By Derek M. Otto
The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Concord Board was held on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The meeting was preceded by three public hearings; 2018 budget public hearing at 6 p.m., a public hearing on the CDBG grant at 6:30 p.m. and a public hearing on Local Law #2 at 6:40 p.m. The proposed 2018 budget appropriates $4,445,015.29 with 2,231,873.35 coming from revenue, $439,358.65 in unexpended funds and 1,773,783.29 to be raised from taxes.
During the public hearing on the 2018 budget, several questions were asked. Springville Mayor and Supervisor candidate Bill Krebs asked about the unexpended amounts of the proposed budget and how they were being used to lower taxes. George Donhauser asked for clarifications on amounts listed as petitions. The petition amounts are monies set aside if there are discrepancies on property taxes that could be petitioned by property owners. These monies are set aside for reimbursements from the county.
Mary Jane Miess asked where the line items were for the senior expenses. The hearing in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is being applied for to get monies for a generator at the senior center and also included money for Rural Transit.
Local Law #2 refers to changes in wording for the town code as it is in General Codes. It takes out the word “shed” and broadens the definition of detached one story structures.
The regular meeting of the board opened with Shawn O’Hargan of the American Red Cross expressing his gratitude to the Town of Concord for the use of the Town Hall for the regular blood drives. He presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the board. The regular blood drives are now held at the Town of Concord Senior Center.
Mary Jane Miess continued to advocate for a full time senior center director and continued to express her concerns that seniors are not properly informed of the services provided to them. Senior Center Director Eleanor Eschborn then gave the board a report on the activities with the senior center. In addition to have a new hire for the nutrition site, the new person will also work several hours a week assisting Eschborn. She also reported that the number of people attending the nutrition site for October this year is nearly double from what it was last year, Nutrition site will not be held on Wednesdays. Her report included a variety of minor issues with the building that was repaired and listed the events being held at the senior center. These include not only the nutrition site but the American Red Cross Blood Drive, painting classes, Zumba classes and a new group WOW crafters. Also a piano was donated to the center by Phyllis Salisbury.
Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains reported that the county has started to repair Route 240 and will resurface the road from Foote to Genesee Road. His is continuing to complete paperwork for his Chips programming, Pave NY and EWP so the Department can receive the reimbursements. He noted that here was $80000.00 in assistance from NYS DOT. The board moved to approve the 2018 Budget, passed resolutions for the CDBG and Local Law #2.
The board also approved to send the old senior van to the auction block.
The board also approved speed reductions on Foote Road to 45 miles an hour from the town line, about Glen-Co Conservation club to Rt 240. Speed limits on Pratham Road in Sardinia are also at 45 miles. The speed reduction is to make the areas around Sprague Brook Park safer.
In Councilmen notes, Clyde Drake mention he met with WVDP and was shown a slide show of the clean up process. Jim Krezmein met with state assemblyman DiPietro about possible funding for repairs of buildings at Community Park.
The next regular meeting of the Town of Concord is Nov. 9, 2017, 7 p.m. at 86 Franklin Street.