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April 09, 2015
While your town board was able to cut the 2015 budget about $127,000.00 from 2014, there is work to be done to avoid adding a town tax. Even though we spent about $57,000.00 less in 2014 than in 2013, we still spent about $67,000.00 more than we brought in. This trend has continued for the last 5 years.If reducing the size of government was easy, everyone would do it right? I am pleased with departmental cost savings this year as well as the willingness of the departments to do more with less. The Town Board look a 20% cut in pay, the tax accessor is doing her job well without an assistant and with a reduced budget and our tentative equalization rate remained 85% in 2015 meaning that your property taxes should remain the same. The planning clerk is working with a reduced budget and has excepted additional responsibilities of being an in house grant writer. She completed her training and is busy looking for grant opportunities for our town. This is important work that should benefit our town and individual property owners.We are looking at ways to improve services of the codes department doing peak demand for construction inspections. I would like to see us subcontract a qualified assistant as necessary and we have interviewed a codes officer from an adjoining town who would be willing to assist on an as needed bases, charging us a fee with no salary or benefits.The Twin Bridges were bonded for another year at the great interest rate of 1.29%. The financed principal was reduced to $507,014.00We had a problem at Town Hall with water running through the roof into an office upstairs and doing some damage to office equipment and office furnishings. Upon further inspection, we found a long standing structural issue with the roof rafters from a previous snow load incident in 1995. This issue will have to be addressed and I have asked for input from a structural engineer to advise as to the best and least expensive way to make a proper repair.We do not know if this is an insured loss at this time.We purchased a new plow truck and it arrived last week. It is part of our standard 10 year replacement plan. We bond them for 5 years and we are awaiting the rate at this time.We have very few planned improvement projects this year but plan to continue maintaining as necessary. I want to see the grounds maintained well again this year but we will handle grounds maintenance in house. We have a new helper in maintenance and he is willing and able to assist will all maintenance projects as well as taking the courses necessary to learn how to operate the water and sewer departments.The board has decided to have both Dump Days at the Town highway Garage on 28 because the required space, safety and equipment issues. We are sorry for any inconvenience for you folks up north.The board is working on this years Youth Program and it is a work in progress. We have however decided to continue sending our children to Camp Nazareth for one week at Town expense. I am suggesting a budget of $15,000.00. I believe this program should serve children who live in Forestport year round first then serve relatives of taxpayers on a first come, first serve bases or lottery bases. This is a great opportunity for our children to share in an experience of a lifetime and help preserve Camp Nazareth for future generations.The North Lake property is in default. Our attorney for the Town advises us to not take custody of the property until the lease expires on September 15 2015 because of equipment in the building. We do have access to and rights to maintain the property. I am advising the board to mow and clean up the property as best we can and put it for sale as soon as it looks presentable. We would advise the new owner that they will not be able to take procession until September 15th. I do not foresee the Town maintaining ownership and we need to recoup the massive investment made in 2012 and 2013 to prepare the property for this tenant.Spring is finally here and we hope your properties weather well. If there is anything I can do to assist you or address your concerns, please call my office at Town Hall. 392 2801 ex 2. If I am not available to take your call, you will be directed to my cell phone.Forestport Town SupervisorParker Snead
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