Regular Town Board Meeting held March 14, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. at the Town Hall in Schroon Lake N.Y.

Present:

Town Supervisor:                      Cathy Moses

Councilpersons:                        Roger Friedman, 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 Strothenke, Fran Filshie, Anita Drozdyk, Don Miller, Paul McDonald, Linda Milsom, Mike Marnell, Shawn Baker, Jim and Jolynne OConnor and Gary Egan

 

Supervisor Moses called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. with a Pledge to the Flag.

Update for Airport Safety Grant

Paul McDonald from Clough, Harbour and Associates stated to the Board that at this time the grant money has not been approved for the Airport Capital Improvement Plan through the F.A.A. Paul suggested that the Board defer to 2012, which will actually start this October. There are still safety issues that need to be done before they can repave or if the Board decides to shorten the runway by 160 feet ( from 3000 feet to 2840 feet) and remark the pavement this could alleviate the safety issues. Paul will write a formal letter to the F.A.A. to discuss the shortening of the runway and the repaving of it and get back to the Board.

Public Participation

Sean Baker would like to see the Water and Sewer Bills go out the first of the month for each quarter so that you know when they are coming and it would be consistent. Supervisor Moses will address this problem.

Don Miller would like to know how much taxpayer’s money has been spent on the Airport. Supervisor Moses will get him those figures. Don would also like to know if the Smart Growth Grant will cost the Town of Schroon taxpayer’s any money. Why don’t the land owners apply for the grant rather then the town? Supervisor Moses stated that no taxpayer’s money will be spent. Councilman Friedman stated that he felt it was appropriate for the Town to get involved as long as the landowners are willing to have 20% of the development as affordable housing. Councilwoman Wood stated that private individual can not apply for this grant. Don Miller feels that the Town of Schroon should not be involved in helping landowners to designate their property into a hamlet.

Gary Egan wanted to know what the object was to making this a hamlet and will all the people in the Sewer line be forced to pay for sewer. Supervisor Moses stated that the object to making this a hamlet was so that the Town would not have to answer to the APA and that he is already in the Sewer District and is not paying.

Mike Marnell feels that the Board should address the safety of the ledges at the airport even if they shorten the runway and also feels that the Airport does not need to be repaved at this time.

Councilwoman Phibbs stated that she is against the Smart Growth Grant and that the Town Board should not get involved. The Town does not need to spend any more money in these hard times and that she felt this is just a pipe dream and if the sewer lines go by your house you will be paying for it.

Councilman Whitney stated that he felt that the landowners could apply for this grant through HAPEC and feels that the Board should not partner with private property owners for a grant.

Gary Egan stated that before they have housing first you must have jobs in the area so that people are able to afford a house and that there is nothing here to offer for jobs.

Mike Marnell stated that the current land owners are older so he feels that they will not do anything with the property and have not even attended these meetings.

Resolution 91 Smart Growth Grant

SUPPORT AUTHORIZING SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATION

Supervisor Moses moved a resolution to accept the Department of Environmental Conservation grant application for the Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program from municipalities located wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park.

This Resolution authorizes the signing of a grant application and upon approval of said request to enter into and execute a state assistance contract in connection with the Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program.

RESOLVED:

That Catherine Moses, as Supervisor, of the Town of Schroon, or such person’s successor in office, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in an amount not to exceed $24,993, and upon approval of said request to enter into and execute a state assistance contract with the Department of Environmental Conservation for such financial assistance to this Town of Schroon for the Town of Schroon Reclassification Process For A Residential Smart Growth Initiative Including An Affordable Housing Component.

Seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.

ROLL CALL:

Supervisor Moses Aye

Councilman Friedman Aye

Councilwoman Wood Aye

Councilwoman Phibbs Nay

Councilman Whitney Nay

Resolution #92 Approval of Minutes

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the February 14, 2011 minutes with adding the new verbiage of the Revolving Loan Program also the March 3, 2011 minutes, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

Resolution #93 Audit of Claim

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

General $85,197.48 Highway $30,221.77 Sewer Project Phase II $57,796.84

Sewer $10,587.26 Water $3,113.45

Resolution #94 Climate Smart Communities Resolution

Pledge for Community Adoption

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to accept the Climate Smart Communities Resolution, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

WHEREAS, the Town of Schroon believes that climate change poses a real and increasing threat to our local and global environments which is primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels; and

