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Town of Ripley supervisor thinks estimated costs for project too high

August 29, 2012
By DAVID PRENATT - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

RIPLEY - Estimated engineering costs for a waterline extension project in Ripley have been too high, town board members were told Thursday, Aug. 9.

"I think we can do it cheaper," Supervisor Douglas Bowen said.

An estimate of more than $7,000 for engineering the project was much too high because most of the work had already been done, he said.

"We are in trying to get it done a inexpensive as possible," Bowen said.

The project would extend the town's water line by 1,000 feet west on Route 20. The bid for project was awarded to Vellano Bros from Lancaster for approximately $18,000.

The board also voted in June to apply for a $100,000 bond for the project. Several homeowners who will benefit from the new waterline have agreed to pay a substantial portion of the material costs. They will also be allowed to share in the bond rather than having to put the money up front.

In other business, the board learned additional grant monies for a wastewater treatment project on Route 5 may be available. However, "it's not a done deal," Bowen said.

The monthly sheriff's report listed 126 incidents for the month of July, including 56 traffic stops. The town averages three or four traffic stops a month.

Ripley's Planning Board has issued a special variance for a sign for the new Stop and Shop store, which will open in the old Country Fair building on Route 20. No official opening date for the store has been announced yet.

Town Clerk Rebecca Rowe Carvallo reported hunting licenses became available beginning Monday, Aug. 13. Doe permits may be applied for through Oct. 31.

The Ripley Free Library's annual chicken dinner barbecue will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25. The Ripley Role of Honor will hold its fall golf scramble on Saturday, Sept. 15.



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