UPDATE ON TOWN ACTIVITIES AND RE-OPENINGS
By Peter Calvert
Town of Andes Council Meeting, June 9th, 2020 Via Zoom Meeting
Present: Supervisor Wayland ‘Bud’ Gladstone, Councilmen Shayne Moshier, Ritchie Gabriel, Thomas Hall, Dale Cole. Town Clerk Kimberly Tosi and Highway Superintendent John Bouton, Rachel Andrews for the Pool Report. Via Zoom- Ryan Abbate, Peter Calvert, Alyshia Korba, Eric Van Benschoten, and two anonymous viewers. Meeting called to order: 7:01 pm & adjourned: 8:00 pm.
Andes Pool: Rachel Andrews gave a report indicating some ongoing issues and repairs to the pool that need to be addressed before opening. Due to COVID-19 and policies that will have to be put in place prior to opening, an exact opening date has not been reached at this time. Governor Cuomo passed an executive order last week stating that swim lessons and swim instruction are an essential service. As pools are set to open in Phase 4 of the reopening plan, pool staff is preparing to potentially open the first week of July. No definitive answers have been provided to the Town regarding what capacity will be allowed. The Town might hire an employee to manage maximum safe capacity at the pool gate if needed. Discussion took place regarding an individual who last summer was banned from the pool. The board will be having the Town’s Attorney draft a letter to said individual with a reminder that the ban is for life and has not been lifted.
Supervisor’s Report: Tom Suozzo has renewed our grant for the water district. Received calls of concern regarding the truck traffic on County Route 1. Concerns were forwarded to Sue McIntyre of Delaware County DPW. Shayne, Frank Winkler, and Bud met with Dr. Chakar and Delaware County Soil & Water District last week to discuss options with the stream restoration on the school property. The project is projected to start June 2021. Received a resident inquiry about noise ordinance for shooting as they have a neighbor that continually shoots when they are here.
Transfer Station Update: Contractor Misuse- A reminder to all contractors in Andes, you must take all of your materials to the landfill in Walton. This is an ongoing concern and offending individuals will be receiving a formal letter from the Town’s attorney to this effect. Info from Shayne: The transfer station has been having some mechanical issues with the compactor. It will be rebuilt, rewelded and fixed next week depending on the weather. The cost estimate is $4,500.
Highway Report: Highway crew continues to repair roads. The new mower is working well. Councilman Gabriel thanked John and the highway crew for their help with pumping out the pool. Supervisor Gladstone brought up concerns over speeding and extra traffic on Hyzer Hill Road. Questioned if it could be posted to try and prevent this, limiting weight, speed, etc. Highway Superintendent Bouton will investigate this and get back to the board.
Herr Road Cemetery Cleanup: Councilman Hall has verified the right of way to the cemetery. He is waiting for a letter guaranteeing his right to travel through the parcel. This Summer/Fall his son, as an Eagle Scout volunteer will be working on cleaning up the cemetery for a Merit Badge project.
The Town paid all its warrants and