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Police knocked on doors in the Rensselaerville hamlet last month after a councilman called and complained about cars parked on the street. The response from residents was called a "small uproar" by the sheriff.

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Highway superintendents and their town boards across the state have to agree to what road projects will be done every year. Berne Supervisor Kevin Crosier says the highway superintendent's late list is too costly and can't be approved.

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Marie Dermody, a former supervisor in Rensselaerville who helps edit the publication, defended the disputed information in its April issue by saying it is true.

Residents during the April town board meeting expressed frustration at town board members' absence at the meeting scheduled in March, which had been postponed from February. Nearly two years ago, the town decided to investigate the gas-drilling process.

The clarifications to ethics board procedures discussed with the town's attorney had the overarching goals of keeping the length and cost of investigations down and included the question of whether or not and how defendants should be reimbursed for attorney's fees.

Westerlo is part of the the corner of Albany County that sits over the Marcellus Shale formation containing natural gas. The town council had rejected for revision its original report on hydrofracking.

Councilman Alfred Field voted against setting several salaries and wages, explaining that he does not feel Westerlo can afford raises along with surging insurance costs.

Knox Supervisor Michael Hammond defended his practice of compiling his own schedule of business during meetings, saying he makes it available to the town clerk the day before and often gets requests and correspondence in a narrow space of time.

Dawn Jordan, who led the study of hydrofracking for the town, took her seat at the board table this month — a position she lost in the 2011 election. 

Two years into her four-year term, Bonnie Conklin said she wants to dedicate herself more to her work. She said she felt uncomfortable and uninformed at times on the council.

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