Town Board Meeting held March 22, 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.
Supervisor Moses thanked Bud Maxwell and Roger Mead for all their hard work with the Paradox Weir. Supervisor Moses stated that she had been in touch with Congressman Scott Murphy’s office and requested more consideration in helping the Town of Schroon with the repairs to the Weir. Roger Mead got a quote from C.T.Male for the detailed design and drawing preparation, which was recommended by D.E.C, the Board would like to also get bids from AES and Clough Harbor also. DEC and the Core of Engineers would like construction details.
Resolution #95 RFP for the Paradox Weir
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to go out for Request for Proposal on the Paradox Weir, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.
New Grant Announced
Supervisor Moses stated that there is a new Grant coming out in our area. The Community Fund of the Gore Mountain Region an important and growing resource for our local nonprofit organizations. 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. Until the fund grows, grant request are limited to $1,000.00.
Resolution #96 Approval of Minutes
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the January 29, 2010 minutes and the February 8, 2010 with the exception of the spelling of Betty, it should be Beti, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Resolution #97 Audit of Claim
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the bills to be paid as reviewed, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.
General $96,158.17 Highway $34,521.19 Sewer $11,705.25 Water $7,821.92
Airport Project $40,236.76 Wastewater Project $15,045.96
Speed and Noise Control on Schroon Lake
Supervisor Moses stated that there had been complaints about speed and noise down in the south end of the lake. Supervisor Moses stated that the lake is a New York State Waterway and she felt that we did not need to get involved and that we have the Warren County Sheriffs Department for the waterways. Supervisor Moses will talk to the other Town Supervisors involved and possibly set up a joint Public Hearing.
Resolution #97 Life Flight
The North Country Life Flight was unanimously moved and seconded.
Resolution #98 Re-Appoint Summer Employees
Councilman Whitney moved to re-appoint the Summer Employees, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Highway to Golf Course March 31,2010
Nathan Armstrong $19.10/Hr.
Wayne Welch $13.70/Hr.
Raymond Planty $15.32/Hr.
Highway to Transfer Station April 14, 2010
Richard R. McCray $10.14/ Hr.
Transfer Station to Parks April 14,2010
Lance Gould $17.13/ Hr.
Ethan Tyrrell $8.73
John Swinton $10.94
Tim Mahler $8.73
Resolution #99 Award Bid for Highway Truck
Councilwoman Phibbs moved a resolution to Award West Herr Ford the lowest bid for the 4x4 Pick Up Truck for the Highway Department in the amount of $21,417.00, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Resolution #100 Public Hearing for Road Closures
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to have a Public Hearing April 12, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. On Road Closures, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
1TOWN OF SCHROON
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Schroon will hold and conduct a Public Hearing at the Town of Schroon Town Hall located at 15 Leland Avenue, Schroon Lake, New York, on the 12th day of April, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of adopting regulations setting forth terms and conditions for the issuance of a Permit by the Town Superintendent of Highways/Commissioner of Public Works relative to the temporary blocking of a Town street, highway and road pursuant to Town Law Section 64(10-b). The road closures will occur on Dock Street for the July 4th Celebration held on July 3, 2010, Arts & Crafts Fair held on July 17, 2010; road closure of Main Street for the Street Dance on September 4, 2010; and the road closure of Route 9, Alder Meadow Road and Adirondack Road for the Adirondack Marathon on September 26, 2010.
All interested persons are invited to attend and give comment at such Public Hearing.
Resolution #101 Grant of Easement for National Grid
Councilwoman Wood moved a resolution to grant a utility easement to National Grid for 148 Horseshoe Pond Road, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.
Resolution #102 Fireworks Contract
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the Fireworks Contract for $7,500.00 for the 4th of July and $4,000.00 for the Street Dance to be held September 4, 2010, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.
Resolution #103 Advertise for Beach Concession
Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to advertise for Beach Concession for the 2010 summer season, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.
TOWN OF SCHROON PUBLIC NOTICE BEACH CONCESSION BID
The Town Board of the Town of Schroon is accepting bids for the Beach Concession for the 2010 summer season. The minimum acceptable bid will be $300.00. Bids clearly marked “Beach Concession Bid” may be mailed to PO Box 578, Schroon Lake, NY 12870, or hand delivered to Town Hall on or before April 12, 2010 - 3 PM, at which time the bids will be publicly opened and awarded at the next Regular Town Board meeting April 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Specifications for the beach concession are available at the Town Clerk’s Office upon request. The Town Board reserves the right to accept and/or reject and or all bids.
Resolution #104 Golf Course Instructor for Youth Commission
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to advertise for Golf Course Instructor for the Youth Commission, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.
Cameras at Transfer Station
Supervisor Moses asked the Board to think about installing a camera at the Transfer Station to monitor the days that it is closed. There are still problems with people dropping tires off when it is closed. The Board suggested putting the barriers back up and having the Transfer Station employees do it.
