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July 18, 2013

Wilson likes town recreation agreement with school

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

WILSON — The Town of Wilson recreation program is proceeding on schedule thanks to an agreement with the Wilson Central School Board.

According to Deputy Supervisor Brad Clark, the school board is charging an umbrella fee of $100 to cover all sports for a year. The original proposal of $100 per sport, per season endangered the program.

Because the school budget was voted down twice, the district is working under a contingency budget. That allows, or requires, the school to charge outside organizations for the use of its facilities.

During a school board hearing, Clark proposed the town pay a $1 fee for the recreation program. The board reached out to Superintendent Mike Wendt and Business Manager John Montesanti for an agreement. The $100 cost is manageable and acceptable to the town.

"Numerous people came up to me with $100 bills to pay for that," Clark said. "I didn't take it, but it shows a lot of our people are glad it's happening. It was a good move."

• The town board requested the International Joint Commission to reject a proposed plan of regulating water levels on Lake Ontario. The board said that the proposed plan will result in increased duration and frequency of high and low water. 

"Plan 58" would increase  the potential for damages to property along the shore of the Great Lake and would negatively impact sport fishing and recreational boating, according to the resolution.

The resolution was sent to Gov. Cuomo, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and the IJC.

• The board passed a resolution appointing Jim Bird to a six-year term as assessor beginning in October and ending Sept. 30, 2019. A six-year term is required by civil service law.

* The August meeting was moved to Aug. 14, the second Wednesday of the month.

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