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January 27, 2014

Town may raise rates for ore sand

DANNEMORA — Dannemora Town Council members are considering buyers for its ore sand.

The municipality's 20-year contract to sell its ore sand to a Canadian exporter expired in 2013. Officials are now debating whether to secure another contract.

Two Canadian companies have already expressed interest in purchasing and hauling the material.

The Town Council is now discussing raising tonnage rates and possibly putting a cap on how much sand could be taken if it decides to secure another contract or put the project out to bid.

In other action at a recent meeting:

Appointments: Officials formally appointed attorney William Favreau as the town's new legal counsel and welcomed Councilor Martha Sweeney.

Sweeney was appointed Jan. 8 to a one-year term, filling William Chase's vacancy on the board after he took office as elected supervisor.

Sweeney, an Independent, is a former Village of Dannemora mayor and has been active in local politics and civic organizations.

Road name: Officials have renamed the former Town Garage Road to Higby Road in honor of the town's first supervisor, Alanson Higby, who began serving in 1855.

Higby Road, off Route 374, in Chazy Lake is now home to the new Town Hall and Highway Department.

Former Town Hall: The former Town Hall in the Village of Dannemora is now vacant and up for sale.

At least one prospective buyer has expressed interest in the building, which previously housed the town offices, court, Dannemora Free Library and State Police substation.

Town personnel and services are now operating in the new Town Hall, while the library and police substation previously had relocated to the nearby Dannemora Village Offices.

Meeting guidelines: Councilors approved Rules of Order, regulating the format of future public meetings.

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