October 13, 2020


At the Budget Workshop for the 2019 Budget 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 October 2020 at 7:00 P.M., the following Board Members were present:


                                       Robin Deloria               Supervisor

                                       Lana Fennessy             Councilwoman

                                       David Olbert                Councilman

                                       Donald Bott                  Councilman

                                       Paul LaCourse              Councilman


Others present: Monica Young, Barbara Kearns, Mary Monaghan, Cliff Demars, Joan Burke, Bob Stringer, Jim Sorensen, David Dorey and Mary Pound.  Present on phone: Erica Demars, Lori Demars, Marlene Bott, Mary Lamphear, Sue Mills, Wes Miga, Debbie Damasevitz, Paul Cummings and Dave Hughes.


Supervisor Deloria called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the minutes of the September 29, 2020 meeting.  Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried. 


Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the General Fund Abstract #18 in the amount of $22387.36.  Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.


Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #18 in the amount of $11516.01.  Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.


Budget changes will be discussed at the October 27, 2020 meeting.


The Town Board has been required to pass a resolution effecting the recent changes in legislation for the Retention and Disposition Schedule for NY local Government.  Motion was made by Councilman Olbert for a Resolution adopting these new changes.  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 of Newcomb was originally given a grant from DASNY for an equestrian facility at the Lake Harris Campsite.  The grant would not have been enough to do what needed to be done to complete the project.  The Town requested a fund allocation for the purpose of constructing an invasive species boat wash station at the boat launch and the request was approved.  The grant will reimburse the Town up to $50,000.00.


NYSDEC has mandated that the Town have two certified operators for the sewer district.  Training for this will be held in 2021 and the Town will send two employees for this training.


The Town will need to get three estimates for tree removal at the Pine Cemetery.  Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the removal of the trees once we have received the estimates and determined the low bidder.  Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.


Joan Burke gave the Board a memo and announced that the NYS Board of Regents has granted a five-year provisional charter to the Newcomb Historical Museum.  Her memo also addressed the current petition circulating on the museum.


The annual Holiday Craft Fair has been cancelled to due COVID concerns.  The committee would still like to get presents from Santa for the children.  Councilwoman Fennessy will talk with the school to see if we can give out gifts.


During the public comment time, Bob Stringer questioned giving money to ESF and he had questions about the Chain Lakes contract with DEC.  Wes Miga stated that money for the fire tower would cost the taxpayer less than 10cents per $1000.  He also felt that Joan Burkes memo was a good conversation starter for all.


Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn the regular meeting and go into executive session.   Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried at 7:40 p.m.




                                                            Respectfully submitted_______________________