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Newcomb Board addresses price increases, local cell towers

NEWCOMB Town Supervisor, George Canon and the members of the Newcomb town board met at the town hall Monday, Sept. 29 for the second of their monthly meetings. The beginning of the meeting moved quickly through the renewals of numerous town programs. The board voted to continue using the services of North Country SPCA for the housing of their seized dogs, to renew the services of North Country Life Flight and to persist in providing tower space in the town of Newcomb for North Country Public Radio broadcasts. Canon noted that the highway department is feeling the constraints of a general rise in prices across the country and revealed that inflation is proving to tighten the highway budget. In addition to paving 2.2 miles of road with a $20 per ton increase in the price of blacktop, snow season is fast approaching with the price of salt up $28 per ton and the price of fuel up $2 per gallon. To compensate for the rise in prices, the board approved a resolution to transfer money needed to defer the cost from the highway surplus fund to the highway budget. The board is continuing their discussions with Verizon over bringing cell service to the town of Newcomb. Verizon is interested in placing receptors on top of the Winebrook water tower and is in the process of subcontracting to assess physical changes that will need to be made to the tower. I commend you, Canon said as he thanked zoning officer Mike Moses for the successful removal of the Winebrook sump pumps from the town water system. Of the 65 residential sump pumps, all have either been removed or are scheduled for removal. This project will provide that an update of the water treatment plant will cost $850,000 rather than over $1 million. Thats a big deal for the taxpayers of the town, Canon concluded. To end the meeting, the board did some future planning, as they set the close of the High Peaks golf course for Tuesday, Oct. 14 and entertained public comment from Paul Hai. Hai brought to attention that the trustees of SUNY ESF will be visiting Huntington Forest next month. We are really excited about the progress we have made and the work done with Newcomb, Hai said.

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