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Eden approves home rule resolution, receives foundation grant

LOCAL GOVERNMENT — Pictured are members of the Eden Town Board, along with Eden Central High School students who are involved in a participation in government class. Photo by Paul McQuillen.
EDEN — During the Eden Town Board’s Jan. 22 meeting, that body discussed a home rule resolution supporting Senate Bill S.4925-A, to amend the New York state real property tax law, which would permit the town of Eden to establish a conservation easement agreement.

The bill read, “Eden is a predominantly rural community [and] is a town that prides itself on its rural heritage. By establishing the Conservation Law of the Town of Eden, residents can preserve open space and retain the quality of life that has become synonymous with living in Eden.”

This bill, submitted by New York Sen. Patrick Gallivan, would provide for “the acquisition of interest or rights in real property for the preservation of open space and areas which shall constitute a public purpose.”

Ultimately, the board members said that they envision that the town’s “rural character and open space [will be] preserved for the inhabitants of the town of Eden to enjoy now and potentially for future generations.”

The bill would require that such legislation could be acted upon only after due notice and a public hearing.

Board Member Edward Krycia Jr. said, “This is something the conservation committee has been working on for a long, long time, so this is a big day.”

The resolution in support of Gallivan’s bill was unanimously approved by the board.

The bill must pass in the state Senate; the Assembly must pass its version as well, before the bill is sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In other board news:

– Supervisor Glenn Nellis received notice from The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, advising that the board’s grant application has been authorized by that foundation.

The grant, in the amount of $2,500, will be utilized for the replacement of the roof on the Croop Mill. The Wendt Foundation grant will be matched by funds from the Eden Community Foundation.

The Croop Mill was the first lumber mill in Eden and was built by Elisha Welsh in 1811.

– A contingent of students from the Eden Central High School attended the meeting. The students are members of the school’s participation in government class. Nellis welcomed the students and said, “I wish we had more items on the agenda to give you a good feel for what the kind of topics [are] that we cover.”

The next town of Eden Board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the town hall.

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