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Town of Rensselaerville Newsletter

December 2018
DRAFT MINUTES
 
THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD
REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 8, 2018
7:00 PM
 
The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 8th day of November 2018 at 7 o’clock in the evening at the Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY.  The meeting was convened by Supervisor Steven Pfleging and the roll was called with the following results:
 
            PRESENT WERE:      Attorney Thomas Fallati
                                                Supervisor Steven Pfleging
                                                Councilwoman Marion Cooke
                                                Councilman John Dolce
                                                Councilman Jason Rauf
                                                Councilwoman Margaret Sedlmeir
                                                Town Clerk Victoria H. Kraker
 
           
            Also present were Highway Superintendent Randy Bates, Recycling Coordinator Jon Whitbeck, Timothy Lippert representing the Rensselaerville Library and three interested citizens. 
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
None
 
MINUTES    
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the October 1, 2018 Budget Workshop; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the October 3, 2018 Budget Workshop, noting that “Also present was one interested citizen”, as well as a typographical error.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstains (1) Dolce
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2018 Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2018 Budget Workshop, noting that “Also present was one interested citizen”.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir. 
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2018 Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the October 15, 2018 Budget Workshop, noting that “Also present was one interested citizen”.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the October 17, 2018 Budget Workshop, noting that “Also present was one interested citizen”.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the October 30, 2018 Public Hearing – Continuation of Proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018 noting the change of the word ‘elected’ to ‘discussed’ in the third paragraph; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the October 30, 2018 Public Hearing – Proposed Local Law No. 5 of 2018 noting the addition that “As no other comments were received…”. The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to approve the minutes of the October 30, 2018 Special Meeting – to Move the Tentative Budget to the Preliminary Stage; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
TRANSFERS
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the following Budget Modification:
From ‘Senior/Youth Bus Fund’ 8514 to ‘Vehicle Maintenance’ A7610E 44072 in the amount of $368.52 to cover the cost of repairs. 
The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0) 
 
ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS
 
General Fund             $ 49,165.02
Highway Fund             215,291.17
Lighting District                  745.15   
Sewer Fund                       886.54
Water Fund                        445.48
T&A Fund                       6,794.43   
Total Abstracts         $273,327.79
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to pay all signed vouchers and bills; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
CORRESPONDENCE 
 
Supervisor Pfleging read a letter from Wayne and Charlene Teter thanking Superintendent Bates and the Highway Department for their hard work on the sidewalks in Preston Hollow.  Mr. & Mrs. Teter stated that the work was greatly appreciated by all the residents – the sidewalks are safer and much more attractive.  The work gives the residents hope that they haven’t been forgotten as there has been a decline in business and population. 
 
Supervisor Pfleging also noted he had seen a post on social media from K.B. Cooke thanking the Highway for the nice job on the sidewalks.
 
REPORTS
 
SUPERVISOR
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging has been working steadily on the budget.
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging, feeling that Orkin’s service has declined over time, held a meeting with Cat’s Eye in which they reviewed the buildings and the scope of services.  Supervisor Pfleging awaits a quote.
 
3. The Town has dropped one of the phone lines, but the most recent invoice was about $100 more even with one less line. Supervisor Pfleging contacted Magna-5 and questioned the increase and was told it was a rate increase from Verizon itself.  He has put a call into Verizon as well as A.T. & T. to see what they can offer. 
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Supervisor’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0) 
 
ATTORNEY
 
1. Attorney Fallati reported that he had heard back from the attorney for the Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance and was told that things are moving forward.  Documentation will be prepared and the transfer should be complete by the end of the year.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Attorney’s report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
 
1. Due to the lateness of the construction season and the arrival of vouchers as a direct result, Superintendent Bates worked feverishly to submit the paperwork for the C.H.I.P.s reimbursement. However, he has learned that the deadline for submission of the expenditures was November 1st, not the 9th.  The Town will be reimbursed approximately half in December, but will have to wait until March 2019 for the remainder.
 
2. Superintendent Bates reported that the Highway Department has completed the last of the summer projects.  They have been cleaning up branches and trees that were downed in the recent wind storm and are preparing for winter as well.
 
