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Councilmen Theodore Lounsbury and Alfred Field spoke about a slim likelihood of natural-gas drilling in town, the wearied process of evaluating the issue, and the state's long-awaited regulations.

KNOX — The questions were big — what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to living in Knox? — but the crowd was not. In this rural town of 2,700, about 18 men and women sat in small groups to discuss issues that would shape how the Knox comprehensive plan would be modified.

A survey on the 2014-15 budget should be submitted by March 5 for the budget advisory committee to review. It will remain open online until March 10, when school board members meet next to discuss the budget.

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.

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