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Niagara Town Board uses windfall to purchase highway equipment

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Two major equipment purchases were made for the town Highway Department on Tuesday.

At the request of Highway Superintendent Robert Herman, the Town Board approved the purchase of a leaf pickup machine at $32,236 and a hot box for asphalt mixing for $23,880.

Funding for the purchases will come from a windfall of $154,000 that came to the town through an internal audit by BFI Waste Systems, which runs the landfill for municipal solid waste in the town. In March, the company reviewed its 2007-13 records and calculated that the town was owed $133,057 and an additional $21,557 for 2013.

• Approved a $12,000 compensation package for Deputy Supervisor Sylvia Virtuoso for her duties as deputy and as budget officer. The board appointed Virtuoso to deputy when Supervisor Steve Richards resigned in April. As deputy, she will assume the duties of supervisor.

• Agreed to sell excess road millings for noncommercial use at a rate of $8 per ton for pickup and $15 a ton if delivered within the town. Minimum purchase is 100 tons.

• Appointed Steven H. Roberts as superintendent of water and sewer maintenance to replace Edward Adamczyk, who is retiring June 28. Roberts will take a leave of absence from his position as machine equipment operator in the department until the results of a civil service exam are known. No salary figure was available.

• Honored town resident Fannie Scalzo, who just turned 100. The board presented her a special certificate as she was surrounded by about 20 family members.

• Voted to transfer two used town police vehicles to the Niagara Active Hose Company at no cost. The 2006 Crown Victorias have high mileage and limited value. The volunteer firefighters will use the vehicles to respond to emergencies and assist with traffic control.

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