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Thurman Town Board notes

In February, the Thurman Town Board approved a zoning variance to Richard Burke, allowing him to subdivide 7 acres from his 22.8 acres of land at 71 Frost St.

It was announced that the Thurman Fire Co. experienced nine calls in January. With the purchase of new pagers, planned equipment upgrades will be complete, they reported. The company now has a forestry fire hose and a nozzle due to a matching grant.

Resident Susan Jennings suggested the town seek to have the Harris House placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, noting such an action would prompt grant opportunities. Supervisor Evelyn Wood said she'd look into such grant offerings, but the town should not rely heavily on them, considering the budgetary stresses state and federal governments now face.

It was mentioned that water pipes in the Harris House froze up this winter. Evelyn Wood said this week town employees were looking into obtaining a freeze alarm for the building that would dial an alert to a town employee if the temperature dropped anywhere near freezing.

It was reported that the children attending this year's Valentines for Veterans community event in the town hall created 260 valentines that were delivered to area nursing homes and the Veterans Administration hospital in Albany.

Jennings made two presentations, one in February and one in March, advocating that the Town of Thurman earmark $5,000 in their budget for Richards Library, considering the Warrensburg library was a resource that so many children used after school.

The board decided to grant the library $2,000 for 2011, and in the coming months review how much to allocate for 2012, up to the $5,000 she requested.

It was mentioned that Thurman needs to have its own committee to help prepare for the Warren County Bicentennial and it needs to appoint an alternate to the county committee planning for the events, to be held in 2013.

Councilman Leon Galusha announced that the Thurman Emergency Medical Services answered five of the six ambulance calls in January. Thurman EMS now has three new EMTs as well as the two returning ones.

In a written request, Animal Control Officer Dexter Baker requested that the board consider lengthening his one-year term. He suggested a three-year term. He also suggested strengthening the animal control laws in town to provide for more effective enforcement and better conditions in town. He also suggested that a townwide dog enumeration be conducted.

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