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Regular Town Board Meeting- January 17, 2024

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING MINUTES
FORESTPORT TOWN HALL
10275 State Rte. 28, Forestport, N.Y. 13338
January 17, 2024 @6:30

PRESENT: Supervisor Entwistle
Councilman Addison
Councilman Scouten
Councilwoman Abrial
Councilwoman Verschneider

ABSENT: No members of the Town Board were absent.

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry, Town Clerk
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by Supervisor Entwistle. The pledge was recited.

ABSTRACTS:
WATER DISTRICT #1:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #1, Vouchers #1- #9 in the amount of $2,189.19.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
BUCKHORN WATER DISTRICT #2:
A motion was made by Councilman Addison and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to pay Abstract #1, Vouchers #1- #4 in the amount of $403.74.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
SEWER DISTRICT #1:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Scouten to pay Abstract #1, Vouchers #1- #8 in the amount of $1,208.47.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
GENERAL:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilman Addison to pay Abstract #1, Vouchers #1- #52 in the amount of $26,324.32.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
HIGHWAY:
A motion was made by Councilman Addison and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #1, Vouchers #1- #15 in the amount of $9,183.08.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 absent MOTION CARRIED

PLANNING:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #1, Vouchers #1- #6 in the amount of $600.00.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 absent MOTION CARRIED
TOWN CLERK MINUTES:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Addison to accept the minutes from the:
December 20,2023- Regular Town Board Meeting
December 28, 2023- Year -End Meeting
January 3, 2024-Organizational Meeting
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
REPORTS
WATER DISTRICT #1
WATER DISTRICT #2
SEWER
TOWN CLERK REPORT
JUSTICE REPORT
PLANNING REPORT
SUPERVISOR REPORT
PLANNING BOARD OF APPEALS
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the reports as a whole.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 absent MOTION CARRIED
NOCCOG:
• Lisa Bellinger went over the monthly announcements.

OLD BUSINESS BOARD:
• Comprehensive Plan Update: The next meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2024, at 6PM. Supervisor Entwistle would like to give the Planning Specialist the go ahead on the survey, while it is snowmobile season. Dave Ultsch, from Comprehensive Plan Committee stated he felt the survey was rushed through by the Planning Specialist. Discussion took place.
• Building/Grounds Truck: Supervisor Entwistle stated the Building and Grounds truck was put on Auctions International and they did not get the bid they were looking for. The Board decided to put the truck out to sealed bid with a minimum of $22,000 and if they do not get the bid, they can keep the truck. Dave Ultsch, from the gallery asked about the state bid. Supervisor Entwistle stated the Highway Superintendent usually gets the highway truck at state bid and the old truck usually goes to the Maintenance worker.


NEW BUSINESS BOARD:
• Cancer Insurance for Forestport Fire: The Forestport Fire Department is looking for reimbursement of half of the cancer insurance which is $632.00
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilman Addison to reimburse for the cancer insurance.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
• Hometown Heroes Banners: Supervisor Entwistle stated several individuals have inquired on the Hometown Heroes Banners. They can be seen in Boonville and other local towns. There is no cost to the town, they just have to put the banners up. The sponsors pay for the banner. Supervisor Entwistle has looked into it and the cost is $130-$140 and there is no minimum order. He will have more information by February. Councilman Addison stated he knows someone who does vinyl, and he will look into seeing if this is something they can do and what the cost would be as well.
• Frontier: There have been lots of issues with the phone systems at the Town Hall and Highway Barn. Frontier is looking into replacing the phone systems with cloud-based phone systems. Councilman Addison asked if the town has looked into Northland Communications, and it was answered no. Councilman Addison will be reaching out to Northland Communications to see what they offer.

