February 9, 2021
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 9th of February 2021 at 7:00 P. M., the following Board Members were present:
Robin Deloria Supervisor
Lana Fennessy Councilwoman
Donald Bott Councilman
David Olbert Councilman
Paul LaCourse Councilman
Others present: Joan Burke, Cliff Demars and Mary Pound. Zoom: Barbara Kearns, Marlene Bott, Nicole Garrido, Erica Demars, Debbie Damasevitz, George Damasevitz, Mary Lamphear, Wes Miga, Dave Dorey, Duane Finch, Tyler Lamphear, Francis Cummings, Sue Mills, and Kevin Bolan.
Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Deloria at 7:00 pm. Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the minutes of the January 26, 2021 meeting. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the General Fund Abstract #3 in the amount of $18181.49. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #3
in the amount of $6946.48. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the Capital Projects #3 Buildings Abstract #1 in the amount of $10951.76. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
The Town and the Newcomb Snowmobile Club need to have a simple contract agreement for work and reimbursement for work on the trails. Wes Miga, Councilman Olbert and Councilman Bott are appointed to a committee to work with the Snowmobile Club to work out a contract.
The Town Attorney has provided documents for the Winebrook Hills Water and Sewer District deed transfer. Motion was made by Councilman Bott for a Resolution authorizing the confirmation of Town ownership of property on behalf of both the Winebrook Water District and the Winebrook Sewer District. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried by roll call vote: Supervisor Deloria – Aye, Councilman Bott – Aye, Councilwoman Fennessy – Aye, Councilman LaCourse – Aye and Councilman Olbert – Aye. The Town will have to publish a Notice of Adoption of Resolution subject to Permissive Referendum.
Supreme Court Justice Bruening has approved the sale of the historic Episcopal Church to the Town.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution condemning the unlawful entry into the US Capital Building on January 6, 2021.
Councilman LaCourse made a motion for a Resolution to amend the purchase price of the 2022 Western Star 4900SF at State Contract pricing to $212302.89. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Nature Conservancy, Open Space Institute and ADK Mountain Club have come out in support of the DEC in their lawsuit against Protect the Adirondacks and their “timber tree cutting lawsuit.” There was discussion on the article by the Adirondack Explorer. It was felt that the article was based totally on the opinion of Peter Bauer of Protect the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Explorer also plans to call out Kathy Moser of Open Space Institute and Joe Martens. Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to temporarily suspend advertising with the Adirondack Explorer. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Community Bank will be changing their banking hours in Long Lake and Indian Lake starting in April 2021. Indian Lake will be open M-W- F and Long Lake will be open T-Th.
Councilman Fennessy questioned the timeline on the AT&T tower. There is no date set but they did pour concrete on site and are continuing to work on the construction of the tower.
Kevin Bolan reported that they are still trying to get the COVID vaccine here in Newcomb. They are also assisting seniors with appointments for the vaccine in other locations. Joan Burke suggested working with Adirondack Life for articles and advertising. They will be coming out with an article on the Douglas Legg search in the next issue. Laurinda Minke reported that we are already committed to advertising with Adirondack Explorer in their next issue. Kevin Dewey wants the town to use volunteers to do the snowmobile trail maintenance. He would like the town to unhook the drag from the groomer and the club will take care of the trails.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried at 7:40 pm.