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Minutes Archive - 2022

 

These Entries are SCANNED copies of the printed minutes and are published for general information only.

For Legal and OFFICIAL copies we recommend that you obtain them directly from the Town Clerk.

 

Note: Board Member Index -  DS = Dominick Stagliano - GH = George Haines - LR = Louise Robusto - MM = Martha Mancini - RH = Ronald Hezel

 

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TOWN BOARD MEETING -  September 08, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on September 8, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: none

Public: William Putman, Highway Superintendent, James Castrucci, Code Enforcement Officer & Dog Control Officer & Michael Mancini

Meeting called to order 7:00 p.m. Salute to the flag

Roll Call - all present

Public Comment - none

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve the August 11th, Board of Health minutes of August 11th & August 26th ; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-077)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the Town Clerk's, Justice's, Code Enforcement Officer's & Dog Control Officer's monthly reports; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-078)

Correspondence - a letter of resignation from Melanie J. Shuster as an alternate on the Town of St. Johnsville Planning Board. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-079)

Old Business

1. The Town Board, now meeting as the Board of Health, addressed the Citation served to Daniel Marrow regarding his loose livestock. A list of requirements were given to Mr. Marrow on August 26th, that he must comply with within a ten day period, such as fencing, housing, etc. On September 6th two members of the Board of Health went to Mr. Marrow's residence to inspect. They knocked on the door, and it appeared that no one was home. There were very clearly posted "No Trespassing" signs visible. The members did not go on the property, however, observing from the road, it appears that one side of Mr. Marrow's chicken fence is attached to the fence erected by the neighboring property owners ( Young’s). At the time the two members were there, no animals were loose. Martha Mancini stated that the caretaker of a house located two houses east of Mr. Marrow's said there were chickens in her yard, however, no formal complaint was filed. A motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to direct Attorney Mastromoro to prepare an "Order To Show Cause" to be served to Daniel Marrow, to appear on September 22, 2022, at 7:00 pm before the Board of Health at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY, to show cause why action should not be taken seeking judicial intervention to suppress the alleged public health nuisance by the taking of the livestock and/or to impose, pursuant to local authority, monetary penalties not exceeding two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars and with the imposition of a lien, if necessary, and to

authorize Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor to sign this Order To Show Cause; passed 4-0. (Res. #BOH004)

Return to regular session of the Town of St. Johnsville at 7:30 pm

New Business

1. 2023 Budget - budget requests were due to department heads on September 1st, The Town Clerk will photocopy the necessary budget sheets and distribute to department heads, to be returned by September 20th.

2. County Road Shoulders - the Town Clerk brought to the attention of the Town Board that Mill Road & Kringsbush Road have recently been paved, leaving no shoulders and quite a large drop off in some areas. It was unclear whether the County plans to return to do shoulders or not. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to have the Clerk contact the Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation stating our safety concerns with no shoulders and center lines on these roadways, and questioning whether they plan to return to finish this work; passed 0. (Res. 42-2-080)

Public Comment - none

Audit - (22-179 thru 22-194 $31,644.82) Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve these vouchers and authorize the Deputy Supervisor to pay; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-081)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-082) Meeting adjourned 7:45 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever Town Clerk

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TOWN OF ST. JOHNSVILLE BOARD OF HEALTH Special Meeting - Friday, August 26, 2022

PRESENT: Town Board Members: Presiding Officer Martha Mancini, George Haines, Louise Robusto, and Ronald Hezel; Norman L. Mastromoro, Town Attorney; Michael Mancini, local citizen; Daniel H. Marrow, cited person

ABSENT: Town Clerk Lynn M. Stever

Presiding Officer Mancini made a call to order at 7:00 PM. She advised that the purpose of this meeting by the Town Board sitting as a Board of Health was to consider an alleged public health nuisance occurring at 7436 State Highway 5, tax parcel 9.10-1-13, as described in an Order to Appear served on David H. Marrow by the Montgomery County Sheriff on August 20.

Mr. Marrow addressed the Order by explaining to the Board that he was aware that his livestock goats, ducks, chickens and one (1) turkey had become unrestrained and loose despite his efforts, to date, do so and acknowledged that there was a danger to the public if his animals wandered too close, or on, to New York State Route 5 as some had done, or nearly done, on previous occasions. He stated that he would do more to insure that his livestock was restrained onto only his premises.

