The Town Board met on Monday, January 26, 2009 immediately following the Annual Reorganization Meeting. All members were present.
During his Supervisor’s Update, Peter Dolan announced that there are currently two openings on the Architectural Board of Review as well as an opening for an Alternate Member to the Planning Board. All interested residents are encouraged to submit their names and resumes. Additionally, there will be two more Town positions opening up as Highway Superintendent Joe Tripoli plans to retire at the end of March and Supervisory Court Clerk Sandy Boss will also retire at the end of April.
Councilperson Darling reported that since Verizon’s plan for a cell tower has not advanced, he has started talks with a new company. JNS Towers, Inc. is a firm who erects cell towers, locates the services to occupy them, as well as providing maintenance while splitting the profit with the Town. Attorney Nichols is studying their preliminary proposal.
Councilperson Spivak reported that after meeting with the Train Station Committee, the LDC has agreed to grant $125,000 toward finishing the restoration of that oproject. An additional $75,000 will be authorized should the Committee be unable to raise the funds.
A resolution to appoint Ralph Brooks, Sr. and Ken Magar, Sr. as Fire Commissioners with a term ending December 31, 2014 was passed unanimously.
Frank Peverly, President of the Woodlands Homeowners Association gave a presentation on the proposed LED Street Lighting Program in The Woodlands. Since The Woodlands owns their street lights and they are individually metered, they are looking for a way to reduce their energy costs. LED bulbs are energy efficient and require less maintenance since they only need to be replaced about every 10 years as opposed to the current lights which need to be replaced every 2-3 years. The initial investment in these fixtures would be costly as each one is $525.00 and The Woodlands has over 120 lights, but there would be a substantial reduction in the energy charges. There are currently two fixtures with the proposed LED bulbs in place in the Woodlands and Mr Peverly is working toward an agreement with Orange and Rockland.
There will be a public hearing on the proposed rate increase by United Water Sewer Corp. on Monday February 2nd in the American Legion Building in Southfields.
The public hearing on the Town’s new Master Plan will be continued on February 9th at 7:30 pm.
The Board then adjourned into an executive session with their attorney.