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Town Board Approves Senior Center Rental Policy

By Rich Place

New use and rental policies for the Concord Senior Center, authorization of a new town truck purchase and the appointment of a town court clerk highlighted the May 10 meeting of the Concord Town Board.

Unanimous approval by the Concord Town Board of the Senior Center Use Policy and a Facility Rental Agreement was something the board has been working on for a while, said Supervisor Clyde Drake.

The policy and rental agreement will better organize which groups are utilizing the facility and how often. There was no formal agreement in place prior to the adoption of the new policy.

“We are not trying to eliminate anybody, but we are truly trying to make it a senior center first,” Drake said.

Among the language in the policy, it is stated “programs for seniors are given priority” and that the property can also be used in emergency situations as deemed necessary by the town supervisor or a designated representative.

The policy also advises that groups other than senior-centric organizations can utilize the town hall as a meeting space.

The board also unanimously accepted a resolution to hire Julie Moriarty as court clerk. Drake said the town had previously hired two clerks — Moriarty and Debra Smith, who both serve as village court clerks — on a temporary basis before moving forward with this permanent decision.

The two temporary positions were established after there were no qualified candidates for the job when it was originally posted, Drake said.

“To be truthful with you, both village clerks were interested in the job but according to our policy, we have to give town residents preference,” he said.

The board also approved Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains to proceed with the purchase of a new town truck, at a cost of about $227,000. The purchase will be a “piggyback” bid off a bid by Cattaraugus County, Dains said.

Drake said the purchase replaces a 1999 model that was experiencing a handful of issues.

“Denny does a good job looking at his trucks and making repairs when he has to, but it comes to a point where you are throwing good money at bad equipment,” Drake said.

Drake told the board money from reserves will fund about $200,000 of the total cost and some funding will be used from the sale of the old truck. He noted he doesn’t expect the town to borrow any money for the purchase.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the board:

• approved a resolution supporting the cleanup of the West Valley Demonstration Project in nearby Ashford, stating in the resolution “the site should not be used for long-term waste storage;”

• approved Springville Center for the Arts to use the shared parking lot on June 8 for setup of the organization’s gala and mini-golf event on June 9. The SCA will also use tables and chairs from the town hall for the event;

• learned the all-class reunion is expected to be a larger event this year with a craft vendor section after requests came from vendors who ordinarily rent space at the Dairy Festival, which is not taking place this year;

• learned the Town Highway Department has been conducting spring cleanup work, including cleaning up from the windstorm in early March throughout the town.

The next meeting of the Concord Town Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 in the Town Hall on Franklin Street.

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