November 16, 2017
A special joint meeting of the Town and Village Boards was
held November 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Corinth EMS Building, 101 Sherman
Supervisor Lucia and Mayor Morreale called the meeting to
order: Supervisor Lucia led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call of Village Board: Trustee Denno, Trustee Halliday
& Trustee Halliday were present. Trustee Enekes was excused.
Roll call of Town Board: Councilman Brown, Councilman
Byrnes, Councilman Collura & Councilman Halliday were present.
Corinth School Board attendees: Superintendent Dr. Mark
Stratton, Meredith Jenkins & Celia Lockhart.
Also Present: Clerk Rose Farr, Highway Supt Sean Eggleston,
Corinth EMS Director Matt Fogarty, Town Attorney Robert Hafner, Corinth Fire
Chief Andrew Kelley, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Annaliese Stautner, Saratoga County
Undersheriff Richard Castle.
Councilman Collura distributed a letter to both Town and
Village Boards that cited a past joint meeting held between Town and Village
Boards to discuss the Fire Protection Contract. The Town Board expressed their
thoughts on the differing amounts between Town and Village residents and called
for a more equalized method in funding the Fire Protection Contract.
Mayor Morreale introduced the topic of the Special Police
Protection Contract formerly held with the Saratoga County Sheriff Department.
Mayor Morreale stressed that it was a difficult decision in not renewing the
contract but mentioned that the current tax cap and an increasing water and
sewer budget played roles in the decision to not renew the Special Police
Protection Contract. Mayor Morreale informed those attending that the Village
of Corinth already pays for coverage through County taxes and mentioned that
the Village of Corinth is one square mile and has special needs such as water
and sewer. Mayor Morreale stated that he’d like to create a fair way for all
residents, both Village and Town to pay for police protection and stated that
when patrolling in the Village, the Saratoga County Sheriff did an excellent
Trustee Denno followed Mayor Morreale by thanking all
attendees at the meeting and explained that she was not in favor of the
decision to end the police protection contract and wanted to pursue a study of
crime in Corinth occurring in the past, present and future.
Trustee Kelly discussed the idea that all residents of
Corinth, Town and Village pay for police protection. Trustee Kelly stressed the
importance of working together to make police protection affordable for all
residents of Corinth.
Trustee Halliday discussed his current views on the decision
to end the special police protection contract. Trustee Halliday spoke with
Corinth residents regarding crime in the area and believes that we should take
a look at the area and urged all Board members to work together to generate
solutions regarding the special police protection contract.
Supervisor Lucia discussed the Sheriff’s substation located
in the Corinth Town Hall and cited recent acts of vandalism on the property.
Supervisor Lucia mentioned the Town budget and cuts made to stay within that
budget. Supervisor Lucia stated that the Town would not have extra money this
year to contribute to special police protection.
Councilman Byrnes explained that he spoke
with both Town and Village residents and stated that the majority of the
Village residents want police protection, the majority of the Town residents do
not.. He thanked the newly formed
Neighborhood Watch group and expressed that both the Town and Village need to
work together on this issue.
Councilman Brown expressed that it was hard to understand
the recent decision in not renewing the contract with the Saratoga County
Sheriff and thanked everyone for being present to discuss issues.
Corinth Central School District Superintendent Dr. Stratton
explained that he felt the school district was still a priority with the
Saratoga County Sheriff and expressed that there hasn’t been a visible change
within the school without a renewed contact.
School Board member Meredith Jenkins asked attendees to
place a dollar amount on a police protection and concluded that a study of the
area would be beneficial.
School Board member Celia Lockhart detailed that police
presence is useful, but wanted to know how both the Town and Village would
cover the expense of police protection if the taxpayer could not. She
encouraged both boards to work together and find a solution and find the money
to cover the expense of police protection.
Saratoga Undersheriff Mike Castle stated that he would
participate with board members on a study of crime within the area.
