The Town Board on Tuesday, after many revisions, gave the go-ahead to redraw and rebid plans for renovations to Town Hall.
The board has put the project out to bid twice before but has been disappointed when bids came in well over the $600,000 budget and they had to scale back the scope of the project.
The board authorized Robert E. Stark, an engineer from Macon, Chaintreuil, Jensen and Stark, to redraw architectural plans after he told the board that he went over the list of cost-saving measures offered by previous bidders and felt the town would be able to find a contractor to complete the project within its proposed budget.
The new plan calls for a 3,200-square-foot addition, south of the meeting room. Plans to add a basement and renovate office space were dropped.
Stark said the engineering costs to redo the plans will be $9,500. He told the board that the new plans should be ready for advertising between March 1 and 6, and a bid opening date was set for 10 a.m. March 23.
Board members said they will look over some of his drawings at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 20.
The board also will set new sewer rates at the Feb. 20 session.
The town recently purchased new computer software and scanning equipment that will allow town employees to scan water and sewer meters from the curb with a special "wand," and then download numbers into a computer for billing. The new system was set up by KVS Information Systems of Williamsville.
"Previously, sewer bills were sent for a whole year," Supervisor William A. Boulden said. "Now we will be changing the billing to quarterly. There won't be the sticker shock you get with once-a year-billing."
He said the water bills and sewer bills will now be sent out together.
In another matter, the board approved applying for a $55,000 Recreational Trails Grant from the state.
Councilman Robert Kramer said the state grant would be used to extend the town's Linear Park Trail east from Campbell Boulevard to Fiegle Road.
Additional funding will be sought through the Niagara County Environmental Fund to complete the park from Fiegle Road to Mapleton Road.
The town purchased an old railroad bed and for the past two years has had a walking path from the town park at Campbell Boulevard, west to Meyer Road. The current path is a half-mile long and offers a 10-foot-wide paved area used by bikers, walkers, joggers and handicapped people in wheelchairs.
The extensions would add another mile to the trail.