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Town of Mount Hope

1706 Route 211W,
Otisville,
New York 10963

WORKSHOP MEETING, FEBRUARY 16, 2016

The workshop meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope was held at Town Hall on February 16, 2016 at 7:30pm with the following present:  Supervisor Chad Volpe, Councilman Matthew Howell, Councilman Brian Carey, Councilwoman Janet Sutherland, Councilman Cambareri and Town Clerk Kathleen Myers. [Village board members present: Mayor Brian Wona, Trustee Bob Clouse, Trustee Ike Palmer, Trustee Diane Loeven, Trustee Bob Bennett, Atty. Howard Dallow.]

OFFICIALS PRESENT: Dep. Police Chief J. Corcoran & Town Attorney D. Bavoso.

 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Supervisor Volpe called the 1st public hearing to order at 6:00pm.  He asked that everyone please silence or turn off their cell phones.

 

PUBLIC HEARING TO INITIATE THE ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY BY THE VILLAGE OF OTISVILLE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWN OF MOUNT HOPE (.29 ACRES):

Public hearing notice was available. Mayor Wona read the following into record:

ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, with the improvements erected thereon, situate in the Town of Mount Hope, County of Orange and the State of New York, being more particularly described as follows:

Beginning at a point located on the northwesterly side of New York State Route 211, said point marks the southeasterly most corner of the parcel previously conveyed to the Village of Otisville as filed in the Department of State Book of Patents No. 77 at page 438,dated October 9, 1964, said point also being a common corner with the lands of the State of New York-Otisville Correctional facility, said point further being located  on the reputed Division Line between the Village of Otisville and The Town of Mount Hope; running thence along the reputed Division Line between the Village of Otisville and the Town of Mount Hope and along the northeasterly line of the above mentioned parcel previously conveyed to the Village of Otisville and along the abovementioned lands of the State of New York-Otisville Correctional Facility, North 22 degrees 24 minutes 32 seconds West 235.00 feet to an iron pipe set for a corner; thence cutting through the lands of the State of New York-Otisville Correctional Facility, South 64 degrees 401 minutes 51 seconds East 97.00 feet to an iron pipe set for a corner; thence continuing through the same, South 23 degrees13 minutes 39 seconds East 144.00 feet to an iron pipe set for a corner on the northwesterly side of New York State Route 211; thence running along the northwesterly side of New York State Route 211, on a curve to the left having radius of 454.75 feet for an arc distance of 70.07 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING.  Containing 0.29 acres, more or less.

 

Mayor Wona further explained using the map that what is in green is what they are looking to acquire. Atty. Dallow clarified the areas highlighted. Wona: Green line is what we were asking for; the darker line is what they have proposed to us when we went before the assembly. Supervisor Volpe asked how long this property has been used for. Wona: 60 yrs. Councilman Cambareri: it’s a fair swap. Atty. Bavoso had no further comment. Dallow: village board cannot do their resolution until their meeting on Thursday. Bavoso: Howard & I will do mirroring resolutions to be passed at next meeting. (ENTER COUNCILMAN HOWELL) K. Yedziniak: what’s the state getting back in return for the annexation? Volpe: nothing: Wona: we asked for it; we’ve been using it for years. Yedziniak: but what is the state getting in return for that?  Wona; they’re not asking for anything in return. Trustee Loeven: because it’s being used for a public purpose.

 

RESOLUTION BY THE TOWN BOARD TO CLOSE THE JOINT PUBLIC HEARING:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to close the joint public hearing re: annexation at 6:10pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION BY THE VILLAGE BOARD TO CLOSE THE JOINT PUBLIC HEARING:

MOTION offered by Trustee Palmer 2nd by Trustee Bennett to close the joint public hearing re: annexation at 6:10pm. All in favor: Palmer, Bennett, Wona, Loeven, Clouse; carried.

