Collins reviews 2012 projects

COLLINS – The year 2012 is gone and a new year is here. The town of Collins did an overview at its final meeting.

“I can’t believe the amount of work we got done this year,” Supervisor David Tessmer said.

The town board along with town employees completed numerous projects throughout the year including projects at the town hall, the L.K. Painter Center, the highway building and the transfer station. Some of the major projects the town worked on included: at the town hall repair of a roof leak and exterior windows, as well as basement cleanout, removing old sidewalk and work on the west stairway; at the L.K. Painter Center, work on the septic and boiler systems, ceiling repair in the gym, upgrading the bathrooms, painting interior doors, placing a picnic table, resurfacing the rear parking lot and a general cleanout of the building; at the highway building, projects included work on the roof and salt barn roof, trimming the highway department budget, applying pressure to the county to receive tree trimmings, a new water truck was purchased and the water pump motor for district one was replaced.

“I want to thank the board for the help,” Tessmer said. “I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.”

The town also opened a monthly food pantry, upgraded the town website, had upgrades to the transfer station, dedicated a flag pole to the late Staff Sgt. James T. Hackemer and completed work on the baseball diamonds, among others.

The town also received a letter from Mike and Mary Brown regarding the town horseshoe pits. The Browns said they just enhanced the pits that were already there. They claim they upgraded the pits to meet horseshoe regulations.

“I don’t see a real issue with them as long as they understand (the pits) are town property and follow it up with town rules,” Tessmer said.

The town also received an update on the Vail Road permit and a request for a speed study for the intersection of Bagdad Road and Route 39 for a flashing light. Resident Scott Martindale wrote a letter to the board requesting the speed limit also be reduced down from 40 mph in addition to the light. The Vail Road permit has been passed on to the health department and a letter sent to Gernatt Gravel to address issues brought up by the county health department. According to Tessmer, the permit application is not considered complete at this time. The town also approved eight dog kennel special use permits.

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