3. The sidewalk project in Preston Hollow came in at under $6,000 – significantly less than what was budgeted.  The section in front of the cemetery will be addressed in the spring. Councilwoman Cooke will find out the name and address of who to send a “thank-you” to for the use of the sidewalk paver.
 
4. Superintendent Bates offered information which he discovered in a legal notice from the Town of Jefferson regarding seasonal road closures, which adds that their town highway department is not responsible for mailboxes that are damaged by snow removal operations.  Superintendent Bates noted that pursuant to State law, highway departments are not, in fact, responsible for any damages.  Superintendent Bates would, however, assess any potential damages on a case-by-case basis.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Highway Superintendent’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)  
 
TOWN CLERK
 
Town Clerk Kraker reported for the month of October as follows:
Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $1,919.60
Paid to the Supervisor - $1,186.74- the breakdown is as follows:
            Clerk Fees                 $  98.64
            Recycling                     125.50
            Dog Licenses                 68.00
            Building Permits           789.60
            Title Searches              105.00
            Total                        $1,737.35
 
Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $11.00
Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $721.86
 
Water Rents collected for the month totaled $1,490.43; which includes $24.36 in penalties
Sewer Rents collected for the month totaled $2,200.38; which includes $36.63 in penalties
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Town Clerk’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER/BUILDING INSPECTOR
 
Supervisor Pfleging reported on behalf of the Building Department, two New Accessory Building permits, one New Home Construction permit, and one Accessory Building permit for the month of October.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector’s written report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
ASSESSORS
 
1. Assessor Kropp reported that Assessor Kathryn Wank has recently completed two more continuing education courses; one in Sales Data Management and the other in Article 7 Court Proceedings.
 
2. Assessor Kropp wished to reinforce the new regulations regarding the Enhanced STAR (aka “Senior STAR”) program.  Seniors are now required to enroll in the I.V.P. (Income Verification Program) through the State. The income limit this year is $86,400.  Exemptions for incomes that are below $37,400 are based on a sliding scale and taxpayers who qualify for this must still come in to the Assessor’s Office to verify their income.  The Assessor’s Office will be sending out notices in this regard.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Assessor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
WATER/SEWER COMMITTEE
           
1. Town Clerk Kraker read a written report submitted by Water/Sewer Operator John Rice for the month of October as follows:
The Water Treatment plant filtered 344,800 gallons – a daily average of 11,100 gallons.
The Sewer Treatment plant processed 177,840 gallons – a daily average of 5,738 gallons.
 
2. Operator Rice also wished to inform the Board that Deputy Loetterle finished staining the sewer shed which has been in need for a number of years.
 
3. Phil Pearson was slated to install one of the hydrants, but has been delayed.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s written report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
REFUSE/RECYCLING
 
Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported the following for the month of October as follows:
 
            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 10.29 tons
            City of Albany Landfill: 57.54 tons
            Sierra Fibers: 3.06 tons comingled and 5.01 tons old cardboard containers 
            Oil: 26 gallons
            Tires: 60
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY
 
 Tim Lippert, on behalf of the Rensselaerville Library, reported the following:
 
  The Annual Greenery Sale will be held on December 1st from 9 am to 2 pm. The Carey Center will serve egg nog from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company will host a children’s party with Santa from 3 pm to 5 pm. The tree lighting will be at 5 pm.

  The Library is participating in a “Moon Walk” which is a program to document your daily exercise.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Library report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
CURRENT EVENTS
 
1. Mike Benedict will hold a jazz concert this Saturday at Conkling Hall at 7:30 pm.
 
2. The Medusa Fire House’s Free-Will Offering Breakfast is back on and scheduled for Saturday November 17th from 7 - 11 am.
 
