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Town of Evans taking steps to be greener community

EVANS TOWN HALL


The Town of Evans is taking the necessary steps to become a greener community as well as lower energy costs by not only advertising for alternative energy bid proposals but also forming a Climate Smart Community Task Force at its June 20 town board meeting.

The board is seeking proposals to provide to the town sources of electricity, as more traditional suppliers or alternate sources of such electricity. The town plans on opening the proposals July 10.

The Town also formed the Climate Smart Community Task Force as the “Town desires to create policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance operational energy efficiencies and reduce energy costs.”

The committee consists of Evans Town Board Councilman Paul Cooper, Director of Community Development Lori Szewczyk, Aliesa Adelman (Wendell Duchscherer), Climate Coodinator David Farinacci (Tradesman International), Tim Fieder (Lake Shore central Schools), Robert Trembath (sales auditor, Lime Energy) and Gary Huber, also from the town.

“You can tell they’re all hard working people,” said Cooper. “I would like to thank them for all of their hard work that they have put in and thus far they have done a true yeoman’s job.”

In addition to forming the new environmental committee, the town also appointed a Climate Smart intern, Ryan McPherson, in participation with the University at Buffalo for the Climate Grant Communities Student Internship Program.

This newly renewed focus on new sources of green energy follows a recent ‘Electrical Usage Review’ conducted by Friends and Neighbors Advocated Better Green Living member Bill Henry, which found that the electricity consumed at town hall alone could power over 100 average size residential homes in the town.

In other news:

• The town entered into an agreement with Town of Hamburg for the provision of training to Evans Police Officers regarding the operation of all-terrain vehicles.

• Supervisor Keith Dash was authorized to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Evans Police Benevolent Association to approve the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

• An amount of $2,190, per day, which includes training and mileage, was approved to Ross Valve Manufacturing, Troy, N.Y., to have town employees properly trained on the maintenance and repairs of PRV pits for the water department.

• The 2012 Taste of Evans will be at the Evans Town Park on July 15.

• The out of district water rate was increased from $5.80 per thousand gallons to $6.30 per thousand gallons of water.


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