April 27, 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 27th of April 2021 at 7:00 P.M., the following Board Members were present:
Robin Deloria Supervisor
Donald Bott Councilman
Lana Fennessy Councilwoman
David Olbert Councilman
Paul LaCourse Councilman
Others present: Cliff Demars, Wes Migs, Joan Burke and Mary Pound. Zoom: Laurinda Minke, Sue Mills, Mary Lamphear, Dave Hughes, Nike Garrido, Alex Garrido, Mark Yandon, Melissa Yandon, Lori Demars, George Damasevitz, Marlene Bott, Dave Dorey, George Sogoian, Sue Paul, and Erica Demars.
Supervisor Deloria called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the minutes of the April 13, 2021 meeting. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the General Fund Abstract #8 in the amount of $45857.59. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #8 in the amount of $35054.49. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the Water Fund Abstract #4 in the amount of $2876.19. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the Sewer Fund Abstract #4 in the amount of $1916.57. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
May meeting dates were tentatively set for May 11th and 25th.
Supervisor Deloria submitted a draft of the Town Procurement Policy. Board members should review and be ready to discuss and adopt at the May 11, 2021 meeting.
Craig and Kathy Poulton have offered the Town first buyer option on the lot on Route 28N. This lot has access to both Winebrook water and sewer. The Board should be ready to discuss this at the May 11, 2021 meeting.
DEC has issued a certificate showing the tanks on the Bissell property have been removed. Rainy weather has prevented the town from completing the job. The road is temporarily closed to local traffic. Testing and removal of any contaminated soil will resume May 3, 2021.
The Board will have a special meeting May 4, 2021 to discuss and approve summer events. The New York State re-opening guidelines will apply.
Joanne Bush has retired from her appointment to the Planning Board. The Town would like to thank her for her many years of service and dedication to the Planning Board. Motion was made by Councilman Bott to appoint Drew Cullen as the new member of the Planning Board. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Larry Newcomb has been notified that he can no longer base camp out of the Santanoni garage area. Supervisor Deloria will be reaching out to DEC to get more information on the situation.
The Town of Long Lake has expressed that they will help with the Youth Program by providing both transportation and having an employee remain at the Youth Program during the day. This will be discussed at the special board meeting next week.
The High Peaks Golf Course will open for league play on May 6. The Course will open to the public on May 8.
Amanda Lamphear has been chosen as the part time Confidential Secretary to the Supervisor to replace Marsha Chase. Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve Amanda Lamphear as the part time Confidential Secretary at the rate of $18.50 per hour with a minimum of 24 hours per week to start. Start date TBD. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Anthony Audino has been chosen as the part time maintenance person to work with Eugene Bush and Nelson Turcotte. Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the appointment of Anthony Audino as part time maintenance person for 30 hours per week at a rate of $26.00 per hour. Start date TBD. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Highway Supt. Cliff Demars reported that he will be meeting with OSI next week to discuss the work to be done at Tahawus.
Councilman Olbert reported on the meeting with the Snowmobile Club regarding the trail maintenance. The Club will be having a meeting next weekto discuss the proposal. Councilman Olbert discussed the advertising with the Adirondack Exployer. He feels that they give both side of issues. Councilman LaCourse reminded the Board that this was discussed and the Board voted to hold on advertising with them.
Councilwoman Fennessy attended the Zoom meeting with Essex County Youth Bureau and updated the Board.
Joan Burke reported the Museum is working with a writer on a “murder” that occurred in Newcomb many years ago.
Melissa Yandon, Youth Commission Chair, has questions about the Youth Program. Many of these issues will be discussed at the special meeting of the Board next week.
Mark Yandon has comments on the State protocols for Covid.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried at 7:55 p.m. Town Board moved to Executive Session.