Motion by Member Robusto, seconded by Member Haines, that Daniel H. Marrow be given ten (10) days from this date to complete a securing of all of his livestock animals to properly fenced-in areas on his property and that on, or before, September 8, the next Town Board meeting, a person designated by the Board of Health shall verify the adequacy of the fencing. Ayes all.

Presiding Officer Mancini advised Mr. Marrow that if adequate fencing according to the motion was not completed by the follow-up date, the Board of Health would consider taking independent action to suppress the alleged nuisance and with any associated costs to be levied against his property.

Motion by Member Hezel to adjourn, seconded by Member Haines. Ayes All.

Meeting adjourned at 7:44 PM.

DATED: August 27, 2022  by  Norman Mastromoro - Town Attorney

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 TOWN BOARD MEETING -  August 11, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on August 11,2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: none

Public: Michael Mancini, William Putman, Hwy Superintendent, Kathy Buckley, Leigh McEntire of SOL Source Power & Assemblyman Robert J. Smullen

6:45 pm a Public Hearing on the proposed changes to the Solar Law was held. No one from the public spoke, hearing closed 7:00 pm

Meeting called to order 7:00 p.m.

Salute to the flag

Roll Call - all present

Public Comment Scott & Lori Young addressed the board regarding a neighboring property owner that does not keep their animals on their own property, allowing the animals to continually graze in the Young's property. They feel it is a concern due to health reasons, such as transmitting disease to their own animals, vehicular safety, noise and nuisance, as well as, the well being of neighboring property comfort and tranquility. A lengthy discussion took place regarding the procedure to be taken to address this situation. Attorney Mastromoro suggested that the board adjourn at the end of the regular meeting and immediately call a special meeting of the Board of Health to address these public safety concerns.

Robert J. Smullen, Assemblyman for the 118th District introduced himself and addressed the board stating that he is currently running for re-election, and that with the redistricting and if he is re-elected, he would be representing eight western towns in Montgomery County, with the Town of St. Johnsville being one of them. He said he is available to answer questions, or help in any way, and thanked the board for the opportunity to speak.

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the minutes of July 14, 2022; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-068)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto to accept the Town Clerk's, Justice's, Code Enforcement Officer's, Dog Control Officer's monthly reports & the Planning Board minutes of June 14, 2022; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-069)

Correspondence - quotes were presented to the board from Frontier and Spectrum for phone and internet. Motion to accept the quote from Spectrum by Hezel, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-070) William Putman, Highway Superintendent presented a chipper that fits on the new tractor that he would like the town to purchase at a cost of $13,500.

Old Business - none

New Business

1. Chipper Purchase - Deputy Supervisor Mancini stated that the town has the money for this purchase in the budget. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve the purchase of a new chipper at the cost of $13,500; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-071)

2. 2023 Budget - a budget timeline was given to the board, with budget requisitions to be distributed by September 1st and returnable by September 20th.

3. Justice Grant - Judge Dye is requesting board approval to apply for a JCAP grant up to $30,000 to update the camera surveillance system at the town building. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve this request; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-072)

4. Codes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to enter into an executive session for personnel reasons at 8:00 pm; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-073) Motion to return to regular session at 8:40 pm by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-074)

5. Other - the Town Board will convene as the Board of Health immediately after this meeting to address the animal complaint received.

Public Comment - none

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the audit (# 22-157 through #22­178 in the amount of $17,496.92); passed 4-0. (Res. #22-075)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-076) Meeting adjourned 8:48 pm.

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever - Town Clerk

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TOWN SPECIAL BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING - August 11, 2022

A special emergency meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville Board of Health was held on August 11, 2022, immediately following a regular Town Board meeting at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: none

Public: Michael Mancini, Scott & Lori Young and Leigh McEntire of SOL Source Power

The meeting was called or order at 8:48 pm due to an alleged public health nuisance that was brought to the Town Board's attention by Scott and Lori Young during the previous regular Town Board meeting. The conditions of concern are the unrestrained freedom of various animals (livestock) at 7436 State Highway affecting, or possibly affecting, vehicular safety, transmission of animal disease, neighboring animal safety, noise and nuisance to other property owners and the well-being of other property owners.

Town Attorney Mastromoro advised that the legal understanding of a public health nuisance is "any condition on private or public property which threatens, or could reasonably be expected to threaten, the health or safety of the public".

The board directed Attorney Mastromoro to draft an "Order To Appear" to Daniel Marrow, 7436 State Highway 5, St. Johnsville, NY (SBL#9.10-1-13) on August 26, 20232, at 7:00 pm The Board of Health will have the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office serve this "Order To Appear".

