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Town of St Armands Board Meetings
Regular Board Meeting - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

These Regular Board Meeting Minutes were approved by the Town Board on December 14, 2021.

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

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller, Councilperson Donald Amell, Councilperson Jennifer Fuller, and Councilperson Karl Law (on-line).
A quorum of the Board was in attendance.

TOWN EMPLOYEES PRESENT:

Highway Superintendent Douglas Snickles, Wastewater Superintendent Stanley Ingison, Water Technician Cory Skiff, Town Bookkeeper Donna Bramer, and Town Clerk Barbara Darrah.

EXCUSED:

Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates was excused from the meeting.

GUESTS FROM THE COMMUNITY:

James Abendroth, Josh Colby, Sandy Hayes, Seth Jones and (1) unidentified Caller.

Supervisor Davina Winemiller called the Regular Board Meeting to order at 6:30 pm and asked all to join in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Supervisor Winemiller started off the meeting by asking Highway Superintendent Douglas Snickles to present his report.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT MONTHLY REPORT

Highway Superintendent Douglas Snickles presented the following written report to the Board:

Town of St. Armand Highway Report for the November 9, 2021 Board Meeting

1) We are working on the new sign for the Veterans Park. It should be done for Veterans Day.
2) We finished up patching on Rockledge Lane and Stevenson Lane and did some for the County on Trudeau Road.
3) We cleaned up both pole barns and put items away for winter.
4) We are receiving all deliveries of the salt.
5) All of our trucks are ready for plowing.
6) We are going to sand blast and paint the one-ton frame and possibly put it out for auction instead of trading it in.
7) We are cleaning the ditches of leaves to help prevent frozen culverts.

Supervisor Winemiller thanked Doug and the Highway crew for all of their help on the Veteran’s Memorial Park, commenting on how beautiful it looked.

There were no questions following the Highway Report.

WATER DEPARTMENT MONTHLY REPORT

Cory Skiff submitted the following written report to the Town Board:

Town of St. Armand Water Report for the November 9, 2021 Town Board Meeting

10/6/21: Monthly sample sent to lab
10/8/21: Quarterly Readings and Verifications list for Barb
Monthly Report to health department
10/13/21: Monthly Board report
10/15/21: Removed lock and turned water back on at 1659 State Route 3.
Installed new water reader at 44 Vine ST.
Marked water mains for dig safe at 1664,1666, and 1720 state Route 3.
10/18-10/22/21: Attended Water school for class D license.
10/22/21: Both pumps in wells # 4 and # 5 failed. Had to switch to well # 3.
10/26/21: Woods Well Drilling pulled pumps # 4 and # 5 and determined the pumps were bad. We ordered two new pumps.

Supervisor Winemiller thanked Cory Skiff for his work on the well pump emergency.

There were no questions regarding the Water report.

WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT MONTHLY REPORT

Wastewater Superintendent Stanley Ingison presented the following report to the Town Board:

Summary of last month’s activities for the November 9, 2021 Town 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) Having the algae gone from the effluent lagoon is great but there is still remaining suspended solids with some BOD5 but the bad news is that I think the Ultra Violet Transmittance (UVT) will remain poor enough that UV disinfection will still be out. We should find out with the testing we will be doing this fall and winter although we will have to go to Saranac Lake or AES to us their UVT meter. This testing will be another added load for the wastewater superintendent.
9) After finding out from the camera work that St. Paul’s Church improperly installed their rectory building lateral into the sewer main, we are working toward getting the Church to dig it up and correct it.
10) Because of the above finding Davina made a new inspection requirement notice for the Town’s water and wastewater lateral hookups to the main lines. But she wasn’t able to deliver the notice to Clyde Rabideau before he had installed the sewer lateral from the new structure on Saranac Avenue into the main without having an inspector on site. To try and correct that issue, she has included the notice in the building permit so it will be known from the beginning of work on new projects.
11) We are still looking for equipment that can detect sewage smells from the air on and around Tim Woodruff’s property and the Town’s pre-treatment property. We did find a test kit for testing Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) in a liquid.
12) Kevin Cogan did stop in late in the day on Friday in search of information relating to the construction of the new set of solar system panels and electrical conduits and connection points. They are planning on starting work in a week or two and would like me to clear the existing boxes for entry to find available lines to use.
13) Craig Catalano from the Saranac Lake WWTP took a job with the New York Rural Water Association (NYRWA) as a wastewater technician and is now working with the Town of St. Armand to help optimize our wastewater plants nutrient removal. The biggest thing we will be working on is removing Phosphorus from the wastewater prior to being discharged to Sumner Brook. He is working with Kevin Maine who did a site visit earlier this year and will be setting up another visit date for our plant soon.
14) I continue to work on the St. Armand Wastewater Department Comprehensive Improvement and Repair Program.
15) Please find on separate sheets the list and explanation of needed equipment for doing the testing for the effluent disinfection system planning.

