achieve her silver award. She will have an advisor when constructing the box. He is a retired wood shop tech teacher. She explained the construction of the box. Materials will be donated from various people and organizations/businesses. She hopes this project will bring the community together. Councilman Cambareri asked when the installation will take place. Rose: explained she’s been approved by Council and is waiting for approval from National. She should be about to start in spring/summer. Councilwoman Sutherland: it’s wonderful and takes courage to get up and talk in front of a room of people. You spoke beautifully, eloquently & articulate. Be proud of yourself. Councilman Carey: I agree with Janet. You can watch it on facebook about one hour after the meeting. Councilman Howell: looks like a good project. What would you do if you had too many books – would you expand? Rose stated she would keep the extras and refill as needed.  **Rose will forward photos to town for the town website.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE GIRL SCOUT LIBRARY AT SENIOR CENTER:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to approve this project at the senior center pending approval from National. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE RECRUITMENT & SELECTION POLICY:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Howell to approve the Recruitment & Selection policy as printed with noted amendment. (Copy on file in Town Clerk’s office) All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE SAFETY BELTS POLICY:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to approve the Safety Belts policy as presented. (Copy on file in Town Clerk’s office)  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE LACTATION BREAKS POLICY:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to approve the Lactation Break Policy as presented.  (Copy on file in Town Clerk’s office) All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

CLUSTER HOUSING MORATORIUM EXTENSION:

Atty. Bavoso reported that the moratorium can be approved as written. Feb. 15th is the expiration so it would be effective as of Feb. 15 for 3 months.

 

RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE MORATORIUM ON CLUSTER SUBDIVISIONS FOR 3 MONTHS:

MOTION offered by Councilman Carey 2nd by Councilman Howell as follows:

WHEREAS on Aug. 15, 2016, the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope adopted Local Law #9-2016 titled “A LOCAL LAW CREATING A MORATORIUM ON CLUSTER DEVELOPMENTS & SUBDIVISIONS IN THE TOWN OF MOUNT HOPE, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK”; and

WHEREAS, Local Law #9-2016 established a 6 month moratorium on all cluster subdivisions within the Town of Mount Hope with the possibility of 2 additional 3 month extensions by resolution adopted by the Town Board; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope would like to extend the moratorium for an additional 3 months; and

WHEREAS, the original 6 months is still in effect until Feb. 15, 2017,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope elects to extend the moratorium on cluster subdivisions for an additional 3 months, beginning Feb. 15, 2017 pursuant to Section 3(B) of Local Law #9 of 2016.

All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

 

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PROPOSED CREDIT CARD LAW:

Supervisor Volpe reported that he’d done research and spoke to David. NYS says we are allowed as our court already does, to re-coup our fees. We can make it more convenient for people to swipe their credit or debit. We are allowed to get the fees charged by the bank back. If we charge $100 for a building permit and we charge them $103, the bank gets the $3 and we get our $100. We don’t do this in this part of the building. We need to have a public hearing for this local law.

 

RESOLUTION TO SCHEDULE PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED LOCAL LAW #1-2017 ENTITLED: TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS AS A METHOD OF PAYMENT:

MOTION offered by Councilman Carey 2nd by Councilman Howell to schedule the public hearing for the proposed local law #1-2017 TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS AS A METHOD OF PAYMENT for February 21, 2017 at 7:30pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

LIONS CLUB COUNTRY FAIR COMMITTEE REQUESTS:

Supervisor Volpe reported that we received a couple letters from the Lions Club. After fair last year when we had the Moon Festival, we realized you were able to go to highway department and rent the pavilion for $50. After that we decided to do a facility use & it’s something that the Lions Club is not going to be aware of because we did it after the fair last year. He would like to meet with the fair committee to show them what we are looking for. Maybe sometime next week we could meet. The 2nd request for the fireworks, I don’t think anyone on the board wants anyone but the Lions Club to get it – so that’s easy. But we can’t really approve it because the application is not complete. We can approve the request to put the sign up.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE COUNTRY FAIR REQUEST FOR SIGN POST USAGE:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to approve the country fair committee request to put their sign up from July 23, 2017 through August 30th, 2017 on the sign posts on Mount Hope Road. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

GRANT FOR ROAD MOWER UPDATE:

Supervisor Volpe: a grant was approved for a road mower. It was for $50,000.

 

HYDROGEOLOGIST RFP’S:

Atty. Bavoso reported that an RFP was prepared for the board tonight. You can adopt a motion allowing for the advertising of that. Need the date for the bids to be back by.

