Elbans turn out for heckler-free Town Hall meeting
Submitted by Gretel Kauffman on September 16, 2009 - 3:15pm
Ninety-plus Elbans turned out Tuesday night for a town hall meeting in the Elba Central School auditorium. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information and solicit input from the community on which services residents believe are important.
Town Supervisor Lucine Kauffman opened the meeting by giving an overview of the tentative 2010 budget and tax rates as well as those of the previous five years. Highway Superintendent Allan Totten provided information on highway maintenance costs. Town Councilman Bill Hynes explained that the town transfer station operates at a yearly loss and asked for feedback from residents regarding its future.
The vast majority of questions were directed at Eric Wies, an engineer with Clark Patterson Associates, and Tim Hens, Genesee County Highway Superintendent. Citizens inquired about the process of forming water districts to hook up to the Monroe County Water Supply. Wies and Hens gave an overview of the Genesee County Water Project and step-by-step details on how residents can form water districts.
Kauffman said she was pleased with the turnout.
"We gave the town residents a lot to think about tonight. We have many important issues facing us. I'm glad we got the dialogue started, and the town board is looking forward to more participation from the residents."