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  • Georgetown Town Council approves distribution of funding for emergency services

  • Distribution of money for the fiscal year 2013 Emergency Services Fund was unanimously approved at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Georgetown Town Council.
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      IN OTHER BUSINESS
      > A measure that establishes voter registration requirements was unanimously approved.
      > A measure that outlines consequences for business owners who operate without a town license was unanimously approved.
      > A $25,000 loan to the Water & Sewer Company, Inc. to pay the town a management fee was unanimously approved. The town purchased the company in June 1991 and is now working towards its liquidation.
      > The council was informed that the town solicitor has increased the billing rate for litigation services from $205 per hour to $245 per hour. The hike is due to case complexity and an increase in the amount of time required for finalizing the discovery and moving towards summary of judgment, according to Town Manager Gene Dvornick. The rate of the solicitor for regular town business remains unchanged at $205 per hour.
  • Distribution of money for the fiscal year 2013 Emergency Services Fund was unanimously approved at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Georgetown Town Council.
    Town Manager Gene Dvornick said total fees collected for the fund, whose money comes from surcharges tacked onto building permits, came to $23,571.13. That money is split between the Georgetown Fire Company, the Georgetown Police Department, American Legion Ambulance Services and a contingency fund maintained by the town.
    Each party will receive $5,892.79, except for the fire company, which will receive $3,487.79.
    "The fire company has been doing some renovations at the firehouse and in lieu of making payments for their building permits, we agreed to reduce their contribution from the Emergency Services Fund," Dvornick said, adding the fire company has renovated its lounge and kitchen areas.
    Also at the meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve a one-time leaf pickup for town residents. The town no longer provides yard waste pickup, but Dvornick said several residents have requested a leaf collection.
    "We'll get a roll-off dumpster and our guys will collect it and make sure it's only leaves," Dvornick said. "What got us out of the yard waste business was it went from leaves to bundles of branches to trees. If there's anything but leaves in the bags, they will be left at the scene."
    A date for the leaf pickup has yet to be determined. Residents will not have to pay for the pickup but will be required to use tall, brown, recyclable 30-gallon lawn and leaf bags, which they must purchase themselves.
    The town council unanimously approved the extension of a lease through December 2014 for two event announcement boards located at the Georgetown Little League Park and the North Bedford Street Park. The signs were used throughout the summer to announce town events and have been used recently to remind motorists of the presence of school children.
    "I've had several people tell me the signs were what made them go to the park for concerts and I think we need to continue that for Halloween events and for the Christmas parade," said Councilman Bill West. "I think they're a great success for the town."
    The town will pay $2,000 for use of the signs and will seek a more permanent solution before the lease is up next year.

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