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Lancaster seeks space to store equipment

The Village of Lancaster has plenty of equipment to trim, cut and plow its grounds and sidewalks. It just doesn't have anywhere to put it.

So the Village Board agreed to hire a consultant Tuesday to design more storage.

Engineering consultant Donald Gallow was tapped to prepare a site plan that would likely involve the demolition of two existing Public Works Department buildings and the creation of a new storage area.

The department has one main barn and two smaller garages at 5200 Broadway to house its equipment. They aren't big enough and haven't been big enough for at least a decade, said Mayor William Cansdale.

"While the village hasn't grown," he said, "the equipment needed to serve the residents has increased in number."

Over time, the village has purchased bigger trucks, newer slope-cutting equipment, sidewalk plows and other things it did not have more than 10 years ago. The village has even borrowed storage space from the town to keep everything sheltered.

Gallow has done similar work for the Village of Hamburg, Cansdale said. His fees are not to exceed $4,400, according to the adopted resolution. If a bigger storage facility is needed, the village will likely borrow the money to build it, Cansdale said.

In other news, the board:

* Held a moment of silence and adjourned its meeting in memory of Eric J. Weber, 46, a village employee and lifelong Lancaster resident who died April 16.

Because of his death, the board adopted a new death benefit policy retroactive to Jan. 1 that entitles the beneficiary of a deceased village employee to payment for unused vacation, sick and personal days, longevity pay and uniform allowances.

The beneficiary is also entitled to four full months of medical benefits, with the ability of a spouse to continue receiving these benefits afterward upon paying the full monthly premium.

* Granted former 2nd Ward Trustee Edward G. Meyer "inactive life membership" in the Rescue Hook and Ladder company in recognition of his 60 years of service to the fire company.

* Rehired the Drescher and Malecki firm to perform the audit of the 2006-07 town budget. The cost of the firm's audit services will be $18,000, the same price as for 205-06.

e-mail: stan@buffnews.com

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