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Miller Chosen As Town Clerk/Tax Collector

January 15, 2017 – In a brief late afternoon emergency meeting the Peru Town Board appointed Dianne Miller as Town Clerk/Tax Collector effective immediately and through December 31, 2018. Miller replaces Kathleen Flynn who resigned the position effective January 12, 2018 in order to take a position as Manager of Apple Valley Senior Housing. The remaining three years in Flynn’s term of office will be filled in the November 2018 election.

Dianne Everett Miller is a Peru native. She graduated from Peru High School (78) and Clinton Community College where she majored in accounting. For the past 25+ years she and her husband Ron have owned and operated Country Expressions Flowers and Gifts on Boynton Avenue in Plattsburgh.

Miller said that beginning tomorrow she will be in her Town Hall office from 9 AM to 12 noon each weekday and will consider additional hours after a few days on the job. She said she’s looking forward to working with all the Town personnel and serving the public.

Last Friday morning Rainbow Falls was about 80% frozen over. The ice must have broken loose that afternoon. Strange to see the water so high today (Monday) with the air temperature only 8 degrees and -8 last night. The ice level at the Carpenter’s Flat Bridge has risen dramatically.

Assemblyman Jones: Safety and Security of Officers and Civilians at Correctional Facilities Must be Top Priority

From the office of Assembly D. Billy Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) expressed his frustration with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to rescind a New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) pilot program that restricted packages to inmates.

“The safety and security of our officers and civilian employees, who work tirelessly to safeguard our communities, should be our top priority,” said Jones. “ The Governor’s decision to suspend the secure vendor pilot program after being implemented for such a short time, is not
only executing poor judgement, it threatens to put the lives of our men and women in blue at severe risk.” The secure vendor pilot program, part of directive #4911A, sought to decrease prison contraband by limiting not only where items could be purchased but additionally limiting the weight and amount that could be sent to the prisons. The directive was ordered on December 7, 2017 and was instituted in three correctional facilities: Greene, Taconic, and Green Haven.

With inmate-on-inmate and inmate-on-staff assaults generally on the rise over the past five years, in addition to increased confiscation of contraband, local prison officials were hopeful that the introduction of this program would help with a reduction of these incidents. “The secure vendor package rooms would create a safer working environment for all staff working inside the prison system,” said John Roberts, Northern Region Vice President for the New York State Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

“With the constant rise in contraband discovered inside our facilities, I am very disappointed in the decision to
discontinue the pilot program after so little time to evaluate its effectiveness. This program was not designed to be punitive towards inmates and their family members, but rather enhance and ensure the security of our corrections facilities,” said Jones. “The fact is, the Governor has put the needs of inmates, and their families, ahead of the well-being of the men and women that protect our communities. As a corrections officer for over 20 years, I stand with my brothers and sisters in blue and call on the governor to reinstitute this program to ensure their safety.”

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New Videos Highlight Life In The Adirondacks – – The Adirondack Almanack

“Pretty Much Anything to do With Electricity”

Todd Clowney (right) and Adam Rein comprise the staff at Clowney Electrical Service, #29 in our Peru Gazette photo series of people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Mason Clowney (front), Todd’s son and a Peru Elementary School 1st grader, is an electrician in training.

Located at 621 Laphams Mills Rd., Clowney Electrical Service serves commercial and residential customers. Selling, installing and servicing electric generators is one of Clowney’s most frequently called-upon services. The company motto is “Paying too much is no laughing matter.” Call 518-726-0428.

More than 1M gallons of sewage, stormwater released in St. Albans

Road Closure

State Route 9 is closed at the Carpenters Flats bridge between the Plains Road and Jabez Allen Road (Peru/ Keeseville) due to ice issues in the Ausable River.

Ogdensburg Matrimonial Tribunal to host free annulment workshops – Sun Community News & Printing

Route 9N in Jay, NY Today

The Cannabis Catch-Up: Legal Vermont Pot No Longer a Pipe Dream

Resolutions Include Appointment of Jim Douglass as Deputy Supervisor

The Peru Town Board held its 2018 Organizational Meeting on January 2, 2018. Nine resolutions relating to the following items were approved: Salaries of Elected Officials, Appointees, Department Liaisons, Board Meeting Dates and Times, Contracts, Mileage Reimbursement Rate, Town Depository,
Town Newspaper.

