Minutes

December 28, 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 28th of December 2021 at 7:00 P.M., the following Board Members were present:

 

                                       Robin Deloria               Supervisor 

                                       Lana Fennessy              Councilwoman

                                       Paul LaCourse              Councilman

                                       Donald Bott                  Councilman

                                       Dave Olbert                  Councilman

                                                                                                                 

Others present: Wes Miga, Cliff Demars, Joan Burke and Mary Pound.  Present on Zoom: Mary Monaghan, Dave Hughes, Mary Lamphear, Niki Garrido, Marlene Bott,  George Damasevitz, Brandi Fifield, Melissa Yandon, Beth Stalker, Rose Bush, Paul Hai and Barb Kearns.

 

Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2021 meeting.  Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.

 

Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the General Fund Abstract #24 in the amount of $36919.99.  Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.  

 

Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the Highway Fund Abstract 

#24 in the amount of $26007.09. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.

 

Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the Water Abstract #12 in the amount of $1449.37.  Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.

 

Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to approve the Sewer Abstract #12 in the amount of $1432.12.  Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.

 

Motion was made by Councilman Olbert  to approve the Capital Projects #3 Buildings  Abstract #7 in the amount of $29177.13.  Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.

 

The Organizational meeting will be January 1, 2022 at 10:00 am.  January meetings were tentatively set for January 11th and 25th.

 

Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to authorize Supervisor Deloria to sign the agreement for museum services and the lease agreement for the McCoy house for 2022.  Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.  The Town Attorney approved the agreement and the funding will be in the amount of $127000.00.  The Adirondack Foundation will distribute the Bissell Fund money directly to the Newcomb Historical Museum.

 

Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the 2021-2022 Municipal Snow and Ice Agreement in the amount of $335150.59.  This is an increase of $29177.65 from last 

year.  Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.

 

The Board received a report from the Code Enforcement Officer, George Damasevitz.  He has 54 open permits.

 

The Town needs to switch truck radios from Low Band to High Band.  It is getting more difficult to get parts for the low band radios.  Wells Communications has the New York State Contract for these radios.  They will be putting together a quote for the Town.

 

Supervisor Deloria nominated Melissa Yandon for the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award for her work with the Youth Commission. She was awarded a National Honoree.  

 

Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse directing the Town Assessors to grant exemptions under Real Property Tax Law 467, dispensing with the requirement for qualifying persons to fill out an application.  Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.

 

The sale of the Bissell Barn property I now final and Larry and Pam Newcombe are the new owners.  

 

The Consolidated Funding Application submitted by the Town was not selected at this time.  

 

Councilman LaCourse met with Linda Stringer, Bob Yandon and Robin Reardon regarding rates at the High Peaks Golf Course.  It was decided to raise the green fees and cart rental rates.  There was discussion on possible discounts for veterans and local lodging discounts.  Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the new rates.  Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.

 

The Public Hearing for the Comprehensive Plan will be January 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  

 

Councilman Olbert asked that the Town register for the Adirondack Sports Expo in Saratoga March 19-20.  The Town will reach out and try to get some of the Town businesses to volunteer to help with this event.  Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the registration at a cost of $365.00.  Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.  He also prepared a handout with some rules and suggestions for the skating rink.  Special hours need to be worked out for those that would like to play hockey.  He thanked Eugene Bush for getting the rink ready for the Christmas vacation.

Dave Hughes has been working with ESF on joining a YouTube playlist with them.  He also invited all to stop in and visit the new Welcome Center location.  

Paul Hai thanked the Town for their support of the Comprehensive Plan.  He is available for any questions people may have regarding the plan.  There will be a planning board meeting on January 6.

Joan Burke reported that Steve Ossenkop, who was a manager at National Lead, dropped off a box of negatives from NL.  There are many negatives of workers and the old sport shows that used to have there.  She reported that she has received one application for the Charlie Mather Scholarship.

 

Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn and go into Executive Session.  Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried at 8:15 pm. 

 

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                                                         Respectfully submitted______________________