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Select Board Meeting Highlights

 October 15, 2008


The following is a summary of the Select Board meeting on October 15, 2008.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like additional information about any of these matters.


Management of Town Forest/Nickwackett Block

Logging operations on Town property are now completed.  Performance bonds will be released.  The Town will continue its efforts to secure a more permanent access to this parcel.


Kendall Hill Road Bridge Repairs

Repairs, including patching deteriorated areas of concrete and adding an additional 4" layer of reinforced concrete atop the existing deck proceed apace.  Active/closed lanes will be reversed Monday, October 20, with concrete poured on the south lane on October 29 and with all work concluding November 10.  All dates are, of course, subject to change, depending on conditions.  The Town Manager has been authorized to make a progress payment to the contractor, as recommended by our project engineer, in the amount of $111, 740.00.


West Creek Road Project

Work began on Wednesday, October 1 and will hopefully be substantially complete by month's end, after which a base layer of asphalt will be laid and guardrails installed.  The road will be closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, October 24.


Mosquito Control

The Town Manager reported on his visit to a meeting of the Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury and Goshen Mosquito District on Wednesday, October 8.  The Select Board  heard from Jon Turmel, of the State's Department of Agriculture, about mosquito suppression efforts funded by the State and it also heard from District Treasurer Brad Ramsay about the costs to buy into the district, buy necessary equipment and fund annual costs.  It was learned that, while annual budgetary costs to Pittsford would be approximately $20,000.00, the "buy in" cost would be approximately $48,000.00 and startup costs to buy two trucks and sprayers at a cost of approximately $ 25,000.00.  The Town would have to make a long-term commitment to the district and would have to find 5 townspeople willing to be trained/certified and be "on call" to spray at $12.00 per hour.  The Town would also have to appoint two residents to serve on the district's Board.


Pittsford Haunted House

The 28th annual Haunted House event will take place and be open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 17, 18, 24 and 25.  Not recommended for children aged 6 and under.


Button Up Pittsford

On Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m., the Towns of Pittsford, Brandon and Goshen will co-sponsor a workshop on ways homeowners can save energy and money in the approaching winter season.  A licensed energy auditor/contractor will have many helpful hints during a two-hour power point presentation.  This event will take place at the Brandon Senior Center located in Illingworth Hall, 1591 Forest Dale Road (Rte. 73 East).  Refreshments will be served.


Transfer Station

The State Department of Conservation issued a generally favorable report on the operations of the Transfer Station.


Railroad Bridge Relocation

The Select Board has agreed to accommodate the State AOT's request to go onto Town land in Florence to conduct soil borings in order to evaluate such soil, preparatory to making an offer to buy Town land for construction of a new railroad bridge.


Post Office

The Select Board heard from Frank Von Turkovich regarding his plans to address the Select Board soon with a scaled down proposal for siting a new Post Office at the intersection of Plains Road and Route 7.  He asked for Town assistance in creating a 90 degree angle at the intersection.  The Town Manager was instructed to have the Highway Foreman meet with Mr. Von Turkovich to discuss the requested assistance and price it out, although the Select Board made it clear it was committing to nothing at this point in time.


Appointment to Rutland Regional Planning Commission

The Select Board has appointed Town resident Eric Reibsane to serve as the Town's representative on the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.


The Select Board Highlights are intended to be a summary of Select Board meetings to help communicate matters pending before the Select Board to Town Employees, local representatives and volunteers.  The Select Board Highlights are not comprehensive minutes, and are not reviewed or endorsed by the Board before they are transmitted.


John Haverstock


Pittsford Town Manager

483-6500 x20


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