Supervisor Winemiller stated the Code Enforcement Officer would be in tomorrow and she would get with him on the new sewer connection at the 1666 NYS Route 3 property. She reported to the Board the cost of the items Stan is requesting will cost $1,999.80 plus right around $33.00 for the immersion blender. She asked Donna Bramer to check the funds available for Stan’s request. Winemiller reported we had more than enough in the Sewer savings to cover the cost of the items. These items will assist in providing crucial data for the disinfection project. Donna Bramer reported there was about $2,000 in chemicals and $2,000 in the manhole repairs. Winemiller determined that the Sewer savings wouldn’t need to be used. Winemiller asked for a Motion to approve the purchase of the testing supplies in the amount of $2,050.00. Councilperson Donald Amell made the Motion to approve. Councilperson Karl Law seconded the Motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

There was one question regarding the Wastewater Report.

Sandy Hayes asked if both illegal taps done by the Church (St. Paul’s) and Clyde Rabideau for the property at 1664 NYS Route 3 were going to be fined for the sewer connections that were installed without Code approval or Town representatives being present during installation. Winemiller stated that this issue was going to be discussed later in the meeting, but decided to discuss it at this time since the question was posed. Winemiller displayed photos on the screen and provided copies in the Board’s packets showing the installation of the sewer pipe. I asked Stan if by looking at the photos he could guarantee without being present, that the connection was installed correctly and within Code requirements. Winemiller gave a verbal description of what was being seen in the photos. Stan Ingison stated he felt the front side was installed correctly, but there were no photos of the back of the connection, so he could not tell if the sand was cleared from the back and the saddle connection was secure. Further damage to the line could be done by digging it up again to verify the saddle was on tight. Donna Bramer asked if this was the new house at 1664 NYS Route 3. Winemiller replied that it was the new house. Councilperson Donald Amell stated the question was, would there be a fine applied? Winemiller replied that she would be reviewing the Sewer Regulations to see if it was addressed in them. Winemiller added it is a Code Enforcement decision if there is a fine or penalty applied and the Code Enforcement officer would be here tomorrow. Stan Ingison stated that in years past, under the old Town supervision, this was never enforced. Winemiller replied the building permit application has been updated to include a cover sheet regarding Sewer installation instructions. Winemiller stated there were two questions: Does Stan want them to dig it up, cut it and redo it in front of him? Stan replied that does not need to be done. The 2nd question is, does the Town want to move forward with a Code Enforcement violation and apply a fine?

Sandy Hayes stated he does not feel a fine for Cedar Ridge or St. Paul’s is out of order, especially since they both were told that Stan needed to be present during the installation and connection. Discussion ensued regarding the history of the Church’s connection.

Karl Law stated he wanted to hear what Robbie Baer’s (Code Enforcement Officer) findings and opinions were before a decision was made. The Board was in agreement.

There were no other questions regarding the Wastewater report.

TOWN JUSTICE REPORT

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

Town of St. Armand Town Court Report for the November 9, 2021 Regular Board Meeting

Total fines and surcharges collected for the month of October 2021: $1,976.00
Total collected year-to-date: $36,458.00
Total parking fines for October 2021: $1,475.00

There were no questions following the Town Justice Report.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S MONTHLY REPORT

Supervisor Winemiller gave an update on the Code Enforcement department. Supervisor Winemiller reported that Robbie Baer is filling in for the Town as Code Enforcement Officer until a new Code Enforcement Officer is hired. Winemiller submitted a Code Enforcement Report of Activities at the meeting. Winemiller announced there would be an Executive Session at the end of this meeting to go over the applications the Town received for the Code Enforcement Officer position.

