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Alden moves forward on updating town’s code book

It has been over half a century since Alden’s code book has been updated, but the Town Board took steps Monday so that it happens over the next several years.

The board will move forward with a contract with General Code Publishers for $12,524. The cost will be split up over three years, Town Attorney Jennifer L. Strong said.

“It’s just bringing things up-to-date, to make sure we’re in compliance” she said.

The job of going through and updating the laws falls to Strong, who expects the job to take about three years.

“It’s a very intensive project,” she said, adding that the current code book of the town’s building, zoning and land-use regulations was written in 1964.

In October, the town applied for a Community Development Block Grant, but it is not expecting to receive grant funding for the code book, Strong said.

“They haven’t announced the grant results officially, but pretty much we’ve been told there isn’t money for that kind of project,” she said.

The new code book will also be online, said Supervisor Harry F. “Bud” Milligan.

The town attorney expects the work on the code book to be tedious, but said she’s looking forward to getting started.

“I’m very excited about it,” Strong said. “It’s long overdue. We’re coming up-to-date with technology.”

In other business, a new aluminum sign was approved for the front of the Alden Community/Senior Center.

The total cost of the sign is $1,930, and will be purchased from Garland Graphics. The old sign was removed so masonry work could be done on the center, Strong said.

In addition, two front windows were rebuilt, Town Engineer Michael J. Metzger said.

“Some of the block work needed to be repointed,” he said.

The board also proclaimed Nov. 28 as “Small Business Day” in the town and encouraged residents to shop locally.