TUPPER LAKE - A representative from the KLW Assessment Firm told the Tupper Lake Town Board he expects data collection for the 2011 reassessment to begin in the coming weeks.
Speaking at the May 11 meeting of the town council, Robert Koszarek said he will begin working with the assessor's office on the three-year reassessment project later this month.
"My partners, staff as well as I are very excited to start this project," Koszarek said. "We look forward to working with the town and the assessor's office over the next couple years to do a full data collection and reassessment of the whole town."
A mailer will be sent to town property owners within the next week, and public notices will be filed with area newspapers to explain the details of data collection.
By the end of May, a real estate appraiser will begin traveling door-to-door to collect information. The process is voluntary.
"Homeowners do not have to participate," Koszarek said. "They can ask us to leave and we can go off of current records."
However, Koszarek said they prefer to start data collection with a clean slate rather than use current or past records.
"We like to start from scratch, fresh, and not do that and interview every homeowner," he said. "For those that aren't home, we'll leave a card, we'll go back either on an evening or a weekend to try and contact them. We'll also leave a phone number for them to call to contact us to schedule a time to come out."
The process of data collection involves an interior inspection or an exterior-only inspection with an interview of the homeowner. The firm also measures decks and any exterior attachments to the home, such as barns, garages or sheds.
"We also gather information about the quality of the material used to construct the home," Koszarek added.
Town Supervisor Roger Amell said the firm was hired in November to conduct the reassessment, and the board is excited to get the process started.
"We're pleased with the business we chose to undertake this project," Amell said.
In other business, Little Wolf beach caretaker LeAnn Monette asked the board to consider re-drafting campsite rules and regulations.
According to Monette, tourists and seasonal visitors who rented six campsites for the summer cancelled, and the vacancies are difficult to fill.
Monette says requiring a deposit would both assure campers a spot, and give the town monetary assistance when reservations are cancelled.
The trash trailer at the campgrounds is also becoming an issue.
"People, residents, are just dumping their trash at the trailer because they know they can get away with it," Monette said. "Something needs to be done."
The board recommended town employees pick trash up from campsites, so the trailer can be kept locked.
Youth Recreation Director Mike Fritts asked the board to approve a request that local band Abbott Hayes host a free concert July 17, to coincide with Celebrate Tupper Lake Day. The request was granted.
Fritts also purchased sports equipment using a $10,000 member item secured by Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. Some of the funds were used by the summer softball league. But most of the money from the line item will be used to purchase a groomer for cross-country ski trails at the Tupper Lake Country Club.