Persia discusses hiring FEMA consulting firm

PERSIA – The option of using a consulting firm for the Federal Emergency Management Agency was discussed at a recent Persia Town Board meeting. Councilman John Walgus brought information to the board regarding the consulting firm.

Walgus was in attendance with the village of Gowanda which heard a presentation from Simmons Recovery Consulting. Walgus told the board, in his opinion, hiring a firm that works on an hourly rate would not be justified. Walgus also said Highway Superintendent Daniel Ackley is handling the FEMA paperwork and is on top of what needs to be filled out.

“I don’t know why we would hire someone if it’s a done deal,” Walgus said.

Walgus explained at the meeting the consulting firm said the services could be as high as $100,000, of which the town would be responsible for about $26,000 based on reimbursement rates. An associate from Simmons Recovery said the company would be willing to work with the town. The town board did not make a decision on whether to contract with Simmons Recovery.

Walgus also said a survey conducted by National Security Technologies will start on Sept. 14. The survey will start in West Valley and work down Cattaraugus Creek to the center line of Lake Erie. A low-flying blue and silver helicopter will be measuring radiation and residents should not be alarmed.

Town constable Paul Bowers also attended the meeting and asked the town board for a job description. According to Bowers, the town does not have a constable position listed with New York state. Bowers asked the town for clarity on his job description. The town board agreed to check with New York state to see what steps are required to have the constable listed. The town plans to begin oil and chip sealing roads starting Aug. 20, weather permitting.

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