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Ashford Town Board opens bids for trash pickup, chassis

ASHFORD — The Ashford Town Board opened bids for two previously-advertised items, during its March 13 meeting.

Clerk Patricia Dashnaw unsealed and presented the bids for the town’s annual trash pickup, which has traditionally been held in late April.

Nu Way Sanitation of Arcade bid $14,400 for the pickup. The company also presented a waiver of immunity and collision coverage, with its packet.

A bid of $9,300 was also received from Community Disposal of Chaffee. The company also offered to provide a 30-yard roll-off for appliances, at no additional charge. This bid also included the waiver of immunity and collision.

According to Town Supervisor Chris Gerwitz, Ashford has historically never had residents bring their items to a central location. Trash pickups have always been done at individuals’ homes, via the usual trash route.

The low bid from Community Disposal was accepted.

A representative from that company was in attendance, to speak about the logistics. Board Member John Pfeffer asked that a day be designated for the appliance drop-off and Dashnaw recommended having a police officer on hand, during that event.

“We need to make sure we schedule this, ahead of time,” Pfeffer said.

The pickup will be held in the town of Ashford, during the week of April 27. More information will be released, at a later date.

Bids for a town Ford F-550 chassis and equipment were also opened.

Delacy Ford of Elma presented a bid of $89,284. Regional International, Commercial Truck and Trailer of Henrietta bid $102,540.50 and West Herr of Hamburg presented a bid of $96,626. Vision Ford of Rochester bid $95,508 and Emerling Ford of Springville presented a bid with multiple equipment options, at a total of $88,483.

While Highway Superintendent Tim Engels said he plans to look over all of the bids in more detail, the board accepted the low bid from Emerling Ford, with equipment from Viking-Cives of Batavia.

In other matters:

– Phil Moyer, president of Weast Insurance Agency, returned to the board with more information about damage incurred to a town truck on Nov. 7, 2011.

According to Moyer, the town’s insurance claim had been denied, because the other driver had been using his vehicle to deliver papers, an activity that had not been covered under that driver’s insurance.

Moyer clarified that the only option would have been to take the other driver to small claims court, to cover the $1,000 deductible. “Even if we got the judgment, it would not have happened,” he said, of the money. “I went back to your current carrier, Trident, and asked them to reduce your premium, for this year, by $1,000.”

Gerwitz has received a check for $1,000 from the insurance carrier, to cover the 2011 premium. “That’s the best I can do, to get it solved,” Moyer said. The board members expressed their thanks, for his work on this issue.

– New York State Energy Research and Development Agency Program Director Paul Bembia announced that “the sequester will actually improve the federal funding picture, for the West Valley Demonstration Project for fiscal year 2013.”

The site was proposed to have had a bigger cut, through what Bembia called “the normal process for 2013,” than what will be enacted, through the sequester.

“Since the sequester has now become real, I’ve heard that Congress is considering legislation that would enable federal agencies to move money around, within their agency, to lessen the impact of the sequester to critical activities,” he said.

– Two Ashford residents addressed the board, regarding recent damage incurred to their mailbox. Engels pointed out that the box in question was mounted on a railroad tie on town property, not a breakaway post, as mandated by law. “You and the town are liable, if someone hits that tie,” he said.

The residents asked that the town’s plows be more careful, when plowing near mailboxes. Engels said that the drivers do their best, but “unfortunately, we have mailbox problems, all the time.”

– The board received a survey from the West Valley Post Office. Pfeffer reported on a recent meeting that had been held, to discuss changes at that post office, and said that there would be “very little impact, at all. They are only reducing hours there by about 15 minutes, per day. I don’t see it as a big issue.” Code Enforcement Officer Gary Perkins said, “It’s affecting the help. This is going to set the postmaster back.”

– Bembia announced that the second part of the demolition on building 01-14 has now been completed. The third phase, which includes the contaminated portion of the building, will begin soon.

– Dog Control Officer Bernadette Skelton was approved to attend an upcoming training conference.

The next Ashford Town Board meeting will be held April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the community center.

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