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Town of St Armands Board Meetings

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Regular Board Meeting

These Meeting Minutes were approved by the Town Board on May 11, 2021.

A Regular Board Meeting of the Town of St. Armand was held on the above date and time via an open meeting and webinar conducted from the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY. The webinar Public Hearing and Regular Board meeting was advertised and made available to the public.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller, Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates, Councilperson Donald Amell, Councilperson Jennifer Fuller and Councilperson Karl Law.
A quorum of the Board was in attendance.

TOWN EMPLOYEES PRESENT:

Code Enforcement Officer Derrick Martineau, Wastewater Superintendent Stanley Ingison, Town Accountant Donna Bramer, and Town Clerk Barbara Darrah.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Kerry Crowningshield, Lake Placid Land Conservancy Representative.

GUESTS FROM THE COMMUNITY:

Aaron Cerbone of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Justyna Babcock, Josh Colby, Sarah Jane Dehoff, Shannon Madden, Warrene McCarthy, Alicia Perry, Lee Ann Vancour, Kristyl Vuolo, Heather Wood, and 4 unidentified callers from the community.

Public Notice was published regarding the date and time of this meeting in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, on the Town of St. Armand's outside marquis, the Town's Facebook page and the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Facebook Group page.

Supervisor Winemiller: called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and asked everyone to join in the Pledge of Allegiance.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Supervisor Winemiller: introduced Kerry Crowningshield and asked her to present the new proposal on behalf of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy.

Crowningshield: Good Evening. Thank you for having us. I am from the Lake Placid Land Conservancy. We are a land trust located in Lake Placid with service areas in the Saranac and Ausable River Valleys. We are interested in purchasing the former Camp Woodsmoke property which is located on the Northwestern shore of Lake Placid Lake. It consists of four parcels totaling a little under 11 acres. The intention is for us to purchase the property and to try to protect the state. The State has given us a letter of support in order stating the State is interested in taking over for us. It consists just under 1300 feet of shoreline over the four parcels and quite a few building rights that we see there. The purpose of our purchase was protecting this property and to prevent development within Echo Bay itself. The remainder of that being the Northern end of the lake is already known as part of the Forest Preserve. A large portion was donated by a local landowner on the opposite shoreline. When you last heard our proposal, we were interested in converting all four of those parcels over to the State. We heard your concerns in doing so you would lose a fair bit of tax revenue for these four parcels. In talking with other conservation partners and talking with others in our organization, we tried to come up with a compromise to that or a solution that we hope you would be in support of. That would be to sell the largest of the four parcels and that would be 4.46 acres under private ownership with the caveat that there would be a conservation easement tied to that. The parcel that we would be interested in selling is adjacent to private land property. That would do a few things. It is currently assessed pretty highly, and the tax levies are about $27,000 per year. And with the appraisal that we have done, the main lodge is on that property and other structures as well, but the current structures that are there, the appraiser are rated in poor to fair condition. We would allow for additional buildings to be built but being realistic about what building would be built there. If you want to move to the next image (referring to the screen) this would show what we are proposing. The other three parcels maintain most of the shoreline within Echo Bay. The reason Echo Bay is really important to us is that it creates that intact of not developed area. There are amazing scenic views there. This property would be protected with a conservation easement. For our purposes, the main reason we were hoping to protect this property, is to prevent a really large obtrusive boathouse to be built here on this scenic part of the lake. By putting a conservation easement on this property when we sell it, it would protect that peninsula. It would still allow for properties to be developed. With that development, I would imagine on other comparables, the tax levy would go up pretty considerably and put you closer to that gap that was discussed last time. That is the new proposal that we are looking at. We have conservation investors and upwards of 120 donors who live on or near the lake that are hoping to see the property protected, so that is where we are coming from. I am happy to welcome any questions or further explanation if I have skipped over anything.

Winemiller: Thank you, Kerry. Does any Board member have any questions for Kerry? There were no questions from the Board.

Winemiller: At this time, is there anyone else that would like to speak on behalf of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy?

Sarah Jane Dehoff: I am on the call. I was on the last call. I think what Kerry has presented what the tax levy would be in the new proposal. I hope the Board will consider this.

Winemiller: Thank you. Anyone else? Kerry Crowningshield gave an explanation of the money generated does go back to the community for conservation education projects, etc. No one else asked to speak.

Winemiller: At this time, I would like to ask the Board if I may make a short statement. The Board agreed.

