G’town Board, in line with budget, replaces aging equipment

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board spent some money at its August 15 meeting, as scheduled and budgeted.

The board, with all present, unanimously approved the purchase of generators for Town Hall ($36,000) and the highway garage ($22,000).

As background before the vote, Supervisor Joel Craig noted that last summer during a heat wave, Town Hall was opened as a cooling space. This required moving portable generators there. The generators, he said, are at the end of their lifetime, so the 2017 budget includes fixed generators for Town Hall and the highway garage.

Bids were requested from several providers, and SKJ Electric in Germantown submitted the lowest bid, at the prices above. A bid from Lowe’s was higher, Home Depot did not bid, and a bid from another contractor missed the deadline.

Also at the meeting:

• The board accepted a bid from Stilsing Electric in Rensselaer for $11,050 to connect the new streetlights in the hamlet

• The board agreed to sell as surplus on auctions.com the town’s 1998 John Deere 5210 tractor. In his monthly report, highway Superintendent Richard Jennings said the new John Deere 5085 had arrived and was in service. The plan was to sell the old tractor to help pay for the new one. As approved in the February 2017 board meeting, the town took a five-year lease on the new tractor from Keil Equipment Company, Inc., in Red Hook for $19,203 per year

• After some discussion, the board set its public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan update for Tuesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board members Ron Moore II and Britany DuFresne advocated the October date rather than September so that everyone, themselves included, would have more time to consider the update

• Making his monthly Police Department report, Brian DuBois, officer-in-charge, said that several cars had been broken into and items were stolen. “If you see something, say something,” he said. He also introduced Daniel Rifenburgh, the department’s new recruit, who will train in the upcoming Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy

• Supervisor Craig announced the annual September 11 Memorial Service, 9 a.m. on that date, a Monday, at the monument at the far side of the lake in Palatine Park.

The next Town Board meeting is Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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