Mansfield selectmen held a long discussion concerning the recent resignation of six senior members of the Mansfield Finance Committee. The board agreed to contact said members to see if they would be agreeable to talk at the next selectmen meeting.
Mansfield is now being held accountable for events in 1989. Town manager William Ross said that, because of changes in the New York State law, Mansfield is now requested to pay a settlement by an independent law firm regarding the then-legal dumping of 30 gallons of flammable chemicals into a state landfill. The settlement is $2,000, and Ross said that the settlement would be less than any legal fees it would take to contest it. Selectmen voted 5-0 to authorize Ross to pay the settlement by the May 6 deadline after more research, to make sure it is a legitimate claim and that there can be no other liability costs filed to the town.
The East Mansfield substation transformers have been delivered and will be installed in the next few weeks. The delivery was held up for 14 days because of road construction on the planned(and licensed) route.
Ross said that town-paid health insurance will remain the same in the next year as it is in this year (91 percent) and dental insurance will be going down 4 percent.
Selectmen voted 5-0 to accept the current wording of the job description that will be posted to fill the position of Town Clerk. Helen Christian has retired from the position.
Ross said that the Cate Springs Well has been virtually completely, with minor, nonessential details still remaining. He said the Walsh Well will be ready in June and the Albertini Well will be ready in August.
Ross also said that the High School will be receiving funding from a state grant that will allow them to install wireless internet to the cafeteria and other portions of the building.
The Comcast Center entertainment license discussion was tabled until next meeting due to liability concerns that recently came up. He added that the entire well project is ahead of schedule and currently under budget.
Ross said that the town has recently received $15,000 from FEMA in reimbursement for repairs from Tropical Storm Irene. The town will later be receiving an additional $50,000 for reimbursement
Ross also said that the FIOS installation process has begun and a schedule/map will be available on the town site soon.
Selectmen Doug Aninno suggested to the board that they schedule a downtown walk to help stay connected with the business climate on Main Street. The board tentatively agreed.