Resolution #1

Resolution Establishing 2018 SALARY AND PAYMENT OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

BE IT RESOLVED that 2018 salaries for Town of Peru Elected Officials be set as follows:

Town Council Members $7,299.00 /Annually, Paid Monthly
Town Supervisor $24,600.00/Annually, Paid Monthly
Town Clerk/Tax Collector $24,897.00/Annually, Paid Monthly
Town Justices $18,658.50/Annually, Paid Monthly
Highway Superintendent $57,509.00/Annually, Paid Bi-weekly

Resolution #2

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING 2018 APPOINTEES

BE IT RESOLVED that the following appointments for 2018 be made:

APPOINTMENTS POSITIONS

1. Courtney Tetrault Water & Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator
2. Robert Guynup Codes & Zoning Enforcement Officer
3. Pamela Barber Confidential Secretary to the Town Board
4. Kathy Flynn Registrar of Vital Statistics
5. Judy Akey Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics
6. Judy Akey Account Clerk/Receptionist
7. Holly Stone Clerk to the Town Justices
8. Christine Crawford Part Time Clerk to the Town Justices
9. James Douglass Deputy Supervisor
10. Brandy McDonald Budget Officer
11. Darlene Grigware Typist (Codes & Zoning Dept.)
12. Carlene Heipel Typist (Highway & Water/Sewer Dept.)
13. James Falvo Zoning Board of Appeals Chairperson
14. Steve LaBounty Zoning Board of Appeals Vice Chairperson
15. Richard Williams Planning Board Chairperson
16. Benjamin Wright Planning Board Vice Chairperson
17. Judy Akey Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector
18. Ron and Carol Allen Town Historians
19. John Flynn Recreation Director
20. Kristin Marino Assistant Youth Director
21. TBD Youth Commission Chairman
22. David Drollette Dog Control Officer
24. Department Heads Purchasing Agents General Fund
25. Mike Farrell, Hwy. Supt. Purchasing Agent Highway Fund
26. Courtney Tetrault, W/S Supt. Purchasing Agent Water/Sewer Fund
27. Darrell Martineau Highway Crew Supervisor
28. Robert Wright Highway Foreman

Resolution #3

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING 2018 SALARIES AND PAYMENT FREQUENCY FOR TOWN OF PERU APPOINTEES Read more »

Tax Collector/Town Clerk Appointment Expected

AGENDA – PERU TOWN BOARD EMERGENCY MEETING

JANUARY 15, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Appointment of Tax Collector/Town Clerk.

MOTION: Adjourn

Beauty That Can’t Be Suppressed

Mother Nature expresses her beauty along the Jarvis and Union Roads even during a rain storm. 10:45 AM on January 12, 2018.

Flood Warning For Small Streams

    • Issuing Office: Burlington

      Source: National.Weather.Service

      10:42am EST, Fri Jan 12

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR SMALL STREAMS FOR… AN ICE JAM ACCOMPANIED BY RAIN AND SNOWMELT IN… SOUTHWESTERN CLINTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN NEW YORK… SOUTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN NORTHERN NEW YORK… NORTHWESTERN ESSEX COUNTY IN NORTHERN NEW YORK… * UNTIL 745 PM EST FRIDAY * AT 1041 AM EST, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN THAT WILL CAUSE FLOODING. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. * SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… TUPPER LAKE, ADIRONDACK REGIONAL AIRPORT, SARANAC LAKE, LAKE PLACID, WILMINGTON, WAWBEEK, NORTH ELBA, HARRIETSTOWN, BLACK BROOK, PAUL SMITHS, UNION FALLS, SARANAC INN, RAY BROOK, GABRIELS, LAKE CLEAR, UPPER SAINT REGIS, MOUNT VAN HOEVENBERG, ST. REGIS MOUNTAIN, UPPER ST. REGIS AND AXTON LANDING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS, COUNTRY ROADS, FARMLAND, AND OTHER LOW LYING SPOTS. &&

Warm Temperatures and Rain Means Rising Waters

Ausable Point

Ice fishing at Ausable Point

The Ausable River ice cover at Ausable Chasm was relatively solid at 10:15 this morning as was the ice cover at Carpenter’s Flat Bridge and Ausable Point.  It’s 49 degrees at noon. Click here for video. 

