Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, August 13, 2020, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:30 P.M.
Roll as follows for the Regular Monthly Meeting:
Andrew McGill - Supervisor
Richard Lyon - Councilman
David Perry - Councilman
Marcel "Mickey" Webb - Councilman
John Murray - Councilman
Absent: Scott LaMay - Superintendent of Highways
Laurie McGill - Town Clerk
Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor McGill at 6:30 P.M.
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 Dave Perry to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Paul Smiths Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department - Chief Tom Tucker gave a brief presentation of the department’s activities. A proposed 5 year contracted was presented to the Town Board for 2021 to 2025. The contract covers the Bay Pond/Keese Mills area in the Town. Supervisor McGill will set a Public Hearing on the proposed contract.
Variance Board - Jens Sorensen’s resignation from the Variance Board was received. On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board accepted his resignation with regret. The Board thanks Jens for his service to the Town. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry the Board appointed Cindy Watson to the vacant seat on the Variance Board. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Friends of Eagle Island made a donation to the Town towards fire and rescue coverage.
Teamsters Union Contract for the Highway Department’s two employees was negotiated and the final contract received. On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board approved the contract for the period of 2021 to 2023. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Buildings – The front doors of the Town Hall/ Community Room have been fixed. A new door has been installed in the Highway Garage.
Next Board Meeting will be September 10, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.
Pam Palumbo inquire if there was any updated to the Town’s Dog Law. The Board has a meeting with the Dog Control Officer and the Town Attorney to review the law and determine if any changes need to be made. If the Law is amended, there has to be a Public Hearing before it can be adopted and then sent to the New York State Secretary of State to be filed. At this time there is no change to the Town’s Local Dog Law.
John LaHart inquired about the fence issue on Church Pond Road. The Board advised that the situation is being reviewed by the Town’s Special Counsel Attorneys.
Betsy Hall inquired if there would be a Public Hearing on the fence. The Board advised that the situation is being reviewed by the Town’s Special Counsel Attorneys. If there is a need for a Public Hearing by law, then there will be one.
Ann Mullen inquired if the Town would consider building a Tennis/Pickle ball/Basketball Court on the Town property. There are plenty of empty areas at the Town Hall to place one and many of the Town residents are involved in these sports and have no place to play. The Board advised Ann that they would consider it when preparing the 2021 Town Budget.
Scottie Adams reported that the Planning Board has met again with the company Host Compliance. The company, if hired, would handle the short term rentals in the Town. The proposed short term rental regulations are now being reviewed by the Town’s Special Counsel.
Scottie Adams, a member of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department- Santa Clara Substation, wanted to remind everyone that the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department is the department contracted with for fire protection in Santa Clara. Letters for donations were sent out by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department to anyone with 12983 or 12945 zip codes. This is causing some confusion over what fire department is contracted to respond to Santa Clara.
Good of the Town
Supervisor McGill reported for Scott LaMay that the Highway Department has the new utility trailer that was ordered. Paving of the road in Bay Pond will be Friday, August 14, 2020.
Mickey Webb reported that he has researched with the Town’s Attorney the abandonment of the Everton Road in the Hamlet. Currently the road is seasonal use only. Abandonment of the road would require a Public Hearing and if one person stated they used the road it could not be abandoned. At this time Mickey advised that the road be left as seasonal.
General Fund vouchers No. 168 to 189 in the amount of $7,709.24 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 69 to 77 in the amount of $14,972.42 were audited by the Board. Motion by Mickey Webb seconded by Rick Lyon to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn at 7:00 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.