Town of St Armand
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:15 PM Public Hearing – Introduction of Local Law No. 2 of 2021 Tax Cap Override
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – 6:30 pm Budget Work Session
These Public Hearing and Budget Work Session Minutes were approved by the St. Armand Town Board on November 9, 2021.
A Public Hearing and a Budget Work Session of the Town of St. Armand were held on the above date and times at the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY, and virtually on-line.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller, Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates, Councilperson Donald Amell, Councilperson Jennifer Fuller, and Councilperson Karl Law.
A quorum of the Board was in attendance.
TOWN EMPLOYEES PRESENT:
Highway Superintendent Douglas Snickles, Town Accountant Donna Bramer, and Town Clerk Barbara Darrah.
There were no guests.
Notice was posted regarding the date of this meeting.
Supervisor Davina Winemiller called the Public Hearing to order at 6:15 pm and asked all to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
PUBLIC HEARING: “Introduction of Local Law No. 2 of 2021 – Tax Cap Override”
Supervisor Winemiller asked Town Clerk Barbara Darrah to read the Public Notice aloud.
Darrah: Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand, Essex County, New York, will conduct a Public Hearing at the Town of St. Armand Town Hall, 1702 NYS Route 3, Bloomingdale, New York 12913, on the 6th day of October, 2021 at 6:15 pm. The purpose of conducting a Public hearing on introducing proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2021 entitled: “A Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law s3-c”. This Public Hearing will be held in person and virtually and any interested parties are welcome to attend and may be heard in favor or against any items contained therein. Currently, masks are required for in-person attendance. Virtual attendance link: jttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/206968365. By phone: 1-571-317-3112. Access Code: 206-968-365. Please take further notice that a copy of the proposed local law may be reviewed upon request from the Town Clerk of the Town of St. Armand. This notice was published on September 25, 2021 in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Supervisor Winemiller explained that this is done every year, in case the budget has to go over the 2% Tax Cap. Does anyone from the public care to comment on the proposed Local Law to Override the Tax Cap? No one raised comment to the propose Local Law.
Winemiller: Does anyone have any questions or comments regarding Local Law No. 2? There were no questions or comments from the Board members.
RESOLUTION # 67 OF 2021 INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED LOCAL LAW NO. 2 OF 2021 ENTITLED “A LOCAL LAW TO OVERRIDE THE TAX LEVY LIMIT ESTABLISHED IN GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW ss3-c”
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates, who moved its adoption, offered the following Resolution:
Upon the passage of a motion to consider from the floor, and the same appearing proper and necessary.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of St. Armand Town Board hereby introduces proposed Local Law No 2 of 2021 entitled “A Local Law To Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law ss3-c”, reading and providing as follows:
“TOWN OF ST. ARMAND LOCAL LAW NO. 2 of 2021”
A Local Law To Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law ss3-c.
BE IT ENACTED, by the Town of St. Armand Town Board as follows:
Section 1. Legislative Intent.
It is the intent of this local law to override the limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Town of St. Armand pursuant to General Municipal Law ss3-c, and to allow the Town of St. Armand to adopt a budget for the fiscal year 2018 that requires a real property tax levy in excess of “tax levy limit” as defined by General Municipal Law ss3-c.
Section 2. Authority.
This local law is adopted pursuant to subdivision 5 of General Municipal Law ss3-c, which expressly authorized the Town Board to override the tax levy limit by the adoption of a local law approved by vote of sixty percent (60%) of the Town Board.
Section 3. Tax Levy Limit Override – Budget Authorization.
The Town Board of the Town of St. Armand hereby overrides the tax levy limit for the Town of St. Armand for 2022 and authorized the Town of St. Armand, after completing all required procedures for the adoption of a budget, to adopt a budget for 2022 that requires a tax levy that is greater than the tax levy limit calculated for 2022 pursuant to ss3-c of the General Municipal Law.
Section 4. Severability.
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, or part of this Local Law or the application thereof to any person, firm or corporation, or circumstance, shall be adjusted by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such order or judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, or part of this local law or in its application to the person, individual, form or corporation, or circumstance, directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment or order shall be rendered.
Section 5. Effective Date
This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand shall hold and conduct a public hearing on the foregoing proposed local law on the 6th day of October, 2021 at 6:15 p m. in the forenoon of that day, to hear any and all persons concerning the same; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk of the Town of St. Armand published a notice of such hearing in the designated Town newspaper at least five days prior to said hearing.
This Resolution was duly seconded by Councilperson Jennifer Fuller and was adopted by Roll Call vote as follows:
Supervisor Davina Winemiller AYE
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates AYE
Councilperson Donald Amell AYE
Councilperson Jennifer Fuller AYE
Councilperson Karl Law AYE
Barbara J. Darrah, St. Armand Town Clerk; Dated: October 6, 2021
Supervisor Winemiller then moved directly into the Budget Work Session.
BUDGET WORK SESSION
The first topic of the Budget Work Session was the employee and retiree health insurance. Winemiller reported she reached out to Thomas and Mary Lou Cassavaugh and Stan Ingison, Wastewater Superintendent, regarding signing up in AARP which has self-pay insurance. Neither party had any problem with that as long as the coverage was comparable. They would be billed directly, but the Town would reimburse them for the payment. Winemiller continued reporting that Donna Bramer and herself reached out to the Teamsters Union Representative regarding Doug Snickles. Mickey stated anyone from the Town can participate with their insurance. Anyone who is not an elected official can join the Union but elected officials can still join the insurance, but cannot join the Union. That is a perk we would be able to provide. We asked Mickey about the 2022 rates. Basically for a family plan, it would be $26, 772 per year. That would include Dental and Vision. On page 8 of the General Fund Budget, the insurance for the Highway Superintendent would be $34,368.00. Therefore, the savings would be $7,595.00 if the Union insurance is chosen. Winemiller asked Doug Snickles how he liked the overall outcome. Doug responded that it would be a lot less than what he was paying. Doug wanted to make sure that if he joined, it would not hurt the Cassavaugh’s or Stan Ingison’s insurance options or increase their insurance premiums. Winemiller explained that Cassavaugh’s and Stan are on Medicare and the additional insurance would be other than Medicare B and D.