Town of St. Armand Code Enforcement Report of Activities for the November Town Board Meeting Friday, October 15, 2021

7:30 pm at the Town Hall - met with Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller and Town Board Member Karl Law to discuss the Code Enforcement Officer position for St. Armand. Agreed to accept the position on a temporary basis until the Town can hire a new CEO.

Week of October 18-22, 2021 – Submitted new employee paperwork to Davina, emailed, texted and spoke with Davina on several occasions to discuss Code issues.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 -
7:30 am – Town Hall - reviewed building permit files and applications
8 am – met with Davina, reviewed open building permits, discussed issues and concerns and new procedures for the CEO. Davina will work closely with the CEO to assist with paperwork, issuing building permits and collecting fees.
9 am – met with Davina and Keith Braun, Rabideau Corp to discuss building permit applications, expectations, issues and concerns
9:30 –Physical site inspection of 1720 NYS Route 3, Bloomingdale with Keith Braun, Rabideau Corp and Davina – former Jakobe Antique Store – building permit application received for roof repair 10/13/2021 – inspected roof and discussed the repair.
Inspected basement area, main floor and second floor, discussed concerns with Keith Braun. Informed Keith that he will need to have signed and stamped engineering plans before a building permit can be issued for renovation.
Demolition permit application received 10/15/2021 - Inspected second floor porch, basement level storage area and attached barn indicated for demolition. Discussed safety issues and concerns with the demolition.
Physical site inspection of 1720 NYS Route 3, Bloomingdale with Keith Braun, Rabideau Corp and Davina. Renovation of shop building permit application received 10/13/2021- Inspected former blacksmith shop that is intended to be a shop storage area with a new bathroom installed. Discussed safety issues and concerns regarding the application.
Physical site inspection - 1666 NYS Route 3, Bloomingdale - Building permit issued 9/24/2021– renovation of existing single-family dwelling and installation of a new car port – inspected the renovations being completed and the new car port installation. Discussed issues and concerns. Informed Keith that he would be hearing from me regarding the span of the header in the living room area, as that may need to be changed.
Physical site inspection – 1664 NYS Route 3, Bloomingdale – Building permit application for a new single family dwelling had been received by former CEO D. Martineau. Martineau had given written permission to begin the new construction via email to Keith, but had not actually issued a building permit. Keith had been informed in writing by Davina to cease work at the site until the building permit could be issued. Keith has complied with that order. Inspected the foundation and site work. Discussed window opening from the basement area with Keith. No issues found with the foundation. Verbally Informed Keith of additional documentation was needed before a Building Permit could be issued.
Physical site inspection – 1403 NYS Route 3, Saranac Lake – Barkeater CrossFit – owner Saranac River Barns LLC – Inspected site of a new CrossFit gym. Spoke with Paul, renter of the building and owner of the gym, regarding the new doors and windows that had been installed. Informed Paul that he needs to submit a building permit application for the new doors and windows and for change of use, from storage to a commercial use. Paul stated he would submit the application.
Physical site inspection – 333 Trudeau Road, Saranac Lake, owner David Fuller, building permit previously issued for a new garage. The new garage was open; no one was on site. Performed visual inspection of the framing. Noted a few concerns. Will follow up with the owner.
Visual site inspection – 10 School Street, Bloomingdale, owner Monroe Gladd. Inspected site from the road, Davina explained the history and what was happening on the site. A building permit was issued for the new mobile home and demolition of the existing mobile home by former CEO Martineau.
Physical site inspection – 19 McKenzie Mountain Way, Bloomingdale, owner Julia Cotter – a new attached garage has been installed with no building permit application received and no building permit issued. Found several areas of concern. Later in the day, I left a message for Julia requesting that she contact me.
Visual site inspection – 850 St. Regis Ave, Bloomingdale, owner Matt Woodruff – Inspected site from the road, a building permit application has been received for a new commercial building on the site. Later in the day, I called Matt Woodruff to discuss his application. I informed Matt that he would need to submit a full set of plans for the new building, stamped by the engineer/architect. Matt stated he would get back to me at a later time.
