By DAN HEATH
---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Town Clerk’s Office will once again be able to provide state hunting and fishing licenses.
Town Clerk Rickey Collins said that service will become available starting Tuesday.
“The DEC finally processed our paperwork to reinstate our ability to issue hunting and fishing licenses,” he said.
The town passed a resolution to drop that service on May 6. That came after the State Department of Environmental Conservation announced it was switching to a new vendor for the equipment to process license applications and all those who issue licenses would need to provide their own equipment.
At that time, Collins told the Town Council his office collected $10,751 in license fees in 2012. The town only received $540 of that money for its service.
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said Collins and Deputy Town Clerk Jacqueline Bellew did the work to make licenses available through the town once again. Bellew said they decided it was important to offer the service, even if it isn’t a moneymaking proposition.
Bassett agreed. He said it is another example of a service the town wants to provide even if the state receives most of the financial benefit.
“It would be easier to provide services if we got a better percentage of what it costs us to do so,” Bassett said.
The town plans to dedicate the deputy town clerk’s computer for DEC work starting Jan. 1, 2014. It will use DEC equipment until that time.
Hunting and fishing licenses for adult New York state residents start at $29 each. Out-of-state visitors can also obtain licenses through the Town Clerk’s Office.
For a full listing of hunting and fishing licenses, visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov.
Collins said payment can be made by cash or check. The town will not accept credit cards for payments.
Contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 562-6830 for more information.
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