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Town of Ripley approves purchase of ditch trencher

April 25, 2012
By DAVID PRENATT - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

RIPLEY - The Ripley Town Council approved the purchase of ditch trencher for its highway department during its regular meeting Thursday night, April 12.

Highway Supervisor Michael Knight requested that the council purchase a "ditch witch" trencher from A.R. Beatty Equipment for $3,000. He noted that to pay someone for the service would cost nearly $120 a mile, or almost $1,000 a week to rent a trencher. The highway department is currently digging a ditch along Johnson Road in order to install drainage pipe.

In a related matter, Knight reported the town has received the tractor/mower and dump truck the council approved buying at its March meeting. Both vehicles were in excellent shape and were being used, he said.

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Ripley Town Council approved the purchase of this “ditch witch” trencher at its meeting Thursday night, April 12. Highway Supervisor Michael Knight said the trencher will save the town money versus renting the machine, and the town will be able to offer trenching services to other local municipalities.

"We're already getting it out and getting it dirty," Knight said.

The council awarded a contract to Liquid Engineering Corporation to conduct an inspection of the town's water tank. The inspection, done every five years, involves lowering a camera into the tank and inspecting the seams. The winning bid of $920 was considerably lower than the second bid of $1,536 by Robotic Observation Ventures.

In response to several requests, the council voted to allow Ripley residents to cut up treetops left by the ongoing timber harvesting project for firewood. The firewood collected must be for personal use only and anyone wishing to take advantage of this opportunity will be required to sign a waiver form and work under supervision or the water and sewer department.

Ripley received a letter from New York State Homes and Community Renewal congratulating it on its completion of a 2006 Community Development Block Grant

An energy audit revealed that the town could save $1,103 annually through the installation of energy-saving equipment. The equipment will cost $5,208 to install, out of which the town will have to pay $2,341.



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