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Ripley eliminates Highway Supervisor as elected position

May 21, 2015
Westfield Republican

By David Prenatt

RIPLEY-Ripley Town Board members voted unanimously May 14 to abolish the office of Highway Supervisor as an elected position and establish it as an appointed position.

"We have a situation in which the Highway Supervisor is not doing his job. Being an elected official, there is nothing we can do about it," said Ripley Supervisor Doug Bowen. "Changing to an appointed position will allow the board to act if there is a problem."

A public hearing on the change will be held on June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the town building. After the hearing, the board will decide if it should proceed and, if so, a special election on the matter will be scheduled.

Once approved, the change will become effective after it is filed with the Secretary of State of New York. If the change takes effect, the position of Highway Supervisor will be appointed through a simple majority vote of the Town Board members.

In other business, board members voted to create an adult recreational committee for the purpose of providing access to town facilities, including the athletic fields and the fitness center located in the school building.

The resolution comes as a response from several members of the community that access be made available to adults as well as youth. Until now, the resolution states, Ripley's recreational facilities have largely benefited the youth of the area.

The resolution states: "It appears appropriate to establish a working committee of interested residents and town board members to identify recreational opportunities as well as to establish the means by which the Town of Ripley might provide or assist in providing the new or expanded recreational opportunities."

The Board also passed two resolutions in responses to letters from Uniform Fire and Building Code Officer Melanie Eddy regarding two properties in the town.

The first resolution addresses a property at 135 West Main Street that falls under the towns Derelict Structure ordinance. Eddy's letter states that the property's owners had the structure torn down after she contacted them, but the debris still remains.

After reviewing Eddy's report, including photographs, the board agreed that Derelict Structure proceedings should be initiated. Town supervisor Doug Bowen will contact the owners and a hearing regarding the property will be held June 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the town office.

Eddy also submitted a report on a property at 9353 East Main Road where "large amounts of tree logs, branches and other wood materials are being stored on site in violation of the town' s Trash Storage Law as well as in violation of state and county regulations. The problem continues to grow and no effort appears to be in process to clean up the parcel as has been promised by the land's owner/operator."

The board directed Bowen to contact the owners. A hearing on this property has been set for June 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the town office.



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