NEW BUSINESS PUBLIC:
• Laurie Fessler, from the gallery asked about putting a calendar on the website, so residents could see what is going on. Supervisor Entwistle asked the Town Clerk to reach out to Coughlin to see the options.
EXECUTIVE SESSION:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Addison to enter into Executive Session to discuss Personnel Matters.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
The Board returned from Executive Session at 7:25 PM with no action taken.
ADJOURNMENT:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Scouten to adjourn the meeting.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:26 pm by Supervisor Entwistle.
Respectfully submitted,

Tracy M. Terry

Forestport Town Clerk

January 10, 2024- Planning Board Minutes

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
PLANNING BOARD MINUTES
January 10, 2024


MEMBERS:
Paul Rejman – Chairman Dave Ultsch
Adam Daktor – Co-Chairman Tyler Terry
Allison Damiano-DeTraglia Sandy Pascucci, Secretary


• Meeting called to order at 6:30 pm by Chairman Rejman
• Pledge of Allegiance

PUBLIC HEARINGS

6:30 PM
• Hulser, Hulser Revolutionary Subdivision, Tax ID19.000-1-5 and 13.000-1-11.2: Sub-division
Information was summarized by D. Frymire: There were no questions or public comments; meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm

6:45 PM
• Frederick Ritter, Tax ID 50.003-2-3.1, 8008 River St, Forestport: Subdivision
Information summarized by A. Bailey: There were no questions or public comments; meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm

7:00 PM
• Carlton/Barbara Blanchard, Tax ID 25.000-1-27, Woodgate Properties, Phase 4, Section 1, Lot 2: Subdivision
Information summarized by A. Bailey: There were no questions or public comments; meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm

7:15 PM Meeting Adjourned (Terry/Ultsch)

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
PLANNING BOARD MINUTES
January 10, 2024


Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm by Chairman Rejman
Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes of the December 13, 2023 Meeting were approved (Daktor/Terry)

Reviewed items from Public Hearings:

• T. Hulser, Hulser Revolutionary Subdivision, Tax ID 13.000-1-11.2: Sub-division: Approved on motion from Ultsch/ Damiano-DeTraglia

• Frederick Ritter, Tax ID 50.003-2-3.1, 8008 River St, Forestport: Subdivision
Approved on motion from Damiano-DeTraglia/Ultsch

• Carlton/Barbara Blanchard, Tax ID 25.000-1-27, Woodgate Properties, Phase 4, Section 1, Lot 2: Subdivision
Approved on motion from Daktor/ Damiano-DeTraglia

New Business:
• James Huss/Brian Bronson, 50.003-1-16, 11964 River St., Forestport: Business Permit request. Board reviewed the paperwork submitted, and Messrs. Huss and Bronson were referred to the Site Review Law, and a list of items to consider and add to their business outline. The matter was tabled until the February meeting on motion by Daktor/ Damiano-DeTraglia

Old Business:
• Discussion/Proposal for changes to septic installation reviews/approvals. D. Ultsch shared his research and suggestions for updates to the Site Review Law concerning review of new waste water treatment installations, which would streamline the process for the residents as well as the Town. After some discussion, thanks were extended to all involved in the research and preparation of the proposed amendment. The matter was tabled until the February meeting for an updated draft. (Daktor/ Damiano-DeTraglia)

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:54 pm. (Daktor/Damiano-DeTraglia) The next meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2024 at 6:30 pm

 

Town Board Organizational Meeting- January 3, 2024

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
FORESTPORT TOWN HALL
10275 State Route 28, Forestport, N.Y. 13338
January 3, 2024 @ 6:30PM

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Councilwoman Abrial
Councilman Addison
Councilwoman Verschneider
Councilman Scouten
Supervisor Entwistle

MEMBERS ABSENT: No members of the Board were absent.

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry

CALL TO ORDER:
Supervisor Entwistle called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

LETTERS OF REAPPOINTMENT:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve Adam Daktor’s reappointment to the Planning Board.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED

APPOINTMENTS:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilman Addison to approve the annual appointments.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED

PROCUREMENT, INVESTMENT AND CREDIT CARD POLICIES:
A motion was made by Councilman Verschneider and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the Procurement, Investment and Credit Card Policies as a whole.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED

TOWN OF FORESTPORT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE, CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS, REMOTE PARTICIPATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICIES:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Scouten to approve the Code of Conduct for Public meetings, Remote Participation Policy, Workplace Violence, Sexual Harassment and Travel Policies as a whole.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED

CODE OF ETHICS:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilman Addison to approve the Code of Ethics Policy.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED


GENERAL RULES:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the General Rules.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain/0 absent MOTION CARRIED
• Supervisor Entwistle mentioned his office hours are going to be Mondays 8Am-12PM as they were not under General Rules.
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS/OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS
Supervisor Entwistle mentioned the Town Clerk brought it to his attention Juneteenth is on the third Wednesday of the month in June. The June meeting is moved to the 20th, a Thursday.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Addison to approve the Employee Benefits/Holidays.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED
TOWN BOARD AND PLANNING BOARD MEETING DATES:
A motion was made by Councilman Addison and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to approve the Town Board and Planning Board meeting dates.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, a motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilman Addison to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 pm.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 abstain/0 absent MOTION CARRIED