Tree Cutting at Golf Course
Supervisor Moses stated that the cost for removal, a new fence and stump removal will be costly and she will get prices on all of it. There is one tree possible on the line of the Town of Schroon and the McCoy property. The Board suggested putting up a net by the McCoy house to protect it.
Resolution # 105 of 2010 In the Matter of
SUPPORTING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY IN ST.
LAWRENCE COUNTY AND URGE THE ASSISTANCE OF ELECTED STATE
AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO MAKE IT A REALITY
On motion of Supervisor Moses, seconded by Councilman Friedman, to wit:
WHEREAS, the economic impact of North Country transportation improvements is a key component of the North Country Transportation Study, and
WHEREAS, the economic development impact analysis has measured the value to the regional economy of efficiency gains through user benefits such as reductions in travel
time, reductions in operating costs, and reductions in accidents due to improved safety, and
WHEREAS, the gains through increased social and economic development opportunities due to improved transportation access will reduce unemployment rates,
reduce government transfer payments such as social welfare and unemployment insurance, and increase employment in the region, and
WHEREAS, the transportation improvements can enhance access to labor, customer, tourism and supplier markets, as well as to inter-rnodal transportation facilities,
making the overall region more attractive to transportation-dependent industries, and
WHEREAS, the construction of a four lane highway within the boundaries of St. Lawrence county will begin to address the transportation improvements necessary to
foster such economic growth, and
WHEREAS, our elected New York and Congressional representatives can be assured that the Schroon Lake Town Board adamantly supports such four lane highway
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Schroon Lake Town Board urges New York State Commissioner of Transportation, Ms. Astrid C. Glynn, to
cooperate with local transportation task force groups to push for the construction of a four-lane highway within St. Lawrence County, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Jason Clark, Executive Director, Business Development Corp. of Greater Massena, PO
Box 5217, Massena, NY 13662.
Whereupon this resolution was put to a roll call vote and the following recorded:
Supervisor Moses Aye
Councilman Friedman Aye
Councilwoman Phibbs Aye
Councilman Whitney Aye
Councilman Wood Aye
Resolution #106 Historian Report
Councilwoman Phibbs moved a resolution to accept the Historian Report, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.
Resolution #107 Sign Restoration
Councilwoman Phibbs moved a resolution to accept Creative Designs and Concepts to restore our two town signs in the amount of $1,750.00, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; Carried.
*Pre-Construction Meeting will be March 25, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. at the Town Hall*
Resolution #108 Golf Course Sign Agreement
Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the Golf Course three year sign agreement with Burco they will furnish up to ten signs to do advertising at each hole with the Town of Schroon installing the signs; seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.
*Workshop to discuss Horse Shoe Pond Dam with Tom Martin from DEC May 10, 2010 at 5:30 P.M. also the Snowmobile Trails into Scaroon Manor may discussed.*
Councilman Friedman stated that he had written a resolution supporting
the creation of an Adirondack Park Empire Zone. Councilman Whitney suggested that they call it the Adirondack Park Economic Zone and would like to add incentives for volunteer Fire and EMT first responders, and a preference for grants targeting necessary public and private investments in broadband fiber and wireless infrastructure to achieve ‘last mile’ connectivity to the Internet.
Resolution # 109
TOWN OF SCHROON
SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF AN
ADIRONDACK PARK ECONOMIC ZONE
The following resolution was moved by: Councilman Friedman
WHEREAS, as Adirondackers we understand that we must protect our environment, and
WHEREAS, the Adirondack Park has been designated as a unique zone for the purpose of environmental conservation, and
WHEREAS, the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP) clearly indicates the negative demographic and economic trends occurring within the Adirondacks, and,
WHEREAS, Rockefeller’s Temporary Study Commission (the precursor to the creation of the Adirondack Park Agency) recognized the Adirondacks as a region of low income, high unemployment and that in order to reverse these conditions regional economic development was essential, and
WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Schroon understands that there is a crisis
brewing within many Adirondack communities and this crisis is the very viability and sustainability of these communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of
Schroon calls upon the Governor and the Legislature of the State of New York to create a dedicated special economic zone for the Adirondack Park, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Adirondack Park Economic Zone will offer features such as tax credits, low interest loans, stipends for job creation and business development planning, incentives for volunteer Fire and EMT first responders, and a preference for grants targeting necessary public and private investments in broadband fiber and wireless infrastructure to achieve ‘last mile’ connectivity to the Internet.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be send to Governor David Paterson, Congressman Scott Murphy, Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver, Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Elizabeth Little, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, Association of Towns and Villages, The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board and ANCA (Adirondack North Country Association).
