March 15, 2017
At the regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Newcomb, Essex County, N.Y., held at the Town Hall, Newcomb, N.Y., on the 15th of March 2017 at 11:00 A.M., the following Board Members were present:
Wester Miga Supervisor
Paul Hai Councilwoman
David Olbert Councilman
Joe Novak Councilman
Others present: Joan Burke and Mary Pound. Absent: Donald Bott.
Supervisor Miga called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M. Motion was made by Councilman Novak to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2016 meeting. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the General Fund Abstract #5 in the amount of $101633.31. Seconded by Councilman Hai and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Hai to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #5 in the amount of $47740.97 Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Novak to approve the Capitol Projects #5 Abstract #2 in the amount of $262.00. Seconded by Councilman Hai and carried.
April meeting dates were tentatively set for April 11th & 25th.
The assistant position for Planning/Zoning/Youth Commission will be filled by Kimberly Moses. She will shadow Jen Fifield beginning in April.
Quarterly Water & Sewer billing is as follows:
Water - $32895.00 Penalty - $47.30 Sewer - $13212.50 Penalty - $49.00
Total - $46203.80
The Board received an employment request from Doris Lenhart to sub for the cleaning positions.
Motion was made by Councilman Hai to approve the application for $75,000. for a Smart Growth Grant. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Joan Burke updated the Board on the Historical Museum renovation. They have decided to pull the application for a variance on the current property. New suggestions for the location for the Museum would be use of the Bissell barn and property or the new Welcome Center location. Discussion on this will be at the next meeting. The Museum has also acquired Susan Pruyn’s Santanoni collection from the Adirondack Museum. This is a very large expensive collection and will be a great addition to the Newcomb Museum.
There was discussion on the renovation projects around the town, renovating the skating rink, boat house roof, beach basketball courts, ski tow renovation and cook shack renovation.
The Board will be ordering T-Shirts for Newcomb Day. We are still waiting on some pricing before they are ordered.
Planning is starting for the annual Volunteer Dinner. We will check with the Long Lake Diner for available dates.
The Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department is in need of a new firetruck. They have saved $250,000. There was discussion on the Town donating $200,000. for the new truck. It was also recommended that they check with the NYS OGS surplus.
The Board received a letter of appreciation from Edna VanAuken for the medical transport service.
The Newcomb Chamber of Commerce had their meeting and they recommend that the potential Recreation and Tourism job be a full time position. The results are in on the survey for the community store. No one is available to spearhead the project.
SUNY ESF has a cook position available. There is discussion on potential benefits for the position.
Motion was made by Councilman Novak for a Resolution of support for the SUNY ESF Smart Growth application for the Masten House Lodging and Retreat Center proposal. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Hai to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Councilman Novak and carried at 12:45 p.m.