By Ann Belcher
BROCTON - A recent workshop with county and state property tax officials served to answer questions for Portland Town Council members on property revaluation procedures and equalization rate issues.
While members of the Concerned Residents of Portland were not in attendance for the council's monthly meeting, Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz said the recent workshop will hopefully provide a chance for an update on where the residents and the town stand as far as options for their future.
In other matters, the town supervisor and attorney also updated the rest of the council on recent happenings of the proposed campground progress initiated by Speelburg Enterprises in the town.
During a recent court hearing, Loveland reported to the council, Speelburg Enterprises was granted a waiver for a per cabin sprinkler system and was advised to change the scope of the proposed campground to an R3 Residential classification (which would call for parcels to be divided into three separate pieces and would allow for two cabins per parcel.) Loveland noted that the issue of the fire roads for emergency vehicle access was tabled pending an agreement between Speelburg and the Portland Fire Protection District 1.
An agreement between the two would need to provide for enlarging driveways by 20-foot wide measurements and creating 12-foot wide pulloffs and turnarounds on the property if roadways do not connect, according to Loveland. The attorney advised council members to keep in mind that the matter "is the matter of the code enforcement officer" and cautioned the council members on advising the project any further as he awaits an official transcript from the hearing.
The council officially scheduled two public hearings for Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. One hearing will be for the town budget and the other will concern the first Local Law in the town for 2013 which would authorize the town to exceed the 2 percent tax cap if needed.
Election Day will fall on Nov. 5. Running to maintain their town seats unopposed this year are Councilman Jerry Boltz, Councilman Rick Manzella, Town Clerk Roxanne Sobecki, Tax Collector Susan Hindman, Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz and Town Justice Rob Myers.
District 23 Legislator Tom DeJoe is running to maintain his seat against John Runkle in the newly drawn legislative district and Town Highway Superintendent Chuck Kelley will be seeking to maintain his position against Ron Delcamp.