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Ripley water districts continue forward momentum

August 18, 2016
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - It's been an arduous undertaking, but the projects for Sewer district No. 2, Water district No. 4 and Water district No. 5 are moving forward, town council members learned at a recent meeting.

Town Supervisor Doug Bowen told board members that he had not expected the town to get approved for all of the ventures, but "since we got approved for all three projects, we will move forward as quickly as possible," he said.

The board passed a resolution establishing the Town of Ripley Sewer District No. 2. The resolution lists all properties included in the district.

A bond resolution for a pick-up truck for the water and sewer department, with a maximum of $26,000 was also carried.

Bowen also reviewed the bids that the town received for the purchase of an excavator. He said the excavator went out for bid in April and the lowest bid was received from Liftech.

"Are we willing to move forward with the excavator purchase with the understanding that town employees might have to do some of the work on the sewer project?" Bowen asked council members.

The board subsequently passed a motion directing the town supervisor to contact the engineer to break out parts of the project that can be completed by town employees. A motion to purchase the excavator from Liftech for $77,900 was also carried.

Bowen told board members that the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village will be open to the public on August 23. He said the correspondence from the organization states: We're happy to open the facility to families and have them experience the program together.

Bowen also said that the town received a letter from Superior Energy Innovations about the Empower New York program. He said that residents who qualify for SNAP and HEAP benefits will be eligible for this program.

In other matters, the board approved and members signed a letter of appreciation for the Ripley Bicentennial Committee.

Councilman Michael Rowe reported on the Consolidated Fund Application. He said applications have been submitted for two grants. Rowe told board members that one grant would target Main Street revitalization. He said there would be two committees for that project, one comprised of people living in the affected area and one made up of local artists.

Rowe said the other grant would be for Ripley beach development. "We would like to provide water and camping facilities for the hundreds of cyclists who pass through. We need a citizens' committee for this project," he said. The grant will provide money for materials, he said.

"It's already in the Chautauqua County Waterfront Revitalization Plan," Rowe added.

Supervisor Bowen addressed the matter of derelict structures, noting that the buildings which have recently been brought to the attention of the board are not delinquent in taxes. "We are working on getting a search notice from the judge. We want to go through the process correctly," he added.

Ripley resident Brent Ellis brought the matter of bi-monthly garbage pick-up before the board. He noted that there was a delay in garbage collection due to the Bicentennial celebration and, again in August because there are five weeks.

Ellis said hanging on to your refuse for three weeks instead of two in 90 degree heat is very unpleasant. He asked Bowen about the possibility of contracting for pick-up every two weeks throughout the year instead of twice a month. Bowen said he would look into that option.

Craig Buelow, pastor of the United Methodist church in Ripley, asked the board for permission to hold a church service and perform a blessing at the new town gazebo. The board passed a motion to grant the request.



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