By Rich Place

The Concord Town Board at its regular meeting last week scheduled another public hearing on its comprehensive plan as part of the next step toward its expected eventual adoption.

The board approved a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 on the final draft of the comprehensive plan. The hearing is necessary for the town to begin the SEQR process on the plan, a requirement for its adoption.

Town Supervisor Clyde Drake said the public hearing is more of a technical requirement, as the plan’s supervising committee has already held three other hearings to create the draft that is currently available for viewing. However, as a public hearing residents can again voice opinions on the plan to the town board.

“I guess we are really looking for people who want to bring up new issues,” said Drake. “Everything that has been (previously) brought up was noted and those discussions are going on.”

The Comprehensive Plan Committee has met several times throughout the last year and has hosted three public hearings to help finalize the document. The board has not yet approved the final version, but the latest draft is available on the town’s website and at the town clerk’s office.

Drake told the Springville Times he hopes the town board will approve the final draft of the comprehensive plan by the end of the year. The town’s current comprehensive plan is a joint one with the village from the late ‘90s.

Also at the town board meeting on Aug. 9, the board unanimously approved stipends for the town clerk and deputy town clerk for the extra responsibilities they will take on following last month’s approval with the SGI school district to begin collecting school taxes.

The town board in July approved a four-year agreement with the school — which can be terminated by either party at any time — to collect school taxes at the town office. Drake said the agreement will bring in approximately $17,000 for the town. It begins Sept. 1.

Town clerk Darlene Schweikert will get a $5,500 stipend and deputy town clerk Stephanie Bacon will receive $2,500 for the additional responsibilities, according to the resolution approved last week.

“We don’t know for certain how much extra work it is going to be,” Drake told town board members. “We can negotiate this every year.”

Town board members also heard about the success of the Fire Trucks & Food Trucks event held in conjunction with the All-Class Reunion in mid-July. Councilman Phil Drozd, who helped organize the event, said it was a success despite some rain.

“(There was) a lot of feedback from residents on what we should do to improve on that for the coming years,” he said. “The department came out of it financially very well this year even with only 16 cars (at the car show).”

He noted, “there’s a lot on the drawing board next year already.”

Also at the town board meeting, the board:

approved a series of contracts relating to the sewer and water operations at Kissing Bridge. Contracts were approved with Kissing Bridge and the town’s water and sewer district and another was approved between MDA Engineering and the town to provide a licensed operator to run the sewer plant there;

hired Jeanette Cordaro as the new nutrition site recreation attendant at the Concord Senior Center. She was chosen following interviews with five other applicants, Drake said; and

scheduled budget workshops for 6 p.m. on Aug. 30, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25.

The next meeting of the Concord Town Board will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 following the public hearing on the comprehensive plan scheduled for 6 p.m. Both meetings take place at the town hall at 65 Franklin St.