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Hector town board 12/30/10

Meeting:  The Hector town council met Thursday, Dec. 30, in the town hall.  

Attendance:  All council members were present.  One resident attended.

Action:  The council briefly dealt with routine approvals of bills and journal entries before moving to the main reason for this meeting at the end of the year: new appointments for the 2011 calendar year.   Departmental superintendents were present to witness the council’s votes for one year renewal of their employment and positions that report to them.

• By unanimous votes of the council all superintendents were reappointed to their posts.  In addition several assistant clerks, the town historian and attorney were given new one year terms.  

Discussion without action:  Town Assessor Dan Bizzell noted in his report that all the updated assessments had been processed in time for the tax mailing.  Jane Ike, town clerk and tax collector, advised the council that the tax notices were in the mail by Wednesday, the day before the town meeting.

• Residents who disagree with the assessed value of their property as listed on their tax invoices have until March 31 to appeal the amount.  A successful appeal for adjustment would not take effect until 2012.  Tax bills are due at the end of January or one may use an installment system with the first installment, half the amount due plus interest, paid by the end of January and the second installment due by July 1.  

• Bizzell advised council that all agricultural district and senior citizen residential renewals for discounted property values had been mailed by mid-December and only a few had been returned by the time of the meeting.   Residents who have questions about their rights on renewal or to apply for the program should contact the town office for guidance.   The town requires that the renewal forms for both the agricultural and senior citizen programs must be returned in good order by March 1, 2011.

• Supervisor Ben Dickens informed the council that he and Brett Chedzoy of the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Schuyler County were assessing the best management techniques for the wooded areas of the town’s Smith Park on the lake.  Several older trees might have significant value for the town if they were properly harvested and the forests would be healthier for the selective culling of these valuable, but aging trees.

Upcoming meetings:  The next regular Hector town board meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.  


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