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Town of Hardenburgh
Special Preliminary Budget Meeting
November 8, 2018 7:00 PM
Town Hall, 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY 12406

Present:   Supervisor Fairbairn and CouncilpersonsO’Reillyand Schluter.
Also present: Highway Superintendent Charles Storms, Town Clerk Thomas Delehanty.

Supervisor Fairbairn called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM and Councilperson O’Reillyled the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES CORRECTION:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to correct the minutes of the 10/11/18 Regular Meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Schluter and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the 10/11 minutes as written. Motion seconded by Councilman Schluter and passed with all in favor.

HIGHWAY:

A. Bridge #2224240. Discussion. Work on abutments to start soon. Looking into temporary bridge.

B. Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to advertise seasonal limited use Highway designations per Town law. Ads have already run.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Schluter.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilpeson Wendy O'Reilly Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 18-26 adopted

C. Bridge #2224240. From Brinnier & Larios, background and recommendations. Discussion. Four Alternatives. Alternative #3, “Replace the Bridge Superstructure and Repair the Substructure”, seems preferable. Estimated cost $725,600. Hoping for $250,000 grant.

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to have Brinnier & Larios, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 67 Maiden Lane, Kingston, NY 12401 move forward with Alternative #3 for Bridge #2224240, as outlined in Proposal.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Schluter.

Roll Call vote Councilpeson Wendy O'Reilly Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 18-27 adopted

Discussion. Possible Bond Anticipation Note. Test holes have to be bored. If test holes don’t pan out, design will have to be changed and Alternative #3 would be nullified.

PUBLIC HEARING – PRELIMINARY BUDGET: Supervisor Fairbairn moved to open the Public Hearing at 7:31 PM. Motion seconded by Councilperson Schluter and passed with all in favor. Discussion. Board input, no Public attendees. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to close the Public Hearing at 7:33 PM. Motion seconded by Councilman Schluter and passed with all in favor.

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to decrease Highway Fund Expenditures, DA5120.2, Bridges Equipment, by $100,000.00, from $125,000.00 to $25,000.00. Discussion. Tax levy increase of approximately 9.9%.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Schluter.

Roll call vote

Councilpeson Wendy O'Reilly Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 18-28 adopted

Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution to adopt the 2019 Town of Hardenburgh Preliminary Budget, as amended by Resolution 18-28,as the 2019 Town of Hardenburgh Final Budget.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Schluter.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilpeson Wendy O'Reilly Yes
Councilman Bill Schluter: Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 18-29 adopted

REVENUES:

A. Otsego Auto Crushers, scrap, check for $160.46.

B. From Town Clerk, Monthly Report for October, check for $1,129.44.

C. From Ulster County, Winter Road Maintenance Contract, check for $11,934.00.

FYI:

A. From NYS Ag & Markets, Dog Control Inspection Report, satisfactory.

B. From CWC, usual septic grants, loans, etc.

C. From NYS, re. Fiscal Stress Level. Town has low stress level.

FUND BALANCE: Discussion of possible Resolution, not yet ready. Supervisor proposes a future Resolution stating that due to past flood experience (1996, Irene) and upcoming maintenance on buildings, the Town can carry unreserved balances up to certain percentages of both General and Highway. Purpose would be to avoid adverse findings by auditors. Also want to avoid referenda.

SPEAK TIME: Quiet.

Supervisor Fairbairnmade a motion to adjourn at 7:47 PM, which was seconded by Councilman Schluterand passed with all in favor.

Next meeting: Regular Meeting, December 13, 7 PM,at Town Hall..

Date: November 14, 2018

Thomas Delehanty, Town Clerk