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Watkins debates youth user fees for center

WATKINS GLEN–Trustees discussed at the Monday, Nov. 2 village board meeting, the use of the community center and questioned the possibility of waving certain user-charges for youth.
Trustee Nicholas P. Kelly contacted several fire halls in surrounding towns and villages and he said all of them would wave a fee for youth events at a community center.  
Trustee William E. Smagner, disagreed with waving the fee since taxpayers already support a number of other public events. Smagner said, “It’s just another burden on them (the taxpayer),” he said.  Current fees for the community center includes a $250 security deposit and charges for the amount of time the facility is used. The trustees tabled the issue until the next meeting.
The board agreed to write a letter to the Department of Transportation regarding the removal of the ‘No Right on Red’  sign at the intersection of North Decatur and Fourth Street.  Resident Teddy Herron expressed his concern with the sign at the Oct. 5 village meeting. Herron claimed that the new sign was causing congestion on Decatur Street.  Police Chief Thomas R. Struble, contacted the DOT who said that this action would require a loss of one parking space, by that intersection.   Board members agreed that the loss of a parking space would not affect the village drastically and to move forward with the sign removal, with the help of the DOT.
Mayor Judith H. Phillips said the fire that gutted the Village Variety Shop on North Franklin Street made her question the backup on computers at the village office.  Clerk Donna Beardsley, suggested the live vault update software be purchased in order to keep  any information at the village offices safe and secure if any disaster should occur there. The mayor will report quotes of the software cost to the board.
The board agreed to have members of the town of Dix, verify a rate for the previously discussed water treatment. There is a difference between the figures that the town of Dix has calculated and those that the village has calculated.  The mayor is planning to contact the town of Dix to discuss the different calculations.
Phillips reported that Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED), is asking that the village pay $5,960 in dues.  “I don’t feel it’s appropriate to pay this,” Smagner said.  The board would like to decrease this number anywhere from $3,000 to $ 3,960.  Beardsley, will contact their attorney regarding the matter and follow up at the next village board meeting.
After 23 years, Rose Ciccone, the chair for the concerts in Lafayette Park, has decided to retire.  A new chair will be needed for the upcoming 2010 season.   
The next village board meeting will take place Nov. 16, 2009, at 7 p.m.  

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