MALTA – The Town Board discussed forming a special district including the town and the Village of Round Lake to fund the ambulance service provided by Malta-Stillwater EMS during Monday’s board meeting. [Read more…]
MALTA – The cost to construct a community dog park in the Town of Malta could be more than $76,000, according to Town Comptroller Kevin King.
King presented the public and members of the Town Board with the estimated construction costs of the East Line Romp and Play Dog Park at a Town Board meeting Monday July 29, noting a majority of the cost would be to create a gravel-filled parking lot on the 20-acre site, located at 584 East Line Road.
The parking lot would cost $65,000 to create spaces for about 20 cars. This is not including the cost to create two blacktop-paved handicapped-only parking spaces and a stone walkway from the parking lot to the dog park area, in order to comply with federal Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, King said. [Read more…]
As usual this April, it’s been tax time, a period to go through expenses and financial dealings and report them to the government while trying to experience the least amount of stress throughout. The Town of Malta is no exception to the rule, and on Monday evening the town board received a full report on Malta’s own financial audit during their monthly agenda meeting.
The board heard a report compiled by accountant Ken Claflin of certified public accounting firm Cusack & Company. According to Claflin, Malta’s finances are sound, with just some slight changes in spending and revenue from previous years.
“The town is very strong,” Claflin said. “On the income statement side, the revenues were up about $144,000. The primary driver of that was sales tax, sales tax was up $374,000.”
Departmental revenues have decreased slightly by about the same amount revenues have increased, due to natural fluctuations in what is spent on various departmental projects, Claflin explained.
“On the expenditure side, expenditures were down about $360,000,” Claflin said. “A big portion of that was in home and community services … Our employee benefit percentage of expenditures in 2008 were 11.3 percent and they’re 12.5 percent in 2012.”
After hearing the report, town supervisor Paul Sausville expressed the desire for increased clarity and simplification on the town’s finances so the public could better understand how Malta uses its money.
“Is there an effort underway to simplify?” Sausville asked.
“Even if you have an accounting degree, sometimes it’s difficult,” Claflin admitted, explaining that due to laws governing finance, there is no easy way to simplify.
The board expressed general satisfaction with the relatively minor changes and the lack of issues in the town’s statement, and commended town comptroller Kevin King on a job well done.
Monday evening also served as the board’s regular monthly agenda meeting, and several items were pegged to be dealt with over the month of May.
One project which has received some attention is an update to the town-wide generic environmental impact statement (GEIS).
“The GEIS looked at things from a cumulative impact standpoint,” explained Chris Rounds of Chazen Engineering. “It allows an examination of a broad base of issues that are facing the community and allows you to examine the impacts of those things on natural resources and the built environment, and then assess the mitigation costs.”
It has been eight years since initial adoption, so the GEIS is now seen as outdated.
“The town’s original GEIS focused on the impacts of growth that was developed as a result of the Luther Forest Technology Campus,” Rounds said. The original statement also developed some buildout plans for zoning development in the town alongside growth projections.
“We’ve seen a lot occur since 2005,” Rounds said.
A full GEIS update is a major project to be started in May, although with the town board already immersed in GLOBALFOUNDRIES‘ own environmental impact statement as the company considers whether or not to build Fab 8.2, it is not certain when such a project would be complete.
Other business included the installation of a piece of art created for the community at the entrance to Cramer Road North. Councilwoman Tara Thomas presented scale models of three different pieces, and after some discussion the board decided on an arrowhead design.
The arrowhead design is said to be based on Native American artifacts found in the immediate area.
A historic marker for the site of Ellmer Ellsworth’s childhood home has yet to be installed, though the property owner is now willing to allow it only on the condition he receive reassurance from town attorney Tom Peterson that such a marker would not obligate him in any way to abide by any guidelines governing historic properties.
While a response is being crafted by the attorney the town cannot authorize the ordering of the marker, and town historian Paul Perreault once again left a meeting not knowing when the marker would be installed. The town board should be voting on it next month, however.
Also up for a vote will be yet another new purchase offer received for the Collamer House property, which was set for sale until once again a potential buyer had to back out of a deal. This time, the change of heart was due to a lack of bank loans. The town is hoping the third time’s the charm.
A full list of agenda will be made available via the town’s website.
The town board will next meet for their regular business meeting on May 6 at 7 p.m in the Town Hall.
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