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The state of the town: Colden officials report to the board

COLDEN — During the Colden Town Board’s meeting on June 13, each department and committee of Colden’s government reported about recent events.

According to Councilman Patrick Murphy, the buildings and insurance department’s attempt to get a grant for exercise equipment in the senior center was unsuccessful. “I put in for a grant last year, and, unfortunately, I got word that the grant was denied, so we’re going to have to look at some other ways to get exercise equipment,” he said.

The board agreed to seek donations for this request, as long as the provided equipment is new and safe. Members of the board said they were interested in hearing seniors’ opinions, about what type of equipment they would use.

Councilman Gerald Pietraszak reported that the planning board inspected 11 properties with special use permits on June 1, to see if the locations were in compliance. Out of the 11 sites that were inspected, two were found to be in sub-par condition and requiring maintenance. The Gordon Bennett Tower, located at 8097 Center St. in Holland, was one of the non-compliant locations.

“The Gordon Bennett Tower is apparently not in use, anymore. All of the cables have been cut. The top of it seems to be leaning considerably. I think it’s something that should be taken down,” Pietraszak explained. “We will have to notify [the person] who owns that, now.”

The second property that required attention was the Buffalo Ski Club Bridge. One pier of the bridge was deemed to not be fully supporting the structure. This piece of the bridge has since been repositioned and personal vehicles are cleared to pass over the bridge. A maximum load weight has not been set.

The owners of these two properties will have 90 days to resolve the issues.

The water leak behind the town hall that has been eluding the water department is close to being pinpointed, according to the board. By the shutting off of the corresponding pipe to that area, pressure has dropped, suggesting that the leak is nearby and is likely dumping water into the creek. The water department has narrowed down the location of the leak to a 4-foot area, and a representative said that the department hopes to correct the problem, as soon as possible.

Ron Fraser reported that the hydrofracking committee would like to know the board’s interpretation of its report on hydrofracking.

“Half the people on the planning board did not see the report and, therefore, did not have an opinion,” Fraser said. He issued a status report, for the committee, which said, “Town citizens want to know, directly from their elected officials, where [the town board] stand, on this issue.”

A community presentation about recent hydrofracking developments will take place, during the board’s next meeting.

In other board news:
– Highway Superintendent Paul Clarkson told attendees about an ongoing vandalism problem in the town park bathrooms. “We’ve been having some damage done. We’re talking feces on the floor [and] smeared on the walls and our town parks lady has to clean this up. If people are up there, just be aware of the kids’ going in the bathrooms and if you hear them goofing off, or something, please take a walk in,” Clarkson said.

– The building department is looking into hiring a new general contractor to fix the senior center roof.

– All road signs will have to be updated to a new standard that is being set by New York state. Colden has until 2015, to start replacing signs. The highway department announced plans to execute sign replacement, as soon as pricing is known and can be worked into a future budget.

The next Colden Town Board meeting will take place on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Colden Town Hall.
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