Archaeological Study Digs Up Nothing

By Margo Frink

(Town of Lenox, NY – Jan. 2013) The Lenox Town Board met for its regular monthly meeting Jan. 14, which included its organizational meeting. The meeting consisted partly of the announcement of appointments as well as setting highway hourly rates, office hours, increment pay, paid holidays and the town’s conference policy.

A copy of the organizational meeting is available at the town office.

Discussed at the regular meeting was an update on Water District 12. Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said the final archeological study has been presented to USDA Rural Development and the grant money of $500,000 for the project could be here as early as March. He said the town is hoping for a commitment letter by the end of next month.

“We dug 2,200 holes,” DiVeronica said, referring to the archeological study. “We found broken glass, broken bottles but no [Indian] artifacts.”

A couple members of the audience asked about the progress on Water District 13, which includes proposed water hook-ups for residents of the town of Lenox and town of Sullivan. DiVeronica said Lenox would be the lead agency on the project. Residents included in the district would be charged equally per capita for hook-up, he said.

The board was also asked if any progress has been made on its natural gas development moratorium.

DiVeronica said the town is reviewing its ordinances and is waiting on state regulations before making any moves.

“I don’t think we will see any action in this area,” DiVeronica said of natural gas drilling. “It’s mostly south of Route 20.”

The town received its annual report from the Canastota Fire Department, which is available at the town office. The department responded to 266 calls last year.

The 1909 canal boat the town purchased for $5,000 has arrived and is inside the highway garage until the next step is taken in completing restoration. Plans are to have BOCES students complete the restoration, lease a piece of property and display the boat in the similar fashion as the Watson Wagon.

The sewer pump station at Walnut Point is in need of repairs, DiVeronica said. Only one pump is working. Residents in that sewer district will see an increase in costs to pay for the upgrades. It’s the last pump station in the South Shore Sewer District to be repaired, according to DiVeronica.

The board received three bids for office cleaning service and chose the lowest bid of $1,200 from DJS Cleaning.

The board discussed its cellular phone reimbursement policy. Currently, DiVeronica and the dog control officer are reimbursed but the town is considering placing the highway superintendent and the codes enforcement officer on the policy.

Margo Frink is vice president of M3P Media LLC and publisher of the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at Margo@m3pmedia.com or 315-481-8732.

 

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