Charlestown commissioners discuss Long Point Beach
— Town commissioners are hoping to stop further movement of rocks toward the water at Long Point Beach.
Installing a new tow and fixing the rock revetment were among the several projects discussed at Tuesday’s town meeting, which also included a brief look at the coming fiscal year.
The commissioners agreed to a motion to allow Wib Pumpaly, town administrator, to pay Kingfisher Construction $18,650 to handle the project. The Elkton company’s plan is to lay down 400
to 800 pound rocks at the bottom of the revetment to stop further movement of rocks toward the water, Pumpaly said.
Another project in the works is updating the minor permit process for building permits outside the historical district – which is needed for such construction as fence replacements.
The proposed change includes giving the town administrator or a code enforcement officer the ability to approve the permits on site or within a few days, Andy Thompson, commissioner at-large for the Planning and Zoning Board, explained. Thompson said he is in favor of the change because the board will have more time to focus on major permits and permits within the historical district.
Pumpaly said the planning board would look over the approval at the board’s next meeting, but the work would probably be completed by then.
Commissioner Bruce Hechmer suggested Thompson get together with the board and create a proposal. Then the commissioners will vote on whether to make an amendment to the planning and zoning code.
Also during the meeting, Renee Capano, commissioner president, asked the commissioners to think about the town’s fiscal year 2016- 2017 budget, which yielded several initial suggestions.
Pumpaly discussed the idea of eliminating the special revenue fund, which does not support itself. Eliminating the fund would result in having only the general and utilities funds, and money from the special revenues fund would go into the general fund, he said.
The commissioners will have to decide wether to increase or decrease property taxes as well, Pumpaly said.
Pumpaly added he has two items that he thinks should be included in the budget.
“We absolutely need a new stain- less steel salt spreader that would fit in one of the trucks,” Pumpaly said.
The salt spreader the town has now is rusting away, and the town needs two salt spreaders, he said. The second item the town needs is the new excavator loader, Pumpaly said.
No decisions were made during the budgetary discussion.
In other business, the commissioners also approved a motion to pay for repair on a Kubota tractor and to look into other options which include how much a new and used tractor would cost, as well as the option of the cost to rent.