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Notice – Budget Workshop Meetings 10/6 , 10/14 & 10/21/2020 6PM

NOTICE OF BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETINGS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Town Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold Budget/Workshop Meetings on October 6th, 2020, October 14th, 2020, and October 21st, 2020 commencing at 6:00PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 and successors addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 898 7113 1622, Password: 520260

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Town Board meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/town-board-agendas/

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Notice – Town Board Audit/Workshop Meeting 9/24/2020 6PM

NOTICE OF MEETINGS LOCATION CHANGE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Town Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold an Audit/Workshop Meeting on September 24th, 2020 commencing at 6:00PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 and successors addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 896 6972 6895, Password: 744101

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Town Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold a Regular Meeting on October 1st, 2020 commencing at 6:30PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 and successors addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 836 4043 7210, Password: 658903

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Town Board meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/town-board-agendas/

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Legal Notice – Town Board Special Meeting 9/16/2020 6:30PM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Town Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold a Special Meeting September 16, 2020 commencing at 6:30PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 and successors addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 832 4822 9429, Password: 319564

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Town Board meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/town-board-agendas/

BY THE ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD
KATHLEEN A. GUNDBERG
TOWN CLERK

News – Transfer Station Update

An update for Town residents regarding the Transfer Station

The Town has a contract with the UCRRA, as do most municipalities, to haul our refuse and recyclables. Under Ulster County flow control laws imposed by the County Legislature, the UCRRA must receive all MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) and recyclables produced or collected in Ulster County. The Town contract expires December 31, 2020. The Town can choose to hire another hauler, but it is expected the cost will be greater than the UCRRA.

The UCRRA removed the scale and compactors ftom the transfer station on Friday. They belong to them, not the Town, and were left from when the site was managed by the UCRRA many years ago. This caused the Town to discontinue the ability to receive loose by the pound refuse beginning Friday.

The heart of the dispute is based around interpretation of the definition of commercial versus residential waste.

The UCRRA contends the Town “MUST be accepting commercial C&D” as they say our volume taken is too high to only be residential C&D. They also say our open bin has too great a percentage of C&D for them to legally haul it. The law, according to their interpretation, is no greater than 20%.

The Town explains this as residents are instructed to put bagged refuse in the compactor roll off and loose refuse in the open bin. That would cause the appearance of commercial C&D in those bins. The Town was making an adjustment by having bagged refuse be deposited in the noncompactor bin in response when the UCRRA decided to remove the scale.

The Town further maintains we have close to 1500 permit users, all residential, and have a far greater utilization of the Transfer Station by residents than many other more populated Towns. For example, Esopus has 400 permit users. My contention is because we are a very rural area most people do not hire a home garbage pickup company.

The second contention is a dispute over what classifies as commercial versus residential C&D. The UCRRA maintains any vehicle with a commercial plate or logo on the side must be commercial. The Town is allowed to accept residential C&D up to 2 cubic yards (a pickup truck bed size approximately). The Town cannot accept commercial waste.

The Town disputes this definition and believes the refuse itself, not the vehicle should define the source. We have many residents who only have 1 vehicle which may double as their work vehicle. We also have many pickup truck drivers who must have commercial plates due to vehicle weight that are strictly residential. We are a very rural area. The Town and the UCRRA had requested an interpretation from the NYS DEC, the agency which oversees solid waste management in NYS, this past spring, however no answer has been received.

The Town Board is investigating other sources to haul the refuse other than the UCRRA. The Board is also discussing with the Town attorney all legal options.
Also, pricing for large items such as furniture or mattresses will be established.

The Town apologizes to the residents, but believes it is on the right side of the dispute.
The Town will fight for the residents to be allowed to dispose of refuse in the Town of Rochester and not be forced to drive to New Paltz or Kingston. The Town believes the UCRRA has made suppositions not factual determinations, and has reacted incorrectly based on their suppositions.

Thank you,

Mike Baden
Town of Rochester Supervisor

Notice – Planning Board Public Hearing 9/14/2020 7PM

NOTICE OF HEARING AND MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Planning Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold a public hearing for the following matters at its meeting on September 14th, 2020 commencing at 7:00PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 addressing the COVID-19 virus.
PB 2020-06 SUP
The Sleeping Giant Ice Cream Company/Robert Christian (Owner)
Special Use Permit/Site Plan Approval
Proposes a change of use. The existing parcel is used for a retail flower shop with greenhouses. The proposed use is a seasonal (spring through fall) neighborhood ice cream shop with window exterior service and outdoor seating. No new construction is proposed. The parcel is located on Sunset Drive, Kerhonkson, NY, S/B/L 76.10-1-35.100 (+/- .572 acres). The parcel is in the H (Hamlet) zoning district, may be within 500 feet of a historic register house, fronts Rte. 209, a NYS scenic byway.

Persons wishing to appear at such public hearings may do so in two ways
1. via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 832 4822 9429, Password: 319564 at 7:00 pm on September 14, 2020 where further instruction will be given
2. via email to btetro@townofrochester.ny.gov until 4pm on the day of the meeting

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 832 4822 9429, Password: 319564

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Planning Board meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/planning-board-agendas/

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Notice – Town Board Special Meeting -9-8-2020 6:30PM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Town Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold a Special Meeting on September 8th, 2020 commencing at 6:30PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 and successors addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 856 2887 8419, Password: 687894

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Town Board meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/town-board-agendas/

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Notice – Transfer Station C&D

9/4/2020

To the residents of Rochester

Please be informed that beginning today and continuing until further
notice the Town of Rochester Transfer Station is only able to accept
bagged refuse and recyclables.
No loose, weighed by scale material can be accepted.

This is due to a dispute between the Town and the UCRRA over the UCRRA
contention the Town is accepting commercial refuse. The Town disputes
this claim. As a result, the UCRRA has removed their scale and trash
compactors from our facility.

In the meantime, any resident who has loose material to be disposed of
must take such to the UCRRA facility in New Paltz or Kingston.

The Town Board apologizes for these extreme measures taken by the UCRRA
and is working to resolve this problem as soon as is possible.1

Apologies,
Town Supervisor Mike Baden

Thank you,

Mike Baden
Town of Rochester Supervisor
(845) 626-3043 office
(845) 663-4006 cellular

Notice – Planning Board Meeting 8/31 6:30PM

NOTICE OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Planning Board of the Town of Rochester, will hold a Workshop Meeting on August 31st, 2020 commencing at 6:30PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 816 8089 1313, Password: 662915

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Planning Board meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/planning-board-agendas/

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Notice – ZBA Meeting 8/20 7PM

NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Town Law, the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Rochester, will hold a Regular Meeting on August 20th, 2020 commencing at 7:00PM via videoconference and teleconference, consistent with NYS Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 addressing the COVID-19 virus.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however the public will be fully able to observe the meetings via computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device. The public may view the meeting proceedings via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7ykop50cWmqPFUpgDjRSQ or listen via phone by calling +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 875 6849 5300, Password: 986562

The video and teleconference will be recorded, and a transcript of the meeting will be made of the meeting. Zoning Board of Appeals meeting agendas will be available online in advance of the meeting at http://townofrochester.ny.gov/agendaminutes/zoning-board-of-appeals-agendas/

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