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Town Board adopts 2013 budget and reviews JV Mall parking

Among other business, the Board adopted the 2013 budget, postponed changes to parking requirements for the Mall and other commercial zones and asked seniors to stop infighting.


Meeting highlights. For summaries of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org
 
1. School security
Police Chief McMahon reported that the department has established a “visible presence” at the town’s 12 public and parochial schools in an effort to strike a balance between safety without causing alarm and that a continuing dialogue regarding security needs has been established between the Police Department and the schools. 
 
2. Courtesy of the Floor
Senior issues:  The Board assured representatives of three senior citizen clubs that nothing was being “taken away” from them and that all clubs would be treated equally. The clubs were asked to stop fighting among themselves.
 
Woodlands Legacy ball field. A representative of the Huntersbrook condominiums expressed concern that the Town has not lived up to a prior agreement with the association to flip the existing ball field.
 
3. 2013 Budget
The Board unanimously adopted the Preliminary Budget. The only change was the addition of a page with projected tax rates for the next four years. In a 3-2 vote, the Board rejected a motion to remove $65,000 from the budget to hire a second “junior” attorney, and in a unanimous vote, it directed the supervisor to do a study of the actual cost of the services the general fund provides to the sewer, refuse and water districts. Councilman Patel said he will return 6% of his 2013 salary to the Town.
 
4. Public Hearing on changes to the parking requirements for the JV Mall and other commercial zones.
During a hearing that became contentious at times, the Board voted to adjourn the public hearing on the amendments under discussion and advertise new public hearings for January 8 for two new laws, one for the mall zone and one for other commercial zones.
 
5. Department head benefits
After a somewhat confused and rushed discussion and last minute oral changes to the prepared resolution, the Board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution governing benefits for 21 employees considered “managerial” employees.
 
6. Personnel
The Board accepted the termination of Sarah Seabolt, an employee in the Assessor’s Department, the retirement of Fran Perito , a civilian employee of the Police Department, and reappointed Richard Rubenstein  to the Ethics Board.
 
7. Outside legal representation:  The Board renewed its retainer agreement for outside legal services with Wormser Kiley Galef & Jabobs on a month-to-month basis.
 
8. Department name change: The Department of Environmental Conservation’s name was officially changed to the Refuse and Recycling Department.
 
The next Town Board meeting will be January 8, 2013.

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Evan Bray December 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The feuding senior clubs issue was supremely entertaining and eye opening. Do try and stream it or catch it on the muni channel. There were quotes like when Mr Bianco, speaking of the need for club recertification (as the onky senior serving on the board) said "show me your wrinkles and your in the club." And those ladies' bickering about who gets more vans to transport people to the holiday party (which we all pay for). One woman went so far as to basically threaten the supervisor (in a thick NY accent) "we're seniors. We vote." So how much do we fund these clubs and how can we offset the strong-arming senior bloc? Do you vote?
Evan Bray December 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM
But by far, the most entertaining was watching the end-run they tried to make for Costco get thwarted--at least for a couple of more weeks. You may be interested to know that the supervisor has now embraced smart and green growth and vowed to read an uphold the ideals set forth in the Comprehensive Plan. Do not be alarmed if you see him lovingly embracing trees in the near future.
Evan Bray December 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The feuding senior clubs issue was supremely entertaining and eye opening. Do try and stream it or catch it on the muni channel. There were quotes like when Mr Bianco, speaking of the need for club recertification (as the olky senior serving on the board) said "show me your wrinkles and your in the club." And those ladies' bickering about who gets more vans to transport people to the holiday party (which we all pay for). One woman went so far as to basically threaten the supervisor (in a thick NY accent) "we're seniors. We vote." So how much do we fund these clubs and how can we offset the strong-arming senior bloc? Do you vote? Are you in a club? Does the town subsidize your club's activities?
Evan Bray December 21, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The feuding senior clubs issue was supremely entertaining and eye opening. Do try and stream it or catch it on the muni channel. There were quotes like when Mr Bianco, speaking of the need for club recertification (as the olky senior serving on the board) said "show me your wrinkles and your in the club." And those ladies' bickering about who gets more vans to transport people to the holiday party (which we all pay for). One woman went so far as to basically threaten the supervisor (in a thick NY accent) "we're seniors. We vote." So how much do we fund these clubs and how can we offset the strong-arming senior bloc? Do you vote? Are you in a club? Does the town subsidize your club's activities?

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