Saturday, August 26, 2023





The regular meeting of the Town Board of Cherry Valley was held on Thursday August 10, 2023 with meeting called to order at 6:59PM by Supervisor Garretson


Pledge to the Flag was said


Roll call of Officers was taken:

Tom Garretson-Supervisor P

Jim Johnson-Councilperson Excused

Ed VanDerwerker-Councilperson P  

Mark Cornwell-Councilperson P

Holly Waterfield- Excused

Highway Superintendent Marty Field- Excused

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:


63 National Grid $139.60pd

64 Spectrotel $283.96pd

65 Constellation Newenergy Inc $112.10pd

66 Quill Corporation $623.00pd

67 Public Goods Pool $15.00pd

68 Ricoh USA Inc $150.72pd

69 Ricoh USA Inc $19.00pd

70 Public Goods Pool $176.00pd

71 American Wholesalers $28.99pd



144 Constellation Newenergy Inc $29.67pd

145 Elan Financial Services $102.60pd

146 Amy Garretson $360.00pd

147 National Grid $297.75pd

148 Spectrotel $430.69pd

149 Cintas Corporation #121 $345.60pd

150 Miller’s Cleaning Service $842.40pd

151 Michigan Millers $1,205.00pd

152 Charter Communications $84.95pd

153 Charter Communications $99.95pd

154 RL Parsons Inc $79.35pd

155 ABM Fire Equipment Inc $483.65pd

156 US Postal Service $812.50pd

157 Constellation Newenergy Inc $150.33pd

158 NYS Town Clerks Association $85.00pd

159 Excellus BC/BS $317.48pd

160 Hometown Hauling $43.25pd

161 Jossy Rathbun $360.00pd

162 Madelynn McCord $320.00pd

163 Caleb Rockwell $200.00pd

164 Emma Whiteman $360.00pd

165 Deb Whiteman $690.00pd

166 NYS Magistrates Association $170.00pd

167 United Healthcare $17.65pd

168 State Comptroller $4,611.00pd

169 Deb Whiteman $540.00pd

170 Jossy Rathbun $360.00pd

171 Madelynn McCord $360.00pd

172 Ethan All $160.00pd

173 Caleb Rockwell $360.00pd

174 Emma Whiteman $360.00pd


Highway Vouchers:

Item 1 (268-272)

Item 3 (651-652)

Item 4 (197)


Councilperson VanDerwerker made a motion to accept the invoices and payments as presented, Councilperson Cornwell seconded the motion.  The invoices and payments have been presented and accepted.   All in favor 3 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 JUNE $11,536.01


Community Center Alden Field and Park:

  • No new news


Town Planning:

  • Motion to appoint Lorraine Bosma to the Joint Planning Board is made by Councilperson Cornwell and 2nd by Councilperson VanDerwerker All in favor:  3-yes and 0-No
  • Frank McGrath was inquiring if the Town had a zoning map and the Town does not.
  • Nan needs to be contacted regarding multiple 10-acre parcels one after the other being used for solar projects.  The Law may need to have amendments.





  • Councilperson Cornwell gave an overview of how the State has taken away the local laws for Solar projects.  County is asking all the tax districts to opt out of Solar renewable projects because the State is giving these projects tax exempt status, there by letting the Town’s set their own tax base with the Town Assessor so the Towns can collect the tax from the project.
  • County Representative Dave Bliss gave an overview of the solar opt out plan through OtsegoNow.


Highway Department:

  • County 32A is closed for bridge repairs.  Should be done around August 17
  • NYS has given an extension to the mining permit to July 2028.  No blasting.
  • Highway department has full crew
  • County 32 is paved and still needs shoulders and lined.


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


Andy Minnig inquired about the Solar ordinance is it Law?  Yes, it is Law.  The Board needs to look into how the Law addresses the 10-acre requirement for solar projects.   An amendment may need to be drafted.


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


There being no further business meeting adjourned at 7:44PM.


Next Town Board meeting will be Thursday, September 14, 2023 7:00PM


Respectfully submitted,

Mary Beth Flint, Town Clerk

Town Board meeting was recorded










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