New York State Police to deploy drones in north country

Future looks bright for locally-owned media – Sun Community News & Printing

Plattsburgh lawyers pen ‘no fault’ insurance guide – Sun Community News & Printing

Flights from Plattsburgh to Washington coming soon | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Brooklyn assemblywoman indicted for fraud – Times Union

Assemblyman Jones secures funding and introduces legislation to combat substance abuse in the North Country

From the Office of Assemblyman Bill Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he secured $20,000 for Champlain Valley Family Center for Drug Treatment and Youth Services, Inc. in support of its Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC) program. Jones has also introduced legislation that would provide employers with a tax break for hiring people in recovery. (A.8830)

“The opioid epidemic has fractured families and communities across the country, including here in the North Country,” Jones said. “This funding will provide vital services to help more people get the treatment they need to get on and stay on the road to recovery.” Read more »

Cold weather takes a bite out of fuel supplies across the Northeast | NCPR News

Trial Date Set

Peru – Michael James, charged in connection with the September 20th dog attack on Mrs. Loretta Timmons, appeared in front of Judge Lawrence Cabana in Peru Town Court on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Judge Cabana denied earlier defense motions to dismiss the charges and set a trial date of May 2, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. The jury will be selected on that date. Actual court proceedings are expected to begin on May 3. A pre-trial conference will be held on February 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

James faces Class A misdemeanor charges of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree and an unclassified misdemeanor under the NYS Agricultural and Markets Law. NYS Police investigators determined that in 2016 the Town Of Chesterfield Town Court found one of James’s dogs to be dangerous and ordered James to permanently confine the dog. That Court Order supports the criminal contempt charge.

Judge Cabana noted the pubic interest in this case and expressed frustration that this case is taking so long to resolve; however, trials have already been scheduled in Peru Town Court during March and April. He said, “Peru is a very busy court.”

Plattsburgh’s $10M grant could mean the end of free downtown parking | NCPR News

When the winter is bitter cold, the North Country gets to work | NCPR News

Freighter freed from ice; ships on their way out of Seaway | NCPR News

Community Dinner – Everyone Welcome! 

Peru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a community spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 20th  at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center.  Enjoy “ALL YOU CAN EAT” regular & gluten-free spaghetti, salad, bread and a delicious dessert.  Served from 4:30 to 6:30 PM for only $7.50 per person, $2.50 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under. Take-outs are available.  Dinner proceeds benefit St. Augustine’s Church and the council’s local community programs. 

The Northern Orchard Team

Back Row: Wayne Rabideau, Jim LaMont, Josh Irwin, Rick Hemingway, Sheila Ford, Cindi Mulbury, Al Mulbury, Butch Bell, Jesse Winch, Vinnie Mangieri, Jesse Mulbury. Middle Row: Sam Church, Yaovi Brown, John Hockenberger, Anna McKee, Charlene Ewald, Nichole Schultz, Julianne Hemingway, Deb Duval, Loretta LaPorte. Front Row: Melissa Rabideau, Christina Gallarza, Kayklem Spooner, Deb Bola, Terri Noe, Robin Fletcher, Patti Bombard, Lynn DeLong, Jenna Mulbury, Cheyenne LaClair, Marie Trombley. Missing: Duane Cumber, Jason Barrett, Patrick Pascoe, Shawn Lapham, Colin Lamica, Coleman Lewis, Madeline Finnegan, Mallory Finnegan, Aaron Bell.

The Northern Orchard staff is #28 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Most people have stopped at the Orchard’s 470 Union Road Farm Stand. That’s closed this time of year, but if you stop at 537 Union Rd. and drive 1/2 mile through the orchard you’ll find these people hard at work either in the packing house or in the surrounding orchard. Apples, firewood and delicious honey are available all winter long at the packing house.

The Origin and Impact of the Adirondack Northway – – The Adirondack Almanack

GE to lay off 130 in Schenectady, Niskayuna – Times Union

The North Country Mission of Hope has completed its move to Peru. Sister Debbie Blow outlines its latest news and needs.

Happy New Year Everyone,

I hope your celebrations and family gatherings over the past month were filled with lots of laughter, joy, hope, family and faith. Most of us are hunkered down, either due to weather or illness, so this gives me a chance to get this important email out.

I want to also state that for several days, I’ve been unable to respond to phone calls because I have no voice. Now, while some are rejoicing, the last time this happened to me, I lost my voice for a month. Here’s hoping it won’t be that long! So, please email or text if you need an immediate response.

Please note that I have a very important message/request at the end of this news/notes. I hope you will have a moment to read it.

There has been a lot happening within the Mission of Hope during this past month and I’d like to briefly share a bit:

1. Special thanks: Due to our plea to help cover the sponsorships of the 24+ children who have lost their sponsor, we have already secured sponsorship for at least half of them. That’s wonderful and I’m hoping that a few more of you might be able to give the gift that’s priceless- the gift of an education.

