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Town considers cemetery caretaker appointment

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CARTHAGE — The Wilna Town Council is considering Diane M. Rushlow of Natural Bridge for the position of caretaker for Sand Hill Cemetery.

Last month the town agreed to take control of the cemetery along Route 3 in Natural Bridge after caretaker Alfreda Morgan announced her retirement.

Mrs. Morgan has been affiliated with the cemetery since 1961.

At the March 10 meeting it was decided Councilmen Francis M. Skvorak and Daniel C. Nevills will work out the details with Ms. Rushlow as to duties of the cemetery caretaker and the stipend for the position.

The Town Council also will have to decide whether it will sell plots and if so decide on a fee schedule.

The Highway Department will be responsible for removing brush and mowing the cemetery.

During Monday’s meeting, Kristina Crowell from the Development Authority of the North Country gave a presentation about the Internet Mapping Application. The computer program shows where sewer and water lines run as well as the location of property lines and elevations.

The village of Black River and the town of Champion are also taking part in the project through a $66,904 grant with the towns of Rutland, LeRay and Pamelia and the villages of Antwerp, Theresa and Sackets Harbor. Antwerp is the lead agency on the grant and DANC is offering technical assistance. There is no cost to the municipalities.

Ms. Crowell told the council the Wilna portion is 90 to 95 percent complete and will be finished once the snow is gone.

Once the system is complete, town Highway Superintendent Patrick J. O’Meara and Code Enforcement Officer/Assessor Robert B. Ball will be trained on the equipment.

Town Clerk Michel Camidge said that with the newly implemented procedure, 24 credit card and online property tax payments were made this year through the website at egov.basny.com/wilna, totaling $18,730.03.

Since this collection went so smoothly, the clerk plans to expand and accept other payments online, including for marriage, dog and hunting licenses.

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