Stockton reappoints Wheeler as assessor

STOCKTON – The Stockton Town Board passed two resolutions at its most recent meeting, and listened to reports from Town Supervisor David Wilson, Recreation Supervisor Joelle Dziduch and Highway Superintendent Aaron Burnett.

One resolution reappointed Dea A. Wheeler as assessor. Her term expires on Sept. 30. An assessor’s term is five years.

Town Supervisor David Wilson said, “We can appoint a new assessor or reappoint her. We could meet with her.”

The board discussed whether there were any problems with her work.

Wilson said, “No one likes an assessor. The problem is she has to work off of the current market price. That’s not the assessor’s fault.”

The resolution was passed without dissent.

The second resolution was to hire Eileen Weishan to help with the town’s record management. Weishan served as both a town clerk, a village clerk and recently retired from New York Association of Local Government Records Officers and the NYS Archives Region 8 Records Advisory Committee.

There was money in the budget that could be used for a few hours of Weishan’s time.

Wilson said, “I’m scared to throw things out.”

Town Clerk Kathryn Palmer said Weishan has come out in the past and was able to provide advice about what to keep and what to throw out.

This resolution was also passed without dissent.

Wilson reported Chautauqua County has approached him wanting to buy two or three acres near the salt shed the county already owns. While he would like to cooperate with the county, he noted his experience has taught him that he can’t give away property since taxpayers are entitled to a fair market value. He expected to have more information on this topic at future board meetings.

Dziduch plans the summer program for children 4 to 13 will run through Aug. 16, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part of the program is going to Cassadaga Beach on Wednesdays, courtesy of the Village of Cassadaga. There will be a trip to Waldameer Park near the end of the program, paid for by the town for those children who attend the program on a regular basis.

Councilman Bryan Meder said, “You guys have done a great job with the recreation program.

Wilson added, “If you need anything, shout.”

Burnett reported road work in the town was set back by rain.

Councilman John Beichner noted that a water incident was handled well.

He said,”I did want to thank you for your work. You guys had a broom out there. That water was a gusher.”

Meder added, “You have a good crew; everyone is doing what they need to do.”

Burnett also spoke about the town clean-up day held on May 18.

He said, “This is an on-going success. We filled three containers this year about the same as last year. … People like to do this.”

Burnett thanked the Job Corps under the leadership of Stockton resident Vicki Yonkers for their help cleaning up along the town roads.

“This is a good program,” he said.

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