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The town of Fort Ann is trying out a pilot agreement with Washington County Real Property Tax Service department for assessing and appraisal services.

Town Supervisor Richard Moore said the assessor has resigned, and starting March 1 the county will provide the services. It will be a one-year agreement, with the possibility for renewal.

The assessor will be in the town offices from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Moore said this partnership may also be part of Washington County’s shared services plan, a mandate by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to highlight municipal partnerships that save taxpayer dollars.

Village elections

The villages of Fort Ann and Fort Edward have seats open for the March 19 elections.

Village Mayor Denis Langlois, who was appointed to his seat, is seeking to keep it. Village Trustee Ed Sharrow is also running again.

Petitions to run for either mayor or village trustee, which are both two-year terms, are due to Village Clerk Linda Blondin by Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Fort Edward has two special elections for trustee seats, both unexpired terms. One is for three years and one is for two.

Village Trustee Phil Perry resigned from his seat in December due to conflict-of-interest concerns with his job as a lawyer. Trustee Ed Carpenter had to resign due to requirements for his retirement as a corrections officer with the state. Carpenter was then reappointed to his seat and has said he plans to run for the rest of his two-year term.

Those interested in running for the seats under the Republican or Democratic party should attend their respective caucus. The Republicans will caucus at 11 a.m. Saturday in Village Hall. The Democrats will caucus at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall.

Those interested in running as an independent may pick up a petition packet at the Washington County Board of Elections. Petitions must be filed with the Board of Elections by Feb. 5.

Kingsbury meeting change, hearing

The Kingsbury Town Board has moved its monthly meeting and a public hearing from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, due to an anticipated lack of a quorum.

The hearing is in regard to Earth Waste & Metal’s license application to operate a junkyard at the Kingsbury Recycling Transfer Station on State Route 196.

Washington County sold the transfer station property last year, and Earth Waste & Metal bought it. Since the town has a junkyard law and the current operating permit is changing to the new owners, Town Supervisor Dana Hogan said a public hearing has to be held.

Permit documents from the state Department of Environmental Conservation indicate nothing has changed in the permit except for the permittee name.

Hogan said Earth Waste & Metal is a clean, well-run operation.

Anyone wishing to comment may speak at the public hearing, which is at the same time as the Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at the Town Hall.

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

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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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