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.

Updates:
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

TB Meeting November 8, 2007

TB Meeting November 8, 2007
The regular meeting of the Town of Cherry Valley Town Board was held on Thursday, November 8, 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 October 2007 meeting were read and corrections were made. Supervisor Garretson approved the minutes as corrected.
Bills for the month of November presented:
381CherryValley $200.00pd
382 Lyman & James Johnson $200.00pd
383 NYS Employment Taxes $515.21pd
384 United States Treasurer $49.55pd
385 AFLAC New York $166.80pd
386 Rural Business Service $250.00pd
387 Dan Kiesow $52.50pd
388 US Postal Service $4.00pd
389 Broadview Networks $314.18pd
390 Cordia Communications $94.78pd
391 Bruce Hall Corp $63.45pd
392 Logical Net $17.95pd
393 Medical Arts Press $141.98pd
394 Transcription Associates $794.55pd
395 Calendars $24.67pd
396 Susquehanna SPCA $154.00pd
397 Verizon Wireless $94.07pd
398 Postmaster $82.00pd
399 Andrew Criscola $24.36pd
400 Postmaster $36.00pd
401 Public Goods Pool $624.00pd
402 Ikon Financial Services $196.91pd
403 Time Warner $209.85pd
404 Verizon $203.32pd
405 Vets Disposal $56.51pd
406 National Grid $936.24pd
407 Suburban Propane $1,091.95pd
408 Keith McCarty $1,875.50pd
409 Bassett Healthcare $26,130.71pd
410 Excellus BC/BS $487.78pd
411 Excellus BC/BS $5,085.39pd
412 Suburban Propane $280.70pd
413 Lisa Fassett $14.10pd
414 Time Warner of Albany $69.95pd
Highway Vouchers:
Item 1 (39-40)
Item 3 (144-157)
Item 4 (18-19)
Councilperson Johnson made a motion to accept the invoices and payments as read Councilperson Cornwell 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 August $8,059.90.
Dog Control Officers report for July and August will be on file in the Town Clerks office.
Updates:
Community Center report given by Mary Beth Flint: Nothing new to report the schedule is going well.
Alden Field report give by Supervisor Garretson: Soccer season is over and the soccer fields have been flagged for the spring season.
Health Center report given by Supervisor Garretson: Expenses for October 2007 are $33,290.00 and Revenues are $19,534.00. The Medicare reimbursement problem has been fixed.
Village Shared Services: The Town Assessor, Kassandra Cade Laymon, will work out of the Town Clerk’s office.

Cherry Valley Facilities Corp. The pavement on the ramp leading into the Village/Town offices has been smoothed up.
Town Facilities: Boiler fixed in the Community Center as well as the leak in the roof and the 2 outside lights.
County Representative Phil Durkin asked Andy Minnig to speak on his behalf. Mr. Durkin is unable to attend the Board Meeting due to a conflict in his schedule. The County Board will be reviewing next years budget on November 14 at 6:00PM.
Visitor Center: June Barwick reports a decision is made to use a pre-approved architect from a list the State provides. Monies received from the County for the Visitor Center will go into the Town General Fund and earmarked for the Visitor Center.
Planning Board: Walter Buist reports the Elexico gas company is seeking gas leases on private properties.
Highway Department: Highway Superintendent Ed VanDerWerker reports the Town will receive $63,000 from the CHIPS program in December.
Land Use Committee: Walter Buist reports the regular meeting was held on October 18. The committee talked with Terry Bliss, County Planning Board representative, on revisions to the Town’s sub-division law. Mr. Bliss recommends extracting two amendments made to the sub-division law made in 1984 & 1992 regarding Mobile Homes and have these amendments as stand alone amendments.
Alternative/Renewable Energy Committee: Mark Cornwell states the Committee has not met formally this past month due to the elections. Keith Pitman from Empire Wind will be speaking next Tuesday at 7:00PM at the Community Center.
Resolution 2007-7 NYS DOT Snow and Ice Agreement is presented:
Resolution of the Cherry Valley Town Board:
Proposed Action: Snow and Ice Agreement between NYS DOT and the Town of Cherry Valley.
Whereas, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Cherry Valley have entered into agreement #D010680 entitled "Indexed Lump Sum Snow and Ice Agreement between the New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Cherry Valley dated January 14th 1997, and
Whereas, the present term of the agreement as previously extended, expires June 30th 2007, and
Whereas, the said agreement provides for an annual update of the estimated expenditure to be determined by NYS DOT, and
Now, therefore be it resolved: The aforementioned Indexed Lump Sum Snow and Ice Agreement between the New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Cherry Valley is herby extended for a period of one year; now to expire on June 30th2008, and
Further be it resolved: The indexed lump sum estimated expenditure of the aforementioned agreement shall be $2777.03 per lane mile for 12.6 lane miles for a total of $34,990.54 for the 2005-2006 season and for the reminder of the term of the agreement, unless changed by a future update.
Councilperson Johnson, made a motion to accept Resolution 2007-7 NYS DOT Snow and Ice 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.
At 7:45PM the Public Hearing for the Preliminary Budget 2008 for the Town of Cherry Valley is called to order. The Preliminary 2008 budget is presented and discussed by the Town Board and the public present. The Public Hearing is closed at 8:54PM.
Councilperson Cornwell motioned to accept the Budget for 2008 as presented Councilperson Johnson seconded the motion. A roll call of votes is taken: Supervisor Garretson-yes, Councilperson Johnson-yes, and Councilperson Cornwell-yes. 3 yes 0 no The 2008 Budget for the Town of Cherry Valley is adopted.
Motion to adjourn is made by Councilperson Johnson and seconded by Councilperson Cornwell.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:56PM.
Respectfully submitted,

Mary Beth Flint
Town Clerk