Just remember that all of you who sponsor children, are sharing HOPE on a level that cannot be diminished by distance. You are a unique part of that child’s future and in a very real way, you walk that walk of hope with them.

Let me know if you can help. The basic cost is $140, optional textbooks are $50 and optional food is $75.

2. YES, YES, YES…our office has moved to our new facility and all our functions will now operate out of MOHtown. Address is 3452 Route 22, Peru, NY 12972. Our warehouse will be open every Wednesday, unless otherwise noted, from 9-noon for dropoffs- or by appointment only. NEW PHONE NUMBER IS 518-643-5572 or my cell at 518-570-5443.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY, THE SECOND SATURDAY EVERY MONTH WILL BE ANOTHER OPTIONAL PACKING/VOLUNTEERING DAY OR DROP OFF DAY.

We are most grateful to a few of our Wed. regulars who will also do this service for those who cannot come on Wednesdays.

3. With every major change, there are new needs and we have one unique and which we truly hope 1-3 of you might be able to help us with.

What is it you ask?

Well, we need a couple of volunteers who would be willing to do a unique task for us now that we have our own facility. We are hoping that a couple of you would be willing to provide 2-3 hours once a month (on your time selection) to do a very basic cleaning. It would include our office (we are pretty neat folks now that we have an actual office), the conference room, the hall and the bathrooms. Basic cleaning and sweeping/washing of floors.

Please let us know if you or 2-3 of you would like to do this together…many hands make light work! We see the need as less once summer comes around, but obviously a bit more of a need during the winter months.

4. Yes, we will have an OPEN HOUSE- projected to be early June. But feel free to stop by if you are in the area. We’d love to show you what is unfolding going forth…

5. Monetary gifts for your sponsored students: Just a reminder that the deadline for actual packages has come and gone, but we will accept monetary donations until Jan. 15th, if you’d like to send a monetary gift to your sponsored student.

6. Does anyone have Courtyard by Marriott points or Residence Inn by Marriott points or options for discounts? You ask why? Well, in March, I need to be at St. James’ Cathedral Parish in Orlando, Florida- sharing the Mission at all masses and offering opportunities to seek more support. (Thanks, Greg Pull, for coordinating this). Anyhow, I will need to stay at a hotel close to St. James. If you happen to have a source to assist with this, I’d love to hear from you. Please advise. And if you live in the area, it will be the weekend of March 17,18. Would love to see you!

7. Thought for the week:

This week’s Thought will be a bit different because I really need to share some news and seek some assistance.

Topic: Women’s Health for at risk and marginalized women and their children.

Some of you know that back in 2013, at urgent request from our women leaders in the barrios, we began a Women’s Health program in Nicaragua. We’ve also renovated and assisted in repairing and serving the population via Safehouses. Our Mission of Hope program includes women’s health issues and services, screenings, PAPS, pre and post natal care, psychological care and mental health, etc.

One growing and urgent need within the program is the Mental Health aspects for the women and their families, many of whom are at great risk due to domestic violence and being marginalized due to extreme poverty and lack of mobility and access. To address these needs and to assist these women and their families, we are using a number of methods, including having First Responders assist in identifying those in urgent need, as well as creating empowerment programs and projects to help assist in reducing the isolation and loneliness, build a level of trust, and much more. We also have a wonderful couple sponsoring a training program to provide possible job skill.

We have a wonderful doctor who travels to our clinic each week to assist in the psychological and regular healthcare needs. And here’s where I/we need you. A month’s cost for doctor, specific mental health medicines, transportation services, etc. costs $580- $6960 for year. Yes, that’s all and that includes all expenses for a significant number of at risk women and their families. if you broke that down by day and by patient served, the average cost would be minimal but urgent. But, our grants for this program are nearing the end of their grant period and there is absolutely no way that the Mission can allow this program to simply cease. There are so many layered aspects to mental health and I’m definitely not an expert, but I believe, in my heart and soul, we must try to assist these vulnerable children of God.

We were told just 4 days ago, that continued care through our Women’s Health Program is an extremely important aspect and need and we must continue to provide HOPE to those with little hope and very little access to services, peace of mind, etc. We have another mother who suffers with mental health issues and is constantly pleading for help for her two children, who are often not in school, beleaguered by parasites and often “working the streets”. These are just a couple examples of many. We’ve assisted two young girls (age 7 and 9) who were raped by neighbors or family members. We are well aware of all these awful aspects of humanity and how they also impact mental and psychological and emotional, not to mention physical health. Yet, we can and do make a difference.

