RIPLEY - The Ripley Town Board accepted a bid Thursday evening, Feb. 9 for $65,016 from a forestry company to harvest a wooded area near the town reservoir.
Network Forest Products made the bid to harvest approximately 40 acres southeast of the reservoir. The town will receive $58,016 while Ester and Laidlaw Forestry Inc. of Erie, who consulted the town on the bids, will receive the remaining 10 percent.
The town received three bids for the project. Supervisor Doug Bowen said that Ester and Laidlaw had estimated the bids to come in around $55,000, so the bid from Network was a welcome surprise.
In a related matter, the town agreed to seek bids for a new dump truck for the water and sewer department. Part of the funds received from the forestry project will be used to pay for the new truck, Bowen said.
In other business, the board passed a resolution not to comply with an amendment to the state's open meeting law. The amendment of section 103 e, enacted on Jan. 3, requires school and municipality boards to make a broad range of information, including agendas and policies, published prior to the meeting. If practical, the information is also to be posted on a board's website before the meeting.
However, Bowen said, the amendment also makes the provision for smaller municipalities to be exempt if compliance would not be practical or cost effective.
Bowen read the resolution to opt out of compliance, noting that the town's website is maintained by a volunteer and the agenda for the monthly meeting often cannot be completed until the day of the meeting. The town does not have the resources necessary to comply, he said.
The board also approved a bid from Watts Engineering for $15,300 to conduct the base engineering for a proposed wastewater treatment plant on Route 5.