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Rochester Supports Re-Hearing For Smart Meter Opt-Out

ACCORD – At the May 3 town board meeting, an amendment to the town’s Comprehensive Plan was made by adopting the Open Space Inventory dated January 2016, and the Natural Heritage Plan dated April 2, 2018. A resolution to continue the public hearing on the matter at the June 7 town meeting was passed.

Discussion of the establishment of an Economic Enterprise Overlay zone to foster economic development, diversify land use and generate employment through the reuse and/or redevelopment of underutilized properties was tabled until the June 7 town meeting.

Town of Rochester Supervisor Mike Baden reported that 125 residents signed up to clear roadsides in April. The volunteers gathered 5,280 pounds of garbage along with 185 discarded tires.

Smart Meters
The town supervisor was authorized to send a letter in support of the Stop Smart Meters NY petition to Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary of the New York State Public Service Commission. The petition requests a re-hearing regarding the opt-out tariff for the installation of advanced digital meters by Central Hudson.

Central Hudson received approval from the Public Service Commission in 2014 to charge customers $6 per month if a customer did not wish to use a remotely read meter — also called encoder receiver transmitters or "smart meters" — and demanded a manually read device. Central Hudson subsequently began offering property owners manually read meters along with an additional charge of $49 for an electricity meter, $89 for a gas meter, and $114 for a combination meter.

Some opponents of smart meters maintain that the wireless signals used to transmit data from the meters spread cancer and cause a reduction in cognitive functions.

Last October, the Public Service Commission allowed Central Hudson to continue using remotely read meters and ordered an end to the $6-per-month fee. The commission also ruled, however, that Central Hudson must supply non-remote meters at the request of customers but allowed Central Hudson to continue charging for them.

Michael Oremus Foundation
The board voted to accept a donation of $2,500 from the Michael Oremus Foundation for the Town of Rochester Summer Youth Program. The Michael Oremus Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to the memory of Michael Oremus, of Highland, NY, who was killed by a sniper bullet while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. The foundation provides scholarships and funds recreational activities for the children of families in the Town of Lloyd and surrounding communities. "This is so generous and will pay for several of our youth program field trips," said Baden.

Town Of Rochester Office Hours
A resolution establishing standardized office hours was passed.

Offices: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 Noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Saturday & Sunday)
Recreation & Youth: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Saturday & Sunday)
Highway Dept.: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 12 Noon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Closed Saturday & Sunday)
Justice Court Clerk: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Closed Saturday & Sunday)
Transfer Station: Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday)

The board authorized Chief Constable Rich Miller to apply, on the behalf of the Town of Rochester, for a Bulletproof Vest grant from the US Department of Justice, to supply the town law enforcement officers with vests. Constables currently had vests, said Miller, but they were owned and purchased by the officers.

A resolution was passed approving the appointment of a part-time constable at a rate of $10.40 an hour with a 520-hour probationary period. The board terminated, effective May 4, the employment of a part-time lieutenant constable. The at-will police employee had been working, by his choice, for only a couple of hours a week.

Town Of Rochester Events
Upcoming Events Include:

May 11: Mother’s Day Brunch – Harold Lipton Community Center, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
May 15: Rondout Valley School Budget and Board of Education Vote – RVCSD, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May 24: Grievance Day: Town Hall, 2 – 9 p.m.
May 28: Memorial Day Ceremony – Veteran’s Park, 11:30 a.m., followed by the Memorial Day Parade at the Town Hall/Accord Fire District, 12:30 p.m. line-up, 1 p.m. parade. All are encouraged to come out and celebrate!

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