Minerva Town Hall
During the March 7 regularly scheduled meeting, the Minerva Town Board passed a resolution asking the state to repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.
This is a gun control law that was passed into law on Jan. 15 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn.
The law has proved controversial and met with criticism and opposition from many local governments within the state. Jefferson County recently passed a resolution opposing it. Franklin County will be holding public meetings to discuss the topic. Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting will be giving a presentation on March 18 during a special meeting in Elizabethtown that will be held to discuss the issue further.
Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey told the Town Board that Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas has appointed a committee to look into resolutions regarding the possible amendment or even repeal of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.
Corey she had heard back from Verizon about questions that the Minerva Fire Department had about whether they would have access to the cell tower to improve emergency communications within the town. Verizon engineers had some questions about the town’s emergency preparedness which Corey answered.
She also informed the Board that Douglas had introduced a new system where individual supervisors will be responsible for monitoring specific agencies in order to ensure that the board is aware of problems facing those departments. Under this new system, she will be responsible for monitoring Social Services and Transportation.
The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 21.
The board received a letter from David McNally urging them and the Minerva Historical Society to start thinking about the upcoming 200th Birthday of Minerva, which will fall on March 17, 2017, in order to have enough time for planning and fundraising.
The town will be advertising for a concession stand operator for Donnelly Beach
The Annual Report was submitted ahead of the March 1 deadline and is available outside the main office in the Town Hall.
Hudson Headwaters was awarded the contract to handle physicals: $175 for DOT and $100 for regular physicals.
The towns of Minerva, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and North Hudson will be meeting for the third time on March 12 to continue to discuss ways that they can work together to increase the recreational and economic opportunities made possible by the state land purchase of the Essex Chain parcel.
Local Law No. 1 expanding the size of the Planning Board from five to seven members has been filed with the New York secretary of state.