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Message from the Supervisor

Another year has come and gone and we are closing out 2022 and opening 2023. I hope you all had a nice holiday season.

I can report that, effective Dec 31,2022, our special Lighting Districts have been dissolved and there will no longer be a separate tax levy for street lighting.

As I reported in the last message, our water tank project is underway and we were able to offset 1/3 of the costs using ARPA and reserve funds.  I am glad to report that of the payments for the remaining $800,000, about 25% will be covered in the existing water operational budget. Our water bills will show a capital charge to cover the balance. You should receive a post card indicating that by separate mailing.

In the meantime, we have had our second tank inspected and there is work to be done on that as well. Once the new tank is up and operational, we will address that.

We have been analyzing the sewer rent costs and, unfortunately, we will have price increase for those in the Hillcrest Sewer System.  Minimum users will see a $15.00 increase starting in the February sewer bills.

Our Conservation Advisory Committee has been working on energy projects and has completed several initiatives. The Town of Fenton was recently designated a Clean Energy Community and qualified for a second $5000 grant to do additional projects. If anyone is interested in serving on this Committee there are openings. Please contact the Town Clerk for more information.

Binghamton Pond Fest is back this year at Chenango Valley State Park located about 3 miles from I-88 Exit 3 on Route 369 outside of Port Crane in the Town of Fenton. Dates are January 20 through February 5, 2023. There are Hockey tournaments, live music and much more. Hope that you will be able to attend some of the activities!

The St. Patricks’ Day parade in Hillcrest will be held on March 5th. Come see the biggest little local parade with Pipe bands and local floats.  This is sponsored by the Hillcrest Community Association, and is truly an event you will not want to miss!

In the coming year we anticipate inquiries concerning green energy solar projects in the town, like we have seen in other towns, and we will be reviewing these requests with our planning board.

Wishing for you all to enjoy a wonderful, prosperous and healthy year in 2023!