State Audit in Error, Dispute to be Filed

By Mary Fox

The Great Valley Town Board met on Dec. 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. The meeting was dedicated to the memory of Terry Meacham, a long-time Killbuck resident who passed last month.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. prior to the Jan. 12, 2015, town board meeting to discuss the request by the Cattaraugus County Health Department to pass a local law requiring homeowners within a municipal sewer/water district to hook up to that system. Existing sewer systems such as septic systems and wells may be exempt until they fail, but then must be hooked up to the municipal system.

Future public meetings will include the ongoing discussion of the Killbuck Fire Company purchasing the Killbuck Post Office land.

Town Auditor Jack Berry presented the board with his findings in the state audit.

“Berry found numerous discrepancies,” said Town Supervisor Dan Brown. “What they found wrong was wrong on their (the state’s) part.”

“The state said the town is not doing enough to audit the books. We actually do more than required to make certain our taxpayers money is being accounted for,” continued Brown.

The board unanimously approved a procedure to dispute the state’s audit and to have the state correct the record.

The town reviewed specs and bids for replacing the town’s loader for a 12-year-old John Deere at the cost of $99,450.85, after trade in of the old loader.

A discussion was held regarding the possibility of combining the planning board and the zoning board. This option will be looked into further in the future.

New LED high-efficiency lights are scheduled to be installed in January 2015 as an upgrade to indoor and outdoor lighting in town buildings. This should reduce consumption of power by one-third.

The public meeting was closed at 7:45 p.m. when the board went into executive session.

An end-of-the-year meeting will be held on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall.

The next regular Great Valley Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the Great Valley Town Hall.