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Evans hires company for dredging

The Town of Evans has hired an excavating company to dredge the Sturgeon Point Marina before the start of boating season.

New Frontier Excavating and Paving Inc. of Eden will do the work at a cost not to exceed $25,000.

The Town Board authorized the contract at its meeting this week.

Each winter and spring, the waves deposit sand and silt in the marina, forcing the town to dredge the boat basin before the start of the season, town officials explained.

The town does have its own machinery to dredge the marina, but it's "antiquated and doesn't do a complete job," Supervisor Keith E. Dash said. The town also doesn't have the funds to purchase new equipment, Dash added, requiring it to hire a contractor.

In other business, the Town Board:

*Approved miscellaneous revisions to the town code having to do with streets, sidewalks and property maintenance.

One of the changes will mean residents can't put their garbage at the curb for pickup until 6 o'clock the night before their scheduled collection. A public hearing drew criticism from only two residents, who thought officials are trying to micromanage and that more effort should be placed on how the garbage is placed at the curb -- not when.

The town hopes limiting the amount of time trash is at the curb will prevent fewer animals from getting into the garbage, which has been an issue that has sparked some recent complaints by residents, Dash said.

*Issued a special-use permit to William and Victoria Kurek for a dog kennel and dog day care facility at 1759 Sturgeon Point Road. Two neighbors expressed concern about barking and noise, but Planning Director Sandra Brant said it's a one-year permit for only up to five dogs. The town's Building Department will be responsible for ensuring compliance.

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