The final Elizabethtown Town Board meeting of 2007 brought changes that will help people stay in touch with their town government. Local architect Ron Testa volunteered for the Zoning Board of Appeals. I am new to Elizabethtown, but my background is in architecture. I would like to give back to the town that Ive made my home. Town Board meetings will now be videotaped and sent to Charter cable TV for broadcast on Channel 16. Harry Gough of New Russia provided the video equipment. Volunteers are posting signs around town on meeting days and a large temporary sign will be put in front of the Town Hall with the time and date of meetings. Kris Hardman of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce talked about upcoming Chamber activities and the need to promote local businesses via the new Chamber website,
. Members of Boy Scout Troop #34 were present and two scouts expressed an interest in completing projects for their Eagle badges. These included landscaping, placing picnic tables at the footbridge, and replacing the town flagpole. Other end of the year business included a discussion of the mandatory work place violence training by all town employees. A resolution appears to have been reached on chlorinating the public water supply in New Russia. Alden Harris will meet with State Health Dept. officials in Albany to discuss how it will be implemented. DEC is becoming stricter about issuing the town a permit for burning brush at the golf course and brush dump. There can be no dumping of trash or construction debris, nor can limbs greater that 3 inches in diameter be dumped. DEC recently shut down the Westport Brush dump. Noel Merrihew stated that violators of our brush dump would be prosecuted. The ice skating rink is being flooded and if cold weather holds, it will be ready by Christmas. Artist Sherry Amsel is helping create a new map for the Blueberry Hills Trails. The next Town Board meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm. Copies of minutes of earlier 2007 Town Board meetings are now online at
and in the Elizabethtown Library.