WHEREAS, the effects of climate change will endanger our infrastructure, economy and livelihoods; harm our farms, orchards, ecological communities, including native fish and wildlife populations; spread invasive species and exotic diseases; reduce drinking water supplies and recreational opportunities; and pose health threats to our citizens; and

WHEREAS, we believe that our response to climate change provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to save money, and to build livable, energy-independent and secure communities, vibrant innovation economies, healthy and safe schools, and resilient infrastructures; and

WHEREAS, we believe the scale of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions required for climate stabilization will require sustained and substantial efforts; and

WHEREAS, we believe that even if emissions were dramatically reduced today, communities would still be required to adapt to the effects of climate change for decades to come,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Town of Schroon, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate will

1. Pledge to Combat Climate Change by Becoming a Climate Smart Community

Set goals to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to predicted climatic changes. Establish a task force of local officials and community members to review the issues and propose a plan of action. Designate a point person who will oversee climate change initiatives and publicly report on progress. Work cooperatively with similar task forces in neighboring communities to ensure that efforts complement and reinforce one another. As an official signal of commitment and for access to technical resources, sign on to a widespread climate campaign such as ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability - Climate Protection campaign.

2. Set Goals, Inventory Emissions, Move to Action

Gather data, inventory GHG gas emissions, and establish baselines for local government operations and community sectors. Develop quantifiable interim GHG emission targets consistent with emission reduction goals and propose a schedule and financing strategy to meet them. Encourage stakeholder and public input and develop an action plan. Report emissions to The Climate Registry (TCR), which has developed a standardized method for reporting emissions inventories; use ICLEI and TCR's tools to track and evaluate progress.

3. Decrease Energy Demand for Local Government Operations

Adopt a goal of reducing electricity use by 15 percent from projected levels no later than 2015.

Existing Public Facilities. Inventory current building electricity usage and identify opportunities for conservation and efficiency retrofits. Obtain energy assessments from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority or other professionals. Consider actions such as purchasing energy efficient equipment and appliances, such as ENERGY STAR®; improving lighting, heating, and cooling efficiency; setting thermostats for maximum energy conservation; decreasing plug load from office equipment; and increasing pump efficiency in water and wastewater systems.

New Public Buildings. Achieve at least minimum U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED Silver) for all new local government buildings.

Infrastructure. Incorporate energy efficient technologies and operations and maintenance practices into municipal street lighting, traffic signals, and water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Vehicle Fleet and Commuting. Improve the average fuel efficiency of local government fleet vehicles. Discourage vehicle idling and encourage bicycling, car-pooling and public transit for employees. Consider reducing the number of vehicles; converting fleet vehicles to sustainable alternative fuels; and using electric vehicles where possible.

4. Encourage Renewable Energy for Local Government Operations

Supply as much of the local government's power, heat and hot water needs as possible from solar, wind, and small hydro through purchase or direct generation.

5. Realize Benefits of Recycling and Other Climate Smart Solid Waste Management Practices

Expand the "reduce, reuse and recycle" approach to waste management in local government operations and in the whole community. Reduce the amount of solid waste generated -- promote backyard composting, implement volume-based pricing and educate residents on how to prevent waste. Promote reuse by organizing community-wide yard sales, and providing a space for drop-off or trade of reusable goods. Provide recycling receptacles in local government buildings and outdoor spaces, require duplex printing in government offices, compost food scraps and green waste, and adopt a comprehensive green purchasing program.

6. Promote Climate Protection through Community Land Use Planning

Combat climate change by encouraging low-emissions development that is resilient to climatic changes. When updating land use policies, building codes or community plans, include provisions to combat climate change; reduce sprawl; preserve and protect open space, biodiversity, and water supplies; promote compact, transit-oriented, bike able and walk able communities; promote infill development; minimize new development in floodplains; maintain or establish healthy community forests; and promote best forest management practices and encourage tree planting, especially along waterways, to increase shading and to absorb carbon dioxide.

7. Plan for Adaptation to Unavoidable Climate Change

Evaluate risks from unavoidable climate change, set adaptation goals and plan for adaptation. Identify climate change impacts (such as flooding, drought, and extreme temperatures) that could affect the community. Identify areas such as water supply and sewer infrastructure that may be at risk due to sea-level rise and future changes in climate. Factor risks into long-term investments and decision-making. Execute climate change adaptation and preparedness measures through local government planning, development and operations, giving priority to the highest risk areas.