 

 

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6:10PM PUBLIC HEARING FOR LOCAL LAW #2-2016 – ESTABLISHING FEES FOR DOG LICENSING AND REDEMPTION:

Supervisor Volpe opened the public hearing for Local law #2-2016 re: dog fees.  Town Clerk stated the public hearing notice is available at the desk. Atty. Bavoso explained the following: it was brought to our attention that some of the fees regarding redemption of dogs were outdated. We have created the local law that removes any set numbers from the law and the town board can set fees by resolution from time to time.  This is less costly.  The only thing changing is redemption fees & the wording to reflect “may be set by the town board from time to time”. Licensing fees will remain the same. There were no audience comments or board comments.

 

RESOLUTION TO CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING FOR DOG LAW:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Carey to close this public hearing at 6:15pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT LOCAL LAW #2-2016 ESTABLISHING FEES FOR DOG LICENSING AND REDEMPTION:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to adopt LOCAL LAW #2-2016 ESTABLISHING FEES FOR DOG LICENSING AND REDEMPTION as presented. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

6:20PM PUBLIC HEARING FOR LOCAL LAW #3-2016 TO ALLOW THE TOWN BOARD TO CHANGE GARBAGE COLLECTION PERMIT FEES BY RESOLUTION:

Supervisor Volpe opened the public hearing at 6:20pm. Town Clerk stated that the public hearing notice is available at the desk. Atty. Bavoso explained the following: The law as it existed had a set fee already provided in the local law. We are taking out the set fee and allowing the town board to change that fee by resolution from time to time. Supervisor asked if anyone had questions. No public comments nor board comments.

 

RESOLUTION TO CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING FOR GARBAGE LAW:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to close this public hearing at 6:22pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT LOCAL LAW #3-2016 TO ALLOW THE TOWN BOARD TO CHANGE GARBAGE COLLECTION PERMIT FEES BY RESOLUTION

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to adopt LOCAL LAW #3-2016 TO ALLOW THE TOWN BOARD TO CHANGE GARBAGE COLLECTION PERMIT FEES BY RESOLUTION as presented. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT NEW LEGISLATION REGARDING DOG LICENSING & REDEMPTION WITHIN THE TOWN:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Carey:

WHEREAS, the Town of Mount Hope recently adopted new legislation regarding do licensing and redemption within the Town; and

WHEREAS, that legislation requires the Town Board to set the appropriate fees for dog licensing and redemption by Resolution from time to time; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the newly adopted legislation, the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope wishes to set dog licensing and redemption fees within the Town:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope establishes the following fees:

Licensing under Section 75-5(B):

Each spayed/neutered dog:  $6.00

Each unsprayed/unneutered dog:  $16.00

Redemption under Section 75-10(B):

1st day of seizure & impounding:  $100.00

Additional day for each day beyond the 1st day:  $50.00

Penalties under Section 75-14[E]:

1st offense:  $100.00

Additional offenses:  $200.00 and/or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both where the person        was found to have committed 2 or more such violations within the preceding 5 years.

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

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RESOLUTION TO ADOPT NEW LEGISLATION REGARDING FEES FOR PERSONS/FIRMS/CORPORATIONS TO COLLECT, TRANSPORT, & DISPOSE OF GARBAGE, REFUSE & OTHER WASTE MATERIAL WITHIN THE TOWN:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell:

WHEREAS the Town of Mount Hope recently adopted new legislation regarding fees for persons, firms & corporations to collect, transport and dispose of garbage, refuse & other waste material within the Town; and

WHEREAS, that legislation requires the Town Board to set the appropriate fees for the applicable permit by resolution from time to time; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the newly adopted legislation, the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope wishes to set fees for permits for persons, firms & corporations wishing to collect, transport & dispose of garbage, refuse & other waste material within the town:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Munt Hope establishes the following fees:

A permit entitling a person, firm or corporation, engaged in commercial refuse & garbage collection shall be One hundred fifty and 00/100 ($150.00) dollars annually for two (2) stickers and ten and 00/100 ($10.00) dollars for each additional sticker.

