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Vienna: Donations sought for time capsule

The town of Vienna will accept memorabilia items for its bicentennial time capsule through March 21. The board suggests the community use "common sense" about the size of items donated to be placed in the capsule. Photographs were one suggestion.

The town plans to bury the capsule on April 3 at the memorial park.

Town Supervisor Nicol Baker said the highway department will provide the steel and welding for the capsule.

Harlen Moonen, municipal advisor to the Northern Oneida County Council of Governments told board members that the Tug Hill Commission would write the small cities home improvement block grant next year for the town.

Board members and those attending the meeting March 5 let out a round of applause to the news because Baker had just informed the public that there wouldn't be time to meet the April 24 deadline for this year.

"There is only six weeks to do the survey, get estimates and contractors," Baker said. "There's no timeframe. But because this is such a great opportunity for the people of this town we are going to make sure we do it next year."

Councilman Walter Keeney said he felt waiting was wise. The cost of the grant application is $4,000 and if the town didn't get it because of time restrictions it would be a waste, Keeney said.

Moonen said the commission would gather all the paperwork and write the grant for them.

In other business

Baker told board members she'd like to create a Historic Preservation Law for the town. She provided a working document and seeks the boards input.

Baker also suggested creating a sustainable independent Vienna and provided a rough draft of a working document for the boards input.

The board agreed to donate a used fax/copier machine to the North Bay Volunteer Fire Department.

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