TOWN OF SANTA CLARA BOARD MEETINGS

Minutes of the Organizational Meeting and a Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, January 07, 2016, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 7:00 P.M.

Roll as follows for the Organizational Meeting and Regular Monthly Meeting:

    Present:
  • Marcel Webb - Supervisor
  • Thomas Kimpton - Councilman
  • David Perry - Councilman
  • Philip Durkin - Councilman
  • Andrew McGill - Superintendent of Highways
    Absent:
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Organizational Meeting called to order at 7 P.M. by Supervisor Webb.

Resolution No. 01

On a motion by Tom Kimpton seconded by Dave Perry to approve appointments and designations for 2016 the following resolution was: ALL AYE

  • Deputy Supervisor - Philip Durkin
  • Health Officer - Dr. Barry Kilbourne
  • Deputy Highway Superintendent - Scott LaMay
  • Deputy Town Clerk Tax Collector - Carolyn Hickok
  • Dog Control Officer and Shelter Service: By contract with Tri-Lakes Humane Society
  • Official Newspaper: Adirondack Daily Enterprise
  • Official Depositories: Community Bank NA and NBT Bank
  • Payroll/Bookkeeping Services - Richard Meagher
  • Town Attorney - James Maher
  • Mileage Reimbursement: Per Federal Guidelines
  • Meeting Schedule: Usually the second Thursday of each month.
  • Return Check Fee: $35.00

Motion by Tom Kimpton seconded by Phil Durkin to adjourn the organizational meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor Webb. Motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Phil Durkin to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Phil Durkin, seconded by Dave Perry to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Paul Smiths Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department Chief Whitson presented the Town Board with a list of their current officers and Department Members. Dan gave a brief report on the department's new equipment and training.

Resolution No 2

The Resolution by the Municipality or Fire District having Jurisdiction over the Fire Company/Department offered by Phil Durkin, seconded by Dave Perry the following resolution was: ALL AYE

BE IT RESOLVED, that this board agrees that the Paul Smiths Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department will participate in the Franklin County Fire Mutual Aid Plan that is currently in effect.

The Franklin County Fire Mutual Aid Plan may be amended and certified by the Franklin County Board of legislators through its County Fire Coordinator and no restrictions exist against "outside" service by such fire company (fire department) within the meaning of Section 209 of the General Municipal Law, which would affect the power of such fire company (fire department) to participate in such plan.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution is filed with the County Fire Coordinator.

Community Center Update - Supervisor Webb advised that the cage has been installed in the records room to contain the Town records under lock and key. The "I" bolt has been placed in the floor to chain prisoners to who are appearing in court. This bolt was a requirement of the Franklin County Sheriff. The internet is all set up for both public and private use and the copy/fax machine has been installed.

Resolution No 03

On a motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Phil Durkin the following resolution was: ALL AYE

Contract for services between the town of Harrietstown and the Town of Santa Clara for the Adirondack Regional Airport located in Lake Clear New York. The Town of Santa Clara will contribute $3,500.00 for the year 2016.

Resolution No 4

On a motion by Phil Durkin, seconded by Tom Kimpton the following resolution was: ALL AYE

Adoption of the Dog Control and Shelter Service contract with Tri-Lakes Humane Society, 255 George LaPan Highway, Saranac Lake, NY for the amount of $850.00 for the year 2016.

Resolution No 5

On a motion by Phil Durkin, seconded by Dave Perry the FRANKLIN COUNTY MULTIJURISDICTIONAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE 2015 was: ALL AYE

WHEREAS, the Franklin County Emergency Services Office, with assistance from the Town of Santa Clara, and Friends of the North Country, Inc., has gathered information and prepared the Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2015; and

WHEREAS, the Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update has been prepared in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Santa Clara is a local unit of government that has afforded the citizens an opportunity to comment and provide input in the Plan and the actions in the Plan; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Santa Clara has reviewed the Plan and affirms that it will assist the County to Update the Plan no less than every five years;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Santa Clara Town Board that the Town of Santa Clara adopts the Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as this jurisdiction's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, and resolves to execute the actions in the Plan contingent upon availability of funding and resources.

The Town Board received a letter from Guy Middleton, Lake Manager for the Upper Saranac Lake Foundation. The letter states that the Upper Saranac Lake Foundation is in the process of applying for two grants for funding Aquatic Invasive Management projects outside the normal hand harvesting mission. Through these grants the intent is to increase Lake Stewardship at the Back Bay Boat Launch and Fish Creek Camp Ground for more full time coverage, add a decontamination hot-water, high-pressure unit to the preexisting boat wash area at the Back Bay, and to expand our AIS harvesting efforts into Fish Creek ponds and Square Pond in the Campground. Both grants, one from NYSDEC and the other from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation request letters of support. Guy asked that the Town of Santa Clara consider sending a letter of support. The grants would also give applicants credit for partnerships as well as credit toward a required match for services rendered from partners. Some of the services could be heated winter storage of the decontamination unit, transporting and depositing of Milfoil from the Fish Creek Campground, support in material and services for constructing a pad for the decontamination unit. Motion was made by Phil Durkin, seconded by Tom Kimpton to support this request by writing letters and partnering with the decontamination unit and the building of the pad. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

March 2016 meeting date was set for the first Thursday March 3, 2016

Open Discussion

Ron Otten discussed the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad contract and asked why Santa Clara and Brighton couldn't get together and start their own rescue squad. Supervisor Webb advised that is has been looked into in the past but it is too costly and there are not enough volunteers available to man it.

Lynne Perry asked if there was going to be a Community Center Grand Opening as she would like to mention it in the February copy of the Mail Boat. Supervisor Webb stated he would like to have the Official Grand Opening in June or July when the summer people are back. For now there will be a soft opening on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. to show the public the building. It will be announced on the Town website and in the newspaper.

Good of the Town

Superintendent McGill asked if rain gutters were going to be put on the new building. Tom Kimpton will get an estimate for this job. Andy asked what the Board wanted to use on the sidewalks for ice removal. The road salt is too harsh and will eat the cement. The Board advised Andy to go get an ice melt that is safe for cement.

Superintendent McGill had a complaint about the flag pole in front of the Town Garage not having a light shining on it. Since the Town sign was moved there is no longer a light over there. On a motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Dave Perry the flag will be taken down until a light can be installed. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Superintendent McGill advised the new plow truck still has not been delivered. He has been advised it will not be completed until the middle of February. He advised that he will never do business with this company again. Supervisor Webb authorized Andy to call the Town Attorney, James Maher, and get his thoughts on what the Town's right are in this matter.

Resolution No 6

Funds Transfer - On a motion by Phil Durkin seconded by Dave Perry, the following resolution was: ALL AYE

Resolved the following Funds Transfer is approved:

From
A1990.4 - Contingent - $31,411.00

To
A1330.1 - Court Clerk - $639.00
A1330.4 - Tax Collection - $924.00
A1460.4 - Board of Ethics - $8,015.00
A1620.4 - Building - $19,189.00
A1910.4 - Insurance - $956.00
A5010.4 - Supt of Highways - $740.00
A5010.4 - Supt of Highways - $120.00
A7140.4 - Spec Rec - $3.00
A7620.4 - Adult Rec - $800.00
A9020.8 - Social Security - $25.00

General Fund vouchers No. 01 to 20 in the amount of $59,892.26 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 01 to 8 in the amount of $3,555.00 and Building Fund Voucher No 1 in the amount of $736.61 were audited by the Board. Motion by Tom Kimpton seconded by Dave Perry to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Motion to adjourn at 7:56 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

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