July 14, 2020
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 14th of July 2020 at 7:00 P. M., the following Board Members were present:
Robin Deloria Supervisor
Lana Fennessy Councilwoman
Donald Bott Councilman
Paul LaCourse Councilman
David Olbert Councilman
Others present: Kevin Bolan and Mary Pound. Conference call - Laurinda Minke, Sue Mills, Marlene Bott, Mary Lamphear, Mary Monaghan, Denise Bolan, Cliff Demars, Sue Paul, Anita Brudage.
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor Deloria. Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the minutes of the June 30, 2020 meeting. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried. Motion was made by Councilman Olbert to approve the minutes of the special meeting of the Board on June 13, 2020. Seconded by Councilman Bott and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman LaCourse to approve the General Fund Abstract #12 in the amount of $14240.13. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried.
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to approve the Highway Fund Abstract #12 in the amount of $14901.22. Seconded by Councilman LaCourse and carried.
Motion was made by Councilwoman Fennessy to approve the Capital Projects #3 Buildings Abstract #6 in the amount of $247.76. Seconded by Councilman Olbert and carried.
Supervisor Deloria gave an update from the June 30, 2020 Executive Session. The Board met to discuss employment history of Dave Hughes. Once the Board was out of executive session they voted to hire Mr. Hughes full time for the Events Marketing position.
The Board held a special meeting on June 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm to award Peckhams a contract for paving the salt shed yard in the amount of $99,830.00.
The Town Board received a letter from Sue Mills regarding public attendance at the Town Board meetings.
On July 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo extended the suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until August 5, 2020. Meetings will remain at the Town Hall subject to the Governors Executive order and local state of emergency orders for Newcomb and not permit in-person access to the public at this time.
Due to the NYS Health Dept. guidelines for social distancing, the Town of Newcomb has decided to cancel Newcomb Day, Bands on the Beach, and TR Weekend will be “Virtual.”
The Board received a copy of the MOU (Memo of Understanding) from the Open Space Institute regarding the McNuaghton Cottage for the conservation easement. The Board needs to read it over and come back ready to discuss at the next meeting.
Ruth Olbert provided the Board with information on “EarthCam” camera system that would stream live video at locations designated around Newcomb. The Town will explore other options before deciding on this.
Councilman Olbert brought up the Woodruff Pond Trail. The trail needs a lot of work and he hopes that we will be able to work on it this summer. Also there are headstones that have fallen down at the Huntington Cemetery. The Town will work on getting someone to get these repaired.
The Town of Newcomb has a very low percentage of residents that have responded to the US Census. We need to get the word out and encourage residents to complete the 2020 US Census.
During the public comment time Sue Mills questioned why the Town has not opened the meetings to the public and would they consider moving the meeting to the Fire Hall. Sue Paul questioned the Town of Newcomb job hiring practices. She felt that the full time job that Dave Hughes was hired for should have been advertised. Denise Bolan, Anita Brudage, Mary Monaghan and other callers felt that the Town should have posted the position. Ruth Olbert commented that Dave Hughes will do a great job but felt that Lauinda Minke should have been considered for the job. Laurinda Minke felt that she should have had the right for “first refusal.”
Motion was made by Councilman Bott to adjourn. Seconded by Councilwoman Fennessy and carried at 8:20 pm.