Respectfully submitted,


Tracy M. Terry
Forestport Town Clerk

Regular Town Board Meeting-December 20, 2023

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING MINUTES
FORESTPORT TOWN HALL
10275 State Rte. 28, Forestport, N.Y. 13338
December 20, 2023 @6:30

PRESENT: Supervisor Entwistle
Councilwoman Kardash
Councilman Scouten
Councilwoman Abrial
Councilwoman Verschneider

ABSENT: No members of the Town Board were absent.

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry, Town Clerk
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by Supervisor Entwistle. The pledge was recited.

GUEST SPEAKER: Engineers from Barton & Loguidice reviewed the scope of the Round Lake Road bridge project.
95% of the grant for the project is coming from the State with a 5% match from the town. If the cost is over $1.2 million, the town would be responsible for that. They are currently in the Preliminary design phase. The project has a tentative start date of July 2025 and will take approximately three months to complete. Bob Whitehead, from the gallery stated he would like to have a dry hydrant put in because the town does not have a lot of dry hydrants. By doing this project, it would be an excellent time to do so. Supervisor Entwistle stated they would look into it. The public comment period will be open until the end of next week. Below is the handout from Barton & Loguidice.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:
General:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to approve the following budget amendments.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED

Highway:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Scouten to approve the following budget amendments.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED

 

Sewer District #1 :
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to approve the following budget amendments.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 absent MOTION CARRIED

Water District #1:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the following budget amendments.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED

Buckhorn Water District # 2:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilwoman Kardash to approve the following budget amendments.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED

ABSTRACTS:
WATER DISTRICT #1:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to pay Abstract #12, Vouchers #152- #167 in the amount of $4,900.16.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
BUCKHORN WATER DISTRICT #2:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to pay Abstract #12, Vouchers #45- # 51 in the amount of $1,610.35.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
SEWER DISTRICT #1:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilman Scouten to pay Abstract #12, Vouchers #84- #91 in the amount of $2,545.44.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED


GENERAL:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilwoman Kardash to pay Abstract #12, Vouchers #610- #672 in the amount of $97,062.02.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED

HIGHWAY:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #12, Vouchers #404- #442 in the amount of $49,681.46.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 absent MOTION CARRIED

TOWN CLERK MINUTES:
A motion was made by Councilman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to accept the minutes from the:
November 15, 2023- Regular Town Board Meeting
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
REPORTS
WATER DISTRICT #1
WATER DISTRICT #2
SEWER
TOWN CLERK REPORT
JUSTICE REPORT
PLANNING REPORT
SUPERVISOR REPORT
DOG REPORT- Not in board packet. The Board packet was together when given to the Town Clerk.
PLANNING BOARD OF APPEALS- Not in board packet. The Board packet was together when given to the Town Clerk.

A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the reports as a whole.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/0 absent MOTION CARRIED
NOCCOG:
Joe Rowlands of NOCCOG went over the monthly announcements.
WATER:
• Lucas Kafka-Lucas is fully certified and will start January 1st as the Full-time Water Operator.
SEWER:

 

 

OLD BUSINESS BOARD:
• Comprehensive Plan Update-The Comprehensive Planning Committee met with the Planning Consultant, and they had 100 samples of questions. They narrowed it down to 35 questions. The questionnaire will be put on the website Mid-late January. The Planning Consultant stated they usually have a 20% response rate. Supervisor Entwistle is hoping to surpass that percentage.
• Nuisance Law-
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Kardash to approve the Nuisance Law as drafted.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Scouten- YES
Councilwoman Abrial- NO
Supervisor Entwistle- YES
Councilwoman Kardash-NO
Councilwoman Verschneider- NO
2 ayes/ 3 nays/0 absent MOTION IS NOT CARRIED
NEW BUSINESS BOARD:
• End of Year Meeting- December 28, 2023, at 11AM
• Organizational Meeting- January 3, 2024, at 6:30PM
• Bookkeeper Position- Dawn Campbell will be retiring in May. They are interviewing for the Bookkeeper position and a Part Time Assistant Bookkeeper position. Sometime in January, they will sit with Dawn, to see what she does on a busy day. There are three qualified candidates. Dave Ultsch, from the gallery asked if the position was Full Time and if there is an Assistant right now. Supervisor Entwistle stated it is a Full-Time position and there isn’t an Assistant. If something were to happen to the Bookkeeper, there’s no one to replace her. The Assistant’s job would be to get the mail, water and sewer billing. The Bookkeeper position is going to move to a salary position instead of hourly.

