The Marilla Town Board voted unanimously to approve paying the town’s share for a new press box at Creek Road Park in Elma – a facility used for football and other sports by an athletic organization covering Elma, Marilla and Wales.
The contract for the press box has been awarded to Custom Builders for $24,950. Marilla’s share is $7,235.
The issue sparked a controversy in Marilla, where the new supervisor, Earl Gingerich Jr., contended the town hadn’t been properly notified and had not budgeted for the project in 2014. The old press box was considered a danger and was razed by Elma work crews.
Elma Supervisor Dennis M. Powers reportedly has apologized to Gingerich for not notifying him sooner.
Gingerich, who had threatened to withhold payment until 2015, changed his mind and voted with the rest of his board Thursday night. The money will come from a surplus account. The press box will be installed in time for the Aug. 1 opening of football play, officials said.
In other matters:
• Town sanitation workers may have to change their method of garbage collection, according to a notice from the town’s insurance company. The trucks currently zigzag across roadways from house to house. The town insurer wants the trucks to remain on one side of the highway while workers cross the roads to retrieve receptacles.
• The town and a citizens’ group beat the July 7 deadline for filing a petition with the State Supreme Court against Stanley Travis and Trav-Co Farms to prevent storage of bio-solids, also known as equate, at the Eastwood Road farm. In March, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a permit for Travis to store the equate in a concrete tank on his farm.