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Wales to buy sound equipment

In an effort to monitor noise levels, primarily at a proposed National Fuel compressor station on Reiter Road, the Wales Town Board on Tuesday voted to purchase calibrated sound-measuring equipment to be used by the code enforcement officer.

The measure passed by a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Michael Simon and Donald Butcher voting against it, saying it would "open a can of worms."

Councilman Gerald Klinck, who supported the purchase, said, "What worms? [The proposed compressor] won't happen, and if it did, we would regulate its use." Councilman Jude Hartrich and Supervisor Rickey Venditti also approved the purchase.

The board already has authorized CRA Engineering to do a base-line ambient noise level study at the nearest neighbor's land next to National Fuel. This study will be used to make certain the utility is adhering to a special use permit regarding noise levels.

Venditti said results of the study will not be available for two weeks.

John Carlone told the board he had attended a local VFW meeting and spoke about the compressor station being close to the Sgt. Mark Rademacher Memorial Park and how it could affect the tranquility of the nature park.

Several members of the VFW signed a petition against the compressor station location.

Klinck said a meeting will be held with the town attorney regarding codes for nuisance noise, signage and solicitation.

In other matters, the board:

* Approved a bid of $16,022 with trade-in for a new 2012 F-250 Ford pickup plow truck for the Highway Department. Three bids were sought, and this was the lowest due to the trade-in allowance.

* Voted to have the town logo permanently affixed to all town trucks.

* Approved sending Highway Superintendent Michael Zywar to a training school at a cost not to exceed $600.

* Approved stripping and recoating the basketball court in the town park for $1,995.

* Approved allowing the Elma, Marilla and Wales Little League baseball team to use the town park diamonds on Tuesdays and Fridays.

* Approved giving a donation of $100 to the Iroquois Post Prom Party group.

The board's next work session will be held at 7 p.m. April 24 in South Wales Courthouse on Emery Road, due to primary voting being conducted at the community center.