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Town of Hardenburgh
Special Tentative Budget and Regular Town Board Meeting
October 13, 2022 7:00 PM
Town Hall, 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY 12406

Present:   Supervisor Fairbairn and Councilpersons Sackel, Schluter and Shaver.
Also present:Stephanie Seminara, Highway Foreman Kyle Brewer, Wendy Buerge, Town Clerk Thomas Delehanty.

Supervisor Fairbairn called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM and Councilman Sackel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

TOWN CLERK: Letter from Thomas Delehanty resigning the Town Clerk / Tax Collector, Registrar, and Health Benefits Administrator positions; also resigning as Signatory for payment documents relating to the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the resignation as written. Motion seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor.

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to:

(a) Appoint Wendy Buerge as Town Clerk / Tax Collector, Registrar, and Health Benefits Administrator (the latter two positions responsibilities of the Town Clerk). Unexpired term expiring 12/31/2023, including health insurance benefits (single policy).

(b) Authorize Wendy Buerge as signatory for the Town Clerk and Tax Collector checking accounts at NBT. Responsibilities of the Town Clerk / Tax Collector.

(c) Authorize Wendy Buerge as signatory for payment documents relating to the New York Rising Community Restoration Program.

All appointments and authorizations effective upon passage of this Resolution.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Sackel.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Sackel: Yes
Councilman William Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 22-26 adopted

TENTATIVE BUDGET: Presentation of 2023 Tentative Budget. Supervisor Fairbairn reviewed the budget, one line item at a time. Levy increase of 5.64%. Discussion by Board. No amendments.

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to adopt the 2023 Tentative Budget as the 2023 Preliminary Budget.

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Shaver.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Sackel: Yes
Councilman William Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 22-27 adopted

MINUTES CORRECTION:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to correct the minutes of the 9/8 Regular Meeting. Motion seconded by Councilperson Shaver and passed with all in favor. Correction: Under “Next Meeting”, should read “Special Tentative Budget Meeting”, not “Preliminary”. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the 9/8 minutes as corrected. Motion seconded by Councilperson Shaver and passed with all in favor.

BILLS

Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to audit the bills, which was seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to accept the bills as audited, which was seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor. Vouchers approved for payment were #307-344 totaling $82,969.60 in Highway Accounts, $17,013.41 in General Accounts, and $2,350.00 in Ambulance District Account.

HIGHWAY: Report from Highway Foreman Kyle Brewer.

A. New Ford truck has arrived, voucher this month. Discussion.

B. Project updates. Completed: Hillriegel milkhouse drainage across Millbrook Rd., Ploutz Rd. lower embankment failure. Not completed: Millbrook Mtn, Dry Brook side large culvert replacement – too much rain. Spot paving on Millbrook Rd. yesterday (Wed), weather permitting. County participation had been put off from Tuesday of last week.

C. Raise. Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to raise the hourly rate of the employee with SSN ending in 7850 from $16.50 to $17.00, effective the next full Payroll period.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Sackel.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Sackel: Yes
Councilman William Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 22-28 adopted

RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM:

Communications with Bill Blankenship regarding Backup Generator. Sent him Engineer’s report on concrete problems, easy fix. Awaiting communication from contractor (Blizzard). Discussion.

AMBULANCE DISTRICT:

Contract signed, voucher for payment this month.

REVENUES:

A. Town Clerk September Report, check for $610.00.

B. From NYS Comptroller, annual AIM payment, electronic funds transfer of $6,127.00. Prior years’ payments received in December. Discussion.

FYI:

A. From CWC, September monthly report: septic rehabs (incl. Odell), loans, etc. Discussion.

B. From UCRRA, tipping fees up $5 per ton.

C. From UC Legislature, UC Law Enforcement Community Engagement Committee. Discussion.

JUSTICE:

No action for August.

SPEAK TIME:Quiet.

Councilman Sackel made a motion to adjourn at 8:05 PM, which was seconded by Supervisor Fairbairn and passed with all in favor.

Next meeting: Special Preliminary Budget and Regular November Meeting, November 10, 7 PM at Town Hall. Public Hearing at 7:30 PM. To be advertised.

Date: October 13, 2022

Thomas Delehanty, Town Clerk