 

RESOLUTION TO PLACE AD IN PAPER FOR RFP’S FOR HYDROGEOLOGIST:

MOTION offered by Councilman Carey 2nd by Councilman Howell  to place ad in paper for solicitation of hydrogeologist RFP due back by March 3 at 4PM in the town clerk’s office.

All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO AUDIT THE CLAIMS:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to approve the following bills:

GENERAL A:               #40-77 $  64,048.81

GENERAL B:               #7-10   $    1,477.57

HIGHWAY:                   #8-20   $  31,533.95

SEWER:                       #8-12   $    6,258.55

CAP RES GEN B:        #1        $    5,760.00

All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:

Donna Carroll-Rose stated on Jan 31st we had a 3” storm. She asked Supt. Hassenmayer what is the time frame from when the storm stops to when you are supposed to go out & plow? She spoke to him on phone regarding this. Tell me what it is.

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Supt. Hassenmayer: That night it didn’t stop until early am hours from Wednesday. Carroll: I was out in it. SO was police dept. The heavy snow had stopped hours before. If it was spritzing… Hassenmayer: it never snowed heavy. It snowed for 12 hours and we got 2” of snow. It never snowed heavy. Carroll: what is your protocol for clearing the roads? Hassenmayer: when there’s enough to plow – we plow. Carroll: what is that? What.. Hassenmayer: inch and a half to 2”. Carroll: Carboy Road has been having a problem with the snow being plowed. Coming off Route 211 a clear road then you hit Carboy Road with a deep elevation drop within 3 weeks there have been 2 motor vehicle accidents. The 1st on snapped the pole. The 2ns one was my daughter who come that hill, hit that incline, about a quarter of the way down the hill and was totally sideways, lost control, just missed the telephone pole, went down hit the guard rail on the bridge then down the ravine and hit the other telephone pole at 11:25. I have a big explorer with 4WD, when I left my house at 115 Carboy headed over Schoolhouse Road and started to go down the small incline, I was sliding. Officer Robert who lives down the street from me said the roads were terrible. My daughter was in a ditch and could have been killed. It’s not acceptable. Carboy Road has such an elevation drop, it is a nightmare. You don’t even go near that road especially when you’re coming off a state road that’s clear and you hit our roads. I spoke to you regarding that and I asked you why you were not out checking the roads. Your job as elected official here is to check the roads before, during & after a storm. Where were you? Hassenmayer: at midnight? 11:30? Asleep so I could get up at 3. Carroll: do you remember who you told me the responsibility was to tell you that the roads were bad? Hassenmayer: I said to you if an officer told you they were bad, they should have called me. Carroll: so you’re taking your responsibility as the highway superintendent and putting it on a police officer to call you and tell you that the roads are bad when you know there’s an active storm going on? And you told me that the budget is suffering that you can’t give overtime 2-3 hours to plow the roads. Hassenmayer: I didn’t say that. Carroll: yes you did you said your budget is suffering that you have hardly any sand/salt in house. Mr. Volpe told me that your budget is fine. Hassenmayer: you obviously want to put a show on here tonight. Carroll: no I don’t. All I am asking is please whatever you do have the gentlemen plow that road coming off that hill on Carboy Road. It is treacherous. Hassenmayer: I told you I would talk to the driver and I did. Carroll: we’re gonna get a storm tomorrow night. Tonight? When my husband is coming in at 11:30 it’s gonna be safe & when I’m coming off my overnight shift and come down Carboy road at 8AM – that road is gonna be safe? Hassenmayer: I would hope so. Carroll: I hope so too. I know you guys throw a lot of sand/salt – I can tell. I slid just stepping out of the car. I’m not trying to put a show on. I never come to this board meeting. That was my daughter. You gotta make that road safe. I’m asking you please. Hassenmayer: I told you I would talk to the driver. I did. I asked him to pay more attention to that hill. If it continues – I’ll deal with it. Carroll: You didn’t drop the plows until you came in. Hassenmayer: There wasn’t enough to plow. The big trucks have shoes. They’re not gonna scrape the roads bare. Councilman Carey: how many miles of roads do the guys plow? Hassenmayer: we have 40 & we do 9.75 for the county & we do 1 for the town of Wallkill. Supervisor Volpe: is it a different driver that does Schoolhouse or Carboy? Councilman Carey: this is the 1st complaint I’ve heard about. I get it. I live on 211. I don’t do 211 in the winter. I go Mount Hope Road. If my kid was in an accident, I would make a phone call too. But you’re 1 person out of however many people use Carboy Road. I have faith in Dean that he will fix the issue. Carroll: that’s all I’m asking. Carey: I’m not speaking for anyone else up here. I get if you talk to someone and you feel you didn’t get your satisfaction. I tell people to come to the board. Hassenmayer: the mixture of sand/salt that we use is ancient. I will admit that. We are behind the ages with that. Today I ordered a wetting system for a truck. We’re gonna try that. To spray calcium chloride and magnesium chloride on the salt which makes it melt faster & longer. I heard from a lot of townships around the state that are doing it – better results. I hope to have it installed on 1 truck and try it this season. If it works, we’ll install it on the rest of the trucks for next year. Carroll: thank you for making that initiative. I’m not here to cause trouble. I’m here about safety for everybody in the community. Hassenmayer: the state has been continually salting this year. They change from year to year. Usually we’re better than them. This year they’ve been salting on a regular routine. Last Tuesday every 2-3 hours. Their budget is much bigger than ours. Hassenmayer: will also post 2 signs when they come in.  Carroll: thank you.

