This past week was an extremely busy week.  On Monday, November 7th, we held our last budget work session, which was primarily devoted to talking about the town’s contract with the Au Sable Forks Volunteer Ambulance.  After much discussion, it was decided to approve approximately a 20% increase to the prior year contract, which was less than the approximate 33% they were requesting.  This will require, a lot of discussion, collaboration and awareness for the need for volunteers to help keep our current level of response.  This is an issue that is seen and felt locally, but is a state and national problem.

On Wednesday, the Planning Board held their monthly meeting.  Along with the monthly agenda, we invited the six individuals who are interested in being alternates on the planning board.  The recommendation of this board was to make all six active alternates, but due to local town law, only two could be approved by the Town Board.  We will be working to update and amend this local town law to allow the alternates to be able to stand-in for any meeting a regular member is unavailable and to increase the number of alternates allowed.

Thursday was our monthly Regular Board Meeting, prior to that meeting we held a public hearing about the 2023 Budget.  We voted on and approved the budget for 2023 which is an increase of 4.1% which is under this year’s allowable tax cap.  We will be using $257,900 of fund balance on one time purchases for equipment.  Hard copies of the 2023 adopted budget are available from the Town Clerk.  We also voted to purchase Voyent Alert, a communication system that will alert residents to emergencies, notices and/or events in the Town of Jay via text, email, robocalls and alerts through the app.  We will be rolling this system out over the next month.

Lastly, we held our Community Dinner on Sunday.  It was well attended and around $1200 was donated in memory of Max Thwaits III to be donated to the three fire departments and ambulance service in the Town of Jay.  Thank you to Carol and a host of volunteers who helped decorate the Gym, cooked and served this amazing meal.

Have a great week,