Cheektowaga Town Board Meeting: February 14, 2017

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A number of resolutions were passed by the Town Board at its Valentine’s Day meeting, involving everything from upcoming festivals, sewer repairs, and part-time seasonal workers.

The board passed resolutions giving Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski the authorization to put together vendor contracts for the Independence Day celebration and Crabapple Festival. That means hiring contractors, performers and various other vendors. Each deal needs to be approved by the Town Attorney.

Another way the town is getting ready for the upcoming season is by hiring four part time workers across a number of departments. The building and plumbing department and sanitation department are each hiring a clerk, while the building and plumbing department hired two assistant code enforcement officers. 

The town is also getting ready for spring and summer recreation programs. Contracts were awarded to Laux Sporting Goods of Amherst, Jim Ludtka Sporting Goods of Cheektowaga, and BSN Sports of Jenkintown, PA to supply baseball and softball equipment. Youth and recreation clothing contracts were awarded for the next three years. C*Shore Design of Alden, Laux Sporting Goods of Amherst, Great Idea Promotions of Clarence, and Jim Ludtka Sporting Goods of Depew are all set to provide youth and recreation clothes.

The Board also put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a company to install, maintain, or improve an energy system for Town buildings. The idea is for the company to help the Town save money on energy costs. Proposals are due on March 30th. Also, a contract with Eagle Systems, Inc. was approved in order to take care of copiers and printers in 18 different departments in the Town. The Board also approved a plan to have departments replace multi-unit copiers that need to be replaced due to age.

The Town is also moving towards digitally archiving records, awarding a contract to EM Systems. The goal is to create a program in order to manage Cheektowaga’s files. The project is being paid for with a grant through the New York State Archives Education Department State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund.

There are preparations underway to start sewer repairs across the Town in the spring. There are notices for bids posted for sewer supplies like pipes and fitting, manhole catch basin frames and covers. The town is also looking for equipment and operators to make sanitary sewer point repairs. The Board approved a resolution for the Engineering and Sewer Department to help the Village of Sloan with its upcoming sewer inspections.

The Town is looking for some new vehicles, including a resolution to buy a 2017 Chevy Silverado for the sewer department from Joe Basil Chevrolet. The price is not to go over $36,873.40. They are also looking for bids to buy a new and unused 2017 garbage truck for the Sanitation Department.

The Board also approved funds to pay for the Cheektowaga Safe Crossings Project. The project is meant to build ADA compliant curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian signals and sidewalks around schools. The total amount of the project, or $259,000.00 was approved by the Town Board. But, 80% of the project is expected to be reimbursed by the Federal government.

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