Winemiller: The last time Kerry came to us I had prepared a comparison tax bill. I am putting this back on the screen and I did take off the largest parcel (4.6 acres) that Kerry is talking about. After I received Kerry's last email, I did some more research and have a few things that are very concerning to me. The first thing is the Adirondack Park consists of approximately six million acres with over 2.6 million acres of land owned by New York State. New York State taxpayers pay the taxes on state-owned land and the state proposed values which are much, much, less than privately owned property. The Town of St. Armand consists of 35,073 acres of land in total. 28,151 acres is state-owned land in the Town of St. Armand. This leaves only 6,922 acres of privately owned land in the Town of St. Armand. Over 80% of our 52 square miles is state-owned. So, we have a very, very small tax base for privately owned land. That is concerning. Another concern that I have, and this is not just in the Town of St. Armand, but we have been seeing this all over the Adirondack Park with parking issues, crowding, and trail maintenance. A few years back we had a presentation by the NYS Forest Rangers, asking us to pass a Resolution supporting the need for more Forest Rangers. And the Board did pass that Resolution. In New York State, the Forest Rangers oversee over 5 million acres of land. There is less than 115 field-trained Forest Rangers in New York State. That means each Forest Ranger is responsible for over 53,000 acres of land per Forest Ranger. That is incredible. It is no wonder we have massive erosion on our trails and upkeep, because they also assist with fire and search and rescue. We just do not have enough NYS Forest Rangers to cover the area. Thirdly, New York State does not have enough money right now to maintain their vast landholdings. For example, in the Town of St. Armand, Baker Mountain trailhead is in very bad shape with an alarming amount of erosion. The Moose Pond parking lot is also in terrible condition. Several years in a row I have received phone calls from citizens asking why we have not fixed the Moose Pond parking lot. We do not own the Moose Pond parking lot. The parking lot is owned by NYS DEC. It is up to them to fix it and they have not. That is just two small areas in the Adirondack Park that the Town of St. Armand has to deal with. It does create an addition burden to our local taxpayers. As Kerry mentioned, the Echo Bay property that we are talking about is a five-mile boat ride from the launch to the property. This means that only people who actually own property on Lake Placid or those fortunate enough that are going boating on Lake Placid would even be able to utilize this property. It does not have a positive effect on the vast majority of St. Armand's taxpayers. The Lake Placid Land Conservancy has implied that by selling the one parcel that the taxes generated would more than cover the loss of revenue on the others. But they are stating they want to put a conservation easement on the property which automatically by definition reduces the value of that property because a new owner could only do certain things that they couldn't do if they had bought the whole thing. I do believe that would reduce the value of the property. Kerry also stated in her email; I am not sure if she mentioned it tonight, but the Lake Placid Land Conservancy does plan on, per her email, maintaining ownership of the other three parcels for the next five years. The Lake Placid Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization so they would not be paying the taxes on those properties. In land taxes for those three parcels for the 2021 assessed value, that is still $14,141 in land taxes and then another $18,000 in school taxes and that would directly impact the St. Armand residents and taxpayers. For these reasons, I personally cannot support this proposal. I am going to ask each Board member and ask each of you to state your opinion on this matter.

Crowningshield: Excuse me, Davina, am I allowed to speak to the different points you brought up?

Winemiller: Well, I think we have heard your points, Kerry, and we need to move on here. And, I think we have given you enough time. You did a wonderful presentation. And, please know that I do care very much about our environment and conserving our environment, but I also care about the taxpaying citizens in the Town of St. Armand. So, at this point I am going to ask the Board members to state their opinion on the matter:

D. Joseph Bates: I am going have to say no. I am against it. You did a very good presentation, Davina. You answered just about every question that could ever be asked. Thank you very much for that.

Donald Amell: Agreed. I agree with Joe. I cannot support it.

Jennifer Fuller: I agree. I am not in support of it, either. And, very good job on your presentation.

Karl Law: I am with the rest of the Board. I can't support it either. The burden falls on the taxpayers of St. Armand. Great presentation.

Winemiller: Thank you very much, Kerry. We are not going to put forth a Resolution at this time because the Board has already passed two Resolutions declining this and they just stated they do not support any further action. So, at this time, the topic is closed.

MONTHLY REPORTS

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT MONTHLY REPORT

Highway Superintendent Douglas Snickles submitted the following written report to the Board.

Town of St. Armand Highway Report for the April 13, 2021 Meeting

1) We have all the plows painted and ready to take them off for the summer.
2) We made three benches for the Youth Field and set them out around the playground.
3) We installed silt fencing at the Brookside Cemetery. Eric Fahl is starting to clear the area.
4) We opened the Moos Pond gate. The road is in pretty good shape. Some people were complaining because it was closed.
5) We are picking up sand and should be done in the village this week. Then we will go around the town and do the same.
6) I am working on a list for road projects for this summer
7) The new loader will be arriving soon.
8) We had to bring the new truck to Charlebois for warranty work.

