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Collins will seek new town justice

COLLINS — At the Jan. 21 meeting of the Collins town board, workshop discussions centered around an update of the town codes, new subdivision regulations and a readjustment of the duties and salary of the town dog control officer, as that office’s duties and coverage area have changed.

Recommendations will be submitted at the next meeting and an invitation from the town supervisor to town board members for input on suggested objectives for 2014.

Sales tax receipts for 2013 amounted to $54,894, which was $22,000 more than in 2012. In preparing the budget for the coming year, the board included in its anticipated revenues what it expects as its share of sales tax receipts. This extra $22,000 is thereby considered a surplus and its allotment into the town budget will have to be determined, most likely after some discussion, at the next meeting.

In other board matters:

– The board agreed to run ads in the Gowanda News and the Springville Journal to identify candidates to fill the vacancy in the position of town of Collins justice, for the remainder of 2014. Applicants must be Collins residents and attend a training session in April, before becoming active in the position. There will be a special election in November, to the position’s new four-year term.

– Board members authorized the supervisor to sign an agreement with Industrial Appraisal Company to complete an on-site inspection and appraisal of the town’s buildings and structures, improvements and equipment for a fee of $5,250. This practice is recommended to be done every five-seven years, to protect the town from any under-valued loss. It was last done in Collins in 2005.

The next regular meeting of the Collins town board was on Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Collins town hall.

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