July 16, 2013

Your Town: Chazy Council seat to await election

By KIM SMITH DEDAM Press-Republican

---- — CHAZY — Chazy Town Council opted not to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Councilor Donald “Bucket” Trombly.

The council position, due to expire Dec. 31, will be on the ballot in November instead, the council decided at its July meeting.

The longtime public servant died on Monday, July 1, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

At 76, Trombly had served on the Chazy Town Council for more than 46 years. A founding member of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, Trombly owned and operated Chazy Supermarket for 18 years and was a driving force for years in the Chazy Lions Club, among other activities.

Councilors Jerry Deno, Cathy Devins and Richard West all shared their condolences, along with Supervisor Staub Spiegel, before taking up town matters.

Other business at the meeting included:

Cable agreement: After a public hearing that preceded the council session, a cable franchise agreement between the town and Time Warner Cable was approved unanimously by the Town Council.

It allows the cable company a 15-year franchise renewal agreement.

The resolution said, in part, that Time Warner Cable “can reasonably meet the future cable-related community needs and interests, taking into account the cost of meeting such needs and interest.”

The agreement went into effect immediately.

Roof repair: Chazy officials rejected a labor bid for repairs to the Town Hall garage roof.

Only one submission was received in the request for proposals, according to town records, and it came in at $14,870, a figure Devins felt was high.

The council passed a resolution to rebid for labor costs to repair the roof, with materials provided by the town. It allows for payment to be made at prevailing wage scale.

Surplus equipment: Bids for Chazy surplus highway equipment were opened at the meeting. Equipment sold includes: a 1984 Diesel International 884 tractor to Donald Beaton of Elizabethtown for $6,101; a 1979 diesel MF31 tractor to R. G. Blaise of Mineville for $1,750; a 1971 International gas bucket truck to Dan Leduc of Champlain for $1,655; and a 1979 Ford F600 flatbed truck to Andrew Arno of Ellenburg Center for $676.

Vehicle use: The council voted unanimously to allow the town maintenance person, David Loope, to drive the town maintenance vehicle home. Loope is responsible for keeping all pump stations operational at the town water-treatment facility and is on call at all times of the day and night.

But, the resolution said, “he will only be able to use (the) town vehicle for town business and no personal business of any kind.”

Recognition: Town officials also presented certificates of recognition to members of the Recreation Committee for developing a new playground at Chazy Recreation Park.

Certificates applauded the work of Che and Bill Vesneske, Alan Roberts, Gary Amell, Tessa Parent, Jim Lucas, Darren Pilon, Chris Latremore and Jen Langlois.

Spiegel presented a plaque to retired Highway Department employee Daniel Wells, honoring his 31 years of service.

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