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Erie County, Town of Cheektowaga 'chip' in for savings


Thu, Feb 25th 2016 04:25 pm
The wood chipper, shown in action at Como Lake Park.
The wood chipper, shown in action at Como Lake Park.

Use of town tree chipper at Como Lake Park saves thousands in disposal fees

The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Town of Cheektowaga Highway Department, has announced the cleanup of winter debris and tree limbs at Como Lake Park is being aided through the use of a town-owned wood chipper, resulting in savings of approximately $9,000 to the county.

Erie County does not own a machine suitable for the type of chipping necessary at Como Lake Park and had solicited estimates from contractors to handle the work prior to the town volunteering the use of its machine.

"I want to thank the Town of Cheektowaga, particularly Supervisor (Diane) Benczkowski and Highway Superintendent (Mark D.) Wegner, for their help in getting this tree work done at Como Lake Park. The use of the town's wood chipper is helping the county to save thousands of dollars and is a good example of how sharing equipment between municipalities is good for all residents," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "Similar arrangements elsewhere have resulted in savings on road and infrastructure improvements and have also demonstrated how good government means efficient use of resources to benefit all."

"We better serve the people when all levels of government cooperate with each other," Benczkowski said. "The town is pleased that we can offer the use of our wood chipper and help save Erie County thousands of dollars. I look forward to working with County Executive Mark Poloncarz in exploring more opportunities where the town and county can share resources that result in savings for taxpayers."

"The use of the town's wood chipper makes the cleanup at Como Lake Park go faster and at much less expense," added Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Daniel J. Rizzo. "We will be exploring the possible future use of this machine at other Erie County parks, as well, to continue this positive trend."

"Any time we can help Erie County and New York state save money, we're on board," Wegner said. "We all know budgets are getting tighter and tighter, so we need to work together to come up with creative ways to minimize expenses and still deliver the same quality services for our residents. Cheektowaga Highway has worked with Erie County Highway on sewer projects in the past and will continue to do so. When it makes sense, sharing of resources is the right thing to do!"

For more information on the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, visit http://www2.erie.gov/parks/.


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