Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Local News

Town puts forth three projects for community development funding

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Editor

A sidewalk replacement on Burmon Drive, a Brush Mountain Park community activity center wing Meals on Wheels program and participation in the Rural Transit program are the three projects town officials hope will be granted funding through the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

The town held a public hearing for community input on the projects during the Oct. 4 Town Board meeting. No one spoke suggesting another idea for the funding.

The sidewalk replacement project is estimated at $157,518; the activity center wing Meals on Wheels program is estimated at $204,000; Rural Transit Service, which is done in collaboration with 18 towns and villages, would be $28,700.

Town Engineer Wayne Bieler said there is a maximum $100,000 grant per project and a maximum two projects funded for a given municipality.

Bieler noted that last year the town submitted applications for the road reconstruction on Burmon Drive, the sidewalk replacement on Burmon and Rural Transit Service.

Funding was granted for the road reconstruction and Rural Transit Service.

Since 1976, the town has received more than $2.4 million in community development funding, Bieler said.

Applications for funding are due by Monday,

Oct. 30.

Although the grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Erie County Consortium makes the selection for recommendations to HUD.

The board also:

Scheduled a public hearing for the Oct. 18 meeting regarding local laws to override the tax levy limit; amending zoning district regulations; and amending a chapter to the zoning article on telecommunications to add a solar energy ordinance.

Set a public hearing for the Nov. 1 meeting for the public to discuss the ad valorem and benefit basis budget.

Appointed Jennifer Brady to the position of deputy town clerk

OK’d the purchase of a 2016 Morbark Model 6600 Wood Hog Grinder for the Orchard Park Compost Facility off the New York State bid contract for $786,212.05 and authorized the sale of the 2006 6600 Wood Hog Grinder for $327,370.

Scheduled a public hearing for the Oct. 18 meeting to discuss the fact finding between the town and the Civil Service Employees Association Local 815 Town of Orchard Park.

The next meeting of the Town Board will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Town Hall, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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