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West Carthage passes laws on antennas, solar energy

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WEST CARTHAGE — With no one to speak at Monday’s public hearing on proposed local laws to regulate antennas and solar energy, the measures passed.

The towers and antennas law covers various types, including attached and freestanding. Under the law, permits will be required to erect towers and antennas. Commercial telecommunications towers will require special-use permits.

Installation of roof- or ground-mounted solar collectors also will require building permits. The equipment must not obstruct the views of neighboring properties, and if possible should be screened.

The village Board of Trustees also agreed to subscribe to the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal.

The insurance program was established in 1993 through association with the state Conference of Mayors, the Association of Towns of the State of New York and the New York State Association of Counties, according to its website. Because the licensed, regulated insurer is owned by its policyholders, lower rates and deductibles can be offered.

Mayor Scott M. Burto estimated the annual savings at about $1,000. He also said there is secondary coverage for village officials traveling for training in private vehicles. The board also approved coverage through NYMIR for the volunteer fire department and the joint water department with the village of Carthage.

In other business, it was decided to have the village Department of Public Works prepare the community garden at the Donald Getman Park on Franklin Street for planting. Any group interested in contracting with the village to plant the plot and donate the food should call the village at 493-2552. Mayor Burto suggested a Scout troop might be interested in the garden project.

The board hired Paula Bears and Beverly Santamour as summer recreation directors at a rate of $13 per hour for the 35-hour per week, six-week program. They also hired part-time assistants Mari Ames and Danny Granger at $10 per hour for 20 to 25 hours per week.

The village will advertise for a full-time temporary DPW laborer at a rate of $10 per hour with no benefits.

Nicholas Clary and Matthew Thomas were approved as new members of the village Fire Department.

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