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Minutes of a Town Board work session held Wednesday, March 21, 2018

State of New York
County of Fulton
Town of Caroga

Minutes of a Town Board work session held Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the municipal building located at 1840 State Highway 10 at 7:00 PM with the following persons in attendance by roll call:

Supervisor James Selmser – Here
Council Member John Glenn – Here
Council Member Jeremy Manning – Here
Council Member James Long – Here
Council member Kirch – Here

There were 2 members of the public in attendance. Supervisor Selmser called the meeting to order with the flag salute.

Supervisor Selmser stated that at the regular meeting of the Town Board it had been decided to award the bid for the heating system in the Highway Department garage to Lynch Heating if Council Member Glenn is able to negotiate a reduction in the price. Council Member Glenn stated that the reduction was made from $17,300.00 to $15,300.00 for the furnace and duct work.

RESOLUTION #2018-044 to hire Lynch Heating to install furnace was offered by Council Member Long at a work session meeting held on Wednesday March 22, 2018 at Caroga Town Hall.

WHEREAS, the Highway Superintendent has discussed with the board the need to replace the furnace at the highway barn, and

WHEREAS, several quotes were obtained, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Caroga town board accepts the quote of $15,300.00 from Lynch Heating and Cooling to install the furnace and ductwork at the highway barn 1795 State Highway 10 Caroga Lake NY.

The motion was seconded by Council Member Manning.

Discussion: Any necessary chimney work is a separate issue.

Adopted by a vote of 5 ayes, Selmser, Glenn, Manning, Long, Kirch

Council Member Glenn mentioned he spoke with Gene Centi about advertising for divers and stewards. Supervisor Selmser stated that he didn’t think formal action was necessary as the hiring was done every year and we don’t need a motion. Council Member Kirch suggested if there is difficulty attracting divers that we try some kind of a referral process for the divers to refer other divers for a $50. referral bonus.

Supervisor Selmser stated the intent of the meeting is to talk to a possible attorney for the Town of Caroga and to do that we will need to enter into an executive session to deal with a possible interview and a possible contract.

At 7:10 PM Council Member Long made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of interviewing a legal firm to represent the town. Council Member Kirch seconded the motion. All board members were in favor of the motion.

At 8:40 PM Council Member Long made a motion to exit from the executive session. Council Member Kirch, seconded the motion. As a result of the executive session the following resolution was offered.

RESOLUTION #2018-045 to hire Dunn & Dunn as the Town Attorneys was offered by Council Member Long at a work session meeting held on Wednesday March 22, 2018 at Caroga Town Hall.

WHEREAS, the Caroga Town Board scheduled this work session to conduct interviews, now therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Caroga Town Board does hereby move to appoint the legal firm of Dunn and Dunn of 59 W Main St; Canajoharie, New York 13317, as main Town attorneys for the Town of Caroga on a pay-as-you-go basis, at a rate of $250 an hour with no retainer at this time.

Council Member Kirch seconded the motion.

Adopted by a vote of 5 ayes, Selmser, Glenn, Manning, Long, Kirch

Discussion was held regarding putting property of the Town up for sale, namely 2103 State Highway 10, Tax Map ID 83.6-3-2. The property was purchased in 2013 for $1,441.00. A reserve price should be set to recover the purchase price and any legal fees incurred in the transfer of title from this sale. Council Member Glenn suggested $2,500.00. The bid process will be 3 rounds with the time being the minimum required by law.

Council Member Long made a resolution to offer SBL 83.6-3-2 for sale in recognition of its potential value to the community to increase sales tax revenue, to recoup the Town’s purchase price and legal costs associated with the parcel, to return the parcel to the property tax rolls, to increase commercial activity, and to promote local business. In order for the town to be properly compensated for this sale, we propose to offer the property by 3 rounds of sealed bids with a floor price of $2,500.00 reflecting our purchase price of $1,441.00 from the county and anticipated legal fees in disposing of the property and the closing. The 3 rounds of sealed bids would be done with all due haste, meeting the legal minimums for posting of an offering in our newspaper of record and other legal time frames. First round of bidding would start the first week of April. Council Member Kirch seconded and it carried unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM on motion made by Council Member Glenn, seconded by Council Member Manning.

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Aldinger
Deputy Town Clerk

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