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. 22-BOH001) Meeting adjourned 9:07 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever - Town Clerk

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TOWN BOARD MEETING - July 14, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on July 14, 2022, at 7:00 pm, at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 55 St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: none

Public: Michael Mancini, James Castrucci

Meeting called to order 7:00 pm

Salute to the flag - dispensed

Roll Call - all present

Public Comment - Michael Mancini addressed the board regarding the Planning Board. They are requesting permission from the Town Board to set up a Facebook page, which would be set up and monitored by Michael Mancini, Chairman of the Planning Board. This would allow for better communication with the community without the cost of mailings. Councilman Hezel reported that they may have a possible buyer for the mill. The prospective buyers are looking to run a cafe and flower shop and he questioned whether that would be permitted. James Castrucci, CEO said if the septic system can handle the business of a cafe, the only other issue that could arise would be with the approval of the Health Department. As far as the town regulations, it would be allowed.

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the June 9 regular and July 1st special meeting minutes; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-061)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the Town Clerk, Justice, Code Enforcement Officer & Dog Control reports, as well as the Planning Board minutes; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-062)

Correspondence - a letter was received from Mariah Decker requesting the board to reduce the speed limit on Allen Heights Road. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve her request and forward on to the Montgomery County Highway Department for approval and a speed limit study; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-063) The Town Clerk will inform Mariah of the action of the Town Board and the necessary steps that need to be done. A letter from Excellus Blue Cross was received with preliminary cost increases for health insurance. A letter from the NYS Department of Transportation awarding CHIPS in the amount of $76,881.92 to the Town of St. Johnsville.

Old Business

A.     American Rescue Plan - discussion took place regarding the proposed office renovations, as well as the new 50'X 100' building for the Highway Department. Deputy Mancini stated that she feels it would be in the best interest of the town to wait because of the economic conditions. She feels it is not the time for the town to be spending money. She also stated that we have a couple of years to use the American Rescue Plan monies.

B.    New Truck - is apparently still in Mexico and no date has been given for delivery.

C. Mower Purchase - Martha reported that the new mower is here and an invoice is in the audit for approval tonight.

New Business

A.   Budget Officer - due to the resignation of the Supervisor, Martha Mancini, acting as Deputy Supervisor, said she will also act as the budget officer. She asked the Town Clerk to contact the Bookkeeper to get her up to date figures on all accounts.

B.  Town Historian's Report Martha reported that in Mat Rapacz's January report he stated that he has been cleaning monuments at the Village Cemetery and that many of the graves have sunken in and are in need of topsoil. It was agreed that the board would contact the Village and ask them to check it out. Discussion also took place regarding having the "Friends of St. Johnsville" write a grant to restore the old part of the cemetery, such as cleaning monuments.

C.  NYShip Health Insurance - Martha has looked into coverage through them and reported that the employer (Town of St. Johnsville) would be required to pay 35% for family coverage and 50% for individual coverage. It was agreed that this is not feasible for the town.

D.  Planning Board - changes made to the Solar Law (see attached)

E. Phones - a quote was presented from Frontier, however the board feels we should also request a quote from Spectrum.

F.  Deputy Supervisor Stipend - Martha asked the board to consider a monetary compensation because she is acting as Deputy Supervisor in the absence of a Supervisor. Discussion followed and a motion was made by Councilwoman Robusto to amend the 2022 budget to pay Martha Mancini as Deputy Supervisor for the remainder of 2022 $240.00 per pay period, retroactive from July 1, 2022, as long as she is serving in that capacity, seconded by Councilman Hezel; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-064)

G. Code Enforcement Officer - Jim Castrucci requested approval to attend his annual conference from October 3 through October 5 Half of the money is to be paid by the Town of St. Johnsville and half from the Town of Fultonville.

H. Planning Board Facebook Page - Motion by Robusto, seconded by Haines to authorize Michael Mancini, Chairman of the Planning Board to open and administer a Town of St. Johnsville Planning Board Facebook page; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-065)

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve Voucher #22-139 through #22­156 in the amount of $24,077.76, and authorize the Deputy Supervisor to pay; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-066)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-067) Meeting adjourned 8:31 p.m.

Submitted by: Lynn M.  Stever - Town Clerk 

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TOWN SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - July 1, 2022

A special meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on July 1, 2022, at 7:00 pm., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: none

Public: Michael Mancini & Reporter from the Daily Gazette

Meeting called to order 1:00 pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to address the resignation of Dominick Stagliano as Supervisor, effective June 30, 2022.