3. The Medusa Fire Volunteer Fire Company will also be having a children’s Christmas Party on December 8th.
 
4. The Medusa Fire House will hold their annual Turkey Dinner from 11:30 am to 2 pm on December 2nd.
                    
OLD BUSINESS
 
1. Councilman Rauf reported that there had been no Solar Committee meetings, but two were scheduled to be held before the next Board meeting in December.
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging read an email he received from Weston & Sampson Engineering stating that they had reached out to three certified installers to repair the pipe in the Lake Myosotis Dam, none of which have returned their calls or emails. Recently, however, they have contacted a contractor who will be sending information on a product they use, and hope to have a quote soon.
 
3. Supervisor Pfleging confirmed the date of November 14, 2018 to conduct interviews for the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector position.  The Special Meeting will immediately follow the 7:00 pm Special Meeting on the final budget.
 
4. Attorney Fallati read the resolution on proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018 as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, Section 3 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York, established qualifications for holding office, and the State Legislature has rendered Public Officers Law Section 3 a special law in its coverage of appointed town offices; and
 
            WHEREAS, Section 23(1) of the Town Law of the State of New York, established eligibility of town officers; and
 
            WHEREAS, Municipal Home Rule Law Section 10(1)(ii)(a)(1) grants local governments the authority to enact local laws regarding the qualifications of local officers; and
 
            WHEREAS, the attached proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018 would supersede New York State Town Law §23(1) and the Public Officers Law §3(1) in its application to the offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector for the Town of Rensselaerville and provide that such persons need not be electors of the Town of Rensselaerville and need only reside in the county in which the Town is situated or an adjoining county within the State of New York;
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville that the attached Local Law No. 4 of 2018, which is incorporated herein, be and hereby is enacted.
 
By motion made by Margaret Sedlmeir and seconded by Jason Rauf, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 8th day of November 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                              X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                          X
John Dolce, Councilman                                   X                                                                  
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                   X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                   X                              
 
End Resolution
 
LOCAL LAW No. 4 OF 2018
 
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE, NEW YORK
 
A Local Law to establish the residency requirements for the appointed offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector.
 
Be it enacted by the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville, New York, as follows:
 
            Section 1.  Title: a Local Law to establish the residency requirements for the appointed offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector.
 
            Section 2.  Authority:  This Local Law is adopted pursuant to Municipal Home Rule Law, §10(1)(ii)(a)(1), which grants to local governments the authority to enact local laws regarding the qualification of local officers.  Both Public Officers Law §3 in its coverage of appointed town offices, and Town Law §23, may be superseded by local law (see N.Y. Op. Atty. Gen. (Inf.) No. 97-11).
 
            Section 3.  Supersession:  This local law shall supersede New York State Public Officers Law §3(1) and Town Law, §23(1) and their application to the offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector for the Town of Rensselaerville.
 
            Section 4.  Residency requirements for the positions of the Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector for the Town of Rensselaerville: Section 96-3 of the Code of the Town of Rensselaerville is hereby amended to add the following as Section 96-3(F):  The persons holding the offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector need not be residents or electors of the Town of Rensselaerville, provided, however, that such persons shall reside in the county in which the Town is situated or an adjoining county within the State of New York .
 
            Section 5.  Inconsistency:  All other local laws and ordinances of the Town of Rensselaerville that  are consistent with the provisions of this local law are hereby repealed; provided, however, that such repeal shall be in addition to such other local laws or ordinances regulating and governing the subject matter covered by this local law.
 
            Section 6.  Savings Clause:  If any clause, sentence, paragraph, word, section or part of this local law shall be adjudged by any Court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation of the clause, sentence, paragraph, word, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
 
            Section 7.  Effective Date: This Local Law shall take effect immediately.
 
End Local Law
 
5. As the 2019 budget will not exceed the 2% tax cap, the Board will take no further action regarding Proposed Local Law No. 5 of 2018.  If the proposed law is not passed, it will not have to be rescinded.
 
6. Supervisor Pfleging read the resolution regarding the Credit Card Policy as follows:
 
Credit Card Policy of the Town of Rensselaerville
Adopted November 8, 2018)
 
1.      Purpose: The Town Board establishes this Policy to govern the establishment and use of any Town credit card accounts.
 
