A long-awaited agreement assigning a dog-catcher to the Town of Wales was approved by the Town Board this week.
William Newello, Town of Holland dog control officer, will provide services in Wales for a period of one year beginning Jan. 1. The town will pay Holland $3,000 and absorb Newell’s mileage and an additional hourly fee of $65 for picking up dogs. Previously, Wales had a similar agreement with the Town of Aurora.
In other matters, the board:
• Approved a contract that will give highway workers a 2 percent pay increase and three extra sick days per year, to nine, and also approved an Independent Health insurance plan that increases the deductible and co-pays. The plan covers the highway superintendent, two highway workers and the town clerk.
• Gave the go-ahead for a state waiver allowing the Wales Center Volunteer Fire Company to recruit volunteers outside the fire district.
• Will study a proposal by Auctions International owner Russ Scherrer to install a sign at the site of the newly opened flea market complex on Route 20.
• Voted to hold its annual end-of-the-year meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Road.
• Approved a revised special-use permit for Beiters’ goat farm on East Creek Road, which covers a state-approved nutrient-management plan and a plan for disposing of goat waste.
Eric Beiter said he has 14 goats and enough grazing space to accommodate 100 goats.