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Gas usage, Lincoln Pond dam top E-town board discussion

ELIZABETHTOWN At the July Town Board Meeting 19 people were in attendance and several asked questions. Gretna Longware wanted to know when the closed after 10 p.m. sign would be put up at Deep Hollow Pond. Milt Sigel handed out photos of road damage on Otis Lane including an exposed culvert and wanted to know when repairs would be made. David Mace wanted to know why so much gasoline (792 gallons) was used at golf course during the winter when it was closed, and who was authorized to use the gas. Two members of the Zoning Board of Appeals want to attend a training workshop. The board voted not to pay for the cost of their class. The water department did not turn the routine water test results into the state on time and received a violation notice. The board voted to increase Code Enforcement Officer, Frank Slycords hours beginning Aug. 1. Slycord will work two days a week in Elizabethtown, every Monday and Wednesday overseeing new construction and enforcing zoning ordinances in the village. The code enforcement officer will also be asked to address the issue of unauthorized signs that have appeared along roads. DEC will not repair the Kingdom Dam until 2010 and will contact the Lincoln Pond Association before they begin the work. The state owes the town a refund of $100,000 that the town put up during the water project. The town will purchase 10 maple trees for a total of $6,500 using water project money. Six trees will be planted on the golf course along Route 9. The other trees will replace those removed last summer during road construction. The town is working with County Planner Vic Putnam and the Army Corps of Engineers on storm water runoff applications. The assessor will get a new computer that can handle faster, complex assessment software. The Animal Control officer is requesting mileage reimbursement for the travel he does responding to complaints. The town will be working with Margaret Gibbs of the museum to obtain a matching quadricentennial grant for 2009. The town received a gift of a new sound system from Bill Smith of Lewis, with the help of Bud Egglefield. It will be used for public events. The summer youth program has 50 to 60 children involved. The Kiwanis Picnic will take place Aug. 20 at the golf course and the PTSA Picnic will take place Sept. 5. The five electric golf carts (GEMS) that are not being used will be surplused and sold. Several board members were upset that some people have questioned the winter gas use at the golf course. Joe Martin asked that an audit be done to clear up the questions about the gas use and a log book should be kept of all fuel pumped. Supervisor Merrihew said that the use of gas in the winter was the same as in previous years. The vote on the audit request was tied 2-2 and did not pass. The town board meetings are broadcast on Channel 16 every Friday at 2 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Video copies are available at the town hall and the library.

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