By Alicia Dziak
Following the recent power outage throughout much of the Town of Concord, the town’s regular board meeting on Thursday, April 12 began with public comment from a resident questioning whether there is a central location for residents to get information in case of emergency.
Supervisor Clyde Drake said there is an emergency protocol, also noting that the town will be receiving a grant for a generator for the Concord Senior Center.
Drake added that they are looking for someone to help head up a committee of volunteers and that the town is “full speed ahead on how we handle these in the future.”
It was also noted that Code Red, with a link on the town website, can be linked to cell phones, not only landlines.
According to the town’s website: “The Town of Concord and Village of Springville have implemented the CodeRED system. CodeRED will serve as the emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and municipal personnel by using the system capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media in an effort to effectively inform residents to protect life and property. This communication tool will alert our residents to emergency and other timely messages. The municipalities anticipate using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of emergencies, power outages, road closures and events.”
Concord Senior Center director Eleanor Eschborn announced the Senior Center will also serve as a cooling center in the warmer months and that they will have basic supplies, like bottled water, crackers and peanut butter, on hand should the need arise.
Eschborn introduced Debbie Hintz, community coordinator of SCENe, who said she has been working with Fiddler’s Green nursing home and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital to bring health-related seminars to the public. The next one is scheduled on Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the topic of Medicaid and Medicare.
Seth Wochensky from the Springville Center for the Arts approached the board with an Aug. 9 date for the annual Shake on the Lake, a Shakespeare performance that he said is “very entertaining.” Wochensky was hoping the Thursday performance could be part of the Town’s series of performances in the park this summer; Drake said the schedule has already been released, but Wochensky will follow up about possibly coordinating in the future.
Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains said, “It’s been a busy year in the department. We’ve put in a lot of tough hours in tough conditions.” He thanked his team for the work they do.
Dains noted that the storm on April 4 and 5 took down many limbs in the town, and that the highway department was in the process of cleaning up debris, starting in the north and working their way south. He also thanked the residents for being patient.
Town Board member Phil Drozd said that the Fire Department had sold out their recent chicken barbecue. He also explained that some concrete floor repair was being done on the department’s Main Street building.
In new business:
• MRC was awarded the bid for spring cleanup, while Emerald Landscaping was awarded the mowing bid.
• A new library director, Jennifer Morris, has been hired and started recently.
• Town judges Tim Frank and Leslie Gibbin discussed the possibility of sharing resources, due to the recent resignation of court clerk Amy Schosek, who completed nursing school and got a job in her field. “Amy has been here a long time and will be sadly missed,” Frank said.
• Residents of Crane Ridge will have a community meeting regarding various lighting options.
• Town Board member Bill Snyder attended the SYI board meeting on April 11; SYI’s summer programs are coming up soon, with baseball/softball opening day on May 21.
• Board member Ken Zittel announced April 21 as the Installation Dinner for the East Concord Fire Department. Zittel also thanked Eschborn and Hintz for their work at the Senior Center, noting that “the parking lot is full.”
• The Town is looking into a new agreement regarding the Kissing Bridge sewer district.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, May 10.