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December 09, 2016
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Cochecton opposes new gun control legislation

Code enforcement officer Greg Semenetz anticipates an increase in building permit requests with the arrival of warmer weather. In the meantime, several structures deemed unsafe have been scheduled for demolition.

Highway superintendent Kevin Esselman petitioned the board for purchase of a heavy-duty wood chipper, necessitated by extensive tree damage resulting from severe storms. To date, the town has been renting wood chippers, as necessary, on a daily basis. Esselman said that this procedure is both costly and inefficient. Board members acknowledged that this purchase would be a big-ticket item, costing as much as $50,000. They agreed to consider the request while conducting further research on the gauge of chipper best suited to town needs.

Before adjourning, the board heard comment from two members of the public: one urged the board to permit horizontal gas drilling immediately, and the other urged the board to prohibit it indefinitely. Maas reiterated that the board plans to refrain from voting on this matter until New York State has issued a statement regarding the safety of horizontal drilling practices.