Motion by Robusto, seconded by Hezel to appoint Martha Mancini as Deputy Supervisor from July 1, 2022 until December 31, 2022; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-057) The position of Town of St. Johnsville Supervisor will be placed on the ballot in November of 2022 for the unexpired term of January 1 - December 31, 2023. Martha Mancini stated that she will be placed on the ballot this November to run for this unexpired term.

Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to authorize Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor to sign checks and all financial and legal documents; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-058)

Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to purchase a facsimile signature stamp for Martha N. Mancini to sign checks and legal documents; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-059)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-060) Meeting adjourned 1:17 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever Town Clerk

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TOWN REGULAR BOARD MEETING - June 9, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on June 9, 2022, at 7:00 pm, at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: Dominick Stagliano, Supervisor

Public: Michael Mancini & William Putman

Meeting called to order 7:00 pm

Salute to the flag

Roll Call - Supervisor Stagliano absent Public Comment - none

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto to accept the minutes of May 12t1 and May 31st; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-050)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the monthly reports from the Town Clerk, Justice, Code Enforcement Officer, Dog Control Officer & Planning Board minutes; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-05 1)

Correspondence - email received from Supervisor Dominick Stagliano resigning his position as Supervisor, effective June 30, 2022. Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor said she is sad to see him resign but feels he has served as a great example, and Dominick said he will always be there to help in any way if he can. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to set a special meeting for July 1, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the Town Offices to address the resignation of the Supervisor; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-052)

Old Business

A. American Rescue Plan (COVID $) - Martha reported that we cannot proceed with the remodeling of the offices until we get the new proposed building built. Five companies have given estimates, but it would not be able to be completed until 2023. The deadline for the Plan is December 31, 2024, and the deadline for completion is December 31, 2026.

New Business

A.      EAP Contract - Motion to approve the Employee Assistance Program Contract with St. Mary's Healthcare at a cost of $170.00 for 2022 was made by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-054)

B.     Zoning Board of Appeals - a letter of interest to serve was received by Mariah Decker, however she was unable to make the scheduled interview due to unforeseen circumstances. She asked that the board consider skipping the interview process since she has previously served the town as Planning Board Chairman. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to appoint Mariah Decker as a Zoning Board of Appeals Member with a term expiration of 12/31/26 without the need for an interview; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-053) With this appointment, three vacancies still exist.

C.    Fund Balances - currently the balances are (A) $187,142; (B) $87,623; (DB) $240,657; (F) $19

D.    Health Insurance - Martha reported that she is currently looking into better prices for coverage for family coverage. We recently lost an employee due to family coverage being needed and not offered, but if a more affordable plan was available for them to purchase, it might make the difference. Other ideas were Good Rx and Telemed as alternatives.

Other - none

Public Comment - none

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the audit and direct the Supervisor to pay voucher #22-109 through #22-138 in the amount of $60,232.66; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-055)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-056) Meeting adjourned 7:46 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever - Town Clerk

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TOWN SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - May 31, 2022

A special meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on May 31, 2022, at 12::00 pm, at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452 for the purpose of opening bids for a tractor

Present: Martha Mancini, Councilwoman/Deputy Supervisor; ,Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: Supervisor Dominick Stagliano

Public: Michael Mancini & William Putman

Meeting called to order 12:01 pm

Roll Call - Supervisor Stagliano absent

Town Clerk read legal notice and opened two bids received as follows:

Charles D. Stahl Sales & Service, Inc. $40, 175.00

McFadden' s $48,250.00

Discussion took place regarding the two bids received. William Putman, Highway Superintendent said he would like to purchase the tractor from Stahl's Sales & Service, Inc., especially since it is $8,075.00 less. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the two bids received and award the purchase from Charles D. Stahl Sales & Service, Inc. at a cost of $40,175.00; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-047)

Motion by Robusto, seconded by Hezel to transfer $40,175.00 from the Highway Fund Balance to DB 5130.2 Highway Machinery Equipment; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-048)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-049) Meeting adjourned 12:20 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever Town Clerk

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TOWN REGULAR BOARD MEETING - May 12, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on May 12, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Councilwoman/Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: Dominick Stagliano, Supervisor

Public: Michael Mancini, William Putman and James Castrucci

*6:45 pm Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2022, Amending the Town of St. Johnsville Land Use Law, Article XIV-Section 67, Schedule A Land & Use Chart to reflect a minimum of 600 sq. ft. of living space. No one from the public spoke, hearing closed 7:01 p.m.

