TB Meeting Minutes December 13, 2007

TB Meeting December 13, 2007

The regular meeting of the Town of Cherry Valley Town Board was held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 with meeting called to order at 7:06PM by Supervisor Garretson.

Pledge to the Flag was said.

Roll call of Officers was taken:
Tom Garretson Supervisor P
Mark Cornwell Councilperson P
Jim Johnson Councilperson P
Ed VanDerWerker Highway Superintendent P
Mary Beth Flint Town Clerk P

Minutes of the November 2007 meeting were read and corrections were made. Supervisor Garretson approved the minutes as corrected.

Bills for the month of December were presented:
414 AFLAC New York $166.80pd
415 Cherry Valley Hardware $62.61pd
416 Medical Arts Press $13.17pd
417 Broadview Networks $283.17pd
418 Quill Corp. $12.83pd
419 Pro Vantage $60.80pd
420 Dorothy E. Johnson $7.65pd
421 Lisa Fassett $14.95pd
422 The Daily Star $51.35pd
423 Dan Kiesow $67.50pd
424 Rural Business Services $500.00pd
425 NBT Bank, N.A. $7,475pd
426 Otsego County Code Enforcement $50.00pd
427 Coca Cola Enterprises $148.05pd
428 Logical Net $17.95pd
429 Hummel’s Office Supply $93.77pd
430 Alberta Deselets $150.00pd
431 Jaird Johnson $64.99pd
432 Verizon Wireless $94.01pd
433 Us Postal Service $2.55pd
434 JGB Factoring GMBH, LLC Merc. $12.27pd
435 Ikon Office Solutions $67.99pd
436 National Grid $1,172.41pd
437 Vets Disposal $56.98pd
438 Rury’s Food Store $132.00pd
439 Lisa Fassett $13.80pd
440 Transcription Associates $781.80pd
441 Cordia Communications $88.89pd
442 RBS Inc. $149.00pd
443 Ikon Financial Services $196.91pd
444 Medical Arts Press $238.00pd
445 Excellus BC/BS $487.78pd
446 Excellus BC/BS $5,085.39pd
447 Verizon $183.08pd
448 NYS Association of Towns $700.00pd
449 William T. Ryan Associates $1,180.93pd
450 Community Planning and Envir. Assoc. $509.08pd
451 Suburban Propane $1,857.69pd
452 Bassett Healthcare $29,037.74pd

Highway Vouchers:
Item 3 (158-173)
Item 4 (20-22)

Councilperson Cornwell made a motion to accept the invoices and payments as read Councilperson Johnson seconded the motion. The invoices and payments have been presented and accepted. All in favor 3 yes 0 no. Motion carried.

Town share of monthly sales tax collected for the month of September 2007 is $4,486.74.

Dog Control Officers report for September, October and November will be on file in the Town Clerks office.

Community Center report given by Mary Beth Flint: The Community Center is being fully utilized with Scouts, Senior Exercise, Biddy Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Adult Soccer as well as private parties and fund raising functions.

Health Center report given by Supervisor Garretson: Expenses for November 2007 are $38,755.00 and Revenues are $28,632.00. Supervisor Garretson provided the Board with a break down of visits from surrounding Towns and Counties at the Health Center. Correspondence received from the State of New York Department of Health Re: Annual AHCF-1 Report. Supervisor Garretson appointed Richard Marks to the Health Center Board of Directors.

Village Shared Services: Supervisor Garretson received correspondence from Phil Giltner from Kirsten Gillabrand’s office regarding a $44,000 grant for turn out gear for the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Cherry Valley Facilities Corp: There has been a problem with the boiler breaking down resulting in no heat and the bathrooms being out of order for the Village and Town Clerk office. Supervisor Garretson has dropped off the lease agreement to Lynn Green to look
over with consideration of pulling the offices out of the building.

Town Facilities: The Supervisor’s office now has high-speed Internet connection.

Visitor Center: Correspondence from the County committing to the $25,000 match for the Visitor Center. Supervisor Garretson is prepared to take over the reins for the visitor center because current plans are moving to slow.

Highway Department: Correspondence for review from Maggie Gage at Gates Cole Insurance Agency regarding the insurance on the Town Equipment. A question was raised regarding doing a Town Tire Collection day? Supervisor Garretson will get in touch with Terry Bliss from the County Planning Department. Highway Superintendent VanDerWerker was told by the County Highway Department, the County is currently out of Salt for the Town.

Land Use Committee: Jim Johnson reported the committee met in November and reviewed a couple of different Land Use Plans from surrounding Townships. There will be no meeting in December.

Alternative/Renewable Energy Committee: Mark Cornwell reviewed the talk Keith Pitman from Empire Wind gave at the Community Center. The meeting was well attended. Other topics discussed were, where does the School purchase their apple supply? Are they using local growers? The Farmer’s Market being held at the Gazebo is being looked into. The land is privately owned, however the Town held the insurance on the land. The Town has dropped this insurance for the land the Gazebo sits on. The Cherry Valley Chamber of Commerce has picked up the insurance. NYSERDA is being contacted to find out about incentives for individuals who make their homes energy efficient.

Resolution 2007-8 American Tower Corporation Assessment Agreement

Resolution of the Cherry Valley Town Board:

Proposed Action: Town settlement of agreed assessment with American Tower Corporation

Whereas, American Tower Corporation came before the Town Assessor and the Board of Assessment Review of the Town of Cherry Valley on May 22nd 2007 to request a correction and reduction of valuation of said assessed property, and

Whereas, the Board of Assessment Review acknowledged the request for correction and reduction of value of said property, and

Whereas, American Tower Corporation has filed a notice of petition stating that the
assessment of $115,000 is unlawful and unfair, and

Whereas, American Tower Corporation has sought to have the assessment reduced by $97,026 to a sought assessment of $17,974, and

Whereas, The law office of Green and Green, acting on behalf of the Town of Cherry Valley has met with the town assessor and the County Director of Real Property Tax Service, and together have reached a settlement with American Tower Corporation, and

Whereas, that settlement is for an agreed assessment of $61,500, and

Now, therefore be it resolved, the Cherry Valley Town Board authorizes the Law Offices of Green and Green to sign a stipulation accomplishing this settlement.

A discussion ensued by the Board; currently the Tower on East Hill is deactivated; will the assessment go up if the Tower becomes activated? Supervisor Garretson will inquire with Lynn Green, Town Attorney to address this concern with a written letter.

Councilperson Johnson, made a motion to accept Resolution 2007-8 American Tower Corporation Assessment Agreement, Councilperson Cornwell seconded the motion. A roll call of votes is taken: Supervisor Garretson-yes, Councilperson Johnson-yes, and Councilperson Cornwell-yes. 3 yes 0 no. Duly carried.

Councilperson Johnson will swear in newly elected as well as re-elected town officials at the January Town Board meeting. The Organizational meeting will also be held at the January Town Board meeting.

Supervisor Garretson received a letter and photographs from Sally Landers-Supervisor for the Town of Exeter. The photographs were from the Cherry Valley Centennial.

A discussion was held regarding the need to do a re-assessment of all properties in the Town of Cherry Valley.

Motion to adjourn is made by Councilperson Johnson and seconded by Councilperson Cornwell.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:27PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Beth Flint
Town Clerk

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