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Ripley receives grant for water treatment plant

November 2, 2011
RIPLEY — Recently, the town of Ripley received a grant award of $15,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to be used toward research and construction of the Route 5 West Wastewater Treatment project.

“This will be a localized waste treatment facility, intended to assist businesses and residences located in the area of Route 5, West,” Town Supervisor Pete Ryan said.

It was decided earlier this year to seek grant funding and commence an engineering and environmental study, Ryan said.

Ripley council members applied for the grant with the help of Town Attorney Michael Bolender, Esq. At the town board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, Ryan discussed the importance of applying for more grants and the value of the award.

“This is huge news for Ripley…It’s hard for me to overstate how important this is at this time, especially for the business owners that are involved,” Ryan said. “I think it’s a great start.”

In other news, construction taking place on the bridge crossing Route 90 is expected to end soon. The temporary closure of Shortman Road has detoured vehicles to Route 76, Route 20 and Route 5 creating congestion in the town of Ripley. In September, the town board sent a letter to Angelo Borgese in Buffalo, manager in Office of Traffic System Operations, alerting him of the heavy traffic. In the letter, it was requested that the office of traffic systems operations study the matter in order to come up with a better detour.

In a reply received on Oct.5, a suggestion was made to increase police enforcement in the area to prevent speeding, and that the construction would be completed within two to three weeks.

Ripley residents Judy Hitz and Robin Johnstone have been leading the way to beautification in the town of Ripley as of late. On a budget of $1,000, Hitz and Johnstone have been in the process of landscaping the Ripley Free Library with the help of several volunteers.

Hitz and Johnstone hope to plant “seeds of community” in Ripley, encouraging high school students who have been volunteering to take ownership and be proud of their hard work. According to Hitz, several people have stepped up to help out.

Hitz and Johnstone said they have applied for the Wal-Mart Foundation Award, a grant similar to that which funded Ripley’s Veteran’s Memorial in November 2008, in order to continue beautification of the town and projects in the future.

“We appreciate all you’re doing…and the enthusiasm, it’s catchy,” Ryan said.

In other business:

• A position for a backup crossing guard at Ripley Central School has been posted.

• Fall Large Trash Day held on Saturday, Sept. 24 and was a success, bringing in ten tons of trash and a considerable amount of scrap metal.

• Halloween hours have been set for 6 to 8 p.m. in the town of Ripley.

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Photo by Katie Atkins
The Ripley Town Board hears about a grant the town was awarded to be used toward research and construction of a waste water treatment project. Pictured, left to right: Town Clerk Rebecca Rowe Carvallo; Councilwoman Patricia Hathaway; Town Supervisor Pete J. Ryan; Deputy Supervisor Doug Bowen; and Councilman Michael Rowe.



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