Essex County, New York
PO Box 338, Main Street · Bloomingdale, NY 12913 · 518-891-3189 · Fax: 518-891-6092
info@townofstarmandny.gov

Town of St Armand Organizational and Regular Board Meeting

Public Hearing - St. Armand Transfer Station - 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2022

A Public Hearing of the Town of St. Armand was held on the above date and time via webinar and in person conducted at the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY. The Meeting was advertised and made available to the public.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller, Deputy Supervisor Karl Law (on-line), Councilperson Donald Amell (on-line), Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell (on-line) and Councilperson Sheridan Swinyer were all in attendance in person or on-line.
A quorum of the Board was in attendance.

TOWN EMPLOYEES PRESENT:

Highway Superintendent Douglas Snickles and Town Clerk Barbara Darrah.

GUESTS FROM THE COMMUNITY:

Jim Abendroth, Josh Colby, Sandy Hayes, Mike Kellam, Adam Mayville, Beth Phillips, Lee Ann Van Cour, Francis Whitelaw, Heather Wood, and (2) unidentified callers, all from the community.

Supervisor Davina Winemiller called the Public Hearing to order at 6:00 pm and asked all to join in the Pledge of Allegiance. Supervisor Winemiller then asked Town Clerk Barbara Darrah to read aloud the Public Notice.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Town of St. Armand will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 6:00 pm for the purpose of hearing public comments on the Town of St. Armand’s Transfer Station issues. Price of trash disposal, Transfer Station personnel, recycling problems, etc. will be discussed.

Due to COVID-19, this hearing will be held virtually:
Public Hearing on Transfer Station.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EST)
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This Notice was published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on January 25, 2022

PUBLIC HEARING

Supervisor Winemiller explained the purpose of the Public Hearing was to hear comments and concerns on the new pricing for trash at the Transfer Station, problems with the recycling trailer, and the need for employees at the Transfer Station. On January 18th, the Board discussed the possibility of purchasing a scale to weight the trash. An estimate was distributed with a cost $3,095.00. In addition to the scale, there would have to be a platform constructed and scale shelter. The flow of weighing the trash and then bringing it to the trash bin also needed to be reconfigured. Winemiller stated she thought maybe this was not time for the scale. The construction of the platform and shelter would need to wait until Spring. Winemiller stated the priority was to try and open for the upcoming Saturday. Winemiller would be there with the new attendant and try to provide the service to our constituents and visitors.

Councilperson Sheridan Swinyer stated he agreed the scales would be needed, and the three prices would be adequate. Winemiller drafted a price comparison as to what the prices were and what the new prices would look like. The new prices would be: Up to a 14-gallon bag is $2.00. A 15-gallon to 33gallons would be $4.00, and anything over 33-gallons, which would be considered the construction-size bags would be $8.00. Swinyer stated $8.00 was the minimum fee at Lake Clear, therefore he felt St. Armand Transfer Station users were still getting a good deal. Discussion ensued regarding what the other Towns and Transfer Stations were charging. The Town Board felt the $2.00, $4.00, and $8.00 were fair prices.

Supervisor Winemiller asked some audience members what they thought. Deputy Supervisor Karl Law stated that now that we have an employee, he felt the Transfer Station needed to start up again. Law also mentioned that security cameras were brought up at the last meeting and he felt we should not let that drop. Winemiller stated she had a quote for the cameras and discussion began on the cameras. The Board agreed to the new prices. Councilperson Amell asked what the thoughts were as to how offenders would be handled. Winemiller replied that she expected folks to be polite to the staff. Sandy Hayes wrote a letter to the Editor and discussion was present on Facebook, so she feels people know what has been going on.

Sandy Hayes called Lake Placid Transfer Station today, and a $15.00 punch card gives people 10 bags of trash up to 40 gallons, which works out to $1.50 per bag. Hayes continued that he did not feel St. Armand could charge that cheap and pointed out that Lake Placid did get more people. If someone does abuse the employees, either the employee makes a record of their license plate or their names. Hayes felt the Town was pretty excited about the Transfer Station being open again.

Winemiller called upon Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell, asking her what she felt about the pricing, etc. Mikesell stated she supported the new pricing and that if the other issues continued, the scales should be considered. She did state she felt it was important to get the Transfer Station up and running again. Councilperson Amell asked with two employees, does the pricing of $2.00, $4.00, and $8.00 cover the cost of wages for the two employees? Winemiller replied that yes, it did.

Supervisor Winemiller pulled up the security camera quote. David Genito and Winemiller had visited the site to review the connections, and power sources. The quote was $1755.00, plus an additional $250.00 if a camera was installed at the Gates. Councilperson Amell asked if either way, the quote would be $2,005.00. Discussion ensued how the photos are loaded. Winemiller explained the cameras record and then are sent to the Cloud, so the pictures are preserved.

Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell stated that the Reolink are the cameras are what is used at the Hex and Hop Brewery, and they have good quality pictures.

Sandy Hayes asked if the new employee be able to handle abusive customers. Winemiller felt confident they would.

Winemiller offered the floor for any comments, questions, or concerns at this time.

Mike Kellam asked to make a suggestion to have people potentially break down their cardboard, so trash could not be hidden and put in the trailer. Winemiller stated there is a rule that people are supposed to break down the cardboard, and that is why two employees are needed; one to oversee the trash and one to oversee the recycling trailer.

There were no comments, questions or concerns.

MOTION TO MOVE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilperson Sheridan Swinyer made a Motion to move into Executive Session for the purpose of a Personnel matter and a Legal matter. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell. The Executive Session began at 6:39 pm.

MOTION TO ADJOURN EXECUTIVE SESSION

Deputy Supervisor Karl Law made a Motion to adjourn the Executive Session. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell. The Executive Session ended at 6:54 pm.

MOTION TO ADJOURN EXECUTIVE SESSION

Deputy Supervisor Karl Law made a Motion to adjourn the Executive Session. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell. The Executive Session ended at 9:13 pm.

MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Councilperson Stephanie Mikesell made the Motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell. The Regular Board Meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm.

I, Barbara J. Darrah, Town Clerk for the Town of St. Armand, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct transcript of the Public Hearing held on the above-referenced date.


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PO Box 338, Main Street, Bloomingdale, NY 12913 · 518-891-3189 · Fax: 518-891-6092
info@townofstarmandny.gov
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