Here’s what I received in an email this week: “this is a very important and necessary piece of our Medical outreach. The long term impact of this program on the health and well-being of those we serve cannot be overemphasized. We can make a direct impact on curbing generations long abuses and on the immediate needs brought on by trauma, physical/emotional abuses or mental illness, that will, if left untreated, have long term negative effects that manifest themselves throughout a lifetime.

To me, it would be antithetical to our core values to allow this program to fall to the wayside or go underfunded. This is a program that was asked for by the community, is needed, is working and deserves continued funding. With prayer, hard work and the grace and mercy of God, we simply must find a way to make that happen.”

And so….it’s time for another miracle within the Mission of Hope..and so many of you have been key pieces to the miracles that unfold within the Mission. By the way, just this week, we learned that a boy in one of the very poor schools we sponsor, killed his sister. This is real and horrific and tragic and the ramifications of this last generations. (Obviously, we see that right here in the US).

Can you help us to continue our Women’s Health Program? Perhaps you can sponsor a month or more of cost. Most of us either have family members, friends or know of people who suffer from all these issues. Now, imagine struggling with such issues in barrios of extreme rural poverty, no mobility to get services and no money or any sort of recourse, no follow up. Yes, we can make a difference and yes, we can improve lives…we have been for 20 years within the Mission of Hope. I’m hoping many of you will be able to help us unfold another miracle.

Please put in your memo section of check: Women’s Health. I promise to keep you posted of funds received, so make sure to flag the donations. And please pray that we will all “hear the cries of the poor” because we know God does.

Thank you. Live and be HOPE this week.

Sr. Debbie Blow, OP
Executive Director
North Country Mission of Hope
3452 Route 22
Peru, NY 12972
Cell: 518-570-5443
Office: 518-643-5572

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Fallen trooper, Colonie native a ‘dedicated family man’ – Times Union

Media Note: New WPTZ Television Studio Proposed in Williston | Off Message

Sullivan Park Ice Rink Surface Looks Good

Peru School Board Regular Monthly Meeting January 9, 2018

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  It is anticipated that an executive session will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start, and that the school board will reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

  • Multi-Year Financial Plan
  • Policy Review
  • Appointment of Personnel
  • Donation Acceptance
  • Surplus Sale Items

The full Board agenda will be available on the District’s website.

All are welcome.

Robbery Cases Adjourned For Further Action

Peru – The defendants charged with Robbery 2nd Degree in connection with the December 14, 2017 robbery in front of the Peru Dollar Store appeared in Peru Town Court on Tuesday, January 2. Judge James Kirby adjourned both cases for further action. Deshawn Williams was ordered to reappear in Peru Town Court on Tuesday, January 16 at 2 PM. Kimberly Sears was ordered to reappear on Tuesday, February 13 at 2 PM. Click here for a Sun Community News story on the robbery and subsequent arrests. 

Macy’s to close Burlington location

Plattsburgh, Rutland Kmart stores slated to close

End of Year Town Business

The Peru Town Board held a brief meeting on Monday, December 29, 2017.

Highlights included:

  • Several end of year fund transfers.
  • Acceptance of the resignation of longtime Zoning Board Member/Chairman Robin Bashaw.
  • Appointment of Sean Lukas to the Zoning Board.
  • Tabling of a financial software contract with Logics Solutions LLC.
  • Approval of purchasing a new computer for the Codes Enforcement Office.

VFW Post 309 January Events. Stop by, Have Fun and Enjoy!

What: “Just Jammin”
When: Thursday, January 4, 2018 6 – 12p.m. Also the 11th, the 18th and 25th.
Where: Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B
Peru, NY 12972

Details: A group of local musicians get together to “jam.” Listen, dance and/or join them.
No cover charge.
Items for a light supper available for purchase. Kitchen and bar open at 5 p.m.
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What: “Friday Karaoke”
When: Friday, January 12, 2018 8 – 12p.m. Also the 26th.
Where: Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B
Peru, NY 12972

Details: Full range of music for any singer. No cover charge. Kitchen and bar open at 5 p.m.
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What: “4th Sunday Breakfast”
When: January 28, 2018 9 a.m. – Noon.
Where: Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B
Peru, NY 12972

Details: Bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy & biscuits, corned beef hash, pancakes or French toast with real maple syrup, juice and coffee for only $10.00

Cuomo rolls out State of the State agenda; North Country reacts – Sun Community News & Printing

Correction officer is charged – Sun Community News & Printing

McBrayer Withdraws From Consideration For One-Year Appointment

Don McBrayer representing the Town at the VFW’s Memorial Day Services

As my term of town councilor in Peru ends, I would like to leave with some parting words.

