YOUR TOWN BOARD AT WORK — April 2012

By Buffy Calvert

The crowd at the March 13th meeting heard a workmanlike Board clicking off business with dispatch but taking time to include questions from the audience for clarification. During the Privilege of the Floor session, Matt Sluiter addressed them on the choice of insurer for the upcoming year. That matter was quickly decided. Kristin Janke Schneider, from the Delaware County Planning Board, advised the Town to adopt a new Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to reflect the new FEMA flood maps but not to adopt the more stringent (and costly) regulations in the model. A Public Hearing on the issue will be held on April 10 at 12:45 pm.  Glenn Faulkner from MTC handled questions from the Board and Staff about the most cost-efficient and convenient telephone service for Town offices. Sharon Drew asked whether it was legal to siphon water from the Town Justice outside spigot for private use. Since the water is unmetered, it doesn’t seem to pose a problem. Bob Lidsky presented each member of the Board with a copy of an analysis of the new U. S. Geological Survey study on the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing. It raises many questions of the safety of the method of gas drilling on water sources: private wells, municipal aquifers and reservoirs. To a question from Councilman Gladstone about how the Town would proceed when the current 6-month moratorium on heavy industry expires, Supervisor Donnelly replied that the moratorium would probably be extended for a year.

The Highway Department reported that they had spent ½ as much on snow removal as last year. Kim Tosi, Town Clerk, apologized to those not on the water line who received water bills. “It won’t happen again!”

Marty Donnelly reported that the Town of Trumansburg has asked Andes to join them in an effort to maintain Home Rule on zoning issues. General agreement.  Preparations are being made to open the Pepacton Reservoir to small craft on May 25.  He asked for authorization to advertise for a Pool supervisor and life guards, as, regrettably, Joanne Perry, long-time supervisor, is not coming back. Granted.  At the end, the Board considered and decided several nitty gritty items: the awarding of contracts to bidders for the delivery of stone, seasonal mowing, heating fuel supply, and the purchase of an earth mover with a bucket thumb, matters of a complexity that daunted your reporter but seemed completely coherent to the Councilmen. At one point my mystification was so apparent that the very knowledgeable representative from the Delaware Planning Board slipped the accompanying illustration over my shoulder.Picture10

Our Town Board is willing and able to deal with critical problems of long-term and far-reaching effect like fracking and home rule as well as the mundane but ticklish details of who will deliver fuel or stone. Hats off to them. ~