SUPERVISOR: JUDY GOKEY
TOWN CLERK: LORA GROWER
HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT: HOWARD EATON
TRASH DAY JUNE 4TH- 7:00 AM – 11:00
AM- NORWAY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
$3.00 SMALL TIRES- $4.00 LARGE TIRES- NO
JUDY GOKEY - SUPERVISOR:
It always amazes me how
quickly a year passes, it feels like I just did this for January 2010.
As you all know the
Hardscrabble Wind Project is in process. Our town received 12 mills that are
all up on Snyder and Observatory Road. What a process this has been and I am
definitely glad to see the project being built. We have all worked very hard
to make this project beneficial to our town. One of our board members, Scott
Crossett, has had to recues himself from the entire process as he has towers on
his property, but the rest of us definitely took a crash course on wind tower
negotiation, and I think we did a good job.
The final split ended up with
20% to Herkimer County, 40% to West Canada School District, 40% to the Towns to
be divided with Fairfield receiving monies for 25 towers and Norway receiving
monies for 12 towers. The first payment we received was $100,000, what I call a
sign up bonus. We have received $96,000 for wind tower permits, $8,500.00 for
the met tower permit, and $50,000 for historic preservation. Please keep in
mind that this is for Norway only. The historic preservation money allowed us to
put a much needed new roof on the history center and you will see new custom
made vinyl shutters being installed in the spring. The historic preservation
money we have left is in an account for future use but is for historic
preservation use only. We paid off the balance due on our workers comp buyout,
our Freightliner truck, and on our 450 truck. This made us 100% debt free. We
also had to set $50,000 aside in case we needed to pay for town engineer,
Delaware Engineering, for the project according to the agreement with Iberdrola.
As it turned out we did not have to use that money so we have $57,000 left.
For the next 20 years we will
be receiving yearly payments, the first one beginning January 2012. Every year
has an inflation calculation figured in with the first payment at approximately
$77,000 and the last payment at approximately $139,000. Even though we do not
receive energy from the mills, we will all benefit from the dollars generated as
we will be using them to keep our tax base down.
There have definitely been
some trying times throughout this project. Concrete issues caused some of our
tower bases to be removed and replaced and stirrup issues had to be corrected
with a redesign to ensure that the towers are sufficiently braced. Along with
this came many phone calls, meetings, discussions and e mails. Sometimes I would
go home at night and dread opening my email, but we made it through. The towers
now have to go through 240 hours of test time before they can be put on the grid
and most of the towers have already started the countdown. Mortenson
construction will be back in the spring to clean up and landscape for the
landowners. Iberdrola is anxious to work with the local schools. They would
like to come in to do presentations about the project and wind energy so if
anyone is interested, please let me know and I will provide contact information.
We will be purchasing one more
truck, another 10 wheel, and selling off one of our older trucks (never the
OSHKOSH, we are thinking of turning it into a monument!). Actually the Volvo is
being sold to the Village of Hamilton. They have offered us $20,000 and a spare
plow set up that we definitely need. We had been offered between $7,000-
$25,000 for a trade in price so they are right on target with their offer. We
are setting our goals on a 10 year turnaround with our equipment. By replacing
our trucks every 10 years it actually gives us equipment worth trading and
hopefully will lessen repair cost.
I hope everyone noticed the
beautiful Holiday banners that went up this year. In the spring we will be
hanging another set of banners showing our beautiful historic church. The
banners were made possible by a grant from Senator Jim Seward and we are very
thankful that he feels our town is worthy of this money. This is the second
time we have received funding from Senator Seward, two years ago he provided us
with the necessary funds to upgrade our community hall restrooms for handicap
accessibility. I hope you have all had a chance to enjoy our beautiful gazebo,
even if it’s just to stop and rest for a moment while out for a walk. The
gazebo was made possible with funding from the Iroquois Pipeline Community
Grant, the same organization that has provided all of our playground equipment
through grant dollars.
This year we are replacing the
ceiling in the community center, installing new front and back doors, and
painting the floor. Once that is complete we will have to look into doing some
roof work. I hope we can just update and not replace. This building has not
been attended to for a very long time so everything just needs to be improved.
We have a building to be proud of and it needs to be maintained yearly.
I would like to say a quick
thank you to the people that help to make our town such a great place to live
in. The Highway Department for their never ending support in all we ask them to
do, Lora for being such a great help and her constant enthusiasm and good humor,
Michele for keeping our finances straight and on track with the many New York
States rules, the Town Board for their ideas, support, and willingness to work.
The Planning Board for all of their hard work, especially during the
Hardscrabble project years, Grievance, DCO, Codes and Historical. Without all
of these people, some of them that do this work for absolutely no pay, our town
would not run as smooth as it does and they all deserve a huge thank you. Most
of all I would like to thank all of you for believing in us to do a good job for
you. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm, please
join us. Please also check out our new improved website at
Our monthly meeting minutes are on the site, along with contact information, the
budget, pictures, and useful links. This was all made possible by
Xpress PC Solutions.