This resolution was seconded: Unanimously
Councilman Friedman moved a resolution for Moriah Shock as follows:
Resolution #110 Town of Schroon supporting the INTERCOUNTY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE OF THE ADIRONDACKS RESOLUTION NO. 1 OF 2010 RESOLUTION OPPOSING CLOSURE OF MORIAH SHOCK INCARCERATION FACILITY LOCATED IN MORIAH, NEW YORK (ESSEX COUNTY)
WHEREAS, the County of Essex, who is a member of the Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks, has been formally informed by the New York State Department of Correctional Services that the State of New York plans to permanently close the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility located in Moriah, New York on or before March 31, 2011; and
WHEREAS, the County of Essex and, more specifically, the Town of Moriah, have during the past 50 years experienced a sharp and extreme loss in industry due to the closure of mills, mines and other heavy and light industry and the creation of the Adirondack Park Agency and stringent conservation laws and regulations which have made it cost prohibitive for any industry and most businesses to operate within Essex County; and
WHEREAS, specifically, the Town of Moriah lost its main iron ore industry in the 1970's which resulted in a huge loss of employment, a shrinking tax base, loss of commercial activity, and deterioration of the Town’s, buildings and infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, the County of Essex is comprised of only 39,000 people and is located wholly within the Adirondack Park and is one of the most underdeveloped, remote and economically depressed counties in the State of New York with 42% of all land located within the County designated “Forever Wild” and an additional 22% of privately owned forest land which leaves little or no opportunity for economic growth; and
WHEREAS, Essex County has come to rely upon its two prisons; Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook, New York and Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility located in the Town of Moriah, as substitutes for industry which has left the area and because of the Adirondack Park and Conservation Law Rules and Regulations, can not be located within the County; and
WHEREAS, the closure of the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility will have devastating economic impact directly upon the Town of Moriah and the County of Essex in that it will be one more loss of an important employer in the Town, County and North Country and the consequences thereof will flow through to local businesses and nearby communities; and
WHEREAS, the loss of the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, coupled with the closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge will devastate the economy and well-being of the Town of Moriah and Essex County proper; and
WHEREAS, it must be recognized that these Correctional Facilities are a substitute for the business and industry which are not permitted to exist within the Adirondack Park and the loss of these prisons would be devastating and catastrophic; and
WHEREAS, it is unconscionable that the New York State Department of Corrections and the State of New York would consider closing the Moriah Shock Incarceration Camp knowing full well its importance to the Town of Moriah, the County of Essex and the depressed economic climate of this rural County and the entire North Country; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks supports the Essex County Board of Supervisors in opposing the closure of the Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility and hereby implores and demands that the New York State Department of Correctional Services, the Governor of the State of New York and the New York State Legislature to remove the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility from the current closure list and allow it to continue to operate and serve the people of the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, this Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks regards this matter with the highest degree of importance to the Town, County and entire North Country area all of which are members of the Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks and finds it unconscionable and irresponsible that the decision to close this facility did not examine the myriad of economic, social, governmental and community considerations and impacts which exist; and be it further
RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be forwarded to Brian Fisher, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Correctional Facilities, Governor David A. Paterson, New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith; Senator Elizabeth O’C. Little; Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos; Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; and Assembly Members Teresa R. Sayward, Tony Jordan and Janet Duprey, Congressman William Owens and Scott Murphy and Senators Charles Schumer and Kristin Gillibrand.
This resolution was seconded unanimously.
Councilman Friedman would also like to thank the Snowmobile Club for doing such a good job with the Drag Races and is looking forward to it next year.
Councilwoman Wood would like to remind everyone to please join Assemblywoman Sayward and local community leaders at their first public forum of the Adirondack Caucus Meeting Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town of Chester Municipal Center.
Dana Shaughnessy would like to thank the Wood Boiler Committee on all their hard work on purchasing the Wood Boiler for the Highway Garage, it is saving a lot of taxpayer’s money and working out great.
Councilman Whitney stated that he had gone to the Economic Action Summit which was very informative and to the Building a Healthier Essex County meeting.
Donnie Anslow asked the Board for support on the Project Labor Agreement for the Crown Point Bridge and suggested the board pass a resolution. The Board stated that if he would put together a resolution they would consider it at the next Town Board meeting.
Dan Hay asked the Board to consider the snowmobile races be done just at the lake so taxpayer can use the park or if they do shut down the road they should acquire a permit from the town. Dan also wanted to know from Dana Shaughnessy what accountability the Highway Department had over helping non-profit organizations. Dana stated that the Town of Schroon Highway Department helps out everyone that may need it and he did not plan on changing that policy. We live in a small town and everybody helps out when you need it.
Shawn Baker stated that he thought cameras at the Transfer Station was not needed and that it would just be another power grab by Local Government.
Councilwoman Wood moved to adjourn at 9:20 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; 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 6, 2010
Patricia J. Savarie - Town Clerk