Year-end

Several yearly agreements were approved by the Pomfret Town Board during its year-end special meeting on Monday.

The largest agreement approved during the meeting was a disbursement of $68,000 to the Darwin R. Barker Library for operating costs. The $68,000 was budgeted by the board and will be paid in four equal, quarterly installments throughout 2014, according to Supervisor Donald Steger.

A total of $1,200 will also be disbursed to the Mary E. Seymour Library in 2014.

Another 2014 agreement that was approved was with the Cassadaga Lakes Association for mechanical weed removal in the amount of $2,000. Steger said that amount is a continuation of the previous amount for 2013.

A 2014 fitness agreement with Darwin’s Health Club Inc. for the Grape Belt Seniors was also approved. The fitness educator shall be paid $35 per session, with a total amount not to exceed $3,600.

The last contract for 2014 that was accepted during the meeting was a maintenance agreement with Eagle Systems Inc. for a copier. The cost of the contract is $467 and includes travel, labor, parts, drum and toner expenses.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the hiring of Matt Newton of Fredonia as a temporary, seasonal worker in the Highway Department. Newton will earn $14.54 per hour with no other benefits and will be called upon on an as-needed basis, according to Highway Superintendent Dan Bigelow.

“We might not even need him the whole winter,” Bigelow added.

Bigelow also reported there has been a setback in the sale of an old loader, which was initially sold at Auctions International for $39,900.

“The highest bidder isn’t paying the bill, so what happens now is Auctions International goes to the second-highest bidder and asks them if they would like to purchase it at their bid, which is $100 less,” he explained. “If the second-highest bidder has … no interest in it, I’d like to put the loader back on the site to re-list it and basically start the whole process all over again.”

The board entered into executive session to discuss a matter of litigation.

The board will meet today at 1 p.m. in the town hall for a public hearing and special meeting regarding the two-year fire protection district contract with the village of Fredonia.

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