By Mary Fox

A public hearing was held during the Great Valley Town Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 12 to allow comment on Local Law 1-2015 which states:  “Upon failure of a private water/sewer system, residents must tie into the public sewer/water system, if it exists, immediately and at the owner’s expense.”

With no one present to comment, the law was passed as proposed.

The regular meeting served as the board’s reorganizational meeting, and 2015 elected officers and appointments were read by Town Supervisor Dan Brown.

Brown will continue in the elected post of supervisor with Ted LaCroix as deputy. Elected board members include Gerald Musall, Lori Finch, Ann Rockwell and LaCroix.

Toni Evans will serve as Town Clerk/Tax Collector and Peter Stokes and Scott John are the Town Justices. Jack Harrington will continue to serve as highway superintendent, Rich Rinko is the town’s code enforcement officer, Jeffrey Forster is the town’s assessor and Hildagarde Kraus is the town’s budget officer and the supervisor’s clerk.

The Planning Board Chair is Christopher Schena. Connie Brennan will serve as Planning Board Clerk/Zoning Board of Appeals Clerk/Assessment Review Board.

Dog Control Officer is Eric Butler; Town Historian is Marilyn Siperik; Director of Senior Citizens is Barbara Sergel; Director of Youth Programs is Rebecca Pierce and Town Hall Custodian is Charlene Nannen.

The town’s Accountants/Auditing firm is Berry & Berry, CPAs; Town Engineer is Mark Alianello and Town Attorney is Hopkins & Sorgi.

One seat on the Planning Board is up for appointment.

In ongoing business, Forster reported that he had mailed out all Star Exemption notices which are due back by Mar. 1.  Forster will be available at the Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 2 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, Feb.16 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m. to accept STAR applications.

Planning Board Chair Shena reported that its next meeting will be held on Feb. 11.  The agenda will include a request from Verizon to erect a cell phone tower east of Martin Rd. on the property of Tim Halloran.

Code Enforcement Officer Rinko reported that applications have been received to replace gas fireplaces at Snow Pine Village. He also reported the town is aggressively pursuing property owners who are not in compliance with the town’s property maintenance law. Twelve letters have been sent out to those not in compliance. He has heard back from two.

Under old business, Brown reported that the new energy-efficient lights for the town’s buildings and parking lots have not yet come in. They are expected the third week in January when work can begin on replacing the old ones.

Murray Haines of the Killbuck Fire Co. reported on a decision on the issue of the Fire Co. purchasing the Killbuck Post Office property.  Because the new property owner would be responsible for paying taxes and would not be reimbursed by the Post Office, the fire company has withdrawn its request to purchase the land.

“Leave it the way it is,” said Murray. “Hopefully they will keep it open.”

Other business included a letter from the Pyramid Inn informing the board that it is reapplying for a liquor license.  The town also received a letter from the GV Senior Citizens Group thanking the board for its financial help for trips during the past year. Also the town expects the new John Deere loader to arrive later this month.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board will be held on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

The January meeting was dedicated to John Harrington.