The Elma Town Board has called for a timeout on plans to install time clocks at town work sites.
During a recent meeting, Supervisor Dennis Powers failed to receive a second on a resolution to install six clocks, a proposal hatched following state criticism of the town’s record-keeping practices. The supervisor also noted use of time clocks is reflected in the latest union contract.
The new clocks are to use state-of-the-art technology, recording an employee’s fingerprint and an employee number. They cost $11,000.
The first clock has been in use on a test basis in Town Hall over the past 60 days. Town officials want to install the clocks at the Highway and Water departments, transfer station, sewage-treatment plant, and a portable clock at Tri-Town Recreation, which employs summer workers.
Powers estimated the payback for the clocks at three years. The clocks will monitor the work schedules for as many as 75 employees, including summer part-timers. Powers added that the clocks already have been purchased.
Councilman Michael Nolan said he wants to delay installing the clocks until a policy on their use is adopted.
Highway Superintendent Wayne Clark had some skepticism about the clocks.
“A time clock can work both ways and is very expensive,” he said. “The Town of Elma has more important things to talk about than time clocks.”
In other issues, the board:
• Approved an agreement with New Wave Energy to purchase electricity at a first-year savings of $40,000. Included in the proposition is a $29,000 refund from SMEC, the town’s energy company since 2007, and 10 percent to 11 percent projected in savings, according to Nicolas Jerge, vice president of New Wave Energy.
Powers noted that, ”at this point, we are staying with SMEC for our gas supply.”
• Scheduled a public hearing on a smoking ban in town parks for 7 p.m. Dec. 19, before the regular Town Board meeting. ”Banning smoking will cut down on litter, which is expensive to clean up,” Powers said.
• Approved a business-use permit for R & R BBQ, 5952 Seneca St., which will operate from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The restaurant opens on Dec. 10.
• Rescinded a temporary business business-use permit for Seasonal Nursery, 41 New Bullis Road, following the sale of the building to new owners.
• Approved a new business-use permit for Great Plate Glass Co., 41 New Bullis Road, a commercial replacement glass business. Business hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.