10:45 am – Town Hall - Met with Mr. Trost regarding a building permit application that he had previously submitted for a new storage shed. I explained that the new shed could not be placed partially on the neighbor’s property, even with their permission. Mr. Trost will get back to me regarding a new site plan for the shed.
Worked with Davina to create a new building permit form and a new demolition permit form. I will approve the new building permits and give Davina the relevant information and the cost of the permits. Davina will print them, I will sign them and turn them into her. Davina will contact the owner and arrange times for payments and then the building permit will be given to the owner. Davina will keep a spreadsheet record for all building permits issued and the dates the payments are received. Completed two new building permits and one new demolition permit, signed and gave them to Davina for disbursement and collection of fees.
Returned several phone calls that were on the answering machine at the Town Hall.
Physical site inspection – 22 Poplar Lane, Bloomingdale, contractor Joe Kostiak – Inspected renovations to the building. Discussed further inspections for electrical wiring and framing with site foreman. No concerns or issues found at this time.
Visual site inspection – Trailer that fell off foundation, St. Regis Ave, Bloomingdale – Inspected exterior of the trailer. Noted caution tape wrapped around perimeter. Trailer is shifted and unsafe. Removed an electrical cord running across the road to the neighbor’s property. Made contact with the neighbor, Tonya Woodard. Informed her that the electrical cord cannot run across the road and it is unsafe to plug anything into the trailer. Tonya stated she did that so the former tenant could see to remove belongings. Tonya agreed to not plug into the trailer again.
Physical site inspection – 24 River Road, owner Justin Carter – Inspected the newly installed modular home. Spoke with the site foreman. Discussed insulation of the water lines. Everything appears in good order at this time.
Visual site inspection – 20 Moose Pond Road, owner Walter Kellam – Inspected from the road. Davina informed me of the ongoing issues on the property. Currently, I noted several unregistered motor vehicles on the property but did not see any overly concerning issues. I will continue to monitor this location.
Physical site inspection – 206 River Road, owner Sandy Hayes – Spoke with the contractor Tom Bartiss, who is installing the new septic system and discussed the plans. Spoke with the owner Sandy Hayes regarding the Department of Health variance that was verbally given to him. Sandy stated Marlene would provide documentation if needed. Davina stated she had emailed Marlene to request the documentation and would turn it in as soon as it is received. The site for the new septic tank is very close to the river, and I do have some concerns regarding this, but with the engineering plans submitted and the documentation from the Health Department everything should work out.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Physical Site Inspection – 206 River Road, Bloomingdale, Sandy Hayes – performed final inspection of septic system installed to replace old septic system. Received information from NYS DOH, Marlene Martin, filed. Issued certificate of completion via mail.
Returned several phone calls and emails regarding building permit applications.
Worked with Davina to create new forms.
Physical site inspection – Blue Spruce Way – Trailer park – made note of several apparent code violations, working with Davina to send notices to WGD Enterprises regarding the noted issues.
Physical site inspection – Alpine Way – Trailer park - made note of several apparent code violations, working with Davina to send notices to WGD Enterprises regarding the noted issues.
Physical site inspection – Dollar General Store – final Certificate of Occupancy will be formalized next week.

Additionally: Returned several phone calls and emails to residents with questions and concerns about their open building permits, applications and future building permit applications.

There were no questions regarding the Code Enforcement Report.

RESOLUTIONS # 70 - # 75

RESOLUTION # 70 OF 2021 ADOPTION OF THE 2022 BUDGET OF THE TOWN OF ST. ARMAND

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

WHEREAS a Public Hearing was held on November 4, 2021 with regards to the Town of St. Armand 2022 Preliminary Budget, and there were no objections brought forward.

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes the adoption of the 2022 Town Budget with a tax levy of all funds and districts in the amount of $ 934,007.00.

