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Town of Hardenburgh
Regular Town Meeting
February 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
Town Hall, 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY 12406

Present:  Supervisor Fairbairn and Councilpersons Shaver, Prior, Fairbairn and Schluter.
Also present:Kyle Brewer, Town Clerk Thomas Delehanty.

Supervisor Fairbairn called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and Councilperson Shaver led the Pledge of Allegiance.

MOMENT OF SILENCE: A moment of silence was observed in honor of community member Gail Hillriegel, former Town Clerk and Historian, who passed away January 30th. Gail grew up one door down on Rider Hollow, and later resided on Millbrook Road.

MINUTES CORRECTION:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to correct the minutes of the 01/09/20 Organizational and Regular Meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor. Correction: Date in header should be 2020, not 2019. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the 01/09 minutes as corrected. Motion seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor.

HIGHWAY POLICY:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to enact the amended Highway Policy as printed in the minutes of 1/9/20, which includes amendments made by Resolution 19-32 of 10/10/19.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Prior.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman Vincent Prior: Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 20-11 adopted.

BILLS:

Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to audit the bills, which was seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to accept the bills as audited, which was seconded by Councilperson Shaver and passed with all in favor. Vouchers approved for payment were #27-67 totaling $42,567.11 in Highway Accounts and $22,924.26 in General Accounts, and New York Rising #1-2 of 2020 for $29,341.00.Gearing up for winter. Various vehicle maintenance shortcomings.

AUDIT: Annual audit of books of Town administrators who collect and disburse funds. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to audit the books of the Supervisor’s Bookkeeper, Town Clerk / Tax Collector and Justice. Motion seconded by Councilman Prior and passed with all in favor.

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to accept the books of the Supervisor’s Bookkeeper, Town Clerk / Tax Collector and Justice as audited. Motion seconded by Councilman Bellows and passed with all in favor.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Prior.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman Vincent Prior: Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 20-12 adopted.

Highway:

A. Dave Hoag sent a letter regarding snowplowing. Highway law confirms there is NO plowing across a municipal road. Discussion.

B. Supervisor Fairbairn moves by Resolution to authorize a one (1) dollar per hour raise to Highway Employee James Rampe commencing 12:01 AM Feb 17th, as per the verbal agreement made at the August 2019 meeting.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Fairbairn.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman Vincent Prior: Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 20-13 adopted.

REVENUES:

Town Clerk’s January monthly report – Check for $100.00.

FYI:

A. CEO’s annual report to Division of Buildings, Standards & Codes.

B. From CWC – septic rehabs, loans, grants, etc.

C. Follow up by MTC re Alder Creek Broadband.

D. UC breakdown of County Tax bills. Debt service $13 MM, economic assistance 34% of total.

E. Catskill Mountain News – Appears to be in creditor foreclosure. Need new official newspaper.

OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER: Supervisor Fairbairn moves by Resolution to authorize The Walton Reporter as the Town’s official newspaper.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Prior.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman Vincent Prior: Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 20-14 adopted.

RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM:

A. Receipt of check to KER for Bridge & Culvert Repair.

B. Announcement by Engineering Firm Milone & MacBroom of the Firm’s sale.

JUSTICE: COMPREHENSIVE RECREATION PLAN: Councilman Prior today (2/13) attended a session for Public Review and Comment on the CWC’s Draft Greater Catskill Region Comprehensive Recreation Plan. Meeting was held at MTC, Academy St., Margaretville. No members of the public attended. The 1 PM Thursday meeting time was not convenient. Public input into this process is desirable. Discussion. The draft plan is available online on the CWC website, and comments may be submitted by e-mail through February 28th.

SPEAK TIME: Quiet.

Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to adjourn at 8:01 PM, which was seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor.

Next meeting: Regular February Meeting, March 12, 7 PM at Town Hall. Will audit books of Supervisor’s Bookkeeper, Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Justice.

Date: February 16, 2020

Thomas Delehanty, Town Clerk