Town tightens trash rules
The Thurman town board has toughened up its ordinances for trash collection, following the failure of some local residents to follow existing guidelines, town officials said at a recent board meeting.
From now on, residents ignoring the following policies, which are now established as a town ordinance, will have their garbage pickup terminated:
• No chronic excessive amounts of trash set out for pickup.
• No unacceptable items like paint cans in trash left for pickup.
• No trash from anywhere other than one's residence.
• No garbage bags which weigh in excess of 50 pounds.
• No dumping garbage in or near the town garbage truck or town property.
The following guidelines remain in force:
• Municipal garbage pickup is for residents only
• All garbage bags must be bagged, and these bags must be white or clear.
• Garbage cannot be placed in 55 gallon barrels or other large containers.
• Garbage must be placed at roadside in order to be picked up.
Also, there is no dumping of garbage, tires or any refuse on town property, and such violations will be prosecuted to the maximum, Wood said. In addition to the town ordinance, a variety of state laws prohibit dumping of garbage on public and private property.
Town grants bed tax awards
A number of awards of bed tax grants have been made recently to promote local events and boost the town of Thurman's economy. The money is distributed to groups to compensate groups for their actual publicity and event expenses after they submit receipts and vouchers, and these are verified by the town board.
Among the awards were:
• $5,500 for Maple Days - over four weekends - and the annual Jack Wax Party.
• $6,950 for Fiddler's Jamboree, set for Sept. 10 and 11 this year.
• $700 for the Thurman Townwide Garage Sale in May.
• $$8,250 for the Thurman Summer Concert Series held on Monday nights during July and August at Veterans Park. The sum includes the including the cost of the town's July 4 fireworks displays.
• $1,50040 for porta-johns at Veterans Field through the summer where the town's events and festivals are held.
• $2,1009 for general publicity - primarily by Internet and printed materials, coordinated by Perky Granger.
• $250 for email blasts to thousands of pre-qualified potential visitors.
One request - for $600 - to place a generic advertisement in the Adirondack Guest Informer, was declined by the Thurman Town Board. The publication is placed in motel and hotel rooms in the Lake George region.
Clerk's duties expand, pay didn't
Also discussed at a recent town meeting was Town Clerk Cynthia Hyde's remarks that she was having trouble keeping up with ever-expanding duties of her office because her limited salary, which is $18,023 per year, constrains the number of hours she can work each week. Hyde also serves as the town's Records Management Officer and Registrar of Vital Statistics, two legal positions which together earn a stipend of only $1,040, according to local law.
Apparently the Town Clerk's mandated tasks have expanded substantially in recent months because of the the new tasks of dog licensing. This government function, formerly handled by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, was turned over this year to local municipalities.
Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood said this week that Hyde is busy with licensing duties partially because Town Animal Control Officer Dexter Baker is doing such an efficient job.
Activities, meetings in Thurman
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club is now reverting back to its schedule of night meetings. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 20, on the third Wednesday of the month. Among the topics anticipated for discussion is a review of potential trips for the group. New members are always welcome.
The Thurman Youth Commission is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday April 4 at the Thurman Town Hall. On the agenda will be planning for the upcoming town Easter Party and the Summer Youth Program. The public is welcome to attend and help the group, which has a long record of sponsoring successful community events.
Plans are progressing for the Thurman town Easter Party to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 16, with the traditional crafts, egg coloring, a visit by the Easter Bunny, an Easter bonnet contest and an Easter Egg hunt to top it all off. the event is sponsored by the town Youth Commission.
Daffodil sales to benefit the American Cancer Society, will be held Thursday and Friday March 24 and 25 in the Warrensburg Elementary School lobby. This sale has been a tradition here for decades, and parents are reminded to allocate some money to their children for this fundraiser.
Feihel expresses appreciation
Sally Feihel sends out a heartfelt Thank You to the Warrensburg and Thurman ambulance squads for the attentive care she received in January and February when she was hospitalized. She also expresses a public Thank You to her friends and neighbors for all their help and support during her time in the hospital. "I am blessed to have such wonderful friends and neighbors," she said in a note to the Adirondack Journal, while expressing get well wishes to columnist Evie Russell.
Special days up here in the hills
Celebrating birthdays are Eric Smith on March 19, Lance Chadwell and Chance McGraw on March 20, Patrick Galusha and Billy Arnold on March 21, Mark Kelly and Daniel Cameron Jr. on March 22, Kaitlyn Kuklinski on March 24, and Rex Reynolds III and Josh Kenyon on March 25.
Celebrating wedding anniversaries are Charles and Barb Metzger on March 23 and Bernie and Bonnie Monroe on March 24.
(Editor's Note: After dealing with respiratory problems that required hospitalization, Thurman Correspondent Evie Russell is expected to return home this week from Tri-County Nursing Home. We all wish her a speedy return to her routine. Thurman readers are asked to help Evie out by temporarily sending local news items to Robin Croissant at: email@example.com or contacting her at 623-4102. People are also welcome to contact Adirondack Journal editor Thom Randall at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-4376.)