By Derek . M. Otto
The regular meeting of the Town Of Concord Board was held Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at the town hall. Highway superintendent Dennis Dains was absent. The meeting opened with the floor being given to Erie County Legislator John Mills. Mills was making his regular visitations to board meetings. A major highlight was that he reported that Route 240 from Holland Glenwood to Foote Road would be finished ASAP. The county moved the equipment from the work on Route 391 to expedite the work on 240. When the work on 240 is finished, the equipment will be moved back to 391 to finish the nine-mile stretch there.
He also introduced his newest sign in the campaign for road construction in Erie County. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Mills are on opposite sides of the road debate. Mills stated, “We have to end this constant crisis situation each year when it comes to our roads. When need to go back to an age of preventive maintenance, not crisis situation.”
Mills displayed the new black and gold signs that say Poloncarz fix this road now. As Mills has successfully advocated, we had small victories with Routes 240 and 391, but there are more roads that need to be worked on.
Mills also gave a report that he was able to get road millings for the parking lot at the new Concord Historical Society Heritage Building.
A major issue has been the county response to the drug epidemic. To date, there have been 233 suspected drug deaths in Erie County alone. After having been to some conferences and trainings, Mills stated he was surprised that dentists were the biggest source of the problem and the constant prescribers of the opioid prescriptions. “There is no easy answer. Counties and local municipalities do not have the resources to combat it.” He said that there is hope with the President’s acknowledgment that the drug epidemic is a national emergency.
On a positive note, Mills had just given a check for $1,485 to the Hulbert Library for his annual hot dog sale held in July. For several years, his annual hot dog sales have raised over $75,000 for libraries in his district.
He noted that he was unchallenged in the upcoming election and that he would continue pursuing dollars for Springville and Concord, the “critical mass of Southern Erie County.”
In public comments, Mary Jane Miess continued her advocacy for the senior citizens of Concord. She expressed worry over the fact that the the five day a week lunch program was not fully utilized by area seniors. She said, “The Wednesday lunches are rarely attended and all seniors do not know they are available.”
Supervisor Eppolito said, “Lunches must have a quota of fifteen persons receiving them the day before the lunch. The ladies have to know who’s coming to lunch.” Miess still believes the only solution would be to have a full-time staff person at the Senior Center.
The board approved reports of the various departments. Clyde Drake provided the highway report, which was the proposed fixes to the five corner intersection of Genesee Road, Sibley Road and Route 240. Three proposals have been provided by the county. The first is a solution that allows for lighted stop signs at each of the corners. A problem noted that the prescribed distance for the signs would cause an issue at Sibley Road. The sign would be in the intersection past the point of stopping. The second proposal was for a traffic light at the intersection. The issue raised for the traffic light was maintenance and costs. Neither the county nor the town have traffic lights on any of the roads in the town of Concord. The third proposal is for a traffic circle at the intersection. Unlike the ones in Hamburg village, the circle would not have high curbs. It would also be inclusive of bicycle and pedestrian traffic at the intersection. At current, the drawings do not disrupt the Evergreen Cemetery or other properties. A public hearing will be held in the fall, with hopes the project could be finished in April 2018.
Drake concluded with the highway report, stating that chipping and oiling of town roads was complete.
The meeting moved to address a letter from Piper Malich who lives on Foote Road. She asked the town to look into reducing speed on Foote Road. Concerns about the high speed near Sprague Brooke Park prompted the letter. Since it’s a county road, the Town has filed a TE-9 with the county to begin the process.
The board tabled a resolution to hire a temporary person at the nutrition site. The site is functioning fine with the recent retirement of an employee.
The board set the dates for the 2018 budget workshop to held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 28, 2017.
The board approved a resolution allowing for a infiltration basin to be installed on the new Emerling Chrysler dealership property. George Donhauser, planning board member, stated, “The small piece of land is in the town and is landlocked. No water can run into adjacent properties.”
In old business, Councilman Bill Snyder asked the board to approve the recommended bid for the Craneridge Demonstration Light project. The bid was from Industrial Power L for $7,900. The project will replace old gas lights at Craneridge with 122 new LED lights. Snyder commented that there would be significant savings to the town from the get go.
In Councilman notes, Ken Zittel noted that the next meeting for the Comprehensive Plan will be Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. Clyde Drake noted he was at WVDP with the Department of Energy and NYSERDA the day early, going over contracts for a new facilitator that was coming up soon.
Supervisor Eppolito noted that the new van was not even in production yet and wouldn’t be until the end of August.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 14, 2017 , 7 p.m. at the Concord Town Hall 86 Franklin Street.