Highway department discussed at Collins meeting

COLLINS – The highway department for the town of Collins was the topic of discussion at the monthly board meeting.

Highway Superintendent Dennis Jensen said the Erie County DPW is currently in contract negotiations which could affect the town and snow plowing this upcoming winter. The first proposal set forth was for a 5 percent per year increase and a three-year contract. A counter offer of .5 percent per year and a five-year contract was offered by the towns and no contract has been agreed upon. Jensen said this could be a serious issue for the town if not resolved. Since snow plowing from Erie County comes from Hamburg, Collins is usually the last stop and sometimes may only get plowed once per day. Jensen said he will keep the town informed on any updates he receives.

Jensen also brought up a purchase for a new van for the highway department. The van seats five people and provides opportunity for coverage for anything the highway department would need to haul. The current 2003 pickup truck would need $7,000 in repairs and has 110,000 miles. The list price for the van is $31,000 but state bid is $24,000 for the truck, but will cost $22,090 with the trade-in.

“All our tools would be covered,” Jensen said. “(The van) really fits our needs.”

The highway department was also requested to pave the fire department’s parking lot. The fire department will pay for all materials, the highway department will just be providing manpower. The town board will have a resolution at its next board meeting on June 17 authorizing the highway department’s work.

The town board was also notified the town now has a historical society. Supervisor David Tessmer said, “It’s wonderful and long overdue,” that a historical society has been formed. The town is also looking for donations, both monetary and gift baskets, for the Liberty Fest. If interested, contact the town hall. The town board also approved a bid to Highland Masonry Restoration Inc. for $19,750 for work at the L.K. Painter Center. Summer recreation fees were adopted and are as follows: $30 for the first family member, $25 for the second immediate family member and $20 for each additional immediate family member with a $100 per family limit. Non-residents may participate for $5 per day with a limit of 10 days. Nathan Gernatt of Countryside Fencing was approved for repair and replace fencing in the town park for $2,350.

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