2018-01-09 / Front Page

Colchester Reorganizes for 2018

Back-up Water System Operator Sought
By Lillian Browne

COLCHESTER - Colchester officials held their annual reorganizational meeting on Jan. 3. At the meeting, council members authorized the expenditure of $235,000 to be used for paving projects in 2018 on 98.38 miles of road. Those include: 6.11 miles on Holiday Brook/ Berry Brook Road; 1.30 miles on Beaverkill Road; 1.13 miles on Ackerman Acres Road; 1.12 miles on Little Spring Brook Road; .13 miles on Little Spring Brook Spur; 2.84 miles on Morton Hill Road and .02 miles on Gavette Road.

Town board meetings will be held the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

At the meeting the following non-inclusive list of appointments and designations were made:

The Reporter as the official newspaper;

• Community Bank, N.A. as the official depository;

• Arthur Merrill as Police Commissioner through Dec. 31, 2019;

• Michael DeGroat, Esq., as town attorney;

• Janet Champlin as deputy supervisor;

• Dawn D’addezio as supervisor bookkeeper/account clerk;

• Gerald Merrill as assessor chairman;

• Kay H. Parisi Hampel as town historian;

• Ronnie L. MacDonald as Downsville water superintendent;

• Noma Lacey as Cooks Falls water superintendent;

• Town clerk as clerk of the water districts; registrar of vital statistics and records management officer;

• Joyce Steflik as deputy town clerk and deputy registrar of vital statistics;

• Thomas Zampolin as code enforcement officer/building inspector;

• Taylor Gill as dog control officer;

• Colleen Griffith as FEMA clerk.

The town renewed the annual contract with Delaware County Planning Department, at an expense of $3,500, for planning advisory services and assistance.

An intermunicipal agreement between the towns of Colchester and Walton was signed for plowing and winter maintenance. Colchester will plow a section of East Trout Brook Road from the Colchester town line to state Route 206 in Walton in exchange for Walton maintaining a section of Wilson Hollow Road from the Walton town line to state Route 206 in Colchester.

The tax collector was authorized to collect $7,577,204.56 in taxes levied and disburse $2,494,464.89 to Colchester and $5,082.739.67 to Delaware County.

The town also unanimously voted to proceed with soliciting estimates for the installation of two electric car charging stations as part of its commitment to obtain a clean energy community designation.

At the suggestion of Council member Julie Market, the board is seeking to train and hire an alternate/ additional back-up water district operator in the event the superintendent is unavailable in an emergency.

The town clerk’s office will be closed on Jan. 15 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Colchester Town Council will be Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

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