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ORCHARD PARK KEEPS STUDY UNDER WRAPS BOARD CANCELS FORUM ON BANK ST. REPORT

The Orchard Park Village Board abandoned plans for an informational meeting Monday night that would have released the results of a study on environmental conditions on Bank Street.

The board said it was acting "on the advice of counsel" and cited "pending litigation" as reasons for canceling the forum.

Last month the village hired Pieczonka Engineering to look into complaints by several Thorn Avenue-area residents about the operation of two Bank Street companies, Stone-Concrete Mix Co. Inc. and Orchard Park Ready Mix Inc.

In November, residents citing pollution and excessive noise generated by the businesses had called the industrial operations "public health hazards."

The residents also questioned whether the businesses met state and local health standards.

The board said the results of that study probably would be available at the next meeting, but indicated that the report would be in "written form."

In other business, Village Attorney John C. Bailey said that a suit filed against the village by BFI Waste Systems, an unsuccessful bidder on the garbage contract, which alleges "improprieties in the bidding process," has been rescheduled to be heard July 9 in State Supreme Court.

Bailey said that CID Refuse Service Inc., which was awarded the five-year contract, had asked for an extension "to prepare papers" in the case which was originally scheduled to be heard last week.

In other matters, Trustee Thomas Morrow reported that 11 contractors had submitted bids on the Freeman Pond cleanup. Morrow said the board was pleased with the response and is awaiting an engineer's recommendation before scheduling a meeting with the pond owners to discuss further action.

Mayor Patricia Dickman said that before that meeting she hopes to meet with the tax assessor to discuss details of setting up a special assessment district for the cleanup. Earlier this year, the board said it would set up a special district provided there was a consensus to do so among the 17 pond owners.

The board also:

Granted permission to the town to discharge aerial fireworks during a public display July 4 contingent on the receipt of an insurance certificate.

Asked that residents, especially those along the parade route, refrain from placing garbage at the curb until after the July 4 ceremonies. The board noted that the holiday will not affect the regular Thursday garbage collection. The board also noted that it may consider an ordinance that would prohibit residents from placing garbage at the curb several days in advance of garbage pickup.

Approved paying vouchers totaling $44,013.49.

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