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SUBMITTED by Jim Hoffman, Town of Williamson (18-Jul-2010)

Supervisor’s Column
July 2010
Jim Hoffman

On Saturday, August 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be an Electronics Recycling Collection Day for residential and small business collection only at the Williamson Town Complex parking lot. There are charges of $5 for each monitor and $10 for each television set and/or microwave that is dropped off. All other items that are accepted will be accepted at no charge. Monitors, computers, terminals, printers, network equipment, keyboards, mice, modems, routers, hubs, computer accessories will be accepted. Other items accepted include: Circuit boards, cable and wiring, typewriters, fax machines, telecommunications equipment, audio/visual equipment, video game systems, cell phones, PDA’s, IPODS, universal power supplies, scanners, televisions, toner/inkjet cartridges, batteries and microwave ovens.

Items not accepted include: Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, any liquids, light bulbs (including fluorescent bulbs), and kitchen/personal appliances, small gas powered equipment, vacuum cleaners, fans, and any and all household hazardous waste materials.
In December 2009 the Town of Williamson was awarded a grant for $30,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to conduct an energy conservation study of town buildings, lighting and vehicles. The goal of this project is to establish energy conservation measures and reduce energy costs in the Town.

A Green Community Task Force of stakeholders was established which met in February. Focus groups for four major areas were created – Water and Waste, Energy, Economic Development and Transportation – which met in March. A public meeting was held in April to present findings and recommendations.

A report – “Energy Conservation & Sustainability” - has been completed taking in feedback from the focus groups, the public and town board members. A copy of the report is posted on the town website - www.town.williamson.ny.us. A copy is also available at the Library.

The next step is for the Town Board to identify what conservation measures recommended are to be implemented. You can comment on the report by clicking on a link on the town website, contacting me via email at wmsonsupv@rochester.rr.com or sending your comments via U.S. Mail. Please submit comments no later than Monday, August 9th.

Preparation of the 2011 Town Budget has begun. The 2011 Tentative Budget will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The Town Board will be discussing this initial budget during meetings in September through early October. A revised budget, referred to as the 2011 Preliminary Budget, will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

A public hearing regarding the 2011 budget will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Court Room at the Williamson Town Complex. Approval of the final budget for 2011 may be that evening or at the next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

On Monday, July 19th, I became President of the Williamson Rotary Club replacing outgoing President, Cathy Demay. The Rotary meets on the second and fourth Mondays at the Williamson American Legion at 6:15 p.m.

Wayne County Clerk Mike Jankowski is conducting a passport clinic at the Town Complex on Thursday, July 29th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in obtaining a passport can attend. Please note that when you apply for a passport through the County Clerk’s Office, $25 of the $135 fee remains in Wayne County. When applied for through the U.S. Post Office the entire fee goes to Washington.


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