2.      Authorized Credit Cards: The Town Board may authorize the Town to enter into contracts with any institution authorized to issue credit cards in the State of New York to obtain credit cards for authorized purchases of goods and services as set forth herein.
 
3.      Requirements for Credit Card Accounts:
a.       Each Town credit card shall be subject to a credit limit set by the Town Board.
b.      Each Town credit card shall be issued in the name of the Town.
c.       In no event shall the Town enter into a credit card agreement that provides for cash advances.
d.      Each and every new credit card account must be authorized by the Town Board prior to application.
 
4.      Authorized Purchases:
a.       A Town credit card may only be utilized to purchase goods or services in accordance with the Town’s procurement policies. 
b.      In no event shall a Town credit card be utilized for personal expenses.
c.       All receipts must be signed by an authorized user.
 
5.      Authorized Users: Only users authorized by the Town Board shall be permitted to use a Town credit card and shall have signing authority.  Any unauthorized use shall subject the user to disciplinary action in accordance with all applicable laws and policies.
 
6.      Storage and Recordkeeping:
a.       All Town credit cards shall be maintained in the Town Clerk’s Office when not being used, except that any credit cards designated for use by the Highway Department shall be maintained by the Highway Superintendent when not being used.  Any loss or theft of any Town credit card shall be promptly reported to the Town Clerk.
b.      The Town Clerk shall maintain a list of all authorized Town credit cards and the authorized users for each card.
c.       Records for Town credit card purchases shall be maintained in the same manner as for other purchases.
 
7.      Payment: All balances for any Town credit card shall be paid in full on or before the due date, without the Town’s incurring any finance charges or fees.
 
8.      Credit Accounts: Any store credit account established for the Town, whether or not such account includes a credit card, shall be subject to the terms of this Policy.
 
End Policy
 
Attorney Fallati read the resolution as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville has determined that it would be beneficial to the Town to establish a policy governing the establishment and use of any Town credit card accounts; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville has prepared the attached Credit Card Policy and believes that its adoption would be beneficial to the Town:
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville that the attached Credit Card Policy is hereby adopted.
 
By motion made by John Dolce and seconded by Jason Rauf, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 8th day of November 2018 as follows:
 
 
 
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                              X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                          X
John Dolce, Councilman                                   X                                                                  
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                   X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                   X                              
 
End Resolution
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf that all authorized credit card users of the Town of Rensselaerville shall sign the Credit Card Policy and that it be maintained in that individual’s employee file.  The motion was seconded by Supervisor Pfleging.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
Supervisor Pfleging read the Credit Card Authorization as follows:
 
Staples Account:
            a. Authorized Credit Limit: $5,000
            b. Authorized Users: Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk
 
Bank of Greene County [Master Card/Visa] Account – General
            a. Authorized Credit Limit: $2,500
            b. Authorized Users: Town Supervisor and Town Clerk
 
Bank of Greene County [Master Card/Visa] Account – Highway
            a. Authorized Credit Limit: $5,000
            b. Authorized Users: Highway Superintendent and Deputy Highway Superintendent
 
Attorney Fallati read the resolution regarding the establishment and use of credit cards as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville has adopted a Credit Card Policy governing the establishment  and use of any Town credit card accounts; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville wishes to establish and confirm the authorized accounts, credit balances and users, both with regard to the Town’s existing Staples credit card account and any additional Town credit card(s);
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville that (1) the Credit Card Authorization attached hereto is hereby adopted, pursuant to the Town’s Credit Card Policy; and (2) the Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to execute any applications, agreements or other documentation necessary to establish the credit card accounts as set forth in the Credit Card Authorization.
 
