TB Meeting December 11, 2008

The regular meeting of the Town Board of Cherry Valley was held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 with meeting called to order at 7:10PM 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 Excused
Mary Beth Flint Town Clerk P

Minutes of the November 2008 meeting were read. Supervisor Garretson approved the minutes as corrected.

Bills for the month of December 2008 are presented:

451 Vantage Equipment, LLC $119,219.09pd
452 Postmaster $38.00pd
453 Time Warner Cable-Business Class $69.95pd
454 Broadview Networks $434.79pd
455 Thompson Electric and Plumbing $1,309.64pd
456 Rural Business Services $250.00pd
457 Verizon Wireless $97.81pd
458 US Postal Service $1,422.60pd
459 Transcription Associates $727.65pd
460 Cordia Communications $106.46pd
461 Cherry Valley Hardware $64.72pd
462 Cintas Corp. $239.15pd
463 The Freeman’s Journal $31.54pd
464 The Daily Star $27.45pd
465 R.L. Parsons Inc. $212.68pd
466 Quill Corp. $154.89pd
467 Medical Arts Press $26.66pd
468 Michelle Schmitt $146.53pd
469 Charles F. Culbert $120.00pd
470 National Grid $1,084.83pd
471 Logical Net $17.95pd
472 Ikon Financial $196.91pd
473 NBT Bank $7,280.00pd
474 Casella Waste Services $59.25pd
475 Bassett Healthcare $22,217.43pd
476 William T. Ryan Assoc. $745.27pd
477 Road Runner, LLC $74.95pd
478 Verizon $197.68pd
479 Medical Arts $88.77pd
480 Quill Corp. $136.86pd
481 Smile Makers $315.61pd
482 Rury’s Food Store $146.13pd
483 Mercury Media $44.00pd
484 The Association of Towns of the State of NY $700.00pd
485 Otsego County Assessors $30.00pd
486 Fredy A. Herr $152.01pd
487 Hummel’s Office Plus $260.48pd
488 Ikon Office Solutions $66.32pd
489 Hughes Network $86.59pd
490 Excellus BC/BS Hwy Dental $188.88pd
491 Excellus BC/BS General Dental $256.06pd
492 Excellus BC/BS Hw Health $1,789.46pd
493 Excellus BC/BS General Health $2,077.72pd
494 Broadview Networks $296.04pd
495 Public Goods Pool $352.00pd

Highway Vouchers:
Item 1 (32)
Item 3 (164-182)
Item 4 (20-21)

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.

Information presented to the Town Clerk by Supervisor Garretson is as follows:
DCO reports for the months of September/October.
Town share of monthly County sales tax collected for the month of November 2008 is $4,472.41.

Community Center update given by Mary Beth Flint: Nothing new to report. Revenue for November: $1,130. Expenses for November $2,128.

Miscellaneous Information and review goals for 2008.
Health insurance rate increase of slightly over 1%
Dental insurance rate to stay the same

Health Center:
Revenue for November $28,494. Expenses for November $32,082.
Deposit recently made is for $14,000.

Lafler building renovations taking place
Oranges and chocolates will be handed out on Christmas Eve.

Visitor’s Center:
Architect/Engineering firm has been finalized. Architect will be Foit-Albert Associates.

Planning Board report: No report available

Highway Department: No report available

Federal/Sate/County: No report available

Land Use Committee report given by Jim Johnson: Walter will be drawing up the Draft Document to present to the Town Board.

Alternative/Renewable Energy Committee report given by Mark Cornwell. Committee met briefly in December to discuss submitting a comment document to the NYDEC Scope Comments Bureau. There will need to be a public meeting regarding gas drilling with diverse speakers.

Community Facilities Corp report given by Jim Johnson: November meeting was cancelled due to Thanksgiving.
Resolution # 2008-8

Resolution of the Cherry Valley Town Board

Proposed Action: Comments to NYSDEC on Gas Well Drilling Regulations
(Due to the length of this document it can be seen in its entirety at the Town Clerks Office)

Motion made by Councilperson Johnson to adopt Resolution #2008-8 Comments on Draft Scope, seconded by Councilperson Cornwell. Roll call of votes is taken: Supervisor Garretson-yes, Councilperson Johnson-yes, and Councilperson Cornwell-yes. All in favor 3 yes 0 no. Resolution 2008-8 is duly carried. Certified copies need to be sent to NYS Department of State Office of Assembly, NYS Senate and the Governor’s Office as well as a copy to Supervisor Garretson and Town Attorney, Lynn Green.

Supervisor Garretson went over some goals for 2009:
Highway Superintendent to look into a new truck for the Highway Department.
Work with the Village when needed
Land use committee should be finalized with a Land Use Document
Williamson Law Book Software purchased for Town Clerk
Community Center locker room renovations being completed in 2009
Revisit a wind project for East Hill. Supervisor Garretson will be meeting with landowners and Town residents.
Supervisor Garretson will be working closely with the Alternative /Renewable Energy Committee regarding a Wind Project.

Questions and comments were entertained by the public present.

Barb Perry asked why the Town had 3 audits for the 2008 year. Supervisor Garretson explained these audits were performed for 2005, 2006 and 2007 for the Health Center to be in compliance with Medicare policy.

Mrs. Perry also inquired about the Visitor Center. Who is the targeted audience and who will be incurring the expenses to run the facility?

Any Minnig asked Supervisor Garretson for the estimates for the Community Center Expenses and Revenues. Mr. Minnig also asked for clarification from Supervisor Garretson regarding revisiting the Wind Farm in Cherry Valley or specifically for East Hill?

Wolfgang Welter asked if there is currently an ordinance in place for private property owners installing their own windmill?

Motion made by Councilperson Johnson to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Councilperson Cornwell meeting adjourned at 8:08PM.

Respectfully submitted
Mary Beth Flint, Town Clerk

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