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Lyme budget calls for slight tax increase

Watertown Daily Times

CHAUMONT — The town of Lyme’s property tax rate will climb slightly under its proposed 2015 budget, which the Town Council will vote on at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Spending, levy & tax rate:

 Levy: up $20,229, or 2 percent, from $356,484 to $363,613.

 Tax rate: up 2 cents, from 95 to 97 cents per $1,000 of assessed value; tax on a $50,000 home is $48.50.

 Spending: up $47,246, or 2.1 percent, from $2,229,238 to $2,276,484.

Changes:

 Biggest increases: Highway Department, $760,110, up by $22,748, or 3.1 percent; Jefferson County Services Fund, $26,056, up by $7,515, or 41 percent; Cemetery Fund, $25,400, up by $6,015, or 31 percent.

 Biggest decrease: Refuse and garbage fund, $150,000, down by $13,844, or 9 percent.

Quotable:

Lyme Supervisor Scott G. Aubertine said the town’s general fund balance has become the lowest it has been in recent years because leftover funding has been used to balance its budget, Mr. Aubertine said. The town will carry over a general fund balance of $138,486 next year.

“We’re getting short on our fund balance just like everyone else,” he said. “Over the years, the town has used the fund balance to buy down the tax rate and keep it low. But I think we’re getting to the point where we’re going to have to save taxes and raise our tax rate by about 2 to 3 percent each year. We’ll need to do that to avoid a one-year increase of 7 to 8 percent.”

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They never print everything you tell them
Such a short summary considering we talked for almost an hour.  I will add a more specific explanation of what the town board did, and why we did it, on my News/Blog and also this Town page, in a few days.  I will also submit it to the Lyme Light.
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TAX CAP OVERRIDE HEARING/Budget Adoption - Thursday November 20, 2014 Town Municipal Building 6:30 pm.

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Did you know these were available?

NYS DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION & FINANCE - 
NEW YORK STATE TAX CREDITS
http://www.nyfirst.ny.gov/resourcecenter/AgencyPrograms/Tax_Finance/TaxCredits.html

New York State Directory 
of Small Business Programs
http://esd.ny.gov/SmallBusiness/Data/NYSDirectorySmallBusinessProgram_2012.pdf


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Punch Cards To Be Used at Transfer Site
  At it's meeting on Wednesday, September 10th, the Lyme Town Board passed a resolution requiring the use of punch cards to pay for tipping fees at the Transfer Site.  Two months ago, the Town Board passed a resolution to accept only credit/debit cards or checks at the facility. After being informed that the town must accept cash payments, the decision was made to return to the punch card payment system used by the Town several years ago.  Residents who wish to pay by cash, may now purchase a punch card at the Town Office which they can take with them to the transfer site to pay for tipping fees.  The punch card program meets with the Comptroller's recommendations for accepting cash payments.  We thank our residents for your patience and understanding in this matter as we work to reduce the cash on hand at the transfer site and ensure the safety of our Transfer Site employees.
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Lyme Community Days celebrated with Zumba,waterball game

 
 


CHAUMONT — Overcast skies on Sunday didn’t dampen the final day of the weekend-long Lyme Community Days Craft Fair & Farmers Market. In fact, the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department brought in more water and more energy with a waterball game.

“We have a good time with it,” said Fire Chief Frederick E. Jackson Jr. said. “The guys will be tired at the end but it’s a good and fun time to get some training.”

Mr. Jackson said the annual event is a collaborative effort among the village, town, fire department and Chaumont Fire Department Auxiliary. He said it’s a good way to connect the community for one day a year. The festivities began on Saturday with a craft fair, farmers market and free Zumba event in the parking lot of the TDS Telecom phone company parking lot. The first day ended with fireworks at the Chaumont boat launch.

Carol Quencer, with the Chaumont Fire Department Auxiliary, said the annual event typically generates about $1,500 or more.

“It all depends on the weather, who is going to come out,” she said. “Last year it rained and we didn’t make that much.”

Mr. Jackson said the money generated over the years helped the department purchase a HME Main Line Fire Engine, a $360,000 truck. The truck is the designated “rescue engine” for the department and is equipped with hydraulic rescue and other tools.

