Change To Local Law Discussed By Poland Board

POLAND — The Town of Poland Board discussed several items at its recent meeting.

Under legal business, the board discussed a local law to change the local Assessor Grievance Day to the first Tuesday in June. Town Attorney Paul Webb stated he had drawn up a proposed law to change the date and sent information about a public hearing to the local media. A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., with the regular board meeting to follow.

Board members felt the first Tuesday in June would be a good time to reschedule the grievance day.

An updated Highway Department inventory list has been completed and was presented to the board. Highway Superintendent Larry Mee noted that the new 10-wheeler truck would be replacing the 2002 International.

Supervisor Kelly Snow informed the board that the audit report had been submitted to the state, and has been accepted.

Assessor Heather Young-Deyell told the board that about half of the current participants have sent in renewal forms for their property tax exemptions. The equalization rate is down to 94 percent from 97 percent. Councilman Terry Walker asked if the town should look into revaluation. Young-Deyell stated that a four-year cycle could be started. Board members felt that would be a good idea. The town could enter a program in the fall of 2018, to be effective for 2019. Board members decided that it should be looked into.

Highway Superintendent Larry Mee told the board that his department was keeping up with the roads during the storm season.

County Legislator John Davis said that things have been quiet at the county level. He would be interested in hearing the town’s thoughts on the Carroll landfill issue. He noted that at this point, town officials in Carroll, county officials, Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, and Sen. Cathy Young have all expressed opposition to the project.

The next Town of Poland Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.