Meeting called to order 7:01 p.m. Salute to the flag dispensed with

Roll Call - Supervisor Stagliano absent

Public Comment - none

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by flames to accept the minutes of April 14, 2022, with the addition of the Town would be the second place of contact after the Code Enforcement Officer on larger solar projects; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-039)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by flames to accept the Town Clerk, Justice, Code Enforcement Officer, Dog Control Officer & Planning Board's monthly reports; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-040)

Correspondence - Letter received from Mariah Decker interested in serving on the Board of Appeals. Motion by Hezel, seconded by flames to set an in interview for Mariah for June 9th at 6:45 pm.; passed 4-0. (Res. 22-041)

Old Business

A.  American Rescue Plan - Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor has proposed new construction for increased office/courtroom space by taking the next Highway bay for office space. The additional space would be done by partitions and not changing the building structure, which would also include an air purification system for the offices. The cost of this office expansion would be covered by the $86,000 COVID Relief money. James Castrucci, CEO addressed the board, requesting that an office space be provided for him.

B.  Proposed Highway Building - Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor is also proposing a new metal structure 50' xl 00' with four garage bays and a Walkway to existing two bays in the current town building. The Quonset Garage currently is in poor condition and would be torn down, which would allow the new building to be constructed on its site.

C. Truck Purchase - the new truck has finally been built, however, delivery is expected to take up to two months.

New Business

A.     Local Law No. 3 of 2022 - "A Local Law to Amend the Town of St. Johnsville Land Use Law, Article XIV, Section 67, Schedule A Land Use Chart to Reflect a Minimum of 600 sq. ft. of Living Space" Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to adopt for enactment and file with the Department of State; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-042)

B.    Highway Equipment - William Putman, Hwy. Superintendent provided a list of all his equipment. The tractor is in good shape however it is 43 years old and would like to replace that first. Councilwoman Mancini is proposing to buy a tractor with cab, heat, radio and loader. Attorney Mastromoro said any purchase of $20,000 must go out for bidding. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to authorize Councilwoman Mancini to meet with William Putman, Hwy. Superintendent to draw up the specs and get to the Town Clerk on Monday 5/23/22 with bid opening to be 5/31/22 at 12:01 p.m.; passed 4­0. (Res. 22-043)

C.    Fuel Tank - Councilman Haines said the Town needs a new fuel tank to come up to codes.

D.    Montgomery County Brush & Weeds Contract 2022/2023 - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve; passed 4-0. (Res. 22-044)

E.     June Meeting - it was agreed to include on the agenda for the June meeting a proposal on how to fund the proposed building project.

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve voucher #22-090 through #22­108 and authorize the Supervisor to pay; passed 4-0. (Res. 22-045)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. 22-046) Meeting adjourned 8:16 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever Town Clerk

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TOWN REGULAR BOARD MEETING - April 14, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on April 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Ronald Hezel, Councilman; Martha Mancini, Councilwoman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: Dominick Stagliano, Supervisor

Public: William Putman, Michael Mancini, Margaret DiGiacomo, Sally Countryman & Carol Ann Pearl

Martha Mancini, Deputy Supervisor ran the meeting in Supervisor Stagliano's absence.

* *6:45 pm Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2022, A Six Month Moratorium on Solar Energy Systems No one from the public spoke, hearing closed 7:00 pm

Meeting called to order 7:00 pm Salute to the flag Roll Call - Supervisor Stagliano absent

Motion by Haines, seconded by Hezel to enter into an executive session for the purpose of conducting interviews for Board of Assessment Review positions, Margaret DiGiacomo and Sally Countryman and Planning Board position Carol Ann Pearl; passed 4-0. 7:00 p.m. (Res. #22-026) Motion to return to regular session by Hezel, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. 7:30 p.m. (Res. #22-027)

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the minutes of March 10, 2022; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-028)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the monthly reports from the Town Clerk, Justice, Dog Control Officer, Code Enforcement Officer and Planning Board minutes; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-029)

Correspondence - letters of interest in Board of Assessment Reviews positions from Margaret DiGiacomo and Sally Countryman. A letter of interest in Planning Board position from Carol Ann Pearl

Old Business

A.      American Rescue Plan - discussion on using another Highway bay for additional office/meeting room space.

B.     Highway Truck Purchase - William Putman, Highway Superintendent said he has nothing new to report on the truck, that he has been assured that it will be built, but was given no time frame. Putman suggested waiting until June 1st

C. Supervisor - Deputy Supervisor, Martha Mancini reported to the board that she has been in constant contact with Supervisor Dominick Stagliano and is happy to report that he is doing good and waiting on a vascular appointment next week.

