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Town of Hardenburgh
Regular Town Board Meeting and Tax Cap Public Hearing
September 8, 2022 7:00 PM
Town Hall, 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY 12406

Present:   Supervisor Fairbairn and Councilpersons Fairbairn, Sackel, Schluter and Shaver.
Also present:Stephanie Seminara, Highway Foreman Kyle Brewer, Town Clerk Thomas Delehanty.

Supervisor Fairbairn called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM and Councilman Sackel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES CORRECTION:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to correct the minutes of the 8/11 Regular Meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the 8/11 minutes as written. Motion seconded by Councilman Sackel and passed with all in favor.

BILLS:

Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to audit the bills, which was seconded by Councilperson Sackel and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to accept the bills as audited, which was seconded by Councilperson Shaver and passed with all in favor. Vouchers approved for payment were #270-306 totaling $53,329.30 in Highway Accounts (including a payment of $20,372.74 to Carver that was approved in July but lost in the mail and voided) and $5,073.50 in General Accounts.

HIGHWAY:

A. Report from Highway Foreman Kyle Brewer. Project updates to be completed: Hillriegel milkhouse drainage across Millbrook Rd., Ploutz Rd. lower embankment failure, Millbrook Rd. large culvert replacement, bridge replacement by McCumber turn (road closure involved). Some paving to do. Discussion.

B. Ford truck on longtime order has arrived at Romeo.

C. From Anson Frelinghuysen, re. Shin Creek Rd. and his cattle crossing. Discussion.

D. News article on Middleburgh’s hiring problems.

AMBULANCE DISTRICT:

New contract. Discussion. Supervisor Fairbairn moved by Resolution:

WHEREAS: The Town of Hardenburgh had established a legal Emergency Ambulance Service District in 2005, and

WHEREAS: The Town and the Margaretville Memorial Hospital negotiated a series of five-year Contracts initiated in January of 2006 and continued through January of 2020 with yearly fees agreed upon by both parties, and

WHEREAS: There was a lapse of negotiations between the two (2) parties for the Contract covering the years of 2021 through 2025, and

WHEREAS: There was a good faith payment of $2,300 made by the Town of Hardenburgh to the Margaretville Memorial Hospital for the use of their Ambulance Service for the year 2021, and

WHEREAS: The existing Contract that had been in place since 2006 was negotiated as written with the following Amendment to be instituted.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The new Contract cover the years from 01/01/2021 through 12/31/26, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: That this Contract escalates at a yearly rate of $250.00 each year fr$2,350.00 for the year 2022 to $3,350 for the year 2026, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: This Amendment under Section 7(A) shall afford the Town a detailed accounting of the Ambulance Service specific to the Town of Hardenburgh detailing its operations during the prior six-month periods on June 30 and December 31 in a reasonable timeframe of each year of the term including number of rides, response time, service provided and finances, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT: Jerry Fairbairn as Town of Hardenburgh Supervisor/CFO is given the authority to sign the aforementioned Ambulance Contract with the inclusion of the current fee schedule and Section 7(A) for the Contract term from 01/01/2021 through 12/31/2026.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Sackel.

Roll Call Vote:

Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman John Sackel Yes
Councilman William Schluter: Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 22-25 adopted

RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM:

munications with Bill Blankenship regarding Backup Generator. Will send him Engineer’s report on the concrete mass water collection problem.

REVENUES:

Town Clerk August Report, check for $470.00.

From Otsego Auto Crushers, scrap metal, check for $292.10.

UC Light Maintenance contract, Summer, check for $13,389.97.

UC Sales tax: 4-6/22, check for $10,683.01; additional 1% 2021 sales tax per Resolution #398 dated 7/19/22, check for $14,322.91.

FYI:

A. From CWC, not received yet.

B. Visit from UC Department of Environment. AND the need to renew the five-year Hazard Mitigation plan – critical for FEMA resources after a declared disaster.

C. BLU DEF.

D. Jan. 15, 2022 volcanic eruption.

E. Barnhart Bridge. Pursuing funding. Discussion.

JUSTICE:

No action for June or July.

BUDGET: Discussion. Planning for levy increase of 4%.

SPEAK TIME: Quiet.

Councilman Sackel made a motion to adjourn at 7:45 PM, which was seconded by Supervisor Fairbairn and passed with all in favor.

Next meeting: Special Preliminary Budget Meeting and Regular October Meeting, October 13, 7 PM at Town Hall. To be advertised.

Date: September 9, 2022

Thomas Delehanty, Town Clerk