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DEC reduces antifreeze spill fine

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Updated: 9:24 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- About five years ago, the Town of Lake Pleasant and Lake Pleasant Central School District were jointly fined $7,500 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for antifreeze spilled on the ground at the school bus garage on town property.

When the town board met Monday, Aug. 4, Supervisor Neil McGovern reported a recent conversation he had with DEC Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann.

McGovern said Stegemann has agreed to lower the fine to $6,000 in view of the fact that the spill was promptly cleaned up and precautions taken to make it less likely to happen again, as part of the fuel consolidation project.

McGovern said he would talk to school Superintendent Ernie Virgil about settling the fine.

REASSESSMENT

McGovern also reported on plans to contract with Jim Basile of Basile Associates, Franklin, to help with property reassessments next year. Parcel numbers will be used, with no reference to who owns each property.

A reassessment is intended to bring parcels into line with their market value, so each property owner pays his or her fair share of taxes -- no more and no less. Market value is established by the sale of similar properties.

The town's policy is to reassess every three years. Lake Pleasant last did a reassessment in 2012.

HIGHWAY

Superintendent of Highways Randy La Varnway said the recently repaired 1984 John Deere grader is in good condition and working well.

He also said paving and other summer roadwork is proceeding on schedule.

The only downside to the summer season that La Varnway mentioned is the problem of getting the word out that all garbage put out for collection needs to be in clear plastic bags, no black bags allowed.

La Varnway said it is especially a problem at public dumpsters and by vacationers unfamiliar with the local law.

The board members agreed real estate firms that rent properties should be contacted and asked to advise renters to use clear plastic bags.

McGovern said if worse comes to worse, the public dumpsters could be removed.

In other business, McGovern said American Power and Gas, the town's electricity supplier, has sent the town a $381.25 rebate.

The Lake Pleasant Town Board will next meet Monday, Aug. 18, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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