Minutes of a Public Hearing and Regular Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:45 P.M.

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

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

Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 02 of 2016. Local Law No.02 of 2016 is a local law requiring prior written notice of certain dangerous conditions per the New York State General Municipal Law.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:55 P.M. on the motion of Tom Kimpton, seconded by Dave Perry. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor Webb at 7 P. M. Motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Rick Lyon to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Resolution No. 12

On a motion by Dave Perry, seconded Rick Lyon the following resolution was ADOPTED: All Aye

Local Law No.02 of 2016 requiring prior written notice of certain dangerous conditions per the New York State General Municipal Law.

Resolution No. 13

On a motion by Dave Perry, seconded Tom Kimpton the following resolution was ADOPTED: All Aye

Resolution of support to exempt New York State owned former Camp Gabriels Correctional Facility property located in the Town of Brighton, Franklin County, New York from the "forever wild" provision of the Constitution of the State of New York

Whereas, the former correctional facility Camp Gabriels was closed by the State in 2009 and has been vacant and unused since then and

Whereas, this property was already developed and has a long history of occupation and extensive use since the late 19th century and is inconsistent with the "forever wild" provision and

Whereas, the State conducted several auctions to sell Camp Gabriels property and

Whereas, a prospective private purchaser was unable to complete the purchase or obtain title insurance because this property is located within the Adirondack Park and

Whereas, it is in the best interest for economic development in Adirondack North Country communities that this property and facility be unencumbered for private purchase and put to good use in the region.


We support a state wide referendum by the voters of New York State that this property be unencumbered for private purchase, exempt from the "forever wild" clause in the State Constitution, and not be added to the forest preserve.

Letter from Lake Manager

Supervisor Webb received a letter from Guy Middleton, Lake Manager for the Upper Saranac Lake Foundation regarding septic systems. The Association would pay for Eric Murdock an engineer from Syracuse, representing Onsite Engineering, to come and speak to the Town Board and the Planning Board about septic tank inspection programs. On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Tom Kimpton the Board approved Guy Middleton to arrange for this speaker to come to a Town Board meeting and give a presentation. The Board has no plans to implement an inspection program but is willing to listen to the presentation. All members voting aye. Motion carried.

New Signs for Community Center/Town Hall

Supervisor Webb asked Rick Lyon to take on the project of improving the signage for the Community Center/Town Hall. He also asked Rick to look into better lighting for the existing sign and the flag pole in front of the Town Garage.

Open Discussion

Michelle Brown Garcia asked if Friends of Eagle Island would need to obtain a variance for the changes they will make. Supervisor Webb advised he did not know at this time. He also stated that Friends of Eagle Island will hold an informational meeting open to the Public on May 29, 2016 from 2:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. in the Town's great room at the Community Center.

Judith Meagher commented on the recent fire at Young Life. She advised that Franklin County 911 was giving the address as Gilpin Bay Route 30. Young Life is not located at Gilpin Bay and the County needs to know this so the responders can go to the correct location. Supervisor Webb advised he would speak to Ricky Provost, the County 911 Coordinator about this issue.

Good of the Town

Dave Perry reported that the motorized screen, sound system and projection equipment for the Community Center has been ordered. The total cost will be under $2,000.00.

Highway Superintendent Andy McGill reported that the County will be holding a free rabies clinic on June 8th from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. in the garage at the new town hall. Now that the golf course is open for the season he has found golf balls close to the new building. He will be speaking to the owners about this ongoing problem. The light on the pole by the sand pile is not working correctly. Andy asked if a new light could be looked into and installed when Rick upgrades the lighting on the Town sign and flag pole. Andy again spoke with Robbie Haynes about the State DOT taking over the District 1 Town Garage. Robbie is trying to set up a meeting with his boss and Andy and Supervisor Webb. Andy asked about putting the 2008 pickup truck with plow that is located at the District 1 Garage out for bid to prospected buyers. The highway department has no need for it at this time and he has had inquiries from someone about purchasing it. Supervisor Webb and the Board advised Andy to go ahead and put it out to bid. Andy reported all the Town roads have been swept and the sander on the small truck has been repaired. The CHIPS money should be coming in June.

MEO position at the Town Highway Department was advertised and Andy received 5 applications for the job from within the Town and outside of the Town. Andy reviewed the applications and qualifications of the applicants and has made a final decision on who to hire. He has chosen Steven Light. Steve will start on May 23, 2016.

On a motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Rick Lyon the Town approved the hiring of Steven Light for the MEO Highway position. All members voting aye. Motion carried.

General Fund vouchers No. 129 to 156 in the amount of $11,347.15, Building Fund voucher No. 10 in the amount of $3,042.00 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 43 to 54 in the amount of $4,160.69 were audited by the Board. Motion by Tom Kimpton seconded by Rick Lyon to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Motion to adjourn at 8:25 P. M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

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