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SUBMITTED by Jim Hoffman, Town of Williamson (20-Feb-2011)

February 2011

On September 28th the Town Board created the Farmers’ Market Committee, an outgrowth of the Comprehensive Plan. Councilman Gary Orbaker chairs the committee. Members include Fidele Noto, Nancy Jordan, Tina Hotchkiss and Nancy Elliot. The Committee will make a preliminary report of its findings with recommendations at the Town Board meeting on March 22nd.

On January 25th the Town Board adopted a Nuisance Ordinance which gives the Town Board authority to close buildings or revoke Certificates of Occupancy under certain conditions. The Board can now find that a nuisance exists when a requisite number of Penal Law or Town Code violations have taken place at a building within a six month/one year time period. The owner of the property would be given notice and an opportunity for a hearing prior to any action being taken. A copy of the new law is posted at the town website – www.town.williamson.ny.us.

Pursuant to the Town of Williamson’s Comprehensive Plan, the Town Board created two committees at the January 25th Town Board meeting. The Williamson Marketing Plan Committee was formed to develop a community development and marketing plan for the town. Members of the committee are Nan Hance, Proprietor of Artisan’s Loft; Gary Manuse, At-Large; Kim Davis, At-large; Luke Cino, Owner/Broker with Cornerstone Realty Associates; Angela Van De Walle, Angela’s Hair Salon; Mike Orr, President, Williamson Business Improvement District; Wilma Young, owner of the Sun & Record and myself who will chair of the committee. The first meeting took place on February 14th.

The Town Board further created the Williamson Energy Conservation & Sustainability Committee to promote sustainable energy initiatives for residents as well as commercial, industrial and institutional establishments. Members of the committee are Jim Verbridge, President, KM Davies; Craig Logan, Principal, BOCES; Chip Bailey, Fruit Grower; Bill Bishop, Mechanical Engineer, Pathfinder Engineers & Architects LLP; John Manahan, Chief Operator Waste Water Treatment Plant; Todd LaBarr, Managing Partner, Watchdog Building Partners;

Steve Smalley, Resident and wind turbine owner and myself as chair. The first meeting took place on February 16th.

On February 5th I attended Cub Scout Pack 521’s Blue & Gold Banquet. Cubmaster Mike Kuhl and Den Leader Steve Niles presided as we watched five Cub scouts crossover to Boy Scouts. Congratulations to Scott Niles, Brian Noger, Dustin Secor, Ben Shumski and Joe Silipino!

On February 13th, I attended Boy Scout Troop 90’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Nick Whitmore, son of Barry and Annette Whitmore. Nick’s Eagle Scout project was building the covered wooden sign “Williamson Town Park” at the entrance to the Town Park. It was completed in October 2009. Nice job Nick!

February is "Love Your Library" month and to recognize the fact that many people in Williamson truly do love their library, the members of the Library Board of Trustees have made a special effort to visit with library patrons. Board members Pete Wright, Nancy Orbaker, Rebecca Reinhardt, Mike Herbert and Amy Prater "manned" a table in the library and offered the opportunity for library users to tell their own personal library stories -- why the library is important to them. 200 "Your Story Starts Here" postcards were filled out, bearing messages like, "This library is my resource for many answers to questions... it is one of the best perks in the town of Williamson!" and ""I love our small town library! Williamson Library helps bring our community together!" The postcards will be delivered to Albany legislators in March by a contingent from Williamson to emphasize how critical library services are, especially in a rural community.

There will be an AARP Driver Safety program on Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon at the Williamson American Legion. To register you must contact Terry Goodrich at 589-3738. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Seating will be reserved for the first 30 individuals to call.

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