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Village of Fort Edward recycling center

The village of Fort Edward's recycling center is seen on Sunday, Jan. 13.

The town of Fort Edward voted to pay the village $600 per month for the use of its recycling collection bin.

Town Board member Richard Mercier was the only member against the resolution at the Town Board’s May 13 meeting.

The village has seen an influx of recyclables in its bin behind the town and village offices after the town stopped curbside pickup of recycling last year.

The Village Board suspected town residents started using the bin.

The village has increased pickup from one time per week, to sometimes three times per week because of the amount of material, and its cost has increased from $20,000 in 2017-2018 to $22,800 for 2018-2019.

Town resident Theresa Rose said she didn’t think the town should spend $600 a month for a service that not all of its residents can use.

“People who can’t or don’t drive won’t use it,” Rose said. “If we’re going to pay $600 a month out, what about those that don’t drive?”

Town Supervisor Terry Middleton said the arrangement doesn’t fit everyone in the town, but he got enough calls about it to warrant something being done.

Following the meeting, Mercier said he voted against the arrangement because he thinks the town should get out of the recycling business.

“Nobody wants it,” Mercier said. “I don’t feel we should pay $600 to get rid of it. We can’t keep spending money like water.”

Abandoned cemetery woes

An abandoned family cemetery off of Farley Road in Kingsbury was brought up again Monday night during the Town Board meeting.

Called the Vaughn Cemetery, resident Jean Hayes asked the Town Board if there was anything she or the town could do to clean it up.

Her late husband’s brother’s wife has relatives buried there, she said, and she didn’t want them to end up like the remains discovered in Lake George, where they’re discovered on land where someone is trying to build a house.

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The cemetery was brought to the attention of the town in October. After some investigation, the town found that the cemetery has 10 known burials, the oldest from 1800 and the earliest from 1851. It is on private property.

Town Attorney Jeff Meyer had said if the cemetery was a public one, the town could take over its maintenance.

“If this is a private family cemetery, it isn’t a question of whether the town wants to maintain it or not; it is a private family cemetery and the town can’t,” Meyer had said, according to the town’s November meeting minutes.

It has been deemed private, as those buried there are all relatives of the Vaughn family. Meyer had added at that November meeting that “you are allowed to visit a cemetery regardless of where it is and who owns around it, you have a right to get there even if it is located on private property,” according to the minutes.

The Town Board had decided not to take over the maintenance.

Public hearing on zoning update

The town of Kingsbury is looking to change the zoning of an area that encompasses the Kingsbury transfer station to an industrial district.

The change would allow Earth Waste & Metal to operate its junkyard at the former Washington County transfer station. The transfer station had been grandfathered in.

The Town Board held a public hearing Monday night on a local law that would change the zoning district, but no one spoke. The public notice on the hearing, however, mistakenly said the zoning district would be changed to commercial instead of industrial. The town will re-advertise the hearing with the correct language and plans to hold another public hearing at its June 17 meeting.

The local law and zoning map is available for viewing at the Kingsbury Town Hall.

Dog officer changes

Todd Humiston has been the dog control officer for Kingsbury, Fort Ann and Fort Edward.

While still holding that office for Kingsbury, Humiston has resigned from his duties in Fort Ann and Fort Edward to also help Kingsbury with its quality-of-life issues, and eventually will be the town’s code enforcement officer.

Dean Watkins was hired as the new dog control officer for Fort Edward, and Haley Kirby was appointed for Fort Ann.

Humiston told the Kingsbury Town Board on Monday that he’d like to work out a mutual aid agreement among the area’s dog control officers for when people are sick or on vacation.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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