Draft Minutes

North Greenbush Fire District No. 1
Minutes of the October 18, 2022 BOFC Monthly Meeting
Chairman Rich French called the meeting to order at 6:37 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was
followed by a moment of silence for all departed District Firefighters.
Commissioners Present: Rich French (RF), Brian McCrae (BM), Nick Scifo (NS), Chris
Wilson (CW) and Dan Garab (DG) were present.
Other District Staff: District Counsel Terry Hannigan (TH), Secretary/Treasurer Sean Kerwin
(SK) and Director of Purchasing Robert Durivage (RD) were present.
MOTION 22M64 was made by CW and seconded by RF, approving the facility use request
from DFD as a one time use request. Motion carried.
MOTION 22M65 was made by BM and seconded by CW, approving the facility use request
from WFD. Motion carried.
Approval of Prior Month’s Minutes & Budget Workshop Minutes on 9/12/22:
MOTION 22M66 was made by NS and seconded by BM approving September Monthly
Minutes with a correction to the official name for the Apparatus Review Committee. Also
approving the Budget Workshop Minutes on 9/12/2022. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report for the period ending 9/30/2022:
SK presented the Treasurer’s Report (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 22R54 was made by CW and seconded by BM to accept the Treasurer’s Report
as of September 30, 2022 as presented.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
Approval of Current Month’s Invoices:
SK presented the invoices/vouchers for approval by the Board (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 22R55 was made by BM and seconded by NS, authorizing the payments of
invoices as presented for a total of $76,418.46, pending final audit and receipt of any necessary
paperwork.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 22R56 was made by RF and seconded by CW, authorizing the payment of an
invoice as presented for a total of $214.92 (Dan Garab Apple Care protection plan), pending
final audit and receipt of any necessary paperwork.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed by RF, BM, NS & CW.
Dan Garab Abstained.
RESOLUTION 22R57 was made by NS and seconded by BM approving the renewal contract
with Lynn Kane for EMS CIC and CME service with no increase as outlined in the contract
agreement. The Fire Chiefs were polled and they had no concerns.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
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Resolution to prepare the registration.
A Resolution was tendered by CW, seconded by NS for the preparation of Registration rolls in
conjunction with the annual election of the Fire District as follows:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the North Greenbush Fire
District No. 1 having heretofore appointed a Board of Elections to comply with the registration
and voting procedures set forth in section 175 and 175-a of the Town law, does hereby designate
the 28th day of November, 2022 as the date of the meeting for the Board of Elections to prepare
registration rolls for the annual election of the North Greenbush Fire District No. 1;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such meeting take place at the Wynantskill
Fire House (511 Church Street) to convene at 6:00PM on that date for those Town residents who
reside in the Town of North Greenbush election districts 1, 3, and 7 and that such meeting take
place at the DeFreestville Fire House (350 North Greenbush Road) to convene at 6:00 PM on
that date for those Town residents who reside in the Town of North Greenbush election districts
nos. 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a legal notice informing the residence
electors of the North Greenbush Fire District No. 1 of this meeting be published one time by the
Fire District Secretary in the official newspaper of the North Greenbush Fire District No. 1.
The Chairman requested a roll call vote as follows:
Commissioner Richard French Aye
Commissioner Brian McCrae Aye
Commissioner Nick Scifo Aye
Commissioner Chris Wilson Aye
Commissioner Daniel Garab Aye
RESOLUTION 22R58
Resolution to appoint Board of Election.
