Alden Supervisor Harry Milligan announced at the Town Board meeting Monday night that New York State had recently told the town that its workers’ compensation rates would increase significantly – around $30,000 per year.
But Alden fought back.
“The state just wanted to jack up our rates,” Milligan said. “They were giving us what we thought was false information on the population of each fire district.”
Milligan said his secretary spotted the problem with the state’s population numbers and resolved the town should not institute what she thought was an unfair and far-too-costly policy.
“My secretary lost sleep over that for quite a while,” Milligan said. “She said, ‘We shouldn’t be doing this,’ and we didn’t, and [the state] came back and said, ‘You were right.’”
In the end, Alden’s workers’ compensation rates will not be increasing.
It took just 15 minutes Monday for the Town Board to complete its 13-item agenda. The meeting’s most expensive resolution came in the approval of a $4,076 purchase for materials to construct a new shelter at the town park. Milligan said the last structure was knocked down four years ago, and because the park is used constantly, it’s a big deal to the town to have it replaced.
Also at the meeting:
• The board approved a four-week rental of one six-ton wheeled dumper for $3,500.
• The voting members – Milligan, Councilwoman Mary Riddoch and Councilman William Weber – approved the appointments of Angelo Daluisio to Alden’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Joy Insinna to become secretary of the town’s Board of Assessment Review.
• Milligan reported that last summer’s purchase of 55-gallon recycling bins for each residence has saved the town a lot of money on garbage disposal.
He also said the town is in the process of instituting a billboard on Walden Avenue near Genesee Street that poses and answers the question: ‘What’s happening in Alden?’ The sign will include a rundown of community events that will occur in the town in the coming weeks.
“We’ve got stuff going on, and a lot of times, nobody knows it,” Milligan said.
The next Alden Town Board meeting takes place June 3 at 7 p.m. inside Alden Town Hall.