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 ABSENT
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 71 OF 2021 ADOPTED WATER & SEWER RATES FOR 2022 FOR THE TOWN OF ST. ARMAND

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

WHEREAS a Public Hearing was held on November 4, 2021 with regards to the 2022 Budget and Water and Sewer Rates for 2022, and

WHEREAS, as the Town of St. Armand Water & Sewer District is currently operating on an “On-Consent” Order by the NYS DEC for our SPDES Permit, and some of the cost of this construction and operation must be brought to the Users of the St. Armand Sewer District.

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the 2022 Water and Sewer Rates will be as follows:

The 2022 Water Usage Rate shall increase from $6.18 to $7.12 per 1,000 gallons. The Water Debt Service shall remain the same at $1.70 per unit per quarter. The Water Improvement Capital Reserve Fund shall be .50, and the Water Emergency Repair Capital Reserve Fund shall be .50 per quarter per unit for properties that are connected to the lines.

The 2022 Sewer Usage Rate shall increase from $14.25 to $15.32 per 1,000 gallons. The Sewer Debt Rate shall decrease from $71.00 to $69.20 per unit per quarter, and the Sewer Improvement Capital Reserve Fund shall decrease from $12.00 to $11.60 per unit per quarter for properties that are connected to the lines.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, in reference to NYS Town Law, vacant properties (lots) where the location of the lot runs along existing water and sewer lines within the Town of St. Armand Water and Sewer District are to be charged an amount determined by the Board for Water Debt service and Sewer Debt service. The Water Debt charge for vacant lots will remain at $0.85 per quarter and the Sewer Debt charge for vacant lots will decrease to $34.60 per quarter.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED these new billing rates shall become effective during the first quarter of 2022, which includes the dates of October 1st through December 31st of 2021, and billed in January 2022 as adopted in the 2022 Budget 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 ABSENT
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 72 OF 2021 TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVAL FOR TOWN SUPERVISOR, CFO, TO ADJUST EXPENDITURE AND REVENUE AMOUNTS IN THE GENERAL A FUND

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

WHEREAS, the New York State Comptroller requires a Resolution be done for increases in Revenue and Expenditure fund accounts, and

WHEREAS, the following Expenditure accounts were adjusted as stated below:

WHEREAS, due to the increase of the New York State Retirement annual billing budgeted as $38,461.00 in the 2021 Budget, line item A9010.800, and

WHEREAS, the actual amount of the annual bill was in the amount of $50,482.00, equal to an increase of $12,021.00 over the projected cost for 2021, and

WHEREAS, this increase is due to the increase in employees and employee participation tier when the employee joined NYS Retirement, and

WHEREAS, the annual fiscal year for NYS Retirement runs from April 1 through March 31 and the amount is estimated for the Budget for the upcoming year.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes and approves by Resolution an increase of Appropriations line item A9010.800 in the amount of $12,021.00 and an increase of Revenue line item A2770 in the amount of $12,021.00 with funds to come from the Class #1 General Savings Account.

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 ABSENT
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 73 OF 2021 TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVAL FOR TOWN SUPERVISOR, CFO, TO ADJUST EXPENDITURE AND REVENUE AMOUNTS IN THE WATER DISTRICT FUND

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

WHEREAS, the Town of St. Armand Water District has had two recent water main breaks in 2021, and

WHEREAS, the water repair that occurred on Roosevelt Lane where the Town had hired the contractor due to thinking it was a water main break, but was later determined to be the homeowner’s (Casey Field) lateral line once the soil was removed to locate the break, and

WHEREAS, the amount of the repair was charged to the Roosevelt Lane homeowner’s (Casey Field) Water and Sewer account, and the homeowner paid his Water and Sewer bill in full, to include the repair,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes the increase of Expenditure account code SW8340.402 by $3,392.20 and increase the Revenue account code SW2770 by $3,932.20 with the payment received from Casey Field, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, due to the expenses incurred for the Mill Street Water Main break, the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes the increase of Expenditure account code SW8340.402 in the amount of $7,830.64 and the increase of Revenue account code SW2770 by $7,830.64, with funds to come from the Water Savings Account, Class Account # 10.

