Marilla Supervisor George Gertz reported this week that the veterans memorial site will be ready for a Veterans Day service Sunday despite a few glitches.
He said there were a few minor issues again with the railings due to an unexpected freeze, which required the work to be done over, and the contractor, Birchgrove Landscaping, still has not given the town a five-year warranty in writing. Gertz said the town has paid Birchgrove $22,000 to date and is holding back $10,000 until the job is finished and the warranty is received.
“The job won’t be completely finished this year, said Gertz. “It is too late for seeding of the area, but the bricks are being put in place, and it looks good.”
Birchgrove Landscaping owner Jason Burford had met with the board at a work session in early October due to some work that the board was not happy with. Burford and the board came to an agreement at that time that the warranty on the job would be extended from one year to five years and put in writing. Burford promised the work would be redone in time for the annual Veterans Day services and parade.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday and proceed down Two Rod Road to the memorial site. There will be refreshments afterward served by the Kiwanis and provided by the town in the community center.
Across the road from the veterans memorial, Highway Superintendent Ron Unverdorben has created a 4-by-18-foot Civil War memorial, including a fence, which, according to Councilman Warren Handley, is “very moving.’’
Using rocks, Unverdorben has the number of town residents who served and larger rocks used as the number of those who died.
A plaque is being built in the Highway Garage on Two Rod Road.
The board is back to square one on its Farmland Protection Plan. A request for proposals had been sent out, but no one responded, Gertz said.
The board decided to make a list of potential contacts and write a letter to three of them requesting a bid. The town also will place another advertisement for the work.
The board agreed that, rather than spend more money on lawyer fees, it will pay the $300 to ASCAP for licensing permission to use music for the town’s concerts. Gertz said he had spoken with other towns and was told Marilla could be sued if it does not comply. ASCAP is a watchdog association that keeps an eye out for copyright violators, in addition to forwarding collected fees from those who use its clients’ music publicly to musicians they represent.
The Historical Society is inviting the public to a War of 1812 program at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the community center.
There are two vacancies on the Conservation Advisory Board and one on the Assessment Review Board. Richard Rose , a current member whose term is up, is the only person to apply for the position on the Assessment Review Board.