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Collins Town Board visits the glue factory

COLLINS — Mike Hutchinson, the project manager for the Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corp., spoke to the Collins Town Board about the revitalization of the glue factory site on Palmer Street in Gowanda.

Hutchinson presented a history of that site to the board, on June 17, going back to the factory’s 1904 beginning. He detailed the financial struggles to get the “potential responsible parties” for the pollution of the area, resulting from the many years of hosting the glue factory, to clean up the area and rid it of potentially harmful waste debris. This step was accomplished at a cost of approximately $2.65 million, from the PRPs.

Hutchinson asked the board to give his group a letter of support for a New York State Parks Grant application, in the hope of getting funds to take the next step in the project: having a year-round park and recreation area on the site.

Photos of the proposed park were displayed, to the board. Collins Supervisor David Tessmer said that he would be happy to sign such a support letter, when it is prepared.

In another matter, Tessmer updated the board about the repairs and upgrades to the L.K. Painter Center. He said that he is “concerned that the costs were becoming considerably greater than anticipated, when they first began their plans.”

While a bid for the masonry repair of the outside west wall, a $40,000 job, had already been granted, Tessmer said he wondered if some of the items may have to be temporarily sidelined. He asked for the board members’ input, about this matter. The item will be revisited, at a later date.

In other matters:
– Board Member Ken Martin gave a report from the Helmuth Dispatchers Advisory Board, which is expecting to turn the leadership roll for the unit over from North Collins to the Seneca Nation, at year’s end.

The board has expressed a hope that it will eventually purchase a recording device for all calls, because “it is in their best interest to have an accurate record of any emergency they may handle,” according to Martin.

– Board Member Rob Gaylord reported that the present system of handling waste in the town, utilizing the transfer station, is the most economical system, as opposed to contracting out collectors or leaving it to individuals, to have this done.

– Tessmer said that the recently-established fee schedule for building permits should be revisited, as some areas, such as the in-ground pool permit, were questionable, when compared with others.

– Resident Tom Flynn asked the board for guidance, regarding his attempts to establish a dog rescue system, in which stray or lost dogs would be temporarily housed, while waiting for a permanent home adoption.

– The board approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford E250 Econoline cargo van. The NYS contract price, $24,091, includes a credit of $2,000, for trade-in of the town’s 2003 Ford pickup, for a final cost of $22,091 to the town. The van will be used by the highway department.

– Town highway department personnel will assist with the paving of the Collins and Collins Center fire company parking lots.

– Jennifer Renaldo was hired, to serve as the board of assessment review clerk for the 2013 meeting, at a flat fee of $50.

– The board hired the following beautification workers and summer recreation counselors: Collins Head Counselor Samantha D’Amaro, Collins Center Head Counselor Hayley Ploetz and Craft Coordinator Rebecca Russell at $9.80 per hour. Counselors returning at $9.30 per hour are Christian Peglowski, Christian Francis, Thomas McMullen, Kendrick Wilson, Robert Russell and third alternate Rebecca McMullen. New counselors, at $8.75 per hour, include Kylie Troidl, Hannah Brawdy, Jared Keppel, Kearsten Pipkins, first alternate Rachael Smith and second alternate Andrew Menoff.

– In accordance with the real property tax law, the board appointed Town Assessor Jeanne Ebersole to a 6-year term as assessor, ending Sept. 30, 2019.

– The next trash day will be held on Saturday, June 29.

The next Collins Town Board meeting will be held on July 8, at 7 p.m. During July and August, the board will meet on the second Monday of each month.

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