Town board passes local law on property maintenance, schedules public hearings

— —The board scheduled a public hearing for 7:20 p.m. Thursday, July 19, to consider the possible transfer of property from the town to Grace Chapel. The hearing will discuss the town’s “right of reversion” concerning the property and also a separate issue of easement release.

—The results of a study commissioned by Councilor Steve McGlynn showed that for its first year after resuming management of the Austin Park Pavilion ice rink, the town lost slightly more than $1,000 in expenses versus revenues. The higher-than-expected expenses came mostly from the unexpected breakdown of the Zamboni and necessity to rent a different Zamboni for the season. The figures show that the town board’s decision to resume management of the rink was not a bad move, Roney said.

—Roney announced correspondence with the Stauffer Chemical Company concerning site cleanup at its 4512 Jordan Road facility. Local residents will “see more activity there” starting on July 9 when the company begins further creek and stream cleanup activities, the company stated. The company first will meet with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation staff on June 29 to discuss the work. The company already has removed tens of thousands of tons of contaminated soil from the site and will continue its environmental work to clean the site to a commercial-level grade. If the work goes well, the site should be totally cleaned and finished within two years, according to Stauffer Chemical. The town board agreed to schedule a hamlet meeting in mid-September where DEC staff and the property owner will discuss with the community the status of the cleanup.

—The board approved the expenditure of $5,535 to upgrade the town offices desktop computer software on 15 computers from Microsoft Office 2003 to Microsoft Office 2010.

—The board approved a change in its carrier for workers’ compensation insurance from The Statewide Insurance Fund & Lovell to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Alliance. The change will save a small amount of premium expenses but was undertaken more because the town has been unhappy with certain aspects of its current coverage.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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