2018-01-10 / Front Page

Roxbury, Middletown appointments made for new year by town boards

By Claire Burnett

Kenneth Davie “Macker,” elected to the Roxbury Town Board in November, joined Supervisor Tom Hynes and town board members Allen Hinkley, Edward Raeder and Carol Murray at the town’s annual re-organizational meeting last week.

After hearing a series of reports on special projects, the five made quick work of the task of the annual re-organizational effort that included everything from establishing meeting dates for the coming year, to reappointing staff and committees and formalizing other relationships required to carry out the governing functions of the community.

Edward Raeder was named Deputy Town Supervisor and Tom Tompkins was re-appointed Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer. Planning Board members Joseph Farleigh and David Cowan were re-appointed. Historic Commission members Michael Mathis and Lewis Wendell were also re-appointed. Carolyn Faraci was re-appointed as Bookkeeper and Deputy Town Clerk #1. Bill Sprague was re-appointed as Deputy Highway Superintendent.

For 2018, the Town Board will meet the second Monday of each month at the Town Hall, though the April and August meetings will be at the Grand Gorge Civic Center. The meetings will start at 7:30 p.m.

Additional meeting dates

The November Town Board meeting will be Thursday Nov. 8. The Planning Board will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The Historic Preservation meeting will hold itself in the Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. in January, April, June, October the third on Saturday. Each meeting occurs on the third Saturday of these months.

A seat on the Planning Board was left vacant as was one on the Historic Commission.

Of significant note was that the town’s Good Neighbor fund still has a healthy balance of $225,007. Good Neighbor Funds were given to each New York City watershed community as a result of the Memorandum of Agreement negotiated by Governor George Pataki’s office in 1997. The funds were intended to allow communities to re-invest in themselves. Most communities quickly spent the funding down and did away with the accounts. But Roxbury has carefully guarded its investments giving it an ongoing capacity to re-invest in the future.

Middletown

By Paula DeSimone

In its annual re-organization meeting last Wednesday evening, Jan. 3, new town board member Julia Reischel slipped seamlessly into the seat of her predecessor, Mike Finberg and was appointed to serve on the Legislation and Policy Committee as well as the Building and Zoning Committee. Additionally, Reischel acknowledged a possible conflict of interest related to her work in the law office of Town Justice John Fairbairn. Reischel plans to recuse herself from any voting matters relating to the Town Justice Court. The board agreed to continue its current meeting schedule with workshop meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 6 :00 p.m., and a regular meeting the second Wednesday at 6 p.m. both in the Middletown Town Hall, 42339 State Highway 28, Margaretville.

Town leaders were brought up to date on the New Kingston Wastewater Management Project at the January 3 meeting. After careful examination of the New Kingston area for the Community Wastewater leach field, which requires 10 acres for the project John Mathiesen of Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), determined that the Moriarity property was the most appropriate.

Unfortunately, another buyer is considering acquisition of 300 acres which is a major concern for the board. Under these circumstances, the CWC proposes that the Town of Middletown buy the entire 300 acres, keeping 40 acres for the previous owners homestead, using 10 acres for the wastewater project and then selling the unused property. The cost would be approximately $750,000. The next conceivable site in the area would cost approximately $1.25 million. The board decided they must consider the offer and move swiftly.

Lamont Operations had a quiet month with the frigid cold limiting their actions. Once the freezing temperatures subside they will begin repairs on tanks and a damaged fire hydrant.

CEO Chris Plante notified the board of his concern with the Fleischmanns Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) not accepting his recommendations for the 1112 Main Street building. If the ZBA does not agree with the CEO it is expected that the building owner, Avi Mendlovic, will file a legal suit against the Village of Fleischmanns and the Town of Middletown.

Chris Plante feels confident in his decision but is concerned. Patrick Davis advised that Middletown has insurance against such actions.

Another concern for Plante is the amount of time and energy spent in Fleischmanns dealing with permits and other issues. Fleischmanns is under contract with the Town of Middletown for Plante’s services and Fleischmanns is getting the larger portion of his workday. He feels the current situation is not cost justified. The board is considering renegotiation of the contract and asked Plante to gather information on permits and hours to bring before the board for review. In the future, Middletown will sit down with the Fleischmanns Village Board and discuss the issues.

In other action at the meeting, Deputy Highway Superintendent Michael Hill was unanimously granted a pay raise of 55 cents per hour.

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