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BOARD AWARDS HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS

The Concord Town Board Monday awarded highway equipment contracts to the three low bidders and dispensed with several business items at its final meeting of the year.

Selected were Buffalo Mack Equipment for a cab and chassis at $75,569.94; Gator Equipment Co. for a plow wing that mounts on the side of a truck at $17,600; and Roberts Equipment for a dump body and hoist at $17,771.

In another matter, the board rejected raising the income limit for the senior citizens property tax exemption to $16,800 from $15,800. The decision was made after Councilwoman Joyce R. Smith spoke against the increase, which traditionally had been made every other year until 1996.

According to Town Clerk Beth Bolt, the town fell out of step with the tradition when the income limits were raised consecutively in 1995 and 1996.

The board also based its decision on opposition from the Springville-Griffith Institute & Central School Board and the Springville Village Board.

The board approved a resolution to set up two reserve accounts for the Concord Historical Society, which is planning a handicapped accessibility project and the acquisition of some property. One account will hold $5,000 to be used in the $14,000 accessibility project, and the other will hold $2,500 for an anticipated expansion.

Supervisor John E. Allan said the Historical Society's board thought the money had been placed in a reserve account last year to cover both projects, but due to a slipup the funds were not carried over into 1997. The action allows money appropriated the year before to be used the next year, he said.

The board also approved a request to restore the original name, Smith Brook, to a small creek named after Gov. William Smith. Allan said a history of the area's original settlers was recently found to verify the creek's name, after a lengthy search by town officials. Smith settled in the area of the town known as Spooner Gulf about 1812. The request was made by Smith's grandson, Dick Smith.

The Town Board will meet Monday for its reorganizational session.

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