By motion made by Jason Rauf and seconded by Margaret Sedlmeir, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 8th day of November 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                              X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                          X
John Dolce, Councilman                                   X                                                                  
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                   X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                   X                              
 
End Resolution
 
7. The resolution which was passed by the Board at their Regular Meeting in October regarding sexual harassment reads as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, the State of New York incorporated into its 2019 budget various amendments to laws applicable to sexual harassment; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville previously adopted, pursuant to those amendments, the form Sexual Harassment Policy on the New York State Department of Labor website; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Clerk has prepared a printed version of the policy, including the New York State complaint form incorporated therein, and an accompanying poster in the form prescribed on the New York State Department of labor website;
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville that the attached policy and poster in their final form are hereby adopted.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to adopt the model sexual harassment policy put out by the New York State Department of Labor; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
By motion made by Marion Cooke and seconded by John Dolce, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 11th day of October 2018* (*Please refer to motion made at the October 11, 2018 Town Board Meeting).
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
End Resolution
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
1. Town Clerk Kraker read the Legal Notice regarding seasonal road closures as follows:
The Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville wishes to inform the residents of the Town and the Public that the following roads are Limited Use Highways and will not be maintained from December 1, 2018 through April 1, 2019:

Gulf Road Extension from Gulf Road to the northerly end of State Lands;
Kenyon Road from the intersection of Roney Road to CR 358;
Roney Road from last residential structure in from Pearson Road to the intersection of Kenyon Road;
Scutt Road from the southerly end of State Lands to CCC Road; and
Edwards Hill Road from 500 feet in from SR 145 to the top of the hill.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize the Town Clerk to place the above Legal Notice in the Altamont Enterprise; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
2. Town Clerk Kraker presented the Board with the list of Unpaid Water and Unpaid Sewer rents.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the list of Unpaid Water Rents and Unpaid Sewer Rents for 2018; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
3. Volunteer-of-the-Year Award recommendations as being sought and should be submitted by December 11, 2018.
 
4. The 2019 supplemental health insurance rates for the retirees will be going up. In-area rates will be going up 5.1% from $449.00 to $472.00 and out-of-area rates will be going up 4.7% from $489.00 to $513.00.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to authorize the Supervisor to renew the Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Medicare Advantage Plan for retirees to include the benefit of turning in their receipts over $500.00 which the Town will reimburse for their out-of-pocket co-pays for prescription drugs once they have submitted proof of expenditures of the initial $3,000.00. The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
5.  Supervisor Pfleging wished to remind everyone that on November 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm the Superintendent and Finance Director of the Middleburgh Central School District will be at the Tri-Village Fire House to discuss the bond that will be voted on December 12, 2018. The bond will be used to make repairs on roofs and sidewalks, replace windows and perform updates on both the Elementary School and the High School. Part of the repairs to the windows in the Elementary School will be under an energy grant from the State. Also, this bond is considered ‘tax-neutral’ as the previous bond will be expiring as this one kicks in.
 
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
Marie Dermody questioned how the new sexual harassment policy differs from the current one.  Attorney Fallati explained that the State makes changes to the content that the policy is required to have and must have explicit language regarding legal remedies as well as a complaint form. Interactive training has also been added as a new requirement.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 pm; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;
Victoria H. Kraker
Town Clerk
 
 
 
 
Notice of Town Hall Hours for the Holidays
 
Monday, Christmas Eve – CLOSED
Tuesday, Christmas Day – CLOSED
Monday New Year’s Eve Abbreviated Hours 9 am – Noon
Tuesday, New Year’s Day – CLOSED
 
 
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS WANTED

Town of Rensselaerville
 Seeking experienced drivers for our senior car and bus transportation services
 
Please call 239-4225 or 797-3798 and let us explain how you can provide a valuable community service
 

COMMUNITY EVENTS for December  2018

                                               by William Moore
 

 

 

December 1 – 1st Christmas Rummage Sale at Medusa Church from 9am to 3pm.

                        Lunch will be available. Museum of Medusa History will be open.

 

December 2 – Turkey Dinner at the Medusa Fire House from 11:30am to 2pm.

 

Medusa Community Tree Lighting Party at 6pm in the Church and around the             outdoor Community Christmas Tree. Bring a snack to share.

 

December 11 – Rensselaerville Seniors Club Pizza Party at 12noon at the Medusa Fire House.  Contact Ruth Snyder to attend.

 

December 15 – 2nd Christmas Rummage Sale at Medusa Church from 8-12 noon. No Lunch.
 

