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From the Town Board

Highlights of the July 31st & August 5th, 2019 Town Board Meetings

To enhance communications with residents, the Town Board will distribute this newsletter with the “headlines” from the board meetings. Detailed meeting minutes will be posted on the Town website (TownOfCaroga.com).

These were additional special Town Board meetings primarily focused on preparations for the referendum on the sale of Sherman’s. Each meeting lasted about 30 minutes.

Resolutions/Local Laws Passed:

July 31st Special Town Board Meeting:

  1. Referendum on Sherman’s – Rescinded the resolution from a prior meeting establishing the August referendum. This action was taken because in the days prior to this meeting, the County Board of Elections (BOE) informed the Town that absentee ballots could not be used without a “personal registration” process and there was not time to conduct that process prior to the referendum date of August 20th. The Board feels all eligible voters should be able to vote in the referendum. The board heard from a number of residents that they would not be in town the day of the referendum.

  2. Balboaa Land Development Corporation Lawsuit – Authorized the Town Attorneys (Dunn & Dunn) to respond to the lawsuit filed against the Town on July 25th which claims breach of contract and damages with regard to the donation of the Sherman’s property to the Town. Balboaa Land Development is owned by George Abdella.

August 5th Special Town Board Meeting:

  1. Referendum on Sherman’s – Approved the wording for the referendum to be submitted to the County Board of Elections for inclusion on the November 5th general election ballot. The Board was informed by the BOE in the week prior to this meeting that August 5th is the deadline (90 days prior) for submitting items for the general election ballot. This was the primary reason for this special meeting. The Town Board will be taking additional steps to put the Sherman’s referendum on the November ballot. Due to new NYS election laws, there are conflicts with existing local Town election laws that need to be addressed. The Board will work with the Town attorneys to get those issues resolved in the coming weeks.

  2. Employee Assistance Program – Approved a new annual contract with Saint Mary’s Hospital to continue providing Employee Assistance Services to Town employees at a rate of $15 per hour when needed/requested.

Upcoming Meetings:

Issue #12 - 2019

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