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

 

6:30PM PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE MS-4 REPORT/LAW:

Supervisor Volpe stated there is information/hand outs on the table for anyone wishing to view it. Town Clerk added that the legal notice is available. Jason Pitingaro from KC Engineering explained this procedure is done annually. The 2015 was prepared, submitted and reviewed by the highway department. The annual reporting form was prepared on behalf of the town and also submitted. It will be submitted to the state and before it’s done a public hearing has to be held. MS-4 Municipal Separate storms sewer regulation that was promulgated by federal government and adopted by NYS government and certain communities that reach a population density threshold are required to implement measures to control pollution of water bodies to improve water quality at those water bodies & improve recreational activities at those water bodies. The town is required to minimize pollution to those water bodies from work that its doing or work that’s being done. Supervisor Volpe: does it (the report) vary from year to year? Pitingaro: it could vary because the town is taking certain measures to make sure it’s in compliance & the town is taking measures to make sure that developers who are operating in the community are maintaining compliance. Mrs. Musial: should we still pursue getting a waiver because we are still under the threshold & it would save our town thousands of dollars. The criteria have changed since the implementing of the program. Pitingaro: it also has an effect on people who are operating in the town other than the town itself. They wouldn’t have to go through some of the red tape like MS-4 compliance and that sort of thing. The annual report was filed and the stormwater compliance report was revised and updated. Everything is in compliance now. It may be in the towns’ best interest to get an exemption if the population or other factors have changed. Mr. Palmer: asked if it’s based solely on population or population density. Pitingaro: density. F. Ketcham: in reviewing the report – he asked why the report end date is March 9, 2015. Pitingaro: that’s the reporting format set by the DEC. Ketcham: so it doesn’t include activities from March 9th on for 2015? Pitingaro: next year would contain those activities.  The years are staggered and the reporting period goes through that certain time and then you have another couple months to file a report with the DEC then if there are any missing items, they’ll come back and start bugging you. Ketcham asked about minimum control measures. How many construction projects have been authorized for disturbances for 1 acre or more during this reporting period? Zero. How many construction projects disturbing at least 1 acre were active in your jurisdiction during this reporting period? Zero. Seems like there are a lot of answers that….Pitingaro: I don’t know that Cornell had started by March. Musial asked which minimum measure? Ketcham: MCM4 page 1, 3. Pitingaro: the form is not submitted yet until we go through this hearing and making any amendments to it. Musial: she has those in the information I gave her; maybe it didn’t get transferred to the report because they were definitely being monitored. Supervisor asked for any other questions. No one had any further questions. He asked how the amendments are made. Pitingaro: this is not filed yet so we’ll review this and make sure there is nothing else inconsistent. If Frank has any other comments he can give them to Julie and we can follow through.  You can close the hearing. We’ll amend as mentioned.

 

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RESOLUTION TO CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING FOR MS-4 REPORT/LAW:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to close this public hearing at 6:40pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

6:40PM PERSONNEL GRIEVANCE FOR HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT:

Supervisor Volpe opened the next hearing which is for a personnel grievance issue. Need to go executive session.

 

RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR A HIGHWAY DEPT. PERSONNEL GRIEVANCE:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to enter into executive session at 6:41pm for a highway department personnel grievance.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to reconvene regular meeting from executive session at 7:35pm. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell that the minutes of the 2-1-16 meeting as submitted are approved. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Surplus and dispose list from highway
  1. 2016 Appointment list with amendment
  1. Proposed Local Law re: override the tax levy limit
  1. Copy of DWI resolution to be adopted for 2016
  1. Letter of request from Girls on the Run/Judy Faust
  1. Building Inspector report January 2016
  1. January 2016 Supervisor’s report
  1. Letter of resignation from Larry Beresnoy, Police Officer effective 2-16-2016
  1. Letter from NYS DEC re: (SPDES) Lands of Lazier design certification eligibility
  1. Building Inspector’s report January 2016
  1. Copy of letter from Atty. Plotsky re: Planning Board & Sweetman

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Cambareri reported the engineer looked at the sewer plant last week to look at where they’ll do the ultra-violet filter. They’re in the process of drawing up the plans for that. In the old school building, a fan was running – taken care of.

