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Snow contract reported at Concord meeting

CONCORD — Concord Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito announced the tentative approval of a snow-removal contract at the board’s Oct. 10 meeting.

“The county agrees to remove snow and to control ice and snow on certain town roads and to remove its own snow fences, where the board deems desirable, at a rate-per-lane mile,” said Eppolito, regarding the pending contract for 2013-2016. “This mile will be defined as $3,494.92 per lane mile, for the 2013-14 winter season.”

A lane mile is a portion of any town road which is one mile long and has sufficient width to allow the safe passage of vehicles. The lane mile covered by the contract will be on South Cascade Drive, from Route 39 to Waverly Street. The term of this agreement began on Sept. 1, 2013 and will end on Aug. 31, 2016, and will include yearly snow seasons. A snow season, Eppolito explained, will typically run from Sept. 1-April 30.

Eppolito added that, according to the ice control agreement, “Removal of the snow and ice is defined as what may be required for re-deposits along road sides, and shall include, if necessary, push-back and shelving. The county will be required to maintain a sufficient level of manpower, equipment and materials to enable it to meet the objectives of the town. If necessary, the town will provide reasonable passage and movement of vehicles over any highways, in accordance with the best interest to the public.”

If the town requires a higher level of snow removal, such as front-end loaders and trucks, that would be labeled as extra work, and will be compensated on an hourly basis.

Eppolito also remarked on the rating of county grants.

“The county rates the grant, first. I serve on a team of 12 individuals. We then visit other sites and rate them. We cannot rate our own sites and furthermore, if our township obtains 30 points, we will be grant-eligible.”

Highway Superintendent and Fire Chief Dennis Dains announced a hands-on approach for training that is now in the works, in conjunction with the New York State Fire Chief’s Association.

“Erie County is sponsoring three different sites for a firefighters’ flashover training. This is a state-certified course and hopefully, we will have our own employees attending this. We also have a fire prevention week at local schools and fire stations.”

Life Scout James Oatman raised the financing and manpower to build a shelter at the former Route 219 rest area, as an Eagle Scout project,” Eppolito reported.

“The project was completed with full knowledge and consent of Erie County. Less than four months later, the County of Erie Parks Department has decided to designate this area as a ‘regeneration area.’ The town of Concord does not oppose regeneration areas, but, due to the fact that this has been a rest area for many years, a large effort has been expended. The town is formally requesting that Erie County continues to maintain this property. Expenses will be minimal; the county is already sustaining the Scoby Hill Dam County Park nearby.”

This resolution will be forwarded to Erie County Legislator John Mills and Troy Schnitzel, the Erie County Parks Commissioner, for review. The next meeting will be held Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

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