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Concord Town Board approves Scenic Byway sign

BY: Jessie Owen | November 21, 2012

CONCORD — The Concord Town Board expressed its support of the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway’s endeavor of “promoting the culture, history and scenery of the area surrounding its 70-mile route.” During its meeting Nov. 8, the board passed a resolution approving the installation of a horizontal Scenic Byway sign on town property.

The byway’s interpretative sign program will visually unite participating towns. This endeavor is under the administration of the New York State Department of Transportation.

The WNYSSB informed the Concord Board that, since the town is located within byway limits, Concord is entitled to receive one sign, as part of this program.

The resolution that was passed Nov. 8 said that the WNYSSB will pay for the design, fabrication and installation of the sign. Concord has agreed to the content, as well as its location at the northeast corner of town property, at 86 Franklin St. in Springville.

“If the sign should become damaged, the town of Concord agrees to repair the sign, if it is reasonable within its own forces or, if the damage is such that it cannot be reasonably repaired, to consult with the WNYSSB regarding a means to repair the sign,” the resolution read.

In other matters:
– The town is reviewing its options on replacing its Going Places van and not continuing with the Erie County program. According to Councilman Paul Salzler, although the current van has a high mileage, Concord is not scheduled to obtain a new van from the county, until 2014.

Salzler has been in contact with Emerling Ford and has received a quote for a 2012 van, including a maintenance plan. The board will work with Van Coordinator Denise Ciszak to finalize the program regulations.

– Deputy Director of the United States Department of Energy, West Valley Demonstration Project Craig Rieman presented a budget briefing, detailing budget cuts and their effect on the West Valley site. Councilman William Snyder will present the board with a resolution supporting funding for the WVDP. Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito said he will contact Congressman-elect Chris Collins, to obtain his support.

– According to Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains, the installation of a streetlight on Scoby Hill Road has begun. He also presented the board with information on adding an additional light, near the stop sign at a bend in that road, at a cost of $1,133, calling the need a “public safety issue.” The board approved adding the streetlight.

– The town’s bond council, John Alessi Esq. from Hodgson Russ LLP, prepared a resolution for the board, regarding new initiatives from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Town Attorney Michael Barone, if a town issues bonds, the town must have written procedures in place, to handle those. Concord does do bonds and, therefore, must let the IRS know that it has a policy in place and that it follows its written procedures. Eppolito was listed as the compliance officer.

– Salzler announced that Clarence Ott is working on a plaque for the Concord Bicentennial time capsule location.

– Town Clerk Darlene Schweikert told the board that she is beginning the application process with MuniciPay©, which would allow the town clerk’s office to accept debit and credit cards. Any associated fees would be charged back to the individual, not the clerk’s office.

– Schweikert also announced that she has ordered a drop box, which would be affixed to the front of the Concord Town Hall. This box will be utilized for the return of town hall keys after the use of the building and the drop-off of payments. In addition, she has contacted Gerwitz McNeil about installing cameras on the building.

– The town Christmas party will be held Friday, Dec. 21 at noon.

– Eppolito informed the board that the town’s E-waste shed has already been emptied five times.

The next Concord Town Board meeting will be held Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

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