Breakfast at Medusa Fire House from 7 to 11 am.

 

December 25 – Christmas Eve Candle-Light Service at Medusa Church at 6pm.

 

 

Conkling Hall Event
 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A solo performance of Dickens' classic holiday tale!

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7 PM

Tickets at door: $15 for adults, $10 for students and Free for children under 10

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville NY 12147




 

 

Rensselaerville Library


 
EXTENDED TO YEAR END
Still time to participate!
Do you love to visit libraries? Join the Expedition and visit as many of the 36 unique libraries in Upper Hudson Library System as you can during September through December. It is a self-guided tour or road trip to our libraries as a family or a team of friends. Or maybe solo the journey to our intriguing destinations. You will win prizes along the way. Come learn all about this new effort and pick up your map.

 
 
 
Annual Greenery Sale
December 1, 2018
9-2pm
 
Trees, Sprays, Wreaths and Roping along Main Street.
Vendors inside the Library:
Baitsholts Farm, Jodi Banfelder – jewelry, Carr's Creek Soaps, Danielle Downes - Fiber Products, Eminent Earth, ​Kim Graff – Jewelry, Helderberg Brewery, Rensselaerville, Historical Society, Huyck Preserve, Rose Ingneri -Crochet items, Kuhar Family Farm, Lakeside Crafts, Partridge Run Farm and Apiary, Sheepy Valley Farms

 
December 2018

1 – 9-2pm – Greenery Sale – Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Sprays for sale along Main Street. Vendors located inside the library and activities for kids.
4 – 10:30am – StoryTime: Shadow Puppet Theater with the Gingerbread Man and stories about animals in winter Animal! Program includes stories, songs and art projects.
5 – 4-6pm – STEAM Lab – Edible Chemistry (jello worms, gelatin dots and more)- Students will learn about the chemical reactions/processes that happen when we prepare food.  Students will also create salt dough sculptures and learn about polymers and inorganic fillers.
8 – 4pm - Pre-performance appearance by Mr. Dickens. Come meet Mr. Dickens and hear him read 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' by Clement C. Moore. Free and suitable for all ages. Note: special opening of the Library at 4pm for this program.
11 – 10:30am – STEAM Art – Holiday Decorations – students will create 3D paper craft centerpieces.
11 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
12 – 4-6pm – STEAM Lab – Students will learn about ‘Stars’ and Stellated geometric shapes. Kids will become familiar with complex geometric shapes and the math/geometry behind them and make an awesome decoration.  Students will also discuss snowflakes and the concept of symmetry as it relates to snowflakes.
13 – 7pm – Writing Group: Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome.
18 – 10:30am – StoryTime: Winter Holidays! Program includes stories, songs and art projects.
18 – 7pm – Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees – public welcome, meeting is on the lower level.
19 – 4-6pm – STEAM Lab –Building Igloos out of marshmallows. During this program kids will discover how to build and engineer structures and determine which shapes are the strongest. Kids may also use KEVA blocks during this program.
25 – The Library is Closed for the Christmas Holiday.
26 – 10am – Kids Movie – Big Foot - Rated: NR, Length: 1:26
26 – 4-6pm – STEAM Lab –All about Me – Students will learn how the human body works through a variety of activities. Coloring pages will also be available for cut and paste activities.
27 – 6:30pm – Movie Night – Incredibles 2. Rated: PG, Length:1:51
 
HOURS
Tuesday & Wednesday
10-12 and 3-9pm
Thursday & Friday
4-9pm
Saturday
9-1pm
Sunday & Monday
Closed


 
January 2019

1-The Library is Closed for New Year’s Day
 
Job Opportunity - position is still open
Adult Library Page
Visit our Staff page for more details and the job application.

 
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Middleburgh Library -December 2018
 
Basket Raffle - The Middleburgh Library is having their yearly Basket Raffle.  There are 33 baskets to choose from.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  The drawing is on December 7 at Miracle on  Main Street.
 
