Town Board Meeting held April 12, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall in Schroon Lake N.Y.
Town Supervisor: Cathy Moses
Councilpersons: Roger Friedman, Clara Phibbs, Mark Whitney and Meg Wood
Town Clerk: Patricia Savarie
Also Present: See Attached
Supervisor Moses called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. with a Pledge to the Flag.
Community Fund of the Gore Mountain Region
Tom Magee from the Community Fund of the Gore Mountain Region was introduced and stated that this was an important and growing resource for our local nonprofit organizations. Our motto is “For Good Forever”. CFGMR is an ongoing, dependable philanthropic endowment fund dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Towns of Chester, Horicon Johnsburg, Minerva and Schroon Lake. Their mission is to grow a permanent charitable fund to assist nonprofits and other community organizations to support community needs and opportunities in the area of culture and the arts, education, environment and community beautification, historic preservation and programs for youth and senior citizens. This grant was established in 2005 and is an affiliate of the Adirondack Community Trust. Tom encouraged having local citizens approach second homeowners to donate to the grant if they would like to help out their community.
Elizabethtown Hospital Annual Update
Supervisor Moses introduced Rod Boula from the Elizabethtown Hospital to give his annual report. Rod stated that the 5.4 million dollar construction project was completed at the Elizabethtown Hospital in a timely manner and they stayed within their budget. The hospital raised $2,000,165.00 in fund raising. Rod stated that they now offer a chemotherapy program to eight patients through tale- medicine and can handle up to sixteen patients. The hospital also offers mobile MRI’s every Thursday and hopes to be able to have electronic medical records in place by 2011. The VA is looking for more space and Rod is working on utilizing the clinics in the area and applying for a grant to have more tele-medicine for the Veterans.
Don Hale who lives on Thurman Pond Road addressed the Board and for seven and a half years he has put up with his neighbors horses, goats and dogs in his yard. He has been to our Court and never got a chance to tell his side of the story. He has called the troopers, contacted Julie Garcia who was our district attorney, went to arbitration and still the animals come into his yard and dig it up and leave behind their defecation. The Board suggested going to a different town for court and would try to get him some more information as to who he can contact.
Linda Milsom asked the Board if they had given any consideration where the taxpayers can take their brush. She asked if the brush could be mulched at the Landfill? Supervisor Moses stated that all the Towns are fighting this problem and that she is looking into renting a chipper to come to the Landfill a couple times a month.
Resolution #113 Approval of Minutes
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the March 22, 2010 minutes with the exception of some spelling in Resolution #105 ( S1. should be ST. and delete =by the words four lane) also under New Grant in the first sentence it should read Grant Program and delete the words coming out, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Resolution #114 Audit of Claim
Councilwoman Wood moved a resolution to accept the bills to be paid as reviewed, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
General $14,608.46 Highway $24,280.50 Sewer $4,949.12 Water $4,324.25
Pier Project $1,424.43 Wastewater Project $12,707.33
Grand Tour Cyclists
Supervisor Moses stated that there will be a Grand Tour Cyclists Tour going through our town on August 9, 2010. There are around 2,000 expected to come through our town and visit our park and businesses.
Golf Course Tree Cutting Project
Supervisor Moses received the following quotes for the tree removal, stump removal and fence between our Golf Course and Mr. McCoy’s. She will accept the lowest quotes. Supervisor Moses stated that if the fence can be turned around they will try that first before purchasing a new one.
12 Trees cut @ $50.00 a tree $600.00 Craig Maisonville
American Tree Company $1,250.00
T&G Stump Grinding $1,530.00
Third Quote – Did not forward fax
10’ Stockade Fence
Tri County $4,400.00
Afsco Fence $5,564.00
Lowe’s – Not Available
10” Board onboard Fence
Tri County (not assembled) $6,500.00
Afsco Fence $9,700.00
Lowe’s – Not Available
Resolution #115 Accept Zoning/Code Report
Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to accept the Building and Codes Report, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.
