The Wales Town Board has set 4 p.m. Oct. 8 for a meeting to negotiate the town’s employee union contract. The contract affects only two Highway Department employees who are represented by the International Association of Operating Engineers. The current contract is set to expire Dec. 31. Town Attorney Ronald Bennett, Supervisor Rickey Venditti and Councilman Michael Simon will represent the town.
In other business:
• A public hearing has been set for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 for public input for federal Community Development Block Grant funds. The federal money is for use by local towns to fund projects that must benefit low- to moderate-income, handicapped or senior citizens. A consortium of about 33 towns must vie for a portion of this money, and a panel reviews the applications and makes the decision. Wales has received a request from Rural Van Services, which provides transportation to doctors’ offices and shopping for the elderly and handicapped in a joint venture with Aurora, Marilla and Elma.
• The board rescheduled a work session usually held the fourth Tuesday of the month to 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
• Councilman Jude Hartrich reported that she is still working on bids for the town park improvements. A citizens group is hoping the town will back its plan to create a walking trail around the town park.
• There will be a public meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Wales Fire Hall on Big Tree Road across from the Community Center to discuss groundwater effects. Sections of Marilla, Wales and Aurora still don’t have public water, according to Hartrich, and are relying on wells.
• Councilman Michael Simon said there needs to be an increase of security at the courthouse in South Wales and at the Town Hall during tax season. There are already alarm systems in place at both locations.