TOWN OF SANTA CLARA BOARD MEETINGS

Minutes of the Public Hearings and Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:15 P.M.

Roll as follows for the Public Hearing and Regular Monthly Meeting:

    Present:
  • Marcel Webb - Supervisor
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
  • John Murray - Councilman
  • Scott LaMay – Superintendent of Highways

    Absent:
  • Thomas Kimpton - Councilman
  • David Perry - Councilman

    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Public Hearing on the proposed Tupper Lake Fire contract was convened at 6:15 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The new fire protection contract with the Village of Tupper Lake will terminate the existing fire protection contract dated December 11, 2018 and provide for the furnishing of fire protection by said Village to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District. The terms of the proposed contract include that the said Fire District shall answer and attend upon all calls for emergency fire protection in the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District; that the contract term shall be for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1, 2020 and terminating December 31, 2024; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the Village of Tupper Lake for providing such fire protection shall be: $51,987.27 for the year 2020, $51,987.27 for the year 2021, $53,546.89 for the year 2022, $53,546.89 for the year 2023 and $55,153.29 for the year 2024.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:20 P.M. on the motion of Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Public Hearing on the proposed Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. contract was convened at 6:21 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The contract with the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for the furnishing of emergency ambulance service to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District # II. The terms of the proposed contract include that the contract term shall be for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1, 2020 and terminating December 31, 2024; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for providing such service shall be $7,000.00 for the year 2020, $7,500.00 for the year 2021, $8,000.00 for the year 2022, $8,500.00 for the year 2023 and $8,500.00 for the year 2024.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:30 P.M. on the motion of John Murray, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Monthly meeting called to order at 6:31 P.M. by Supervisor Webb.

Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by John Murray, seconded by Rick Lyon to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Resolution No 19 Fire Protection Contract Tupper Lake Fire Department:
On a motion by John Murray, seconded by Rick Lyon

Fire protection contract with the Village of Tupper Lake that will terminate the existing fire protection contract dated December 11, 2018 and provide for the furnishing of fire protection by said Village to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District. The terms of the proposed contract include that the said Fire District shall answer and attend upon all calls for emergency fire protection in the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District; that the contract term shall be for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1, 2020 and terminating December 31, 2024; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the Village of Tupper Lake for providing such fire protection shall be: $51,987.27 for the year 2020, $51,987.27 for the year 2021, $53,546.89 for the year 2022, $53,546.89 for the year 2023 and $55,153.29 for the year 2024.

ADOPTED:
Ayes 3 Webb, Lyon, Murray
Nays 0
Absent 2 Kimpton, Perry

Resolution No 20 Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad Inc.:
On a motion by John Murray, seconded by Rick Lyon

Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for the furnishing of emergency ambulance service to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District # II. The terms of the proposed contract include that the contract term shall be for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1, 2020 and terminating December 31, 2024; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for providing such service shall be $7,000.00 for the year 2020, $7,500.00 for the year 2021, $8,000.00 for the year 2022, $8,500.00 for the year 2023 and $8,500.00 for the year 2024.

ADOPTED:
Ayes 3 Webb, Lyon, Murray
Nays 0
Absent 2 Kimpton, Perry

Planning Board Report - Scottie Adams reported that the new Land Use Code map is finished. The Planning Board spent a great deal of time updating the old map and also overlaying the property lines from the county land maps. All of the properties in the Town of Santa Clara have been indexed in an updateable form so that the land use category they fall in can be easily identified. A brief slide show was presented to show the changes. To produce the map for the Code Enforcement Officer and the Planning Boards use will cost approximately $500.00. Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray to purchase the new map. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Board of Assessment Review – On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray the Board reappointed Todd Hall to the Board of Assessment Review. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Resolution No 21 RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF SANTA CLARA December 10, 2019:
STATING OPPOSITION TO BAIL/DISCOVER REFORM ACT

WHEREAS, at the December 10th Town Board Meeting the following was discussed and the likelihood that it will adversely affect the public safety.
Whereas, pursuant to said new bail and discovery reform legislation:

1. The legislation eliminates the ability of judges to set bail on all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony crimes and some violent felonies, such as Robbery 3rd and Burglary 2nd
2. For domestic violence cases, a defendant comes home and assaults his spouse, say he breaks her nose, and the charge is an assault third (a misdemeanor). The defendant resists arrest. A police officer comes and they spit on the officer's face. Bail cannot be set for that individual, and the Court is required to release that defendant that night.
3. From Assault crimes like robbery and burglary (home invasions), bail cannot be set and the defendant must be set free upon arrest.
4. Bail could not be set for defendants who commit crimes such as manslaughter in New York State, because that is not considered a violent crime.
5. In an aggravated vehicular homicide case (someone gets drunk and kills one or more people), the Court is required to release the defendant that night.
6. Bail could not be set for a sex offender who fails to register a new address.
7. Drug crime defendants, except those who are major distributors, are also getting released by the Court the same night, regardless of their ties and the connections to the community.
8. Also in the new law, there is a provision that allows the defendant to inspect the crime scene. So burglaries and sexual assaults, the defendants have the right to make that application and re-enter a victim's home or apartment.
9. The new law also requires prosecutors to turn over all discovery material within 15 days of arraignment, which is a completely unreasonable demand that imposes an additional burden on the law enforcement and prosecutors that will impair the ability to adequately prosecute crimes.
10. Names of witnesses and contact information must be provided to a defense attorney within 15 days of someone's arraignment, which will significantly deter the willing of witnesses to cooperate with the law enforcement.
NOW THEREFORE it is resolved by the Town Board of the Town of Santa Clara that it opposes the concepts of the recently passed Bail Reform Act.
RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent by the Town Clerk to the Governor, New York State Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, State Senator Elizabeth Little, as well as the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Majority Leader.
On a motion of the Town Supervisor Marcel Webb, seconded by Councilman John Murray the resolution was approved.

ADOPTED:
Ayes 3 Webb, Lyon, Murray
Nays 0
Absent 2 Kimpton, Perry

Open Discussion

Andrew McGill presented Supervisor Webb with a plaque as this is Mickey's last board meeting as Town Supervisor. The plaque read "In grateful appreciation for your years of outstanding leadership and devotion to the Town of Santa Clara. January 2007 to December 2019.".

Scott LaMay thanked Mickey for his assistance with all the work he has done to improve the highway department. Dave Perry (by phone) thanked Mickey for all his work.

Good of the Town

Highway Superintendent Scott LaMay reported that the new loader has arrived. He will start the paperwork to be reimbursed from the CHIPS fund for a portion of the cost. Franklin County Highway Department contacted Scott regarding the Floodwood Bridge. The County wants something in writing that the Town owns the bridge so the County can take it off their inventory. St Regis Falls Fire Department requested the Town keep the St Regis river boat launch plowed out so that they can get to the dry hydrant. Scott had to get a permit through DEC and in this process was also granted a permit to plow the Saranac Inn boat launch. Santa Clara Highway Department has also loaned a plow truck to the Town of Franklin. As the Town of Franklin lost all of their trucks and equipment when their Town Garage burned down.

Rick Lyon thanked the Planning Board for the great job they are doing for the Town. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

General Fund vouchers No. 265 to 297 in the amount of $11,902.75 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 81 to 93 in the amount of $111,565.64 were audited by the Board. Motion by John Murray seconded by Rick Lyon to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn at 7:47 P.M. made by John Murray, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. .

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