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Zuech Septic Service of Farmersville was chosen Monday night to clean one of the Village of Franklinville's two sewage-treatment system digesters -- a job that has not been done in almost 15 years.

Frederich Zuech quoted a price of 14 cents per gallon in his offer to pump and dispose of about 200,000 gallons of sludge from the digester, which village officials said has not been serviced since 1987.

Because of the high volume of disposal that is necessary, the job will take about three weeks to complete. Zuech said he intends to begin pumping Thursday and will devote one of his trucks full time to finish the task before bad weather sets in.

Public Works Superintendent Ken Mapes said the procedure should not interfere with ordinary sewage-treatment operations.

Village Trustee Frank C. Ryan reviewed several bids and said Zuech's was the most reasonable. He said the company also offered to power-wash all the digester walls and floors, tasks that other bidders from Buffalo and Lewiston did not include in their plans. Those bidders and their prices were not quoted during the meeting.

In another matter, Mayor Judy L. Harrington announced the appointment of Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman David Swartz as trustee to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Richard D. Larsson.

Swartz took the oath of office Monday, and Harrington said the board does not need to vote on the appointment. But, she said, Swartz's appointment needed to be done prior to the meeting because the absence of Trustees Terry R. Hahn and Gregory R. Snyder would have prevented a quorum. Swartz will complete Larsson's term, which ends in April.

Also, a letter was read to the board from a group of senior citizens on possible entertainment and activities at a proposed gazebo in Park Square. The group will hold a public meeting at 7 tonight in the Presbyterian Church on South Main Street.

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