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Concord board covers contracts

CONCORD — The Concord Town Board discussed a number of contracts during its Sept. 12 meeting.

Keith Bryan of Sen. Patrick Gallivan’s office advised the board that the senator’s representatives are available to assist the town of Concord as needed. He also spoke to the board about regulatory reform and tax reform.

Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains, said, “The village of Springville liaison attended their last meeting [during which] the fire contact was discussed. All of the testing done at the control center was negative, so the remodeling project will be moving forward. The Erie County [firefighter] recruitment retention remodeling program started last year and is going well. There should be over 700 volunteers this year; there were 600 last year. We shall need to get funding to have all the new recruits trained.”

Supervisor Gary Eppolito advised that, “Matt Willibey, of the East Concord Fire Company, informed the town that their new truck should be ready for homecoming weekend on Sept. 27. On Sept.17, 2013 the highway superintendents and supervisors are scheduled to attend an Erie County Legislative session, and [will] try to resolve the county snow plowing contract; the current contract has expired. The official acceptance of resignation of former assessment clerk Ruby Bruce was motioned, after the board had previously tabled this resignation. She has served the town for over 30 years and will really be missed.

“We have also received a resignation of Sherri Ondesko at the position of part-time clerk of the code enforcement officer and highway superintendent, effective Sept. 30, 2013,” Eppolito continued. “We need to appoint Ondesko to the position of full-time assessment clerk. The provision will be made for her to take the civil service exam when it becomes available and she will have to score within the top 30 percent, to keep this position,” Eppolito added. “The rate of pay for the assessment clerk position will be $14 per hour, which will be $25,480, with the added benefits of health insurance and New York state retirement. Ondesko’s appointment of assessment clerk will be effective as of Sept. 13, so that training can begin prior to Ruby Bruce’s retirement.”

The board of Concord will have a public hearing on Oct. 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Eppolito advised the board, “Mark Alianello’s office has made their recommendation for the Cattaraugus Street Water District.” The awarded bid went to S. Street George Enterprises Inc., in the amount of $30,880.

Eppolito also added, “We will need to finalize matters with Jeffrey Smith of Municipal Solutions before the town can proceed with financing the Bensley project. The funds will need to be placed in a capital reserve fund, which the town does not have. The vote must be a majority one.” The supervisor will be contacting Smith, and, if needed, the town will hold a special town board meeting to resolve the matter.

The Fireside Inn has been sold to Mary Marlow, who is applying for a liquor license with the New York State Liquor Authority. The new owner has submitted a copy of the new application to the town and has asked to have the 30-day municipality notice for the business’s on-premises liquor license waived.

Deputy Town Attorney Michael Barone will review the waiver process and the board has agreed to waive the 30-day notice, pending approval by Barone. Once Barone confirms the waiver, Eppolito will forward a letter to Marlow.

Eppolito said, “I have received a proposal to prepare amendments to the towns zoning ordinance as prepared by Mark Alianello and Carol Horowitz.” Eppolito has asked the town board to pursue this matter. “The first step would allow for a topography study of the area. This would be a two-year plan,” he said.

A liquor license was approved and carried for the Springville Country Club.

Town Clerk Darlene Schweikert noted in her minutes report that there will be a special town board meeting on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. The next Concord Town Board meeting will be held Oct.10 at 6 p.m., regarding the tentative budget. A budget workshop will follow.


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