“This is our baby,” Mr. Jackson said. “We used the Jaws of Life within first few months we had it.”

He said the festivities show how the fire department connects with the community and during the festivities a resident asked for an application to be a volunteer firefighter. Guests also watched a waterball game in which two teams of three to five firefighters powered up hoses to about 110 pounds per square inch of water pressure and tried to push a ball on a rope toward the other group’s side.

The team that made the most ground won that round. Mr. Jackson said members from different area departments were invited to participate and the large group of volunteers usually raises a few hundred dollars every year. Mr. Jackson said the game helps the volunteers practice using the high-powered hoses in a fun way.

The gems of the day were the classic cars that lined the side yard of the department. Guests could see the timeline of American automotive and farm equipment machinery from a 1924 Ford Model A to a brand new Ford Mustang convertible.

Frank J. Dishaw, Black River, said his Model A has never needed to be restored and has all original parts. He said he brings his car only to local car shows.

“Top speed is 40 to 45 miles per hour. I usually don’t go too fast,” Mr. Dishaw said. He said drivers behind him might not like thes pace but they get a good view of a classic American car.

Other vehicles brought in by collector-owners included a McCormick and a John Deer tractor, Chevrolet sports cars and Mercury sedans.

The firefighters also debuted their new company T-shirts to stand together in memory of Daniel J. Briggs and against bullying. Daniel, who committed suicide at 16, was believed to be a victim of bullying. The T-shirts said “Firefighters against bullying,” and “It isn’t big to make others feel small.”

Mr. Jackson said the department members all wore the T-shirts and people can purchase the T-shirts to spread the anti-bullying message.

Amy J. Briggs, Daniel’s mother, attended the event and she and members of her family all wore the matching T-shirts. She said she supported the firefighters’ involvement in raising awareness against bullying.

“Anything we can do to get the word out, we’re there,” she said.

Since her son’s death on March 3, she said, it has been her top priority to get people to stop turning a blind eye to bullying.

“Anyone who thinks there’s not a problem has got a bigger problem,” Mrs. Briggs said.

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RITCHIE SECURES $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNEYS

 

Funding Will Help Promote Events, Raise Awareness of Region’s Waterways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding will support 15 tournaments, including nine in St. Lawrence, four in Jefferson and two in Oswego County.

Included in the funding is support for  the 2014 BASS Eastern Divisional Championship, which will take place in September in Waddington as well as funding for the NYS BASS Masters tournament, which will be held in August in Ogdensburg.

“Here in Central and Northern New York, our rivers, lakes and streams are phenomenal natural resources that not only offer world-class opportunities for fishing, they also attract tourists to our area, boosting our local economy and creating jobs,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m thrilled to be able to provide this funding to our local fishing tournaments in an effort to help them get the word out to anglers and raise awareness of the fantastic recreational opportunities our region possesses.”

Local leaders are praising Senator Ritchie’s efforts to promote fishing and help raise awareness of our region’s waterways:

"Senator Ritchie's $30,000 grant will help us welcome back the Bassmasters Elite Tournaments to Waddington and help us market the St. Lawrence River as one of the best places for bass fishing in North America," said Waddington Mayor Janet Otto Cassada. 

"Senator Ritchie’s grant will help Ogdensburg host the New York State Bass Tournament and put our community on the map as one of the premier fishing destinations in the nation," said Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson. "Promoting our waterfront will help us bring anglers and their families to our stores, our restaurants and our lodging establishments, helping us to create new jobs and revitalize our economy."

“Used for everything from fishing to boating, the St. Lawrence River is one of our greatest natural resources and I’m pleased that Senator Ritchie was able to secure the funding necessary to encourage even more people to visit our river and take advantage of all we have to offer,” said Justin Taylor, Clayton Town Supervisor. 

“Every year new visitors come to fish on Sandy Pond—and they can’t believe what a fantastic spot it is.  We can’t thank Senator Ritchie enough for this funding, which will help to draw even more anglers and other tourists to our local community,” said Lee Harvey, President of the Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association.

