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Council to wrap up town business and plan for New Year

January 2, 2014
By Ann Belcher - , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

BROCTON - The Portland Town Council will wrap up business for 2013 and look toward 2014 projects during a Dec. 30 meeting.

The last scheduled council meeting for the year, scheduled for 4 p.m. that day, will allow for the council members to close out any town business before the New Year.

At their recent regular meeting, the council resolved to table any action on fire contracts for the township until the next meeting for further review of the documents and any questions for their legal counsel, Charles Loveland. Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz noted there are no changes to the contracts from last year.

In other matters, the supervisor also reported to the councilmen that timely filing of the necessary paperwork by Highway Supervisor Chuck Kelley and Deputy Clerk Sue Hindman resulted in the town's receipt of a $28,000 check from FEMA. The funds were in response to flooding damage to town property during the July 12 flash flood.

Following up on recent short-notice closures of rail crossings in the town, Schrantz also informed the council that Loveland has submitted a request in writing to CSX officials asking for improved communication about proposed closures of the nine crossings located in the township.

The Peerless Street Bridge project should be set to bid out in January or February, according to the supervisor. He said he would like to see council members meet with incoming Highway Supervisor Ron Delcamp to confirm details of the scope of the project before the bid process gets underway.

Council members unanimously approved the town's employee handbook, with an approved copy to be sent on to CSEA leadership for review and signature.

Also approved was a resolution proposed by Planning Board Chairman Robert Patterson Sr. to continue the moratorium on subdivisions in the town for an additional six months, with the resolution to be reviewed by Loveland.

Council members additionally approved a motion to hire Carol Horlacher as a part-time zoning and building code secretary, with a schedule to be set following the secretary's training period.

The council will meet again on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. at the town hall.



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