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Irene issues bump budget for Keene board

September 15, 2011
By MARGARET MORAN - For the Enterprise ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

KEENE - Tuesday's town board meeting had been intended to address the budget, but due to the effects of Tropical Storm Irene taking more of an immediate precedent, the budget issue has been pushed back until Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the town hall, according to town Clerk Ellen Estes.

Matters involving Irene discussed at the Tuesday meeting included taking out a short-term bond and an update on the library in Keene.

The town intends to take out an bond anticipation note in order to cover the cleanup costs of Irene until the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimburses the town for damages.

The library is still temporarily closed. Muck still needs to be removed from the crawl space and furnace ducts, town officials said. Afterward, an inspector will assess the building and determine if it is safe for employees and the public to return. A time frame for when the library will reopen was not discussed.

In a non-Irene-related issue, a Verizon Wireless cell phone tower located behind the Keene Valley Neighborhood House was turned on late last week. The tower will provide coverage to Keene Valley and for a few miles in either direction along state Route 73. Construction of the tower started early this past spring after Verizon was granted a permit from the Adirondack Park Agency in February 2010.

In other news, the town will look into neighboring towns' noise ordinances to get a sampling. According to Estes, Keene has no noise ordinance in place.

The changing of the name of Rivermede Way, a private road, has been tabled. The landowner has requested the name be changed and offered a few name suggestions, none of which were discussed at the meeting. Rob Hastings, owner of Rivermede Farms, will be consulted in this matter, since the farm is located down the road.

Also, the BTI insect control contract was renewed for an additional three years, and a correction was made to a cemetery lot that had be sold in the 1970s.



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