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Erie County/Town of Grand Island: Town welcomes furniture from county surplus warehouse

by jmaloni

•Taken from the May 2 Island Dispatch

Sat, May 10th 2014 09:35 am
Town Supervisor Mary Cooke, Town Recreation Director Joe Menter and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick stand with some of the surplus furniture delivered to the town from the county surplus warehouse Thursday, including a turnstile from Ralph Wilson Stadium, foreground. All the items came at no cost to the town. (photo by Larry Austin)
Town Supervisor Mary Cooke, Town Recreation Director Joe Menter and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick stand with some of the surplus furniture delivered to the town from the county surplus warehouse Thursday, including a turnstile from Ralph Wilson Stadium, foreground. All the items came at no cost to the town. (photo by Larry Austin)

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Town Supervisor Mary Cooke have announced a partnership to outfit town offices with furniture from the county's surplus warehouse.

"The county maintains a surplus of office equipment and makes items available to local governments who are in need of furniture or other supplies," Hardwick said. "We are able to save taxpayers by reusing and recycling items not currently needed by the county. This partnership provides the town with many of the materials it was in need of at no cost."

The town took possession of items Thursday at the Nike Base Park. Among the items donated are a bookshelf, tables, chairs and a dry erase board. Town Recreation Director Joe Menter even picked up an old turnstile from Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Menter, Cooke, Councilman Richard Crawford and town employee Jim Linenfelser were some of the town officials who visited the county warehouse and saw things the town could use in town offices, including Town Hall, the Recreation Center, and the police substation.

"I was pleased to learn about this opportunity and that the town was able to find several pieces of equipment we needed," said Cooke. "By taking these items from the county's surplus, the town saved money that would have been spent to buy or upgrade our furniture."

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