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A historical society is being formed by group in the town of Collins

COLLINS — Doug Martindale addressed the Collins Town Board, during its June 3 meeting, to inform the board members that a local group is in the process of forming a Collins Historical Society.

The group’s stated purpose is to “collect, research, interpret and preserve information or items of historical interest, to citizens and former citizens of the town of Collins, as well as those seeking a link to their own past.”

Martindale said that he and the rest of the group’s members are eager for additional interested parties to join their ranks.

The group president, Linda Munro, may be contacted at 241-7066. Vice President Doug Martindale is available at 532-5984.

In other matters:
– Highway Supervisor Dennis Jensen proposed to replace a 2003 pickup truck with a van. The truck currently has more than 100,010 miles and is in need of repair. Jensen said that the swap “will be much more suitable to the department than the pickup was,” as the new vehicle will come complete with sheltered storage space for tools and equipment. The board will review the proposal for the next meeting.

– Town Clerk Becky Jo Summers reported that May’s transactions came to $5,609, of which the town’s portion was $5,325. She added that, of the $2,539,690 tax assessment for the year, $2,315,430 has been collected, so far. That figure is on par with last year’s. The clerk’s office will continue to accept payments, for the remaining $224,259 through June, after which due bills will be turned over to the county.

– Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer Gene Degman reported that five building permits were issued for May, at a total of $34,000.

– The board accepted the audit report for the year ending Dec. 31. That audit was presented by Laura Landers from Freed Maxick CPAs.

– A bid from Highland Masonry Restoration Inc., to repair the masonry of the L.K. Painter Center at a cost of $19,750, was accepted.

– The town will solicit bids for a redesigned shelter for the Collins town park. Sealed bids must be presented to Summers’ office by noon on June 28.

– Fencing along the Collins Town Park property line will be fixed or repaired by Nathan Gernatt of Countryside Fencing, at a cost of $2,350.

– Erie County Legislator John Mills will host a hot dog roast at the Collins Library on June 8 at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go directly to the library.

The next board meeting will be held on June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall.

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