By Jann Wiswall
Last month, the Town of Mansfield’s Board was asked by Town Assessor Robin Pearl to consider entering into a Coordinated Assessment Program (CAP) agreement with the Town of Allegany beginning in October 2013.
CAP, a state program that partners two or more towns in a county that share the same assessment equalization rate and assessment cycle, also requires the towns to have the same assessor. While Mansfield reappointed Pearl to a six-year term in June, Allegany has not yet appointed an assessor. As a result, the board tabled further discussion, if necessary, until its next meeting.
Town Supervisor Bob Keis updated the board on a number of other ongoing projects, starting with construction progress on the new highway garage. Keis reported that plumbing infrastructure is now complete and the concrete floor will be poured within the next two weeks. Additional plumbing and electrical work will resume once the floor is dry.
Work on the WestMont Ridge development at HoliMont — that lies both in Ellicottville and Mansfield — is moving along nicely, Keis said. Sewer and water pipes are being laid and both Verizon and National Fuel are preparing to move lines into the community.
In other business, Keis spoke with the Town’s Animal Control Officer, Mary Dankert, about conducting a semi-annual dog census either in the fall or next spring. Dankert told him that most towns charge owners a fee for each unlicensed dog found during a census in order to pay for the officer’s time. The board approved a motion to assess a $10 fine.
Keis also explained that the Mack truck lost in last October’s highway garage fire must be replaced. Acting Highway Superintendent Brad Hurley is preparing specifications for the replacement vehicle, which will go out for bid following the September board meeting. Keis then expects bids to be opened at the October meeting and the order to be placed immediately thereafter.
Keis also said that the preliminary 2014 Town Budget will be presented to the board for review at the September meeting and a public hearing will be held at the October meeting.
The next meeting of the Mansfield Town Board will be held Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Town Building.