September 27, 2022
BEEKMAN TOWN BOARD
TOWN BOARD MEETING AGENDA
SEPTEMBER 27, 2022
 
7:00 PM
  •       Meeting called to order
  •       Pledge of Allegiance
  •       Administrative Announcement--Fire Exits
 
TOWN BOARD MEETING
  • Supervisor Comments
  • Public Comment on Agenda Items and Resolutions - 3 Minute Limit
 
RESOLUTIONS 
  1. Approval of September 13, 2022 Minutes
  2. Approve Town of Beekman Budget Revision 2022-#09
  3. Establish Highway Garage Facilities Improvements Capital Fund
  4. Set Public Hearing to Override Tax Cap for 2023
  5. Correct the Dates of Future Town Board Meetings
  6. Settlement with Former Town Highway Employee
  7. Appointment of Town Forester
  8. Adopt the Town Fee Schedule
  9. Approve Senior Oktoberfest
  10. Payment of Claims
 Other Town Board Business
  • General Board Comments
  • Public Comments - 3 Minute Limit
  • Next Special Town Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • Next Regular Town Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM
*AGENDA SUBJECT TO CHANGE
 RESOLUTIONS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION
    
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22-1
RE:  APPROVAL OF PAST TOWN BOARD MINUTES
WHEREAS, Town Clerk Laureen Abbatantuono has provided copies of the minutes of the September 13, 2022 Town Board Meeting to all members of the Beekman Town Board; and
WHEREAS, Town Board members have had the opportunity to review said minutes;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby accepts the minutes of the September 13, 2022 Town Board Meeting.
Introduced:  COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
Seconded:    COUNCILMAN BATTAGLINI
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler               AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci             AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
   
RESOLUTION 09:27:22-2
RE: APPROVE TOWN OF BEEKMAN BUDGET REVISIONS #2022-09
WHEREAS, the Town of Beekman’s Accounting Office recommends certain budget revisions based on department requests and/or the Accounting Office review and analysis of expenditures or revenues
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following itemized revisions are approved by the Town of Beekman Town Board identified as Budget Revision Number #2022-09
Budget Revisions for September 2022 # 2022-09
Revision #           Account #            Account Title                                      Increase               Decrease
General Fund
 
2022-09-01          A-1315-0470       Financial Consulting                           14,000
                           A-1420-0420       Legal Counsel Court                             3,000
                          A-1420-0440       Legal Counsel - Labor                         10,000
                          A-1220-0101      Supervisor Staff                                                                   27,000
                                                   -Transfer for Professional Services
 
2022-09-02          A-1355-0112       Assessor P.T. Staff                               3,000
                           A-1355-0100       Town Assessor                                                                     3,000
                                                    -Transfer Salary Adjustment
 
2022-09-03          A-3620-0404       Safety Training                                         135
                           A-3620-0401       Safety Supplies                                                                       135
                                                    -Transfer for Training
 
2022-09-04          A-6772-0401       Aging Program Supplies                       500
                           A-6772-0413       Aging Program Consultants                                                      500
                                                    -Transfer for Supplies
 
2022-09-05          A-7020-0400       Office Expense                                         40
                           A-7020-0401       Office Supplies                                                                             40
                                                  Transfer for Office Expense
 
2022-09-06          A-7110-0494       Mowing Expense                                 2,500
                           A-7110-0497       Maintenance Expense                            500
                           A-7110--0400     Park Expense                                                                           3,000
                                                   -Transfer for Parks Upkeep
 
2022-09-07          A-7114-0400       Beyer Park Expense                               170
                           A-7113-0400       Doherty Park Expense                                                               170
                                                   -Transfer for Expense
 
2022-09-08          A-7180-0401       Lake Chemicals                                     3,600
                           A-7180-0400       Lake Expense                                                                        3,600
                                                  -Transfer for Chemical Expense
 
Highway Fund
 
2022-09-09          DA-5110-0403    Repairs Stone                                        2,000
                           DA-5110-0410    Repairs Blacktop                                                                    2,000
                                                   -Transfer for Stone Supplies
 
2022-09-10          DA-9950-0900    Transfer to Capital Fund                   50,000
                           DA-9010-0800    State Retirement                                                                  48,948
                           DA-9030-0800    Social Security                                                                       1,052
                                                   -Transfer for Ban Debt Service
 
Sewer Fund
 
2022-09-11          SS-8189-0480     Other Expenses                                        3,000
                           SS-8189-0470     Sludge Removal                                                                   3,000
                                                     -Transfer for Misc. Expenses
 