 

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Paul Barth: You guys did a great job with the community center but the fire alarm system in the community center doesn’t work. It’s not powered up. Maybe somebody could look into it and get it working. I don’t know who you deal with for an alarm company. You put all that money into it & I’d hate to see something happen.  They’ll make recommendations on how to make everybody safe in that building. If you put something in the community center, you have to put something in the court room and the PD just to notify everybody in the building. Supervisor Volpe: don’t they have that in the PD? Chief: the court room and the PD is new since the last year Bill was in. It’s all newly installed fire and burglar. Barth: if something happens in the PD and the community center is full of people, they don’t notify you. The only way they get notified is when it burns through the court room wall into the kitchen of the community center. Supervisor: Paul, can you call whoever we have? Chief: I think what happened is we were cited for a lack of a separate fire box at the time. I’ll call. Barth: the smokes will need to be replaced guaranteed they’re 10 years on the manufacturer. Chief: there’s something in there but it doesn’t work? Barth: it doesn’t work. I would come off what you have there now, just extend the wire add a couple devices, that’s the cheapest way.

Ken Pinkela asked for an update on the internet franchise. Atty. Bavoso hasn’t heard anything yet. He has followed up every week. Now there’s a lawsuit coming against them – class action. My next call is to the PSC. Mr. Pinkela then spoke re: FOTOS. They have updated the website. They try to link in to the large activities on what we’re building as a community calendar. The village has been great to respond. He pulled in from our website and asked if there was anything else we may want posted on their website. He will get with Kathleen. The calendar is not on the town website. Mr. Pinkela reported they had a warm reception at the Board of Education meeting. They did a small presentation. They met with Dave Roda. Dave was the facility manager for 32 years. He knows the school building. We may be able to help them save money with some capital reinvestment into the old school. The website is:  fotosotisville.com.

Chris Furman: made the board aware that the City of Middletown already passed for that pump to go. It’s a portable pump that they’re going to be able to move up there if it’s not already there. They had a meeting a month ago and they passed to purchase the pump which is gonna be a mobile unit. Councilman Cambareri: they have always moved a pump in/out of there as they’ve needed it. Supervisor Volpe: what we found with the – right over Old Mill – they’re not supposed to be pumping at Old Mill unless they declare a State of Emergency in Middletown. The last time they were doing that, they did it until somebody stopped there. That’s exactly what happened- the DEC stopped there. He ordered them to stop pumping. This new road that goes in is a half mile back. You wouldn’t hear anything back there. You wouldn’t hear if it was diesel engines running 24 hours. I’m hoping we get a little outside help. I don’t think the county will be a big ally of helping because they are part of the issue with Middletown taking the water. Like Matt said we’ll go a little higher. Meanwhile the hydrogeologist will point us in the right direction too. I went to something the other day and they were talking about collateral damage. We are working on it. Hope to have more of an update for the next meeting. Furman: they specifically said they were purchasing this pump for that. I think you guys were right in going to the state level. Councilman Howell asked Atty. Bavoso: if the pump we are describing is being used to move water in this area in which the easement has been designated in this Indigot area between the county and the city, we’ve not been notified of anything through SEQRA, there’s been no testing, so if they do move water, what are our options? Bavoso: they would be violating the easement from the county so certainly there’s legal action we could take to enforce that. We would have to know what they plan to use the pump for. They said they used it for a particular spot but if they’re intending to use it up there in the future and using Old Mill pond meantime I’m gonna have to take a look through the code and see how that might be described. If they were building a permanent structure, it’d be much different because that would require building permits. The portable would depend on the type of foundation they put in place but still likely to require permits. There are gonna be certain legal requirements if they’re gonna use either location. Howell asked about the road they put in. He has photos that it’s on a town road. Bavoso: that I had asked the 1st supervisor’s office and the highway dept. – contact the county to make sure the county was aware because that was county owned property that it was actually being done on. If they knew it was happening then I would certainly not have a problem putting a stop work order. They still have to go through the proper channels before they can do that work. Make sure the county is aware.

