By Kellen M. Quigley

An emergency sewer project for the sewer district at Craneridge was approved by the Concord Town Board at its latest meeting Sept. 12.

After approving an emergency declaration, which allows the work to be done within 30 days, the town board approved the roughly $24,000 project, awarding the work to low bidder Bill Bognar Excavating.

Back in 2009, there was damage to a sewer line near Meadow Trail at Craneridge that went underneath a stream, Town Supervisor Clyde Drake explained. He said renovations at the time included encasing the sewer line in Styrofoam and then concrete, followed by rock overtop.

“When Jim (Thoman) was walking the sewer lines, he realized that most of the rock was gone,” he said. “He’s worried about getting this done before bad weather sets in.”

If the project was not completed soon, Drake said there would be more erosion to the area and the town does not want to have to make emergency repairs in winter.

MDA Engineers sent out the project to three bidders with two submitting bids back, Drake said.

“The money for this comes out of the Craneridge Sewer District,” he added. “It does not come out of the general town funds.”

The town board also approved a resolution approving a home occupation permit for Edward Wright to conduct the sale of firearms online through a home business.

The town planning board approved the application and recommended the town board approve it, Drake said.

“There’s supposed to be no foot traffic, no storefront,” Drake said. “He’s the only person involved, no employees.”

According to the application, Wright would conduct the background checks for the transfer of firearms, and he would not be keeping a large inventory of firearms on the premises, nor any discharging of firearms on the premises.

“He’s completing his federal firearms license, and that license is contingent on us approving his home occupation permit,” Drake explained.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the town board accepted various monthly reports from several town departments, including the highway department.Highway Superintendent Dennis Daines said crack and seal repairs were made to the surfaces of Smith, Spaulding, Middle, Scoby and Davis Hill roads and North Street, about 5.2 miles in all.Daines said ditch cleaning and shoulder work has been done on Abbott Hill, Manchester, Pritchard, West Hoffman, South Hoffman and Little roads.Mutual aid was provided to the village of Springville with the town’s excavator to do some work on Transit Line Road, Daines said.

“Preventive maintenance and repairs on all equipment has been completed as scheduled or needed,” he added. “The department will begin prepping summer equipment for winter storage and prepping winter plow equipment for use.”

The Erie County salt contract pricing has been released with the county bid of $57.98 per ton, up from $56.25 last year. The state bid is at $58.33 per ton, up from $53.33 last year, Daines said.

“We had 180 ton of salt from last year’s contract delivered the last week of August to use up the to the 130% of our 2019 contract, so we utilized our last year’s salt contract,” he added.

Also of note, the town set three public hearings for its next regular meeting on Oct. 10. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be public hearings on the preliminary 2020 budget, the possibility of going over the tax cap and ideas for CDGB grants in 2020.