Regular Town Board Meeting held April 11, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. at the Town Hall in Schroon Lake N.Y.

Present:

Deputy Town Supervisor:       Roger Friedman

Councilpersons:                       Clara Phibbs, Mark Whitney and Meg Wood

Highway Superintendent          Dana Shaughnessy

Town Clerk:                              Patricia Savarie

Also Present: Rose Marie Ritson, Roger and Fran Mahler, Albert May, Jean and Bill Stroethenke, Anita Drozdyk, Don Miller, Mike Marnell, Shawn Baker, Julie Sawyers, Mickey Abbott, Harold Karaka, and Bill and Chris Tribou

 

Deputy Supervisor Friedman called the meeting to order at 6:03 P.M. with a Pledge to the Flag.

Unison update with Bill Merrill

Deputy Supervisor Friedman introduced Bill Merrill from Unison, which offers a cell site lease conversion program. Bill had done a presentation in June for the Board and would like to put together a new proposal for the Town of Schroon. Unison can negotiate leases with major carriers such as Sprint and Clear Wire at lower rates than the Town can. Bill stated that the rates that he gave the Board in June 2010 would be lower.

Schroon Lake Spruce Up Day

Julie Sawyers from the Tourism Destination Committee and the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce stated that the Schroon Lake Spruce Up day will be Saturday, May 14, 2011 starting at 9:00 a.m. The schedule of events will be cleaning up of the roadways, Mural painting at the Mountainside Bible Chapel, and a commitment from DOT to have the crosswalks painted in time for the event. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a BBQ for volunteers at Mountainside Bible Chapel. Volunteers may sign up through the Chamber of Commerce.

Public Participation

Don Miller was wondering why there had been work being done on the lights in town. Harold Karaka stated that there had been a power surge over the winter which damaged the relay and he needed to replace them. Don suggested contacting National grid to report it and that they may pay for the damages since it was their fault.

Sean Baker wanted to know where we stood with getting out the Water and Sewer Bills in a timely manner. Deputy Supervisor Friedman stated that he would let Supervisor Moses know that he would like some information on this.

Resolution #104 Approval of Minutes

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the Bid Opening of March 14, 2011 minutes, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried. Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the Regular Town Board Meeting minutes for March 14, 2011 with the exception of adding to Resolution # 95 that Councilman Friedman seconded the resolution and it was carried, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

Resolution #105 Audit of Claim

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the bills to be paid as reviewed, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried, Councilwoman Wood abstained.

General Fund

Resolution #106 Reappoint Summer Employees

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to re-appoint the Summer Employees, seconded by Councilman Wood; carried.

Highway to Golf Course April 27, 2011

Nathan Armstrong $19.10/Hr.

Wayne Welch $13.70/Hr.

Raymond Planty $15.32/Hr.

Highway to Parks April 27, 2011

Lance Gould $17.13/ Hr.

Resolution #107 Adirondack Artisans and Crafters

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to accept the Adirondack Artisans and Crafters to set up every Thursday at the Town Hall Parking Lot from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. June 23 –September 1st with no showing on Thursday, July 14, 2011, there will be restrictions and Mickey Abbott will be in charge, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Resolution #108 Revolving Loan Fund Resignation and Advertise for Position

Councilwoman Wood moved a resolution to accept Joe Kelly’s resignation with regret from the Revolving Loan Fund Committee and to advertise for this position, seconded by Councilman Whitney; carried.

Resolution #109 Authorize Supervisor Signature on Partial Certificate of Substantial Completion for Riznick Construction

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the Supervisor to sign off on Partial Certificate of Substantial Completion for Riznick Construction on the Wastewater Project, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried, Councilwoman Phibbs opposed.

Resolution #110 Lease for Voting Poll Site

Councilwoman Wood moved a resolution to authorize the Town Supervisor to sign off on a lease agreement with Essex County Board of Elections in consideration of $1.00 per each election event, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

Resolution #111 Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area

This resolution was moved and seconded unanimously;

TOWN OF SCHROON

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING APPROVAL

OF THE HOFFMAN NOTCH WILDERNESS AREA UMP

WHEREAS, the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area contains approximately 36,000 acres that includes ponds, streams, mountains, abundant wildlife and trails, and

WHEREAS, the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area is situated in the Towns of Minerva, North Hudson and Schroon, and

WHEREAS, up until implementation of the State Land Master Plan this area was considered the core of the Town of Schroon’s snowmobile trail network and since that time has been an underutilized natural asset.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of

Schroon hereby supports the proposed Unit Management Plan for the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Schroon supports the location of the proposed North Country National Scenic Trail and looks forward that the DEC will proceed with establishing the full extent of this Trail within the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area as soon as possible, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the “snowshoe race” loop in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area be permitted for low environmental impact events such as the snowshoe race, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Schroon offers to assist the Department of Environmental Conservation in establishing and maintaining this area either by the Town’s force account or by volunteers.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be

forwarded to Governor Andrew Cuomo, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver, Senator Elizabeth Little, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, Adirondack Park Agency Chairman Curt Stiles, and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages.

Support for the Adirondack Club and Resort in the Town of Tupper Lake

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to support the Adirondack Club and Resort in the Town of Tupper Lake, seconded by Councilman Friedman.

Roll Call Vote:

Deputy Superintendent Friedman Aye

Councilwoman Wood Nay

Councilwoman Phibbs Nay

Councilman Whitney Aye

Resolution was not carried.

Support Proposed County “Law against the Disruption of Funeral Related Events”

On March 2, 2011, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in a case called, Snyder v. Phelps. This case involves the highly sensitive matter of whether the First Amendment protection extends to the right of an individual or group to protest or picket a funeral, memorial or burial. Due to the sensitive nature of the facts in this case (soldier death and church picketing) and the media attention this matter has received it is anticipated that County Government leaders may be looking into what laws address the issue of funeral picketing in their County and what changes may occur to those laws after this most recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. There was much discussion with the Board and Councilwoman Wood moved to table the support for the proposed county Law against the Disruption of Funeral Related Events until the County Attorney can look at it, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.

Letter of Approval for the Adirondack Marathon

Councilwoman Phibbs moved to table the letter of support for the Adirondack Marathon until we have a financial report from them and a statement from the Town of Schroon showing the expenses that cost the taxpayers to hold the Marathon, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.

Resolution #112 Approval of Town Road Name

Councilwoman Phibbs moved a resolution to approve the new town road located off of Alder Meadow Road to “Tinker Way”, seconded by Councilman Whitney; carried.

Board Comments

Councilman Friedman stated that Kay Mingo and Velma Gochie had both been recognized by Essex County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for their many hours of volunteer work. The Town of Schroon Town Board would like to send a letter of thanks to these two ladies and congratulate them for their many hours of service to their community.

Councilman Whitney stated that Fire Chief Larry Shiells was retiring and that he would like to see the Town Supervisor write up a resolution honoring him for his many years of service to the Schroon Lake Fire Company.

Councilman Friedman moved to adjourn at 7:25 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

I, Patricia J. Savarie, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and correct transcript from the minutes now on file in my office and of the whole such original minutes.

Dated: April 18, 2011

Patricia J. Savarie - Town Clerk