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Ripley board seeks sewer district hearing

January 21, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - Town Board members approved a resolution to order a public hearing on the establishment of Sanitary Sewer district No. 2, and withdrawing the current application for that project which is now pending before the New York State comptroller's office.

Town Supervisor Doug Bowen told board members that the decision will allow the new application to be processed under the 2016 ceiling rates which are higher than the 2015 rates.

The approval process for the application that is pending with the comptroller could take from many months to over a year to be approved, Bowen said.

Starting the approval process over again with the 2016 ceiling rates will be much more effective than proceeding with the old application, according to Bowen. The public hearing is set for February 2 at 10 a.m., Bowen noted.

In other business, board members discussed the purchase of new water meters and a meter-reading device. Bowen said that for the last few years the town has been scrounging to find the old-style analog replacement water meters. Bowen noted that type of meter is no longer available. "The bright side of this is that the new digital meters are about one half the cost of the old analog ones," he said.

The board approved the purchase of 30 new digital meters, a 12-inch fixed extension probe meter-reading device and a charger. The total cost for the package is $5563, Bowen said.

In another matter, the board approved a bid by Java Farm Supply of $5450 to replace a town lawn mower. This bid was considerable lower than the others received by the town because, according to Bowen, "Java works in volume."

Bowen reported that the annual review of court records mandated by the State of New York Unified Court System has been completed. Bowen said that he and two board members reviewed the 2015 justice audit and concluded that "everything looked good."

Town board members appointed Supervisor Bowen to act as a delegate and board member Robert Mcintosh to act as an alternative at the Association of Towns Annual Business Meeting.

Highway Supervisor Jim Spacht recommended that the board consider purchasing a computer program to organize and keep records of equipment, roads, employees, costs, and materials and to record daily activity. The program would cost $3,000 and have a $750 maintenance fee. Board member John Hamels said that such a program would make good sense for Ripley and that this recommendation should be studied by the town board.



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