12/3, 10, 17 -  Drop-in Teen Gaming - 3:30-5:30 PM - Stop in for snacks and gaming. We'll have games like King of Tokyo, Castle Panic, Sapien, Boss Monster, Forbidden Island, and Evolution. Drop in for a half hour or stay the whole time!  We will meet on Monday's from 3:30-5:30pm. This program is for kids 13 and up. Registration is suggested but not required. Call, stop in or sign up online.
 
12/4, 11, 18 - 10:45 AM - Drop-In Storytime - Get ready to move in this interactive storytime designed especially for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. We'll read books, sing songs, recite fingerplays, dance and watch a short movie based on a weekly theme. No registration required.
 
12/4, 11, 18 - 1:00-4:00 PM  - Mahjong Mania - Every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 a spirited group of people get together in the Community Room to play Mahjong.  Don't know how to play?  No problem!  They will teach you how.  No registration required.  
 
12/4, 11, 18 - 5:15 PM - Insight Meditation -   What do you want most deeply?  Seeing your life calmly and clearly helps answer this.  Insight Meditation is a simple way to steady your mind, stop wandering in day-dreams, and end the suffering of troubling thoughts.  Our group is a place to sit quietly in safety, supported by others; to allow understanding and compassion to arise; to encourage loving-kindness and patience.  We welcome those with no experience to advanced mediators', teens to seniors.  give it a try.   No registration is required.  There is no fee.   All are welcome. 
 
12/5, 12, 19 - 1:00 PM - Wednesday Matinee - Movies to be determined.
 
12/5, 12, 19 - 5:00-6:00 PM - Yoga Classes with Deb - 
12/5, 19 - Yoga Dance - Move, grove, shake up your body for better health.  Plus Qi Gong cool down. By donation, donations go to the library,  Please use back entrance as the library is closed that evening.
12/12 - Akhanda Yoga - Follow along with Vishva Ji Video.  A basic Hatha Yoga practice.  2nd Wednesday of each month.  By donation, donations go to the library,  Please use back entrance as the library is closed that evening.
 
12/7, 21 - 11:00-1:00 - Home Educators of Schoharie County - HEGS (Home Educators Group of Schoharie County) is a group of homeschooling families with a wide variety of backgrounds, approaches to education, and religious affiliations. We exist to provide secular support for homeschooling families, offer information about homeschooling, and to allow for the sharing of educational opportunities. We hope to increase public awareness, acceptance, and support of home education in Schoharie County.  Please check out our facebook page. Or contact Rebecca at veggiemamma@yahoo.com for more information.  We will meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 11 - 1.
 
12/7 - 5:30-8:00 - Miracle on Main Street - The Elves Toy Shop - At the Dr. Best House - Join us in the carriage house from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for hot cocoa, storytelling and crafts.
 
12/7 - 5:30-8:00 PM - Miracle on Main Street - At the Library - Activities to be publicized.
 
12/10 - 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - The public is welcome.
 
12/12 - 11:00 AM - Storytime with Miss Doreen -Theme -  What's the scent.
12/15 - 12:00-3:00 PM - Victorian Christmas Tea at the Dr. Best House & Museum - Join us for a fun filled afternoon of sweets, savories, tea, entertainment and fun.  The beautiful Dr Best House will be dressed up in her holiday finest and the table will be full of goodies for all.  Entrance is by donation.
 
12/18 - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - "Firefly Lane" by Kristen Hannah" - In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition.
So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.
 
 
12/24 - Christmas Eve - The Library is closed to observe the Holiday
 
12/25 - Christmas - The Library is closed to observe the Holiday
 
12/31 - New Years Eve - The library hours will be 1:30 to 5:00 PM - due to the holiday.
 
1/1/2019 - The Library is closed to observe the Holiday.
 
 
Not all of programs have been scheduled at time of printing.   Please check our Calendar on our website at www.middleburghlibrary.info. for future programs.
 
