By Peter Calvert
Town of Andes Board, February 14, 6 pm, Regular Meeting.
Present: Supervisor Bud Gladstone. Councilmen Thomas Hall, Dale Cole, Shayne Moshier, Ritchie Gabriel. John Bouton, Highway Superintendent; Carol Ames, Town Clerk; Al Mohr, Code Enforcement Officer; Karen Kropp, Town Bookkeeper. Public in the Town Hall: Peter Ames, Eric Van Benschoten, Elizabeth Delgado, The Reporter; Peter Calvert, Andes Gazette.
Town Closes the Financial Books on 2022: Karen Kropp, Town Bookkeeper, presented the final reconciled budget for 2022. General Fund Balance grew by $143,000. Various funds were transferred from areas that underspent those proposed budget lines to areas that exceeded their budget lines. The Board voted to accept the submitted figures.
Supervisor’s Report: Requests for Proposals will be issued by the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency for new enterprises at the former Catskill Harvest property on Route 28. The potential gas station owner inquiring about a site in the Hamlet will be reached out to by Bud Gladstone for this as an alternative petrol and provisions site as it would made a good gas station destination.
The Main Street Fund has more than $6,000 remaining. It is considering using this for replacing benches in the Hamlet. The Restore NY Communities Initiative Grant application was submitted for remodeling of the Old Town Garage on Route 28 just outside the Hamlet in conjunction with the town through the MARK Project. Ritchie Gabriel was reappointed to the Assessment Review Board.
Highway Report: John Bouton, The Highway department has been clearing roadways of snow, sleet, and ice at all hours of the day and night; and diligently repairing roads and machines at other times.
Al Mohr, Code Enforcement Officer: 28 inspections, 5 building permits, 1 violation and 3 Certificates of Occupancy searches. 2 Certificates of Occupancy were issued. 65 calls were received. 320 miles were traveled, and 6 hours of training were completed.~