Mayor Morreale restated the Village Board’s decision to
withdraw from the Corinth Youth Commission to pursue their own summer youth
program. Recently offered trips through the Village of Corinth Recreation
Program were briefly outlined and are expected to continue in the 2018 season.
Supervisor Lucia mentioned that he has two individuals
working for the Corinth Youth Commission and hopes to coordinate with the Town
of Greenfield Recreation Program in the future.
Corinth Fire Chief Andrew Kelley addressed the Fire
Protection Contract and explained that it protects both Town and Village
residents. The need for communication between all boards collaborating on the
Fire Protection Contract was mentioned. Chief Andrew Kelley called for
additional meetings between boards to discuss the Town Board signing the Fire
Trustee Kelly mentioned that she had been shown the
firehouse equipment geared toward Town residences and the added expense that
accompanies them. Trustee Kelly addressed the Town Board and questioned if
there was a more equitable way in sharing the Fire Protection Contract expense
and urged both Boards to work together in finding a fair solution.
Trustee Halliday addressed the subject of vacant lots in the
village and mentioned that the Village Board is working on their improvement.
Trustee Denno added that there are multiple property owners
of vacant lots within the Village and that these owners have been invited to
meetings to discuss their lots. Trustee Denno explained that the Village had
been working with the Restore New York Program which could potentially provide
a grant to vacant lots and revitalize the Village.
Mayor Morreale added that he has written a letter of intent
to the Restore New York Program addressing the Main Street School and possible
uses of the building for the future. Mayor Morreale explained that a grant
won’t be awarded this year through the program but hopes to have a plan in
place by next year.
Supervisor Lucia called for additional 2018 Town of Corinth
Bicentennial volunteers to help assist in planning. Corinth High School
teachers are working with Town officials to create a mock board meeting used to
commemorate Corinth’s past. Local artist, Cate Mandigo will be offering a new
print available for purchase celebrating Corinth’s history. Bicentennial
T-shirts have been created by Councilman Collura. Supervisor Lucia mentioned
that the next Bicentennial meeting is scheduled for November 20, 7PM at the
Corinth EMS Building.
School Board Member Celia Lockhart addressed the Main Street
School building and asked the boards if we should raze, sell, donate or use the
building to facilitate educational purposes. Several areas of repair including
exterior stairs and a leaking roof were addressed. The estimated cost in the
amount of $8,500.00 was given. School
Lockhart mentioned that the School Board would be discussing
the building at upcoming meetings and pointed out that the building has been
vacant for a long time period and that a decision should be made soon on how to
further progress on the site.
Trustee Denno addressed the Special Police Contract by
asking each Board to pick a date to select committees. She urged each meeting
to be public.
QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Tom Ketchum, Oak St, thanked all attendees who coordinated
the joint meeting as well as Trustee Denno for her thoughts regarding the
Special Police Protection Contract.
Tim Murphy, Walnut St, spoke in regard to the Village of Corinth Comprehensive Plan. Mr.
Murphy commented that when this plan was put in place, no consideration was
given to residents. He expressed frustration over both the Town and Village
Boards not communicating.
Michelle Mosca addressed the issue of the Main Street School
and its preservation. She urged the use of grants to restore the building and
cited its examples of architecture and relevancy in the Village. Ms. Mosca
mentioned working together with the school to create a vision for the future
and saving the building for future use.
Louise Carney commented that she was unhappy with the lack
of communication between Town and Village Boards, the decision to not renew the
Special Police Protection Contract and the Village Board’s decision to pursue
its own recreation program. Ms. Carney called for a 5-10 year plan and improved
communication between boards.
QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Councilman Halliday mentioned scheduling another joint
meeting in the future between boards. Both boards agreed on January 18, 2018, 6
PM at the Corinth EMS Building.
Supervisor Lucia thanked all who attended and reminded the
public to attend the November 18th, 2017 celebration at the Corinth Mill Museum
honoring its National Registry status. Supervisor Lucia concluded the meeting
by stating that the Town Board would remain in session.
Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Denno, that Board
adjourn, 8:10 PM.