Saturday, May 6, 2023




The regular meeting of the Town Board of Cherry Valley was held on Thursday April 13. 2023 with meeting called to order at 7:00PM by Supervisor Garretson


Pledge to the Flag was said


Roll call of Officers was taken:

Tom Garretson-Supervisor P

Jim Johnson-Councilperson P

Ed VanDerwerker-Councilperson P  

Mark Cornwell-Councilperson P

Holly Waterfield-P

Highway Superintendent Marty Field-P

Mary Beth Flint-P


Reading of last month’s minutes will be dispensed of and minutes accepted as presented and or corrected.    


Presentation of invoices and payments:


25 Quill Corporation $286.84pd

26 RL Parsons Inc $491.75pd

27 Spectrotel $283.03pd

28 National Grid $151.70pd

29 Constellation Newenergy Inc $168.23pd

30 Public Goods Pool $2,444.00pd

31 Ricoh USA Inc $19.00pd

32 Quill Corporation $280.86pd



56 Miller’s Cleaning Service $777.60pd

57 Amy Garretson $695.52pd

58 Bruce Hall Corp $1,292.99pd

59 The Daily Star $63.56pd

60 RL Parsons Inc $4,385.58pd

61 Tri-County Communications Inc $179.10pd

62 Spectrotel $399.40pd

63 National Grid $495.01pd

64 Cardmember Service $97.20pd

65 Cintas Corporation #121 $269.78pd

66 Constellation Newenergy Inc $354.50pd

67 Kevin Flint Lettering $240.00pd

68 Kevin Flint $43.18pd

69 Charter Communications $99.95pd

70 Charter Communications $69.95pd

71 Excellus BCBS $320.28pd

72 The Copy Shop $488.31pd

73 United Healthcare $17.65pd

74 State Comptroller $3,755.00pd

75 State Comptroller $2,951.00pd

Voided check 15034


Highway Vouchers:

Item 1 (238-241)

Item 3 (598-612)

Item 4 (192-194)


Councilperson Waterfield made a motion to accept the invoices and payments as presented, Councilperson Johnson seconded the motion.  The invoices and payments have been presented and accepted.   All in favor 5 yes 0 no


Presentation of Invoices and Payments:

  • Budget reviewed as well as NBT Account balances


Misc. information to the Town Clerk:

  • Otsego County Sales Tax for the month of FEB $7,124.80
  • Otsego County Snow & Ice fringe $19,990.72
  • Otsego County Traffic Diversion Program $1,200.00
  • Estimated Employee Retention Tax Credit $312,000.
  • Supervisor Garretson reminding all of us to be aware of the phishing scams that are on the rise asking for information.
  • Supervisor Garretson received a letter from the Town of Springfield’s Town Supervisor regarding a Dog Control response made by the Town of Cherry Valley’s Dog Control Officer on behalf of the Town of Springfield at the request of the State Troopers back on Thanksgiving Day 2022.  The Town of Springfields DCO and Town Supervisor were not available on Thanksgiving Day 2022.  Therefore, the State Police contacted our DCO, Jaird Johnson.  Jaird submitted his expenses to the Town of Springfield and they are refusing to reimburse our DCO.  The board held a discussion and will revisit this issue in the future if need be.


Community Center Alden Field and Park:

  • Rentals are up
  • Biddy basketball season has concluded
  • Supervisor Garretson received a note from Deb Whiteman stating kids who are doing summer school cannot do the swim program because the times conflict with each other.




Town Planning:

  • The Town has an application for large scale solar energy systems.
  • Fee schedule is discussed.  Need to have a reasonable Application Fee and Escrow in place as well for the Planning Board.  $750 for Application fee and $5,000 for Escrow was decided on.  Will the fees be non-refundable?
  • Councilperson VanDerwerker asked if a solar farm on personal property will increase land taxes? 
  • Supervisor asked Councilperson Mark Cornwell to touch base with Nan regarding Governor Hochul’s override Law for large scale solar projects.
  • Councilperson Waterfield will reach out to the graduate student doing research on Local Laws for Solar Projects and why the Town put the Law in place.  Councilperson Waterfield and Cornwell will address this request together.


Highway Department:

  • Brian Laraby would like to do a White Goods cleanup day for the Town.  A date will be scheduled in the near future.
  • Village wants to oil and stone the parking lot at the Community Center parking lot.
  • We can pave the Health Center’s employee parking area.


Resolution 2023-4 Speed limit reduction on 2.7 miles of Keller Road

            The Town Board of the Town of Cherry Valley, by a resolution adopted by the Town Board, and the County of Superintendent of Highways of the County of Otsego, hereby request the Department of Transportation, pursuant to Section 1622.1 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, to establish a lower maximum speed at which vehicles may proceed on Keller Rd., a Select one between U.S. Rt. 20 and Mill Rd., a distance of 2.7 miles.


            Upon receipt of the notice that the regulation herein requested has been established, the Cherry Valley Highway Department, will provide, install and maintain signs in accordance with the Vehicle and Traffic Law and conforming to the Manual of Uniform Traffic control Devices of the Department of Transportation.


Motion to approve Resolution 2023-4 accept as presented is made by Councilperson Johnson 2nd Councilperson Waterfield  5-yes 0-no

Roll Call vote is taken:

Supervisor Garretson-yes, Councilperson Johnson-yes, Councilperson VanDerwerker-yes, Councilperson Cornwell-yes and Councilperson Waterfield-yes.

5-yes 0-no Resolution 2023-4 duly carried.


Public Questions, Comments and concerns…………..2 minute limit per request


Phil Durkin spoke about Spectrum’s plans for internet access for Town residence.  He is having difficulty getting a straight answer from Spectrum. 

 Motion made by Councilperson Cornwell to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Councilperson VanDerwerker


There being no further business meeting adjourned at 7:54PM.


Next Town Board meeting will be Thursday, May 11, 2023 7:00PM


Respectfully submitted,

Mary Beth Flint, Town Clerk

Town Board meeting was recorded










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