By Dave Dahl
Town of Eden residents could start receiving calls from an emergency notification system by the year’s end.
The Town Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to proceed with Code Red, a system that sends recorded telephone messages to town residents. Other municipalities, such as the Town of Hamburg, use the system to alert residents about storms, fires, storm recovery and water system repairs, among other situations.
Details about the cost were not revealed.
Board members acted on the recommendation of Robert Stickney, disaster preparedness director, who urged them to acquire the system before November.
A contractor who provides planning and engineering services for water projects told officials the Village of Gowanda uses Code Red to inform residents about water line upgrades.
Village officials let residents know when to expect “muddy” water, said Mark Cavalcoli of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates on Delaware Avenue.
The board avoided buying the service earlier because of the expense, said Councilwoman Mary Lou Pew.
“The last time the Town Board looked at it, it was cost-prohibitive,” she said.
In another matter, the board heard from Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills, R-Orchard Park, that he had visited a farm in the town and learned that broccoli will soon be grown in the area again.
Years ago, the town’s farmers stopped growing it because farms in California grew most of the broccoli. Because of the drought in the western states, the crop no longer grows well in California, creating an opportunity for Eden farmers to grow it.
“Broccoli is coming back to Eden,” he said. “That’s great news.”
Mills also stressed that he has been trying to increase county funding for roads in the town.
“You don’t bring businesses into Erie County with bad roads,” he said. “You just don’t do it.”
He concluded by mentioning his annual series of hot dog roasts. The Eden event has been set from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 22 at the Eden Library. A hot dog and bottle of water will cost $1 and an Italian sausage and bottle of water will cost $2.