Councilor Contemplations – December 2021

Good news! The Town will be awarded $22,250 from the DEC for two Climate Smart Communities projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Town.

The Town Board appoints members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Review. There are openings on these boards. The Board re-appointed Celeste Greiner to the Board of Assessment Review for a full term. She has previously been serving the unexpired term of someone who stepped down. The Board thanked Jim Campbell for
his service on the ZBA and Fred Gilbert for his service to the Planning Board. Late in the month we learned that Mike LeRoy is also stepping down, so there will be two openings on the Planning Board. Interested people should submit a cover letter and resume to Kay Blythe for consideration. [].

After canvasing the Civil Service list and careful consideration, the Town has hired Tom Poitras to be the new Director of Codes Enforcement.

The Town has decided not to opt out of marijuana dispensary and on-site consumption thereby being eligible to receive tax revenue from marijuana sales. We will update the zoning code to accommodate these new businesses. It is not expected that licenses will be awarded until 2023.

Town Historian Barbara Rivette submitted her annual report.

The Board declared eleven vehicles surplus and authorized Highway Superintendent Cushing to put them up for auction. The auction results were accepted on December 8th.

The Town will accept partial payment of property taxes this winter for people who have not saved up the full amount by the end of January.

The Town accepted the terms of Community Host Agreements and Payment in Lieu of Taxes terms with CVE, the operator of the planned Duguid Road solar array farm.

The Town renewed contracts with the SPCA for dog control and animal cruelty services.

The AIM funding received from NYS was $34,700 more than the Town had budgeted.

Several well-wishers attended the December 22nd meeting to wish
Karen Green and Ed Theobald well as their terms come to an end.
There were several proclamations read into the record.