WATER DEPARTMENT MONTHLY REPORT

Cory Skiff submitted the following written report to the Board.

Town of St. Armand Water Report for the April 13, 2021 Board Meeting

3/6/21 - Final reading at 1817 NYS Route 3
3/8/21 - Monthly sample to lab
Monthly report sent to Health Dept.
Monthly report sent to Barb. Talked to Boulder Engineering about the Dollar General going in at 1790 NYS Route 3.
3/10/21 - Talked to Tim Woodruff about some of the non-working hydrants in town.
3/11/21 - Installed a new reader at 797 St. Regis Avenue.
3/12/21 - Picked up chlorine.
Helped 33 Main Street with a water meter issue.
3/15/21 - Final reading for 1790 NYS Route 3.
3/16/21 - Located curb stop at 1790 NYS Route 3. I had to thaw the ground and dig around the pipe to get below where it was bent. I then took a grinder with a cutoff wheel and had to cut the pipe below the bend. I was then able to shut the water off to the house.
3/23/21 - Double checked reading at McGraths.
3/24/21 - Turned water on at 70 River Road.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER'S MONTHLY REPORT

Code Enforcement Officer Derrick Martineau presented the following report to the Board.

1. Permits issued - 2
2. Answered nine phone calls and six emails.
3. Davina and I have had numerous meetings and continuous communication with the town's attorneys to finalize the Gladd property.
4. Attended meetings for new skate building.
5. Continuing to work with Dollar General on new store building.
6. Continuing ongoing inspections.
7. Finished end of year State and FEMA reports.

Winemiller:Does anyone have any questions for Derrick?

Warrene McCarthy: What does it mean you are finalizing the Gladd property?

Derrick Martineau: It means he has received the notices of the timelines set and if he doesn't meet those, then everything will stop, and his property will be taken over and the place demolished.

Winemiller:He has until May 1st to have the items removed and cleaned up.

Warrene McCarthy: It doesn't surprise me, but I don't understand. It has been 20 years trying to get that property to get cleaned up, and he just laughed in the face of the Town Board, but as soon there is a chance to get a new home, the place is getting cleaned up. It certainly does look a lot better.

Winemiller: Sometimes people just need a hand up. The goal is for Monroe Gladd to have safe and sound housing and for the property maintenance codes to be maintained. That is the direction we are going in, so I feel it is a win.

Warrene McCarthy:That is what I am saying. The place looks a lot better.

Winemiller:Yes, he's doing it. I just drove by there today and he still has some work to do, but he is working on it. Are there any other questions for Derrick?

There were no other questions.

WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT REPORT

Wastewater Superintendent Stanley Ingison presented the following report to the Board.

Town of St. Armand Wastewater Report for the April 13, 2021 Board Meeting

1) Did daily collections, testing and recorded data.
2) Did daily checks of all systems at the PTB and WWTP and recorded the data.
3) Wrote up the DEC monthly operating report and the discharge monitoring report and submitted them digitally.
4) Did weekly generator checks.
5) Did weekly greasing of the paddle wheel drive and clarifier drives.
6) Did weekly grit removal from the classifier drive outfall and unloaded it into the transfer station trash dumpster.
7) I did the weekly flexing of all the aeration diffusers.
8) Worked with Mat Lessard, an engineer at Bohler, about the General Dollar project sewer lateral location and hookup with the main west of manhole 43 on East Main Street.
9) During the warm spell, we had a windy night, and three trees came down across the driveway into the transfer station that I needed to cut up and remove before being able to get in that morning. Better that it happened Thursday night instead of Friday night.
10) During the warm spell, I cleaned all the ice out of the effluent box.
11) After the building siding came loose and fell off the main plant building and broke into pieces, I looked into it with Curtis Lumber. It was not totally installed according to specification. There was no water-resistant barrier installed behind it; no Z-flashing at horizontal edges; no caulking used, and the fasteners were not placed at the proper distances from edges and corners. We will need a Hardie saw blade, caulking and touch up kits along with the replacement panel.
12) I met with the General Dollar building contractor and went over the sewer lateral location, size and possible depth. They will camera the line to check for condition and just reconnect to it if all is well.
13) Serviced, refilled, and started clarifier #2
14) Last fall we had a seal go bad in blower #1 which ran it very low on oil. Todd thought the bearings needed to be checked for wear and be replaced if needed. We hired Koester Associates to come do it. When the Koester people got here, they felt that the bearings were okay (without looking at them) and just replaced the seal. When we put it back in use it was running between 30 and 40 degrees hotter than all the other 3 blowers. When I questioned them about it, they said they didn't know why it was running hotter, but it was running smooth, quiet and 40 degrees cooler than design high temperature rating of 175 degrees and claimed it was fine. Of course, it was the middle of fall with the outside air temperature much lower. Now that it is warming up the blower has started running at or above 175 degrees so I took it out of service until I can get word from them on what to do.
15) Have been cleaning up winter damage around both sites.
16) I continue to work on the St. Armand Wastewater Department Comprehensive Improvement and Repair Program.

