RIPLEY - The Ripley Town Council members agreed Thursday, May 10 to consider building a football field for local youth.
Three area youth attended the meeting and formally requested the council's consideration of this matter. Ripley Central School ninth grader Logan Dulmus presented a proposal noting that, while Ripley students currently play football as part of Sherman School District's team, they need a field on which to practice and possibly host some of the Wildcat's home games. The field would also provide an area for Ripley residents to play football or other sports for recreation, he said.
Ripley students currently practice on the district's baseball field, but this is not conducive to football, Dulmus told the council.
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Ripley youths Corey L. Caron Jr., Kirkland Dulmus, and Logan Dulmus, standing, present a request to the Ripley Town Council Thursday night, May 10 asking for its help to create a football field within town limits.
"We can play on a field better than the baseball field," he said. "It gets annoying not having the proper markings or goal posts."
Tenth grader Corey Caron Jr. and seventh grader Kirkland Dulmus also attended the meeting to present the proposal. They said the proposal has wide support among Ripley students.
"A lot of students said if we had our own field, then they would play," Caron said.
Dulmus said many students will not play because they do not have their own team or anywhere local to play. In his proposal to the council he wrote, "As a member of the Ripley Community, a student of Ripley Central School and a member of the Sherman Wildcats football team, I am asking for your help in providing this useful facility for the betterment of our town. This proposal is a dream of mine and I will do what is necessary to make this possible."
The council was enthusiastic in its response to the proposal.
"We will look into seeing what we can do to help," Supervisor Doug Bowen said.
In other business, the council voted to award Vallano Bros., Inc., with a contract to extend the town's water line by 1,000 feet west on Route 20. The project was requested by a homeowner who agreed to pay 75 percent of the material cost. Vallano Bros., bid for the project came in at $14,688,which was nearly $1,000 better than the competing bid by Lock City Supply Inc.
The council also voted to pursue two projects aimed at revitalizing the town. Ripley will seek legislation to allow it to offer new homebuilders a 10-year tax exemption plan. If passed, individuals who build a new house would pay 50 percent of its assessed taxes the first year, 65 percent the second year and increase incrementally each year until 10 years had passed.
"This will hopefully provide some good growth incentive to people to build new homes in Ripley," Bowen said.
He noted that the plan would need to be approved by the New York state legislature before it could be implemented.
"This is the beginning of the process," Bowen said. "It's going to take some time."
Bowen and Ripley Town Attorney Mike Bollender presented a possible way to expand the sewer system to reach outlying businesses and homes by using new technology offered by Orenco Systems Inc., that uses high pressure lines rather than gravity flow lines.
The project began nearly a year ago, when three businesses approached the council for assistance because they were in violation of health codes due to their septic systems. The health department, Bowen said, gave Ripley time to apply for and be awarded a $99,000 grant for a sewer expansion project.
The main financial obstacle to expanding the system is that the normal sand filtration system uses gravity-flow lines to transport matter to the town's sewage treatment plant. These lines are dependent upon a steady declining grade transport the sewage. This made expansion of the system particularly cost prohibitive along Routes 5 and 20 because they run along a fairly level plane.
This new technology, however, uses high pressure lines that are easier to install and "dramatically" decrease engineering costs, Bowen said. Existing sand flow systems can hook directly into the Orenco system unit which can then push the sewage up to seven miles directly to the treatment plant.
Town attorney Bollender told the council this system would greatly reduce the capital costs of expanding the system.
"It provides a pretty simple format to tie into the existing system," he said. "It's very cost effective and possible can open up areas we did not think possible for generations."
Bowen said several business along both state routes have expressed interest in the system, including several wineries and the golf course.
"You've got to think out of the box," he said.
The council also approved a contract for anyone who wishes to cut firewood in the area currently being harvested for lumber. Any resident wishing to do so must have this contract notarized.
Bowen also noted that he and councilperson Bob McIntosh are working on revising the 30-page Emergency Response Plan mandated by the state.