REGULAR MEETING – JANUARY 8, 2008
The regular meeting of the Town Board of St. Armand was held on the above date at the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY.
PRESENT: Supervisor Joyce W. Morency, Deputy Supervisor Charles Whitson, Jr., Councilmen Earl J. Dakin, Jr., Samuel Grimone, Thomas Jones, Town Clerk Cynthia A. Woodson, Highway Superintendent Roger Oliver, Town Historian Don Amell, Town Accountant William Empsall, and Town Justice Sheridan Swinyer.
GUESTS: Sandy Hayes, Alan Brown, Susan Moody, John Jones, Blair Hadley – ADE reporter, Arlene and DeForest Tinkler, Bucky and Connie Willette.
Supervisor Morency called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
RESOLUTION #9 – MINUTES
A motion was made by Councilman Whitson, and seconded by Councilman Dakin to accept the regular town board meeting minutes of December 11, 2007, and the Public Hearing of December 28, 2007. All were in favor except Councilman Jones who abstains. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION #10 – MONTHLY BILLS
GENERAL: Vouchers 1-23, Abstract #1 $21,442.76
HIGHWAY: Vouchers 1-18, Abstract #1 $25,628.82
WATER & SEWER: Vouchers 1-18, Abstract #1 $ 8,063.76
YOUTH BLDG. Vouchers 1-2, Abstract #1 $ 109.11
RESERVOIR: Vouchers #30 – 34, Requisition #27 $14,854.17
Councilman Dakin, seconded by Councilman Whitson, made a motion to accept and pay this month’s bills. All were in favor. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION #11 – SUPERVISOR’S REPORT – DECEMBER
DISBURSEMENTS: $ 94,790.85
CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCES: $106,951.90
SAVINGS BALANCES: $392,664.87
CASH BALANCES: $499,616.77
A motion was made by Councilman Grimone, to accept the Supervisor’s Report and the 2007 budget transfers, seconded by Councilman Whitson. All in favor except Councilman Jones who abstain from vote. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION #12 – AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATION
The following resolution was offered by Councilman Charles Whitson, who moved its adoption.
Whereas, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting grant applications for the Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program from municipalities located wholly or partially within the Adirondack State Park, and
Whereas, the Town of St. Armand is interested in developing engineering design, specifications and bidding documents for operational improvements to the Bloomingdale Sewage Treatment Plant to reduce energy consumption, improve plant effluent discharges to preserve energy and water quality resources as well as improve the economics of this critical community infrastructure,
Therefore be it Resolved, that Joyce W. Morency, as Supervisor of the Town of St. Armand, or such person’s successor in office, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in an amount not to exceed $50,000, and upon approval of said request to enter and execute a project agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation for such financial assistance to this Town of St. Armand for infrastructure improvements to the Bloomingdale Sewage Treatment Plant.
This resolution was seconded by Councilman Earl Dakin and adopted.
Certificate of Recording Officer:
The attached Resolution is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. 12 authorizing the execution and filing of an application and project agreement and other documents necessary for Adirondack Park Smart Growth Program Assistance, as regularly adopted at a legally convened meeting of the Town of St. Armand Town Board duly held on the 8th day of January, 2008; and further that such Resolution has been duly recorded in the Minutes Book in my office. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand at this 8th day of January, 2008. Official Seal. Cynthia A. Woodson, St. Armand Town Clerk.
Councilman Jones asked if the money can be used to add houses. Supervisor Morency stated that the money is to be used for updating the sewage treatment plant.
Roger submitted his highway report to the board members. Repairs were made to the 2001 International of the pump shaft which had twisted in half. The Tandem was taken to M.A. Jerry for replacement to the clutch drive which was not working, and was not covered under warranty. Mr. Shumway was having problems with the water running over the ditch toward the house and the snow plugged both ends of the culvert. It is believed that snow plowing was causing the problems. Roger and Keith used the loader to clean out the ends of the culvert. Roger talked to Tony at the county and received a lot of walsonite to fill in the potholes. All sidewalks have been cleaned.
Councilman Grimone stated that he talked with a Representative from the State about the plowing of a boat launch down at Franklin Falls Pond. The road has a dangerous curve in the area and is blocking traffic view.
CONTRACT – ACAP NUTRITION SITE
Supervisor Morency stated that she has not heard from Barb regarding the increase of $200.00 due to the high cost of fuel. Barb suggested a $40.00 increase. They are still working on it.
CONTRACT – AIRPORT
Supervisor Morency stated the cost is $2300.00 and wants to tabled this until next meeting so the two new councilmen has a chance to review it.
WATER & SEWER REGULATIONS
A draft copy has been given out to all board members for their review.
TOWN HALL STEPS
Charles Fitzpatrick has fixed the steps enough to hold out through the winter. He will replace the bottom step when weather permitting. He charged $282.00 for his work.
TOWN HALL BUILDING
Supervisor Morency stated that there is great need for town hall space for the offices. Councilman Jones stated that instead of another elevator, have the individuals worked upstairs and they can come down to meet people. Councilman Grimone stated that it really doesn’t solve the other offices’ space that needs to be addressed.
Supervisor Morency stated that Joe Garco from North Woods Engineering, PLLC, has given the board members the prices for a new elevator, re-doing the upstairs, and/or an annex building. The Justice needs to have a security assessment for the safety issues for him.
Councilman Jones asked if the Barnard building could be used. Highway Superintendent Roger Oliver stated that they need the building for storage for their equipment.
Supervisor Morency stated that she heard from Mr. Roy Pyptiuk and there is a problem with the Verizon’s attorney. St. Armand Town attorney, Daniel Manning, is now working with Verizon’s attorney so they can work out the issues. Councilman Whitson stated that at the December 6th meeting they did a survey of the location to which they agreed that a 25x25 feet diameter to accommodate the footing to be anchored in. They hope to begin construction late April or early May of 2008.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – BLOOMINGDALE
Supervisor Morency stated that the fire department has received their new pagers.
Albany has withheld the grant money of $25,000 that was to have been given out to St. Armand for the fire department. The fire department is using their funds to pay for them. When the Town receives the $25,000 grant money, then it will go to the Bloomingdale Fire Department.
Councilman Jones asked if he can explore the possibility of having a town web site. Supervisor Morency stated that it has never been approached before. Councilmen Grimone and Dakin stated that they think it would be good to have the minutes on a web site; but the cost is very expensive and time consuming.
SANDY HAYES’S SUB-DIVISION
Sandy stated that the lots on Maple Street will have town water but will not have sewer; the owners will have to put in their own septic tanks. Cindy Garco is almost done with the application.
Councilman Jones stated that he heard that some kids vandalize the ice rinks. Supervisor Morency stated that the kids used table salt and it destroyed the areas of the ice. The Highway department went down there with the bucket loader to remove the chunks of ice to start fixing it. Doug Hazelton has done what he could to repair the damage areas. Supervisor Morency stated that she plans on having a meeting with the kids and their parents. The kids may be banned from the ice rinks for the winter.
END OF MEETING
A motion was made by Councilman Grimone, and seconded by Councilman Dakin to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
I, Cynthia A. Woodson, Town Clerk for the Town of St. Armand, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct transcript of the regular board meeting minutes held on the above referenced date.
Cynthia A. Woodson
St. Armand Town Clerk