Winemiller: Does anyone have any questions for Stan? There were no questions.

TOWN JUSTICE REPORT

Town Justice Frank Whitelaw submitted the following written report to the Board:

Town of St. Armand Justice Court Report for the April 13, 2021 Board Meeting

New signage for the court was purchased and placed at the corner of the town hall parking lot, on the rear door, and outside the interior rear door. A portable sign, directing people to the side parking lot was also purchased and is placed on the front steps on the days that court is in session, to direct people away from the front door. All court traffic will enter and exit through the rear door only. This will maintain a quiet and more secure work environment for town staff. Court attendees will not be allowed to congregate in the hallway and will remain in the courtroom at all times.

The court continues to contact those who have not answered summonses or paid fines. A large number of these are being answered, as a result of persistent correspondence from the court. The court just received DWI fines dating back to 2008 as a result of using the Truthfinder.com website to track delinquent offenders.

Effective March 9th, the court may not suspend an operator for failing to pay a fine on a traffic ticket. However, the court may enter a judgement against the operator. The court has ordered three judgements filed with Essex County, so far, for unpaid DWI fines from years ago. If these delinquent fines are paid, the judgements will be lifted.

Effective June 29th – Courts must offer monthly installment plans for fine payments, based on 2% of the person's net income.

DMV advises all suspensions for failing to pay a fine will be terminated as of June 29th.

Total fines and surcharges collected for March 2021: $5,850.00
Total fines and surcharges collected for 2021, to date: $11,551.00

RESOLUTIONS # 38 - #42

RESOLUTION # 38 OF 2021 STANDARD WORKDAY AND REPORTING FOR ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS RS 2417-A

Councilperson Donald Amell, who moved its adoption, offered the following Resolution:

WHEREAS A Resolution of the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand approving the Standard Workday and Reporting figures for Elected and Appointed Officials for the New York State Retirement System, Form RS2417-A was completed on August 11, 2020, and revised on January 12, 2021. However, errors in the reported dates and amounts were discovered, and this RESOLUTION # 38 of 2021, hereby supersedes RESOLUTION # 51 of 2020, dated August 11, 2020 and RESOLUTION #28 of 2021.

Standard Workday and Reporting Resolution for Elected and Appointed Officials.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of St. Armand hereby establishes the following standard workdays for elected and appointed officials and will report the following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System based on the time keeping system records or the record of activities maintained and submitted by these Officials to the Supervisor of this body:

I, Barbara J. Darrah, Town Clerk of the governing board of the Town of St. Armand, of the State of New York, do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing with the original resolution passed by such board, at a legally convened meeting, held on December 12, 2017, on file as part of the minutes of such meeting and that same is a true copy thereof and the whole of such original.

I further certify that the full board consists of 5 members, and that 5 of such members were present at such meeting and 5 of such members voted in favor of the Resolution.

This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilperson Karl Law and adopted by Roll Call Vote as follows:

Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 39 OF 2021 TOWN OF ST. ARMAND TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZATION FOR TOWN JUSTICE PETTY CASH FUND

Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates, who moved its adoption, offered the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, Pursuant to Town law 64 (1-2), town boards may, by Resolution, establish petty cash funds for town officers, heads of department or offices in the Town, and

WHEREAS, Town Justice Francis Whitelaw has requested a petty cash fund in the performance of official duties for the purpose of making change when court fines are fees are being paid, and

WHEREAS, upon approval of the petty cash fund, a cash box with the approved amount of cash will be kept in the Town Justice's office and will always total the authorized amount approved for the petty cash fund.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes Town Justice Francis Whitelaw to obtain a petty cash fund in the amount of $100.00 for the purpose of making change.