“When it comes to fishing, Oswego County is truly a world-class destination and tournament fishing here attracts serious anglers from all over the northeast and mid-Atlantic states.  Funding provided by Senator Ritchie should help us bring even more participants to these very popular events and assist in our efforts to encourage even more tourists to pay a visit to our region, check out our outdoor recreational opportunities and support our local economy,” said David Turner, Director of Oswego County Community Development, Tourism & Planning.

Senator Ritchie’s announcement comes in advance of “Free Fishing Weekend,” an event that will take place from June 28-29 allowing New York residents and visitors fish for free without a license in any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Senator Ritchie has been a strong supporter of New York State’s $1.8 billion fishing industry by supporting the allowing of fishing licenses to run for a year from date of purchase instead of expiring at end of season, a roll back of the Legislature’s 2009 increase in fees in an effort to encourage more people to try the sport and $6 million in State Budget funding to repair and upgrade fishing access.  Additionally, Senator Ritchie also supported increasing the number of statewide free fishing days from two to eight; a change that is part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative.

Tournaments receiving funding include the following: 

St. Lawrence County

City of Ogdensburg: NYS BASS Masters and NYS Junior Bass Masters: $12,500

Village of Waddington: BASS Eastern Divisional Championship and BASSmasters Elite Tournament: $30,000

St. Lawrence River Walleye Association: $5,000

St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmen’s Club: $5,000

Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby: $5,000

Chippewa Bay Ice Fishing Derby: $2,500

St. Lawrence County Chamber Carp Tournament: $10,000

 Jefferson County

Henderson Fishing Tournament: $10,000

Clayton Fishing Tournament: $10,000

Cape Vincent Fishing Tournament: $10,000

Lyme Fishing Tournament: $10,000

 

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TRANSFER SITE NEWS
 
  The Lyme Town Council held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 9th at the Town Municipal Building.  In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of our transfer site employees, a decision was made to begin accepting credit, debit cards or personal checks only.  The board understands a transition period will be needed to educate everyone to this change and has determined that a one month grace period will be given.  Effective September 1st, cash payments for tipping fees will not be accepted.  Please remember to bring your credit or debit card, or a personal check, with you when you have items which requirement payment for disposal.
 
  Please remember that there is no longer a fee for the transfer site permit.  The Town Council discontinued charging the $40 fee and the transfer site operation is now supported through town taxes and is one of the services offered to our residents. The budgeted amount for the transfer site totals $153,844.00 which is only 6.9% of the total town budget. A home assessed at $200,000.00, for example, pays $112.00 in town taxes of which 6.9%, or $7.72, goes towards the transfer site operations.
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Questions and Answers Regarding Open Burning

Regulations Effective October 14, 2009

1. Do the regulations on open burning make burning household trash in burn barrels or piles illegal?

Yes. Burning trash is prohibited statewide in all cases. Our existing incinerator rule already prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers. DEC recommends that you recycle all appropriate materials (such as newspaper, paper, glass and plastic) and compost your organic kitchen and garden waste.


Watch a public service announcement on open burning on DEC TV.

2. What are the regulations on open burning in New York State?

Effective on October 14, 2009, all open burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions including the following:

·         Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.

·         Small cooking fires are allowed.

·         Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.

·         Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.

·         Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.

 

In towns with a total population less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires.

VISIT THE SITE BELOW TO CONTINUE READING.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html

