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Infrastructure important in the town of Collins

Legislator John Mills addresses the Collins town board at their July 14 meeting.
COLLINS—The Collins Town Board heard from several people, including Erie County Legislator John Mills at the July 14 meeting. Mills, who gave a brief presentation, stated that, in his opinion, the county should give priority to infrastructure maintenance over cultural gifts. He spoke of his efforts to get more roadwork done in the Southtowns, and to get the County Legislature to realize that there is life and activity going on south of Hamburg. Mills planned to present a report to the board, but it wasn’t completed in time. He did assure the board, however, that the report would be forthcoming shortly.

Jared Lusk represented Verizon Wireless at the public hearing on cell towers special use permits in Collins and gave a detailed report on the studies done to fill in the gaps of coverage. The proposed solution, is to erect two 195-foot high towers in the town, one on Taylor Hollow Road and one on Collins Center- Zoar Road. Lusk presented area coverage maps showing current coverage and the predicted coverage with the addition of two towers. The board agreed to seek SEQR approval and allow the construction of the two towers.

Scott Martindale addressed the board and stated that he had asked the board to reduce the speed limit in the hamlet of Collins some time ago, but has never heard from them about it. Town Supervisor David Tessmer said that it had been forwarded with no response, and promised he would look into it.

Town Clerk Becky Jo Summers stated that water bills were lost in cyber space through no fault of the town. Consequently they had to be re-read, which put them a bit late with larger sums, but it should reflect on the shorter term in the next reading. She also stated that her office had done business in June amounting to $8,049.67 of which the town’s portion was $7,386.90.

Code Enforcement Officer Gene Degman reported nine building permits in June for a total value of $491,415, amounting to a sum of $1,468 in permit fees. The nine permits included two new residences.

The Liberty Fest was well received by the townsfolk and Councilwoman Janet Vogtli suggested that if preparation for next year’s event were to begin a bit earlier it could doubtless be even better organized. Several board members offered their thanks to the many people who contributed to the success of the Liberty Fest.

In other matters, the board:

Accepted the financial audit of the town justices for the year 2013.

Accepted the supervisor’s report for May 2014.

Martindale turned in his resignation as custodian of the town hall effective Aug. 29, and the board agreed to advertise for a replacement. Applications must be received at the town clerk’s office by Aug. 1, by 4 p.m.

The next town board meeting will be Monday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall.
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