NEW BUSINESS PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to adjourn the meeting.
5 ayes/ 0 nays/ 0 absent MOTION CARRIED
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 pm by Supervisor Entwistle.
Respectfully submitted,

Tracy M. Terry

Forestport Town Clerk

Town Board Year End meeting- December 28, 2023

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
TOWN BOARD YEAR END MEETING
FORESTPORT TOWN HALL
DECEMBER 28, 2023 @ 11:00 AM


MEMBERS PRESENT

Councilwoman Kardash
Councilwoman Abrial
Councilwoman Verschneider
Supervisor Entwistle

MEMBERS ABSENT Councilman Scouten

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 11:00 am by Supervisor Entwistle. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The legal notice was read aloud.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:
General:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the following budget amendments.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED

Highway:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the following budget amendments.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED

Water:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to approve the following budget amendments.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED

ABSTRACTS:
GENERAL:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Verschneider and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #12-A – Vouchers #673-#681 in the amount of $1,596.04.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1absent MOTION CARRIED
HIGHWAY:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to pay Abstract #12-A – Vouchers #443-#454 in the amount of $7,954.60.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED
SEWER:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by
Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #12-A – Vouchers #92-#93 in the amount of $71.93.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED


WATER:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Verschneider to pay Abstract #12-A – Voucher #168 in the amount of $135.80.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED

OTHER BUSINESS:
Supervisor Entwistle stated for the record, after twelve years of service, this is Councilwoman Kardash’s last Town Board meeting.
ADJOURNMENT:
A motion was made by Councilman and seconded by Councilwoman to adjourn the meeting.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:12 am by Supervisor Entwistle.

Respectfully submitted,

Tracy M. Terry
Forestport Town Clerk

Planning Board Minutes-December 13, 2023

 

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
PLANNING BOARD MINUTES
December 13, 2023


MEMBERS:
Paul Rejman – Chairman Dave Ultsch
Adam Daktor – Co-Chairman Tyler Terry
Allison Damiano-DeTraglia Sandy Pascucci, Secretary

• Reviewed/Approved November 8, 2023 Minutes (Terry/ Damiano-DeTraglia)


New Business
• James Huss, 50.003-1-16, 11964 River St., Forestport: Business Permit
Requested to be moved to January Agenda. So moved: (Daktor/Terry)


• Hulser/Ultsch, Hulser Revolutionary Subdivision, Tax ID19.000-1-5 and 13.000-1-11.2: Boundary line adjustment, and Sub-division. Drawings and maps reviewed and discussed with D. Frymire.
o Boundary line adjustment for Ultsch approved ( Damiano-DeTraglia/Terry)
o Public Hearing scheduled for 01/10/2024 at 6:30 pm for Hulser subdivision request (Damiano-DeTraglia/Terry)

• Frederick Ritter, Tax ID 50.003-1-3.1, 8008 River St, Forestport: Subdivision request with maps reviewed with A. Bailey. Public Hearing scheduled for 01/10/2024 at 6:45 pm (Ultsch/ Damiano-DeTraglia)

• Joseph/Elizabeth Ritter, Tax ID 50.000-1-21.5, 10651 State Rt 28: Boundary Line Amendment. Maps reviewed with A. Bailey and approved (Ultsch/ Damiano-DeTraglia)

 


• Carlton/Barbara Blanchard, Tax ID 25.000-1-27, Woodgate Properties, Phase 4, Section 1, Lot 2: Subdivision. Request and maps reviewed with A. Bailey and Public Hearing scheduled for 01/10/2024 at 7 pm (Terry/ Damiano-DeTraglia)

• D. Ultsch proposed that a cut-off date be imposed for additions to the monthly agendas, giving the Board time to do due diligence before the actual meetings. It was decided that no additions to the agenda will be accepted after the Thursday prior to the meetings.

