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Mansfield Issues 27 Building Permits Board Discusses TWC Expansion Plans

By Jann Wiswall

The Town of Mansfield’s board met a week earlier than usual, on Monday, Feb. 10, in order to accommodate board members’ schedules. The agenda was brief.

With two new members on the board — Greg Meyers and Larry Johnson — effective Jan. 1, much of the meeting focused on providing them with background information on several processes and policies.

Supervisor Bob Keis gave each a summary of the Cattaraugus County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was officially adopted at the January meeting. He also provided them with documentation on the town’s investment and procurement policies. Keis said he was in error when he stated at last month’s meeting that the town is not required to advertise for bids for projects or services that cost less than $5,000. In fact, the threshold is $10,000, he said.

Keis also provided board members with copies of an annual report prepared by the town’s code enforcement officer/building inspector, Gil Wiswall. Wiswall’s report showed a total of 27 building permits issued in 2013, an 80 percent increase over 2012. Seven permits were issued for new private residences, five were issued for additions/alterations/repairs to existing dwellings, 14 were issued for accessory structures and one was issued for the town Highway Garage.

In other business, Keis said the highway department would like to contract with a trash removal service. Keis is awaiting estimates from service providers.

Board member Bob Schmidt said that he would like the board to request a meeting with a representative from Time Warner Cable (TWC) to discuss the company’s long-term plans for expansion into Mansfield. Currently, very few residents have access to the service, but Schmidt believes there is strong interest. Keis pointed out that the existing town-wide franchise agreement with TWC is up for renewal in 2015. Board members agreed that this would be a good year to hold a meeting.

The next meeting of the Mansfield Town Board will be held on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

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