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Town of Hardenburgh
Regular Town Board Meeting
April 14, 2022, 7:00 PM
Town Hall, 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY 12406

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

Supervisor Fairbairn called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM and Councilman Sackel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES CORRECTION:

Supervisor Fairbairn moved to correct the minutes of the 3/10 Regular Meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn moved to accept the 3/10 minutes as written. Motion seconded by Councilperson Shaver and passed with all in favor.

BILLS

Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to audit the bills, which was seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor. Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to accept the bills as audited, which was seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor. Vouchers approved for payment were #93-137 totaling $72,260.41 in Highway Accounts and $10,821.11 in General Accounts.

HIGHWAY:

A. Highway Foreman Kyle Brewer spoke. We were successful bidder on a truck auction. Discussion. Planning road work, waiting for Peckham to schedule. Possible grinding of Fairbairn Rd., uncertainty about CHIPS funds.

B. Resolution to incorporate Ulster County and Federal drug policies into the Town Highway Policy. Discussion.

Supervisor moved by Resolution:

WHEREAS, The Town of Hardenburgh has a Highway Department Employee Policy (adopted Oct. 14, 2021) and;

WHEREAS, Said Policy remains in effect as of this Resolution offering, and

WHEREAS, Ulster County has a policy entitled “ULSTER COUNTY SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY”,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Ulster County Substance Abuse Policy be incorporated into the Town of Hardenburgh Highway Department Employee Policy and listed as #16 of that policy.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Fairbairn.

Roll Call Vote:
Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman John Sackel : Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 22-14 adopted.

C. Supervisor moved by Resolution to raise the hourly wage of employee with SSN ending in 9719 (who has our only CDL-A) by $2.50, commencing the next full payroll after passage of this Resolution.

Resolution seconded by Councilman Sackel.

Roll Call Vote:
Councilman John Fairbairn: Yes
Councilman John Sackel : Yes
Councilperson Sherry Shaver Yes
Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn: Yes

Resolution 22-15 adopted.

D. US Supreme Court decision on Union dues. Can’t force employees to pay them.

E. Supervisor comments. Fuel prices are more than twice the level of 6 Nov. 2020. Negative impact on 2022 and 2023 Highway budgets.

F. Work on garage at 192 Alder Creek Rd. Discussion. To be done in-house. Possible new heating system, etc.

RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM:

A. Found auditor for expended funds. Same firm we used after Irene.

B. Information on Amendment to Back-up Generators, written 9/6/17 and just now received.

AMBULANCE DISTRICT: Discussion. Will visit Town of Middletown and discuss. We do not have name or address of payee. Will review call records relative to other Towns in the agreement.

POTENTIAL BRIDGE GRANT: For Barnhart Bridge. Pursuing FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant, total of $300 million available. Will apply, uncertain of outcome. Discussion.

CAMPGROUNDS (“GLAMPING”): Discussion. Possible moratorium. Would require passage of a Local Law, revision of Town Zoning document. Need to research Assessment status (are domes, yurts, tiny homes, etc. considered real property, etc.) and what other Towns are doing. Will resume discussion next month.

REVENUES:

A. Town Clerk’s Report for March, check for $115.00.

B. March tax penalties, check for $195.91.

FYI:

A. From Public Service Commission, new phone area code for current 845.

B. From CWC, March septic rehabs, loans, etc. Discussion. Loan of $1.5 million to MARK Project for unspecified client in Roxbury.

C. It does happen (residential fire): Masonville recently.

D. Supervisor’s statement 9/17/2009.

E. More old material.

F. Ulster Co. tax foreclosures: we have one property (very likely).

G. NYS Ag and Markets: annual renewal of contract with Saugerties shelter.

H. From UC Comptroller: missed investment opportunities. Rebuttal from Commissioner of Finance Burton Gulnick.

I. NYS proposed budget info.

J. Prevailing NYS wage for truck drivers? Discussion. Not clear.

JUSTICE:

No report.

SPEAK TIME:

Quiet.

Supervisor Fairbairn made a motion to adjourn at 8:22 PM, which was seconded by Councilman Fairbairn and passed with all in favor.

Next meeting: Regular Meeting, May 12, 7 PM at Town Hall.

Date: April 18, 2022

Thomas Delehanty, Town Clerk