2018-02-13 / News

Delhi Tel to Expand Internet, Telephone Service to Walton

Code Enforcement Officer Summarizes 2017

Jason Miller, spokesman for Delhi Telephone Company, details the company’s planned coverage expansion which includes the village of Walton. Jason Miller, spokesman for Delhi Telephone Company, details the company’s planned coverage expansion which includes the village of Walton. WALTON - The village of Walton is one step closer to having additional options for expanded high-speed internet and telephone service following a trustee meeting on Feb. 5. Following a presentation by Delhi Telephone Company spokesman Jason Miller, trustees unanimously approved forward movement on the phasetwo expansion of the company’s services in Walton, which offers coverage over 4.06 road miles to 546 village homes.

Part of the expansion of services includes the construction of an unmanned utility building at the site of the former Miller Avenue school, which will house equipment.

A franchise agreement, which mimics a Spectrum (formerly known as Time Warner Cable) agreement, will be presented to the village and a public hearing will be scheduled, as part of the expansion process.

Miller said the time line for completion of phase two is by the end of 2018.

In other business before the village, Code Enforcement Officer and Flood Plain Manager Steve Dutcher presented his year-end report summarizing 2017 activities. In 2017, Dutcher issued 85 building permits, including renewals; completed 307 field inspections; 12 fire inspections and 30 certificate of occupancy searches. He issued five violation and one ticket collecting $9,626.68 in revenue - through permits, searches and inspection fees and issued permits valuing $2,889,580.

Over the course of 2017, Dutcher reported that there were two large building projects in the village - the Family Health Center addition at Delaware Valley Hospital and the rebuild of the Baptist Church Parish Hall.

In other business:

• Walton Police issued 70 traffic summons, and responded to 477 calls - including one unattended death, 22 assists to the fire department, 151 property checks, six domestic complaints, five alarm activations; four violations, 13 misdemeanor and four felony arrests, among other activity. Officers used a total of 359.7 gallons of gas driving 2,865 miles. Police Chief Paul Olsen accepted the resignation of part-time police officers Craig DuMond and Jay Vandermark. Upon Olsen’s request trustees approved a taser instructor course for officer Aaron Smith; a breath test operator course for Smith and Devon Dunphy and an interview and interrogation course for Fred Babcock. There is no cost for the trainings other than the officer’s time, Olsen said. The village approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the police department and Delaware County, under which the village will be reimbursed for transports made by the police department to Binghamton General Hospital for mental health crisis patients who are not village residents. The village will be reimbursed up to $5,000 per year, which Olsen said, will reduce the fiscal burden to village taxpayers.

• Trustees unanimously passed a resolution, at the request of the Delaware County Planning Department, approving the New York City Department of Environmental Protection flood protection buy-out of the Breakey Motors property on Delaware Street, owned by Keath Davis.

• At the request of Paul Wood, copies of department head reports, which are circulated to trustees, will be made available to the public at monthly meetings.

• Trustees approved $393 in property insurance costs for property owned at 4 Water Street, including contents. The site of the former bowling alley complex is now owned by the village and is assessed at $390,000.

• Maxine Locherer, Joanne Pomeroy and Mary Cohen were hired as election inspectors for the March trustee election.

• The sewer plant violated effluent regulations in January and notified the New York Department of Environmental Protection of non-compliance. Excessive chlorine has been intermittently coming into the sewer plant. Staff is now monitoring Kraft chlorine intakes during excess readings, as well as discharges during high chlorine events for correlations.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Walton Trustees will be on March 5 at 6 p.m.

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