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Dayton Town Board tables action on truck bids

The Dayton Town Board started off its meeting on April 10 by opening bids submitted for a dump truck equipped with a snowplow and wing.

Town Supervisor Mark Smith stated that two bids had been received. Fleet Maintenance of West Seneca submitted a bid of $128,761 on a 2013 model Freightliner truck. Valley Fab and Equipment of Boston, N.Y., submitted a bid of $128,262 on a 2011 International demonstration model.

Smith said that, at a glance, both bids appeared to meet the town’s specifications. He noted that the 2011 demonstration model from Valley Fab and Equipment would be ready by the June 22 delivery date; whereas, the new truck from Fleet Maintenance would not be available for three to four months.

Councilman Kenneth Volk pointed out that the difference in price was under $500 more for a truck that was two years newer. Smith asked Town Attorney Ronald Ploetz if the town could accept the bid for the newer truck since it was not much higher than the other bid. Ploetz replied that it would depend upon the details of the town’s specifications for the truck.

The board then voted to table action on the bids in order to give Highway Superintendent Brian Taber an opportunity to review the documentation on the two trucks. A special meeting will be held at a later date to award the bid.

In response to Gowanda News’ request for an update regarding the vacancy on the board, Smith stated, “No decision has been made at this point.” He explained that, back in February, when Councilman Randy Lemke resigned because he was ineligible to hold elective office due to his job with the New York State Department of Transportation, Smith had asked that anyone interested in being appointed to the open position contact him. The supervisor said there hasn’t been much interest to date.

Taber asked if the position could be left vacant until the next election, and Smith responded affirmatively. However, the supervisor pointed out that only three board members were in attendance for that evening’s meeting. He noted that if anyone else had been absent, they would not have been able to hold the meeting and the town could not conduct its business.

Judge Colleen Arbeiter informed the board that the Village of South Dayton will not be holding court in the Dayton Town Hall anymore. She asked that the court hours posted at the town hall be revised to reflect a 6 p.m. start time every second, third and fourth Thursday of the month. The judge also requested an executive session to discuss employee and payroll matters. No action was taken following the executive session.

As a citizen of Dayton who lives on Gable Street, Arbeiter expressed her concern regarding the speed of vehicles traveling down the street. “People are going 60 miles per hour,” she said. Arbeiter added that she has kids and is worried about their safety, as well as her own safety when pulling out of her driveway. She offered to get the rest of the people who live on the road to sign a petition to lower the speed limit. Smith agreed that would be a good course of action.

Taber notified the board that state workers would be coming out the following week to inspect the town’s bridges. He also asked that a notice be put in the paper to get rid of an increasing pile of excess dirt. The board agreed to solicit bids.

Town Clerk Ruth Bennett reported that she had received an e-mail from Eric Wohlers of the Cattaraugus County Health Department. Cattaraugus County obtained a grant for repairing and replacing septic and drinking water systems. Dayton homeowners interested in applying can contact Wohlers or visit the Web site www.nwhomeresources.org.

Cattaraugus County Legislator Paula Stockman announced that the county is holding another drop-off program for prescription and over-the-counter medications. She said it will be held at the Gowanda Village Municipal Garage, behind the Municipal Building, on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stockman added that the Department of Environmental Conservation doesn’t want drugs people have flushed getting into the water table. She also commented that there have been a number of break-ins in the area where the only thing touched was the medicine cabinet.

Smith noted that the new folding chairs for the courtroom had been received. He suggested that the old chairs be donated to a non-profit organization. Any interested organizations can contact Taber.

In other business, the Dayton Town Board:

• Received a reminder from Bennett that a rabies clinic will be held at the Department of Public Works in Little Valley on May 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Heard from Code Enforcement Officer Frank Watson that he had approved permits for two pole barns and a new garage. Watson issued a reminder to the public that no construction can be done without an approved permit.

• Heard that the highway department had done plowing three days out of the past month, serviced equipment, swept and graded roads, as well as worked on the shoulders.

• Approved payment of $8,373.05 for highway department expenses and $15,965.53 from the general fund for other bills, including the town’s insurance premium.

• Approved a pay increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour for a part-time highway department employee, effective May 1.

• Gave Taber permission to attend a Southern Tier West conference at Houghton College at a cost of $35, plus travel expenses.

The next regular meeting of the Dayton Town Board will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the town hall, 9100 Route 62, Markhams.

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