Variety of topics mulled at village meeting

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CLINTON — It was a busy evening at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Village of Clinton Board of Trustees. The DAR, climate change, and the right to celebrate religious beliefs were all topics.

Mayor Steven Bellona asked for and received a motion to designate the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in the village, on behalf of the Oneida Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The motion was seconded and passed.

Approximately 15 people attended the meeting in support of the Kirkland Clinton Climate Preparedness Working Group. The group has been successful in the past, working with both the town and the village, in converting the old street lights to LED type lighting saving the village an estimated $8,000 annually on its energy bill. On this evening, the group asked the board to invite the formation of a Kirkland Clinton Climate Preparedness Working Group, and commit a village trustee who can serve on the working group.

Mayor Bellona thanked the group, asked for some time to consider their proposal and said he would get back to them within two weeks time.

The South Street water tank is finished with its reconditioning. Water samples were sent to a lab for testing of coliform and bio-organic compounds Those results were returned to the village’s engineer Tim O’Hara, who in turn sent them to the Oneida County Health Department. The tank remains out of service pending the OCHD report.

Rabbi Didi Waks came before the board to request the stationing of a Hebrew menorah on the village green gazebo for the duration of the Hanukkah holiday this year. The board explained they were looking into re-examining the village policy concerning the use of the village green at the October meeting, and how it would affect the menorah being displayed one night, as was the case last year, or the full eight nights of the holiday this year as Waks is requesting. Bellona invited Waks to attend that meeting.

In other business:

• The Clinton Garden Club sent a note to the trustees thanking them for all their support helping them plant all the beautiful flowers in green.

• Mayor Bellona thanked the Hamilton College sustainability crew for their efforts in cleaning up the debris that collected in Sherman Brook this past summer. Bellona said it took them about week to pick out a lot of metal from the water and along the creek bed.

• A motion was asked for and approved to conduct the Clinton Shopper’s Stroll on Friday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• A motion was asked for and approved to conduct the 5-kilometer run, known as the “Jingle Jog” on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 a.m.

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