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Governor wants consolidation

Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said Gov. Eliot Spitzer sent all government agencies a letter and wants neighboring agencies to consolidate more services and be more cooperative with each other.

DiVeronica said the Madison County Board of Supervisors already met and plan to hold a meeting in Morrisville with all government agencies in Madison County to talk about shared services with villages and towns.

"The governor wants all municipalities to submit one proposal by June 15," DiVeronica said. "We are going to discuss countywide assessments and consolidation of other services including police agencies in the county."

DiVeronica said the town has a list of shared services to present to a representative of the governor's office who plans to meet with municipalities at the end of the month.

"I think consolidation is the way to go," DiVeronica said. "I'm all for sharing services."

Property maintenance was once again an issue during the board meeting held May 14.

"I talked to [town Attorney] Pete [Finocchairo] and I talked to [Codes Enforcement Officer] Rick [Stagnitti]," DiVeronica said. "We have the right to go clean up the property. I want to hire a contractor to clean them all up and put it on their taxes."

The board agreed property owners violating the ordinances have been given enough warning.

A resolution was made and the board approved to file a new ordinance giving property owners in violation 15 days to commence clean up and 30 days to finish or show progress. If no improvement has been made in that length of time then the town will hire a contractor to finish the clean up and the property owner will be billed on their taxes. Currently the town has three properties in violation, one on Wise Road, North Main Street and Bruce Road.

"And we just served a property owner on Warners Road," DiVeronica said.

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