March 20, 2003 

The regular workshop meeting of the Town of Kingston was called to order at 7:55 PM by Supervisor Weiss with Councilman Smith, Councilman Kern, Councilman Queipo, and Councilman Gaddy present. 

Supervisor Weiss stated that eight people were present for the public hearing on reassessment which was held on March 19, 2003. He explained what would be done in the coming months regarding the assessments. The Assessor's card will be updated and whatever else the Town decides to do. 

Councilman Kern deferred to Highway Superintendent Wayne Platte. Wayne stated that we had to buy some sand and salt due to the recent storms. The highway inventory is completed and Wayne will be making copies for the town board. Wayne stated that he has filed for reimbursement from FIMA for two storms. Wayne also stated that the highway crew will be paving Myers Rd., Ruby Rd., and Melissa Rd. this year. 

Councilman Smith stated that our yearly inspection of our buildings were done with a few minor repairs to be done. (Exit light out, no evacuation plan posted, handicap parking label better, remove paint cans) 

Councilman Smith stated that the news letter will be going out the beginning of April. Councilman Smith reported that the fans, etc. will be done shortly and the highway crew will work on Karl's office as soon as possible. 

Councilman Smith will be ordering new rechargeable batteries for the digital camera. Since the digital camera is off warranty we will not have the door of the camera fixed. We will tape the battery door shut because at times the door does not stay closed. 

Councilman Smith will be contacting Wes Cross regarding the salt shed since the weather has been nice. 

Councilman Queipo reported that Karl Schuerzinger requested to attend Code Enforcement Official Education Conference April 23 through April 25. Motion was made by Councilman Queipo and seconded by Councilman Gaddy to reimburse Karl Schuerzinger for expenses to attend the conference. There were five aye votes. 

Councilman Queipo stated that he spoke to our lawyer regarding the wording for reviewing the books at our organizational meeting in January. Councilman Kern stated that he has information on the way Town of Woodstock does the review of their books. 

Councilman Queipo reported on the problems that the planning board, ZBA, and building inspector. Councilman Queipo spoke to Gary Arold regarding the ZBA. Gary stated that he did not receive the letter from the planning board since he does not come down to the town hall on a regular basis. Councilman Queipo stated that anyone having mail for the ZBA to mail it to Gary Arold at his home address. His home address is 51 Powder Mill Bridge Road, Kingston, New York 12401. Councilman Queipo suggested that the Town Board have a joint meeting with the planning board, ZBA and building inspector regarding the problems. 

Councilman Queipo submitted a letter that the supervisor received from the State regarding the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council requesting that all local governments review their more restrictive local standards in light of recently adopted changes to the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

Councilman Gaddy spoke to the Town of Esopus regarding how they got rid of their junk cars. The Town of Esopus referred him to the Town of Shandaken. The Town of Shandaken sent Councilman Gaddy copies of notices and forms that they used. Their town does not have a problem with junk cars now. 

Councilman Gaddy reported that the Spring Cleanup will be May 5th and that the tipping charges will be the same as last year. Wayne Platte stated that the highway crew will be picking up the brush the week before. 

Supervisor Weiss submitted three bills for payment. (Water Department, Time Werner, and Central Hudson) Motion was made by Supervisor Weiss and seconded by Councilman Queipo. There were five aye votes. 

Supervisor Weiss stated that he has mailed the Storm Water Application in to Albany. 

Supervisor Weiss stated that the Unified Court System have grants available from the State and that he will speak to Richard Alberstadt regarding this matter. 

Supervisor Weiss stated that he will be attending a recreation conference on Long Island March 30th through April 2nd. 

Anyone having anything for the newsletter please submit it to Councilman Smith by March 31st. 

Town Clerk, Laura L. Joy submitted a resolution regarding DEC fees that the Town Clerks Association would like all the towns to send to the State. The resolution was tabled until our regular meeting in April. 

Questions and comments from the Towns people: 

Joe Zehnick questioned the problem with the ZBA and planning board. He also asked how we appoint residents to the different boards in our town. 

Motion to adjourn at 8:45 PM was made by Councilman Kern and seconded by Councilman Gaddy. All were in favor. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Laura L. Joy 
Town Clerk 

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