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Eden seeks to lower costs by recycling textile items

An effort to recycle more textiles has begun in Eden.

The Town Board has endorsed a statewide program to increase recycling of old clothing, tents, towels, rugs and other fabrics.

Councilman Francis McLaughlin explained at last week’s town board meeting that the town could reduce its tipping fees – the cost to dump garbage at landfills – if residents recycle more textiles.

“Only 15 percent of textiles are recycled,” he said, referring to statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In the program, three organizations will attempt to remove 1.4 billion pounds of textiles, valued at $200 million, from the waste stream each year.

Also at Wednesday’s board meeting, the board:

• Approved the Fire District’s 2015 budget.

• Set a public hearing about a law regulating digital signs for 8 p.m. Nov. 12, during the next board meeting.

• Authorized the Highway Department to excavate an area on the Grover L. Priess Primary School’s grounds for a preschool playground.

• Extended a water maintenance agreement with the Village of Farnham for the Wepax Road service area. The village is in the Town of Brant.

• Approved Rural Transit Service to be funded by the Community Development Block Grant. The service uses a van to drive senior citizens and low-income residents to medical appointments and other essential destinations. No one spoke during the grant’s public hearing.

Springville

Springville Village Board members nominated the house at 26 W. Main St. for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp. to purchase.

Also known as the “land bank,” the nonprofit organization buys properties that have at least two years of unpaid taxes and sells them to a developer or municipality.

“That’s a way to address blight,” Krebs said last week at the village board meeting.

The board also approved applications for projects funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant.

Officials plan to use the grant for the $250,588 water main reconstruction on Church and Franklin streets.

They also expect to spend the grant money on the Rural Transit Service, a van that provides transportation for senior citizens.

Board members last week also:

• Authorized the Springville Volunteer Fire Department to buy an ambulance for $122,800 from North Eastern Rescue Vehicles in Syracuse.

• Appointed Richard Smith as a part-time dispatcher in the emergency control center. He will begin training immediately.

Springville-Griffith schools

Springville-Griffith Institute school board members voted 4-1 last week at its board meeting to approve four “preferred building” substitute teachers, a teacher for each building in the district.

Michael Connors cast the opposing vote.

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