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Jeff Forster reappointed East Otto town assessor

EAST OTTO — At the Aug. 13 meeting of the East Otto Town Board, Jeff Forster was unanimously re-appointed to serve as the sole assessor of the town of East Otto, for another, six-year term. That term will begin Oct. 1 of this year and end Sept. 30, 2020.

Town Clerk Ann Rugg was designated as the person to receive the certificate of designation, for service of notice of claim of the town of East Otto, pursuant to Section 53 of the General Municipal Law. East Otto is a public corporation, as designated in Section 66 of the General Construction Law of the State of New York and the Secretary of State of New York is the agent upon whom the notice of claim, may be served.

The secretary of state shall transmit a copy of any notice of claim served to Ann Rugg at 9134 Bowen Road, East Otto, N.Y., 14729. That notice of claim carries a time limit of 90 days.

The town’s property re-evaluation may have to be put on hold, after the New York state retirement increases are evaluated.

It was decided the Highway Superintendent Tom Benz will get an exact cost for the proposed plow purchase, by checking other government agency plow purchases that the town may be able to “piggy-back” from. The board will then decide where in the budget the money should come from, and whether using money left in the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program account is appropriate. If CHIPS money is used, the equipment purchase must be approved, by the agency distributing those funds.

The work done on Plato Road has been sent into CHIPS for reimbursement. The work done on Spring Street will be submitted, in the second draw. Snake Run Road has been chipped and Safford Road is scheduled to be chipped, next. The town is redoing the turnaround on Erdman Road.

The representative from the Community Blood Bank was unable to attend this month’s meeting. She said that she will try to attend the nex one.

Supervisor Jim Beach reported that he had received word that there will be an increase in workman’s compensation, of about 3.7 percent. The county is looking into having Public Employer Risk Management Association administer those funds.

A copy of the letter sent to Stacy Corbin, director of the Joint Youth Council, by the village of Cattaraugus Mayor Eric Pritchard, redefining her responsibilities to the other towns involved in the project, was received. That letter specified that the required paperwork was to be filed in a timely manner, for reimbursement to the towns.

Donations were made to the East Otto playground program, in the amount of $51.61,at the town celebration.

The town’s retirement contribution is scheduled to increase, by 73.3 percent.

Beach also presented a new town hall use application, for the board’s approval. That proposal includes adding insurance requirements and a contact phone number, for the facility. Beach agreed to investigate some concerns raised by the board and make any necessary changes, by the next meeting.

The audit of the July 2013 prepaid utility bills was accepted. Rugg paid Beach $556.80, for July 2013 fees and commissions. She reported that there may be a change in her hours, but that she will keep the board up to date.

Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler reported that he answered 25 phone calls, issued two permits, completed 14 inspections, issued one variance application and three violations. He gave Rugg $265 in permit fees. He also checked for one address on Bowen Road, and reported that the sign was in the wrong place. The CEO also attended the planning board meeting.

The Aug. 27 meeting was canceled. The next East Otto Town Board meeting will take place on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. at the town hall.


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