Don Amell then asked Doug that with this in mind, was Doug okay with the 3% pay increase. Doug Snickles explained that he was hoping for more than 3% because he is a working Highway Superintendent, meaning that he plows roads in the winter. Most Highway Superintendents don’t. Winemiller asked Doug how much vacation time he gets? But, there is nothing in writing for the Superintendent. He stated that since he took over as Highway Superintendent, he has not been able to take vacation time, because everyone on the highway crew is new. Winemiller asked if there were any questions for Doug Snickles. There were none.
Winemiller stated the proposed budget was distributed at last week’s initial Budget Work Session, to review the A fund and asked if there were any questions on the A Fund?
Don Amell stated they should continue to address salaries. He suggested that perhaps we should add being a driver to the Highway Superintendent job description. Then, if a new Superintendent doesn’t drive, the position description would change, then the salary would change. Winemiller asked Donna Bramer if the MEO hourly rate is $19.88, and $29.82 when overtime is performed. Donna stated that was correct. The base rate would be $41,350.00 per year without overtime. Winemiller stated the other option would be to put an addendum in the Personnel Policy that would state if the Superintendent is not an MEO driver, then the salary would be less. Discussion ensued regarding the position description and corresponding salaries. All Board members agreed for this particular budget (2022), the Highway Superintendent’s salary should increase by 5%. Doug Snickles was agreeable to 5%.
The requested position of a facilities person/handyman for the Town Hall was addressed. This person would be under the supervision of the Town Supervisor and example duties would be shoveling, vacuuming, painting, repairs, carpentry, and other duties as assigned. Supervisor Winemiller stated she would prepare a job description and have it ready for the next meeting.
There was no other discussion regarding the General A Fund. The discussion moved onto the B Fund.
Derrick Martineau, Code Enforcement Officer, requested a 3% salary increase. He also requested $4,000 for a Code Enforcement computer software program. The Town Board wanted to further review these requests.
DA5110.101. Based on the payroll, we are spending more on this. The hours are the same, but it increased the 2% per the Union agreement for 2022.
Winemiller stated on Page 3 of the DA, the salt surplus will balance itself out, because we are not buying salt next year. On page 4, in 2021 the appropriations total was $542,492.00 and in 2022 it is to be $466,452.00. The Highway budget was reduced by $76,040.00. In the past 2 years, since we dropped NYS Route 3, we had saved $420,000. There were no questions, comments or concerns on the DA Fund.
There was a little increase due to paving and the CHIPS money was reduced. The DB is fully funded without a penny of tax payer dollars being used. There were no questions, comments or concerns on the DB Fund.
Fire Protection Fund:
Winemiller reported the SF4540.400 fund for the Rescue Squad dropped to $30,894. Town of North Elba did decrease also. There were no questions, comments or concerns on the Fire Protection fund.
Winemiller stated looking at the Sewer Fund, giving Stan the 3% that he asked for, the appropriations total reduced by about $10,000.00 from last year.
Karl Law asked about the Sewer Treatment chemicals. Winemiller explained that Stan purchases those in batches, and the amount would show up in in the end of the year totals.
Don Amell asked if we were going to address the 10% salary increase for the Wastewater Treatment Superintendent, bring it to $52,000. Discussion ensued regarding training and licensing of a new operator, due to Stan’s planned retirement. Winemiller stated we cannot afford to pay two wastewater operators at the same time. She felt the amount should be bumped up from $6800.00 to $12,000.00, in order to cover the 2nd person who would be training to take Stan’s place, while Stan is still on board until he retires. Stan was requesting $4,251.00 to train the new replacement for 30 days. More discussion ensured regarding covering both the current Wastewater Superintendent and the person training to take his place, resulting in paying two people at one time. Winemiller stated she felt we should increase SS8130.102 to $11,800.00, in order to pay for the person who would be coming on board at the end of November to be trained and Stan’s salary would be increased by 3% to $47,749.00. The Board agreed. There were no other questions, comments or concerns regarding the Sewer Fund.
Water Superintendent David Siskavich did not request anything. A step raise of 3% were put it for the Water back-up personnel, which brought them up to $18.54 per hour. Page 1 SW8341.2. Winemiller reported the Water budget went up a little bit due to Social Security going up, the payroll and the contingency fund. There were no questions, comments or concerns on Water.
Winemiller reported there might be a 20% increase for Rockledge. Last year the amount was $9120.00 for RW8340.4, and that will remain until we see where we are for the Tax Cap. There were no questions, comments or concerns regarding Rockledge.
There were no other questions or concerns regarding the budget.
MOTION TO MOVE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made a Motion to move into Executive Session for the purpose of a personnel matter. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Karl Law. The Executive Session began at 8:27 pm.
MOTION TO ADJOURN EXECUTIVE SESSION
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made a Motion to end the Executive Session. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Karl Law. The Executive Session ended at 9:02 pm.
MOTION TO ADJOURN BUDGET WORK SESSION
Deputy Supervisor D. Joseph Bates made a Motion to end the Budget Work Session. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Donald Amell. The Budget Work Session ended at 9:03 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 and Budget Work Session minutes held on the above-referenced date.