PHILMONT — They’re in the money, somewhat.
Mayor Clarence “Skip” Speed has received a check for $1,316, the pro-rated July payment from Homeland Towers LLC for the lease of village-owned property where the firm has erected a cellular communication tower.
The site is on the south side of State Route 23 in the Town of Claverack.
The monthly rental is $1,700. As other users sign on to share the tower, Mayor Speed said, the rent will increase.
And the Philmont Public Library is richer by $932 after its summer book sale the weekend of July 22-24.
The sale saw the former Hearts and Stars building next to the library filled with used books, arranged by teen volunteers.
“We sold a lot,” said Library Director Karen Garafalo, “but we had a lot left.”
Asked what happens to the leftovers, she said, “The word in library circles is that if a book doesn’t sell at your sale, it probably won’t at the next one, so we took the paperbacks to the County Jail and the children’s books to the Community Center. The hardcovers I’m putting out on the lawn in boxes marked ‘Free’.”
Hardcover books are not allowed at the jail for security reasons.