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Supervisor: I’ve gotten no response from the county. Dean heard nothing. Bavoso: I’m going to assume they know and you can put the stop work order on. Supervisor: even though Middletown did the work it’s county owned property so the stop work order goes to the county? Bavoso: correct.

Mary Maurizzio presented the American Flag to the town on behalf of VFW Post 5497 in the absence of my husband. He is the commander. Mrs. Maurizzio asked if the Supervisor has heard from the town of Mount Hope fire company regarding the request for financial records. Supervisor: I have not. He wants to ask David. He has heard nothing and it’s been over a month. The reason she pursued this is because she saw a full page black & white ad on Dec 5th in the THR placed by the Mount Hope fire company. The bottom said paid for by Friends of Mount Hope. It was a comparison ad from Otisville fire company vs Mount Hope fire company and their attributes. She called the THR to ask how much a full page ad would cost. The cost is $1235. On December 12, 2016 I FOILed the Mount Hope fire company Inc. for their entire year Jan 2016-Dec. 2016. She received a letter from Helena Grunwald stating that it would take up to 5 business weeks to produce such records. That’s an over extension of time. As of last week it’s been 6 weeks. She called Mrs. Grunwald on Feb 4 to inquire about the records. She called her today at 11:50am stating that she called and left a voice mail on Jan 23. Mrs. Maurizzio said she didn’t receive that message. She met with her today at 6:30pm to exchange money for 15 pages. She didn’t have December records ready. They will be ready on/before Feb. 28. She would like to know how the taxpayers money was spent. If there is money left unspent, and/or with the sale of equipment monies, what are the rules for liquidation? What is the timeline to complete it? Does money return to the tax payers? Bavoso: there is no set time period for the dissolution for a not for profit under the NYS law if everything is going to be liquidated those funds don’t get returned directly to the tax payers. They have to be distributed another like-minded & like-goaled organization. They would have the opportunity to potentially transfer assets to another fire company or rescue squad or ambulance corp. Maurizzio: why wouldn’t they come back to the tax payers? Bavoso: because the not for profit law in NYS doesn’t provide for it. Maurizzio: she heard that if a fire company has a 3 year contract with a municipality, which they did with us correct? Bavoso: yes. Maurizzio: they can be subject a formal financial audit? If there is no response to town officials that requested such financial information, may I suggest that they request an audit? Bavoso: at this point it’s going to be difficult because they no longer work for the town. I didn’t know we haven’t received the books until I just heard it a few minutes ago. Maurizzio: I don’t know the timeline of a citizen FOILing information vs a municipality FOILing. Bavoso: ours would be on a contractual basis. We had a contract with them. It’s different than a FOIL request. She added that the Mount Hope fire company members are thinking of joining the Pocatello fire district and maybe also asking for a name change to the Pocatello fire company as Pocatello/Mount Hope. If they do so, what about the original charter of the Pocatello founding members? Councilman: that’s gonna be a Wallkill question because that’s a Wallkill fire department. Maurizzio: they are apparently trying to keep the name of the Mount Hope Fire Company alive. I don’t see a reason. She asked the attorney: 20% of the people in a fire company are allowed to live outside the district? Bavoso: I’m not aware of any restriction like that.

Kathy Hosking: what ever happened to the money from the ambulance corp that was dissolved there was all that money that supposedly Lou Dodd had? Supervisor: I have no idea. As far I can go back in the bookkeeper’s records there was never any money. Hosking: when we dissolved the Mount Hope fire district we never got anything then either. They laid it all on me. Supervisor: There was a couple that came to see me and we spoke for a while. Not saying anyone took the money – there’s no trail on our end.

 

BOARD COMMENTS:

Councilman Carey reminded everyone the school vote tomorrow 12-9. He had information on the Conservation Advisory Council in his email and will forward it the attorney. He added that the senior center had bathroom stall out of order and there were 2 chairs with bad rubber on the feet. Supervisor added they should be put in the basement. Also there is a part of the counter in the kitchen that’s cracked off. He took a picture and showed Dean.

 

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RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to enter into executive session at 8:40pm for a contractual issue. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Carey to reconvene the regular meeting at 9:12pm NO ACTION WAS TAKEN AT THIS EXECUTIVE SESSION. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Carey to adjourn the meeting at 9:12pm.  All in favor:  Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2017 at 7:30. Public hearing for proposed Local Law #1-2017 To Allow the Town of Mount Hope to Accept Credit Cards as a Method of Payment will be at 7:30pm – regular meeting to follow immediately after.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen A. Myers, RMC

Town Clerk

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