State of town outlined
Before announcing his resignation, Rupprecht gave a brief presentation on the state of the town. Specifically, he discussed the acquisition of Three Rivers Point, the remediation of the Cipro sewage plant and the conversion of a parcel on Black Creek Road to a town park. He also referenced the new land use code and the disaster mitigation plan.
We've tried to increase public participation in government, Rupprecht said. We've brought more residents into the planning process than ever before.
At Three Rivers Point, Rupprecht said that the New York State Canal Corporation is designing a new sea wall and discussing putting in a boardwalk and walking trails. The town also recently hired a consultant to determine the tourism potential for the site.
As for the potential park, Rupprecht said that it has the potential to be truly unique to the town of Clay and Onondaga County. It will be a passive recreation park with trails for walking, as well as horseback riding and possibly cross country skiing in the winter months.
Rupprecht also said that the town is studying its flooding problems and seeking solutions. He expected that the study will continue well into next year.
The town board approved all budgets for the 2007 fiscal year at Monday's meeting, as well. The $5,233,724.97 Special Districts budget, which covers sewers, drainage, water, hydrants, trash and lighting involved a $3 increase per unit from last year. The fire budget, which accounts for approximately $100 of residents' property taxes, was approved, as was the Uniform Water District budget, which only covers about one third of town residents (the rest receive their water from OCWA). Finally, the preliminary budget, which would require a total of $6,390,495 to be raised through taxes, a 5.5 percent increase, met with the approval of the town board.