This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller and adopted by Roll Call Vote as follows:

Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION #40 OF 2021 AUTHORIZATION FOR TOWN SUPERVISOR TO SIGN THE CONTRACT FOR SHARED HIGHWAY SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE TOWN OF TUPPER LAKE

Councilperson Jennifer Fuller, who moved it adoption, offered the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand and the Town of Tupper Lake wish to share services with the highway department heads in other municipalities who possess similar authorization for borrowing or lending of materials and supplies and the exchanging, leasing renting or maintaining of machinery and equipment, including operators thereof, for the purpose of aiding the highway department heard in the performance of his duties and provide a cost savings by maximizing the effective utilization of both parties' resources and

WHEREAS, all municipalities, including the Town of St. Armand have the power and authority to contract with other municipalities for the purpose of renting, leasing, exchanging, borrowing or maintaining of machinery and equipment, with or without operators; and

WHEREAS, all municipalities, including the Town of St. Armand, have the power and authority to borrow or lend materials and supplies to other municipalities: and

WHEREAS, it is hereby determined that the Town of St. Armand and other municipalities have machinery and equipment which is not used during certain periods; and

WHEREAS, it is determined that the Town of St. Armand and other municipalities often have materials and supplies on hand which are not immediately needed; and

WHEREAS it is hereby determined that by renting, borrowing, exchanging, leasing or maintaining highway machinery and equipment and the borrowing or lending of materials and supplies, the Town of St. Armand and other municipalities may avoid then necessity of purchasing certain needed highway machinery and equipment and the purchasing, or storing, of a large inventory of certain extra materials and supplies, thereby saving money for the taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, it is recognized and determined, from a practical working arrangement, that no program of borrowing, exchanging, leasing, renting or maintaining of highway machinery and equipment or borrowing or lending of materials can be successful if each individual arrangement or agreement must receive prior approval by the Town Board and the governing board of each of the other municipalities which may be parties to such agreements, since such agreements must often be made on short notice and at times when governing boards are not in session; and

WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon each municipality to design a simple method whereby materials, supplies, equipment and machinery, including the operators thereof, may be obtained or maintained with a minimum of paperwork and inconvenience and with a swift approval process; and

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Town of St. Armand Town Board to give the Highway Superintendent the authority to enter into renting, exchanging, borrowing, lending or maintaining arrangements with the persons serving in similar capacities in other municipalities without the necessity of obtaining approval of the Town Board prior to the making of each individual arrangement; and

WHEREAS, a standard contract has been prepared which is expected to be adopted and placed into effect in other municipalities, and will grant the person holding the position comparable to that of the head of the highway department in each of those other municipalities the authority to make similar arrangements; and

WHEREAS, it is hereby determined that it will be in the best interests of the Town of St. Armand to be a party to such shared services arrangements.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Supervisor of the Town of St. Armand is hereby authorized to sign the Shared Services contract with the Town of Tupper Lake on behalf of the Town:

This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilperson Karl Law and adopted by Roll Call Vote as follows:

Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 41 OF 2021 TOWN OF ST. ARMAND ADOPTION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYER HEALTH EMERGENCY PLAN FOR THE TOWN OF ST. ARMAND

Councilperson Jennifer Fuller, who moved it adoption, offered the following Resolution:

Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates, who moved its adoption, offered the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, the Town of St. Armand, Essex County, New York is most vulnerable to natural and human-made hazards which may result in threats to public health and safety, and

WHEREAS, New York State Labor Law section 27-c and New York State Education Law paragraphs k and l of subdivision 2 of section 2801-a (as amended by section 1 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2016), as applicable, and

WHEREAS, the Town of St. Armand acknowledges the necessity to have an approved Public Employer Health Emergency Plan for the Town of St. Armand, and

WHEREAS, this plan has been developed with the input of CSEA, Local 1000 and AFSCME, AFL-CIO, as required by the amended New York State Labor Law, and

WHEREAS, no content of this plan is intended to impede, infringe, diminish, or impair the rights of us or our valued employees under any law, rule, regulation, or collectively negotiated agreement, or the rights and benefits which accrue to employees through collective bargaining agreements, or otherwise diminish the integrity of the existing collective bargaining relationship, and

WHEREAS, this plan has been approved in accordance with requirements applicable to the agency, jurisdiction, authority, or district, as represented by the signature of the authorized individual.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand does hereby authorize and adopt the Town of St. Armand Public Employer Health Emergency Plan for the Town of St. Armand.

