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Collins passes preliminary budget

COLLINS — At the Nov. 4, meeting of the Collins Town Council, Supervisor David Tessmer read a letter of resignation from Councilman Rob Gaylord. Gaylord served as town supervisor for 20 years and returned a few years ago to serve as a town councilman. Gaylord has accepted the position of executive director of the Erie County Water Authority, effective Nov. 15, which is also the day of his resignation from the Collins Town Council. Council members extended their well wishes.

At a public hearing held during this meeting, Tessmer went over the 65 pages of the proposed new budget for the town. The budget includes 2 percent pay raises for full-time employees, but council members waived their 2 percent increase.

The budget totals $2,932,800.26, which will require $1,138,585.92 to be raised by taxes. This figure is $13,664 less than the current year, which reflects a reduction of 1.2 percent. Tax rates will vary slightly, in different parts of the town; as water, lighting and other services are not uniform throughout the township. At the conclusion of his review, with little comment from those present, the council passed the preliminary budget for the coming year.

Town Clerk Becky Jo Summers reported that October transactions in her office totaled $7,029, of which the town’s portion is $5,457.

Building Inspector Gene Degman reported six building permits were issued in October, at an estimated value of $123,100.

In other board matters:

– The board agreed to purchase a new heavy-duty, open top container for the transfer station from Bucks Fabricating, for $4,868, plus $450 for delivery. Members also agreed to treat the container being replaced as scrap and take it to be recycled.

– A public hearing was set for Mon., Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall, to consider seven applications for dog kennel special use permits.

– The board agreed to hire Holly Siegle as a winter recreation counselor, effective immediately, at a rate of $8.75 per hour.

– Budget adjustments were made to allow the upgrade of the chlorine injection system and purchase of supplies in Water District 1.

– Public notice was given that landowners wishing to include predominately viable agricultural land into an existing certifiable agricultural district may apply, during the period of Nov. 1-Nov. 30. Applications are available at the town clerk’s office. Information can be obtained from Rachel Chrostowski of Erie County Environment and Planning at 858-8002.

– The board agreed to cooperate in expediting the construction of the park shelter, by issuing an unscheduled payment to the steel vendor for supplies, and to modify the payment schedule to the contractor accordingly.

– The town hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. The next regular meeting of the Collins Town Board will be on Mon., Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall.


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