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Hatch outlines Willsboro goals

WILLSBORO - The town supervisor in Willsboro wants to make sure that the municipality continues to keep rates down for its taxpayers.

Spending and rates were at the top of supervisors Ed Hatch's list when he addressed the town board and residents during the town organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 3.

"I would like to compliment the town board, especially Steve Benway and Charles Lustig, who with the help of the account clerk Jo Ann Betters prepared a town budget for this year that has kept tax rates down," Hatch said. "I would also like to investigate a purchase order system for all town purchases with a limit of spending before needing a board approval."

Hatch also said he wanted to make sure that the work on the infrastructure within the town continued.

"We need to meet the requirements of the Department of Environmental Conservation Consent Order for the Willsboro filtration plant," Hatch said. "We need to make improvements to area of the town water distribution lines that are not supplying water to the customers in a proper manner. We also need to repair the fire hydrants that are not operating, complete the lateral water lines along Corlear Drive and East Bay Road, and finish the Wilkins water line problem."

Hatch also brought up the need to complete an up-to-date study of the town's sewer system and look for ways to improve the system and possibilities of expansion.

Hatch also discussed conducting a complete financial audit of town financial records, working on a road improvement program, reviewing polices of departments, updating the employee manual, finishing negotiations on a union contract with the teamsters for the newly formed union in the department of public works, creation of a cyber policy, fixing the ground water problem at the town hall and fire station, working on grants for Noblewood Park and Black Ash Pond, completing the comprehensive land plan, working with the Smith House and the Willsboro School Assisted Living Program, and addressing issues in a timely manner.

During the board meeting, the board re-appointed Beverly Moran as town clerk, appointed Bill James to be the town's representative in the pending union contract negotiations and set the regular town board meeting time as 6 p.m. on th second Monday of each month.

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