This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell and adopted by Roll Call Vote as follows:

Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 42 OF 2021 TOWN OF ST. ARMAND TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZATION FOR TOWN SUPERVISOR TO SIGN AGREEMENT WITH WORKSITE SPONSOR AGENCY

Councilperson Karl Law, who moved its adoption, offered the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, the Essex County Department of Social Services is charged with receiving and administering federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds, state Safety Net funds and SNAP Employment and Training (FSET) funds to be used for work activities in accordance with State Services Law and its implementing regulations, and

WHEREAS, the sponsor is a state or federal government institution, a municipality, a public agency, or a public or private non-profit entity desiring to provide work experience activities for recipients of TANF, Safety Net, and/or SNAP under an agreement complying with such provision of law and regulations, and

WHEREAS, this agreement sets forth guidelines between the Department of Social Services and the sponsor (Town of St. Armand), and it is hereby determined that it will be in the best interests of the Town of St. Armand to be a party to such shared services arrangements.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller to sign the "Agreement with Worksite Sponsor Agency" agreement with the Essex County Department of Social Services.

This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell and adopted by Roll Call Vote as follows:

Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

MOTION TO PAY MONTHLY BILLS

The payment vouchers for April 2021 were presented for the Board's approval as follows:
General Vouchers # 106 - # 140 in the amount of $ 59,128.00
Trust and Agency Fund Vouchers # 16 - # 24 in the amount of $ 5,046.31
Highway Vouchers # 44 - # 65 in the amount of $ 8,228.72
Water and Sewer Vouchers # 42 - # 59 in the amount of $ 7,975.39
"B" Fund Vouchers - None
Highway Outside Vouchers – None
I&I Vouchers - None
Rockledge Vouchers - None

Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made the Motion to approve payment of this month's bills; the Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. A Roll Call Vote was as follows:

Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

All in favor. Motion carried.

MONTHLY REPORT FROM THE SUPERVISOR

Supervisor Winemiller presented the Supervisor's Monthly Report for March 2021. Councilperson Donald Amell made the Motion to approve March's Supervisor's Report. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Karl Law. All in favor. Motion carried.

REVIEW AND MOTION TO APPROVE PREVIOUS MONTH'S MINUTES

Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made the Motion to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of March 9, 2021, and the Special Board Meeting Minutes of March 23, 2021. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. All in favor. Motion carried.

TOWN CLERK'S MONTHLY REPORT

Town Clerk Barbara Darrah gave the following report for the month of March 2021:

There was (9) Dog Licenses for March 2021. 3 FS 3 MN 1 FS 2MUN $ 84.00
Certified Death Certificates (15) $ 150.00
Total Revenue Earned $ 234.00
Paid to Town Supervisor: General $69.00 B-Fund $ 150.00 NYS Agriculture & Markets: $ 15.00

WATER AND SEWER BILLING MONTHLY REPORT:

As of today, the Water and Sewer receivables are $7,667.70. This balance reflects unpaid balances from the 1st quarter. Meters were read from March 24th through March 31st. The 2nd quarter bills will be sent out on April 19th, 2021.

Winemiller: Does anyone have any questions for Barb?

Justyna Babcock: Does Dollar General be paying the Water Debt and Sewer Debt and the same as other residents?

Winemiller: Yes. They will pay their metered usage and the Debt Services.

OLD BUSINESS:

Winemiller: Hometown Heroes Banner Program: The St. Armand Veteran's Memorial Park task force is sponsoring the banners for around town. The cost is $165.00. We are not making any money on it. I sent you a copy of the application and form. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise did do an article on it. I have several phone calls from people who wanted to sponsor a banner. I just wanted to let you know we are moving forward with that.

Winemiller: Moody Pond Parking Ticket Volunteers: The volunteers have been giving out some tickets; mostly warnings I wanted to let you know I did have a meeting with Rick Shapiro, Saranac Lake Village Board, asking if we would be willing to turn that into a one-way street. That had been suggested by several residents there. Rick would do the study for the DOT. The Village of Saranac Lake has installed no parking signs around their area, so they have taken steps themselves to deal with the issues of the parking at Moody Pond.

Winemiller: Phone System for Town Hall: I was finally successful in getting several more quotes for the new phone system. I broke it down with the upfront costs and then the monthly costs. What do you all think? Twin State was the low bidder, who we are with right now. The monthly is $32.00. Can I get a motion to approve the Twin State proposal in the amount of $6,487.87? Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made the Motion to approve. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. All in Favor. None opposed. Motion carried.