New Business

A.     New Street Building (Sentinel) - Martha reported that a business is interested in buying the two building for the manufacturing of metal siding/roofing and wood products. However they would need the building by June 1, 2022. Martha reported that the County will meet in May with owners and prospective buyer.

B.    Proposed Building Project - Martha has been in contact with Roy Thompson, local architect, regarding a new 50'X100' steel building on the site of the current Quonset building is. This new building would be four stalls, with electric throughout, heat and concrete floors in half, with the other half dirt floor. The current Quonset building would be torn down and removed, and would allow for an additional bay from the Highway Department to be used for offices expansion. Estimated costs "ready to move in" would be between $262,000 and $305,000 for the new building and the removal of the Quonset building at no charge with scrap metal as payment for removal. This project is proposed with no increase to taxes. Lynn Stever, questioned the need and cost of such a project, and was assured there would be no increase to taxpayers, and that we must look to the future for businesses that would like to come to St. Johnsville, and we must look the part.

C.    Planning Board (Tiny Houses) - The Town of St. Johnsville Planning Board is proposing changing the minimum square feet of living space to 600 sq. ft. rather than the 900 sq. ft. in the current Land Use Law. Motion by Haines, seconded by Hezel to adopt for presentation at a public hearing on May 12, 2022, at 6:45 pm, Local Law No. 3 of 2022, amending the Land Use Law Article XIV-Section 67-Schedule A Land Use Chart to reflect a minimum of 600 sq. ft. of living space; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-030)

D.    Solar Moratorium (Local Law No. 2 of 2022) - Motion by Haines, seconded by Hezel to adopt for enactment; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-03 1) It was stated that 25 megawatts or larger projects bypass the town and goes directly to the state.

E.     Security Camera Quote (presented by Judge Dye) - Judge Dye presented a quote for a complete revamp of our security systems at a cost of $12,984.64. He suggested this purchase to be paid for with the COVID Relief money. The board discussed and feels it is too expensive. It was stated that various board members have security systems at their homes at a cost of $300.00.

F.     Spring Clean-Up - Motion by Haines, seconded by Hezel to hold a Spring Clean-Up at the Town Highway Garage on May 13" & 14" from 7am-2pm with County Waste as the hauler; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-032)

G.    Board of Assessment Review - Motion by Robusto, seconded by Hezel to appoint Margaret DiGiacomo as a BAR member with a term expiring 2022; passed 4-0. (Res.

422-033) Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to appoint Sally Countryman as a BAR member with a term expiring 2026; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-034)

H.    Planning Board - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to appoint Carol Ann Pearl as a Planning Board member with a term expiration of 2023; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-035) Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to appoint Melanie Shuster as a Planning Board alternate member with a term expiration of 2026; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-036)

I.      Land Use Board of Appeals - currently four vacancies exist. Attorney Mastromoro stated that by law, no member of the Town Board can serve on a zoning board.

J.   Phones/Internet - it was agreed that the cost per month is too much and directed the Town Clerk to obtain quotes from Frontier and Spectrum to be presented at the next meeting.

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to approve voucher #22-059 through #22­089 for payment and authorize the Supervisor to pay; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-037)

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-038) Meeting adjourned 9:12 pm

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever Town Clerk

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TOWN REGULAR BOARD MEETING - March 10, 2022

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on March 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Ronald Hezel, Councilman; Martha Mancini, Councilwoman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: Dominick Stagliano, Supervisor

Public: Michael Mancini & James Castrucci

Meeting called to order 7:00 p.m.

Salute to the flag

Roll Call - Supervisor Stagliano absent. Meeting conducted by Deputy Supervisor Martha Mancini

Public Comment - James Castrucci, Code Enforcement Officer addressed the board about issuing a building permit on an abandoned road. He said he cannot issue a building permit without a 911 address. He also informed the board that he has been receiving calls regarding "tiny houses" and feels the board should look at the Land Use Law to clearly identify what is allowed.

