TOWN OF WATERTOWN
May 12, 2022
Members Present: Joel R. Bartlett, Supervisor
Paul V. Desormo, Councilman
David D. Prosser, Councilman
Joanne McClusky, Councilwoman
Members Absent: Timothy McAtee, Councilman
Supervisor Bartlett opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a roll call of members present at 7:00 pm.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to adopt the minutes from the April 14, 2022 Regular Meeting, Councilman Prosser seconded.
The floor was opened for public comment:
Jerry Leone, Senior Civil Engineer for Borrego, Rutland Center Solar Project addressed the Board. He gave an update on the project and where they are in the 94C permit process. They intend to submit the permit to the state in November. The majority of the project is in the Town of Rutland only 4 parcels are within the Town of Watertown. Two of the parcels would have panels the other two would have easements for the wiring interconnections. They held an open house for residents of both townships. The contracts are for 20 years and decommission and restoration bonds will be filed with the towns.
No one wished to speak; the floor was closed.
Supervisor Bartlett accepted the Town Clerk’s and Ambulance reports.
Supervisor Bartlett introduced Local Law #2 of 2022. A Local Law to establish a moratorium on the installation or modification for use of towers or other structures for cell phone and personal wireless facilities on projects within the Town of Watertown.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to call a public hearing June 9th, 2022 at 7:00 pm concerning Local Law #2 of 2022. A Local Law to establish a moratorium on the installation or modification for use of towers or other structures for cell phone and personal wireless facilities on projects within the Town of Watertown. This would permit the Town of Watertown Planning Board and the Town Boards sufficient time to review its laws and to revise regulations that need more specificity to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the town in connection with such projects. The meeting will be held at the Town of Watertown Municipal, 22867 Co Rte 67, Watertown, NY, everyone wishing to speak will be heard. Motion was seconded by Councilman Prosser.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to refer Local Law #2 of 2022 to the Jefferson County Planning Board for review and comments. A Local Law to establish a moratorium on the installation or modification for use of towers or other structures for cell phone and personal wireless facilities on projects within the Town of Watertown to permit the Town of Watertown Planning Board and Town Board sufficient time to review its laws and to revise regulations that need more specificity to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Watertown in connection with such projects. Motion was seconded by Councilman Desormo.
WHEREAS, the Town of Watertown is scheduled to receive $228,000.00 as the second and final installment of American Recovery Act funding in mid-May of this year; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to designate the appropriation and dedication of these funds in accordance with the guidelines established in the American Recovery Act.
THEREFORE, that said funds are to be appropriated as follows:
78,000 Water District 1 Capital Improvements
100,000 Sewer District 2 Capital Improvements
50,000 Thousand Islands Local Development Corporation
A motion to adopt the foregoing resolution was made by Supervisor Bartlett, seconded by Councilman Prosser.
Supervisor Bartlett moved to pay the following abstracts as audited.
Utilities paid prior to the meeting
General Vouchers # 87 to 89 Total $ 11,092.66
Highway Vouchers # 89 to 89 Total $ 21,711.96
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 42 to 42 Total $ 2,385.04
Vouchers approved for monthly meeting
General Vouchers # 90 to 103 Total $ 10,472.24
Highway Vouchers # 90 to 105 Total $ 9,987.81
Spec. Dist. Vchrs. # 43 to 55 Total $ 136,833.63
Councilmember Desormo seconded the motion.
Supervisor Bartlett asked Highway Superintendent Clement to meet with him in the fall. Supervisor Bartlett would like to put out for quotes to lock in a fuel contract to help with the rising cost of feul.
Supervisor Bartlett informed the Board:
He updated the Board on the Northeast Water District. The USDA does approve of the income survey of Hadcock Road at this time. The town will move forward on the original plan for the district and add Hadcock Road as an extension to the district at a later date. The map, plan and report should be finished in a couple months and hopefully put out to bid in the fall.
He updated the Board on the Northland Estate water situation. A decision will need to be made after the study, whether the town would form a new district or extend the existing Water District #4. Northland Estates has filed a notice of intent with the NYS DOH and NYS DEC for the installation of water and sewer. The town will be applying for grants to assist in the cost associated with the project. All work done inside the park will be at the cost of the park owners. The town engineers will also be studying the details of that.
He is still waiting on the City for Sewer District #1 improvements and the water purchase agreements.
The reports have been filed with the NYS DEC for the town transfer station.
Councilman Prosser moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 pm, seconded by Supervisor Bartlett.
Pamela D. Desormo, Town Clerk