Stockton Town Board organizes

STOCKTON – The Stockton Town Board focused on its goals for 2013 and the means to accomplish them at its recent organizational meeting. The board will continue to meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7 p.m unless otherwise announced.

Objectives presented for the next year were: “Remain committed to fiscal responsibility in terms of keeping taxes low and the level of services high, and actively engage in activities which foster inter-municipal cooperation when it appears cost savings may be gained. These activities would include shared purchasing of machinery and equipment by multiple municipalities as well as the sharing of manpower by those municipalities.”

Positions and rates of pay were set. (See Fact Box.) Howard Crowell was reappointed to another five-year term on the Board of Assessment Review which will run Oct. 13, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2017. Michelle Myers was reappointed to another term on the Zoning Board of Appeals which will run Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2017. Payment for a meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals is $30 per meeting while the payment for a meeting of the Board of Assessment Review is $115. Both are unchanged from last year.

The OBSERVER was again named as the official newspaper. Community Bank and M & T are the official depositories for Stockton.

Renewal of shared services with the Village of Cassadaga was approved. The board approved the committees and those who would serve on them during the next year. Deputy mayor Allen Chase and Town Supervisor David Wilson serve on the finance/budget committee. Councilmen Bryan Meder and John Beichner serve on parks/recreation. The highway committee is Councilman Stanley Zembryski and Meder. Zembryski and Beichner serve on the library committee. Meder and Beichner will audit Otis Barber, the town justice, and Kathryn Palmer, the town clerk, while Chase and Zembryski will audit Wilson. The economic development committee consists of Zembryski and Beichner. Zembryski serves as cable advisory while Meder is disaster coordinator. The records management committee consists of Wilson and Chase.

Deputy Mayor Chase, who reports on finances, expressed his satisfaction with the with the way Stockton is being run.

“Our tax rate is less than in 1993,” he said.

In addition, he singled out the highway department. “I commend the highway department on the great job that they do,” he said. “Aaron (Burnett) is cost-conscious. The surplus he has is rolled over into the equipment fund. … The department continues to do an exceptional job of taking care of town roads.”

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