Old Business
• Proposed Amendment to the Site Review Law regarding waste water treatment systems: The Supervisor submitted a draft of a proposed amendment for the Board’s scrutiny. D. Ultsch suggested some wording be changed, and a Waiver, such as is used in Old Forge/Herkimer County, be requested from the Dept. of Health. Supervisor will contact the Board of Health for clarification. The Board thanked the Supervisor for his input and assistance; they will review and submit their comments and final language before proposal is sent to the Town Board for a hearing.


Adjourn Meeting: Meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm (Damiano-DeTraglia/Terry) Next meeting scheduled for January 10, 2023

Planning Board of Appeals Minutes- December 19, 2023

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
PLANNING BOARD OF APPEALS
MINUTES
December 19, 2023

MEMBERS:
Steve Addison Jeffrey LeBuis
Laurie Fessler Sandy Pascucci, Secretary


PUBLIC HEARING

Meeting called to order at 6:30 pm by Chairman Addison (in person and via Zoom).
• Daniel Cowen – Tax Parcel 2.003-2-64, 1041 Norton Road (Otter Lake)
Variance request for placement of new septic system

Information reviewed/verified with Mr. Cowen regarding placement of his new system. Mr. Beno, a neighbor, joined the meeting and stated his support/ approval of the project.

Public hearing adjourned at 6:45 pm (LeBuis/Fessler)

REGULAR MEETING
Called to order at 6:45 pm.
• Minutes of the November 20, 2023 were approved (LeBuis/Fessler)

• Daniel Cowen – Tax Parcel 2.003-2-64, 1041 Norton Road (Otter Lake)
Variance request for placement of new septic system.
The Board members had previously visited the site, reviewed all pertinent information, and with no further questions voted to approve the variance (LeBuis/Fessler)


Adjourn Meeting
Meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm on motion from LeBuis/Fessler

Public Hearing- Proposed Local Law #5 of 2023: October 18, 2023 and NOvember 15, 2023

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
PUBLIC HEARING-
Proposed Local Law #5 of 2023- Public Nuisance and Abatement Law
WOODGATE FIRE HALL
12445 State Rte. 28, Forestport, N.Y. 13494
October 18, 2023 @ 6:15 PM
PRESENT: Supervisor Entwistle
Councilwoman Kardash
Councilman Scouten
Councilwoman Verschneider
ABSENT: Councilwoman Abrial

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry, Town Clerk

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 6:15 pm by Supervisor Entwistle
LEGAL NOTICE:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Board of the Town of Forestport will be holding a Public Hearing on October 18, 2023, at 6:15 PM at the Woodgate Fire Hall, 12445 State Rte.28, Woodgate, NY, 13494. The Public Hearing is being held to review and hear public comments regarding proposed Local Law #5 of 2023, Public Nuisance Abatement Law.
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD
Tracy M. Terry – Forestport Town Clerk

