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Nelson town board resolves parking issue by Blue Canoe Grill in Erieville

— Bradstreet said he wanted to make clear that while the board will reconsider parking on the north side of North Lake Road next year, there is no guarantee that parking regulations will be changed — the culvert work is being done to improve the road and not to create more parking.

The board voted 4-1 to approve the new parking law. Costello voted no because he objected to the plan for the town to pay for the pipes to be added to the culvert when town policy has been to have landowners pay for pipe installations. “It’s slapping everybody in the face who [previously] bought their own pipe,” Costello said. “I don’t like it.”

The rest of the board felt the payment method was acceptable because the culvert work was a public safety and town infrastructure issue.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Heard from Highway Superintendent Jack Sevier that he is still working through the FEMA process to receive federal disaster recovery funds related to the July flooding, and his crews have been out five times on plow runs, mostly to sand the roads, so far this winter.

—Heard from Bradstreet that Nelson’s municipal insurance rate will decrease starting Jan. 1, 2014, although he did not yet have the specific amount of the decrease.

—Unanimously approved a motion to contract with the Georgetown Ambulance Services to cover parts of the town of Nelson not covered by CAVAC, as well as to file a “certificate of need” with the state, which will allow residents who utilize the Georgetown Ambulance Services to bill Medicare for the service.

—Heard from Town Clerk Debbie Costello that the six new surveillance cameras installed both inside and outside the town office are working well. The total cost for the cameras came to about $900. Bradstreet said officials from the town of Madison plan to visit the Nelson town office to look at the new cameras as they consider taking the same action.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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