Highland approves salt shed contract

By SUSAN WADE
Posted 6/17/20

ELDRED, NY — After recessing its regular Tuesday meeting, the Highland Town Board reconvened on June 12 to approve a contract with Park Lane Construction and Design of Clyde, NY, to construct a …

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Highland approves salt shed contract

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ELDRED, NY — After recessing its regular Tuesday meeting, the Highland Town Board reconvened on June 12 to approve a contract with Park Lane Construction and Design of Clyde, NY, to construct a new salt shed adjacent to the new highway garage on Route 55. The work is expected to start immediately with an anticipated completion date of October 16, in time for salt to be delivered for the winter season. 

The total cost of the project was approved at $758,615; about $510,000 of which will be funded by construction grants. The town has $150,000 included in the current year’s budget for the project and the additional funds will either be taken from savings or raised through unanticipated revenues that may occur during the year. There is no plan to bond the costs of the salt shed.  

Laberge Group, the engineering and consulting company that was responsible for overseeing the construction of the highway garage, will oversee this project as well. 

In other business, the town hall will be open for in-person voting in the June 23 primary. Residents of Lumberland and Tusten will be able to vote in Eldred, along with Highland residents. 

The town continues to make adjustments and accommodations for conducting business in line with social distancing and other public health mandates; these include floor markings, reconfiguring some of the offices and installing shields. The board authorized expenditures up to $3,500 for such accommodations. The town court hopes to open for business in July, but there will be restrictions on when and what types of sessions will be able to be held there. 

It was announced that the summer youth program will not be held due to the time constraints put on the organizers due to the uncertainty of moving forward with the program. 

The board granted an additional 30-day extension to the proposed purchaser of the former highway garage. 

Permission was granted to allow the town hall to be used to train census enumerators, which will occur on Friday, June 26, with the caveat that census personnel adhere to public health protocols and limit the occupancy to 10 people. 

Town clerk Doreen Hanson introduced a proposal to display pictures of veterans on banners hung from electric poles. The board was enthusiastic in its green-lighting the proposal to seek public input to work out the details of the project. If it goes forward, the project would be cost-neutral to the town. 

The board approved the hiring of Joe Miedreich as the building superintendent for 15 hours per week, starting immediately. 

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