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Alessi resigns as Village of North Collins trustee

There will be a one-year term election for a trustee added to the election in March as Jennie Alessi has resigned her seat on the North Collins Village Board. In a letter sent to Mayor Vincent George on Nov. 11, Alessi called her decision “Bittersweet,” but said that an opportunity has presented itself that prevents her continued participation on the board. The vacant seat will share the ballot with the election of mayor and possibly a referendum extending the mayoral term from two to four years. The board set a public hearing on the term extension for Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

If approved by voters, the mayor elected in 2013 would stand for reelection in 2014 at which time the four-year term would commence.

Reporting on the water project, George said the crews are finishing up work for this year and construction should cease sometime over the next two weeks. He also said that there is sufficient funds left to complete renovations along Halley Road but it is still not known if money will be left to add Thiel Road to the current project. That phase depends on the final cost of the new pump station and treatment center, both of which are to be constructed next spring. George commented that everything surrounding the construction project has been done in a timely and efficient manner.

In a related matter, the board approved payment of $18,670 to the HodgsonRuss Law Firm. The bill reflects four individual components the firm managed for the current water project. Additional billing is expected but the entire contract has a cap of $24,754.

Dog Control Officer Rob Ebersole reported that the New York State inspection of the dog kennel found all in compliance. He also requested that officers on patrol notify him if dogs are kept outside and unprotected for long periods during severe winter weather.

Russ Judson reported that plans were complete for Santa’s visit to the village on Dec. 15. The event will take place at the Firemen’s Training Center from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments and activities for children will be featured.

The board approved a Bond Anticipation Note in the amount of $108,000 for the 2011 police car and 2012 dump truck. It also approved payment of $4,875 as its quarterly payment for dispatch services at Helmuth Fire Control.

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