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Town of Alma updates: Cannabis opt-out, another resignation, new office hours, and first meeting of 2022 set

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Never has such a small town created so much news.

By Andrew Harris

During the last regular meeting of 2021, the town of Alma voted to ban cannabis sales or consumption lounges before the December 31st deadline. Town officials were unable to comment on the logic which prevailed in that decision at this time.

After three decades as the town bookkeeper, Michelle Dunbar, is the latest town official to resign in protest. Earlier this month, we reported that Town Clerk and Tax Collector Michelle Staedt abruptly resigned, also citing pending Attorney General investigations. Here is the letter from Dunbar:

Incoming Town Supervisor Steve Dickerson was asked for a comment on the letter but has not responded as of this post.

The new town government will be sworn in and begin work on Tuesday January 4th beginning at 6pm and the clerk/tax collector office hours have changed. Below are those public notices:

PUBLIC NOTICE: TAX NOTICE TOWN OF ALMA NYNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that I, Heather Trask, the undersigned Tax Collector of the Town of Alma, Allegany County, New York, have received the tax roll and tax warrant for the collection of taxes for 2022. From January 3,2022 to January 31,2022 taxes are payable without interest. From February 1,2022 to February 28,2022 one (1) percent will be added. From March 1,2022 to March 31,2022 an additional one (1) percent will be added. On April 1,2022, unpaid taxes will be returned to the Allegany County Treasurer pursuant to the provisions of law. Tax Collection location is 5838 Allen St. Allentown NY 14707

Tax Collector’s hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-3pm & Fridays 1pm-6pm will also be open 10am-3pm January 31,2022 and 10am-3pm February 28,2022. (HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)Heather Trask Town Clerk/Tax Collector Town of Alma


PUBLIC NOTICE Town of Alma Organizational meeting followed by regular Town Board meeting scheduled for January 4,2022 at 6pm. Masks required while in the Town building.


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