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Wells joins county fuel project

Sunday, July 06, 2014 - Updated: 8:14 AM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

WELLS -- The Town of Wells joined the Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project when the Wells Town Board voted to support a grant application to fund Phase III.

Phase III would share fuel services among the county and its co-applicants: the towns of Wells, Hope, Benson, Morehouse and Inlet; and Wells Central School District.

Existing town, county and school fuel tanks and pumps in the five towns would be decommissioned and new shared fueling stations installed. Inlet Common School District, the Wells and Hope fire departments, and the Wells and Morehouse ambulance squads would also use the new pumps.

Each entity would be issued a key allowing their vehicles to fill up at any county-operated facility and be billed by the county. Fuel will cost less because the county will purchase it in bulk, and the towns will not have to maintain the tanks and key pumps or deal with the permitting process for them.

The county has applied to the 2014 Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for about $600,000 to fund 90 percent of the project.

Towers had not initially supported Wells joining the project. However, he explained, the town's fuel facilities are about 18 years old and would need to be replaced in about 10 years.

At that point a new facility is estimated to cost $500,000. Towers said it would be better for Wells to pay its share of Phase III now rather than half a million dollars down the road.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- The state Office of Real Property Tax Services has notified the town its equalization rate is 93 percent. This means a statistical sample of the town's assessment roll shows properties are assessed at 93 percent of market value.

-- Superintendent of Highways Clay Earley will replace the rusted dump box on the 2005 Chevrolet Kodiak truck with a new one at the lowest price procured, $6,475, from Arrowhead Equipment Inc., Queensbury. Sowle Enterprises, Fultonville, will sandblast the cab and chassis for $2,400.

-- The state Department of Health has registered the Summer Youth Program as a camp, permitting it to use the town beach.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of June 9, 2014, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.

     

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