Councilwoman Sutherland reported that 54 cards were issued. Planning board meets tomorrow at 7pm. She named some upcoming events for the 4H. She would like for she & Brian to meet with the residents there. She sent an email to Mr. Mayfield for any extra money from community development.

Councilman Carey reported the Little League pancake breakfast will be on March 6 from 8-1. The football league meeting is March 2 @ Johnson Fire House. On Feb. 9th he received a phone call about no heat at Devan’s Gate. 3 new boilers were to be installed. Thermostat went down to 66. Someone else reported there was no electric in their apartment. This was due to 3 space heaters being plugged in and tripping the breaker for that apartment. There is discussion for a new hot water heater. They also had pipes freezing there.

Councilman Howell – no reports.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Dep. Chief Corcoran reported that Chief requested approval to hire Daniel Menendez.  He asked for approval for Officer Briceno to attend taser training in April. Officer Beresnoy resigned as of 2-16-16. Need resolution for Chief to sign the STOP DWI contracts. He is working on the noise ordinance with the attorney. He mentioned the editorial re: Officer Briceno in the Times Herald Record.

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HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT:

Dep. Supt. Musial reported the guys were here yesterday and last night. And they’ve been working at the Senior Center.

 

FIREWORKS LAW:

Supervisor Volpe reported that he sent an email to everyone with an attachment for the fireworks law. The following items were changed: from 30-60 days (for display to take place) to calendar year, they can submit for alternate rain dates, Sec. 4I – there was no time frame for a denial – we added “within 10 days”, Sec 5 it says Mount Hope will be permitted during the display – we took “during” out and put “before & after” and to waive the fees for the permit process. Councilman Cambareri asked if those are the changes with everyone’s input. Attorney did not receive any other changes. M. Maurizzio asked if the public hearing was closed form last meeting. Supervisor: yes. Councilwoman Sutherland added that she thinks the Mount Hope Fire should get one and the Otisville Lions should get two.

 

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE FIREWORKS LAW #1-2016 AS AMENDED:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to adopt Local Law #1 – Regulating Fireworks Displays within the Town of Mount Hope as amended.  All in favor: Howell, Cambareri, Volpe. Sutherland – Abstain and Carey – Abstain. Carried.

 

TAX CAP:

Supervisor asked if everyone received the copy he sent. He stated he will not be voting on this. Councilman Cambareri thinks it should be considered in the future. Most towns do it as a precautionary.

 

PROTECT ORANGE COUNTY PRESENTATION (CPV Energy Project):

Primela Mullock spoke on behalf of Protect Orange County. We are organized to oppose the CVP Valley Energy project in the T/O Wawayanda. We are opposed to the Minisink compressor station and the newly announced millennium pipeline expansion and the millennial lateral pipeline. She passed out documents to the board members. They hope that after hearing the presentation that the board will pass a resolution to oppose the project and the lateral pipeline and main pipeline expansion. This project is slated to be built in Wawayanda. She referred to a map she had. This poses an existential threat to those that live in the lower Hudson Valley. We cannot have both healthy farms and a power plant. This will industrialize the valley. It’s 650 megawatts, 122 acre site, 2 -270’ smoke stacks, near million gallon diesel tank, 15,000 gallon ammonia tank, a GIS building and a 7 mile lateral pipeline that will connect to the millennium pipeline through Minisink. All are highly volatile. Biggest problem will be air emissions. Power plant was permitted through the SEQRA process. There would be a water impact due to the wetland designation. She showed a brief video. She had a prepared resolution for the board to pass. Supervisor asked her to leave a copy of the resolution with the board. M. McDonough added that there is an educational program meeting on Feb. 24th at the County 911 building. Town of Wawayanda and the Minisink school district is benefitting from this project.

 

Supervisor Volpe stated that the Planning Board meets tomorrow night. Our next meeting we’ll go over the solar.

