REGULAR MEETING – FEBRUARY 12, 2008



            The regular meeting of the Town Board of St. Armand was held on the above date at the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY.


PRESENT:     Joyce W. Morency, Supervisor, Deputy Supervisor, Charles Whitson, Jr.                                     Councilmen, Earl J. Dakin, Jr., Samuel Grimone, Thomas Jones, Town                          Clerk, Cynthia A. Woodson, Don Amell, Town Historian


GUESTS:       Sandy Hayes, DeForest & Arlene Tinkler, John Jones, Sue Jones, Connie                                     and Bucky Willette.


            Supervisor Morency called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M.


RESOLUTION #13 – MINUTES


            A motion was made by Councilman Grimone, and seconded by Councilman Dakin, to accept the Organizational meeting minutes and the Regular Town Board meeting minutes of January 8, 2008. All were in favor. Motion carried.


RESOLUTION #14 – MONTHLY BILLS


            GENERAL: Vouchers #24 - 45, Abstract #2                                    $44,576.67

            HIGHWAY: Vouchers #19 - 40, Abstract #2                        $53,677.62

            WATER & SEWER: Vouchers #11 - 23, Abstract #2           $11,367.31

            YOUTH BLDG. PROJECT Vouchers #3 - 4, Abstract #2    $ 1,664.05


            A motion was made by Councilman Whitson, and seconded by Councilman Dakin, to accept and pay this month’s bills. All were in favor. Motion carried.


RESOLUTION # 15– SUPERVISOR’S REPORT


            RECEIPTS:                                                    $398,420.15

            DISBURSEMENTS:                                      $105,928.48

            CHECKING BALANCES:                            $190,278.35

            SAVINGS BALANCES:                               $600,417.10

            CASH BALANCES:                                      $790,695.45

 

            A motion was made by Councilman Whitson, and seconded by Councilman Grimone, to accept the Supervisor’s Report of January 2008, the Water & Sewer unpaid balance report of $6,176.23, and the financial reports. All were in favor. Motion carried.


YOUTH BUILDING PROJECT


            Supervisor Morency stated that of the $50,000.00 grant, $49,890.60 has been spent on the new building with a balance of $109.40. The storage unit will continue for about two more months.


TIME WARNER


            Supervisor Morency stated that when Adelphia was the internet carrier for the Town, there was no cost for the use of the internet. When Time Warner took over Adelphia, they are charging for the use of the internet and the cost is very high. Supervisor Morency said she has been talking to them for several months and just last week found out that the account has been credited to a zero balance at this time.


HIGHWAY


            Councilman Whitson gave a review of the highway repairs on the bucket loader. The loader was forming condensation in the gas tank so the men took it K.C. Canary to get the water out of the tank. They found more problems with the loader; the inner sleeves on the hydraulic needed to be replaced. They also found that a bracket was missing in the framework and was replaced. While working on the condensation problem, the mechanic realized that there was no way to control the water problem. There are filters that can help with this and should be replaced weekly; mainly in the winter. In the meantime, the Town is renting K.C.’s bucket loader.


            The 2003 Chevy pick up truck has a problem with the transfer case as it is slipping. It has 80,000 miles on it and the plowing is hard on the truck. The 2001 International needs new brake drums and pad on the rear wheels. The cost to fix it is $1100.00. The 2001 International Sander has new bearings that were put on.


            The loader from K.C. Canary had a problem with the transmission coolant line that broke and all the transmission fluid leaked out. A mechanic from K.C. came up and fixed the problem. This is no cost to the town.


            John Jones asked how much money is used for the plowing of the County roads. Supervisor Morency stated that the Town received $58,156.64 for 11.77 miles to plow from the County. New York State paid the Town $92,800.32 for 14.6 lane miles to plow.

Supervisor Morency stated that she will talk to Mark Bonifay about the upcoming contract that should be out soon.


SALT


            Supervisor Morency stated that 700 tons (7 loads) of salt has already been delivered and used for the roads at a cost of $38,188.90. Of the seven loads, two were for the town and county roads and five were for the state road. The Town still has five loads of salt unpaid.


SNOW PLOWING


            Supervisor Morency stated that Roger, Highway Superintendent, has spoken to several people about plowing snow out onto the sidewalks and roadways. It is a hazard for vehicles and people walking on the sidewalks. As soon as possible, when the highway men are done plowing the roads then they will clean up the sidewalks. People who plow need to keep the snow off the sidewalks and roadway. There was discussion among the board members to put an ad in the paper about this. Supervisor Morency said she will take care of it.


CHIPPER


            Supervisor Morency stated that the Town has received a check for $968.02, for the use of the Highway’s chipper, from the crew of New York State Highway and Town of Keene for their clean up of downed trees. 


2008 ANNUAL CONTRACTS


            Supervisor Morency asked for a resolution on the four 2008 annual contracts.


RESOLUTION #16 2008 ANNUAL CONTRACTS


Councilman Grimone, who moved its adoption, offered the following resolution.


WHEREAS A Resolution of the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand approves the following annual contracts for the year of 2008.

