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Children Donate 1K to Charity, Town Hall Seeking Interns

A group of young Harrison students donated $1,000 to the food pantry and town hall announced openings for interns, among other things Thursday night.

Holding a check almost bigger than they were, a group of girls from the L.M.K Dance Club presented a $1,000 check to the Harrison Food Pantry on Thursday night. The check was the result of fundraising efforts put together by the group throughout the spring.

After that, the Harrison Town Board flew through what Mayor/Supervisor Joan Walsh called the fastest meeting she has ever been a part of, lasting only about 45 minutes, here are some highlights:

Town Hall Accepting Interns

Although the town usually pays high school seniors and graduates who would like to gain experience working at town hall, budget constraints this year made that impossible, according to Mayor Walsh. Instead, the town is offering unpaid internships to anyone who is qualified and interested. The board approved two interns and is accepting applications from anyone else who is interested.

Annual Stormwater Report

Town Engineer Michael Amodea requested that residents complete the annual Stormwater Report and resident questionnaire so the town can address any identified problems. Copies of the report can be obtained at the town clerk's office, the veteran's building, Mintzer Center and both libraries.

Outdoor Assembly Change Tabled

A new law that would allow charities and non-profits to bypass the town's outdoor event permit fee was tabled until August. Although the board frequently allows charities to host events in town without paying the fee, this change would make that practice law.

Town Accepts $8,000 in Additional Fireworks Donations

Just days before Saturday's fireworks display, the town voted to accept an additional $8,000 in donations. The display is scheduled for Saturday, July 3, at about 9 p.m. Any leftover money will be saved for future fireworks displays.

Debate Continues over Police Classes

For the second time this spring, the board passed funding for a Harrison police officer to take college classes. And, for the second time, the move was met with lukewarm reception from the board.

The newly signed police contract requires the town to pay for continuing education for selected officers. If the town does not pay for the class, entitled Math Probabilities and Statistics, it could face possible backlash from the police officer's union.

Councilman Pat Vetere voted against funding the class, claiming that it was a waste of taxpayer money because it was not funding a criminal justice class. The total cost of books and tuition for the class was $2,815.

The board did approve the expense but, after a short debate, decided to look into a way to clarify in the police contract that college courses offered to officers must obtain to criminal justice or other police work. The new police contract signed this spring lasts for three years.

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