January 11, 2013

Your Town: Schuyler Falls


---- — SCHUYLER FALLS — Installation was completed on a new septic system at the Highway Garage in Schuyler Falls in early December.

The town bought the piping, and Morrisonville Construction installed it, along with an extra 70-foot culvert.

The septic system cost about $15,000, with construction starting in mid November, said Schuyler Falls Town Supervisor Harold Ormsby.

The approximately 55 gallons left in the old septic tank were pumped out at a rate of 85 cents per gallon, according to the minutes from the Schuyler Falls Town Council meeting.

Mulch and grass seed were placed on the earth that covers the new piping, Ormsby said.

At the same meeting:

Benefits: Ormsby said part-time employees who are working fewer than the allotted hours required in order to receive benefits must complete a time sheet for every payroll cycle.

This town personnel policy, which is in accordance with the State Comptroller’s Office, needs to be enforced, he said.

Street sweeper: A used street-sweeper broom was purchased from the Town of Keeseville to replace the old one, which was bought in the early 1970s, Ormsby said.

The sweeper cost $2,000, according to the meeting’s minutes.

History exhibit: Historian Barb Benkwitt announced to Town Council members that she is at work on an exhibit on a few historical school buildings in Schuyler Falls. Benkwitt has the DVD with research playing in the front of her office so visitors can view it.

Water meters: Ormsby said he and Councilor George Seymour attended a meeting with the Town of Plattsburgh’s Water Department regarding the meters and meter pits that still need to be installed in the Morrisonville Water District. 

“We’re putting the meters in so we can monitor water flow,” Ormsby said. “We can figure out how much we’re using.”

The process began in summer 2012, and about half of the meters have been installed already, he said. The ones that are left are near plumbing that is not as easily accessible.

Zoning Board: The town reappointed Robert Wicihowski to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Wicihowski’s appointment is effective immediately and will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

The town held its annual organizational meeting Monday.

“No surprises there, of course,” Ormsby said.

The Town Council’s next meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 25. All meetings are open to the public.

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