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Wilna council considers security cameras, property maintenance law

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CARTHAGE — Following the theft of two stainless-steel plows from the town of Wilna Highway Department, the Wilna Town Council was asked during its Monday meeting to consider purchasing security cameras.

Highway Superintendent Patrick J. O’Meara said the plows, a 3-year-old plow and one bought about six months ago, each worth about $4,500, were discovered missing Friday when he stopped by the town barn. The department was closed last week, and Mr. O’Meara said everything was in order on the Fourth of July when he visited his office.

The incident was reported to the police; Mr. O’Meara said they found a thumbprint on the scene.

He said the plows are covered by insurance, with a $250 deductible.

Mr. O’Meara said the Jefferson County Highway Department is scheduled to begin paving work on Rogers Crossing Road on Wednesday.

Mr. O’Meara is seeking assistance to have county routes 40 and 41 repaired. Councilman Frank M. Skvorak suggested the Town Council set up a meeting with county legislators.

The board approved the appointment of Jeremy S. Thesier to the Wilna Housing Authority board of directors to replace Ernest L. Prievo, whose term ended in May.

With no one speaking at the public hearing, the board approved the joint application — with the town of Champion and villages of Carthage and West Carthage — for a Community Development Block Grant to help renovate housing for income-eligible residents.

Mr. Skvorak proposed the board adopt a property maintenance law for the town in the hope that residents would “maintain property in an acceptable condition.”

The law would regulate lawn heights and junk and trash accumulations.

Town attorney Mark G. Gebo suggested the board consult with the town code enforcement officer to check on state codes concerning property maintenance and on any proposed law that he would have to enforce.

Mr. Gebo said there were many details that would have to be worked out.

“You’ve got to be committed to it if you are going to do it,” he said. “If it doesn’t have any teeth, it will not be followed.”

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