STOCKTON - The Stockton Town Board had a busy evening.
The board decided to hold a public hearing next month concerning overriding the two percent tax cap. The hearing will be held Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. with the regular town board meeting to follow.
Councilman Allen Chase, who serves on the financial committee and gives financial reports at board meetings, said he thought that the budget increase would be under two percent.
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Kathryn Palmer takes notes during the recent meeting of the Stockton Town Board. Left to right: Supervisor David Wilson, Palmer, and Councilman Stanley Zembryski.
Town supervisor David Wilson said he would still have the town attorney draft a resolution.
He said, "Most of the towns are doing this (overriding the tax cap). ... It's just in case we have a problem. I think we should do it."
The board also discussed replacing the town's salt shed. The salt shed is about 27 years old and has signs of wear. Wilson had two different plans to show to the board. One was a shed made completely from wood. The other had concrete walls.
While the current shed has two bays, the new one would have three. The building's roof would be pitched and there would be more support in the center of the building.
Board members discussed the plans with Aaron Burnett, the town's highway superintendent. Councilman Beichner asked him what type of building he preferred.
Burnett answered, "I think concrete would be longer lasting, but I don't know how much more it would cost and if the added cost would be worth it."
Concerning the design of the building Burnett said, "This seemed to be the most cost-effective option. It's not fancy but it looks practical."
In the end the board resolved to bid out both plans and then judge the cost differential.
The board also decided to get a bid for hooking the town's gas well to the highway building. After doing some research, Wilson said the town could receive up to 200,000 cubic feet of gas per year from the well without charge. A rough estimate for the hook-up is $7523. The cost of gas last year for the highway building was $1757.17. Wilson therefore figured it would take over four years before payback would come.
Beichner asked Burnett whether maintenance of the gas line would present a problem.
Burnett said, "I don't feel maintenance is a big deal at all." He told the board that he has a hook up at his house and goes out to check the line a couple times a year.
The board decided to go out for a formal bid on this project as well.
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