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Chewing tobacco now prohibited on town property

Town’s finances are rosy

— • Approved exemptions from sewer usage fees for those residents of the Caldwell Sewer District unable to connect to the sewer mains.

• Voted to purchase a pickup truck for town Highway Superintendent Dan Davis, and reassign Davis’ present truck to the Planning & Zoning Department.

• Decided to issue a letter to the municipal Board of Health, calling for the panel to mandate property owners with private septic systems to connect to the municipal sewer within a year.

• Heard that the town court had collected a sum of $308,948 so far this year in fines.

• Was informed that town Code Enforcement Officer Rob Hickey had inspected 450 residents’ sump pumps this year to assure that they weren’t pumping into the town sanitary sewers. He reported that there were 150 left to inspect. Six violations were noted, and five of the situations were rectified, he said.

• Heard several complaints from area government critic John Salvadore — one that conditions on site plan approvals granted by the town Planning Board in some instances actually represented variances, which the board was not empowered to grant. McCoy refuted his claim.

Salvatore also called for the town to conduct a revaluation of property, noting that a mansion on Cooper Island offshore from the Green Harbour development recently sold for $5.25 million in a depressed real estate market,, although it was assessed at $1.85 million. He said that inaccurate assessments like this unfairly shifted the tax burden to other property owners.

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