The Village of Sloan is determined to be better prepared next time Mother Nature brings a surprise like last year's October snowstorm.
The Village Board on Tuesday night passed a resolution that will allow the municipality to purchase three generators for the small village.
The generators will be purchased with the help of a nonmatching $28,000 grant provided by the office of State Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Buffalo, last year.
The generators will cost $14,358, and the village will spend an additional $14,390 for installation and a five-year service maintenance agreement.
While the $28,748 total does leave the village with a little under $1,000 to fund on its own, both Village Clerk Debbie Smith and Mayor Leonard Szymanski feel the price is not too high a cost to pay for preparation.
"We have left money for the rest of the funding in our budget," Smith said.
He noted that last year's disaster left the village with a total breakdown in communications, which made it hard for the village to bring assistance to its elderly residents.
"We were caught with nothing," Szymanski said. "And our senior center was out of business."
The three generators will be placed in the Piekarski Community Center, 140 Halstead Ave.; Village Hall, 425 Reiman St.; and the Department of Public Works, 1596 Lovejoy Ave.
Through a village-run emergency response team called AVERT, Smith said she hopes that having generators in the three different locations will keep village functions running normally and provide community warming shelters for senior citizens.
Smith said the Piekarski center will be a warming shelter where seniors will be able to receive hot meals.