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
• Susan, from the Gallery stated she hopes it passes as they have tried every avenue. She also handed letters signed by the homeowners on Bower Road that will placed in the minutes book.
• Supervisor Entwistle stated when violations become habitual and they have reached out to the police to no avail, the law allows them to make a complaint to the town deemed a Public Nuisance. The first step is a complaint to the Codes Officer, and he does an investigation. If he feels it is warranted, the next step is to have an Administrative Hearing, comprised of a 3-member board. One member is appointed by the Codes Officer and two are appointed by the Supervisor. The Committee can be anyone from the town. They would send a summons to appear before the committee to answer the charges. Both parties can present evidence. At the end, the committee can decide to proceed with two avenues. One is a temporary avenue- the certificate of Occupancy can be revoked for 30 days, issue fines up to $1,000 per incident and the second is to refer the matter to the Supreme Court. This avenue is a civil matter. The Town Attorney is paid on retainer no matter how much she works.
• Susan asks if the injunction could mean the ATVs are confiscated. Supervisor Entwistle stated he has to look into it.
• Supervisor Entwistle stated a lot of concerns are it is very specific and complicated. He wanted to make it clear, if it is passed could never be used in the instance of snowmobiles going on a legitimate snowmobile trail.
• Steve, from the Gallery asked if this able to be subpoenaed and do they have to show evidence to file a complaint. Supervisor Entwistle stated it is subpoenaed and if they make a complaint, they will fill out an initial complaint, deposition and any evidence to back their complaint. If there isn’t even information, the Codes Officer may deem this an unfounded complaint.
• Councilwoman Verschneider asked if they filed a complaint with the police. Supervisor Entwistle stated calling 911 is filing a complaint. The troopers have been unsuccessful in catching them in the act.
• Ron, from the Gallery asked if there were particular hours of the day this is in effect. It was answered no.
• Roy, from the Gallery asked about someone starting their diesel up every morning. Can this law get turned around, saying they were singled out. Supervisor Entwistle stated no, but possibly if it was used improperly, there are many steps before anyone will see results from this.
• Supervisor Entwistle stated this is not specific to snowmobiles or 4-wheelers.
• Dave, from the Gallery stated the law is too vague. He also asked about the Citizen’s Complaint.
• Dan, from the gallery asked if any of the Board members have been down Bower Road. Councilwoman Kardash stated she has but hasn’t been able to catch them.
• Anne, from the Gallery stated she had a similar issue and was given a phone number so the call wouldn’t go on the scanner.
• Supervisor Entwistle asked how many have received a copy of the Proposed Local Law. The Board is not going to vote on this and the Hearing will be recessed until next month. He asked that anyone with questions, comments or changes they would like in the Local Law to email them to the Town Clerk or himself. He also stated since Councilwoman Verschneider has been asking to have the State Trooper come to the meeting, he would like to invite the State Trooper and the Sherriff. He is going to see when they are available and try making a Special Meeting.
• Susan from the Gallery stated there is an actual situation happening now, but everyone is talking about a potential situation. Councilwoman Kardash stated as a Board member, when they pass a Local Law, they have to make sure it is right for the residents and for the future.
• Supervisor Entwistle stated this Law does not fall under a referendum.

 

RECESS:

There being no further business the meeting was recessed the Public Hearing at 7:06 pm by Supervisor Entwistle.

REOPENING: November 15, 2023, at the Regular Town Board meeting.

PRESENT: Supervisor Entwistle
Councilwoman Kardash
Councilman Scouten
Councilwoman Abrial
ABSENT: Councilwoman Verschneider

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry, Town Clerk

CALL TO ORDER:

The proposed Local Law #5 Public Nuisance Public Hearing was reopened at 6:30PM by Supervisor Entwistle and the Pledge was recited.

Supervisor Entwistle stated at this point it is clear where everyone stands for and against the Local Law. He will take a couple comments.

All letters submitted for the Public Hearing are attached to the minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
There were no public comments.

ADJOURNMENT:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to close the Public Hearing regarding the Nuisance Ordinance.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED
Respectfully submitted,

Tracy M. Terry
Forestport Town Clerk

Regular Town Board Meeting- November 15, 2023

TOWN OF FORESTPORT
REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING MINUTES
FORESTPORT TOWN HALL
10275 State Rte. 28, Forestport, N.Y. 13338
November 15, 2023 @6:30

PRESENT: Supervisor Entwistle
Councilwoman Kardash
Councilman Scouten
Councilwoman Abrial

ABSENT: Councilwoman Verschneider

RECORDING SECRETARY: Tracy Terry, Town Clerk
CALL TO ORDER

ABSTRACTS:
WATER DISTRICT #1:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilman Scouten to pay Abstract #11, Vouchers #140- #151 in the amount of $1,336.34
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED
BUCKHORN WATER:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #11, Vouchers #42- # 44 in the amount of $301.11.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED
SEWER DISTRICT #1:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #11, Vouchers #77- #83 in the amount of $3,250.41.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED

GENERAL:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #11, Vouchers #556- #609 in the amount of $67,250.41.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED
• 2024 is the last payment on the Town Hall.
HIGHWAY:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to pay Abstract #11, Vouchers #362- #403 in the amount of $33,321.78.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED

