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Collins holds two public hearings

COLLINS — At its Oct. 7 meeting, the Collins Town Council held two public hearings. The first hearing was to discuss legislation that would allow the town to raise the taxes for 2014, above the limit set by New York state law. This year, the maximum increase allowable is 1.66%. The board has no plan to raise taxes above that level, but said it feels it is prudent to pave the way, in case the need arises.

The second public hearing was to decide what projects should be applied for, under the Community Development Block Grant system. Last year, the town received grants for the Painter Center and Rural Transit. Playground equipment, which was turned down last year was brought up, in addition to Rural Transit. The town counsel expects to have a formal proposal to pass, at the next meeting on Oct. 21.

Town Clerk Becky Jo Summers reported transactions in her office for September amounted to $11,570.75 with the town’s portion being $5,250.22. Water bills have been mailed out and are due back by Oct. 21.

Code Enforcement Officer Gene Degman reported six building permits in September, for a total estimated value of $13,000.

In other board matters:

– The board agreed to appoint Seth Howard to the position of constable, to serve as court officer, at a rate of $12.50 per hour.

– The board agreed to hire the following persons for the Winter Recreation Program: At $9.80 per hour, head counselor Samantha D’Amaro, Head Cashier April Hoffman and Craft Coordinator Rebecca Russell. At $9.30 per hour, Counselors Rebecca McMullen, Thomas McMullen, Christian Peglowski. Kylie Troidl and Christian Francis and at $8.30 per hour, Jessica Murszewski.

The board authorized the purchase of a Ferris 24-horsepower, 61-incch deck, three-wheel mower from Lamb & Webster, at a cost of $8,450, with a $2,100 trade-in allowance, for a net cost of $6,350.

– Justin Wallschlager was approved for the position of part-time laborer at $10 per hour, effective Oct. 15. He will be on 90 days probation, after which he will be due for evaluation and adjustment.

– The board agreed to hire Victory Lifts Inc. to repair the wheelchair lift at the Painter Center, at a cost of $1,835.

– Cub Scout Pack 24 may use the Painter Center gymnasium on Monday evenings, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Collins Town Board will be on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall.


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