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Garage, equalization rate top Newcomb agenda

NEWCOMB The town of Newcomb held its bi-monthly board meeting on Aug. 14, with Supervisor George Canon calling the meeting to order.

First on the agenda, approval was made for the following Abstract Funds; General Fund Abstract in the amount of $8,591.61; Highway Fund Abstract in the amount of $10,495.61; Capital Project #8 Santanoni Abstract in the amount of $3,705.75 and Capital Project #11, Golf Course Abstract for $457.37. Next, monies were approved for the band to play at the annual senior citizens picnic. Also, The Adirondack Architectural Heritage announced they will receive $275,000 in matching funds from New York State.

Canon and Councilman Michael Tracy attended a recent Adirondack Park Agency meeting and listened to the presentation by the APA Board of Commissioners on the towns amendments to its zoning laws and said they did an excellent job. Canon suggested the town should start a review process on their comprehensive plan as they did with the zoning laws. The board was in agreement and will look into starting the process.

Next on the agenda was a discussion on the Water District Wells in which Canon is waiting on a reply for seismic testing. Canon has updated the state revolving fund for the water district and the sewer project has been upgraded and will cost $1.7 million which will include some grant monies. Also, Eugene Bush, general fund supervisor, reported on the progress of the new garage for the towns vans and equipment. Mary Anne Bush, councilwoman, is checking into the prices for the new playground that will be constructed at the ball field.

Next, a letter received from the State Board of Real Property Services informed the town that is at 100 percent equalization rate. There was a discussion on the equalization rate in the different towns in Essex County. Canon explained that if a town is not at 100 percent, then it only receives state aid at the percentage the town determined. If a town is at 80 percent rate, for example, then that town gets 80 percent state aid. The Adirondack Park Agency informed the town they will be in Newcomb conducting surveys on wetlands and shore lands.

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