Hanover to address website; awaits state funds | News, Sports, Jobs

Hanover to address website; awaits state funds | News, Sports, Jobs

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  • January 13, 2023
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OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen
Hanover Town Supervisor Todd Johnson, front left, and Town Clerk Tim Crino, back right, are shown as they listened to public comments at a recent Town Council meeting.

HANOVER — How long does it take to fix a website? The Town of Hanover is about to have an answer.

The official town website is in question after receiving a failing grade in a study by The New York Coalition For Open Government, an open government advocacy organization. Like many other municipalities across the state, Hanover’s government meeting documents and minutes are not posted online and accessible to the public as required by the state Open Meetings Law.

After receiving the failing grade more than a month ago, town officials were just recently given temporary control of the website from the town’s IT professional. Once the town officials give the IT professional control of the website again for adjustments, the town will receive control again, “to add to it however we want,” according to Town Clerk Tim Crino.

“That is going to be my number one project for this year, updating that website and making it much more user friendly with a lot more information on it,” Crino said.

While it has taken months for the town to address its website, one Town Councilman claims the town has waited much longer than that to receive funding he believes the state owes Hanover.

Town Councilman Lou Pelletter claims that on multiple occasions, the state of New York has not followed through on funds he expected to be provided to the town.

“They owe the Town of Hanover $150,000. They throw money around, they owe us,” Pelletter said.

Among the missing money according to Pelletter includes a $50,000 dissolution payment to Forestville when the village dissolved. “When I came into office and they dissolved, I took that over. (The state) refused to pay,” said Pelletter.

Pelletter also believes Hanover should receive another $50,000 for a roofing project in Forestville that was awarded before its dissolution, as well as up to $50,000 for reimbursement for water and sewer, highway, and fire departments provided by Hanover. Pelletter claims he had 345 emails pertaining to the matters.

State Sen. George Borrello has been contacted by Pelletter about the matters and Pelletter hopes for a favorable resolution for the town.

“They owe us. I’m hoping that Senator Borrello and Mr. Crino can go through all the paperwork and do something with that,” said Pelletter.

Pelletter also contacted WellNow Urgent Care with the hope of getting a medical treatment facility in the Town of Hanover. “I told them if they want to come here, I will help them,” Pelletter said. “We have to have medical in the town. … We lost everything. We have no place to go. … I’m very concerned with public safety, obviously.”

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