First, and foremost, congratulations need to be given to the new town supervisor, Brandy McDonald, who has my confidence in being able to lead our town; our newly elected town councilor, Mel Irwin, whom I would like to wish the best; and to our re-elected town councilor, Jim Douglas, who always shows that he puts Peru first.  However, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize our town tax clerk, Kathy Flynn, who will be sorely missed as she leaves to take on the adventures of a new career.

As I began my political career, I have faced loss and success, and found that it is how you react to those losses and successes defines who you are as a person and how you are seen by those around you.

Through my four-year term as town councilor, I have had the opportunity to meet with the dedicated and very capable men and women in the many departments that run our town.  As liaison, I was able to help the Library meet some of their goals, learn how the town water/sewer department operates and advocate for them, as well as visit with and advocated for the town highway department in many areas needed.  Through meeting with these capable individuals, I believe I have gained more in way of respect for them and in truly understanding what it takes to run the town.

I am saddened that I will be unable to continue and finish my work with the Main Street Project and the transfer of our new IT system.  However, I am very pleased with the many projects I have had a chance to work on.

I have also decided not to seek the one-year appointment created by Brandy McDonald’s election as Supervisor. My reason for originally requesting the additional year was two-fold.  One, I believe it is important to have a five-member board where deadlock is avoided, conflict can be tamed with reason, and a board can function in a professional manner where all members can respectfully voice concerns while doing what it best for the town and its citizens.  Second, as I had chosen not to run for a new term, I believe by my holding this one-year temporary seat, it would be giving both parties the opportunity to provide qualified candidates for the voting public to choose who they want to fill this town council spot in the November 2018 election.

With Kara and I moving forward in our plans for an exciting adventure in a new state, I have decided that I would not be able to adequately fulfill the one-year temporary position as I plan to progress in the steps needed to move to another state. Therefore, I will not be seeking the additional year.

I am truly grateful and thankful to all the people of Peru for giving me the opportunity to serve on your behalf and work with the amazing town employees in providing you with the best services possible.

Don McBrayer

McBrayer Appointment Tabled

Peru – Public comments and potentially controversial agenda items are not normal town board organizational meeting agenda items. The Peru Town Board’s January 2, 2018 Organizational Meeting was different. Click here to view all the meeting. 

The published agenda included a resolution to fill the vacant town board seat created when Brandy McDonald became town supervisor and at the beginning of the meeting Supervisor McDonald asked for a motion to permit public comment on any matter.

At thirty-one minutes into the meeting newly elected counselor Melvin Irwin motioned to consider a resolution to appoint outgoing Councilman Donald McBrayer to a 12-month term to the Town Board. Next November an individual would be elected to fill the remaining year of McDonald’s term. Councilman Jim Douglass seconded the motion. Then Irwin asked that his motion be tabled until the next meeting saying, “I want more time to think it through to be honest with you.” Supervisor McDonald indicated he hadn’t wanted to place the open seat on the agenda, but he had spoken to Irwin prior to placing it on the agenda. Today Irwin told the Peru Gazette he had indicated that he would support McBrayer’s appointment but now thinks he would like to consider the matter further. He would not comment on the contents of a note that former Peru Town Attorney Dennis Curtin placed in front of him at the seventeen minute point in the meeting.

During the public comment portion of the meeting Dennis Curtin reiterated what he had stated at the Board’s December 11 meeting calling on Brandy McDonald to be present in the town hall for the majority of Town business hours. He said that Supervisors Michael Bardon and Ken Jahn did not have a deputy supervisor and when Donald Covel appointed one it was a fiasco. Curtin contended that the deputy supervisor’s only role is to stand in for a supervisor when he or she is on vacation or absent for health reasons.

McDonald responded that he finishies his full-time job at 3:30 PM and that he has vacation and other times. He said other towns have supervisors with full-time jobs. He stated that Town of Mooers Supervisor Jeff Menard works at a full-time job until until 5:30 PM and Beekmantown Supervisor Dennis Relation has a full-time job. McDonald concluded, “He does a good job. I plan on doing a good job and moving forward.”

Curtin responded, “When campaigning you told people you would be in the Town Hall so I think you have an obligation to be here. If you’re going to accept the salary you should be here in the Town Hall. If you’re not going to be here I have a problem with that and I think other taxpayers will too.”

Editor’s Note: Counselor Jim Langley was excused from this meeting. Today he told the Peru Gazette that he had to be in his office at 1 PM, when this meeting was held. He said he was not aware that Don McBrayer was being considered for the vacant position. He would have had to study the issue.