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 FIRST QUARTER REPORT

The first quarter for the town of Lyme has ended, and with it we hope, winter.  I don't have to tell you it has been a long, cold and snowy winter.  The town highway budget took a good hit this winter.  The latest figures from Highway Superintendent Pat Weston show nearly a doubling of all costs from last year.  The town board purchased a new front end loader for the highway department.  This should eliminate the multiple repair costs which were crippling the maintenance budget and causing project delays due to breakdowns.
  In addition to the purchase of the loader, some of the notable actions taken by the town board during the first quarter were an agreement with the Development Authority of the North Country for G.I.S. (Geographic Information System) which maps infrastructure of the town's water districts and also provides aerial imagery and parcel data for areas of the town not served by water.  Additional information and links can be found on the town website at www.townoflyme.com.  
  In January, the town, village and school boards held a joint meeting to communicate various concerns and renew joint working agreements.  The meeting was positive and encouraging and reinforced the amicable working relationships which have been enjoyed in the past.  
  Also with the first of the year, the town retained the accounting firm of Bowers and Company to handle the town payroll process.  A new payroll software program was proposed by the firm and accepted by the town board.  The payroll responsibility is an extension of duties for Bowers and Company who has served as Town Accountant and Bookkeeper for the Supervisor since 2008.  The town board thanks former Payroll Officer and Bookkeeper, and still Town Assessor, Roswell Gotham for his years of dedication and commitment to the town and the Supervisor.  "Roz" has been a valuable member of the "town team"  for many years and his efforts and work for the town have been invaluable.
  In March, the town board approved the appointment of Chaumont resident Robin Grovesteen as the Executive Assistant to the Supervisor.  Ms. Grovesteen has extensive business, financial, marketing, employee relations and grant writing experience.  Her first responsibility will be to review all of the town's archival files.  Ms. Grovesteen and Town Clerk Kim Wallace have met with a representative from the New York State Archives Department and the process of archival file review has begun.  Robin will also assist the Supervisor in developing town enhancement projects.  Additionally, she will also assist in filing State and County reports, meeting preparation, grant writing and retirement and payroll reports.
  Two projects the Supervisor will develop and present to the town board for review are a Tax Abatement Program for new and existing businesses and a Disaster Preparedness Plan for emergency situations and natural disasters.  An April 16th meeting at the town office (7pm) with the Chaumont and Three Mile Bay Fire Departments is being planned to begin the work on the Disaster Preparedness Plan.  Any town resident who may have experience or knowledge on this type of project is welcome to attend.
  In January, the Supervisor and Deputy Supervisor Don Bourquin attended the Association of Towns Annual Meeting and Training School.  Some of classes attended were: Being Prepared for the Worst: How to Plan for, Respond and Recover from Calamity, Getting Involved in Brownfield Redevelopment, Proposed Property Tax Freeze and Circuit Breaker Program and Federal Funding Opportunities for Economic Development.
  In March, the Supervisor attended the Tug Hill Commission Local Government Conference at Jefferson Community College.  The classes attended were: RX For Your Zoning Laws, Natural Resources and Land Use Decisions for Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals, Mechanics of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals and Zoning Board of Appeals Basics.  The classes were interesting and informative and some new information was acquired which will be implemented soon.
  The Lyme Youth Commission is busy preparing for another season of summer recreation activities.  Coaches and volunteers are needed to assist with T Ball, Softball, Baseball and Soccer.  The Youth Commission meets the last Tuesday of every month at the Lyme Community Foundation at 7:00 pm.  Residents are welcome to attend, and of course, new volunteers are always welcome.  The youth of our town are our future, and as it has been said, "it takes a village to raise a child".  Please consider volunteering your time and skills to the youth of our community.
  The town board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 at the Town Municipal Building.  May you have a good Spring season.  
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DEC formally dedicates Three Mile Bay water access site

By GORDON BLOCK
TIMES STAFF WRITER

PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014 AT 12:30 AM

 

THREE MILE BAY — A new Chaumont Bay access point for anglers and boaters officially opened Thursday.

Work at the access point, located at 8786 Route 12E, was finished last fall. The dedication was delayed until Thursday to coincide with the same week as Earth Day, and to take advantage of the warmer spring weather.

The access point features a single-lane concrete launch and a floating dock. It can hold up to six vehicles with trailers and 10 additional vehicles.

“I don’t think I’ve been out here when there were not trailers here,” said Judy Drabicki, director of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 6.

The access point was dedicated to town residents Leonard and Jean Bach with a sign at the site’s entrance.

According to DEC, the site was a result of a Lake Ontario Natural Resources Damages settlement in 2006. The state acquired the site in 2010. Among the work required before the site’s opening was the demolition of the existing building, which included asbestos abatement. The total cost of the project was $277,000.

