Springville Journal

Colden board hears updates from departments and committees


COLDEN – The Colden Town Board, at its Nov. 10 meeting, heard reports regarding a variety of departments and committees about various programs, events and updates within the town. 

In the community development report, Councilmember Patricia Zurbrick updated the board on upcoming events in the town. The annual tree lighting ceremony will be on Friday, Dec. 9, with craft for kids starting at 6 p.m. at the Colden Senior Center and the tree lighting and caroling starting at 7 p.m. at the gazebo next to the town hall. On Dec. 10, Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be at the Colden Fire Company, 8448 Gutekunst Road, at 6 p.m. to meet children. 

Superintendent James DePasquale read the highway and parks report. The final two GPS systems were installed in the vehicles that were left. Highway Superintendent Lee Wohlhueter is also looking to obtain prices for the new one-ton truck they are slated to order and went through the state bid for a 2023 Super Duty F-250 XL truck. Councilmember James Robinson also praised the highway department for the work they have been doing in-house, which has been saving the town money. 

“I went through the bills for the highway department and I noticed he is purchasing parts and having the work done in-house, which is saving us a lot of money as opposed to taking it to a dealer or a business outside of the community here to get it done,” Robinson said. 

Town Clerk Christina Kerlin reported the Bread of Life Outreach Center will be hosting a HEAP outreach on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

DePasquale reported there have been complaints over the speed of driving on Supervisor Avenue. He said the town has the right to raise or lower speed limits on town roads, which is 25 mph right now, but the town would like to focus on having more patrols in that area. Zurbrick and DePasquale also noted more patrols need to be happening throughout the entire town, especially on Route 240. 

“Route 240 is like a racetrack now. I stood out there for something and they just don’t slow down,” DePasquale said. “It falls back on the driver being responsible and understanding that there are kids and people and if someone backs out, you are not going to be able to stop.”

In other board news: 

– The board approved to accept the 2023 Colden town budget. 

– DePasquale said he spoke with Erie County Environment and Planning regarding the Community Development Block Grant. The board approved forgoing its project submission this year for work at the Colden Senior Center and submit it next year. DePasquale also noted with the town’s score rating, they should be near the top of the list next year. 

– Robinson reported the current NARCAN system is unused and up to date. 

The next Colden Town Board meeting and public hearing will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

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