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Eden Town Board approves 2014 budget

The Eden Town Board approved the town’s 2014 budget at its meeting held on Nov. 14. The budget was approved by a vote of 4 – 1, with Supervisor Glenn Nellis’s casting the lone dissenting vote.

The town budget, almost $3.6 million, will result in an increase of $0.01 of each $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Nellis pointed out that a home valued at $100,000 would see a tax increase of about $1.

In breaking down the budget, Nellis pointed out that the general fund would see a decrease from $2.13 to $1.98 (per $1,000 of assessed valuation), while the highway fund would see an increase (from $3.70 to $3.78 per $1,000), the lighting district would see an increase (from 17 cents to 18 cent per $1,000) and the fire district will increase (from $1.18 to $1.25 per $1,000).

Members of the town did not take a pay increase.

In other board news:

– Highway Superintendent Ron Maggs requested approval of a mutual agreement with the town of North Collins for snowplowing services. The board approved the agreement, which provides that Eden’s highway department will plow the lower sections of both Belcher and Rocky Mountain roads. In exchange, the North Collins highway department will plow Clarksburg Road from the North Collins town line to the Eighteenmile Creek bridge.

– The board approved Eden Fire Department Chief Jack Rigley’s request for permission to apply for a Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant for “turnout” equipment. The amount requested from FEMA will be $66,300 and, if approved, must be accompanied by a matching grant of 5 percent ($3,315) by the town.

– Town Clerk Mary Jo Hultquist was authorized to approve an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, to permit Eden to continue selling conservation licenses on behalf of the DEC.

– The board authorized the issuance of a tax warrant on real property located in the town for unpaid water and refuse collection bills. The outstanding balance due the town is currently $3,546 for water service and $250 for refuse collection.

– Town Engineer D. Mark Cavalcoli advised the board that the work on Schoolview Drive “will come in under budget.”

– Approval of an agreement with the Western New York Land Conservancy was approved. The agreement will assist the town of Eden Farmland Protection Program in locating and assisting local farm owners.

– The board also approved a special use permit for Camp Whiskers, a cat kennel, with stipulations that it board cats/kittens exclusively, and no more than 64, at any one time. The board added that the permit is nontransferable.

– The board approved the addition of Christopher Doyle-Brown and Dean Nelipowitz to the active roster of the Eden Fire Department and removed Greg Robertson.

– Police Chief Michael Felschow asked the board to approve the permanent appointment of Shawn Bishop to sergeant.

– Discussion during the meeting included several overhead street lights’ being out in the town. Anyone who finds such a light is asked to contact Lisa Greiner at the town hall at 992-3408, and provide the pole number or location.

– The board noted that volunteer drivers are needed immediately, for the Senior Citizen Transportation Service, to transport seniors to various appointments. The use of a town car is provided. To volunteer, call Diane Herzog at 992-3067.

The next regularly scheduled town board meeting will be held at the Eden Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.
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