Winemiller: Solar Farms: I just wanted to talk for a minute. I know we have Donna with us tonight and Derrick, too. I wanted to talk about the Solar Farms. I know we discussed it and I know we don't want to tell people what to do on their land. One thing I have been contacted about on several occasions ever since Dollar General, is maybe we need to take a serious look at having some zoning for the Town of St. Armand and we could include some planning for Solar Farms along with that zoning package. I don't think we have to do anything crazy. A lot of folks said to me, "I would be more willing to have the Dollar General and like the Dollar General, if they met the Adirondack style". I would like to know your thoughts on doing some minimal zoning and planning. Joe Bates: I think we have been down that road before, haven't we? And it didn't sound like the right way to go for our town. It involved an awful lot of legal stuff.

Winemiller: What you are referring to is back in 2013 when I was the Town Clerk, we did this whole wrangle with zoning. We had zoning meetings and we worked on a zoning board and I drafted a whole lot of zoning documents. What the Board ended up doing at the time instead of doing zoning, was pass the nuisance abatement law. The reason they did that, was we had some pretty serious nuisance issues. The attorney we had at the time suggested the nuisance abatement law would be a quicker way to take care of that issue, expediently. And the zoning aspect dropped off. I am just telling you what folks are saying to me. I am really interested in the survey that the interns are doing. We could certainly next month, in May, they are presenting the findings of the survey. We could talk about it then and see what folks have to say. You can reach out to the folks you talk to and see if they want zoning. I am not saying to do anything crazy; it can be just a general, very simple as the planning Board can make recommendations. It doesn't have to be by area. It can be a much simpler process than what we think of as a zoning board. We can still have some control over facades. We can talk about it next month after the survey presentation.

Winemiller: Transfer Station Attendant: The young lady from Paul Smiths is graduating and Roger Lagree is not coming back, so we are going to be back down to Sam Branch and Chris Spicer. I just wanted to run the ad by you and make sure it is okay. The Board approved the Transfer Station Attendant advertisement.

NEW BUSINESS:

Winemiller: Local Laws from Village of Bloomingdale: A lot of our local laws refer to the Village of Bloomingdale, and we no longer have a Village of Bloomingdale. So, we can either leave them as they are or revamp them. The Board agreed the laws need to be reviewed and updated as needed. Should we have a Special Meeting or have the Board members review as an ongoing project. The Board agreed they would review the laws and make notes.

Winemiller: NYS Marijuana Legislation: I emailed all of you the summary on the new Marijuana laws. In a nutshell, we are allowed to opt out, but if we opt out, we are not allowed to collect any sales tax on it. I would like to say, I am not against allowing the sale of it in the Town of St. Armand, but I would like to see us pass a Local Law, banning the use of it in public places. Bates: Doesn't the State law say it can be used in public places?

Amell: Only where tobacco smoking is allowed.

Winemiller: I wouldn't want a kid walking by someone smoking on the sidewalk. I don't want people in the Park smoking, I don't want people waiting at Teddy's smoking when the kids from baseball games come to get ice cream. Darrah: Do we have a law regarding alcohol on public property?

Winemiller: No. We don't. We have signs at the park that says no alcohol, but there is not a law. For example, when the Firemen operated the Field Day, the beer booth was down the hill, and the beer could not go up on the field where the bouncy house and kids were. I do not feel people should be smoking marijuana walking down the sidewalk. I just want to protect our kids. I don't want people to smoke where our kids going to be playing, walking to or from school or riding their bikes.

Amell: We have until the end of the year. We can opt out by December 31st.

Winemiller: It is going to be highly regulated. Bates: Right now, when it goes into effect, you are allowed to have 3 plants.

Amell: So, someone is walking down the street and is smoking...... McCarthy: I am 72 years old, and I was for the Marijuana law being passed. I totally agree with you that it has no business in our parks or walking on the street where children can be around.

Winemiller: Thank you Warrene.

Amell: My whole point was the policing part of it. How are we going to police it? If it's our local law.......

Winemiller: If we had a local law that banned ......honestly, I don't see it being a problem....

Amell: Then why have it?

Winemiller: If we had a group that was sitting at the Youth Field and I get a call and I go down and tell them we have a law; they would have to leave. Donna Bramer: Do we have a local law about smoking on the youth field. Why can't we just put a sign up that says, "No Smoking." That would let them know it is against the rule. What are our cigarette regulations right now? I am just saying like at the Vet Park, put signs up and say no smoking is allowed.

Winemiller: If we were to go farther, we could say no smoking on sidewalks. We could do something as simple as that.

Bates: I am not opposed to putting up signs at the ballpark and the Vets park. I don't think we need to include the sidewalks, etc.

Winemiller: We could put something on our Website.

Amell: We would have to include intoxicants, as well.

Winemiller: Yes, we could say we respectfully request anyone visiting the Town of St. Armand....

The Board stated it warrants more discussion next month.

