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2002-01 Council Minutes

Town Council Meeting - January 2, 2002

Present: Mayor Sam Pierce, Council Members Neal Roop, Ed Palsgrove, Ronnie Blacksten, Terry Petry and Jay Gullo, Town Attorney Michelle Ostrander.
Call to Order: Mayor Pierce called the January 2, 2002 Town Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Pierce then led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Recording and Agenda Policies: Mayor Pierce stated that the Town Meeting is recorded by electronic means, and that the meeting will follow an Agenda. Anyone who wishes to have a matter placed on the Agenda needs to submit the topic to the Mayor in writing by the last Wednesday of the month.
Previous Meeting Minutes: Mayor Pierce stated that Councilman Gullo had made corrections to the November 7, 2001 minutes that were illegible and Mayor Pierce received legible corrections today. The Town Clerk was out sick and was unable to make these corrections, so the November minutes cannot be approved tonight. The Mayor than stated that a draft copy of the December 5, 2001 meeting was distributed prior to the January 2, 2002 meeting. A motion to accept the December 5, 2001 minutes was made by Councilman Petry and seconded by Councilman Blacksten. Motion passed 5-0
Recommendation from MES: Mayor Pierce stated that MES sent a recommendation to the Town stating that the Town installs a line transfer switch along with several other items. This was recommended due to a black out the Town encountered about a month ago. This black out caused a few problems with some of the pump stations. The pump stations that would have this switch installed are the one at Coe Drive, and one at the end of Main Street. This would allow a generator to be attached to these pumps in the event that the Town would experience another power outage. This would allow the pump stations to continue with operations. The Mayor stated that the Council Members had a breakdown in their booklets showing the cost of the devices. The cost for the Coe Drive pump station is $3,143.19 and the one at the end of Main Street is $2,940.02. These costs include the transfer switch, wire, labor and installation that would be done by MES. Mayor Pierce stated that MES was asked to research and come up with a specification for a generator that could be used at other places, but at this time there is no portable generation. Because of the power outage, these pumps caused a sewerage back up. Councilman Gullo asked that if these switches were installed would this satisfy the State or would the State come back and require the Town to install individual generators. Mayor Pierce informed them that talking with Mr. Forsythe, who is the regional manager, felt that this would satisfy the State on a temporary basis. Councilman Petry asked how is the Town paying for the generator at the lagoon. Mayor Pierce stated that the Town wasn’t paying for this generator that it belonged to MES, it is on loan to the Town free of charge. Councilman Palsgrove felt that the Town should explore the cost of a generator and automatic transfer switch at each station. Another recommendation that came from MES was to put in each lift station a dial out for high volume. This would dial out directly to MES if these liA stations encountered a high volume. Councilman Gullo stated that there be a plan instituted on paper as to what would be done if something like this would happen again. Mayor Pierce stated that this issue would be tabled until further information could be obtained. Mason-Dixon Builders: Mayor Pierce stated that there was a representative from Mason-Dixon Builders, Mr. Eric Boner, who would like to share something with the Council and residents present. Mr. Boner stated they had a proposal in place to install a booster station. They met with the Water Task Force Committee. He stated that the Task Force is suppose to get back to Mason-Dixon Builders as to the cost for the Town engineer to do the work. Mayor Pierce brought everyone up to speed on the meeting with the Water Task Force. He stated that Councilman Palsgrove and Councilman Roop were present at this meeting. At the end of this meeting it was agreed that ARRO engineer, who is the Town engineer, would prepare a cost estimate for the engineering of this project. Mayor Pierce stated that the engineering would be done by ARRO if Mason-Dixon Builders agreed to pay for their services. He felt that this was the feeling of the Council to stick with the Town’s Master Plan. Mr. Boner felt that this was not the outcome from the meeting. He felt that they were giving ARRO an opportunity to do the business and if their cost estimate were in line with their engineer, then the Town would consider letting their engineer do the work.
Mayor Pierce stated that this was not the agreement. Councilman Gullo asked if the Town’s engineer felt that this concept would work. Mayor Pierce said that it depended on what concept they were talking about. He then displayed a blown up copy of what ARRO came up with and gave a detailed description as to what would happen if a booster pump were put in. The next question that Mayor Pierce brought up was the April 30, 2002 deadline. New Windsor Partnership is having new residents sign a form stating that if the problem is not corrected by this date that an individual booster pump will be installed in their home. Mr. Boner stated that there is only one house that has signed this document. Councilman Gullo stated the steps that were taken when a developer wanted to build something that was not required by the Town. When this was done the developer had to post some kind of guarantee, whether it be a letter of credit, a bond or something to say that although we showed you what we were going to build and the Town had their engineer review it and we built it with the Town engineer there while we did it, for some reason that it doesn’t work, the Town has this money available to go get what is needed to fix it. Councilman Gullo stated that back in November he stated that this is the criterion that needs to be met. Councilman Roop stated that at the Water Task Force Meeting he asked the question as to whether Mason-Dixon Builders was going to pay for ARRO to review the plans from Mason-Dixon Builder’s engineer. He stated that the answer he got was ”No”. Councilman Roop then stated that he felt that the Council would not approve it. Councilman Gullo felt that if New Windsor Partnership were to place individual pumps in each house this would eliminate them from the problem. But now New Windsor Heights comes to the Town with their plans and this problem begins all over. So he felt that the Council should address this problem now and try to solve it. Councilman Gullo then stated that the Council should take Mason-Dixon Builder’s offer to build the booster pump. Mayor Pierce stated that he would call ARRO and find out when the Town would receive an estimate to engineer the job and what the cost would be to review plans from another engineer. Councilman Gullo requested to have a meeting with legal counsel and the Planning Commission chairman. Councilman Roop asked to have ARRO present at future meetings where there will be a water or sewer issue presented.
Ms. Joann Sanford – 2S04 Carlisle Drive. She was concerned with the water tank. She felt that replacing or upgrading the tank should be a top priority of the Town instead of the low water pressure. Councilman Petry – that there is no light on the flag. Councilman Gullo – asked to have the outcome of the lawsuit with the Schneiders and Snaders. Attorney Michelle Ostrander stated that a hearing was scheduled for December 14, 2001. Michelle received a call from the attorney for the Snaders telling her that he and the attorney for the Schneiders are trying to work out a settlement of their differences, which would allow the Snaders to dismiss their appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Schneiders agreed to allow the Snaders some access rights along the easement to Route 31. It is on record as a Mutual dismissal of the two appeals with some other exhibits as to where ultimate conveyance in fee of roadway to the Snaders would be.
Sharon Nobles – would like to have notices published earlier. She stated that she only sees them posted on the bulletin board at Town Hall. She was informed that they are at the bank, post office and 7-11.
A walk through of the old middle school was done. Several different organizations were present including one of the County Commissioners. A Long Range Planning Session will be held on January 21, 2002. The Council, Mayor and mediator will be present. January 12 & 26, 2002 will be Christmas tree pick-ups. All trees need to be out by 8 a.m. The Council will be meeting with the Main Street Revitalization Committee following the Town Council Meeting. January 16, 2002 there will be a Public Hearing on the Main Street Project at the New Windsor Fire Hall. Displays will be available at 5:30 p.m. the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Adjournment: With no other business to be brought before the Town Council, a motion for adjournment was made by Councilman Palsgrove and seconded by Councilman Petry. Motion passed 5-0
Next Town Meeting: The next New Windsor Town Council Meeting will be held February 6, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in the New Windsor Fire Hall, 209 High Street.
Cindy L. Welker
Town Clerk

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