 
 
Rensselaerville Community Calendar 
 

Sat Dec 1, 2018
 

9am Annual Greenery Sale 
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville

Each year the Library sponsors an Annual Greenery Sale. Wreaths, trees, sprays,
and roping are available for purchase along festive Main Street. Meanwhile, inside the Library, local vendors can help you find the perfect gift for friends and family. The day also includes children's activities, a book sale, and a cookie sale. Vendors wanted! If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact the Library Director for more information or Fill out this FORM. Space is limited. Also consider being a part of our local gift certificate table. Home Made Cookie Makers Wanted! Are you interested in making a few cookies for our cookie sale? Please fill out this FORM or contact the Library. http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/greenery-sale.html 

9am Christmas Rummage Sale 
Medusa Church

1st Annual Christmas Rummage Sale at the Medusa Church. Lunch will be available.
 
2pm Holiday Eggnog Party 
Carey Institute for Global Good, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

Join us for our annual Holiday Party, featuring seasonal tastings from Helderberg Brewery. As a New York State Farm Brewery, we are proud to use 100% local ingredients in our beer, like grain from Schoharie and hops from East Berne. These delicious beers are brewed on site as product of our Craft Beverage Incubator project. We’ll also be serving our traditional eggnog, adapted from P.L. Elmore’s historic recipe. Elmore played an important role in the Institute’s history as co-founder of The Institute on Man and Science, along with his wife Katharine Huyck and their friends Winifred and Everett Clinchy. His recipe is tried and true. 

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Dec 2, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

11:30am Turkey Dinner 
Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 County Rte 351, Medusa

Family Style Turkey Dinner Adults: $13 Children 12 & under: $6 

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

6pm Tree Lighting 
Medusa Church

Medusa Tree Lighting Party at 6pm at the Medusa Church. 

Wed Dec 5, 2018 

11am HEAP Outreach Day 
Town of Rensselaerville, 87 Barger Road 

A representative will be at Town Hall to assist with HEAP applications and to answer questions. 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353 

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Fri Dec 7, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Dec 8, 2018
 

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353 

7pm Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

A full-length, solo, one-act from the classic. $15 for adults, $10 for students and Free for children under 10 

Sun Dec 9, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Tue Dec 11, 2018
 

12pm Rensselaerville Seniors Pizza Party 
Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 Co Rd 351, Medusa

Rensselaerville Seniors Pizza Party at 12:00 noon at the Medusa Fire House. 

7pm Town Board Work Meeting 

Wed Dec 12, 2018 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Thu Dec 13, 2018
 

7pm Town Board Meeting 
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road

Fri Dec 14, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Dec 15, 2018 

7am Breakfast at Medusa Fire House 
Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 Co Rd 351

Breakfast at the Medusa Fire House - all you can eat - Free Will Offering 

8am Christmas Rummage Sale 
2nd Christmas Rummage Sale from 8am - 12 noon at the Medusa Church

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353

Sun Dec 16, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353

4pm Uncovering Painful Family Secrets – And Publishing Them 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 Co Rd 353, Rensselaerville

What happens when you discover a secret that’s been carefully hidden in a family’s history? What should a reporter do when she finds out the truth? What are the ethical, moral and creative questions at play when investigating family tragedies and secrets? Joanne Drayton, Logan Nonfiction Alumna, will discuss the process of uncovering hidden facts, including family secrets like murder, tragedy and homosexuality for her most recent book, “Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love.” She will also talk about her reporting process, the ethical implications she faced and the decision to publish. Q&A and publication celebration to follow.  This event is presented as part of new Carey on Tap Series. 

Wed Dec 19, 2018 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Fri Dec 21, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

7pm Conkling Cafe' Open Mic 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

An open-mic event hosted by Amy Goodrich. We encourage all forms of appropriate performance art for all ages. Mic, sound system and piano available. Donations appreciated. Coffee, tea and treats available. Performers arrive 7:00 to 7:30 with music following. 

Sat Dec 22, 2018
 
 
4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353 

Sun Dec 23, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353 

Tue Dec 25, 2018 
All day All Town Offices Closed 

Wed Dec 26, 2018
 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

 6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Fri Dec 28, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Dec 29, 2018  

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353 

Sun Dec 30, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Tue Jan 1, 2019 
All day Town Offices Closed 
 
 
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