NORTH HARMONY - Town officials plan to contest the outcome of the 2010 census, which showed a 10 percent decrease in North Harmony's population.
Town Supervisor Sally Carlson said she personally knows people who were not counted on the census map, leading officials to question the outcome of the census. Although she said she knows some people moved out of town she questions the figures and therefore plans to contest them according to a procedure outlined in census information with which she was provided by federal authorities.
The matter was discussed during a recent town board meeting.
Also at that time, she said officials discussed the town council seat that recently became vacant due to the death of Art Thomas. Mrs. Carlson said town officials have learned they can appoint someone to the vacant seat until November's elections, when someone can be elected to the four-year term, or the seat could be left vacant until that time. She said town officials plan to appoint someone since three people have already mentioned interest and others are being sought. Those interested will be interviewed before appointment and can choose to run in November. Anyone interested is asked to call Mrs. Carlson at 789-3445.
Mrs. Carlson also expressed concern about notice given by Chautauqua Utilities Inc. stating it has filed a new rate application with the state's Public Service Commission seeking to raise rates 36.3 percent based on retail sales revenue effective Sept. 1. Public Service Commission representatives said a decision is anticipated regarding the rate change request by Sept. 1. Comments pertaining to it can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chautauqua Utilities' officials could not be reached to comment.
According to its website, the company supplies natural gas along Chautauqua Lake from Camp Chautauqua along Route 394 to north of the Hewes BOCES center in Ashville.