By David Prenatt
RIPLEY - Ripley Town Council is planning an informational meeting soon to discuss the possibility of a waterline extension east of the town on Route 5.
Ripley Superintendent Doug Bowen told council members Thursday, Sept. 12 that the town will invite residents in that area to a meeting sometime near the end of October to determine how much interest there is in the proposed project. Several residents who live on Route 5 have petitioned the board in support of a waterline extension.
Bowen said that Ripley was able to complete recent waterline projects with the financial help of residents in the project area and with the town doing the work itself. "Projects completed with resident financial help and town resources can be done cheaper by the foot than those done through funding from grants."
In other business, Bowen reported that the contract with the school to lease space for town offices just needs some minor adjustments before it can be signed. The major cost of the move will involve the IT materials.
The council agreed to purchase a new plow for the International plow truck. The town received $4,800 after the old plow was damaged. A new plow costs about $6,000. The extra funds will come from the equipment reserve, Bowen said
Bowen also reported that the town has acquired grant funds for its sewer project. The project should be complete by 2014, he said.
The council agreed to sign a letter in support of the Chautauqua County Land Bank's proposal to seek $1.5 million from the state attorney general's office for the purpose of creating a demolition program for rural communities.
Chautauqua County is one of four counties designated for a land bank. The program looks at properties scheduled for auction to determine if the property can be revitalized and placed back on the tax rolls. If so, the land bank purchases the property, restores it and seeks a buyer.
Plans are moving forward for the demolition of the Corner Bar, Bowen said. The challenge has been obtaining liability insurance before work can begin.
Large trash day is set for Sept. 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. This year, bins for electronic items will be available. Lists of acceptable items can be obtained from the town clerk.