Clarence Center will soon be more walkable.
Sidewalks will be extended along Goodrich Road north from the bike path to Countryside Court and Juniper Drive, at a cost of $28,800.
The Town Board at a Wednesday work session awarded the conract to Campobello Construction of Buffalo. Seven firms bid on the project, said town engineer Timothy Lavocat.
Separately, Lavocat said he is reviewing four proposals for design services for repairs to the Clarence Public Library, which has been plagued by water damage, ice accumulation on the roof and heat loss since opening in 2001. Lavocat said he will conduct follow-up interviews with the firms.
"I want to make sure we're clear on the technical content [of the work], and that's where I am right now," he said.
Lavocat plans to discuss the firms' proposals with the Town Board in early October. The goal is to have the library repairs project designed over the winter and to begin construction in May or June 2013, he said.
. The Town Board received an update on its grass-cutting program, which is aimed at eliminating neighborhood nuisances. By law, the town can call in a contractor to cut a property's grass if the height exceeds 10 inches and bill the owner for the work, if the owner fails to act promptly on a warning from the town.
The town received more than 30 complaints in April and May about unsightly lawns and called in a contractor for three of them, which were owned by banks or property conglomerates, Lavocat said. The rest cut their grass after receiving a notice from the town, he said.
For the three that didn't comply, the tab ranged from $990 to $2,734 for cutting the grass, weeding and other cleanup work. The owner is billed, and if the owner fails to pay, the expense is added to the property's taxes.
The county then reimburses the town for the dollar amount, town officials said.
Town Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. said he hoped the high cost sends a message to other owners who fail to comply. "The moral of the story is, if you live in Clarence, it pays to cut your grass," he said.
. James Burkard, the Parks Department superintendent, spoke to the board about his department's 2013 budget request. He is asking the town to hire two laborers to help fill the void created by five employee vacancies that have opened up over the past five years.
Burkard said that his department's duties extend far beyond taking care of the parks and that he needs the additional manpower.
"The Parks Department in Clarence is a [Department of Public Works] that doesn't do highways," he said.
Burkard said his employees are busy year-round, not just during the summer months. Their duties include taking care of streetlights and tending to town facilities.