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Bob Hitchcock takes over wife’s Thurman board seat

Shortly after he was sworn in Tuesday, June 19 as Thurman’s new councilman, Bob Hitchcock, right, listens to Thurman Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood read a proclamation honoring Rebecca Hitchcock, Bob’s wife — who died unexpectedly May 25 — for her outstanding volunteer service to the community. Bob was unanimously appointed to the town board  June 19 to fill his wife’s seat on the governing panel. Listening in the background are board members Leon Galusha (left) and Al Vasak.

Shortly after he was sworn in Tuesday, June 19 as Thurman’s new councilman, Bob Hitchcock, right, listens to Thurman Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood read a proclamation honoring Rebecca Hitchcock, Bob’s wife — who died unexpectedly May 25 — for her outstanding volunteer service to the community. Bob was unanimously appointed to the town board June 19 to fill his wife’s seat on the governing panel. Listening in the background are board members Leon Galusha (left) and Al Vasak. Photo by Thom Randall.

— She said that the disposal fees paid by the town to Waste Management, operator of the trash plant, were being offset by credits back to the town from the firm for recyclables the town has been delivering to the plant.

Plastics, for instance, yielding $200 per ton, and newspaper, generating $80 per ton, have been helping pay the town’s trash disposal fees, she said. Such credits for recyclables have totaled $1,219 through May.

Wood estimated that during the first six months of 2012, the town has saved $30,000 or so by eliminating curbside pickup — which late last year prompted heated controversy in town when Wood proposed the initiative.

“This has been very favorable for the taxpayers,” she said, noting that trash-related expenses of $6,271 have been offset by revenues — including $2 per-bag disposal fees — tallying $6,073.

Turning to other matters, Wood noted that the town would celebrate Warren County’s bicentennial in 2013 with special ceremonies at the annual Jackwax party held in March. Also planned for the anniversary year will be a town celebration June 15, 2013 with a parade, a chicken barbecue, fireworks and other festivities. Also, plans call for a town scavenger hunt to be held, beginning Jan. 1.

In other business, the Thurman town board members:

•Told representatives of the Thurman Emergency Squad, who had requested more money to fund their current operations, that money was not presently available in the budget to help them out;

• Appointed Cynthia Muratori to represent Thurman on the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization; and

•Voted to solicit bids for excess town equipment, including two riding mowers, two televisions, and a Grade-All machine, which will have a minimum bid of $1,200.

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