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Senior Center sees increase in foot traffic

CONCORD—There were 10,420 people who visited the Senior Center this year, according to Director Eleanor Eschborn. She noted in 10 months, the center hosted 571 activities.

“I’m very proud of that number,” Eschborn said of the volume of visitors. “I couldn’t do it without the volunteers and people who come in.”

At the Dec. 14 Concord Town Board meeting, Eschborn compared the number of visitors to the 3,795 who visited in 2016. She updated the board on the happenings at the center, including upcoming plans.

“We’ll be putting in a wind break … anyone who has been there knows how bad the wind can be,” she said. “That will be in front of the building.”

Throughout the year, the center has hosted the nutritional site between two and four days a week, depending on the participants. SASi has been cleaning the center twice a month and the Bloodmobile visits the third Wednesday of each month. Eschborn noted the center no longer has cable, as no one was using it, but channels are still available. She thanked outgoing Supervisor Gary Eppolito for all his work and help with the center, and said she knows Supervisor-elect Clyde Drake will continue to “help make the center better.”

The board approved changes to the 2018 tax rates, adding they will not change the tax levy. The general fund A will increase to 3 percent, from 2.99 percent. The highway DA and DB, library and fire protection are all slated to increase by less than 1 percent.

The mobile home park inspections were renewed for 2018, and will be inspected in the spring. Eppolito said pushing the inspection back allows for residents of the parks to take advantage of the town wide garbage collection.

Town Attorney Brian Attea will look over the Cold War veterans exemption, which looks to extend the exemption for veterans permanently. The exemption was first adopted in 2008 as a local law for 10 years. There are roughly 51 residents in the town who take advantage of the exemption. The law exempts Cold War veterans from a portion of their property tax.

Attea will review the law and make a recommendation to the board. The board has to adopt the local law prior to March 1, 2018.

In other news, the board:

– Accepted the resignation of Deborah Barone as town attorney.

– Appointed Karl Lux to the Planning Board, Pam Bartkowski to the Library Board and Ray Hubert to the Concord IDA.

The Concord Town Board will next meet Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for its reorganizational meeting. The regular board meeting will follow.

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