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Hector town board 04/13/10

Meeting:  The Hector town board gathered for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 13 in the town hall, starting at 7 p.m.  
Attendance:  All Board members were present. Approximately 12 members of the public attended.
Action: Approved a resolution authorizing the town Supervisor, Ben Dickens, to sign a contract with Delta Engineering to create a baseline report on all 150 miles of roads the town is responsible for maintaining.  The baseline study will be prepared to show the current conditions of all the town roads before anticipated heavy traffic from gas drilling activities.
The intent is to be able to show proof of the damage done by heavy trucks, drilling equipment and other gas service  needed for each well site or even for transport of such material over Hector roads before drilling in the town commences.  Hector will thereby be able to establish the liability of gas drilling companies for repair of the roads they damage and relieve taxpaying residents from having to bear the financial burden of repairing road damage that cannot be accurately traced to drilling activity.   
• The board unanimously approved a motion to appoint a new town assessor, Dan Bizzell for a three-year term.  Bizzell will be part of the county’s uniform assessment initiative, but the town must formally appoint an assessor.
• The board also approved the appointment of Brian DeMeritt as the manager of Smith Park.  Supervisor Dickens announced that a public hearing will be held at the town hall on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 7 p.m. to amend and finalize park rules and regulations for the upcoming season.
Discussion without action:  A family from the Perry City area spoke during the public comment period about their continued concerns over the potential destruction of the geological formation known as drumlins (small hillocks formed by glacial action) near their home.
They distributed several articles on the environmental effects of large factory farming and a new study by Kurt Jordan, Ph.D. from the department of anthropology at Cornell University.  It assessed the use of the Perry City area by Cayuga-Iroquois Native Americans since the mid-1500s.   Several Perry City residents have addressed town meetings in the past months expressing opposition to the destruction of a drumlin by Bergen Farms in their efforts to install a 3 million gallon manure impoundment on the site.  Bergen Farms principal, Mike Bergen, who was present as a member of the town board, denied in the past that plans exist at this time to build the manure impoundment, but made no further comment.
• Hector residents will be able to bring their unwanted appliances, electronics, furniture, carpet and other non-recyclables to Dumpster Day, on May 22.  There are four locations on that day that will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  For more information or to volunteer to help out, please call the Town offices at 546-5286.  
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday May 11, 2010 at the Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m.  

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