Town Board closes landfill on Mondays to save tax dollars
In an effort to reduce local government expenses and contain taxes, the Warrensburg Town Board voted Dec. 9 to close the landfill on Mondays.
Monday was chosen as the one day per week to close the town dump because it is the day with the least visitors, board members said.
The new schedule will start Jan. 1 on a trial basis, Town Clerk Donna Combs said Tuesday.
Commercial water meters to be installed
Water meters are to be installed in January for commercial enterprises. Any business in the Warrensburg hamlet that uses town water and does not have a water meter is urged to call Town Clerk Donna Combs at 623-4561.
The town is in the process of converting to water meters so people and enterprises will pay for the water they use, rather than an arbitrary rate. Beginning at some point in 2011, billing for water will convert to a gallonage rate, beginning with commercial installations. Details of the local water ordinance are to be hammered out in January and February, town officials have said.
Local Bed Tax grants approved
A total stipend of $6,653 was granted to the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce representing $5,000 towards the Chamber's annual advertising costs and $1,653 towards conducting the Worlds Largest Garage Sale, which annually brings 50,000 to 100,000 visitors into Warren County. The Chamber also was granted a stipend of $12,000 Friday from county bed tax funds to promote the 2011 event. The Chamber had asked for $20,000 to promote the sale, but funds were limited - the county had applications for more than $800,000 but the county supervisors doled out $294,500, about the money they have budgeted to receive from the tax.
The Warrensburg Town Board also decided to grant $144 of its share of the bed tax receipts to the Warrensburg Historical Society for advertising costs, and $3,160 to Warrensburgh Beautification for its ongoing efforts: $1,580 for various beautification and landscaping expenses, $730 towards summertime farmers' market costs and $850 towards Christmas in Warrensburgh expenses.
Sewer district formally extended
The Town Board voted unanimously Dec. 9 to extend the Warrensburg Sewer District to include Third and Fourth Avenues, Thomson St. and Library Avenue Extension. after a public hearing was held on the proposition.
Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said pipes are already installed along Thompson Street, Sanford to Elm Street and up Raymond Lane.
Residents along these streets will see sewer taxes now listed on their tax bills in February related to these district extensions. The board's vote Dec. 9 to approve the extensions is subject to a permissive referendum, which allows anyone challenging the vote to circulate petitions against the action and submit them within 30 days to force a public vote.
Citizen sought for county Planning Board
Geraghty announced that a vacancy now exists for a local representative on the Warren County Planning Board. Anyone interested in serving as the Town of Warrensburg's voice on the planning board should contact Geraghty at 623-9511.
Bicycling group seeks local representation
A county-wide committee, advocating to develop bicycling trails and biking events, is seeking a representative from Warrensburg, Town Supervisor Geraghty announced at the Dec. 9 meeting. The group has met twice since its formation, and its goals include extending bicycle paths, particularly in the northern area of the county - an initiative Geraghty said he supports.
Lloyd Mott of Queensbury is chairing this regional committee. Those who have ideas on extending or enhancing the bicycle paths or launching bike events in Warren County are urged to attend the group's meetings or contact Mott at 796-2397. Those seeking to serve on the committee as Warrensburg's representative, call Geraghty at 623-9511.
Museum creating stock car racing exhibit
The Warrensburgh Museum of local history is seeking personal memories, movies and memorabilia from the stock car races held in the 1950s and 1960s in Warrensburg at Ashland Park. This plot, host of the historic fairgrounds, was southwest of Hudson Street between Woodward and lake Avenues, an area that was converted later into a residential development.
The Museum is seeking on developing an extensive exhibit on the races, drawing from memorabilia local residents loan to the museum officials. Those who either participated in the races or have photos or memorabilia are asked to contact museum director Steve Parisi at 623-2207 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibit is scheduled to open in February.
The museum is located in the VFW Building at 3754 Main St. and it is open Wednesdays through Dec. 18 and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. From January through April, the museum is open on Sundays only. Admission is free.
Available now at the museum are the 2011 Warrensburgh Historical Calendars as well as various books on local history, items that Parisi said make very thoughtful and appropriate gifts for history buffs. A purchase order form is on the Society's website at: www.whs12885.org.
Baptist church sets holiday services, events
A variety of Christmas-oriented events and services have been scheduled at First Baptist Church of Warrensburg, and all are invited to attend.
On Thursday Dec. 16, the church will host a session exploring aspects of Creation theology, with a theme "The Christmas Star. The session is to be conducted by Jerry Hensler of the Hensler Creation Ministries.
On Sunday Dec. 19, The church will conduct a morning worship service with Christmas carol singing and a special Christmas message: " O Come let us Behold Him."
On Friday Dec. 24, First Baptist will present a Christmas Eve service featuring inspirational melodies from local musician Jim Davis. The service will start at 7 p.m.
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