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Collins examines code updates, reflects on projects completed in 2013

COLLINS — The Collins Town Board took time during its Dec. 2 meeting to review various rules and procedures to update the town’s code. Board members were also asked to comment on the liaisons and committees the board fulfills, with an eye to which areas each member would prefer to serve.

Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays’ falling on Wednesdays, there will be some schedule changes. The transfer station will be closed on both days, but open on the following Thursdays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. The town hall will close for both holidays at 1 p.m. on the day before both Christmas and New Year’s Day, and remain closed for the holiday.

In other board matters:

– While renovating the L.K. Painter Center, contractors discovered portions of an existing electrical system that were not up to New York state code. As a result, the board approved a change order for the Emergency Power Distribution contract by Goodwin Electric Company, in the amount of $1,534.90.

– The board approved the use of the L.K. Painter Center by the Lions Club on Dec. 20, and until noon on Dec. 21, to allow for the Seniors Program to wrap and temporarily store gifts for Christmas distribution.

– The board accepted the supervisor’s report for the months of Sept. and Oct.

Mike Hutchinson and Gowanda Mayor Heather McKeever spoke to the town board at its Dec. 16 meeting, looking for support for the Safe Route to School Grant. Because the project includes construction of a pedestrian walk, from the west curve of North Water Street as it approaches Academy Place, along the Cattaraugus to Aldrich Street, the project has become known as the “River Walk.”

Hutchinson pointed out that a grant application for $650,000, previously agreed to by the school board of education and the village, has been approved, and it would cost the local taxpayers nothing, with even the necessary construction labor slated to be covered by the department of transportation. The project entails the repair and refurbishment of street intersections and sidewalks on school routes, in addition to the construction of the river walk.

Hutchinson added that similar projects have been approved and completed, in other nearby communities.

He added that the strongest objection from members of the board of education may have been the fact that they would bear the maintenance of the river walk area. Hutchinson suggested that maintenance would be minimal, and that it would not carry “any real financial burden.”

McKeever and Phil Palen both supported Hutchinson’s idea, noting that it would be an added environmental improvement, to the area. No board action was taken.

All new kennel permits were approved. Those included Debra Cappella of Route 39, Springville; Karen Fedick of Brewer Road, Collins; Sandy Maloney of Collins Center Road, Collins; Linda and Sarah Bowdish of Woodside Road, Springville and Claudia Beaton of Cemetery Road, Collins.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will be switching to a new automated system. Beginning on Dec. 26, there will be a blackout period for license sales and game harvest reporting, as transition to the new automated system occurs. Hunters, anglers and trappers need to purchase their licenses, stamps and permits and register for recreational marine fishing, prior to Dec. 26, in order to hunt, trap or fish during the blackout period, which is expected to last about one week. Hunters will be given a grace period to report their harvest of animals taken, during that period, once the system is up and running.

The board noted that about 22 projects had been accomplished in 2013, at least nine of which reflected improvements at the L.K. Painter Center. These included a new emergency generator, exterior lighting and enumerated building repairs. In other areas, a new snowplow truck, credit card use at the town clerk’s office, town park shelter construction, replacing the town hall roof, the third annual Liberty Fest, an upgrade to the water monitoring system in Water District 1, a new bin and other repairs made at the transfer station were also completed.

In other board matters:

– The board approved a change order to the masonry repair project of the Painter Center, to allow for the replacement of depreciated window lintels at a cost of $5,400 by Masonry Restoration Inc.

– The board approved a time extension of 45 days for substantial completion and 60 days for final completion to the window replacement project at the Painter Center, due to unforeseen delays in window shipments.

– The board authorized the supervisor to sign an engagement letter with Freed Maxick, to complete 2013 audit of financial statements including the town clerk and justice court and prepare the annual financial report update, at a cost of $12,300, as well as direct expenses.

– Six budget modifications were made, to correct entry errors and recognize additional Consolidated Highway Improvement Program money, and six money transfers within the budge,t to reflect reality.

The next Collins town board meeting will be on Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall.


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