TOWN OF SANTA CLARA PUBLIC HEARING AND REGULAR MEETING

Minutes of a Public Hearing of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:45 P. M.

Roll as follows for the Public Hearings:

    Present:
  • Marcel Webb - Supervisor
  • Thomas Kimpton - Councilman
  • David Perry - Councilman
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
  • John Murray - Councilman
  • Andrew McGill - Highway Superintendent

    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Public Hearing Called to order by Supervisor Webb at 6:30 P.M. on the Preliminary Budget of the Town of Santa Clara for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2018. A copy of it is available at the office of the Town Clerk at the Santa Clara Town Hall, 5367 State Route 30, Saranac Inn, NY, where it may be inspected by any interested person during office hours. A copy is also available on the Town’s website: www.townofsantaclara.com.

Pursuant to Section 108 of the Town Law the following proposed salaries of the following Town Officials are specified in said Preliminary Budget:

Pursuant to Section 108 of the Town Law the following proposed salaries of the following Town Officials are specified in said Preliminary Budget.

Supervisor: $14,973.00
Councilman (4): $3,122.00 each
Town Clerk: $11,619.00
Tax Collector: $3,628.00
Town Highway Superintendent: $45,127.00
Town Justice: $4,564.00

Supervisor Webb advised the State of New York allowed for a 1.84% increase in the Town’s budget to stay under the tax cap set by the State. The Town’s budget was raise only 1.76%.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:55 P.M. on the motion of Dave Perry, seconded by Tom Kimpton. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.


Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 7:00 P.M.

Roll as follows for the Public Hearings:

    Present:
  • Marcel Webb - Supervisor
  • Thomas Kimpton - Councilman
  • David Perry - Councilman
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
  • John Murray - Councilman
  • Andrew McGill - Highway Superintendent

    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor Webb. Motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by John Murray to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Resolution No 14: 2018 Town of Santa Clara Budget

Budget of the Town of Santa Clara for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2018.

Pursuant to Section 108 of the Town Law the following proposed salaries of the following Town Officials are specified in said Budget:

Supervisor: $14,973.00
Councilman (4): $3,122.00 each
Town Clerk: $11,619.00
Tax Collector: $3,628.00
Town Highway Superintendent: $45,127.00
Town Justice: $4,564.00

On a motion by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board adopted the 2018 budget.

ADOPTED: Ayes 5. Webb, Lyon, Kimpton, Perry, Murray Nays 0 Absent 0

Drones Discussion–Drones being used in Santa Clara were discussed at the September Board Meeting and Bruce McLanahan and Justice Michelle Brown Garcia were to research the use of them for the Town. Bruce’s research advised the Town not to consider any laws against the use of them as it would be premature and illegal to do at this time. Drones are governed by the FAA – Federal Aviation Administration. Once again it is illegal to shoot them down. Justice Michelle

Brown Garcia found there is no Penal Law on the books in New York State for the use of drones. The Board will monitor how the FAA and the State of New York address the use of drones but will not pursue any Town Law against them.

Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages has asked the Town to support the Ballot Proposal #3 Constitutional Amendment for Health and Safety Land Bank.

Resolution No 15: Resolution Supporting Statewide Constitutional Amendment Ballot Proposal #3 That Creates A Land Account To Address Specific Public Health And Safety Concerns For Use By Towns, Villages, And Counties Having No Viable Alternative Other Than Using Forest Preserve Land.

WHEREAS, the NY State Forest Preserve lands, in many instances, border local and state highways where local government needs to use a portion of land to straighten a dangerous road, replace a culvert to prevent floods, create a safer bike path, drill a water supply well, or install broadband and other critical infrastructure, and WHEREAS, the proposed Amendment will create a land account with up to 250-acres of State Forest Preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using State Forest Preserve land to address specific public health or safety concerns, and WHEREAS, as in exchange for the land removed from the State Forest Preserve, another 250-acres of land, will be added to the State Forest Preserve, subject to NY State legislative approval, and WHEREAS, the proposed Amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specific highways that cross the State Forest Preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation, and WHEREAS, the NY State Constitution has been amended to allow such projects in the past, requiring approval by two separately elected NY State Legislatures and a Statewide Referendum, and WHEREAS, there exists currently a NYS DOT landbank for NY State road projects which has a long- standing record of success, and WHEREAS, if approved by the voters of New York State, Ballot Proposal #3 would eliminate the time-consuming and costly bureaucratic process for completing important road maintenance, utility installation and bicycle path creation projects in the Adirondacks and Catskills, a process not faced by communities in any other region of New York State, and WHEREAS, the Amendment has wide bi-partisan support from local governments, environmental protection organizations, business groups, recreational enthusiasts, and others for two simple reasons; It’s for public good and it’s rooted in plain old common sense, and WHEREAS, this Amendment represents the best possible solution to long standing or continuing issues, which local government leaders have work for many years to resolve, and WHEREAS, Ballot Proposal #3 on November 7, 2017 warrants the support of all the voters of New York State. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Santa Clara Board does hereby support Ballot Proposal #3 on November 7, 2017, which is deemed critically important to our communities, the State Forest Preserve, the environment and the People of the State of New York, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution shall be forwarded to NYSAC and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages.

On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Tom Kimpton the Board adopted the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages ballot proposal #3 Constitutional Amendment for Health and Safety Land Bank.

ADOPTED Ayes 5 Webb, Lyon, Kimpton, Perry, Murray Nays 0 Absent 0

Open Discussion

Rail Trail Resolution - On a motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by John Murray the Board reviewed the request for a resolution, from the Adirondack Rail Trail, to reaffirm its support of the Remsen – Lake Placid Development plan as set forth by the State in its 2016 Unit Management Plan. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. After discussion the Board felt there is not enough benefit for the Town of Santa Clara to either support or not to support the resolution. On a motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board is Tabling the request until the Regular Board Meeting in January 2018 to allow for more information. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Charter Communications has paid the Town in full for all back rent. The building their equipment was in now belongs to the Town.

Open Discussion

John LaHart asked the status of the Fire Department. Supervisor Webb advised the members of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department from the Town of Santa Clara will start their training this month. Todd Hall will be in contact with these individuals to let them know the date and details of the training. The Town’s fire truck has been tested to see if it qualifies and can be certified to pump at a fire scene. Supervisor Webb is awaiting the results of the test.

Good of the Town

Superintendent McGill advised the Board that the highway department is ready for winter. All the plows and sanders are on the trucks. Andy asked what was to be done with all of the old Milfoil tarps store at the Town. Guy Middleton will look into what needs to be done and report back to Andy.

Tom Kimpton advised the light for the flag pole at the Town garage has been installed and some wiring issues have been resolved. The electrician advised there are other issues with the old wiring in the front section of the Town garage. Supervisor Webb advised Tom to have the electrician bring what he can up to code within reason.

Dave Perry asked if there was a manual for the projector that individuals renting the community room could use. Supervisor Webb will look for the original manual. One will be developed and made available for those using the projector. Dave is also looking for Acoustical Engineers and getting prices for their services. The acoustical issue in the community room needs to be addressed.

Supervisor Webb wants the Town Board to make a trip down to the Hamlet and inspect the Town Garage. The Board needs to identify the repairs that need to be done to maintain the building as it is still being used as cold storage.

General Fund vouchers No. 245 to 263 in the amount of $11,663.15, and Highway Fund vouchers No. 99 to 105 in the amount of $6,448.43 were audited by the Board. Motion by Rick Lyon seconded by Tom Kimpton to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Motion to adjourn at 7:43 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Joh Murray. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

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