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Cochecton keeps pace with the times; Ordinances and property records go digital

By Linda Drollinger
May 1, 2013

Although the greater part of the Cochecton Town Board’s special April 24 meeting was devoted to the Codification Project Workshop, the board managed to accomplish several additional objectives as well. The purpose of the workshop was to update, revise, and make uniform all Cochecton town ordinances. Under the guidance of acting town attorney Karen Mannino, the board reviewed all ordinances to ensure that they are in compliance with county, state and federal law and that the language of the ordinances accurately reflects both original intent and current purpose. Ordinances having outlived their usefulness will be struck from the books. Town Supervisor Gary Maas brought the workshop to a close, noting that he and Mannino must consult further with the town code officer and county engineer before ordinances can be finalized and submitted to General Code for uploading to the town’s website.

The board revisited highway superintendent Kevin Esselman’s earlier request for purchase of a large-gauge wood chipper. After considerable discussion and the reluctant acknowledgement that large tree damage has become increasingly prevalent, the board agreed to entertain bids for an 18-inch chipper. Esselman will draft the bid notice and submit it to the board for review at its May monthly meeting.

Town Assessor Lorry King reported to the board that a letter would soon be mailed to town property owners detailing the data collection project. The letter will inform property owners that a town official is scheduled to visit all town properties for the purpose of updating property record cards, part of a data modernization process that will ultimately make all town property data available online.

Councilperson Anna Story outlined the Sullivan County LitterPluck (April 27 – May 5), emphasizing that more volunteers are desperately needed. Supplies are currently available at the town hall. If you are interested in assisting in any way, contact Story at the Cochecton Town Hall (845/932-6072) or by email at astory@townofcochectonny.org.

Maas announced that traffic court, postponed for three months due to town prosecutor John Keating’s illness, has been scheduled for May 6 and 13, with Alexandra Bourne serving as acting town prosecutor.

Immediately before adjournment, Maas revealed the board’s decision to award the installation of a new courtroom heat pump to the contractor responsible for installation of the courtroom heating system hardware, that being the best way to ensure compatibility between the new pump and existing hardware.