 

MASTER PLAN:

Supervisor Volpe stated that he has 2 quotes received so far but they aren’t apples to apples.  He called a 3rd place but they haven’t returned his calls. He would like to go to bid on this. Attorney Bavoso stated this is professional services so it doesn’t have to go to bid. Attorney will put a bid packet together.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE OFFICER BRICENO TO ATTEND TASER TRAINING:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Carey to approve Officer Briceno to attend taser training ($299.99) from April 26-28 in Verona, NY.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

 

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RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE SURPLUS AND DESTRUCTION OF CERTAIN ITEMS:

MOTION offered by Councilman Carey 2nd by Councilman Howell to surplus/destroy the following: 30” white GE Electric Range, GE black microwave (JE1468L003) & Magic Chef microwave Brown/black (no serial #) and surplus the white HotPoint refrigerator (CTX21G) to go to Summer recreation program.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT RESIGNATION FROM POLICE OFFICER LARRY BERESNOY:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Howell to accept the resignation from Officer Larry Beresnoy effective 2-16-16. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO HIRE DANIEL MENENDEZ AS PART TIME NON-COMPETITIVE POLICE OFFICER:

MOTION offered by Councilman Carey 2nd by Councilman Howell to hire Daniel Menendez as a part time non-competitive police officer. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE POLICE CHIEF TO SIGN THE 2016 DWI CONTRACTS WITH THE COUNTY OF ORANGE:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to authorize the Police Chief to sign the 2016 STOP DWI contracts with the County of Orange.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE SUPERVISOR’S REPORT:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to approve the January 2016 Supervisor’s report as presented.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE GIRLS ON THE RUN TO USE THE TOWN PARK:

MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Howell to approve GIRLS ON THE RUN to use the town park April 4 thru June 15th every Monday/Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm; insurance certificate provided. All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 2016 APPOINTMENT LIST:

MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Carey to amend the appointment list to reflect adding Paula Bird as Deputy Town Clerk/Deputy Registrar and to add Chad Volpe as a co-coordinator for emergency management.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

RESOLUTION TO AUDIT THE CLAIMS:

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

GENERAL A:#66-95$ 46,164.00

GENERAL B:#11-14$   2,872.00

HIGHWAY:#17-23$ 24,840.82

SEWER:#12-14$   3,244.77

THRALL LIBRARY #1$   2,027.45

HOWELLS FIRE:   #1$203,596.00

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

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:

  1. Joyce: Cornell Coop. Extension; she apologized to everyone for the fireworks display in September. I apologize because it’s very important for us to be a good neighbor. She is distressed over the conversation at last meeting. Mr. Vreeland called her directly. She knows his dad suffers from PTSD. Construction is moving along. We won’t have dusty roads any longer. Bathroom is next priority. Will be going to bid on that area shortly. They will be meeting with O&R re: 3 phases of electric. Some trees came off the property and will be transported to the state facility. Students at BOCES will make cabinets as a project.

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Cathy Weber was hired as the campaign organizer. Lucy requested that when necessary, if they need a letter of support when going for a grant that the town would do this. Bountiful Harvest will be held in September. We will not be coming before you again for fireworks permits. Supervisor Volpe asked if the summer camp does a latch key program would they be able to use the facility as an alternate site. This is in early stages. She had some brochures to pass out.

