Speculator plans for disasters


Express News Staff

SPECULATOR - Almost one year to the date of Super Storm Sandy, the Village of Speculator Board of Trustees has moved on two fronts to be prepared for future disasters.

When the board met Monday, Oct. 28, it accepted the low bid of $4,300 from Gore Electric Services, North Creek, for the purchase and installation of a Generac 11-kilowat generator to provide backup power to Village Hall.

The board also authorized Mayor Letty Rudes to sign a letter of intent to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a hazard mitigation grant. If approved it would provide 75 percent in matching funds toward a wastewater collection system backup power project.

The application is for $98,714; the village’s share would be $24,679. The village would have to come up with its 25 percent in matching funds, in-kind services or a combination of the two. The letter of intent was due Oct. 30.


With winter fast approaching, the board authorized Superintendent of Highways Roger Blanchard to purchase six sideboards at $29.95 each and a white 50- by 100-foot rink liner at a cost of $400 from The Ultimate Outdoor Rink, St. Pauls Station, Ontario.

The liner protection system will be installed at the pavilion. It is expected to result in a rink less subject to melt and leakage due to above freezing temperatures.


-- Rudes reported the Planning Board needs volunteers. David Hughes is resigning as of Dec. 1. The Planning Board next meets Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall.

-- The official holiday tree lighting will be Saturday, Nov. 30. However, the tree will be turned on for the Victorian Stroll Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

-- The amusement vendor for next year's Fourth of July celebration will be the same firm that handles Wells Old Home Days. "It won't be the company that did it the last two years," Trustee Karen McComb says.

The Board of Trustees next meets Tuesday, Nov. 12, starting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall.