Town of Lake Luzerne
Special Town Board Meeting
April 5, 2021
Supervisor Merlino called special meeting to order at 7pm with the following members present: Councilman O’Neal, Councilman Lewandowski, Councilman Fazio, Councilman Waterhouse. Also present: Highway Supt. Deuel, Deputy Highway Supt. Brooks, Attorney for the Town, David Mitchell, Esq.
Floor open for comment on agenda legislation only:
RESOLUTION 47 of 2021
RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY SUPERVISOR MERLINO
APPROVING THE NEW YORK STATE MANDATED PUBLIC EMPLOYER HEALTH EMERGENCY PLAN FOR THE TOWN OF LAKE LUZERNE
WHEREAS, on Labor Day, 2020, the New York State Governor signed legislation (S8617B/A10832) requiring all public employers to create plans to protect employees and contractors in the event of another public health emergency declaration in New York State, and
WHEREAS, the requirements of these plans applies to all local county and state government entities, including Towns and these plans must be finalized by April 1, 2021, and
WHEREAS, the “Public Employer Health Emergency Plan for the Town of Lake Luzerne” was completed and signed off by the Supervisor and Councilmen, and Filed in the Office of the Town Clerk on March 30, 2021, and
WHEREAS, a copy of this plan shall be immediately available to all employees and the public on the Town of Lake Luzerne Web site and posted at all Town of Lake Luzerne municipal buildings.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Supervisor Merlino and the Town Board of Lake Luzerne hereby approves the New York State Mandated Public Employer Health Emergency Plan for the Town of Lake Luzerne.
Resolution seconded by Councilman Waterhouse. Discussion: Councilman Waterhouse thanked Attorney Mitchell for the work he did on the plan. All in favor, Aye, None Opposed. Resolution Adopted 5-0.
RESOLUTION 48 of 2021
RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY DEPUTY SUPERVISOR WATERHOUSE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT TO PURCHASE THE NECESSARY MATERIALS TO COMPLETE THE 2” WATERLINE LOOP ON CIRCULAR STREET, WHERE PURCHASING AUTHORITY SHALL NOT EXCEED $10,000.00
WHEREAS, Lake Luzerne Highway Superintendent Ron Deuel has requested the Board authorize the expenditures necessary to complete the water loop on Circular Street to eliminate the “open bleeder” on the line and thus closing the loop, and
WHEREAS, closing this loop and eliminating the bleeder with increase the integrity of the water system and eliminate water waste from the use of a bleeder, and
WHEREAS, the highway Superintendent estimates the need for approximately 1,500 feet of 2” pipe, along with various fittings, rental equipment and/or DOH required engineering reports to complete this project, and
WHEREAS, due to the above-average seasonal temperatures, the Highway Superintendent desires to purchase the necessary material for this project and complete the Circular Street waterline loop project as soon as possible so as to minimize the inconveniences for the residents in this area.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board of Lake Luzerne hereby authorizes Highway Superintendent Deuel to purchase the necessary materials, including 1500’ of 2” pipe, assorted fittings, rental equipment and/or any DOH required engineering designs and/or reports to complete the Circular Street water line loop project, where total purchasing authority is not to exceed $10,000.00 for all materials, rental equipment and/or any required DOH engineering reports.
Resolution seconded by Councilman Lewandowski. Discussion : On Circular Street there is a 2” water line at the end of the line. Water is discolored. A bleeder has run to keep the water clear . Connecting the two lines will eliminate running the bleeder. This purchase is just for this project. Supt Deuel will make a list of projects for the board. All in favor, aye. None opposed. Resolution adopted 5-0.
RESOLUTION 49 of 2021
RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY COUNCILMAN FAZIO
AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE SELECTION OF AN ENGINEERING FIRM
FOR THE TOWN OF LAKE LUZERNE FOR THE GRANT SUBMISSION UNDER
THE BRIDGENY GRANT PROGRAM
WHEREAS, The Town of Lake Luzerne, New York is seeking to retain an engineering firm for assistance with preparing and submitting one or more applications for bridge and culvert projects that could be funded under the BridgeNY program, and
WHEREAS, In accordance with the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) Local Design Services Agreement, The Town of Lake Luzerne, New York is requesting a supplemental proposal for this project and if funding is received under the BridgeNY for this project, the selected firm may also be utilized to perform preliminary and final design, right-of-way incidentals and acquisition, construction support, and construction inspection, subject to negotiation of fair and reasonable scope and fee.
WHEREAS, the Town of Lake Luzerne issued a Request For Quotation (RFQ) for the above project and received several qualified submissions and those submissions were delivered to the Supervisor and Councilmen for review, analysis and selection of a qualified firm, and
WHEREAS, the Supervisor and Town Councilman have selected a qualified engineering firm to prepare and submit the application(s) to the NYS BridgeNY grant program on behalf of the Town of Lake Luzerne.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Supervisor Merlino and the Town Board of Lake Luzerne hereby approves and authorizes the selection of the engineering firm of CHA Consultant firm to prepare and submit the application(s) to the NYS BridgeNY grant program on behalf of the Town of Lake Luzerne.
Resolution Seconded by Councilman O’Neal. Discussion: Highway Supt recommends CHA. Mr. Ecker made a presentation last year. All in favor, aye. None opposed. Resolution adopted 5-0.
Floor open to public comment: None
Motion by Councilman Waterhouse, seconded by Councilman Fazio to Adjourn Special meeting. All in favor, aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.
Town Board continued with Agenda meeting topics and discussion for the Regular meeting on April 12th.
James Fitzgerald presented training and certifications that qualify him to act as a constable. Attorney will prepare local law regarding the position of constable.
Discussion with zoning officer regarding Tower opposite sawmill.
Discussion with Payroll Clerk regarding issues and policy on overtime rates.
Board to set a workshop on garbage issues.
Discussion regarding the grave of Falling Star
Town Board Committees discussed
Office of the Aging Agreement discussed
D.O.T work permit
Fuel Farm Agreement with Warren County
Board discussed garbage collection issues and will hold a workshop.
RV’s and boats situate on property with principal buildings and vacant without building was discussed as pertains to the zoning ordinance.
Watercraft storage rules was reviewed.
Town needs a beach director.
Discussion as to use of the beach and parking
Tree cutting needs to be put out to bid.
Purchase of street sweeper from Warrensburg
Councilman Lewandowski discussed Roof assessment report from Cedarwood
Hours at the transfer station
Discussion regarding employee rights as to hiring, termination and reprimand and disciplinary practices for inclusion in the handbook.
Discussion as to cleaning and sanitizing in the senior center and town hall as the building reopens.
Discussion of use of the bobcat by highway and building and grounds department.
There will be an executive session to discuss a personnel matter.
Highway dept wants to purchase 3 fire hydrants to change out before prices go any higher.
Discussion of equipment and vehicle inventory and life expectancy for highway and buildings and grounds departments.
Councilman Lewandowski asked about the existence of a police car
Theresa Rivers wants to obtain a D license classification for water.
Discussion as to hours in the park, and the removal of a trailer owned by a resident.
Motion by Councilman O’Neal, Seconded by Councilman Lewandowski to enter into executive session with no business to be conducted upon return from executive session except to adjourn the meeting.
Cynthia Sherwood, Town Clerk, RMC