Town of Lenox tables consolidation

Town discusses tax identity, water district bids

Lenox town Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica saved what he felt was an important issue to be addressed for last at Monday's town board meeting.

DiVeronica asked the board to consider organizing a lay committee to study the benefits of consolidation of services with the village of Canastota.

"I would like to have a study done to make sure we're heading in the right direction and saving the taxpayers money," he said.

DiVeronica said that there were a lot of people wondering when they we're going to do it.

"Basically, I think that it has got to be addressed. We may do it. We may not do it," he said. "It's not put in stone but it is something that we've got to look at for the benefit of the taxpayers."

One possibility DiVeronica would like studied is having one taxing identity for the village and one taxing identity for outside the village.

He also pointed out several areas where consolidation could take place, including code enforcement officers.

"We use to contract with the village. Now we're not contracting because they wanted to do their own," he said. "So, now, there's something you could consolidate.

Also addressed at the meeting was water district 12. Two public hearing bids for surveying were opened with Myers and Associates of Canastota's bid at $46,400 and Delta Engineering of Vernon's bid at $49,275. The board approved having the bids sent to the town's engineer for study.

In addition, a resolution to borrow $100,000 on a Bond Anticipation Note for engineering fees, consultants and other tests was passed. DiVeronica was also authorized to apply for United States Department of Agriculture funds.

Furthermore, engineer John Dunkle submitted costs for the environmental and archaeological tests for the water district. DiVeronica said that the project could get held up because the Oneida Indian Nation wants consultation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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