Among the approximately 20 people attending the dedication were Donald R. Sr. and Betty L. Reed, sporting jackets for Bachy’s Marine, which they owned for 28 years at the site of the access point. The pair sold it in 1994 to their daughter and son-in-law, who were the ones who sold the site to DEC.

Mrs. Reed said the opening brought back memories from their time owning the store, from saving turtle eggs left near the store to a major windstorm that ripped off the building’s back doors.

She gave the new site a positive review, adding “I’m fascinated how it turned out.”

One of the key elements of the new access point, Ms. Drabicki said, was its outreach to residents.

“This is one of those places where they said they wanted it,” she said. “That ensures it will be successful.”

The dedication of the access site comes as DEC finalizes its work at a waterway access site in the town of Lyme at the isthmus onto Point Peninsula, where Golden’s Marina used to be. The 12.3-acre parcel, purchased by the DEC in 2002, has a two-lane trailer-improved boat launch, two floating docks, parking for 25 vehicles with trailers and an additional 10 vehicle parking area. That project has cost about $888,000 in total.

 

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EARTH WEEK THREE MILE BAY EVENT  
 
As a part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) week-long Earth Day 
celebration, DEC Regional Director Judy Drabicki will host an outdoor recreation event and news conference for the official opening and Dedication of the Three Mile Bay Waterway Access Site 
on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County. 

The press event will also celebrate the launch of a free mobile application (app) that provides up-to-date 
information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor adventure opportunities in New York 
State. Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, using the app’s advanced GPS features, users will be 
able to identify and locate New York’s many world-class fishing, hunting and wildlife watching sites. Users 
will also gain immediate access to species profiles, rules and regulations, and important permits and 
licensing details. The app provides many other features to maximize any outdoor adventure and gives 
both novice and seasoned outdoorsmen and women essential information in the palm of their hand. 

Event Details: 
What: Official Opening of the Three Mile Bay Waterway Access Site 
Where: Three Mile Bay, at the Access Site, on State Route 12E 
When: Thursday, April 24, 2014, Noon
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          CHARLE MOUNT WINS PRESTIGIOUS
          2014 IT TAKES A COMMUNITY
    AWARD

  Lyme Youth Commission Chairman and dedicated youth and recreation volunteer Charle Mount has been selected as the 2014 It Takes A Community Award recipient by the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Jefferson County Youth Bureau.

  Nominated by Lyme Central School Building Principal/Athletic Director Barry Davis with letters of support sent by Village of Chaumont Mayor Valerie Rust, former Town Councilwoman Linda Carney and town of Lyme Supervisor Scott Aubertine, the award goes to individuals who exhibit extraordinary dedication and commitment to recreational opportunities and the youth of their community.  As the town of Lyme Youth Commission Coordinator, Charle has been the backbone of the town's sports teams and summer recreation programs for over twenty five years.  He also serves as the Lyme Parks & Recreation Chairman and volunteers extensively to the Willie Putnam Memorial Tournament.

  A certificate of recognition was presented to Charle at the April town board meeting and a formal notification has been received from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.  An awards luncheon will be held on April 23rd at the Watertown Elks Club at noon.  The cost is $15.00 and RSVP's must be returned by April 15th.  Checks can be made out to CCE of Jefferson County.  

Charle is most deserving of this award and we are proud of his accomplishments and thank him for his services to our town and its youth.

Congratulations Charle and a job well done!
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From the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

New York offers some of the best fishing in the country. With trout and salmon fishing season starting April 1st – just around the corner – we’ve made it easier than ever this year for New Yorkers to be ready to enjoy great outdoor fishing on opening day.

For the first time, you can now purchase and print a fishing license from home by visiting licensecenter.ny.gov. We have also reduced fishing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and expanded fishing clinics as part of the state’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative.

Anglers, consider investing in a lifetime fishing license that can be converted to an Adventure License and be eligible to receive a free adventure license plate for your vehicle in one of nine designs.

Whether fishing trout, salmon, bass, walleye or sunfish, New York provides outstanding fishing opportunities. Get a head start on the fishing season by purchasing your license online today.

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