TOWN CLERK MINUTES:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Kardash to accept the minutes from the:
Town Board Regular Meeting- October 18, 2023
2024 Preliminary Budget Hearing- November 1, 2023
3 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent /1 abstain-Abrial MOTION CARRIED
REPORTS
WATER DISTRICT #1
WATER DISTRICT #2
SEWER
TOWN CLERK REPORT
JUSTICE REPORT
PLANNING REPORT- not in board packet,. The agenda was already together when given to the Town Clerk.
PLANNING BOARD OF APPEALS REPORT- not in board packet. The agenda was already together when given to the Town Clerk.
SUPERVISOR REPORT
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve the reports as a whole.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED
NOCCOG:
Lisa Bellinger of NOCCOG went over the monthly announcements.
WATER:
• Lucas:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Abrial and seconded by Councilwoman Kardash to re-appoint Lucas as Water Operator Trainee.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED
SEWER:
• WWIP: The town has applied for an extension for construction until Summer of 2025. There was a lag in the engineering portion. The engineer was missing the electrical diagrams, which the state can’t approve yet.
• Lift Station pumps: The lift station pumps on Dutch Hill are being repaired. They are due to be replaced as part of the WWIP.
OLD BUSINESS BOARD:
• Comprehensive Plan: The minutes will be on the website. The Committee meetings are open to the public. A community survey will be available online. The notice says contact the Planning Department, but people can contact Supervisor Entwistle or other members of the committee, including Steve Addison.
• Nuisance Law: This is being tabled until the December meeting. Should a board member not be at the December meeting, there will be a vote.


• Adoption of 2024 Budget:
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Kardash to adopt the 2024 Budget.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/1 absent MOTION CARRIED
NEW BUSINESS BOARD:
• Purchase of AED for Town Hall: The Town is in the process of purchasing an AED for the Town Hall. Bob Whitehead, with STaR ambulance and his crew is prepared to train the employees at the Town Hall. Ron Davies, from the gallery asked if there was one at the Highway Barn. Supervisor Entwistle stated they will be getting one at the Highway Barn after they have one at the Town Hall.
• Senior Christmas Party: December 13th, at Awesome Country and it is a full house.
• Review of Planning Board of Appeals Salary:
• Bridge NY resolution: The Town received a grant of $1.1 million dollars to replace the Round Lake Road bridge over Little Long Lake outlet a couple years ago. In the past, they have contracted with the county and the State. This resolution allows the county to design and oversee the project, but the town is responsible for matching funds.
Supervisor Entwistle read the following resolution aloud:


The bridge will be closed for three months. A public notice will go out when the engineers come to the Town Board meeting to discuss it.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to approve resolution #6 of 2023.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED
• NYMIR recommendations:
 Playground mulch: the mulch needs to be filled up to the level of the perimeter.
 Prior written notice law: this is regarding highway sidewalks and bridges. It’s for insurance purposes. Anyone who has an issue with a hazard and doesn’t report it, it protects the town with insurance claims.
 Town Hall curb: The curb is missing a couple of chunks. Jim and Matt will be taking care of it.
 Bleacher replacement: the bleachers at Dutch Hill are not code compliant because they do not have backs or sides on them. They are looking forward to getting them replaced.
• Review of Planning Board of review Salary: Supervisor Entwistle read a letter aloud from Planning Board of Appeals Chairman, Steve Addison. He requested the salary be increased to what the Planning Board members are paid, $128.75/ month and the Chairman getting an additional $42.90/ month.
A motion was made by Councilman Scouten and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to increase the Planning Board of Appeals salary to the equivalent of the Planning Board and give the Planning Board of Appeals Chairman an additional $42.92 stipend per meeting .
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED

NEW BUSINESS PUBLIC:
• Ron Davies, from the gallery stated there’s some trimming at Dutch Hill parking lot for the snowmobile trail. They moved the trail off the road. They mailed insurance certificates out yesterday. Supervisor Entwistle stated he has the email copy.
• Ron Davies asked what the signs were about. Supervisor Entwistle stated they have been welcome to Forestport signs from 15-20 years ago. Pete has been replacing all the signs and is finishing up the last of them this year. \
• Ron Davies asked about the $10,000 in a 2009 truck. Supervisor Entwistle stated it is the oldest truck they have so far. They have a 2015,2016,2018 and 2021. It was held off because of COVID. The new truck has been ordered, but they can’t get delivery until early 2025. When they get the new one, the 2009 will be put on Auctions International and they should be able to get $50,000. The new one is $200,000.

 


ADJOURNMENT:
A motion was made by Councilman Kardash and seconded by Councilwoman Abrial to adjourn the meeting.
4 ayes/ 0 nays/ 1 absent MOTION CARRIED

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm by Supervisor Entwistle.
Respectfully submitted,

Tracy M. Terry

Forestport Town Clerk