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Eden to consider future of town’s water districts

Eden Town Board members will decide in the next few months whether to continue owning the town’s water districts or to allow the Erie County Water Authority to take control.

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, the town’s engineering firm, presented the options to the board Wednesday night.

Steve Waldvogel, who works for the Delaware Avenue firm, told the crowd the town’s aging water system will create more maintenance costs. If the board lets the water authority take over, however, improvements must be made to the system.

Customers will pay the same price per gallon in either option, but he cautioned that each homeowner’s expense will eventually increase if the water authority manages the system.

“The water authority will raise its rates over the next 20 years,” he said.

Supervisor Glenn Nellis called the presentation “a good first step” and anticipates that the board will vote on either of the choices in the next three months.

He stressed that he will review the report and find answers to legal and financial questions.

“I’m trying to be objective on it and look at all the information we have,” he said.

Board members also unanimously selected a company to replace carpets in the supervisor’s office and conference room, code enforcement officer’s office and the Town Hall’s second-floor hallway.

Decorator Carpets Inc. on Camp Road in the Town of Hamburg will replace the carpets for $4,927.08, the lowest of three bids.

In another matter, the board voted 4-1 to approve changes to the dog licensing and dog control fees.

Councilwoman Mary Lou Pew opposed the measure.

“I don’t want to see the clerk’s department turn into a collection agency,” she said afterward. “They have more than enough responsibilities. I don’t think we have the resources or the manpower.”

The fees will take effect April 1 and will be available on the town government’s website,