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CARTHAGE — During its February monthly meeting, the town of Wilna Council discussed the appointment of a health officer, raising trash tipping fees and changing water meters.

With the resignation of Dr. William D. Wiley as the town’s health officer, the board has decided to take on the duties of that office. Town supervisor Paul H. Smith said according to Claude Curley of the Department of Health it is permissible for the board to take this responsibility. If a complaint is received, members of the board will investigate and file a report with the board of health.

Supervisor Smith reported that as of Jan. 1, the Development Authority of the North Country raised their rates for disposal of waste at the Rodman facility from $39 per ton to $44 per ton. In response Thomas Trash has increased its rate $3.50 per six cubic yard container, bringing the rate to $53.50 per container. The town has a three year agreement with Thomas Trash ending in August 2014. Due to the DANC increase, the town board agreed to honor the trash hauler’s increased rate until the end of the agreement.

The town is considering changing water meters in Water Districts one and two since no lead meters will be allowed to be used after 2014. The board agreed to authorize the purchase of standardized meters for the two water districts to allow for more efficiency in the future. Supervisor Smith has a quote totaling $41,190 from Everett J. Prescott Inc. for Sensus Iperl meters, transceiver units, a hand held unit and software. The quote will be honored through March 31. Town attorney Mark G. Gebo pointed out that unless the Prescott company was the only company selling these meters then the purchase would have to go out to bid.The board authorized the supervisor to accept the Prescott proposal if it is determined the company is a soul provider of the equipment.

Mr. Gebo also reported that the trust funds from the Clarke A. Fulton and Stella Ladd estates could be closed out using the funds for tree removal and upkeep at the Fulton Cemetery.

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