Nellis called the Work Session of the Eden Town Board to order at
Pledge of Allegiance:
Nellis led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag followed by a
moment of silence.
New and Unfinished Business:
and Conservation on 18 Mile Creek Embankment Stabilization.
Supervisor Nellis introduced Mark
Gaston, District field Manager and Chris Enser,
Conservation District Technician, from ErieCountySoil
and Water Conservation District, and John Whitney from the Department of
Agriculture Natural Resources
Services.A proposal was presented calling for Eden
along with six other towns to allocate funds for a creek embankment
stabilization project.There are about
70 high priority sites along Eighteenmile Creek, with seven sites identified in
the Town of Eden, and its
tributaries that have been identified for stabilization.Total cost estimates are $1.15 million.
Two of Eden’s
seven sites are classified as highest priority because the erosion threatens
infrastructure such as bridges, roads or structures.In all, there are 1,390 linear feet of the
creek bank pegged for remediation in Eden.The estimated cost of the project is at or
about $100 per linear foot, putting Eden’s
total price tag at about $139,000 for all seven sites.
officials said stream bank erosion can result in muddier water that blocks
sunlight for plants, clogs fish gills and reduces oxygen in the water,
destroying aquatic habitat.Also, soil,
gravel and debris buildup in the streambed can cause damming and flooding.
stated that after other municipalities join the partnership with funds
allocated for the project, the county will work to secure county, state and
federal grants to defray about half the remediation cost.The municipality would be responsible for
contributing at least one-quarter of the bill.Landowners whose property is affected by the erosion would be asked to
pick up the additional quarter.
discussion continued between the Town Board and residents present with several
questions and suggestions being directed to the conservation officials.
Development Consortium Funding
Southtowns Rural Transit Van
Rural Transit – Van
Replacement - $27,670
received correspondence from Joel Giambra, ErieCounty
the Community Development Block Grant Program.The projects that were approved are
Southtowns Rural Transit Service in the amount of $180,271 and Rural Transit
Service-Van Replacement in the amount of $27,670.Mr. Giambra congratulated Supervisor Nellis
on a fine application.The Consortium’s
Project Selection Committee received fifty-one proposals with approved
applications of twenty.
from NYS Department of Transportation approving the lowering of speed on Jennings
Road from Paxon
Road to Route 62 to 45 miles per
hour, effective date to be announced.
Supervisor Nellis received
correspondence from Kenneth Kosnikowski, Traffic
Engineering & Safety for the NYS Department of
Transportation approving the lowering of speed on Jennings Road from Paxon Road
to Route 62 to 45 miles per hour.All
signs necessary to post the speed zone shall be erected by ErieCounty.The effective date depends on signage being
from NYS Department of Transportation confirming May 2003 for the Route 62
Supervisor Nellis received
correspondence from Gabe DelVecchio, Regional
Design Engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation
stating that the Town of Eden’s
request for streetscape improvements on Main Street,
between Shadagee Road and Park
Street was included in the Erie/Niagara Counties
Landscape Block Project.The project is
currently scheduled for construction in May 2003.Project items include tree plantings, placement
of benches, trash receptacles and bicycle racks.
Mohawk, Re:Streetlight Proposal
Paul Laing, Eden Fire Chief
requested a streetlight proposal for installing a 400-
watt metal halide floodlight in
front of the Eden Fire Hall.Supervisor
Nellis received correspondence from Stephen Schmonsky, Niagara Mohawk with a
proposal for installing the floodlight at an annual cost of $210.60.
MOTION was made by Councilman Zittel to approve the
proposal to install a 400-watt metal halide floodlight in front of the Eden
Fire with an annual cost of $210.60; seconded by Councilwoman Pew; All “Ayes”;
Opposed? – None; Abstain? Councilman Walker; Motion carried.
– Authorizing the Commitment of Funds in Support of an Application for Non-AgNonpoint
Source Pollution Abatement and Control Funds.
MOTION was made by Councilman Walker to approve the
adoption of the following resolution:
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COMMITMENT OF FUNDS IN SUPPORT
OF AN APPLICATIONFORNON-AGNONPOINT
SOURCE POLLUTION ABATEMENT AND CONTROL FUNDS
WHEREAS, the Erie County Soil & Water
Conservation District is interested in preserving and improving the water
quality in priority watersheds in ErieCounty; and
Eighteenmile Creek Watershed is listed in the New York State Priority
Waterbodies List and is considered a high priority watershed in the Erie
County Water Quality Strategy; and
propagation and survival has been identified as a primary use impairment in the
Eighteenmile Creek Watershed and the primary source of pollution in the watershed
has been identified as streambank erosion; and
District has identified reaches of streambank in need of stabilization through
a visual inspection of the main branches of Eighteenmile Creek and its major
WHEREAS, the County
of Erie and eight municipalities in Eighteenmile Creek Watershed, including the
Town of Eden have been identified by the District as potential partners to
support the District’s efforts to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) to
stabilize the streambanks and improve aquatic habitat; and
District will apply for funds through the Non Ag Nonpoint Source Pollution and
Abatement Control Grant Program to supplement local resources for their purpose
of installing BMPs to stabilize the streambanks and improve aquatic habitat;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Eden
commits $10,000.00 of the 2004 budget to join the Eighteenmile Creek Streambank
Stabilization Partnership Program and support the Erie County Soil & Water
Conservation District’s application for Non-Ag Nonpoint Source Abatement and
Control Program of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund and/or Environmental
Bond Act; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such funds may take the
form of cash on in-kind contribution as outlined in the Eighteenmile Creek
Partnership Program; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this
Resolution be submitted to the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation
District prior to January 31, 2003 to be included as part of the application
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution take
effect immediately and that a certified copy of this Resolution be transmitted
to:Cally Miklasz, Erie County Soil
& Water Conservation District, 50 Commerce Way,
East Aurora, NY14052.
Seconded by Councilman Vacco; all “Ayes”; Motion carried
Nellis reported that he received an e-mail from Buffalo.com recognizing that Eden’s
website has been selected for the “Best in WNY” home page with thanks to
Councilman Pew for all her efforts.
Hearing of Visitors:
MOTION was made by Councilman Zittel to adjourn the
Work Session Meeting of the Eden Town Board; seconded by Councilman Vacco; All
“Ayes”; Opposed? – None; Abstain? – None; Motion carried.
Nellis adjourned the Work Session Meeting of the Eden Town Board at
Nellis adjourned the Executive Session of the Eden Town Board Meeting at
Mary Jo Hultquist, Town Clerk
of Eden, Town Hall, 2795 East Church Street, Eden, New York 14057-0156
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