At a special meeting of the Town of Schroon, held on April 12, 2010, the following Resolution was introduced by Councilman Whitney and seconded by Councilwoman Wood
Resolution No. 116
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING AND CONCURRING ESSEX COUNTY’S APPLICATION FOR
RE-DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN AREAS WITHIN ESSEX COUNTY AS AN EMPIRE ZONE
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 961 of the General Municipal Law, the County authorized, pursuant to Local Law No. 5 of 2003 and this municipality concurred, pursuant to a resolution, application by Essex County for designation of certain areas as an Empire Zone within the meaning of said statute, such designation was approved by the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development and was the lands were formally designated by the Empire Zone Board on August 5, 2003; and
WHEREAS, the New York State Legislature and the Governor have enacted into law changes to the Empire Zone Program, whereby each existing Empire Zone must configure its existing zone acreage into seven “distinct and contiguous” areas; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 957(d)(l) of the General Municipal Law, the County has proposed the re-designation of the existing Essex
County Empire Zone into seven “distinct and contiguous areas”, which will include the Town; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Local Law #4 for the year 2005, the County of Essex was authorized and empowered to submit an Application for R-designation of certain areas within the Town of Chesterfield, Moriah, Jay, Schroon, Ticonderoga, Wilmington and North Hudson and the Village of Port Henry as an Empire Zone; and
WHEREAS, Essex County’s Local Law #4 for the year 2005 was amended by changing the designations of each of the properties in each of the seven areas from tax map numbers to GIS Property Description Numbers as required; and
WHEREAS, Essex County’s Local Law #5 for the year 2006 will be amended and a new local law entitled “Local Law #2 for the year 2010" will be substituted in its place whereby certain lands within the Town of Schroon will be removed from the Empire Zone and certain lands within the Town of Schroon shall be added to the Empire Zone; and
WHEREAS, such re-designation will greatly benefit the Town in that new businesses will be encouraged to locate in the zone area, existing businesses will be encouraged to expand in the zone area and new and expanded businesses will generate new jobs for residents; and
WHEREAS, Essex County intends to authorize the submission of an application for the redefinition of areas within the County as an Empire Zone as amended; and
WHEREAS, Essex County wishes to redesign ate certain areas within Essex County as part of the proposed Empire Zone and to remove certain areas; and
WHEREAS, the Town is desirous of working with Essex County through the Empire Zone Program to provide enhanced job opportunities for its residents; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Board of the Town of Schroon, New York, that it fully supports and concurs in the submission of an application by Essex County for the redefinition of certain areas as an Empire Zone and supports the passage of Essex County Local Law #2 for 2010; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Board hereby consents to the designation of the Essex County Board of Supervisors as lead agency under SEQRA.
This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilwoman Wood and adopted upon a roll call vote as follows:
Supervisor Moses AYE
Councilman Whitney AYE
Councilwoman Wood AYE
Councilwoman Phibbs ABSTAIN
Councilman Friedman RECUSED
Resolution #117 Letter of Support for Adirondack Marathon
The 14th Annual Adirondack Marathon and 10th Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. This resolution was moved and seconded unanimously.
Resolution #118 Award Beach Concession
Councilwoman Phibbs moved a resolution to accept Marilyn Ahern $325.00 Bid for the Beach Concession for the 2010 Summer Season, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Balance of Pier Project
Supervisor Moses stated that the Town of Schroon still had $30,000.00 in the Pier Project Grant and she would like to know how the Board would like to use it, she suggested to put a new roof on the Boathouse which needs to be done and repairs to the deck at the Bandstand. There was much discussion over how to spend the grant money. The Board will do a walk around the park area to see what needs to be repaired or upgraded.
Retain Ron Briggs as Attorney for Condemnation
Supervisor Moses stated that we need to make efforts to eliminate the dangerous and unsafe conditions at 2698 Hoffman Road Tax map #147.13-3-3.100 before there is a liability to the Town. The Board wanted to have Supervisor Moses check with the insurance company to see what the town liability would be on that property, and also have Don Sage check with the Department of State on what the next step should be before hiring an attorney.
Resolution #119 Approval of Training for Water Department
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to approve Dave Clark, Water Superintendent, to attend a training seminar, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Resolution #120 Declare Surplus of 1999 Dodge Truck
Supervisor Moses moved a resolution to declare as surplus a 1999 green Dodge pick up truck with a plow, seconded unanimously; carried.
Resolution #121 To Keep Scaroon Manor Campground Open
TOWN OF SCHROON
RESOLUTION # 121
URGING THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO OPEN
THE SCAROON MANOR CAMPGROUND
The following resolution was moved by: Councilman Friedman
WHEREAS, the decision to close the Scaroon Manor day use area, beach and almost ready campground on Schroon Lake comes as a major disappointment to those who have waited for this area to contribute to the local economy, and
WHEREAS, for 35 years after purchasing (and then destroying) the magnificent Scaroon Manor Resort, NY State had ignored this property and finally in 2002 a Unit Management Plan was approved by the APA calling for a campground, beach and day use area. In 2006 the State opened the Scaroon Manor beach and day-use facility, and
WHEREAS, during the past 2 seasons the State has spent a huge sum of money preparing the campground including roads, wastewater and water systems, a ranger’s cabin and 2 modern bath houses with showers… In addition most of the campsites are ready for use - most with views of Schroon Lake, and
WHEREAS, after investing millions of dollars, closure will make this facility ripe for
vandalism and destruction.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of
Schroon suggests that the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and all New York State legislators visit the Scaroon Manor property in order to see that with a minimal investment the Scaroon Manor Campground will become a revenue producer for the State of New York, not to mention the positive economic spin-off for the region, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Schroon urges that the campground, day use area and beach at Scaroon Manor be open for the upcoming season, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be send to Governor
David Paterson, Congressman Scott Murphy, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis, Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver, Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Elizabeth Little, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, ANCA (Adirondack North Country Association), the Town of Chester, the Town of Horicon, the Warren County Board of Supervisors, Essex County Board of Supervisors and the NYS Legislative Environmental Conservation Committees.
This resolution was seconded: Unanimously
Councilman Whitney moved to adjourn at 9:00 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 23, 2010
Patricia J. Savarie - Town Clerk