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Wales board may pass up spot on small-town regional IDA

Wales Town board members at a work session this week said their town probably won’t join other Erie County towns to form a regional industrial development agency anytime soon.

Council members Jude Hartrich and Gerald Klinck agreed that it doesn’t fit Wales and no vote was taken. The request came from State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan.

An IDA addresses long-term vacancies and supports job creation in a community but Hartrich said an IDA can be a slippery slope.

Towns in Erie County that don’t have an IDA can be at a competitive disadvantage when businesses make decisions where to locate. Gallivan said smaller IDAs can level the playing field.

The Board also opposed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed property tax freeze as recommended by the resolution of the Association of Towns.

Councilman Donald Butcher explained the governor wants towns to combine services and work together. Board members seemed amused by the proposition, as they have been combining services with surrounding towns for 40-50 years.

“It’s called neighbor helping neighbor,” said Butcher.

Supervisor Rickey Venditti pointed out a recent agreement that cut the town’s dog control bill in half by paying a neighboring town’s dog control officer to do the job.

Also at the meeting:

• Philip Schwegler and Justin Seitz of Aurora Consulting are working with the town now to redesign the town’s website. Venditti said any ideas from board members can be put in or added later.

• The purchase of a new snow plow for the Highway Department for $215,000 will require a permissive referendum to transfer money from a town account to pay for it.

The resolution will be ready for a vote at the next Town Board meeting April 8.

Highway Superintendent Michael Zywar reported that he will need a set of metal chains that wrap around trucks and prop the body up while employees are working on them in the garage. It will cost $1,000.