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Board will award pact to paint water tower

The Marilla Town Board has received and reviewed 10 bids for painting the town water storage tower.

Nussbuamer and Clarke Inc., the town engineers, reviewed them, and a contract is expected to be awarded today to low bidder Amstar of Western New York, a Cheektowaga company that bid $235,500.

The tank will be emptied and out of service for a few months. The pumping station will be running, with an emergency generator available through the Erie County Water Authority in an emergency.

Water for Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 will continue to be pumped through underground pipes as usual and the pressure will be constantly monitored.

The cost of the painting will be paid only by water customers in Districts 2, 3 and 4. District 5 was activated a few weeks ago, and its customers will not be billed for painting.

This is the first time in 18 years the tank will be painted.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. today to authorize town constable Wayne Wolf's compensation -- $25 an hour, with a minimum of two hours per event, and $25 for each summons he serves.

The board also will vote to establish two capital funds for $200,000 each. The first is for capital improvements to the town's property, such as the community center, town hall, town parks and parking lots. The second is for Highway Department equipment. The money will come from the town surplus.