MALONE — The town board thanked the town’s highway department for recent work on a fishing platform, a site on the Salmon River accessible to wheelchairs, off of Lower Park Road.

Highway Superintendent Bruce Mallette said the work crew took care of some needed maintenance and upkeep at the site.

“There were a few boards that needed to be replaced, so we replaced them and stained the whole thing,” Mallette said, “The ramp going onto the dock needed a little fill, so we put some concrete in there, just spruced it up.”

Mallette said a couple trees were also taken out, adding the platform is utilized by local fishermen.

Councilman Paul Walbridge thanked Mallette for the work and said he had gone over to see the changes.

“You guys did an excellent job and thank you for doing it. I went down there and I saw a couple people fishing,” Walbridge said, “It catches your eye, I was maybe 75 feet away, and holy cow it looks great, nice job.”

Town Supervisor Andrea Stewart agreed, and said the platform looks sharp and she was pleased the ramp had been repaired.

“It looks a lot better. The ramp looks good too, I was looking at it yesterday and thinking how you would get a wheel chair on there, it had settled a little bit.”

A sign at the fishing platform states it was put in during 2008 by the Franklin County Legislature, working with the Franklin County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs, utilizing state wildlife habitat grant funds.

Stewart relayed correspondence from the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance, updating the town council on this year’s final state equalization rate.

According to Stewart, the final state equalization rate for the 2021 assessment roll is 76.00, up 3.00 from last year.

“It is going to take a while but we are starting to go the other way,” Stewart said.

Planning Board

Stewart said council members have received a large folder with a draft comprehensive plan from the town’s planning board.

“It has been in limbo here for several years, has been resurrected and the planning board has been reviewing that,” Stewart said.

Stewart said she wanted to give the council a couple weeks to review the material, stating her intent to schedule a work session to further discuss the materials at the board’s next meeting, Wednesday, June 23.

“I’d like to give you an additional couple weeks to review it on your own, and digest some of it,” Stewart said.

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