RIPLEY - Ripley Town Council awarded a bid Thursday, Jan 9, to renovate the site for its new offices to G.L Olson Inc. from Dewittville.
Supervisor Doug Bowen said that once the company had signed the contract for the bid and the necessary paperwork is complete, he will set up a pre-construction meeting with the council, engineers, contractor and the school to review plans for the renovations.
The town is moving ahead with plans to lease space from Ripley Central School District to use as its new offices. Renovations will include work on four former classrooms, the outside entrance and the establishment of a security door between the offices and the school.
In other business, the council received a letter from geologist Glenn Wahl on behalf of Cattaraugus-Chautauqua for Clean Water. The letter urges the council to consider a ban on high volume hydraulic fracturing (A.K.A. "fracking") and the disposal of wastes associated with it.
Fracking is a practice that injects millions of gallons of water with sand and chemicals thousands of feet underground in order to release natural gas reserve in rock formations.
New York State currently has a moratorium of HVHF pending further studies regarding the risks involved with the procedure. However, several counties in the state have been cleared to use fracking fluid waste as a road de-icer, the letter states.
According to the letter, these wastes can potentially contain radioactive compounds, heavy metals and other toxins.
On Dec 13, the Erie County legislature banned fracking on county land as well as the import or use of wastes on county roads.
Cattaraugus-Chautauqua for Clean Water is sponsoring presentations of an hour-long program titled "Fracking 101: Separating Fracking Facts from Fracking Fiction: free to any group.
In another matter, the council noted that tax bills are being sent out with Jan 13 being the first day payments will be accepted.
It was also noted that Ripley fire Hall was one of four roadside shelters established during last week's extreme cold when the interstate was closed due to weather.