PISECO - The Arietta Town Board has decided not to appoint anyone to fill the vacant councilman position created by the sudden death of James Farber April 11. The remaining four board members unanimously decided Monday, May 6, to leave the seat empty until someone is elected in November.
With Assessor William Parslow planning to retire from that position effective Oct. 1, the board has decided it will appoint William Hotaling as assessor when the time comes. Terms are six years.
The town could not find a better candidate. Hotaling worked for Hamilton County Real Property Tax Service for 31 years until retiring in 2010, first as an aide for almost seven years and then as director for over 24 years.
With many of the town garbage dumpsters on private property needing repair or replacement, the board decided property owners who want dumpsters would have to purchase new ones themselves as the old ones fail, and would be responsible for their upkeep from that point forward.
The town will pick up the garbage but eventually will not own any dumpsters on private property.
In a related matter, Supervisor Rick Wilt said the new recycling rules are going to be a problem until people get used to them. He clarified that only bagged garbage must be in clear plastic bags by January; loose garbage in a garbage can doesn’t have to be in a bag, he said.
The town’s property off Old Piseco Road, behind Baldwin’s, is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the summer. Only pine needles and leaves are being accepted; no branches, logs or stumps.
-- Wilt said something needs to be done about the lack of ambulance personnel, and asked the councilpersons to consider requiring the next employee hired to either be a qualified EMT or willing to become one. He will look into what options are available for the town to do something like that, because the ambulance is a separate entity.
-- The board authorized paying engineering firm McFarland-Johnson Inc., Saratoga Springs, $13,500 to do the design and construction administration services for installation of an automated card reader on the fuel pump system at Piseco Airport. The retrofit is part of an agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation to upgrade the system. Wilt noted all the hangars are rented.
-- The town will be buying a new snowmobile for grooming trails. One of the current machines has a blown transmission.
-- Superintendent of Highways William Parslow reported the high bid for the 2003 pickup truck posted for sale on Auctions International was $3,850. The board accepted it. The board decided to put the 2007 pickup up for auction as well, with a minimum bid of $5,000.
-- An earthquake monitoring station will be installed at Piseco Airport sometime during the next month, Wilt reported, courtesy of EarthScope.
-- Barry Baker informed the board Piseco Lake Association has taken over the annual fireworks for the Fourth of July 4 and the Christmas tree burning from William Edwards.
Editor’s Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the May 6, 2013 Arietta Town Board meeting as provided by Town Clerk Kenneth Parslow.