Town of Hamilton Budget Development Underway

Submitted by Chris Rossi

(Hamilton, NY – Sept. 2012) The Sept. 13 Hamilton Town Council meeting started with news of Barb Coger Day to be held Sept. 26 in the village of Hamilton. The Town Council thanks Barb for her work in making the Hamilton Library such a vibrant and welcoming place.

August highway work included trimming, mowing and maintaining roads, as well as ordering sand before the snow flies. The town is working together with neighboring municipalities to save money through group purchasing and support of each other’s projects. Look for newly sealed roads in Earlville, made possible through collaboration between Hamilton, Lebanon and Earlville.

The garage roof may be getting a new look. Arista Power, which is working with Solarize Madison, provided the town council with a plan to install solar panels on the roof. The panels will fill the electric needs at the town garage and, through net metering, cover part of the costs of our lighting districts.

The Council will continue to explore all avenues to improve our energy efficiency and keep the town’s costs down.

It’s budget time, and the town council is working to create our 2013 budget. We have a workshop meeting Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the town office. The public is welcome to attend, with anyone who might be interested in running for the town council in the future encouraged to join us.

The Energy Working Group made recommendations to the town council on gas and wind issues. Road use laws are an effective way to protect local roads from overuse and destruction when industrial traffic exceeds normal use. The working group will research road use laws and make recommendations to the Town Council on to how to best implement them.

To keep our community better informed on local energy issues, we will be adding a page to the town website dedicated to those concerns.

The Hamilton Town Council meets the second Thursday of the month at the Hamilton Town Office in the village of Hamilton at 7 p.m. Our next regular meeting is Thursday, Oct. 11. The Town Budget Workshop is Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. We invite and encourage you to join us. For more information, visit townofhamiltonny.org/.

Chris Rossi is a member of the Hamilton Town Council.

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