February 5, 2013

Your Town: Champlain


---- — CHAMPLAIN — The Champlain Town Council wants to make sure the generator for the Route 11 lift station kicks in if the power fails.

At a recent meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Michael Tetreault reported that converting that switch so it engages automatically would cost about $3,700. 

“Right now, we have no backup if something was to go wrong,” he told the council, according to minutes from the session. 

A power outage without the generator kicking on could result in sewage overflow into the Great Chazy River.

Tetreault suggested that installing a new switch would cost less.

The council will be updated on costs at the February meeting, Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb told the Press-Republican.


The Town Council addressed numerous matters at its organizational meeting. Among them were:

Salaries noted: Barcomb read a list of salaries as set in the 2013 budget: $19,000 for town supervisor; $6,150 each for the four councilors; $18,378 for the elected portion of the highway superintendent’s pay and $31,658 for working the position full time; town clerk/tax collector, $25,031 with additional pay of $3,275 as water/sewer clerk and $9,164 as planning/zoning clerk; $22,599 each for the two justices; $1,000 for the marriage officer; $5,796 for the youth director; $300 each for the five members of the Assessment Review Board; and $1,000 for the town clerk/registrar.

Legislator’s report: Legislator County Legislator Harry McManus talked about Clinton County’s plans to build a $63 million expansion on the terminal at Plattsburgh International Airport, which he said should be complete in about two years and not cost any local taxpayer dollars.

“I think it’s a great asset,” Barcomb told the Press-Republican. “It’s working well; it’s serving a lot of people.”

Also, McManus said, the town will receive about $30,000 more than expected in sales-tax revenue from Clinton County from 2012. The original projection had been $569,821.

Annual report: The town’s annual financial report will be filed electronically with the State Comptroller’s Office within 90 days from the start of 2013, said Jane West, secretary to the supervisor.

Pickup truck: The council gave the OK to go out to bid for a new pickup truck.

Planning Board: The Town Council voted to have Karl Schenck continue as Planning Board chairman and Robert Wolstenhome as vice chair.

Procurement policy: The council determined its Procurement Policy may be in need of revising in the next few months, Barcomb said. The policy determines when the town should go out to bid for large purchases.

Mileage rate: Town officials using their personal vehicles on town business will be reimbursed 55.5 cents per mile.

Sound system: The town is looking into purchasing a pull-down screen, projector and sound system for council room presentations. “Sometimes people have trouble hearing” presentations at the meetings, Barcomb said in an interview. The council is looking to spend about $2,000 on the new items. 

Delegate chosen: Councilor John Cooper was designated as a delegate for the Association of Towns annual meeting in New York City on Feb. 18.

Meeting dates: The Champlain Town Council meets at the Town Office at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. However, in April the meeting will be on April 16.

On the agenda for Feb. 12 will be discussion on consolidating the town’s two water and two sewer districts. William Favreau, attorney for the town, will offer advice on the matter, and the recommendation of engineers will be considered, Barcomb said.

The consolidation would not have an effect on the number of properties served, he noted. 

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