A Resolution appointing the Fire District Board of Elections was tendered by BM, seconded by
DG as follows:
WHEREAS section 175-a of the Town Law provides for a system of registration for Fire
District elections; and
WHEREAS a register of eligible Fire District voters must be prepared prior to the Fire
District election; and
WHEREAS such register shall be prepared from names of persons who have registered
with the County Board of Elections;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following resident electors of the
North Greenbush Fire District No. 1 are hereby appointed to constitute the North Greenbush Fire
District No. 1 Board of Elections for the 2023 annual Fire District election:
Mark Lacivita Election Chairman
James Oliver Election Inspector at WFD Firehouse
Joseph Hogan Ballot Clerk at WFD Firehouse
Janice Kerwin Ballot Clerk at WFD Firehouse
James Miner Ballot Clerk at WFD Firehouse
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William Stewart Election Inspector at DFD Firehouse
Timothy O’Conner Ballot Clerk at DFD Firehouse
Michael Lashmet Ballot Clerk at DFD Firehouse
Jason Strosberg Ballot Clerk at DFD Firehouse
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chairman, Election Inspectors and Ballot
Clerks be compensated in the amount of $70.00 for their services in preparing the registration
records and attendance at the annual election;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in case any of the members appointed herein
are unable or refuse to assume or perform the duties required of them, this Board of Fire
Commissioners will appoint alternates who are resident electors;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, if clerical help is deemed necessary, this
Board of Fire Commissioners will consider the appointment of such clerical persons upon
request of the Chairman of the Fire District Board of Elections.
The Chairman requested a roll call vote as follows:
Commissioner Richard French Aye
Commissioner Brian McCrae Aye
Commissioner Nick Scifo Aye
Commissioner Chris Wilson Aye
Commissioner Daniel Garab Aye
RESOLUTION 22R59
Motion to post legal notice:
A Motion made by RF, seconded by NS directing the District Secretary to place a Legal Notice
in the official newspaper of the Fire District for the election of One (1) Commissioner, to serve a
5 year term commencing on January 1, 2023, and One (1) Commission to serve the remainder of
a One Year Term expiring December 31, 2023, to be held on Tuesday December 13, 2022 and
for the preparation of the Registration Rolls on Monday November 28, 2022.
The District Secretary is also directed to provide a copy of the Legal Notice to the North
Greenbush Town Clerk for posting on the Town’s municipal website, if available, and on the
Town’s bulletin board and signboard no sooner than November 23, 2022 and no later than
November 28, 2022.
The District Secretary is further directed to post a copy of the Legal Notice on the Fire
District’s website, no sooner than November 23, 2022 and no later than November 28, 2022.
The Legal Notice must be published in THE RECORD by no sooner than November 9,
2022, and no later than November 16, 2022.
MOTION 22M67 carried.
Motion to request list of registered voters:
A motion by NS, seconded by CW directing the Secretary to send a letter to the Rensselaer
County Board of Elections requesting a list of persons registered to vote as of the 21th day of
November, 2022 in all eight of the Town of North Greenbush elections district. And request the
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Rensselaer County Board of Elections mail the list of registered voters to the Fire District
Secretary by the 22nd day of November 2022.
MOTION 22M68 carried.
RESOLUTION 22R60 was made by DG, seconded by BM, declaring the out of service 1997
Dodge Van (old Utility 42), as surplus equipment. The total value of this surplus is less than
$20K and is no longer needed by the Fire District. This vehicle is schedule to be used in a live
fire drill on 10/18/22 at the Fane Gravel Yard.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
MOTION 22M69 was made by NS and seconded by BM appointing the following people to the
District Standing Apparatus Needs Committee; Brandon Galligan, Keith Slupski, Jeff Stehr,
Jonathan Carroll, TJ Fitzpatrick and Scott Kennedy. Rich French and Chris Wilson are the two
Commissioners. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 22R61 was made by NS and seconded by BM approving the agreement with
Bryans & Gramuglia CPAs, LLC to perform the Districts annual audit services at a cost of
$5,000.00 annually.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 22R62 was made by RF and seconded by NS adopting the proposed 2023 budget
as proposed and written by SK.
Chairman Rich French requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
MOTION 22M70 was made by CW and seconded by NS to approve Walter Apple and
Alexander Kaplan from WFD as District Fire Fighters. Motion carried.
MOTION 22M71 was made by NS, seconded by BM to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 PM.
Motion Carried.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sean Kerwin
Secretary/Treasurer