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Policy seeks local workers on projects

WHEATFIELD -- Any town projects that cost $50,000 or more would have to include a local work force of at least 30 percent, according to a policy approved Monday by the Town Board.

The board voted unanimously to require contractors to hire the quota of Niagara County or Wheatfield workers or demonstrate a good-faith effort.

The policy would ensure substantial benefits for the town when the money stays in the community, Town Attorney Robert O'Toole explained.

Any company contracted by the town would have to meet the requirement or show that the attempt was made for at least 30 days. Under the policy, Wheatfield companies also would have to be given preference as subcontractors.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said he was particularly upset when companies from outside the state came to this area to perform cleanup work after the surprise storm last October. The companies contracted with local public entities and then took the money out of town, he said.

In another matter, the board approved the purchase of 34 acres of land for future expansion adjacent to the Town Hall property, at a cost of $650,000.

Owned by Richard and Jean Siegmann and Rosemary Siegmann, the land had been considered for the development of a subdivision but is needed as part of the town's plan to build a $1.4 million youth center and gymnasium, Demler said.

While the center and gym would be built adjacent to the Community Center on the town's existing 30-acre parcel, the additional land would be used for a walking path, green space and road access from Witmer Road, the supervisor said.

The board followed the recommendation by O'Toole to adopt a bond resolution of $675,000 to pay for the land.

The board also requested plans for the proposed Marc Shawn Estates on Errick Road to be revised. Officials said the plans, first submitted in 1992, would require substantial revisions to be brought up to current standards.


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