By Rich Place

The Concord Senior Center is expected to have a generator installed sometime this year after the Concord Town Board during its June 14 meeting gave the green light to accept a $50,000 grant for its purchase and installation.

Installing the generator likely this autumn will allow the senior center to be used as a warming shelter in the winter should the power go out in the area, said Town Supervisor Clyde Drake.

He told the board the town is responsible for 25 percent of the generator’s total cost as part of the grant, which was received from the county as a state Community Development Block Grant. The town will advertise for bids to have the generator installed in the near future.

The town board meeting was delayed several minutes as a public hearing on Gernatt Asphalt Products request for the potential rezoning and obtaining a special use permit for mining operations at 9080 Middle Road that commenced at 6:45 p.m. continued past 7 p.m.

The public hearing included several residents from properties near the requested rezoning location who were concerned about several aspects of the request including truck traffic near their residences and the future use of the lake created by the mining.

The board did not take any action on the rezoning at the meeting on June 14 and awaits to hear back from a Department of Environmental Conservation process on the rezoning’s environmental impact.

“The town board can’t do anything until that happens,” Drake said after the meeting. “Having heard some of those comments (at the public hearing) I’d encourage some of the town board members to go out and see the situation and do a little more homework on our end.”

IN OTHER NEWS, the Concord Highway Department has finally entered a routine that resembles summer during the last month, including a handful of road work and ditching in the Craneridge area.

“This was an exceptionally long winter,” highway superintendent Dennis Dains told the board.

In his report that covers May 2 to June 7, he told the board plows and sanders were cleaned, broken down and stored for next winter and the Craneridge area has seen all its scheduled shoulder repair and ditching work completed.

In addition, the town micro-paved Woodstock Road and Deer Run in Craneridge as part of a plan to micro-pave new roads each year in that area.

“The project turned out very well,” said Dains. “The residents were extremely happy with it and what we are going to try and do is do new roads each year. We started in the back and we are going to work our way out.”

His report also included several other items including helping the county with a culvert replacement at the intersection of Davis Hill Road and Route 240 and working with the village of Springville and towns of Colden and Sardinia in various capacities.

Also at the town board meeting, the town approved a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12 on the cable franchise agreement. Drake said the potential agreement is for 10 years with Spectrum.

He noted the company is running cable to more than 1,100 homes in the next two years.

The next meeting of the Concord Town Board is at 7 p.m. July 12, immediately following the public hearing, in the town hall on Franklin Street.