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Salt used up; auto show coming

By Sybil Sanchez
March 12, 2014

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — At Callicoon’s regular town board meeting in February, Town of Callicoon Supervisor Tom Bose commended the highway superintendent and his team for handling the roads this winter. With frequent snows and plowing, the town’s annual salt supply is stretched. The team is making every effort to keep the roads appropriately salted while conserving salt.

Another toll that the weather has been taking is on fire safety. With extreme cold comes increased chimney fires, as recently witnessed in both North Branch and Youngsville. As people run out of wood or seek to save on oil, they use newer, greener wood, and that is dangerous. Caution was urged also to ensure that carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

Several events are on the horizon. The Greek Festival at the Callicoon Center Firemen’s Park will be held in May. There will be vendors, rides and fireworks, and it’s a new event for the town. On August 3, the town will host its first annual auto show at the town park for the benefit of the youth recreation board. It will be on the same day as the fire department’s pancake breakfast. Everyone is encouraged to mark their calendars and get the word out as volunteers will probably be needed.

On September 6, the Callicoon Center Fire Department will celebrate its 100th anniversary. There will be a parade, family activities, fire department demonstrations and a special journal. As the board submitted a full page ad in Jeffersonville’s journal last year, the board decided to do the same this year. Work on the kitchen for the Callicoon Center Park continues but has been slightly stalled due to the weather.

The town received two bids to install a new oil burner in the town hall building, as the boiler is undersized in relation to the building. It was decided, however, to focus first on insulation and hold off on replacing the burner. The burner replacement bids will be held for future reference and the bidders will be thanked. Meanwhile, a consultant surveyed the building for insulation and presented a bid of $7,538, reviewing various parts of the building and what it needs. According to current policy for capital improvements, if a bid is over $7,500 the town needs to submit a request for proposals from at least two contractors. It was decided to go with the consultant, if he can present a bid under the requisite amount.

Monthly financial and administrative reports by the supervisor, town clerk, and code enforcement officer were reviewed and accepted. A motion to pay the bills was passed. A payroll report was also approved, as were minutes from two recent meetings.