 

            A. Adirondack Airport Contract for a cost of $2300.00

            B. Tri-Lakes Humane Society for a cost of $2400.00

            C. North Country Life Flight for a cost of $500.00

            D. Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) for revenue of $2400.00


Councilman Dakin duly seconded this resolution, and adopted as follows:


            Supervisor Joyce W. Morency                       AYE

            Deputy Supervisor Charles Whitson, Jr.        AYE

            Councilman Earl J. Dakin, Jr.                         AYE

            Councilman Samuel Grimone                        AYE

            Councilman Thomas C. Jones                                    AYE


________________________________                    Dated: February 12, 2008

Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk


BOARD OF ASSESSMENT


            Supervisor Morency asked for a resolution to appoint Mary Ellen Stumpt on the Board of Assessment Review. Councilman Whitson stated that she was one of the people being interviewed at the last appointment. Councilman Grimone asked if the individual needed to have a background in real estate to qualify, and Supervisor Morency said no, but it helps.


RESOLUTION #17 – APPOINTMENT TO BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW


Councilman Whitson, who moved its adoption, offered the following resolution.


WHEREAS A Resolution of the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand has appointed Mary Ellen Stumpt for the vacancy on the Board of Assessment Review. Her term will be retroactive from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2012.


Councilman Dakin duly seconded this resolution, and adopted as follows:


            Supervisor Joyce W. Morency                       AYE

            Deputy Supervisor Charles Whitson, Jr.        AYE

            Councilman Earl J. Dakin, Jr.                         AYE

            Councilman Samuel Grimone                        AYE

            Councilman Thomas C. Jones                                    AYE


__________________________________                Dated: February 12, 2008

Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk


ZONING/PLANNING BOARD


            Sandy Hayes stated that he hasn’t found out the difference between a zoning board and a planning board. He has done some research and really hasn’t come up with a true definition; however, in his opinion, he thinks the planning board is advisory to the people and the zoning board would enforce it. Sandy stated he has spoken to Wayne Feinberg on various issues about this. He will have more information at next month’s Town Board meeting.


            Supervisor Morency stated that Victor Putnam, head of the Planning board in Elizabethtown would be willing to meet with the board members and others to discuss any issues. Sandy stated that it is important to take things slow and easy to make sure it gets done right; a lot of time is involved and he is willing to do what needs to be done to be sure to get the right information to get started.


RESERVOIR GRANT


            Supervisor Morency stated there is $200,000 left in the grant money. Mr. Putnam from Essex County writes many water and sewer grants and he could help with getting permission from Kevin Scheuer’s boss in Albany, Steven Marshall, of why the Town should use some of the money for repairs at the pump house. Supervisor Morency passed out pictures of the repairs needed at the pump house.



SUB-DIVISION AT MAPLE LANE


            Sandy Hayes inquired about size of culverts to use for the driveways as there is not much of a ditch. He has concerns about the 18 inch culverts used for driveways. If he uses 15 inch culverts then they will be below the street level. He stated that the ditches need attention. He asked if some of the reservoir money could be used for the upgrades of water lines. Supervisor Morency stated that she doesn’t believe the grant money will work for the ditches’ problems as the money is for distribution such as drinking water.


WATER & SEWER DEBT SERVICES


            Councilman Jones asked why a consumer that he has talked to is still paying debt services on a vacant building. Supervisor Morency stated that if the water and sewer lines are still hooked to the building’s pipes then one will have to pay the debt services. He asked about apartment buildings if they are paying for each apartment for debt services. He asked if the Town buildings are also being billed for water and sewer.

He also asked if the churches are being charged for debt services. Supervisor Morency explained to Councilman Jones of how the billing is. Councilman Jones stated that he had talked to someone and was given information in error.


            Councilman Jones asked if the Fire Department is being charged water and sewer usage and debt services. Supervisor Morency stated that the Fire Department is being charged sewer debt services only. Councilman Jones stated that he feels the Fire Department should help pay for water as a way to help the Water District. He stated that some of the people are using the water to wash their vehicles. Councilman Grimone stated that one can’t differentiate how much water is used for trucks for fire calls and how much is being used at the Fire House for other uses.


            Supervisor Morency said she does not recommend billing the Fire Department for water usage and water debt services. She stated that, years ago, the Town Board had made a decision not to charge for water. Councilman Whitson stated that the Fire Department is a Volunteer Fire Department, the men and women put their time and life on the line to the community. Councilman Whitson stated that the few times people use water for washing their cars is a small quirk for them. Councilmen Dakin and Grimone agreed with Councilman Whitson statements.


            Councilman Jones stated that his point is to have all people in the community to help pay for the water for the Fire Department. Supervisor Morency stated that only those people in the District can pay for it; those outside the District can’t pay.


CELL TOWER


            Supervisor Morency said she has received information from Verizon. They will pay the Town of St. Armand $1200.00 a month for the use of the tower. That is revenue of $14,400.00 a year.


USDA VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN


            Councilman Grimone asked if the Town has a plan and how it works. Is there emergency plan or other documents. Supervisor Morency stated that the Town does have some paperwork on this and she will get him the information. She stated that Bart was to call and receive the current paperwork.


WEB-SITE


            Councilman Jones asked if the board members would consider a web site for St. Armand. Supervisor Morency stated that St. Armand is on the Essex County web-site. The minutes are being sent to the county. Councilman Jones asked about putting pictures of businesses in St. Armand to help promote their business and post job listings. Supervisor Morency stated that the County does not allow commercial publicity at all. Job listings are in the newspaper and the newspaper is on the internet.


END OF MEETING


            A motion was made by Councilman Whitson, and seconded by Councilman Jones to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 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.



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Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk