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July 23, 2014 Front Page Headlines

Waterville First Hears Ideas
Oneida County Community Rural Development Specialist Caroline Williams said a group like Waterville First can help a community in a number of ways. Williams spoke at a Waterville First community meeting this month at Waterville Library. About 15 members of WF, the Waterville village board and community attended. Such groups are called Local Development or Community Development councils, she said. “An LDC or CDC can do things municipalities can’t,’’ she said. Among those things are accepting gifts and donations, go outside the municipal borders to include other communities and set up a revolving loan program for businesses. Williams said some examples of what such councils do include setting up outdoor trail systems, run events and establish public art. Utica Monday Nite, for example, was a community group separate from the City of Utica, she said. In Little Falls, Main Street First puts out a newsletter. Each one features a different business, with that business offering some incentive for customers. Other LDCs do a lot with housing, Williams said. “They bring in public senior housing or other needed housing,’’ she said. One popular activity for housing is to buy property in the municipality, fix it and then sell it. “This provides an income stream to the CDC,’’ Williams said, “and renovates property in their community.’’ After she spoke, people in attendance broke into four groups to discuss ideas for events, promoting Waterville, senior housing and economic development. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25.

Bridge To Be Fixed On Sally Road in Town of Marshall
The Sally Road bridge in the Town of Marshall will be repaired to remove a yellow flag warning put on it by the state. During the 90-minute Marshall Town Board meeting earlier this month, Highway Superintendent Bob Welch said in his report that the bridge will be fixed. A yellow flag warning means there is a problem with the bridge that should be addressed, but does not mean the structure is unsafe, according to the state Department of Transportation. Welch said also the DEC has agreed to remove the fish ladders which were creating an issue on fixing the bridge. Welch also reported the Gridley-Paige bridge is done. The board voted to choose low bidder Vestal for repair work on roads done last year. The roads are Burkett, Ford, Brouillette and Lewis. Assessor Maryann Marsh informed the board about a grievance by Hanson filed against the towns of Marshall and Augusta. Town Supervisor Morrie Sturdevant brought up the idea of changing from three town assessors to one as other towns have. The board decided to continue the discussion on the matter. Bids have been requested for the salt barn. 

Brookfield Storm Cleanup Continues

Although the massive high wind storm that stampeded through the Town of Brookfield came at the start of a holiday weekend, people jumped in to help. At last week’s Brookfield Town Board meeting, Supervisor John Salka commended the town’s Highway Department, residents and utility and tree crews for the quick response the night of the July 3 storm. Salka said he was sitting down to dinner when the storm came through on its way to Bridgewater and West Winfield. “I started driving around and immediately called the county,’’ he said. “When I got to Ouleout Road I was shocked at what I saw.’’ Salka said people in the community who helped out with chainsaws and equipment to clear the roads made the initial recovery much faster. To review what was done, Salka had a meeting last week with local fire departments and NYSEG. “I think things were handled fantastically,’’ he said. “I commend the community for pulling together. It was a good display of what this community can do for each other.’’ He said members of the Brookfield Fire Department brought a portable generator around to people without power, letting them run it for one hour to keep their refrigerated food cold. When NYSEG had trouble reaching a pole in Nine Mile Swamp, the Brookfield Highway Department built an access road, he said. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Tops In The State
Waterville High School Class of 2014 graduate Cassandra Perrin took first place in the New York-New England Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest. Perrin, who won the local contest sponsored by the Brothertown Optimist Club as her first step, spoke on the topic How My Passions Impact the World. Perrin talked about her love of science and goal of becoming a gynecologist and helping females in Third World nations. After winning the Optimist Zone contest she competed against other Zone winners from New York state and New England in Albany in May. In addition to the plaque, Perrin won a $2,500 scholarship.

Town Of Augusta
The Augusta Town Board met June 18. Prior to the meeting board members met with Town Justice Jackie Warcup for the annual audit of court books. Resident Norma Vleer vocalized her disapproval of the agreement between the Town of Augusta and Oneida County being signed and asked that the town rescind the agreement. A resident on Augusta Road spoke about water drainage problems he has at his residence. He said New York state and the Village of Oriskany Falls told him to contact the town. The property in question is not a town property, as it is located in the village, but Highway Superintendent Phil Eaton and Councilman Jim Dowd said they will go look at the situation and give him the appropriate contact information. Supervisor Sue Collins asked the board about becoming Southern Oneida County Council Of Government members. It was agreed to revisit the topic once a structure for dues is determined. Collins also said SOCCOG liaison Jim Zombek had not submitted any report or minutes since May 2013. Eaton reported approximate costs of roads to be repaired. The roads chosen are Rogers Road, Miner Road and Hewitt Road. Approximate totals for Miner Road to be chipped and sealed and Rogers Road to be cold paved is $105,838. The approximate total for chip seal and grinding of Hewitt Road is $20,916. After discussion of the board of where money will come from, Collins gave an update to available funds and different options. The board approved beginning the road work. The board also discussed work at the Town Barn that is needed. No decision was made. Dowd listed several situations that he would like the Codes Officer to look into. Board members said now that Dowd is liaison to the Codes Officer, hopefully matters within the town will be checked and dealt with. The board met in executive session for about 45 minutes to discuss contract negotiations.

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