Board increases boundary fees

I f you want to change your property boundaries in Whitehallit’s going to cost a little more money.
The town board adopted a law to increase the fee to change boundary lines to $50. The service was previously free.

The board had approved the law at a previous town meeting and it became effective after last Wednesday’s (Sept. 15) monthly board meeting.

Proponents of the change argued that the administrative duties associated with changing a property boundary necessitated that a new fee be established.

Town attorney Christian Morris said at a previous meeting he believed a fee of $50 was reasonable in light of the amount of paper work that needs to be completed and filed each time a boundary change request was made.

The law received the full support of the board earlier this summer and became effective after a mandatory 30 day notification period.

No one raised any objections to the change at any previous meetings, including Wednesday’s.

In other matters the board voted to approve an estimate from Scott Eckhard of Silver Birch Construction to make repairs to the Sr. Citizen’s building, located to the rear of theRec.Center.

The board approved Eckhard to replace an old window and make repairs to the trim surrounding that window.

Town councilman Richard LaChapelle said they were having troubles with the window and it was in need of replacement.

Eckhard is also expected to repair the exterior brickmold on the remaining four windows and cap it with white aluminum.

The total estimate for all the work was $650.

The board also approved a transfer of $200 from the Highway General Repairs fund after Highway Superintendent Louis Pratt requested the money to make repairs (or replace) to damaged road signage.

Pratt also said the town is working with the village to install a perimeter drain at the Troy Shirt Factory.

He said before they can proceed the village has to put in a man hole.

“This needs to be a joint service,” Pratt said, explained that the work each municipality needs to complete compliments each other.

He said that the village and town have worked together in the past with good results and expects the work to begin soon.

Recreation director Dan Welsh andRec.Centervolunteer Jack Hoagland said a lock placed on the dumpster at theRec.Centerseems to have been effective in curtailing the illegal dumping of trash in the receptacle.

In the last several weeks, there had been a couple of instances of people depositing their trash in the dumpster so the lids were locked shut.

Welsh also said theRec.Centerhad been offered a pool table and that the facility has reverted back to its in-school hours of4 to 8 p.m.on weekdays.

In correspondence, the board read a letter from Bill Cook stating that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had denied aid for individual and business flood victims.

Before closing the meeting, the board also approved two park requests, including the Fall Free Festival which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The next monthly board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

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