  1. Denny: spoke re: fracking in New York being banned. He’s had health problem. He lives 2 miles away from the compressor plant. 1 drop of oil destroys 20,000 gallons of water. If a pipe bursts here in the pipeline will be similar to the BP oil spill but right here in our yard. This project has to be stopped.
  2. Ketcham: Are any dates set for public hearings for the old school? Supervisor: RFP’s are getting written up. He hopes to have it finalized in a month. Ketcham: he hopes that the board considers supporting this group that spoke with a board resolution.
  3. Mullock: added info for website: protectoc.org and there is a weekly picket on Saturdays @ 11:00am in front of the site. There is a debate on 2-24-16 at the 911 center in New Hampton.
  4. Furman: asked about 7Peaks. Planning board is awaiting comments from town engineer. Furman asked about status of Dragon Springs lawsuit. Atty. Bavoso: still pending. Furman: on personal note he’s upset with everything going on about the fireworks and the town being divided over simple issues. He thinks it was brought up the wrong way. (to Mr. Vreeland) he understands what happened but you went about it the wrong way of bringing it up to the town that you’re gonna sue. It seems that intimidation by lawsuit is the way to go. I don’t believe in that. Was there a law suit brought by Mr. Vreeland? Mr. Furman stated he is going to file a complaint with the attorney general’s office for intimidation of government. His personal opinion.
  5. Vreeland: There’s a lot of people that don’t know what we do down there on Grange Road. He was upset at last meeting. He doesn’t disrespect other people for their opinion. The opposition about the fireworks was all about money. We run an outreach for kids at the farm. He is not about money. My cows are worth a lot of money.
  6. Maurizzio: asked the following questions: was Cornell Coop. informed of all that was taking place as a result of their light show? Was it supposed to be a silent light show or fireworks? Who did the fireworks? I guess it’s Mr. Doty. Who notified Mr. Vreeland of the fireworks & what was said to him? Was it said to be a silent show or fireworks? Were any arrangements made to compensate Mr. Vreeland for his loss of animals? Did anyone offer to pay him for his loss? Councilman Howell: the town did not. Councilwoman Sutherland: did any paperwork come across about the loss of the cows? Supervisor: no he came to the meeting. Sutherland: I’m asking if anyone else on the board saw any paperwork regarding the cows? Councilman Howell: his recollection was “could be made available” by him some type of veterinary study. Atty. Bavoso: public comment is for addressing the board. You should be addressing the board. Maurizzio: As far as board is concerned there was no offer to him to be compensated for his loss? Supervisor: correct. Maurizzio: perhaps he didn’t ask for any compensation. How did the amount of the fireworks get reduced form 3 times to 2 and why? I understand different things about the resolution but why did you take from 3 to 2? Councilwoman Sutherland: I feel that it should have stayed the way it was. Maurizzio: 3 to 2 affects a lot of the community – money or not. I don’t think reducing to 2 is necessary. Did the town board have a meeting with Mr. Vreeland? Supervisor: I did. I went with John and looked at alternate sites. Part of compromise is just that. Maurizzio: in my records it’s been this way since 1998. Did meeting with Mr. Vreeland for your compromise – is even better to move it. Did that meeting influence the board’s decision to reduce from 3 times to 2 times? Supervisor: I met with him to pick a location to see if the other location would be better. Maurizzio: so there was discussion of how many times fireworks would be held? Supervisor: we talked about that here at board meetings since October. Maurizzio: if the # of times fireworks were to be held were to remain at 3, would he still file his lawsuit? That’s a question to see if there’s influence given or some sort of intimidation. Is there anything in writing that he won’t sue? Is the permit system on a 1st come 1st serve basis? Supervisor: I’m assuming that the July 4th ones will be once and the Lions will do once. My intent is to do 1 and 1. The law says simply that we have the right to deny within 10 days.
  7. McDonough: added that there is a petition to the Governor here to stop the pilgrim pipeline available for signing.
  8. Ketcham: spoke re: limiting the loudness of the percussion of the fireworks.
  9. Maurizzio: 47 year community member. I’ve been involved with the country fair for 27 years. In spite of what everyone thinks about the fair – it is about money. It was designed for non-profit organizations to make money.

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I believe tonight that you shot that out over the fireworks situation. You deceived the community that has been doing this for 27 years. If Mr. Vreeland was not properly notified, then they should be held accountable for it. Not the town making deals with somebody that’s gonna sue them.

  1. Fairweather: commented on procedure. Find it incredulous that the board could pass a law without a final draft being available to the public and being available on the website for the public. That’s poor taste.

