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Green light is given on easement in the village of North Collins

NORTH COLLINS — Village Attorney Richard Schaus told the North Collins Village Board that an agreement had been reached with Harold Purdy, to grant an easement allowing drainage work to proceed.

During the board’s Oct. 1 meeting, Schaus said that, following a walk he had along the parcel with the Purdy family, the couple has agreed to grant an easement, allowing the village to divert the major portion of storm water currently collecting in the Harrison Avenue and Park Street area and a source of repeated flooding.

A tentative agreement of $2,500 for the easement was reached and Purdy requested several changes to the plan. Schaus said that he would contact the engineers about those modifications and said that the Purdys have been “generous and understanding.”

The village had faced the prospect of entering into eminent domain proceedings to secure the necessary easement, after several months without a commitment from the landowner.

Related to the drainage project, Mayor Vincent George reported that work at the Wentland parcel has been completed, as has work at Gurney Avenue. He requested that the project engineers provide a cost estimate of the remaining work.

While not planning to apply for funding this year, the board established 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 as the time for a public hearing for Community Block Grant funding. The board said that it plans to continue its endorsement of the Rural Transit program.

George projected that the village might apply for funds to update water meters, next year.

The board established Tuesday, March 18 as the date of village elections. One five-year, as well as the remaining four-year, currently vacant, trustee seat, will be filled.

The county has performed repair work at the Langford Road railroad crossing, but the village board members said that they are not sure that the work has been completed.

The concrete may have a rise in it, and it also drops off at one side.

Public Works Director Michael Perry will see if more work will be done, or if the village needs to address the potential problems.

George noted that village crews are currently mowing at five abandoned properties.

He said that he has concern about time this job is taking away from more pressing projects. A suggestion to research what a private contractor might charge will be examined.

The mayor also reported discovering an organization named “Compliance Connection,” a Web-based service that will identify and contact banks for municipalities, at no charge. The village will submit a list of addresses to the group.

George also reported that the United States Department of Agriculture has offered loans and grants to households, toward home improvements.

Grants of up to $7,500 are provided, along with loans for 20 years, at 1 percent interest. The program is available to low-income senior citizens who are unable to secure credit.

The board endorsed a resolution sponsored by the Association of Erie County Governments, opposing state plans to close and alter children's psychiatric centers around the state. The West Seneca center would be affected by those plans.

Bills in the amount of $294,514 were approved for payment.

The village board will hold a public hearing for Community Block Grant funding requests on Oct. 15 and hold a general session on Nov. 4. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the village hall.

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