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Colden Town Board passes preliminary budget for 2013

COLDEN — The monthly Colden Town Board meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Colden Town Hall. Colden’s town budget was passed after a public hearing. The meeting also included the Time Warner franchise public hearing.

County Legislator Joseph Lorigo joined the meeting, to get the public’s opinion of the Erie County tax increases, by means of a survey. After addressing the attendees, he left the Colden Town Board to go over its own, 2013 preliminary budget.

The board voted in the new budget unanimously, save for Supervisor Annie Hoffman. The budget raised employee compensation and retirement benefits by 3 percent. Hoffman said she did not vote yes on adopting the budget, because she did not think it was fair for employee compensation to increase by 3 percent, while Social Security was raised by only 1.3 percent.

The new town budget also doubled allotted funds for the contractual attorney. After some questions from area residents, board members explained that it was a necessary increase, to help ensure that the town is better protected from future lawsuits, should they occur.

Time Warner Cable’s current contract with the town of Colden leaves many residents without cable or Internet. Claiming that the population is not dense enough, in many parts of Colden, to warrant the investment the company would have to make, to run cable lines to all houses, Time Warner said that its services will probably not be offered in every corner of Colden, any time soon.

The board said that it is working toward obtaining Internet and cable television to as many households as possible, without forcing individual neighborhoods to pay independently for the installation of cables.

In other board news:
– The recreation department will write a letter to New York state, requesting for signs for Colden’s parks.

– The implementation of a new recycling program is underway. The more a person recycles, the more points he or she will be able to earn. Points will be redeemable for rewards at local businesses.

– The Hazman town recycling event collected more potentially toxic materials than the board said it expected.

– The hydrofracking committee, with Ron Fraser’s serving as its chair, held an organizational meeting. The committee meets on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the Colden Town Hall.

– Jody Feidt reported that the town was well-prepared for Hurricane Sandy. “Our next storm is going to be a breeze,” she said, in reference to how well-prepared Colden will be, for the next natural disaster.

– The veteran memorial wall light has been repaired.

– The West Falls-Colden Library earned $1,380 at its last hotdog sale. There will be a preschool story hour held every Thursday morning at 10:30 at the library, for children ages 3 – 5. The library will host a wreath-decorating class at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. It will also have a free cookie decorating party on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. For more information about library programs, visit the town of Colden’s community programs page on the town’s website, www.townofcolden.com.

The next Town of Colden Board meeting will take place on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Colden Town Hall.
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