Rhinebeck Town Meeting

RHINEBECK TOWN BOARD WORKSHOP  MEETING
Preliminary Agenda  4/23/07

Call to Order: 6:00 PM
 
Roll Call:
 
Recess to executive session:6:00  PM
 
    To interview candidates for the Board of Assessment Review
 
Reconvene in public session: 6:45PM
 
Announcements: 
 
  Storm damage costs should be documented and reported by all property owners to town clerk Joan Winne at 876-3409 as soon as estimates or actual costs have been determined in order to supply Dutchess County with Rhinebeck loss information to support the County application for federal disaster relief.
 
    Rhinebeck Summer Recreation Program Registration Day will be Saturday April 28, Town Hall, 9:00 am to noon..
 
    The Rhinebeck Recreation Department is seeking applicants to serve as 2007 summer Pool coordinator.  Call Recreation Director Karri Wolfe for details at 876-4637.
 County legislator Joel Tyner will host a forum on “Being Green” at town hall at 6 PM on Friday, April 27
 
     “Open Book” for homeowners  to review property assessments in the Assessor’s Office will be held Monday, May 7 through Saturday , May 12. Call Donna in the Assessors’ office for details and times at 876-4805.
 
Presentation:
 
    Emery Ruger, Chair, Rhinebeck Board of Assessors, will review this year’s property assessment process.
 
Proposed Actions:
 
1.    Approving contract with General Code to supply electronic codification of Rhinebeck town laws for inclusion on the new town web site.
 
2.     Authorizing Gary Slater to purchase a lowering device, safety chains, and a double eagle grass set for the town cemetery.
 
3.     Hiring Ryan Dowden and Franklin Pohl to serve as laborers for the summer months at the town cemetery.
 
4.     Accepting Park Committee recommendation to accept the 2000 Greenway trail improvement grant originally prepared by Winnakee Land Trust.
 
5.     Approving a retainer agreement with attorney Michael Zarin to serve as special counsel on zoning and planning issues.
 6.     Approving recreation fees for tennis lessons at the
Thompson-Mazzarella Park
 Old Business: 
 7.    Considering local law to expand membership on the Board of Assessment Review.
 
New Business:
 
Workshop:   Celebrating Earth Day a day later
 
    Meg Crawford, chair, Rhinebeck Conservation Advisory Council, will report on Council activities and plans, including town protection of trees and wetlands.

  Jeff Irish, Hudson Valley Clean Energy, will report on energy generation by solar panels installed two years ago at our Recreation Center (Thompson-Mazzarella Park)

   We will discuss the status of efforts to establish a pilot program of bio-fuel with town and highway department vehicles, and to provide clean, renewable energy for heat and electricity in town hall; and  Bob Fox, nationally recognized “green” architect will discuss his work on the Bank of America Tower, under construction in mid-town Manhattan, as the largest green building in the world and its implications for Rhinebeck to exert leadership in the use of green building materials and clean, renewable energy sources in commercial, residential, and municipal construction.
 
  Q&A with town board and the audience.
 
Adjourn: