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By Jennifer Weber

The Town of Concord met on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. with a work session preceding.

Several members of the Boy Scouts were present at the meeting working on their Citizenship in the Community badge. Supervisor Eppolito welcomed the young men and offered ideas for future Eagle Scout projects with the town, including creating a horseshoe pit and providing picnic tables at the Senior Center. The Town of Concord has a plaque in the Town Hall displaying the name of each Eagle Scout.

The elevator in the Town Hall required service calls in the amount of $4,500 in January to install a new non-contact infrared door reopening device and pump out the existing oil in the reservoir and install new oil.

Eppolito attended a meeting regarding the Erie Countywide Government Efficiency Plan. Governor Cuomo is attempting to make the AIM (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities) funding contingent upon Legislature approval of a proposed efficiency mandate; if the budget does not pass with this new plan, New York towns, villages and cities will not receive AIM funding. The amount of AIM funding received by the Town of Concord is $48,251.

MDA engineers reviewed the draft Solar Law and the Board set the date of the Public Hearing on Local Law #1 of 2017: Amending the Zoning  Ordinance of the Town of Concord to Regulate Solar Energy Systems for Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Director of the Hulbert Library Bridgette Heintz provided the board with the 2017 appointments to the Hulbert Library Board of Trustees: President, Leslie Gibbin; Vice-President, Virginia Krebs; Secretaty Pam Bartkowski; Treasurer Carl Eisenhand; Trustees Thomas Virginia, Kathleen Rumfola and Susan Fischbeck.

Eppolito brought up the fact that the 2012 Senior Van run by the Town has over 200,000 miles on it and they will need to start looking for a replacement vehicle.

Councilman Snyder, Eppolito and Town Engineer Mark Allianello attended a presentation about energy performance contacts benefitting residents of Crane Ridge hosted by Wendel Architects & Engineers.

Concord Town Resident Mary Jane Miess addressed the board about the conditions of the roads and urged other residents to contact our County Officials with their concerns.

Jennifer Manitone provided the board with the year end Senior Center report, which stated that by December 31, 2016 there were 708 scheduled events/happenings (lunches, meetings, speakers, exercise, classes, lectures, programs, etc) in 272 days. “The Concord Senior Center grew from a blank and empty building in September 2015 to a vibrant place where people come to meet, to eat, to have fun, and to learn.”

In other business, the board approved:

• A fuel bid received by Superior Plus Energy Services (Griffith Energy)

• Increase in the Highway Department’s Comp Hours by 20 hours (currently at 60 hours, request made to move to 80 hours)

• Request for proposals for the lawn mowing of the cemeteries and the Senior Center

• Reappointment of Supervisor Eppolito to the Erie County Environmental Management Council

• Contract through Erie County with SunnKing for E-Waste agreement

• Renewal of the MDA Engineers Agreement covering the employment of Jim Thoman

• Perkins Trailer park permit as approved by CEO Al Pirro

• 2017 Junk Yard Permits including: Jordans’ Salvage, Southern Tier Auto center, Arthur P. King Auto Parts, Ronald Miller

• 2017 Mining Permits including: McEwan Trucking, Schreiber & Winkelman, Joseph McCarthy, Gernatt Asphalt Products, Cold Spring Construction, Michael J. Hannon Landscaping & Excavation and Russo Properties.

The next Town Board meeting is Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at 86 Franklin Street, Springville, NY 14141.

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