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 ABSENT
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 74 OF 2021 TOWN OF ST. ARMAND TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZATION TO PURCHASE CELL PHONE FOR TOWN CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

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

WHEREAS, the Town of St. Armand’s Code Enforcement Officer uses a cell phone to conduct Town business and,

WHEREAS, the use of this cell phone is for the convenience of the public to reach the Code Enforcement Officer during reasonable business hours and necessity of the Town Supervisor to reach the Code Enforcement Officer in urgent Town Code Enforcement matters.

NOW THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Town Board for the Town of St. Armand hereby authorizes the purchase of a cell phone specifically for the Code Enforcement Officer’s use, along with a minutes plan and case in the amount of $325. This phone will be the property of the Town of St. Armand and will be assigned to each specific Code Enforcement Officer as employed by the Town.

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 ABSENT
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE

RESOLUTION # 75 OF 2021 TOWN OF ST. ARMAND TOWN BOARD IN SUPPORT OF KEEPING MORIAH SHOCK INCARCERATION FACILITY, ESSEX COUNTY, OPEN

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

WHEREAS, on November 8, 2021, it was announced through media that several New York State Correctional Facilities were being closed. One of those facilities is the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility located in Mineville, Essex County, New York, and

WHEREAS, Moriah Shock employs a minimum number of 118 staff, providing many jobs in the small community of Mineville and surrounding areas, and

WHEREAS, Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility is a minimum security level facility for males, and offers a variety of programs to help incarcerated individuals, which can include alcohol and substance abuse treatment programs, as well as programs in anger management, education and vocational skills, family development, guidance and counseling, library and law library, recreation, religious, sex offender treatment and temporary release programs. The Moriah Shock Incarceration facility has a capacity of 300 inmates, with sixteen buildings, and six dorm housing units, and

WHEREAS, the Moriah Shock inmates serve as workers in the community for many Towns and Villages in Essex County. The inmates serve as trail maintenance workers for NYS trails and work with Department of Conservation staff, saving money in labor costs of those tasks, and

WHEREAS, the communities and programs that utilize the Moriah Shock inmates would be hard-pressed to replace this workforce in their projects

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE Town Board of the Town of St. Armand does hereby support all efforts in keeping Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility open in order to continue fostering the valuable contributions this facility makes to the North Country on an ongoing basis.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution shall be forwarded to:
The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS Capital Building
Albany, NY 12224

This Resolution was duly seconded by Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller and adopted by Roll Call vote as follows:

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

Barbara J. Darrah, St. Armand Town Clerk; Dated: November 9, 2021

MOTION TO PAY MONTHLY BILLS

The payment vouchers for October’s bills were presented for the Board’s approval as follows:

General Vouchers # 336 - # 359 in the amount of $ 9,550.50
Trust and Agency Vouchers # 56- # 59 in the amount of $ 1,501.69
Highway Vouchers # 146 - # 158 in the amount of $ 17,313.76
Water and Sewer Vouchers # 152 - # 170 in the amount of $ 97,327.75
B Fund Vouchers # 10 in the amount of $ 371.39

Councilperson Jennifer Fuller made the Motion to approve payment of this month’s bills; the Motion was seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell A Roll Call Vote was as follows:

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

All in favor. Motion carried.

Barbara J. Darrah, St. Armand Town Clerk; Dated: November 9, 2021

MONTHLY REPORT FROM THE SUPERVISOR

Supervisor Winemiller presented the Supervisor’s Monthly Report for October 2021. Councilperson Donald Amell made the Motion to approve October’s Supervisor’s Report. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. All in favor. Motion carried.

