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March 4, 2014

Town of Westville has a new dog warden

WESTVILLE — The Town of Westville has a new dog warden.

Kim LaPage was appointed to the position in January, after the Town Council invited letters of interest late in 2013.

Five locals applied for the job.

Her predecessor, Roy Richards, gave a year-end final report at the January meeting, stating that, in 2013, he responded to 17 complaints, picked up 21 dogs, adopted out 16 and euthanized four others.

Also new — but not yet on the job — is a town website being designed by the Town Council and Planning Board.

The Planning Board met with Town Clerk Ann Brady in November 2013 to set up a domain name, and members have been given access to the website to make suggestions before it is finalized.

SALT BARN, AUDIT

In other business at recent meetings, the Town Council reported or took action on various items: 

Audit: Town Supervisor Rod Lauzon reported that the Comptroller’s Office had audited and approved the tax-cap paperwork and also recommended that a complete audit be done for the town, at no charge, as it has been 20 years since the last one.

Salt barn: The Town Council discussed but took no action on the possibility of building a new salt barn at an estimated cost of $500,000. Members talked about getting information from Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey regarding the Revolving Loan Fund that the state offers and another program through the State Department of Environmental Conservation's Water Quality Improvement Program that would cut the payment in half. 

Snow-removal payments: A letter from the Franklin County Treasurer's Office indicated that the town was paid $29,833 on Feb. 7, 2013, and the same amount again on July 2, 2013, for snow and ice removal, according to a contract for the town to do the work on county roads.

2014 appointments: For the coming year, among others, Dave Nichols is deputy highway superintendent; Dean Fleury is deputy town supervisor; Richard Edwards was named attorney for the town at a cost of $125 per hour; William Empsall is town accountant; Robert Crossman was reappointed as code-enforcement officer; Jean Goddard is continuing as town historian; and Jerry Kepfer is youth director.

The Westville Town Council meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall on County Route 19, also known as Jewitt Road.

The next session is March 10.

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