The town board met at its regular meeting April 18 and approved Melanie Maybe as our new town historian. She and current historian Mike Savage are preparing a proposal for the board to improve and enhance the historian’s role in town.
The board also awarded the grass mowing contract for both the town office and cemeteries to Ron and Bobbi Soules, who were the low bidder. This is a one-year contract, renewable for a second year by mutual agreement.
The board also has arranged for new carpet in the town office, replacing carpet that is about 18 years old, torn and with some serious wrinkles that pose tripping hazards for people. This will be installed very soon.
The town board also approved the contracting with an individual to serve as bailiff for court and to purchase two metal detecting wands for improved court security. These are not expensive items and are within the monies previously budgeted for town court. We hope it improves the security situation.
The board will soon review once again the proposed Wellhead Protection Local Law. This draft has been reviewed several times by the planning board and many comments have been received and incorporated. I expect a discussion on this at our regular May 16 meeting. Following that, it will likely have to go to our town attorney for another review before moving on to the next step.
As a reminder, Grievance Day will be from 4 to 8 p.m. May 25. If you feel your assessment is wrong or unfair, this is the time to come and present your case to the grievance board. These are the only folks who have the authority to change your assessment. Neither the town board nor I can do so. This is your opportunity to make your case, but you have to make it. Bring any materials you think support your argument and present it to the grievance board. Please call the assessor at 315-587-4418 to make an appointment to meet with the board. Good luck!
One final note, by the time most of you read this, I will have (another) new knee. I had the first one done two and a half years ago and it is better than new. I had surgery May 1 and was home May 3. I worked from home for a few days while I recovered. This is rather like taking your car into the shop to have the front wheel bearings replaced — it is inconvenient, painful and expensive, but very routine and successful.