By CRISTINE MEIXNER
WELLS - The Wells Highway Department will replace its 46-year-old utility tractor with a new model costing $54,236.
Superintendent of Highways Clay Earley has been authorized to purchase a 2013 John Deere 5083E utility tractor with a rotary mower head under National Purchasing Partners' contract. The 1967 International 2424 utility tractor, used to sweep sand off roads, will be sold by bid.
A portion of this year's CHIPs funds will go toward the new utility tractor. The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program is how the State of New York distributes money from highway-based user fees such as vehicle registrations, gas taxes, traffic fines etc.
Earley said the town will receive $76,733 this year, a 28 percent increase over last year's $59,975. He said the increased amount would also be received in 2014.
In another highway matter, Earley said his men are back to 10-hour workdays for the warmer months, working Mondays through Thursdays.
In other recent town board business,
-- Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant revenues for March were $12,928 and expenditures were $267. Year-to-date revenues as of April 8 were $43,558 with expenditures of $4,882.
-- A new sub-section, 'Approved Group Purchasing Organizations,' was added under the 'Non-competitive Bidding' section of the town's Procurement Policy.
-- Bids for 2013 lawn maintenance of the three active cemeteries within the town, in part on private lands, will be accepted until noon May 9 and opened May 13 at 7:10 p.m. The specifications are on file in the Office of the Town Clerk.
-- The town will conduct a dog census beginning in July. Owners of unlicensed dogs will be charged an additional $5 each to get them licensed. The intent is to make sure dogs within the town are up to date on their rabies shots.
-- Donald Beach received permission to use Community Hall one or two nights a week for a basketball youth program.
-- Councilman Timothy Hunt said the Building Committee was able to procure only two quotes -- from Kingsboro Lumber, Gloversville, $2,361; and TC Murphy Lumber Co., Wevertown, $1,733 -- for supplying and installing a new countertop at the Wells Meal Site. The job was awarded to TC Murphy.
-- Electric heat will be installed in the upstairs restroom at Community Hall.
The Wells Town Board will next meet Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m.
Editor's Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of April 8, 2013, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.