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Alessi updates North Collins Town Board on town parks committee

Sue Alessi normally reports on activity at the library to the North Collins Town Board, but at the April 10 meeting she had another subject to speak on, the rapidly developing efforts of the Town Parks Committee. Specifically she reported on the nine large planting boxes now gracing the perimeter of the town’s Senior Recreation Building. Committee members and volunteers. recently planted flowering bulb plants in them as well as other parks and around town hall. According to Highway Superintendent David Winter, the bulbs were obtained from Mark Henry, who also donated much of the plantings. Alessi also solicited individuals or groups who might be interested in “adopting” one of the planters after the spring season is over. She further invited residents to attend park committee meetings held at the library on the first Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In a related matter, Winter reported a $500 donation had been made by one of the leagues that use park ball fields and received approval from the board to purchase a load of special baseball field soil from Pennsylvania at a cost of $1,700. The project is in response to requests to reconstruct the diamonds at Fricano Park and Winter is confident his crew can perform the task. He further reported that the county highway department had approved his design to erect a protective barrier along New Oregon road to protect the bleachers at New Oregon Park. Those bleachers are only feet from the road’s shoulder and very near the road’s intersection with Langford Road.

Winter also reported that plans are underway to make one shelter in each of the town parks handicapped accessible this year. The project would entail installing concrete pads where needed with ramp access. He pegged the cost at approximately $7,500 but added that with most of the work expected to be done by his highway crew, the town’s costs should be greatly reduced.

Sandboxes have been placed in all the parks and parking lots in them have been graded.

Winter also received approval to solicit bids for a hillside lawnmower for the parks to replace one condemned last year by the State Labor Department. While successful in that bid, his request to raise his discretionary spending amount from $750 to $3,000 found no support from the board. Winter explained that the lower amount prevents him from purchasing a tire for a truck when needed.

John Tobia, Chair of the Planning Board reported his group had recently met and should have a report ready by April 26.

Addressing the interest in updating the town’s master plan, Tobia said he would like to see a survey conducted of town residents. Additionally, he requested the town board to invite the village to participate in the new plan noting that the last time the plan was drawn up, it left a big hole in the picture without the joint municipal involvement. Town Attorney Richard Schaus will solicit the village for its interest.

Councilman George LoBianco reported getting in touch with a manager at Time Warner and explained the need for more high speed internet access in the town. He reported he informed them about new homes that have been erected and that the company seemed amiable to conducting a new survey of the town. LoBianco added that he had recently participated in a safety awareness program at the schools and offered any town support necessary should a need arise.

Ken Martin, a Town of Collins Councilman and that town’s liaison to Helmuth Fire Control, brought concerns that a major purchase of a recording system for the dispatch center had been made without participating towns input.

Supervisor Rosaline Seege assured him that no purchase has been made and expressed frustration that other elected representatives had said that it has publicly. She reported that the Helmuth Chiefs’ Council had made a sizable donation towards the project and that when all the details are assembled all municipalities involved will be invited to review them.

Recreation Director Rozalin Warren reported that the just-launched after school program at the elementary school has surpassed projections and has drawn over 50 participants.

Town Historian Georgianne Bowman reported on a very successful presentation on digital photography courtesy of local photographer Marland Schmitt. She also invited all to a presentation by Tim Allen on April 28 at the Historical Building. That presentation will feature Allen’s Richmond Family research but will be useful to anyone who wishes to tell their family’s story in pictures.


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