The Town of Wales, the only town in Erie County that depends 100 percent on wells for water, is participating in a water study through the New York Rural Water Association.
The cost of the survey printing, postage meter and return envelopes based on 1,100 households came to $3.54 per household.
To cut costs, the town is asking those with computer access to go on the town’s website to answer the questions. The survey needs to be back by mid-August. Ten residents are serving on the water committee and meet monthly in the Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Road.
The committee says: “Without water, our houses are worth nothing. The object of the committee is to protect the quantity and quality of water, free of contaminants, as there is no time in the future we will get water piped into our homes.”
The surveys will go out in July after the Town Board approves it, said Councilwoman Jude Hartrich, who serves on the committee, which will meet at 7 p.m. July 15.
“The NYRWA is neutral on high volume hydrofracking. Some members of the NYRWA are in favor of hydrofracking, and others are not. But we want to make sure that adequate steps have been taken to protect rural water drinking sources,” said Stephen Winkley, water resource specialist, who is working with the committee and Town Board.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• Auctions International on Route 20A is not the kind of business the town expected, board members said. Several residents have complained to the Town Board about the conditions at the flea market site. Owner and operator Russ Scherrer had agreed to several conditions to get a permit for the site, promising it would be a showplace.
Councilman Donald Butcher said, “There are cars inside the market that should be stored outside only, which is a violation of Scherrer’s permit, and I have notified the police of a vendor selling fireworks in the open.”
Hartrich reported she had walked part of the site with an elderly couple who live next door and found retention ponds trenched out or eroded, draining into a small stream on the auction property. She saw boats, trailers and old cars at the back. “It is getting to be an eyesore. (Scherrer) is not doing what he said he would do.”
Supervisor Rickey Venditti said: “We need cooperation from both sides. Our code enforcement officer has had Scherrer move quite a few of the vehicles recently, and I have asked him to go up there and try to work with them. We want it to be a success, but the town cannot pay the price.””
• The town received a bill from EMW Sports for its portion of an intermunicipal agreement for capital improvements to Creek Road Park. Wales has agreed to pay 11 percent of the bill based on enrollment, which is $2,750 to replace a 40-year-old tower that holds the press box.