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Otto opens first-ever clerk’s office

OTTO — The town of Otto held its first regular board meeting of the year on Jan. 21, at which all town officials were sworn into office, for the new year.

Comprehensive Planning Board Chairwoman Colleen Feth presented the first draft of the town’s comprehensive plan for 2014. She also reported that the board hopes to have the revision of the plan compiled for review and approval, within the next few months.

Highway Superintendent Robert Barber Jr. shared correspondence from Cattaraugus County, in regard to the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and asked the board to adopt this plan. The resolution passed, and the board agreed that Otto would adopt that plan.

He also asked that the board see that a new loader is budgeted for next year, since the first payment is not due until 2015.

“Year 2013 was for $30,000, and 2014 is for $38,000, totaling $68,000 towards principal as of now, leaving a balance of $23,585 plus interest for 2015 budget,” he explained.

Barber said he would like to put a pickup truck out to bid, to see if it is feasible to upgrade to a new one. The town’s truck will be two years old in June and has 20,000 miles on it.

The board authorized Barber to purchase materials to insulate the truck bay, put in a phone system and begin maintenance on the town hall building.

“We are asking for more [Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement’s] money again, as we have in the past. Last year, we got an increase of $20,000 and we are hoping to get another increase, this year,” he said.

Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler reported he had completed two inspections, one for a residence on Marek Road and another on Ball Road, in regard to a recent carbon monoxide detection concern. He also placed notifications on the Wilder building and said town and county attorneys are looking into how to move the process along. A violation was sent, regarding the accumulation of vehicles at a South Hill Residence.

Holler also reported that he had has spoken with Judge Austen, in regard to enforcement of the town of Otto Zoning Laws. Local Law 12.03 has not yet been adopted. That law would grant authority to inspect buildings and prosecute offenses.

The board discussed article 12§12.5, which delineates that penalties for the first offense be punishable by a fine not to exceed $350 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months or both. The board decided that it should be rewritten, eliminating the imprisonment clause, so that the court proceeding can be handled in a more effective and efficient manner.

Holler said that he is willing to rewrite the local law.

This is the first time in town history that the town clerk’s office has been open at the Town of Otto Municipal building, located at 8842 Otto-East Otto Road.

Town Clerk Trisha Priest attended a webina, held by the association of towns, and completed training for tax collection, conducted by the Cattaraugus County’s Treasurers Office.

The new office is open Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

For more information, visit, call the office at 257-3111 ext. 02 or mail correspondences to the Otto Town Clerk’s Office, 8842 Otto-East Otto Road, Cattaraugus, N.Y. 14719.


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