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Friday night lights: Concord discusses ball diamond lighting at local park

CONCORD — The town of Concord regular board meeting, held on Thursday, Feb. 13, opened with the monthly reports from Springville Fire Chief and Highway Supervisor Dennis Dains. January was a slow month for the fire department, resulting in fewer than 25 emergency calls. This is in contrast to the busy January he had as highway supervisor, attempting to clear the roads, due to a heavy amount of snowfall.

Dains thanked the board for approving the addition of a second-shift snowplow driver. “I believe the addition has really helped out a lot. It gives our [drivers] some downtime to get some rest, while still being able to maintain the roads,” said Dains.

A big concern facing many towns, around the state, is a shortage of rock salt. According to Dains, the town of Concord is using roughly 100 percent of its quoted amount. Dains has been told by both of the town’s rock salt providers; North American Rock Salt, and American Rock Salt, that Concord will be guaranteed up to 130 percent of its quoted total. The town will not be charged any fee up to 120 percent of its quote. Dains explained the contract further, following the meeting.

“The town can go up to 120 percent over the ordered amount, without any additional charges. Between 120 percent and 130 percent then, there is an additional 10 percent per ton of salt; anything over 130 percent, it is an additional 15 percent.”

The town went over the 120 percent mark in 2013. Dains said that the department will be cutting back, to conserve salt for the rest of the season.

During the meeting, the board also discussed issues facing the Concord Town Park, specifically, the park’s baseball fields. Due to rising energy costs, the town plans to limit when night games can be held, during the spring and summer months. The service fee to turn on the field’s overhead lights is rising to $750, every month the lights are used. In the past, the town has charged the organization $50 per use of the lights, to cover the addition electric fee, while the town covers the service fee.

“Each month we throw the light switch, we pay $750, plus the electric fee,” said Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito. “We can use the lights one time or 100 times, and [the town] still pays $750. So, what we’re looking at is a policy to restrict the use to two months, during the summer.”

The town will ask both Springville-Griffith Institute and the Springville Youth Inc. Little League baseball programs to each pick one month, and schedule any night games for the month of their choosing. Any additional months that either program would like the use of the lights will be at their own expense.

In other board matters:

– The board approved Local Law No. 1 of 2014, the “Best Value Law.” The law will allow the town to purchase municipal contracts that feature the best value for the services provided, instead of the least expensive price.

The board also gave its approval on behalf of the town of Concord, to expand the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway to include the towns of Ashford, Ellicottville and Great Valley.

– A $1,000 donation was made to Maplewood Cemetery to help in a purchase of a new mower.

The Concord Town Board will hold its next meeting on March 13 at 7 p.m.

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