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Eden Town Board rejects both bids for water project

The Eden Town Board plans to reopen bidding for a water project after rejecting both submissions Wednesday night.

Board members declined to award a contract to either bidder for the water system on Green and Depot streets after discussing the issue in executive session.

“Bids were high,” Supervisor Glenn Nellis said. “We felt we wanted to take another look.”

Officials expect to reopen the bidding in early spring. New Frontier Excavating & Paving of Eden bid $217,705 and E&R General Construction of Buffalo bid $228,940.

In another matter, the board approved the Eden Library board’s selection of contractors for repairs at the library, which the town owns. A permissive referendum must be conducted before the repairs can begin.

The problem: A 2-inch ridge has formed along the tile floor because the building has settled and officials believe the concrete floor should be sanded down to prevent injuries.

“The fear is that people would trip on it and possibly hurt themselves,” Nellis said.

Brockman Bros. of Highland Drive in Eden will perform the concrete work and Rick’s Decorator Carpets & Flooring of Camp Road in Hamburg will roll back and replace the carpet.

Board members also:

• Authorized the Police Department to hire Kenneth Heary of Orchard Park as a part-time public safety dispatcher. He has been working in the Police Department as a reserve officer and works full-time as a safety officer at Hilbert College.

• Approved the East Eden Fire Company’s $2,660 purchase of five 4-inch-by-100-foot hoses to replace hoses that failed tests.