LORA GROWER- TOWN CLERK:
I can’t believe a whole year
has passed since I took office. First off I would like to say that being the
clerk is challenging at times. During this past year I have learned a lot and I
am sure I have much more to learn, but I can honestly say I have enjoyed every
minute of it. Having good people to work with really helps.
some of you may know I had some issues with our hunting licenses just as I got
everything straightened out; our computer went down and I had to have a new one
sent. I finally got up and running, but not until the middle of November. I am
now set with the hunting and fishing licenses.
Also new this year is our dog licenses.
Some of you may not know, but as of the first of the year AG and Markets no
longer handle dog licensing, it is now the responsibility of the town clerks.
This has been a costly situation for the town. We have had to purchase a
program and a yearly upgrade fee, tags, and postage. All of this used to be
done by the State, now we are responsible for all of the cost involved. We
still have to send the state a portion of the monies that we receive. If you
don’t receive a renewal from Ag and Markets don’t panic you will receive it from
me, and if you don’t please get a hold of me. We have adopted some new dog laws
for our town and have increased our licensing fees which you will find these
fees are the same as other towns across the state. We had to do this to help
offset the cost the town is going to incur by taking over this process. Dog
licenses haven’t increased since 1978. The fees are as follows: unspay/unneutered
dogs are now $15.00 in which $3.00 of that goes to a spay/neutered fund. (State)
spay/neutered is $7.00 in which a $1.00 of that goes to the spay/neutered
fund.(state) This has been a real challenge learning the program and getting
everything set for this take over. We still have a few bugs to work out, but for
the most part I am getting through it. I thank you all for your patients with
If you ever need anything and
I am not in the office please feel free to call me at home. My hours are posted
on the web site along with phone numbers and email address. As I mentioned
earlier I have enjoyed this past year of service and look forward to many more.
We have made many
improvements on the dirt roads this past year. Gould Road ditched and graveled-
Ryan Road brush cut and widened- Military Road and Lynch Road corners ditched
and widened to make the bus turn around safer.
For 2011 we have
the following improvements planned- Military Road from the Town Barn to the
Fairfield Town Line¸ we will cut brush, ditch, and widen the road. Much of our
work depends on the amount of chips money we receive. With the many state
budget cuts happening right now there is no guarantees that this money will be
received this year. If we do receive our funding we plan on chip sealing Gould
Road from Elm Tree to the Fusco residence. We would also like to pave depending
on the amount of money received.
At the March
meeting the Town Board approved the purchase of a 2012 Western Star tandem plow
truck. The purchase price is $186,000 and with the sell dollars we receive from
the Volvo we will actually pay $166,000 for the truck. We will be receiving the
truck in approximately 120 days.
We would like to
welcome Stan Hayes and Tom Eaton to the Highway Department. Stan is a full time
employee that came just in time to start plowing. Tom Eaton is a Pathstone
Employee. Pathstone provides people for jobs that are at retirement age. The
employee is allowed to work 20 hours a week and Pathstone picks up the entire
salary. If anyone else is interested in the program, please contact me for
further information. We were also lucky enough to have 5 great kids for summer
help last year. They mowed, painted the entire outside of the town barn, split
wood, and helped with many other chores. They did a great job and I hope to see
them back this year as Fred Shaw, our Legislature,has just informed us that we
will be able to get kids for the 2011 summer also.
It looks like
winter might finally be at an end. We did well with no major breakdowns and
with minimal small problems.
Please feel free
to call me if you have any comments or questions at 717-7775.
BOB KEMLER- DCO:
Leash Law: The
Leash Law is in effect year-round in the Town of Norway. Dog owners must keep
their dogs on their property at all times or have them leashed or electronically
controlled when off their property.
June 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Norway Community Center. There is no charge for this
service, but donations are appreciated.
All dogs must be licensed. The procedure for licensing dogs has changed. The
State will no longer be sending renewal notifications. This, now, will be done
by the Town Clerk. I am in the final stages of Norway’s Dog Census. Your
honesty and cooperation in tn regards to this matter are appreciated. The Town
Clerk will use this census as a checklist for licensing. Please call the Town
Clerk for further information regarding licensing. Also, dog owners must
provide proof that their dogs have received rabies vaccines when obtaining or
What began back in
2005 as a collaborative effort between the Town Board, the Planning Board,
landowners on Dairy Hill, and the Town of Fairfield, Hardscrabble Wind Farm has
finally become a reality. It’s been a rough road to travel at times, exemplified
by problems encountered during the actual construction this past year that
required active monitoring by Town officials. The first major problem resulted
from the contractor mistakenly omitting some rebar elements in the first 14
foundation pedestals, and the second resulted from erratic control of air-entrainmentat
the concrete batch plant, affecting the strength of 20 foundation pedestals.
Both problems were overcome by either the removal and re-construction of the
pedestal, or by engineered remediation using post-tensioned steel cables and
reinforced concrete collars at the pedestal perimeter. Iberdrola, the developer,
has announced that final testing of the turbines is expected to be concluded in
January with power generation to begin in February. With 12 of the 37
Hardscrabble turbines located in Norway, our town has already begun to reap the
12 wind turbines on Dairy Hill will contribute a maximum of 24megawatts of power
along with Fairfield’s 50 megawatts to the 115-kV Valley-Inghams Mills
transmission line which supplies portions of the Mohawk Valley and surrounding
interconnections. Renewable energy from our hills will help offset demands
currently met by the oil, gas and nuclear power plants at Oswego and imported