8. Support a Green Innovation Economy

Identify opportunities to incorporate climate protection, sustainability and environmental goods and service industries into economic development plans. Encourage workforce development training and school curricula that support the emerging green collar job sector, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as climate smart solid waste management practices. Procure climate smart goods and services for local government operations and support modernizing of local and national electricity grids.

9. Inform and Inspire the Public

Lead by example. Highlight local government commitment to reducing energy use, saving tax dollars, and adapting to changing conditions. Demonstrate the benefits of energy savings, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects by hosting open houses; distributing fliers; holding local meetings; working with school districts, colleges, and universities to develop climate change curricula and programs; engaging faith-based communities in climate protection; and regularly communicating community climate protection goals and progress to constituents.

10. Commit to an Evolving Process

Acknowledge that research and policy on climate protection are constantly improving and evolving. Be willing to consider new ideas and commit to update plans and policies as needed. Compare successes, cooperate and collaborate with neighboring communities to redirect less-effective actions and amplify positive results.

Resolution #95 Proposal for Service for the Library Renovations

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to have SD Atelier do a Phase 1 feasibility study of the conversion to a Library of the existing building at 11 Broad Street the cost will be between $4,200 - $4,600 with the funding coming from A00-01-1620.4

Resolution #96 to Amend Resolution #88

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to amend Resolution #88 which will now state to purchase the property located at 11 Broadway Street, Tax map # 147.54-2-14.000 for $149,000.00 plus the closing fees which will come from the Revolving Loan Fund Program, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Resolution #97 Accept Annual Library Report

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to accept the annual Library Report, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried. Councilwoman Wood stated that it was a really nice report.

Art Market Tabled

Councilman Whitney moved to take the Thursday, Art Market off the table for discussion seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried. Mickey Abbott is working on an application for the proposed Thursday Art Market and will have the board review three different applications to see which one they would like to use and will get back to Mickey on their suggestions. Councilwoman Phibbs moved to table the Thursday Art Market until the Board has a chance to look over the applications, seconded by Councilman Whitney; carried.

Resolution #98 Street Dance Band

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to hire Master Cylinder for Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 7 -9 p.m. for the Schroon Lake Street Dance. The fee for this will be $1,200. and the funding will come from the Celebration Fund.

Resolution #99 Property Tax Cap

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution for Property Tax Cap, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Whereas, towns provide services to more than eight million New Yorkers, yet account for less than 15% of the overall real property tax burden; and

Whereas, towns are uniquely dependent upon the real property tax to fund town services, more so than counties, cities and villages in that towns do not have the authority to levy sales taxes, occupancy taxes, gross receipts taxes or income taxes; and

Whereas, non property tax revenues (e.g. mortgage recording taxes [fell by $164 million from 2006 to 2008], sales taxes [declined by $30 million from 2008 to 2009], and state/federal aid/grant programs [State AIM decreased by 5%]) are subject to market fluctuations and the ability of the federal, state and county governments to share revenue with towns; and

Whereas, the costs to provide town services and to fund town operations continue to increase despite declining revenues, such as:

Health Care

Medical insurance costs represent one of the fastest-growing major categories of employee benefit expense, increasing more than 62 percent between 2002 and 2007, and 146 percent between 1997 and 2007. Moreover, employers can expect 2011 health care costs to be at their highest levels in five years, up nearly nine percent over 2010

Transportation/Water/Wastewater

There is a $250 billion funding gap in water, wastewater, and transportation infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Pension Contributions

Local governments in New York State will face an unprecedented increase in pension costs that forced them to triple their contributions to the state pension system over the next six years. According to one analysis, pension contribution rates for civilian employees in local governments will soar to 30.3 percent of payroll by 2015 and contributions to police and fire department retirement plans are expected to increase to 41.1 percent of payroll in 2015.