Minutes - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the minutes of February 10, 2022,; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-018)

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto to accept the monthly reports from the Town Clerk, Justice, Dog Control Officer & Code Enforcement Officer; passed 4-0. (Res. 33-019)

Correspondence - A resignation from Terry Swartz, Board of Assessment Review Member was received effective March 8, 2022. Motion to accept this resignation by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-020)

Old Business

A. American Rescue Plan - various ideas were discussed regarding the use of the COVID Relief $86,000 such as, enlarging the courtroom, outdoor lighting, paving of the front parking lot, security camera upgrade, sliding window for the Assessor, an air purification system, etc. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to explore possibilities with Roy Thompson, Architect; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-021)

New Business

A. Solar Moratorium - Michael Mancini, Chairman of the Planning Board said that more and more solar companies are wanting to come in and he would like to see a moratorium put in place to give the Planning Board a chance to review the law. Motion by Robusto, seconded by Hezel to propose Local Law No. 2 of 2022, "A Local Law To Impose A Six Month moratorium On The Erection Of Utility-Scale Solar Energy Systems In The Town of St. Johnsville"; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-022) Motion to adopt for presentation Local Law No. 2 of 2022 at a public hearing on April 14, 2022, at 6:45 p.m.; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-023)

B. Grants - Martha Mancini reported to the board that she recently attended a meeting for all Supervisor at the county level to discuss grant opportunities for business in the towns. Tourism was discussed with ideas to hold activities such as an antique show at the Soldiers & Sailors Park when the Fort Klock craft fair is on.

C. Highway Truck Purchase - Martha Mancini reported that money is in the budget to purchase a truck. William Putman, Highway Superintendent reported that a number has been assigned to the truck the Town ordered, which means it is being built.

Public Comment - none

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto to accept the audit and authorize the Supervisor to pay vouchers #22-032 through #22-058; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-024)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-025) Meeting adjourned 8:28 p.m.

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever - Town Clerk

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TOWN REGULAR BOARD MEETING - February 10, 2022

 

A regular meeting of the Town of St. Johnsville was held on February 10 , 2021, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Offices, 7431 STHWY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Present: Martha Mancini, Councilwoman/Deputy Supervisor; Ronald Hezel, Councilman; George Haines, Councilman; Louise Robusto, Councilwoman, Norman Mastromoro, Attorney for the Town & Lynn Stever, Town Clerk

Absent: Dominick Stagliano, Supervisor

Public: Michael Mancini, William Putman

**6:45 p.m. Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2022, "A Local Law To Add A Compensation & To Provide For Appointment of Alternate Planning Board Members'"** Councilman Hezel spoke during the public hearing, stating that compensation should be for regular monthly meetings, not every meeting because the board has no control over how many meetings could take place. He feels they should be compensated for twelve meetings per year. Councilwoman Mancini disagreed, stating that the Planning Board has never held meetings that were not necessary and feels that they should be paid for each meeting.

Meeting called to order 7:00 p.m.

Salute to the flag

Roll Call - Supervisor Stagliano absent. Meeting conducted by Deputy Supervisor Martha Mancini

Public Comment - none

Minutes - Motion by Robusto, seconded by Haines to accept the December 9. 2021; passed 4-0. (Res. 422-001) No meeting was held in January due to COVID.

Departmental Reports - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the monthly reports for January and February from the Town Clerk, Justice, Dog Control Officer and Code Enforcement Officer; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-002)

Old Business - the board was reminded by Mancini on how to use the COVID Rescue Plan monies.

New Business

1. Justice Court Audit of Records - Bruce R. Dye, Town Justice presented his 2021 records for the board's review. Motion to accept the audit as presented by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-003)

2. Local Law 1 of 2022 - "A Local Law To Add A Compensation & To Provide For Appointment Of Alternate Members To The Town of St. Johnsville Planning Board". Discussion took place with Councilman Hezel stating that the Town Board should set a meeting limit for compensation. Councilwoman Mancini said she does not want a limit on meeting and even if a quorum is not present, members who show up should be paid. It was stated that the amount budgeted in 2022 is $5,000.00. Motion by Robusto, seconded by Haines to pass the proposed Local Law 1 of 2022 as presented; passed 3-1. Hezel voting no. (Res. #22-004)

3. Real Property Exemptions - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines that the Town of St. Johnsville opt in to the NYS Executive Order 11. 1, to allow the renewal of Real Property Tax Law 467 & 459C exemptions on the 2022 Assessment Roll without a renewal application for County, Town ,Village and School district purposes. (Res. #22­005)

4. 2022 Wage & Appointment Schedule - (see attached) Res. #22-006 through #22-014)

5. Payroll - Councilman Hezel informed the board that he had recently spoken to Kelly Wilder, Bookkeeper, and that she would prefer that the Town Board change to a monthly payroll since a monthly payroll will be done for the Planning Board Members. Councilwoman Mancini said she is in agreement only if the Bookkeeper agrees. Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto to change the Town Board to a monthly payroll; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-015)

Audit - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines to accept the January and February audit (Voucher #22-001 through #22-03 1); passed 4-0. (Res. #22-016)

Adjournment - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines: passed 4-0. (Res. 422-017) Meeting adjourned 8:34 p.m.