Click here to view all the meeting.

Highlights of the December 26, 2017 Peru Town Board Meeting

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Supervisor Donald McBrayer. Supervisor Peter Glushko and Counselor Jim Douglass were excused.

The Board approved a labor contract with the Highway Department employees. Contract negotiations with the CSEA were protracted and difficult. A fact-finder helped reach the agreement. Jackie Kelleher of the law firm Stafford, Pillar and Murnane represented the Town of Peru in the negotiations. The Peru Gazette will followup on the terms of the contract.

The Board accepted a resignation letter from 16-year Town Clerk/Tax Collector Kathleen Flynn. The Board could leave the position unfilled, but given the important duties of the town clerk/tax collector that course of action is unlikely. The Board will probably appoint a person to serve from January-December 2018. The position of town clerk/tax collector would appear on the November 2018 election ballot to serve out the remainder of Flynn’s four-year term. See separate story.

Laflure Lane resident John Collings asked if it would be possible to plow the road leading into Heyworth Mason Park thereby permitting access to the dog park. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell explained that plowing would severely damage the road’s fine dust surface. Counselor Jim Langley suggested that an “Open Weather Permitting” sign be erected. Parks Superintendent Courtney Tetrault said his staff might be able to use the sidewalk plow to forge a path to the dog park. Stay tuned!

The Board authorized the Water and Sewer Department’s purchase of a new Chevrolet Tahoe SUV at a cost of $34,006.02 and the sale of the department’s Ford F250 truck for $3,400. It has 240,000 miles. Joe Basil Chevrolet of Depew, NY was the low bidder.

The skating rink/basketball court online fund drive has reached $4,100. AES Engineering and the Peru Farm Center made recent generous donations. Courtney Tetrault said the rink is being used and that his staff is flooding the rink to maintain a good surface.

Courtney Tetrault also reported receipt of a New York State grant in the amount of $30,000 for preliminary enginering evalutation of the town’s waste water/sewage treatment plant. Upgrades to that facility will be a priority, once the sewer line and pumping system upgrade is complete.

Tetrault also reported that recent lead and copper samples fell within safe drinking water levels. NYS required several more samples than it has in the past.

Jeremiah Cross was approved as the town tax assessor through December 31, 2018. The town has a 3-year assessment service contract with Clinton County extending to September 30, 2019. Counselor Langley suggested a 12-month evaluation period. Cross replaces Tim Surpitski, who was transferred to another assignment. See separate story.

Counselor Jim Langley motioned for an Executive Session to discuss the employment history of Town Supervisor Peter Glushko.

At the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo, residents will be able to prepay their 2018 land taxes. Town Clerk Kathleen Flynn will be in her office on Friday, December 29th from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Payments postmarked by December 31st will also be accepted. Payments must either be in the amount of the total annual tax or one quarterly installment.

Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell is still working with the Peru School District to improve the catch basin adjacent to the school’s tennis courts. Water is flowing off school grounds resulting in Jenkins and Pleasant Street flooding.

Volunteers to serve on the Planning and Zoning Boards are still being sought.

Don Control Officer David Drollette reported that more people are complying with dog licensing laws. Drollette picked up 28 dogs in 2017, down from 53 in 2016. He remarked, “The word must be getting out.”

Judge Jim Kirby asked the Board to encumber budget monies to improve soundproofing in the new court house. The lawyer-client conference room needs sound-proofing.

County Legislator Peter Keenan reported that sales tax collections are $2 million ahead of 2016 and $1 million more than projected. Work on the $38 million Clinton County Airport upgrade will proceed now that the Luck Brothers lawsuit has been dismissed.

Happy New Year to all the Peru Gazette readers. If 2018 brings another volunteer writer/photography enthusiast, I believe the Peru Gazette could easily double its readerhship.

