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Town OKs contract for recycling

The Elma Town Board on Wednesday approved a recycling contract with Natural Environments Inc. that will pay the town $15 a ton for paper and cardboard and dispose of plastic and glass recyclables for free.

"This is the best deal we've gotten so far," Supervisor Michael Nolan said.

Councilman Dean Puleo added, "Taking away the plastic and glass for free is like getting $35 per ton."

In other matters:

*Visitors to the town will know Elma is a Right to Farm community, thanks to the Conservation Board. Twenty green and white signs costing $13.95 apiece will be installed at entrances to the town. The board is expected to approve the plan when it meets Aug. 15.

*Public hearings are scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 15 on a drainage district on Pound Road, a commercial variance for property on Seneca Street and for Heritage Fence, seeking a variance on the town's commercial building moratorium.

*The board hired W.M. Schutt & Associates to perform a state environmental review on the Schultz Road site of a cell phone tower to be erected by Omnipoint Communications. Omnipoint will pay the $950 cost of the study.

*Wales Supervisor Rickey Venditti presented the Town Board a proclamation congratulating Elma on its 150th birthday celebration. The proclamation notes Wales borders Elma to the southeast and both municipalities have been good neighbors since the town's founding in 1857. Also, the Erie County clerk's office sent a sesquicentennial proclamation calling Elma the "Heart of Erie County."

*Library Board member Rich Walter updated the board on water seeping through the floor in the library whenever the drain is used. Plumbers have said stopping the leak would require ripping up the entire library floor at a huge expense. The library would have to be closed during the process.

The library, owned by the town, is built on a slab over pipes. Another solution, employing a humidifier and pump to a fallback sink, would cost $1,520.

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