REGULAR MEETING – MARCH 11, 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


GUESTS:       Sandy Hayes, DeForest & Arlene Tinkler, John Jones, Sue Jones,

                        Connie & Bucky Willette, Jon Hough, and J.P. O’Neil


            Supervisor Morency called the meeting to order at 7: 00 P.M.

 

            The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Grimone.


RESOLUTION #18 – MINUTES


            A motion was made by Councilman Whitson, and seconded by Councilman Grimone, to accept the Regular Town Board meeting minutes of February 12, 2008.

 All were in favor. Motion carried.


RESOLUTION #19 – MONTHLY BILLS


            GENERAL: Vouchers #46 - 62, Abstract #3                                    $ 9,562.67

            HIGHWAY: Vouchers #41 - 61, Abstract #3                        $36,918.55

            WATER & SEWER: Vouchers #24 - 34, Abstract #3           $ 5,113.96

            YOUTH BLDG. PROJECT Vouchers # 5, Abstract #3        $ 60.00


            A motion was made by Councilman Jones, and seconded by Councilman

Dakin to accept and pay this month’s bills. All were in favor. Motion carried.


RESOLUTION # 20– SUPERVISOR’S REPORT


            RECEIPTS:                                                    $ 421,231.13

            DISBURSEMENTS:                                      $ 131,709.13

            CHECKING BALANCES:                            $ 99,804.09

            SAVINGS BALANCES:                               $ 980,914.44

            CASH BALANCES:                                      $1,080,718.53

            WATER & SEWER METER READINGS   $ 39,320.37


            *The accountant was unable to attend meeting due to family medical.*

 

            A motion was made by Councilman Grimone, and seconded by Councilman Dakin, to accept the Supervisor’s Report, the Water & Sewer Report, and financial reports. All were in favor. Motion carried.


JON HOUGH – APA MAP AMENDMENT


            Mr. Hough asked the Town Board if they would assist him in re-submitting

the application that was originally denied. Mr. Hough wants to change the classification from Hamlet to Rural. He is asking for more restriction on his property. The Board agreed to do this with him.




RESOLUTION #21 – APA MAP AMENDMENT – JON HOUGH


RESOLUTION FOR APPROVAL OF JON HOUGH AND THE TOWN OF ST. ARMAND TO PUT IN AN APPLICATION TO THE ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY (APA) REQUESTING A RECLASSIFICATION OF HIS PROPERTY FROM A RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TO A RURAL USE LAND USE AREA.


Councilman Grimone made a motion to approve the application to be filed with the

APA for a reclassification change.


WHEREAS A Resolution of the Town Board of St. Armand agreed for Supervisor Morency and Jon Hough to sign application for submission to the Adirondack Park Agency asking for a re-classification of land from a Resource Management to a Rural

Use Land Use Area.


This resolution was duly seconded by Councilman Jones, 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 Jones                             AYE



_________________________________                              Dated: March 11, 2008

Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk


JP O’NEIL


            JP asked the Town Board if he could re-coup some of his money for the extra charge on the bar (Ga-Ga’s). He came to Supervisor Morency in 2006 about his bill being charged for two units instead of one. The water and sewer debt services should have been one unit. This came to his attention when he read the bill; as his wife Gaye

has been paying the bill. He stated that he came in to see the Water and Sewer Collector, Cindy, in September of 2006and inquired about the extra debt services fees they have been paying. Supervisor Morency talked with him and this was corrected. His bills

have since been corrected for the billing cycle starting with December 2006.


            JP is asking the Town Board to re-pay him for the years that the upstairs apartment has been shut off. He is asking for seven years; but he bought the bar in May/June 2004. The plumbing has been disconnected since 2000. To date, he has not fixed the meter and is being estimated at 18,900 gallons that was established by Rita Cronin, past Water and Sewer Collector.


            The Town Board will review the file and paperwork kept by the current Water and Sewer Clerk and will make a determination. The Town Board stated that it is his responsibility to check his bills.



CELL TOWER


            Supervisor Morency received two faxes from Mr. Roy Pyptiuk about approving the Lease with Verizon Negative Declaration and Notice of Resolution. She stated that they will start work as soon as she returns the two resolutions and then Roy will talk to the APA for his paperwork. Work may start as early as late April or early May.



RESOLUTION #22 – ISSUING NEGATIVE DECLARATION PURSUANT TO THE                                                 STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW ACT AND                                       APPROVING LEASE FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS                                                             FACILITY ON TOWN PROPERTY


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


            WHEREAS, the Town of St. Armand (the “Town”) and New York RSA 2 Cellular Partnership d/b/a/ Verizon Wireless (“Verizon Wireless”) have entered into negotiations for the lease of certain real property (the “Lease”) by Verizon Wireless from the Town for the site of a telecommunications facility consisting of a telecommunications tower, equipment shelter and appurtenances necessary to operate the facility (the “Project”), on property owned by the Town known by Tax Map Number 13.056-10-8, and located at 27 Reservoir Lane in the Town of St. Armand, Essex County, New York, with appropriate ingress and egress (the “Property”); and


            WHEREAS, under the provisions of the Lease the initial term shall be for a period of five years, with multiple renewal options. Verizon Wireless shall be obligated to pay the Town with periodic rent increases, all as set forth in the Lease; and


            WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand (the “Board”) has thoroughly reviewed the Lease; and


            WHEREAS, Verizon Wireless has presented information to the Board and answered the Board’s questions regarding the Lease and the Project; and


            WHEREAS, the Project is an unlisted action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”); and


            WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the Environmental Assessment Form and other information submitted by Verizon Wireless, has taken a hard look at any potential environmental effects, and for the reasons set forth below, has determined that entering into the Lease will not have any significant adverse environmental impact.


            NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board that:


            1. Based upon this Board’s thorough and careful review of the Lease, the Project and all submitted in connection therewith, the Board hereby determines that the Project will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts and hereby issues a Negative Declaration pursuant to SEQRA with respect to entering into the Lease.


            2. Based upon the Board’s review of the Lease, the Board hereby declares its intention to enter into the Lease with Verizon Wireless and hereby authorizes and directs the Supervisor of the Town of St. Armand to sign the Lease on behalf of the Town, thereby binding the Town to the terms of the Lease. The Board finds that entering into the Lease is in the best interest of the welfare of the Town’s citizenry because, among other things, it will provide an essential service, namely wireless telecommunication services, to the citizenry of the Town of St. Armand, and public in general, and will have no adverse affect on the health, safety or welfare of the public.


Councilman Jones duly seconded this resolution; the foregoing lease authorization resolution was put to a vote, which resulted as follows by the St. Armand Town Board:


            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: March 11, 2008

Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk

RESOLUTION #23 – NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION SUBJECT TO                                                 PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM



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


            WHEREAS, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at a regular meeting held on

the 11th day of March 2008, the TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF ST. ARMAND duly adopted a resolution, an abstract of which follows, which resolution is subject to a permissive referendum pursuant to Article 7 of the Town Law of the State of New York.


            Pursuant to Section 64(2) of the Town Law of the State of New York, the resolution authorized the Town Supervisor to enter into a Cell Tower Lease Agreement (the “Lease”) with NEW YORK RSA 2 CELLULAR PARTNERSHIP d/b/a/ Verizon Wireless for Town property located at 27 Reservoir Lane in the Town of St. Armand, Essex County, New York, identified as Tax Map Parcel No. 13.056-10-8, for the purposes of constructing, maintaining, repairing and operating a communications facility and uses incidental thereto. New York RSA 2 Cellular Partnership shall perform such other obligations as more particularly set forth in the Lease.


            BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF ST. ARMAND


Councilman Whitson 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: March 11, 2008

Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk


PUMP HOUSE


            Supervisor Morency hasn’t received anything new from Steve Marshall in Albany about the Reservoir money to be used to help fix the pump house.


SEWER LINE GRANT


            Supervisor Morency stated that she talked to Vic Putnam at the County and he mailed her the survey forms that have to be given to the homeowners of the streets for the possible sewer lines. She already mailed them out and the surveys are mailed to the County, not the Town. In order to qualify for the grant the County needs to receive 95% of the surveys back and need 51% of low income households. The income is based on the gross salary and therefore, some streets may get it and some may not. The streets targeted are: Maple St., Whiteface Lane, Vine St., Popular St., and Mill St.


VETERANS BENEFITS ON TAXES


            Supervisor Morency received a phone call about someone wanting to reduce his taxes again by raising the Veterans deductions. She is very supportive of the Veterans but the Town Board has already increased it and any extra increase, the other taxpayers that don’t receive it has the burden of paying for it. The individual did not attend the meeting.


VUNERABILITY ASSESSMENT


            Supervisor Morency has received the Certificate and the Board Members have a copy of it. Councilman Grimone inquired about it at last month’s meeting.

HIGHWAY


            Roger stated that the Town has used over 400 tons of salt this season. Enough salt for one big storm, but then they will run out. There should be enough sand to last through the season. Councilman Jones asked about how much they have to put on the roads. Roger said that the State tells them how much salt to use; as it is calibrated and released by the truck.


TOWN HALL SPACE


            Supervisor Morency stated that she wants to have a Public Hearing in late April

to discuss the expansion of the Town Hall.


TOWN JUSTICE


            Supervisor Morency stated that the Judge’s busy court day and evening on Wednesdays has prompted the Town Board to change the Senior Citizen’s use of the Town Hall from Wednesday evenings to Thursday evenings. Supervisor Morency will notify them of the change.

 

FIRE ADVISORY BOARD


            Councilman Dakin stated that there hasn’t been a meeting in the last two months. He was told that there should be one in April. John Jones stated that he heard on the radio there are problems with the EMT that was to be provided by the Village for the Fire Department. Councilman Dakin stated that originally it was agreed by the Towns to hire one full time EMT and to hire per diem EMTS. He will learn more at the next meeting.


FRANKLIN CEMETERY


            Sandy Hayes asked about the Franklin/St. Armand cemetery down by Franklin Falls. The Franklin Town has been maintaining a good portion of it. He stated at the Franklin Town Board meeting, they had discussed that the bulk of the cemetery is in St. Armand. Brad Merrill is doing the research on it. Supervisor Morency stated that she told them to bill the St. Armand to help pay for the maintenance, but has never received a bill.


END OF MEETING


            A motion was made by Councilman Whitson, and seconded by Councilman

Dakin, to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 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