April 13, 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 13th of April 2021 at 7:00 P.M., the following Board Members were present:
Robin Deloria Supervisor
Lana Fennessy Councilwoman
David Olbert Councilman
Paul LaCourse Councilman
Don Bott Councilman
Others present: Cliff Demars, Joan Burke and Mary Pound. Zoom: Duane Finch, Melissa Yandon, Mary Lamphear, Marlene Bott, Lori Demars, Laurinda Minke, Dave Hughes, George Sogoian, Niki Garrido, Sue Mills, George Damasevitz, and Wes Miga.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the minutes of the March 23, 2021 meeting. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to approve the General Fund Abstract #7 in the amount of $31725.66. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #7 in the amount of $12670.57. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the Capital Projects #3 Buildings Abstract #2 in the amount of $3123.15. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to approve the Capitol Projects #8 Santanoni Abstract #1 in the amount of $26527.77. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Discussion on the Procurement Policy was tabled until the next meeting.
The US House Appropriations Committee has given each member of Congress authority to nominate up to ten community projects for the Fiscal year 2022. Suggestions for a project were accepted until April 5. Supervisor Deloria applied for a community project grant to help with architectural and engineering costs for the Welcome Center Project. The Town should here if accepted by April 16, 2021.
Environmental and Fueling Systems will be cleaning the tanks and providing a closure report for the tanks on the Bissell property. Ben Hankins from DEC will be on site on April 14, during the soil testing. Essex County DPW will allow the Town to use one of its trucks to haul any necessary soil to the burn plant.
The Town Board approved the Agreement to Spend Town Highway Funds.
Motion was made by Councilman Olbert for a Resolution in support of the County Resolution of broadband and cellular coverage in Essex County. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
New York State has a new law allowing the County, by local law, to authorize the County to participate in a Deer Hunting Pilot Program. This would allow 12 year old’s to hunt deer when accompanied by a parent of guardian 21 years of age or older that has at least three years hunting experience.
The low bidder on the tree removal for the Pine Hill Cemetery was High Peaks Tree Removal. Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to award the bid to High Peaks Tree Removal in the amount of $18800.00. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
The Town received three applicants for each position advertised. Interviews should begin next week and all applicants will be interviewed.
There was discussion on whether to do the fireworks on TR weekend or Labor Day weekend. The Board took a vote and it was decided on Labor Day weekend.
The town is planning to purchase a purple, zipper polyester tote bag for the Newcomb Day Alumni Reunion.
Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to appoint Councilman Olbert to act as the official representative for the Town of Newcomb Youth Commission and Councilwoman Fennessy will act as the alternate. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
Highway Superintendent Demars reported that he met with OSI to discuss the work that will be done at the Tahawus parking lot and Blast Furnace.
Councilman Bott suggested that we get a sample tote bag for the Newcomb Day gift before we purchase them. He also recommended that we keep going with the repairs on the ski tow.
Councilman Olbert would like to know what the cost of the bank renovation has been so far. He also questioned the status of advertising with the Adirondack Explorer.
Councilwoman Fennessy questioned plans for Newcomb Day. She will contact the school regarding food for the day.
Joan Burke would like to have work done on the cemetery at the Upper Works.
Wes Miga thanked Highway Supt. Cliff Demars for is work with OSI. He reminded all of the restrictions and protocol that we need to follow for any of the scheduled events in Town.
Laurinda Minke encouraged the Town to advertise with the Adirondack Explorer. The have a readership of over 40,000.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried at 8:18 pm.