Hirvonens, town will cooperate on traffic

BENSON - The Benson Town Board has smoothed things over with Olavi and Ann Hirvonen, owners of Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center here.

The Hirvonens attended the board's May 8 meeting to express their concern that traffic interfering with snowplowing of town roads this past winter was allegedly caused by their business.

They, Superintendent of Highways Cecil Blowers and the town board agreed to amicably resolve any such situation to ensure access for plowing and emergency vehicles.

The board voted to rescind its vote to install a 'No Parking or Standing' sign on Woods Lake Road and apologized for any misunderstandings or lack of communication.

In other highway matters, Blowers has appointed George R. Blowers as deputy superintendent of highways, replacing Phil Snyder. George Blowers is a "distant" cousin of Cecil Blowers, according to Deputy Supervisor David Pincombe.

The board unanimously approved making Robert Blowers a full-time employee effective April 26. He was hired on a probationary basis in January to replace an employee who has left, according to Pincombe.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- Town Clerk Jeanne Cox was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Assessment Review.

-- Councilman John Shepard resigned his position as sexton on the Cemetery Committee.

-- Lori Coulombe was hired to clean Town Hall.

-- Frank Fernandez submitted a written request for fill.

-- Supervisor Ermina Pincombe was absent due to illness.

Editor's Note: This article is primarily based on draft minutes of the May 8, 2013 Benson Town Board meeting as provided by Town Clerk Jeanne Cox.