REVIEW AND MOTION TO APPROVE PREVIOUS MONTH'S MINUTES

Councilperson Karl Law made the Motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of the Special Board Meeting of September 30th, Regular Board Meeting of October 13th, Budget Work Sessions of September 29th, October 6th, and October 20th, and Public Hearings of October 6th and November 4th, 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 October 2021:

There were (5) Dog Licenses for October 2021. 3 FS, 2MN $ 35.00
There was (1) Marriage License $ 40.00
There were (2) Cemetery Plots sold $ 300.00
Total Revenue Earned $ 375.00
Paid to Town Supervisor: General $ 330 B Fund $ 17.50; NYS Agriculture & Markets: $5.00

WATER AND SEWER BILLING MONTHLY REPORT:

As of today, the current receivables are $ 68,239.18. The 4th quarter billing cycle ended September 30th, 2021, and was in the amount of $71,128.89. Arrears are in the amount of $35,266.02. The bills were prepared on October 10, 2021 with a due date of November 10, 2021.

OLD BUSINESS:

Town Board decision on 1664 NYS Route 3 Water line connection. Supervisor Winemiller reported she sent a certified letter to Cedar Ridge that the water line could not be joined with the existing line at 1666 NYS Route 3.

Senior Exemption - Public Hearing date. This is what Donna Bramer had requested at the September 20, 2021 Budget session for the Senior Exemption to be passed. The Public Hearing date was set for Tuesday, November 30th, beginning at 6:00 pm. The Board agreed to that date.

Sewer Local Law Update – Public Hearing date. This was discussed at a meeting in August 2021. We are proposing making a changed to our Sewer Local Law, by adding District #3, Poplar Street. When discussed, it was determined it wasn’t fair to charge the residents on Poplar Street for Sewer Debt Service, when the line wasn’t installed yet. The underlined portions of the handout, indicate the changes to the Sewer Local Law. The language includes residents who might want to install a septic system before the sewer line was installed would require a Resolution approved by the Board in order to protect the residents from expending money on a septic system just before a sewer line was installed. A Public Hearing for introducing the changes was set for Tuesday, November 30th, immediately following the Senior Exemption Public Hearing.

Rockledge Special Board Meeting (#4) – setting the next meeting date. The Rockledge Task Force members requested that the meetings be held on Monday. The date for the Rockledge Special Board Meeting was scheduled for Monday, December 6th, beginning at 5:30 pm. The Board agreed to Monday, December 6th.

NEW BUSINESS:

NYS Governor’s new law signed – requiring all Board meeting documents are publicized of Board Meeting 24 hours prior to the Board Meeting. There was discussion amongst the Board members and it was decided that the 3rd Tuesday of every month would be designated for future Town Board meetings beginning in January 2022, in order to allow more time for all meeting documents and payment vouchers to be prepared and meet the new 24-hour publicized requirement.

Town’s Cannabis Opt-out Public Hearing date. The Board had talked about not opting out in a previous meeting. Winemiller reported that at the County Board of Supervisors’ meetings, Dan Manning, County Attorney strongly recommends that all of the Towns opt out at this time. If we do not opt out, we have absolutely no control and the consumption sites could be located anywhere. If we do opt out, at a later date, we can opt back in and then in the future, create our own local law to include language as to exactly what the Town’s expectations and regulations would be so they have control. Discussion ensued amongst the Board opinions and regarding the language. Supervisor Winemiller explained instead of doing zoning, per say, in a local law, we could use specific language of things that we don’t feel meet the character of the Town of St. Armand. The legislature has not fully established the rules for marijuana sales yet. The Board set the Public Hearing for the Cannabis Opt-out Law for November 30, 2021, immediately following the Senior Exemption Public Hearing and the Sewer Law Update Local Law.

Everyone was reminded the Town Hall offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25th and 26th due to Thanksgiving.

QUESTION OR CONCERNS FROM GUESTS AND STAFF:

There were no questions, comments or concerns.

MOTION TO MOVE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Councilperson Jennifer Fuller made a Motion to move into Executive Session for the purpose of personnel matter and possible litigation. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell. The Executive Session began at 8:29 pm.

MOTION TO ADJOURN EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Councilperson Donald Amell made a Motion to adjourn the Executive Session. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller. The Executive Session ended at 9:05 pm.

MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR BOARD MEETING:

Councilperson Karl Law made a Motion to Adjourn the Regular Board Meeting. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell. The Regular Board Meeting adjourned at 9:06 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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