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Ripley Town Board votes to settle claim

July 18, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

By David Prenatt


RipleY - Ripley Town Board voted Thursday to settle a claim involving a crash that damaged the veterans' memorial on Main Street but the event has left the town no longer able to put up its Christmas lights.

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Shown is the shelter across from the Jamestown electric generating plant on Steele Street in the city of Jamestown. Town of Westfield Highway Superintendent Dave Babcock told the town board at its July meeting that the planned highway salt shelter on Chestnut Street will very closely resemble the Jamestown structure.

Deputy supervisor Michael Rowe told the board that the town had received an offer of $6,551 from Canal Insurance to resolve a claim against Dillard Sanders, the driver of a semi truck that crashed into two utility poles and damaged the memorial in 2012.

At the time, the town used electrical outlets on the utility poles to power its Christmas lights. As a result of the crash, however, National Grid Electrical Company inspected the system and said, "it had to go."

The insurance settlement offered to pay for all repairs needed at the veterans monument and to reimburse the town for out-of-pocket expenses, not including replacing the electrical outlets. About $1,000 will be left after that, Rowe said.

"That won't pay for the installation of one outlet," he said. Niagra Mohawk, the electrical provider, will install festoon outlets for a cost of $140 per pole plus an annual maintenance fee of $55.43 for 15 years.

The board unanimously decided to accept the offer and settle the case. "We'll lose more money by fighting for more," Rowe said.

In other business, the board agreed to update its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is a "constant maintenance" document, meaning that it must be updated each year in order to receive federal and state funding.



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