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Cuomo seeks to set up town webpage

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Updated: 9:59 AM

By DEBORAH BUCK

For the C-S-E

FLAT CREEK -- Councilman Dominic Cuomo presented a report detailing the creation of a webpage for the town of Root at its June 11 meeting. Cuomo said the town should have a webpage to provide information to the public and advised the town board he'd maintain it.

Councilwoman LuEmma Quackenbush informed Cuomo that she'd started to work with Montgomery County several years ago to set up a webpage and then had to halt the process. She noted that she'd provide Cuomo her file for review. 

Cuomo informed the board that there's a company called Digital Towpath that specializes in working with small municipalities to set up their webpages for a fee of $600.

Town resident Paul Toleno added that he would check to see if there were any local high school students interested in working with the town to set up a webpage.

During public comment, Root Town Historian and Root Historical Society Vice-President Bill Maring requested that the town split the cost of the purchase of a jet water pump for the old town hall building at a total cost of $300. 

Maring reported that the Root Historical Society had spent approximately $12,000 in repairs and renovations at the old town hall. The town council approved paying the total cost of $300 for the water pump.

Town Justice Tom Eriksen responded to a question regarding stipulations by the NYS court system regulating the use or rental of the town offices by public groups. Eriksen said there are no stipulations as far as the court system is concerned, as long as events pose no interference with Monday town court.

The town council had discussed rental guidelines for the town offices during its May 14 meeting and tabled action until the matter is discussed with Justice Eriksen. Town Attorney Bob Subik will draw up a draft contract for the town council to review. He will also develop a policy book, which will define the uses allowed. 

Proof of insurance will be a requirement for any group renting the town offices -- the town council will check with the Hearn Agency as to what insurance coverage is in place for this type of usage. 

Under new business, Eriksen recommended that the town council review NYS Town Law Article 18, which covers “boundary, fences and stray animals”, specifically the sections on stray animals. Eriksen said he thinks the town should adopt the entire Article 18 as part of the town code, which it could then enforce. 

Town Assessor Bob Harris reported that his final tax roll is due July 1. Harris also said that he had to replace his computer tower at a cost of $850 -- the state would then load software on Harris’s computer. The town council approved the purchase of the new computer tower for Harris.

Town resident Jane Candido, of E. Lykers Road, informed the town council that she would be applying for a kennel license. Candido raises chihuahuas in her home. She said she'd been provided with a copy of the town’s kennel law for reference.    

     

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