Due to Columbus Day the Town Board will not have a workshop/audit meeting on Monday preceding the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. We will be meeting on Tuesday, October 14th, 7 pm at the Town Meeting Hall. The Town Board has held three tentative budget workshop meetings on September 30th, October 6th & 9th and as of this posting the tentative budget shows a 2.6% increase. As a Board we are working together to scrutinize the needs of the various departments and prioritize the needed infrastructure repairs. The 2o15 Preliminary Budget is not finalized as of this posting but will be available within the next two weeks.
Some of the items the Town Board will consider include Resolution #14 of 2014 Unified Solar Permit . Under the New York Sun Initiative the State is encouraging solar expansion and wants to see the costs come down. Solar panels are already decreasing in cost; however, contractors say the soft costs of paperwork are a problem. The Town will pay a $55 fee to apply for the permit to provide an expedited solar permit process for small-scale solar electric systems. The Town Building Department will oversee the permit process. After passing the resolution we will make application through Consolidated Funding as NYSERDA is offering a $2,500.00 incentive to municipalities who adopt the Unified Solar Permit.
The Ulster County Supervisors’ Association has unanimously contacted the UCRRA about the increased charges schedule to be incurred by our Transfer Stations in the coming year. Of particular concern is the proposed container rental fees and “pull charges” for recyclables. With the exception of cardboard, we are the source of clean separated recyclables which are sold by the UCRRA at a much higher price than the co-mingled recyclables (which has largely no or very limited value) the UCRRA receives from private haulers. We already bear a higher cost for separating recyclables at our Transfer Stations and this environmentally responsible practice provides revenue for the UCRRA. The Association requests that towns not be charged “pull” fees or bin rental fees for recyclables. Instead these costs should be shared by all by raising the tipping fee for everyone by $2.00 per ton or by the county handling those costs by paying a net service fee equal to that amount. The Town of Olive will consider Resolution #15 of 2014 Supporting Change in Rates from UCRRA on Tuesday night.
The Town Board will also approve a 9:00 pm curfew on Halloween for those ages 16 and under.
Your attendance at Town Board meetings is welcomed.