Capital Fund
 
2022-09-12          H-5132-0440       Garage Consulting                                15,000
                           H-5132-0490       Garage other Expenses                          1,510
                           H-5132-0500       Garage Improvements                       200,000
                           H-0000-5030       Transfer In General Fund                   216,510
                                                    -Open New Capital Fund
 
2022-09-13          H-1620-0470       Town Consulting                                 37,240
                           H-1620-0500       Town Hall Improvement                                                       37,240
                                                   -Change Order # 11 Transfer
 
Introduced:    COUNCILMAN BATTAGLINI
Seconded:     COUNCILWOMAN WOHRMAN
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler               AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci              AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
 
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22 -3
RE: ESTABLISHING HIGHWAY GARAGE FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS CAPITAL PROJECT
WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Beekman desires to make improvements to the Town Highway Facilities and
WHEREAS, the Town will establish a capital fund to pay the costs of preliminary engineering studies, and
WHEREAS, the Town is engaging Professional Consulting Firm to conduct such preliminary studies,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Beekman authorizes the initial appropriation of $250,000 for the establishment of the Highway Garage Facilities Improvements Capital Project with a transfer from the General Fund.
Introduced:   SUPERVISOR COVUCCI
Seconded:     COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler              AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci              AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
   
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22 - 4
RE: SET PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSAL FOR LOCAL LAW TO OVERRIDE THE TAX LEVY LIMIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023
WHEREAS, The Financial Advisor has determined that it could be necessary for the Town of Beekman to exceed the limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Town of Beekman for fiscal year 2023; and
WHEREAS,a proposed local law has been prepared to override the tax levy limit for fiscal year ending in 2023pursuant to General Municipal Law 3-C;
NOW, THREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board hereby schedules a Public Hearing of said Local Law to be held on October 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm at Town Hall, 4 Main Street, Poughquag, NY and that notice of the time and place of such hearing be posted and published once in the Poughkeepsie Journal, a newspaper circulating in the Town of Beekman, on the bulletin board in the Town Clerk’s office as well as the Town of Beekman Website; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board will also accept written public comments until 4:00 PM on October 11, 2022.
Introduced:    COUNCILWOMAN WOHRMAN
Seconded:      COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler              AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci              AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
  
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22 -5
RE: CORRECTION OF THE RESCHEDULED TOWN BOARD MEETINGS
WHEREAS, at the September 13, 2022 Town Board Meeting, the dates for the rescheduled Town Board Meetings were noticed incorrectly;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following schedule be observed:
Thursday, November 3, 2022 (Beekman Community Center)
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Tuesday, December 20, 2022; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED All meetings with the exception of November 3, 2022, which will be held at the Community Center at 7 PM, will take place at Beekman Town Hall, 4 Main Street at 7 PM.
Introduced:     COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
Seconded:       COUNCILWOMAN WOHRMAN
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler              AYE
Councilman Battaglini          AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman     AYE
Supervisor Covucci             AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
   
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22-6
RE: RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF BEEKMAN AUTHORIZING THE SUPERVISOR TO TAKE CERTAIN ACTIONS IN SETTLEMENT OF A CLAIM ASSERTED BY A FORMER TOWN OF BEEKMAN HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE
WHEREAS, a former employee of the Town of Beekman Highway Department (the “Employee”) claims that, in or about May and August of 2022, he was compelled by the Town of Beekman Highway Superintendent (the “Superintendent”) to expend thirty (30) hours of accrued leave time to cover absences from work, caused by work-related injuries or conditions, for which he received workers’ compensation benefits; and
WHEREAS, the Employee further claims that the Superintendent had not previously required him to expend accrued leave time to cover absences from work, caused by work-related injuries or conditions, for which he received workers’ compensation benefits; and
WHEREAS, the Employee claims that the Superintendent required him to so expend his accrued leave time in wrongful retaliation for the Employee’s assertion of his rights regarding the Superintendent allegedly creating a hostile work environment, Employee objecting to the Superintendent’s claimed ridicule and bullying and the Superintendent purportedly coercing Employee into signing a workplace complaint against a fellow employee; and
WHEREAS, the Employee has requested that the Town compensate him for the accrued leave time which he asserts the Superintendent compelled him to expend as memorialized hereinabove; and
WHEREAS, the Employee has intimated to Town officials that he is contemplating commencing a lawsuit, and/or bringing related administrative claims, against the Town premised upon the Superintendent’s hereinabove alleged misconduct.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY: RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby determines that the cost of defending a lawsuit and/or administrative claim premised upon the Superintendent’s hereinabove alleged misconduct will likely far exceed the cost of paying the Employee the value of the accrued leave time which he asserts the Superintendent compelled him to expend as memorialized hereinabove; and let it be further
RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby determines that the Employee should only be compensated for the value of said accrued leave time in exchange for a general release in favor of the Town from the Employee of all lawfully releasable claims which he currently possesses against the Town; and let it be further
RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby determines that a onetime payment to the Employee as provided for hereinabove would be a valid expenditure of municipal resources as it will limit the exposure of the Town and its residents, to the greatest extent legally permissible, from potential monetary damages and legal costs, including the Town’s legal expenses and those of the Employee, which the Town would likely be compelled to reimburse in the event of an unfavorable resolution of a potential lawsuit and/or administrative claim brought by the Employee premised upon the Superintendent’s hereinabove alleged misconduct; and let it be further
RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby authorizes the Town Supervisor to offer to pay to the Employee the value of thirty (30) hours of accrued leave time, at his wage rate which was in effect as of his last date of employment with the Town, in exchange for the Employee’s execution and delivery to the Town of a general release as provided for hereinabove; and let it be further
RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby authorizes the Supervisor to execute any and all documents required to effectuate the terms and conditions of this Resolution, subject to the review and approval as to form and content by the Attorney for the Town.
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE
TOWN OF BEEKMAN, NEW YORK
Introduced:  COUNCILMAN BATTAGLINI
Seconded:    COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler               AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci              AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
  
