Bath Town OKs development plan dollars

Mary Perham

The Bath Town board has approved putting $6,500 toward a joint economic development plan.

Trustees agreed Monday to set aside $6,500 in their 2012 budget for the plan, which is being developed through a joint committee composed of board members from the town of Bath and villages of  Bath and Savona.

The village of Bath set aside $10,000 in its current budget, with the Savona village board approving $7,000. The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency also has agreed to put $5,000 toward the plan.

Officials expect to use the funds to pay for a study outlining the steps the municipalities need to take to boost the local economy.

Town Supervisor Fred Muller said municipal funds are a back-up to a $25,000 state grant the joint committee has applied for. Officials hope to hear in the fall whether the grant has been awarded.

In other action, the board

Set up a committee to review the Steuben County road use agreement. The committee includes Councilwoman Robin Lattimer, Planning Board Chairman Jim Emo, and Town Highway Superintendent Patrick Muller. The committee is expected to adapt the county agreement to fit town needs, Fred Muller said.

Agreed to hold a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. June 23 on a local law eliminating the position of tax collector and giving the town clerk the responsibility of collecting taxes. If approved by the board, the elimination of the position would be up for voters’ approval Nov. 8.

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