Winemiller:

Winemiller: Posted Notices for old dump property: I had a couple of things happen this past month in regard to the 16-acre property on West Main Street; the old Town Dump. I was approached by a resident that stated an adjacent property owner had installed a gate blocking access to the property and posted their name to the property and creating their own network of four-wheeler and snowmobile trails on that property. I talked to Doug Snickles about it, and he said it is true.

I spoke to Matt Norfolk about it. My concern is the legality because we did not post our property as a dangerous area. Matt Norfolk stated we should without a doubt post it as "No Trespassing" for safety. If anything further goes on up there, the offending party should be given a cease-and-desist order. The biggest concern is we don't want anyone to get hurt. For 20 posted signs it will be $285 and then post "posted" Town of St. Armand signs.

Amell: You said someone has posted the property as theirs?

Winemiller: Yes.

Amell: Well, that would be number one. Law: You said they put up a gate as well?

Winemiller: Yes. I have a survey map from 2009. The Board agreed to have the property posted.

Winemiller: NYS Route 3 Snow and Ice Contract Savings: (displayed a comparison on the screen) for the savings each year from not having the NYS Route 3 Snow and Ice Contract any longer. In 2018, the reduction in appropriations was $166,824 and for 2019, the reduction was $261,232. Therefore, by dropping the NYS DOT Highway Snow and Ice Removal Contract, the Town of St. Armand's total savings for 2020 and 2021 is $428,056.

Winemiller: Salt Issue: We get our road salt from Cargill. The towns have to order salt in the Spring for the following Fall. The year we stopped doing the DOT, we still had salt on order for that year. Currently, we have a surplus of salt. I spoke with Jim Dugan, Essex County, and worked it out with him. The County uses the salt and a couple of other Essex County Towns use the salt, so hopefully they will use some of ours. Trudeau also said they would take about 300 tons from us. I won't know for sure until next fall.

Winemiller: St. Armand Youth Task Force – Bloomingdale Block Party: The St. Armand Youth Task Force sent out a letter to the Town Board requesting a donation of $5,000 from the ROOST funds to help the Youth task force host the Bloomingdale Block Party. The goal of the Youth Task Force is to raise funds for the new Youth Skating Building.

Amell: Tell us again about the ROOST funds. You had said we can only use that money for certain things.

Winemiller: Basically, the money has to be used to promote visitors to come to your towns. We are going to be getting $20,000 annually from ROOST from last year moving forward every year. That is what Essex County towns worked out with ROOST. ROOST money has to be spent specifically for an event or some other tourist-type attraction or a Veterans Memorial also qualifies. It has to be specifically for tourism events to promote visitors to the Town: I'm sure other places, like Lake Placid, they use their ROOST money for the Empire Games and the Ironman, the Horse Show, etc. They host a lot of events. You have to promote your Town with the money. We don't have a lot of tourism driven events. If we were still having Rugby, we could use it for Rugby. But we don't have that anymore. I did call Jim McKenna in Lake Placid, and he said the Block Party absolutely qualifies for the use of ROOST money. This is our first big fundraiser. We need a hand.

Amell: So, next year? You say the task force is planning the Block Party as an annual event. So, what finances it next year?

Winemiller: We may ask you for money again next year, too. Probably not as much, but we get the ROOST money every year.

Amell: So, just until the ROOST money is gone? Winemiller: We get $20,000 ROOST money every year, Don.

Amell: So far. Winemiller: We have $20,000 still from last year, and we will get $20,000 this year, so we will have $40,000 altogether.

Jen Fuller: I am good with it, Davina.

Winemiller: Can I get a Motion to approve the donation of $5,000 from ROOST money? Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made a Motion to approve the donation. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Karl Law. All in favor.

QUESTION OR CONCERNS FROM GUESTS AND STAFF:

Winemiller: Does anyone have any questions, comments, or concerns? There were no questions, comments or concerns.

MOTION TO ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION

Winemiller: asked the Board for a Motion to enter into Executive Session. The purpose was for possible litigation. Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made a Motion to enter into Executive Session. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. The Executive Session began at 8:18 pm.

MOTION TO END EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilperson Donald Amell made the Motion to end the Executive Session. The Motions was seconded by Councilperson Karl Law. The Executive Session ended at 8:30 pm.

MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR BOARD MEETING:

Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made a Motion to Adjourn the Regular Board Meeting. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. The Regular Board Meeting adjourned at 8:31 pm.

I, Barbara J. Darrah, Town Clerk for the Town of St. Armand, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct transcript of the Regular Board Meeting minutes held on the above-referenced date.


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