By SUZANNE MOORE
---- — ELLENBURG CENTER — The Town of Ellenburg expects to add a new front-end loader to its highway equipment.
At a recent special session, the Town Council voted unanimously to withdraw no more than $49,999.99 from the town’s highway capital fund to put toward the purchase of a 2013 John Deer 624K Wheel Loader.
The existing loader is just worn out, Highway Superintendent Bradley Wright said earlier.
The town would trade in surplus highway-equipment for $27,500 and put that money toward the new loader, according to minutes from the meeting. And the balance of the total $66,844.56 cost will be covered by a four-year installment bond “at the lowest available rate of interest.”
The use of capital-fund monies is subject to permissive referendum, which means a petition filed by residents within the 30 days following the Feb. 13 council approval could require the town to hold a public vote on the matter.
Joseph Lavorando, attorney for the town, was authorized to prepare the bond paperwork for NBT Bank.
In other business, the council:
Court clerks: The council voted to establish a 12.5-hour work week each for of the two Town Court clerks.
Historical display: No more than $500 from petty cash was authorized for Supervisor David Leonard to buy supplies needed to create an exhibit of historical photos illustrating the town. The display will be placed in the meeting room of the Town Hall in Ellenburg Center.
Youth Recreation: The council voted to transfer $5,000 from the General Fund to the Youth Recreation Capital Account; the money would come from part of the town’s share of fourth-quarter Clinton County sales-tax funds from 2012. The funds will go toward the continuing work on a new recreation park in Ellenburg Center, according to Town Clerk Thelma LaBombard.
The Town Council meets next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. The public is welcome.