Gowanda board talks about scan tool purchase for public works


OBSERVER Staff Writer

GOWANDA – There was discussion about a piece of equipment for vehicles that could potentially save the village money. The Gowanda Village Board discussed the request of a vehicle scan tool be purchased for department of public works.

Mayor Heather McKee-ver said the public works department is requesting to purchase a scan tool which the department will be able to utilize as a diagnostic tool for vehicles. Trustee Carol Sheibley asked if the tool was really necessary. McKeever said a scan tool can be used if any of the village vehicles has a check engine light on.

If the village had the tool, it could diagnose the vehicles and if the repairs can be in-house, the village will do its own repairs. McKeever said the village had to send a vehicle to Dunkirk to be diagnosed which was costly to the village. Sheibley wanted to ensure the purchase of this scan tool would be saving the village money.

“I just want to know that it is saving us some money,” she said.

The village board decided to talk to Gary Denea, highway supervisor, for more information regarding the scan tool. The board decided to table the matter until the next meeting.

In an unrelated matter, the village board accepted resignations from the village’s planning board.

The board accepted with regret the resignation of Tim McKeever and Randy Pratt from the planning board, which currently has one member left. If anyone is interested in serving on the board, contact village clerk Kathy Mohawk at the village hall.

The board also approved for Paul Waterman to remove a fallen tree in Creekside Park for $325.

The corrective action plan required by the New York State Office of the Comptroller as a result of the audit has been accepted. The report will now be sent to the comptroller’s office.

Jerry Rochez’s bid of $276 was approved for the village’s one-ton dump box.

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