Whereas, many town expenses are dictated by compliance with federal and state mandates, most notably: storm water management, prevailing wage, procurement requirements, collective bargaining procedures, and the administration of real property exemptions; and

Whereas, New York State has primarily provided real property tax relief through ad hoc property tax exemptions rather than comprehensive property tax reform, resulting in a tax shift rather than a tax reduction as well as additional administrative and litigation costs; and

Whereas, simply capping property taxes will not reduce the cost of health care, mandate compliance, pension contributions or the public’s expectation of governmental services; and

Whereas, town governments have taken initiative in lowering property taxes through staff and salary reductions, program cuts and voluntary tax caps; Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Town of Schroon , based upon Home Rule principles, has traditionally opposed state mandated property tax caps; and Be It Further Resolved that the Town of Schroon calls upon the Governor and Members of the State Legislature to fund and/or eliminate state mandates, reform the real property tax system and address cost drivers in the provision of local government services/operations before implementing a property tax cap; and Be It Further Resolved that in order for a real property tax cap to lower property taxes while ensuring the delivery of essential services the program must include at a minimum:

  • Exemptions for structured costs such as pension contributions, debt service, contract obligations, reductions in state or federal aid and emergencies and costs associated with unfunded and under funded mandates;

  • Hardship relief on a case by case basis;

  • Mandate relief and reform;

  • Increased and predictable state revenue sharing and aid formulas;

  • Additional locally generated revenue streams; A defined floor of four percent with the possibility of an increased cap based upon a percentage of inflation; and

  • Local override by supermajority vote of the town board.

Resolution #100 Beach Concession Bid

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the 2011 – 2013 Beach Concession Bid from Marilyn Ahern for $500.00 per year for three years, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.

Resolution #101 Change Order No. GC-CO.03

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the change order for Phase II of the Wastewater Project for a time extension due to receipt of material from UW Marx, Inc. The new substantial completion date 01-31-11 the new final completion date is 03-02-11, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.

Resolution #102 Supporting Park-Wide Economic Development

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PARK-WIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

FOR THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES WITHIN

THE ADIRONDACK PARK

The following resolution was unanimously moved and seconded

WHEREAS, the Adirondack Park is often referred to as a “special place”, especially by persons who reside outside the Park, in recognition of the tremendous natural resources found in the Park; and

WHEREAS, the communities of the Park are “special” in another sense, in that it is especially difficult for residents of the Park’s communities to earn a living that is adequate to enjoy a decent standard of living, comparable to that enjoyed by residents in other parts of the State; and

WHEREAS, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation promotes the concept of Smart Growth for the Park and provides grants to municipalities in the Park to undertake projects that apply Smart Growth principles to address a variety of issues affecting the quality of life in Park communities; and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County intends to apply for Smart Growth funds on behalf of the Adirondack Partnership of Communities and Organizations;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Schroon Board, strongly supports the efforts of Hamilton County on behalf of all communities in the Park to secure Smart Growth funds for the purpose of developing an economic strategy that recognizes the Special Conditions of the Adirondack Park and seeks to bring about economic improvement through adherence to Smart Growth principles; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town of Schroon Board urges Department of Environmental Conservation to fully fund the application submitted by Hamilton County.

Resolution #103 Honoring Anna Bogle Griner on her 95th Birthday

TOWN OF SCHROON

RESOLUTION OF CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 95TH BIRTHDAY

OF ANNA LUCILLE BOGLE GRINER


The following resolution was unanimously moved by the Town Board of the Town of Schroon:

WHEREAS, Anna Lucille Bogle Griner was born to Elsie and Charles A. Bogle of Schroon Lake, New York on March 27th, 1916 in her grandparents winter home, and

WHEREAS, her grandparents, Charles H. and Irene May Kelso of Saratoga Springs, New York owned the Bogle Cottage Hotel in Schroon Lake, and

WHEREAS, Anna grew up in Schroon Lake and graduated from Schroon Lake Central School, and

WHEREAS, Anna married Orin Griner, Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on April 21, 1937 and they had four children – Carol Legel; Linda Hughes, Diane Stephan and Gary Griner,

WHEREAS, Anna became an LPN in 1967 and retired from Bergen Pines County Hospital in 1985, and

WHEREAS she returned to Schroon Lake to live permanently on June 6, 2008 with Linda Hughes at 18 Bohrmann Lane,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Schroon hereby extends its most sincere “CONGRATULATIONS” to Anna Lucille Bogle Griner on the celebration of her 95th birthday this March 27th, 2011.

This resolution was unanimously seconded and carried.

Public Participation

Rose Marie Ritson complimented the Highway Crew for a great job keeping our roads cleared all winter.

Jim and Jolynne O’Connor would like to compliment the Town for having such great employees like Lance Gould the Parks and the Town always look clean and the garbage is always picked up around town. “It always amazes us how fast things are done after any event.”

Councilman Friedman moved to adjourn at 9:11 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: March 21, 2011

Patricia J. Savarie - Town Clerk