East Lake Road residents question Milo sewer fees

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express

Several residents of East Lake Road attended the last Milo Town Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20 to ask the board the reason for the recent increase of $20 per quarter in their sewer bills. Supervisor Leslie Church explained that the system’s grinder pumps, located at each home in that district, are now 10 years old and reaching the end of their projected life span, and the replacement cost is $2,000 each. The increase is to cover the lower cost of rebuilding pumps, done by a local contractor, or now in many situations, by town water & sewer employees, Doug Marchionda Jr. and Jeff Finger.

In a related matter, the town scheduled a public hearing  Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. for a local law requiring the inspection of all homes connected to the town’s sewer system to ensure it is connected and being used correctly.

The board also authorized Church to sign a contract with Municipal Solutions Inc. to conduct an income survey in Milo Water District #3 required for a grant application to fund improvements and extension.

In other actions           

• Trucks: The board voted: to purchase a 2016 Mack 10-wheel dump truck with snow plow and sander under state bid for $203,691; to sell a 2004 International dump truck with 150,000 miles via Auction International, an online auction service, with a minimum acceptable bid of $30,000; to accept a bid of $16,600 for a 2010 Ford 250 pickup truck declared surplus.                             

• Highway: N.Y. State Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funds for 2014 have been received in the amount of $126,000. The addition to the highway dept. barn on Second Milo Road has been completed.                                       

• Zoning: The zoning fees of 2014 will be continued unchanged in 2015. The board will also rewrite the code to more clearly define “nurseries” and their permitted activities.                                     

• Assessor: Agricultural exemptions will be sent out next week. Assessor Patrick Grimaldi was required to resign for purposes of his retirement as Geneva’s assessor. He was then reappointed to his post in Milo, effective the following day. He is also assessor for the Town of Middlesex.