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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Here we go again...

Payment of an 2008 outstanding invoice owed to Shumaker Engineering for work at the New Hartford Business Park was once again the topic of discussion at the March 23, 2011 New Hartford Town Board meeting.

It really seems that Supervisor Tyksinski feels that taxpayers should foot the bill for the work; while town board members have a different take on the situation [although Supervisor Tyksinski did change his vote to 'aye' at the end when he was the only 'nay' vote about to be recorded], that is after he amended the resolution...a stall tactic to be sure.

The agreement between the town and Larry Adler, developer of the business park, clearly states that he is to pay for any 'incidentals' once the $2.3 bond money is exhausted. In 2009, then Budget Officer Heather Mowat, stood before the town board and informed them that the $2.3 million bond money had been spent thereby making the remaining expenses 'incidentals'.

Supervisor Tyksinski seems to feel that taxpayers should pay for some, if not all of the overruns. To date almost $200,000 has been determined to be owed to the town by Mr. Adler...we just don't understand where Tyksinski is coming from.

As Councilman Backman pointed out at the March 23, 2011 town board meeting, Mr. Adler's present plans to build the hotel would require that the town use Fees In Lieu of Mitigation collected from other developers to pay for the eminent domain issue with the Yager property. Adler's plans also include a PILOT whereby the town [taxpayers] would incur further indebtedness in the form of additional bonding to build the Clinton Street Extension and the right-in, right-out option for the hotel in his business park; yet, Mr. Adler apparently feels he has no obligation to honor his prior agreement. How can this board in good conscience allow that to happen?

Here is the discussion at the March 23, 2011 town board meeting:



If you missed the other two times this 2008 invoice has recently been the topic of town board discussions, here are the links:

Almost slipped through the cracks...

Filling in the "cracks"...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Town of Paris Assessments...UPDATED 3/26/11

In light of the recent Town of Paris property revaluation for the 2011 roll year, Concerned Citizens was requested to obtain a copy of the assessment database and post the information online. We are presenting the assessment information in an Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded and sorted however you choose; we started out by sorting the parcels according to address.


According to the town assessor, the assessment database information is as of March 10, 2011.

For each parcel, we are giving you the 2010 assessed value [with a blue column heading] and all 2011 information with yellow column headings. This should help you in determining the increase in assessed value for each parcel. In some instances, there is no 2010 assessed value either because the home was built in 2010 or because the parcel was split into two separate parcels in 2010 and a new record was created.

We are starting by listing all properties identified as being Agricultural [Property Class in the 100s]. Please note that not all parcels in the Agricultural Property Class have living accommodations; however, where applicable, we have listed the number of kitchens, baths, 1/2 baths and bedrooms.

We are also posting all Property Class 200s...they are primarily One, Two and Three Family.

Since Property Class 105 in the Agricultural class does not permit a residence, no detail is listed for the number of bedrooms, baths, etc. Any other missing information is due to either the data never being entered in the database or problems with the information that has been entered.

UPDATE:

Here are the rest of the Town of Paris assessments:
Vacant Land
Apartments over 3 units
Commercial, Utilities and Government-owned
Section 8 - Wholly Exempt
For more information on specific property class definitions, please visit the Office of Real Property Services website.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Town Board Meeting...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m. in Butler Hall.

Agenda now online!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Town of New Hartford Planning Board meeting...

tonight, Monday, March 14, 2011 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of the New Hartford Public Library.

Agenda now online!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Councilman Zecca...

apparently took umbrage at a comment made by a member of CCHOG in reference to Utica's Master Plan and the fact that some people [such as Councilman Zecca] don't seem to want to hear opinions that don't mimic their own, particularly when the opinions come from someone deemed by Councilman Zecca to not to be a stakeholder.

Councilman Zecca took the opportunity at the February 23, 2011 Utica Master Plan Committee Meeting to speak out; once again calling us "guests from New Hartford".

We have yet to figure out just what Councilman Zecca's problem is...our videotaping meetings; our commentary on the meetings; or the fact that we started out as a small group from New Hartford.

Got news for you Councilman Zecca, check the Utica Assessment database that we recently provided...bet you will find some names of people from New Hartford on there just as there are names of people from Utica on our assessment database. We are ALL stakeholders and we are ALL in this together...it's your kind of parochial thinking that does nothing to resolve issues in our community.

Here is the portion of the video with Councilman Zecca's remarks and also Concerned Citizens for Honest & Open Government responding to Councilman Zecca's remarks.


Friday, March 11, 2011

It ain't over 'til it's over!

The Utica Master Plan was once again the topic on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. According to the Observer Dispatch article, the City’s master plan remains priority for Roefaro.

Concerned Citizens as usual videotaped Wednesday's meeting. We have to say that after perusing the City of Utica assessment database, we were amused to learn that some of the most outspoken critics against our videotaping and reporting on the Utica Master Plan don't even appear to own property in the city [and they say that we don't have a stake in the City of Utica?].

Anyway, Mr. Montecalvo, chair of the Infrastructure and Development subcommittee, spoke at Wednesday's meeting. Here is Mr. Montecalvo's commentary:




Mr. Montecalvo was kind enough to provide a pdf version of his comments for our readers.

Below is the videotape of Wednesday's meeting in its entirety:




The city is still accepting public comments on its Draft Master Plan at City of Utica Master Plan.

Incidentally, we also videotaped the February 23, 2011 Master Plan discussion and we will have the video of that session online this weekend.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Town Board Meeting tonight...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m. in Butler Hall.

Agenda now online!