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22-7
RE: APPOINT TOWN FORRESTER
WHEREAS, the Timber Law adopted by the Town of Beekman on December 1, 2020, requires the services of a qualified professional forester on an as needed basis for various necessary review, compliance and written findings when required;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Beekman Town Board hereby retains the services of Chris Prentis, Lower Hudson Forestry Services, LLC at an hourly rate of $85.00.
Introduced:   SUPERVISOR COVUCCI
Seconded:     COUNCILWOMAN WOHRMAN
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler              AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci              AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
   
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22-8
RE: RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF BEEKMAN
ADOPTING THE FEE SCHEDULE
WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Beekman adopted Local Law No. 1 of 2022 on September 13, 2022 amending the process by which the Town Board sets administrative fees and penalties, by deleting certain provisions of the Code of the Town of Beekman concerning fees and penalties and replacing them with new sections that, include the authorization for the creation, by resolution of the Town Board, of a separate Fee Schedule;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby adopts the attached 2022 Fee Schedule.
Introduced:    COUNCILWOMAN WOHRMAN
Seconded:      COUNCILMAN BATTAGLINI
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler             AYE
Councilman Battaglini          AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman     AYE
Supervisor Covucci             AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
    
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22-9
RE: APPROVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR SENIOR OKTOBERFEST
WHEREAS, the Senior Center has an Oktoberfest scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2022 from the hours of 11 am to 2 pm, at Recreation Park, and
WHEREAS, the costs of the meal will be covered by the
$11.00 per person fee for Town of Beekman Senior residents and a
$14.00 per person fee for non-residents/ non-seniors collected for the party,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following expenditures be authorized,
Harvest Duo for an amount not to exceed $250.00.
Paper products and associated items for a cost of $100.00.
Introduced:    COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
Seconded:      COUNCILWOMAN WOHRMAN
***Supervisor Covucci made a friendly amendment to add “Senior” to the per person fee for Beekman residents. Seconded by Councilman Battaglini. ***
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler               AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman      AYE
Supervisor Covucci             AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
 
 
RESOLUTION NO. 09:27:22-10
RE:  PAYMENT OF CLAIMS
WHEREAS, the Bookkeeper has audited and approved claims pursuant to Sect. 119 of Town Law as set forth in the attached abstracts; be it
RESOLVED, that the payment, therefore, is hereby authorized as follows:
Claims to be paid from the A-General Fund                                  $        92,498.12
Claims to be paid from the DA-Highway Fund                              $      130,069.18
Claims to be paid from the SS- Dover Ridge Sewer District          $          8,626.80
Claims to be paid from the SW - Dover Ridge Water District        $          3,473.64
Claims to be paid from the T-Trust & Agency Fund                     $        20,116.63
Claims to be paid from the H-Capital Fund                                $        12,003.71
                                                                                            $       266,788.08
 
09/15/2022 Payroll #19
                        General Fund                                                 $        36,477.97
                        Highway Fund                                                $        18,800.89
                                                                                            $        55,278.86
 Introduced:   COUNCILMAN BATTAGLINI
Seconded:     COUNCILMAN STIEGLER
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Councilman Stiegler              AYE
Councilman Battaglini           AYE
Councilwoman Wohrman     AYE
Supervisor Covucci             AYE
Dated: September 27, 2022
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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