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Elma board hears of repairs needed at Hurd House museum

Repairs needed for the town’s Hurd House on Bowen Road include improvements to the front porch, Frank Maciejewski and Marlene Baumgartner told the Town Board on Wednesday.

They explained that up to now, historical society members, including Maciejewski and Fred Strief, have done many repairs, but the men are getting up in age.

Supervisor Dennis Powers said the house, which serves as the town museum, had 2,000 visitors last summer and suggested they use the handicapped-access porch in the rear until repairs can be finished.

“I wouldn’t put a Band-Aid on it, or we’ll be right back where we were,” Maciejewski said.

Also on the to-do list are repairs to a leaky kitchen ceiling; new electricity for a shelter for an exhibit; clapboard painting; installation of old shutters, currently stored in the basement, for the second story; and drainage issues in the driveway.

Powers said the board would address the requests.

The board also received bids for new, larger water pumps that could push more than double the amount of water through the town’s system. The lowest bidder of three is Cummins-Wagner-Siewart, LLC, Siewert Equipment of Rochester, for $86,548.00.

The two other bidders were Glauber Equipment Corporation for $92,400 and Fluid Kinetics for $93,223.

The work to install the new pumps will begin next fall at the Jamison Road facility and Transit Road station alongside the current ones. The new pumps should be operational by 2015, said Stevenson. A bond anticipation note will be taken out to pay for the new pumps.

The board issued a preliminary use permit to Bo Tucker of Creative Land Development, who wants to construct a storage building of 7000 square feet at vacant land at 5970 Seneca St. Tucker said he will store collectible cars, motorcycles and maintenance material in it. His request was referred to the Planning Board, which will meet April 15.

Powers announced that a new Blue Star Memorial Marker honoring the armed forces will be shipped April 25 and installed in a ceremony on Armed Forces Day, May 17, in the Veterans Park in front of the Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

Water Superintendent Eugene Stevenson reported that a major hydrant break on Ostrander Road recently has damaged three properties and will require a massive job to clean up. He said frost set the hydrant off.

“Neighbors have been very understanding. We have to wait for better weather to get a good look at the damages. We will need a landscaper to come in for quotes,” said Stevenson.