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Supervisor

Gary Holcomb
Phone - 607-648-4800 x113
email - supervisor@townoffenton.com

A message from
 
Gary J. Holcomb
Town Supervisor

Thanksgiving has passed and we are in the middle of another holiday season. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.

In the meantime, I’ll share some news on activities in the works.

We are looking to use some ARPA funds to leverage upgrades to the Town Hall that will improve our ability to hold virtual meetings, public hearings, and certain court cases more efficiently. If there is a positive to this whole pandemic situation, it is the ability to include more people in our deliberations without having to travel to the Town Hall. I see virtual meetings as a new way of doing business.

We have obtained a separate small communities grant to help cover the costs to improve the handicap accessibility of the Town Hall as well. This should be done by mid-summer if material and contractors are available in a timely fashion.

We did not receive funding for a Mobile Home Replacement grant that would have funded 2 new mobile home complete replacements for qualified owner/residents. We will look to reapply for a future funding round.

At the November 17th work session, the Town Board voted to “opt out” of allowing cannabis dispensaries or on-site consumption sites in the Town. This decision may be reversed as more information on the controls and regulations become clear. Had the Town Board not taken action by December 31, the Town would have lost any option to prohibit them as more information is received.

Bid documents are complete for the culvert replacement on Path of Life Road. We will be bidding this soon and will complete this again based on material and contractor availability. We expect this to cost something north of $200,000.

Unfortunately, the COVID virus continues to plague us. The number of positive cases is again spiking and we are reaching all-time highs in active cases. The town has had 1037 positive cases as of this writing. That is about 1 in every 6 residents. The good news is that the vaccines that have been developed, though not stopping the virus, have reduced the severity of the infection. Please take the action you feel will protect you and your family.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me or any board member. Our contact information is on the website.

Please enjoy the holiday season and let’s hope the new year is much better than the last. Please stay healthy and safe.

Time with family and friends is precious. Cherish it!

Until next year,

Gary

12/17/2021