By Dave O'Connor
WESTFIELD - Selection of a contractor for a sanitary sewer lift station didn't happen at Monday's village board meeting because of questions regarding the apparent low bidder, Shrier-Martin Process Equipment.
The firm submitted the lowest of six accepted bids, according to the Public Works Dept. compilation, but it is not certain the bid includes all of the necessary work, so a decision on awarding a contract was tabled. Bids ranged from about $82,000 to $140,000.
Board members heeded the village Fire Commission's recommendation to allow the fire department to spend $2,500 or less without asking either the commission or village board permission. The department has had a $500 limit on discretionary spending.
A motion to raise the limit to $1,000 was tabled at the board's July meeting because Mayor Mike Vandevelde agreed with a member of the public who suddenly rose during the business session and asked why no fire department representative was present.
This brought a sharp rebuke from Fire Commissioner Scott Mason who then suggested the $2,500 limit.
The board received a report from the Recreation Dept. showing Aug. 10, was a busy day because of two well-attended events: 162 cyclists registered for the 30th annual tour of Chautauqua Bike Ride and some 300 people attended the annual swim meet at the village pool. "We had a very busy summer," remarked Andrew Webster, dept. assistant.
The $50 building permit fee was waived by the village on the town's planned new shelter for sand and salt. Trustee Dave Brooker asked about exploring shared use of the shelter after the waiver was granted. One complication, according to DPW Superintendent Ed LeBarron, is the very different mixes of sand and road salt employed by the two municipalities.
The village uses a mix of one part salt to two parts sand, while the town mix is about one part salt and nine parts sand. The differences are because of the greater mileage treated by town trucks, he said.