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Lewiston Town Board session busy and brief

by jmaloni
Sat, Jul 31st 2010 08:00 am

by Terry Duffy

Lewiston Town Board members managed to cover a wide range of issues -- all in under an hour's time -- at their Monday monthly regular meeting.

Following a brief public hearing on the town's new flood prevention law -- one that saw no comments on what the town viewed as a routine matter with no significant changes to Lewiston's tentative floodplain maps issued earlier by the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- the board moved to procedurally adopt the measure.

Actions covered in the regular session included the town approving the acquisition of replacement digesters for the Lewiston Water Pollution Control Center. "They're replacements that we can use," WPCC administrator Tim Lockhart said of the slightly used equipment he would be acquiring from the Dansville waste waster treatment plant. The cost is $55,000.

Noting the current equipment at the Lewiston WPCC is 35 years old, Lockhart said the purchase would allow the plant to maintain "a high level of efficiency" in its operations. The request was approved with Town Budget Officer Mike Johnson informing he would be pursuing a loan through the town's fund balance to cover its cost.

On a related matter, Lockhart requested board approval to submit WPCC spec plans developed by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, as per the process towards an upcoming improvement project at the plant. "We're at the point where we have to submit this to DEC to get it rolling," said Lockhart of the $300,000 engineering study.

In other news:

  • Town Councilman Ernie Palmer reported Lewiston Police Department and the town reached "an acceptable conclusion" with neighboring residents of the LPD firing range on Harold Road. The town and LPD earlier announced renovations to address the noise and shooting activity, and a new policy that comes Jan. 1 will see the firing range's use limited solely to LPD and outside agencies removed. "The residents were satisfied," said Palmer. Supervisor Steve Reiter said "the issue is settled" and the remaining session planned with the group is now suspended.
  • Police Chief Chris Salada said the Lewiston Police has seen its workload increase this year with the Artpark concert schedule, but that LPD officers are handling it. "We're getting busier and busier," he said of the Artpark concerts, which have seen large crowds at Artpark Tuesdays, plus a number of Thursday shows in the Mainstage Theater. "We're getting used to the crowds; it's still a challenge, but we're getting a handle on it."
  • In old business, the board approved placement of Jake Brake signage at selected locations in the town frequented by Modern and CWM trucks. The signs, to be installed by the state Department of Transportation, would advise truckers of guidelines on brake noise not to exceed 90 decibels. The matter was approved with Highway Superintendent Doug Janese to advise DOT of requested locations.
  • The board approved a transfer of $8,000 in New York Power Authority funding to the Village of Lewiston for a sewer inspection study. The three-day survey, to be done by Sewer Services Specialists on portions of Mohawk, North Second, North Third and North Fourth streets, is intended to further reduce village inflow and infiltration to the town's WPCC facility.
  • The session closed with Janese informing that mulch is again available for delivery to town residents at a cost of $25 for three cubic yards. Contact the Highway Department at 754-8218 for more information. 

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