The Orchard Park Village Board Monday adopted a local law requiring any water mains replaced on any village road to be at least 12 inches in diameter, assuring the state Department of Transportation will pick up the bill for larger mains when it reconstructs Route 24 0/2 77 down Buffalo Street through the village.
"Actually we replaced some mains in the Four Corners with 12-inch lines a few years back," Mayor Patricia A. Dickman said. "We may not need 12 inch water lines an every street in the village, but it does help us provide enough pressure, and we were encouraged by the DOT to pass this law. It it is a local ordinance they have to comply, thus saving our taxpayers a bit of money."
In another money-saving move, the board agreed to buy into the state retirement plan for municipal employees. Two Public Works Department laborers will retire the end of the month and thus will get larger pensions.
"We have to show th state that we will save at least 50 percent from the retirements," the mayor said. "The employees get one-twelfth times the number of years times 2 percent added to their regular pension."
To save 50 percent in aggregate wages the village plans to replace just one of the two 30-year veterans. Half of the savings has to be passed to the state which uses its share to finance the retirement sweetener while the village is left with a 25 percent wage and benefit saving.