Vacant Board Seat Included in Organizational Meeting Agenda

AGENDA – TOWN BOARD ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, JANUARY 2, 2018, 1:00 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2018 Salaries for Elected Positions:

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2018 Appointees.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2018 Appointee Salaries and Frequency of Payments

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of Town Department Liaisons.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2018 Regular Town Board Meeting Dates and Times.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2018 Contracts.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2018 Town Mileage Reimbursement

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Designation of Town Depositories.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Designation of Town Newspaper.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Town Policies Update

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Vacant Board Seat

MOTION: Adjourn

An Address to the Good People of Peru

It has been my honor to work at the Peru Town hall for 11 years with 7 of those years as your Assessor. In that time I have reveled in your triumphs and shared in your losses. Peru has many great events that contribute to its sense of community like Applefest, John P Adams Turkey Trot, and Concerts at the Gazebo. It has fine Institutions such as Peru School, the Churches, Civic and Veterans Organizations, and the Babbie Museum. The businesses of Peru have weathered a recession and since then new ones have come to town and some old ones expanded. The natural resources and beauty of Peru are unlike any in the north country from the shining shores of Lake Champlain, through some of the best farms and orchards in the county, to the majestic views from its western mountains. A place like Peru is rare and should be cherished for the gem that it is. I know it’s greatest resource however is the people that I have worked with in Peru. Those people comprising all the Departments and Boards work sometimes night and day to provide the services that make it a valued, livable community for all. My path in life now diverges and takes me from Peru but I assure you that you will be in good hands when your new Assessor Jeremiah Cross takes over in January. I cannot express enough my thanks to the people I have worked with and the citizens of Peru I have met for making my time here so joyous. It makes my leaving regrettably difficult.

Best Wishes,

Timothy Surpitski

Editor’s Note: The Town of Peru contracts with Clinton County for its property assessment services. For the past eleven years Tim Surpitski has been working for several hours each week in the Peru Town Hall as the assigned assessor. The City of Plattsburgh recently signed a similar contract with the county. As of January 1, 2018 Tim will be reassigned to the City of Plattsburgh.

It isn’t often that a tax assessor is ‘loved’ by the community he serves, but Tim Surpitski might be the exception. The people working in the town hall typically say, “There isn’t a question he can’t answer. He’s so nice.” Members of the general public express similar respect for his work. As Editor of the Peru Gazette, I have found Tim to be knowledge, helpful, courteous and professional. He is truly a “civil servant.” Our loss is definitely the City of Plattsburgh’s gain.

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Flynn to Serve Peru in a New Capacity

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Sixteen-year Town Clerk/Tax Collector Kathy Flynn has accepted the position of manager of Apple Valley Senior Housing. The Peru Town Board accepted Flynn’s resignation at its December 26th meeting. Flynn will continue to serve the town until January 12th.

Flynn said her decision wasn’t easy, especially after having been reelected to another four-year term of office in November 2017. She explained, “I only learned about the Apple Valley job about a week before the election. I applied and then I didn’t hear any more until December 13th. On December 16th I informed the Town Board that I would be leaving.”

Reflecting on her 16 years in office she stated, “I’ve enjoyed being the ‘go-to’ person for the residents. I want to express my appreciation to everyone for the support they’ve given me. It’s been extremely difficult to walk away.”

Flynn is thrilled about being associated with the Apple Valley Senior Housing, especially since it’s right here in her hometown. She said, “It’s a great facility. I’m looking forward to working with the seniors and bringing even greater things to Apple Valley.”

Deputy Town Supervisor Donald McBrayer said the Town Board has not reached a decision on filling the position. He said the board could leave the position unfilled, but given the important duties of the town clerk/tax collector that course of action is unlikely. The board will probably appoint a person to serve from January-December 2018. The position of town clerk/tax collector would appear on the November 2018 election ballot to serve out the remainder of Flynn’s four-year term.

You Can Prepay Your 2018 Land Taxes

The Town of Peru will be accepting prepayments for 2018 land tax, beginning on Friday December 29th at 9:00 AM- Noon, at the Peru Town Hall.
 
The amount due will also be available online Thursday, December 28th in the afternoon at http://egov.basgov.com/peru/
 
A USPS postmarked envelope in 2017, will be accepted, credited and processed.
 
Questions can be directed to Kathleen Flynn, Tax Collector 518-643-2745. Ext.# 2.

December 26th Town Board Meeting Video

Please note that this video is imperfect because of a camera technical issue. About 12 minutes of the meeting were omitted. The meeting highlights will be posted ASAP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiL0ZrjpgLw

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Agenda – Peru Town Board Meeting of December 26, 2017

Call Meeting To Order at 7 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the December 11, 2017 Regular Board Meeting and the November 15, 2017 Special meeting..

Community Input

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve Purchase of New Water/Sewer Vehicle.

DISCUSSION: Sullivan Park Grant Update.

DISCUSSION: Planning Grant Award.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve Logics Contract.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Fund Transfers.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Appoint New Tax Assessor.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve CSEA Contract.

DISCUSSION: Court House Purchase BAN Renewal.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Acceptance of Scott Houser Retirement letter.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.
MOTION: Adjourn

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