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inches of over­flow­ing the bank.”

The Crowdy Street drainage sys­tem be­tween the foot of Bunker Hill and the foot of Con­nelly’s Hill be­came clogged, and had to be ex­ca­vated and cleaned out.

A lot of de­bris was de­posited in the area near the over­pass, which takes Colum­bus Drive over Val­ley Road. On its way down the gabion-lined ditch, the de­bris dam­aged the gabion cages. Point­ing out the area falls un­der the prov­ince’s ju­ris­dic­tion, O’Grady said, “it’s run­ning fine now, but needs to be ad­dressed.”

There was a lot of road shoul­der­ing dam­age around town, O’Grady re­ported, and cleanup from fallen trees con­tin­ues.

“All ca­sual work­ers were brought back to work and it should take an­other cou­ple of weeks to clean up all the branches,” he es­ti­mated.

Coun. Mercer said, “ Things could have been far worse had pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures not been taken.”

Dep. Mayor Ches Ash added: “ you and your staff did a very com­mend­able job.”

Tax col­lec­tion

In other coun­cil notes, coun­cil is get­ting tougher with its tax col­lec­tion ef­forts.

Ash said, “it is im­por­tant that ev­ery­one pay their fair share.”

Ash chairs the town’s fi­nance com­mit­tee. He said chronic and long-term non-pay­ment of taxes is “un­ac­cept­able.”

He said coun­cil will “iden­tify all delin­quent tax ac­counts and ser­vice fees and take what­ever steps are nec­es­sary to col­lect out­stand­ing monies.”

Those steps in­clude cut­ting off wa­ter and sewer ser­vices to tax­pay­ers in ar­rears.

Coun. Gla­dys Mercer asked about the process of send­ing out dis­con­tin­u­a­tion notices to tax­pay­ers be­fore cut­ting ser­vices.

Town Clerk Cathy Somers ex­plained tax­pay­ers who are in ar­rears for 2010 and ear­lier would be given top pri­or­ity to re­ceive a dis­con­tin­u­a­tion no­tice, fol­lowed by those who have not made any pay­ment on their 2010 tax bill.

A third and fi­nal group of tax­pay­ers on coun­cil’s pri­or­ity list for cut off notices would be those who are not up to date on their pay­ments for 2010.

Rocks and de­bris wash­ing down this gabion-lined ditch from Colum­bus Drive to Val­ley Road dam­aged some of the wire gabion cages.

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