Getting ready for his slideshow presentation, Don Filkins lists the many defects in the town’s buildings.
Photo by John Grybos.
continued “It’s a work in progress, and right now it’s not going particularly well,” he said.
Accommodating the new tax cap is exacerbating problems with an increased cost for health insurance, workers’ compensation and retirement benefits.
He’s having an especially hard time allocating resources among the many requests for funding he’s received.
“If I did everything everybody wanted, there would be a 40 percent tax increase,” he said. Joking, he added, “That would solve a lot of problems because we (the town board) would all be dead.”
The town is getting closer to getting funding from their insurance agency to rebuild the transfer station and replace the compacter.
The Occupancy Tax Committee is taking applications for funding from the tax for projects and businesses that attract tourism to the town. Applications are available at the Warren County website.
The board passed a resolution asking the Department of Transportation to perform a safety review of the Route 28 intersection near the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.
Goodspeed said he’s had calls from center Director Hal Payne, and is aware of two accidents over the last few weeks.
From the audience, Gore Regional Chamber of Commerce President Dave Bulmer said he was cut off by a senior driving a power chair at the intersection.
Board member Ron Vanselow suggested extending the 45 mile per hour zone to slow down motorists, and Goodspeed said that might be part of the DOT’s recommendations.
Goodspeed noted that the hardware store won’t be selling trash stickers anymore. After trash service was privatized, demand for the stickers dropped. The hardware store will sell out its remaining inventory and stop stocking them.