Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - The Lake Pleasant Town Board heard three pieces of good news when it met Monday, April 1. No fooling.
First, the 2006 International tandem dump truck has finally been repaired and is ready to be put back into service.
Superintendent of Highways Leo Desrochers said he hopes it will not be needed to plow snow and, even if it does snow, he plans on using the county truck on loan to the town that the department has been using all winter.
Secondly, Supervisor Neil McGovern reported the Lake Pleasant Highway Department would see an increase of 28.3 percent in its CHIPs road funding from the state, rising from $47,142 last year to $60,483 this year.
And third, McGovern said the 2013/14 New York State Budget includes an 8.27 percent increase in state aid to Lake Pleasant Central School, not the 25.5 percent decrease that had been feared back in January.
In the recently passed state budget, LPCS aid is going up from $538,197 this school year to $579,479 next school year.
The last bit of news McGovern reported on with reference to the 2013/14 state budget is neither good nor bad news, but will be an aggravation to most taxpayers.
McGovern said the state would require homeowners to re-register for the STAR property-tax rebate in an effort to crack down on fraud.
This is because this $3 billion-a-year program, meant to be used for people's primary residences, has been used by some for weekend and vacation homes and even illegally subdivided rooming houses.
In other business, Desrochers reported, "All snowmobile trails are now closed."
The Town Board will next meet Monday, April 15, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.