Submitted by: Lynn M. Stever Town Clerk

WAGE & FEE SCHEDULE 2022

OFFICIAL RESOLUTIONS - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-006.)

Official Newspapers: The Recorder

Depository: NBT -

Monthly Meeting Date: 2nd Thursday of ea. Month at 7:00 p.m.

Resolution authorizing Supervisor to use a facsimile signature under his control and supervision to sign checks

Petty Cash Funds: T Clerk & Justice ($100.00 ea.) -

Official Website Webmaster: Ronald Hezel - (www.stjohnsville.com)

ELECTED & APPOINTED POSITIONS

Supervisor - $8.840.00 - Stagliano (2023)

Councilman (4 @ $2,600.00 ea.) $10,40000 Total -  Mancini (2025),  Robusto (2025),  Hezel (2023),  Haines (2023)

Justice - $14,000.00 - Dye (2025)

Town Clerk/Tax Collector - $19,000.00 - Stever (2023)

Superintendent of Highways - $47,000.00 - Putman (2023)

Sole Appointed Assessor (6 yr. Term) -  $19,500.00 - Loucks (2025)

 

DEPARTMENT HEADS - Motion by Haines, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-007)

Registrar (Fees Collected) - $10.00/copy

CEO - $4,200.00

LUEO - $1,200.00

Dog Control Officer - $1,530.00

Rabies Response Agent - $100.00/case

Historian (Supervisor's Appt.) - $500.00

Budget Officer - $1,400.00

Attorney for the Town of St. Johnsville - $125.00/hr.(+)

BAR Chairman *4 hr. min. griev. day - $150.00

BAR Members *4 hr. min. griev. Day - $125.00

Planning Board Chairman - $75.00/mtg (if attended)

Planning Board Members - $50.00/mtg (if attended)

 

APPOINTMENTS - Motion by Mancini, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-008)

Registrar - L. Stever

Bookkeeper - K. Ford (appointed by Supervisor)

Court Clerk - K. Stowell (appointed by Justice)

Historian (Supervisor's Appointment) - M. Rapacz (appointed by Supervisor)

Deputy Supervisor - Martha Mancini (appointed by Sup.)

Deputy Clerk/Tax Coll./Registrar - Virginia Fox & George Stever (Clerk Appt.)

Deputy Hwy. Superintendent - Bert Cook, III (Hwy. Sup. Appt.)

CEO/LUEO/RRA - James Castrucci

Planning Board Chairman - Michael Mancini

 

EMPLOYEES

Hwy. Employees: $20.00/hr. - Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-009)

Deputy Hwy. Stipend $ .50/hr. (straight time only) Motion by Haines, seconded by Robusto; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-010)

Bookkeeper $7,200.00/yr.

Court Clerk $ 8,000.00/yr.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Motion by Hezel, seconded by Haines; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-011)

BAR Training   $ min wage

Mile Reimbursement (IRS rate) $ IRS rate

Land Use/Sub. Doc. Fee - $25.00

Returned Check Fee - $30.00

Photocopies $ .25/pg. After 1st. 4 pgs.

Dog Impound Fees (1st offense - $25.00) (2nd - $50.00) (3rd - $75.00)

Building Permit Fees as adopted 1/1/2018

Board of Assessment Review (5) Ronald Hezel (24) Michael Mancini (25) *Vacancy (26) *Vacancy (24) Louise Robusto (23)

Planning Board Members (5) *Michael Mancini (24)*Chairman  - Sally Countryman (25) - Motion LR, RE; passed 4-0 (22-012) Julie Erno (26) - Anthony Smida (22) Vacancy (23)

Board of Appeals (3) **Vacancy**  (22), Robert Smith (23) , **vacancy** (24)

Motion by Haines, seconded b y Robusto, 4-0. (Res. #22-013) 2022 James A Brennan Shelter Contract $2,400.00

Motion by Haines, seconded by Hezel; passed 4-0. (Res. #22-014) 2022 Village of St. Johnsville Fire Contract $40,185.00

 

 

TOWN REGULAR JANUARY 13 BOARD MEETING - (Due to Weather & Covid, Meeting Rescheduled to 02 10 2022) 

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