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Town of Hardenburgh
Organizational and Regular Town Board Meeting
July 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Town Hall, 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY 12406

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

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

MINUTES CORRECTION:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to correct the minutes of the 6/9 Regular Meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the 6/9 minutes as written. Motion seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor.

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 Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor. Vouchers approved for payment were #192-233 totaling $169,371.47 in Highway Accounts and $5,572.18 in General Accounts.

HIGHWAY:

A. Highway Foreman Kyle Brewer spoke. Stone and oil done. Discussion.

B. Floating holiday: request to move Election Day to day after Thanksgiving.

C. Raise. Discussion. Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to raise the hourly pay rate for employee with SSN ending in 3725 by $1.00, effective the next full pay period.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Fairbairn.

Roll Call Vote:

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

Resolution 22-18 adopted

AMBULANCE DISTRICT: Met with MMH Administrator on 7/13. Meeting went well. Waiting to receive copy of agreement. Discussion.

REVENUES:

A. CHIPS monies via electronic transfer, $65,980.49.

B. Town Clerk’s Report for December, check for $230.00.

C. Second check for Alder Creek vehicle damage to building, $2,422.82.

D. Mortgage tax 4/1-9/30/21, check for $4,591.95.

RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM:

Request for $60,975 in funds for Backup Generator Project. Discussion. Concrete fixture has not been remediated. Supervisor does not intend to sign, Community Rising may sign anyway.

TAX CAP:

Discussion. Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Administration be authorized to conduct the necessary research and investigation into current NYS Tax Cap Law with the intent to enact a 2022 Local Law to override the Tax Cap in the 2023 Budget. Public Hearing to be scheduled for August 11 Regular Monthly Meeting at 7:30 PM.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Sackel.

Roll Call Vote:

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

Resolution 22-19 adopted

ARPA: From NYS Division of the Budget: We soon will receive $11,794.82 second half of ARPA recovery funds via electronic funds transfer. Discussion.

REVENUES:

A. Town Clerk’s Report for June, check for $910.00.

B. Tax Collector, final 2022 tax penalties, check for $2,403.06.

C. From Ulster County, mortgage tax 10/21-3/22, check for $3,818.77.

FYI:

A. From CWC: June septic rehabs, loans, etc.

B. From DEP, permit for stream work.

C. From Ulster County, re. ARPA grant for Barnhart Bridge paint job. Discussion.

D. From NYS Comptroller, Federal loan balance $8.1 billion, second only to CA.

E. From Ulster County Emergency Management. Discussion.

F. From NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance rate, new equalization rate of 55%, down from 60%.

G. From Association of Towns: AIM restored, CHIPS flat, POP “pave our potholes” and ADUs.

BUDGET: Discussion of raises for personnel, equipment purchases. Fuel costs: have 2021 totals prepared for AUD, will distribute.

JUSTICE: Quiet.

SPEAK TIME:Quiet.

Councilman Sackel made a motion to adjourn at 7:48 PM, which was seconded by Supervisor Fairbairn and passed with all in favor.

Next meeting: Regular Meeting, August 11, 7 PM at Town Hall.

Date: July 15, 2022