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Employees will now use hand readers when checking in and out of work

The town is going high-tech with hand readers for employees to use when checking in and out of work.

The Town Board approved the $10,128 purchase of four hand-reading machines: one each for Town Hall, the water and sewer building, the highway garage and the Town Court building.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said workers will no longer have to fill out time cards, and the old-school punch-card time clock at the highway garage will be retired.

Victor Liberator was the low bidder for the devices that will scan each employee's handprints as they go in and out of work and automatically transfer the record of their hours to the payroll system.

"It'll make things a lot simpler, rather than having to calculate all this out," Smith said.

In other matters at last week's board meeting, a petition was received bearing 28 signatures asking for a study of reducing the speed limit on Raymond Road between Dysinger and Rapids roads from 55 to 45 mph.

The board voted to make the request to the state Department of Transportation, which last looked at the issue six years ago and concluded no speed-limit reduction was warranted.

"This is a growing area in town," Smith said. "That subdivision [Harvest Ridge, which has an entrance on Raymond Road] is fully built out, and other houses have been built as well."

On another topic, Councilman Paul W. Siejak reported that the town recycled more trash in 2011 than it did the previous year.

Siejak said figures from Waste Management, the town's refuse contractor, showed 1,163 tons were recycled last year, up from 1,135.7 in 2010.

"We are the best recycling community [Waste Management] works with," Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said.

However, state figures two years ago showed that the town recycled the lowest percentage of trash of any community in Niagara County that had recycling bins.

Drop-off recycling of electronic waste, such as appliances, started in the town July 11, and through the end of 2011, 4,914 pounds had been dropped off at the highway garage.

The town collected $245.70 from selling the e-waste to a Rochester company at a nickel a pound.

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