 

BOARD COMMENTS:

Councilwoman Sutherland: asked Mr. Vreeland if 4H reached out to him and tell him about this? Vreeland: yes. Sutherland: so 4H did reach out to you and told you this was going to happen. (to Lucy): you said you offered for alternative places for Mr. Vreeland senior to go so that he would not experience any sort of PTSD with regards to the fireworks? Lucy: yes. Vreeland: Lucy was just as shocked that night as I was. Sutherland: I just wanted to clarify.

Councilman Cambareri:I hope the change in the fireworks doesn’t affect anyone’s profits for the fair but this has been a long time coming.

 

RESOLUTION FOR ADJOURNMENT:

MOTION offered by Councilman Howell seconded by Councilman Carey to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 pm.  All in favor: Howell, Carey, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2016 at 7:30pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathleen A. Myers RMC

Town Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOWN OF MOUNT HOPE

2016 APPOINTMENT LIST

 

DEPUTY SUPERVISOR –  Dominick Cambareri

COURT CLERKS – Lisa Bacigalupo, Francine Heppes

ACCOUNTANT –  Kelli Walsh

BOOKKEEPER – Angela Cangialosi

ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD CLERK – Laura Sedita

DEPUTY TOWN CLERK – Paula Bird

REGISTRAR OF VITAL STATISTICS – Kathleen Myers

   DEPUTY REGISTRAR OF VITAL STATISTICS –  Paula Bird

TOWN ATTORNEY –  David Bavoso (Bavoso & Plotsky)

BOND ATTORNEY –  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP (Doug Goodfriend)

SPECIAL PROSECUTOR (for conflict cases) – Scott Russell, Esq.

TOWN ENGINEER – Clark Patterson & Assoc. Eng. P.C. (Environmental) & KC Engineering &                              Land Surveying (Town)

POLICE CHIEF – Paul Rickard

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR – Paul Rickard & Chad Volpe

POLICE CLERK – Sherri Clarke

P/T ASST. CLERK – Carol Dolan

DOG CONTROL OFFICER – Thomas Yonskie

DEPUTY HIGHWAY SUPT. –  Julie Musial

HIGHWAY CLERK –  Amy Hassenmayer

BUILDING INSPECTOR –  Albert Dodd, Adam McCarey

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER – Albert Dodd; Julie Musial, Adam McCarey

FIRE INSPECTOR – Albert Dodd ; Julie Musial, Adam McCarey

CLERK – Angela Cangialosi

PLANNING BOARD MEMBER –David Cantor – term to expire 1-2023

PLANNING BOARD CLERK – Linda Franck

ASST. CLERK – Angela Cangialosi

   PLANNING BOARD ENGINEER – KC Engineering & Land Surveying

PLANNING BOARD ATTORNEY – Glen Plotsky (Bavoso & Plotsky)

ZONING BOARD ATTORNEY – Glen Plotsky (Bavoso & Plotsky)

HIDDEN VALLEY PLANT OPERATOR – Michael Brock

ASST. PLANT OPERATOR – David Brock

BUDGET OFFICER – Chad Volpe

HISTORIANS – Anita Goldsmith & Nancy Craig

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEMBER – Bob Wheeling  (term expires 1-2021)

 

DESIGNATED BANKS – Hometown Bank of the Hudson Valley, Orange County Trust, First National Bank of Jeffersonville

POSTAGE & UTILITIES PAID PRIOR TO AUDIT

MEETING NIGHTS – 1st  AND 3rd Monday Nights unless otherwise approved by Town Board & except as follows: Meetings for  Jan. will be 4th & 19th, Feb. will be 1st & 16th, April will be 4th & 25th, July 5th & 18th, Sept. will be 6th & 19th, Nov. will be 10th & 21st and Dec. will be 5th & 29th.

 

DESIGNATED NEWSPAPER – Times Herald Record

PROCUREMENT POLICY – Reviewed with no changes

INVESTMENT POLICY – Reviewed with no changes

DELEGATE/ASSOC. OF TOWNS MTG. – Delegate –Chad Volpe / (alternate – Dominick Cambareri)

MILEAGE –   .54 cents per mile/rate established by the I.R.S. to be examined quarterly

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