August 10, 2021
At the regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Newcomb, Essex County, N.Y., held at the Town Hall, Newcomb, N.Y., on the 10th of August 2021 at 7:00 P. M., the following Board Members were present:
Robin Deloria Supervisor
Lana Fennessy Councilwoman
Donald Bott Councilman
Paul LaCourse Councilman
David Olbert Councilman
Others present: Wes Miga, Cliff Demars, Barb Kearns, Joan Burke, Laurinda Minke, Charlie Minke, Kevin Bolan, Denise Bolan, Ruth Olbert and Mary Pound. Zoom: Dave Hughes, Sue Paul, Lori Demars, Niki Garrido, Alex Garrido, Mary Lamphear, Sue Mills, Amanda Lamphear, George Damasevitz, Melissa Yandon and Marlene Bott.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the minutes of the July 27, 2021 and the July 30, 2021 special meeting. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the General Fund Abstract #16 in the amount of $55549.30. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #16 in the amount of $13954.36. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the Capital Projects #3 Buildings Abstract #6 in the amount of $692.64. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the Capital Projects #8 Abstract #2 in the amount of $78890.00. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Supervisor Deloria summarized the Special Meeting of the Board to disperse the Federal Coronavirus Funds. The Board authorized the distribution of two checks, one for the Lake Harris Lodge and one for the Newcomb Café and Campground.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the Homestead and Non-Homestead Base Percentages, Current Percentages and current and Adjusted Proportions for the 2021 Assessment Roll. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
The Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department is working with Essex County to become part of the Essex County Wide EMS program. The current Rescue Squad employees would become county employees and would be paid by the county. They will also have health insurance provided by the county.
The Tahawus Sanford Rail line has received a “ghost bid.” This will enable the line to go to public auction.
William LaCourse and members of Alfred University are putting together a study on Rare Earth Elements. They will be working with Paul Mitchell to obtain core samplings of the tailings in Tahawus. Rare earth elements are used in a variety of industrial applications. Councilman LaCourse will be working with his brother Bill, staff from Alfred University and Paul Mitchel.
Paul Burgess is still planning to meet with the maintenance crew regarding restoration of the Episcopal Church building. He has been on vacation and will be meeting sometime this week.
The annual senior citizen dinner will be held at the Lake Harris Lodge this year. Dave Hughes is organizing the event and will update the Board as plans are completed.
Councilwoman Fennessy reported on Newcomb Day. The weather was rain and wind and turnout was low. She is working on vendors for the Labor Day celebration.
Councilman Olbert is working on getting a quote from Donnelly logging to remove trees from the Huntington Cemetery.
Wes Miga reported that the Steak Roast was a huge success and they sold out of everything.
Councilman LaCourse reported that the Housing Committee is focusing on rentals and they are looking for grants.
Joan Burke stated that when the museum flag is up, then the new exhibit “Pendleton the Man and the Settlement,” is open.
Denise Bolan asked why the church was the only option for the Historical Museum. She was worried about climate control for historical items.
Ruth Olbert reported that Cloudsplitter is selling a new map of the Essex Chain.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to close and move to Executive Session. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried at 8 pm. Executive Session discussed the employment history of personnel. Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to close Executive Session. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried at 8:34 pm.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried at 8:35 pm.