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New Scotland board outlines goals for year

Democrat incumbents sworn in before meeting amid snowstorm

From left, Councilman Douglas LaGrange, Town Supervisor Tom Dolin, Councilman Daniel Mackay and Highway Superintendent Ken Guyer are sworn in by reelected Town Clerk Diane Deschenes at New Scotland Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2.

From left, Councilman Douglas LaGrange, Town Supervisor Tom Dolin, Councilman Daniel Mackay and Highway Superintendent Ken Guyer are sworn in by reelected Town Clerk Diane Deschenes at New Scotland Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2. Photo by John Purcell.

— “That is going to be a challenge, but we hope to get it done by November,” Dolin said about the water district.

The district generally encompasses the hamlet of New Salem and will bring water service to about 170 homes. The district will be connected to the Bethlehem Water District pipeline along Route 85, with a 30-year intermunicipal water supply agreement reached between New Scotland and Bethlehem.

An uptick in inquires for new residential subdivisions could ease the tax burden on homeowners. Dolin said getting all the applications through the approval process will be a challenge because most face problems getting access to water.

The town also hopes to tackle improvements previously discussed for the town highway garage.

Board member William Hennessy revealed his intentions to establish an economic development advisory committee “early in this year.”

“My hope is to be able to incorporate all hamlets in the town in this; not just focus on certain areas,” Hennessy said. “The Village of Voorheesville may or may not be a part of that. … That will be a while now before we determine that because they are a separately incorporated entity.”

LaGrange said the biggest challenge for the town’s ongoing and upcoming projects have been finding funding sources to help complete work.

“All of these things have taken a long time because of our constraints of the tax cap and our desire to keep our taxes within a comfortable level,” LaGrange said.

The next scheduled Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at New Scotland Town Hall.

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