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North Collins accepts bids for water project

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Village Board held a special meeting on the morning of July 21 to open bids for the major piece of a flood mitigation project currently underway.

Hydrolawn of Buffalo was declared the low bidder, with a price of $43,100.

Prior to the meeting, Mayor Vincent George spoke to the Army Corps of Engineers to find out the status of the village’s permit for the work.

After members were assured it was in process, the board approved the bid, pending receipt of that permit. George was concerned, that, because the village faces an already extended deadline, it must complete the project or possibly lose the Community Block Grant Funds assigned to it.

This phase will see a combination of piping and trenching, occurring from School Street, along Eagle Drive and to Franklin Gulf Creek. The work seeks to remove a large portion of the water that currently comes downhill into the village, often overwhelming the area’s storm drains. The recurring blockages have led to repeated flooding in the Harrison and Park streets area.

The board also hired a part-time public works employee, Casey Bucco. The 19-hour per week position will focus on beautification work, along with water meter readings.

The board also approved renewing its participation in the Erie County Stop DWI program. That program provides additional funds for the village police department, to increase the number of patrol hours dedicated to preventing driving while intoxicated. According to George, the village is in line to receive $13,000 for its participation last year.

The board will meet again on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall.

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