Minutes of the Public Hearings and Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, November 12, 2020, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:15 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
Scott LaMay - Superintendent of Highways
Laurie McGill - Town Clerk
Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
Public Hearing Called to order by Supervisor McGill at 6:15 P.M for the purpose of considering a contract with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. for the contract year 2021. The contract is for the furnishing of pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport ambulance services of the sick and injured within the borders of the Town for a fee of $31,374.00.
All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:24 P.M. on the motion of Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Public Hearing Called to order by Supervisor McGill at 6:25 P.M for the purpose of considering a contract for Animal Control with the Tri-Lakes Humane Society for the contract year 2021 for a fee of $892.00.
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.
Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor McGill at 6:31 P.M.
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 10 - 2021 Town of Santa Clara Budget
Budget of the Town of Santa Clara for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021. Pursuant to Section 108 of the Town Law the following proposed salaries of the following Town Officials are specified in said Budget:
Councilman (4): $3,411.50 each
Town Clerk: $12,697.00
Tax Collector: $3,964.00
Town Highway Superintendent: $53,160.00
Town Justice: $4,987.00
On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray the Board approved the Town Budget for 2021.
Resolution No 11 - Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc. Contract
Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. for the contract year 2021. The contract is for the furnishing of pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport ambulance services of the sick and injured within the borders of the Town for a fee of $31,374.00.
On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray the Board approved the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. contract for 2021.
Resolution No 13 - Snow and Ice Removal Franklin County 3 year contract
THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into 12day of November 2020 by and
between Edward Adams, Superintendent of Highway for the County of Franklin, hereinafter
referred to as "the County" and Scott LaMay Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Santa
Clara hereinafter referred to as "the Town."
WHEREAS: the Franklin County Board of Legislators did, on the _ day of November,
2020 authorize the Superintendent of Highways for the County of Franklin, pursuant to Section
135-a of the Highway Law of the State of New York, to enter into an agreement with any of the
Towns of the County of Franklin for the removal of snow and the sanding of County highways
within the respective town by any town that desires, and
WHEREAS: the Town Board of the Town of Santa Clara, Franklin County, New York
did by Resolution dated the 12 day of November 2020 authorize the Town Superintendent
of Highways to enter into such an agreement for the removal of snow and sanding of County
highways within the said Town of Santa Clara.
WHEREAS: It is mutually agreed as follows:
1. The Town of Santa Clara has the following miles herein they agree to remove snow
from, and to sand, the County highways within said Town whenever snow or ice
conditions exist on said highways which warrant the control of snow and ice on the
highways for the following years:
2. The Town herein agrees to furnish, maintain and operate their own equipment and
supplies for the adequate removal of snow from, or sanding of, said County
3. In case of a difference of opinion between said Town and County as to whether
conditions existing necessitate the removal of snow from, or sanding of, said County
highways, the County Superintendent of Highways shall be the sole judge.
4. If the Town refuses to remove snow from, or to sand, County highways when
requested by the County Superintendent of Highways, the County Superintendent
may remove said snow from, or sand, said highways and the cost of doing so shall be
deducted from any amount of monies due and owing the said Town under this
5. Payment shall be made to the Town upon presenting a verified voucher to the County
Superintendent of Highways who will, in turn, present to the same to the County
Treasurer for payment. Payment to the Town shall be made as follows: 12 to be paid
February 15, 2021, and the balance to be paid by July 15, 2021, then the 2nd year, 12
to be paid by February 15, 2022, and the balance to be paid by July 15, 2022. The 3rd
year, 1'2 to be paid by February 15, 2023, and the balance to be paid by July 15,2023.
6. That this agreement is effective during the calendar years of 2021, 2022 & 2023
On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board approved Snow and Ice Removal Contract with Franklin County.
Highway Garage Chimney Replacement - Supervisor McGill has a quote from Sootbusters LLC in Tupper Lake to replace the chimney in the highway garage. The existing chimney has been inspected and cleaned and is in dire need of replacement. Sootbusters will replace the chimney for a quote of $2,291.23. On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray the Board approved replacing the chimney for the quoted price. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Next Board Meeting will be December 10, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.
Open Discussion - no comments
Good of the Town
Supervisor McGill reported, as Highway Superintendent LaMay was absent, that the highway department equipment is running well and there were no equipment issues during the first snow storm of the season. The Town of Waverly did a great job plowing the roads in the Hamlet. The new highway employee BJ Tanzini is working out very well.
Resolution No 14 -
INTRODUCED BY: MICKEY WEBB
SECONDED BY: RICK LYON
RESOLUTION TO SEEK PROPOSALS FOR PREPARATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR PLANNING AND ZONING PURPOSES
WHEREAS, the Town Board believes it may be appropriate to have a Comprehensive Plan prepared for the Town,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF SANTA CLARA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
1. The Town will seek fee proposals for preparation of a Comprehensive Plan from three consulting firms that have significant experience in the preparation of Comprehensive Plans.
2. For purposes of seeking such fee proposals, the Town authorizes and directs the Town's Special Counsel for Planning and Zoning matters to research and identify three consulting firms with significant experience in the preparation of Comprehensive Plans and to provide the names of those firms to the Supervisor.
3. The Supervisor is hereby authorized and directed to contact the firms identified by Special Counsel and request fee proposals from those firms and to ask those firms to submit their proposals to the Town by December 7th.
4. This Resolution shall take effect immediately.
The question of the adoption of this Resolution was duly put to a vote on roll call which resulted as follows: Webb -yes, Murray - yes, Lyon - yes, Perr - yes, McGill - yes
The Resolution was declared duly adopted by the Town Board this 12th day of November, 2020.
Supervisor McGill advised that the Town has had an offer on the Town Highway Garage in the Hamlet. Dillon Fuller of Adirondack Tech has made an offer to buy the building for $80,000.00.
On a motion By Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board agreed to authorize the Town Attorney to publish the offer to purchase the building. Publishing the offer is the first step by law in selling the property.
Animal Control Law - Rick Lyon agrees with the Town Attorney that the law reads well but would like more clarification from the Animal Control Officer on what is needed for a complaint and what is considered habitual barking. The Animal Control Officer will be we contacted to get more details.
On a Motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board move to go into Executive Session in order to meet with our Special Counsel for the purpose of getting legal advice on zoning-related matters at 6:55 P.M. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
On a Motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board returned from Executive Session at 9:05 P.M. All members voting Aye. Motion carried
General Fund vouchers No. 223 to 244 in the amount of $11,340.78 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 102 to 111 in the amount of $6,385.83 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.
Motion to adjourn at 9:10 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.