Yet another deadline has passed for the mandatory installation of a backflow preventer at Triton Valley Estates, a mobile home community of about 80 residents at Porterville and Hemstreet roads.
Elma Water Superintendent Eugene Stevenson told the Town Board last Wednesday that this is the third deadline ignored by the owner, William Pfeil. In the meantime, the Erie County Health Department contacted Pfeil to tell him of an Oct. 1 deadline and that he must meet with officials on a weekly basis.
After a discussion with Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers, the board decided to ask the town attorney to look into what the town can do legally in the case. Powers noted that town businesses including Moog have had to comply with the town directive and Pfeil is not going to get away with another lapsed deadline with no work done.
Councilman Michael Nolan noted the town also could do the work, then charge Pfeil on his tax bill.
“It would be advantageous for Pfeil to do the work himself because if we do it as a town, we have to hire union contractors,” Nolan added
The backflow preventer is a safety device that prevents contamination of potable water. All town businesses are required to have them and to have the devices tested periodically.
In other business:
• The board voted to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 on a request from Tisha and Jay Macaluso for a permit to develop a grove behind their American Grill restaurant on Seneca Street. Though the restaurant technically is in East Aurora, the grove site is in Elma. Residents of Billington Drive behind the restaurant are concerned about noise levels, officials said.
• Highway Superintendent Wayne Clark said he sold a 2009 Ford pickup for $21,500 and is entertaining a $6,300 bid for a 2003 pickup.
• The town approved a bid for a cleaning company for $12,832 from Coverall Health Based Cleaners of Williamsville, which uses health-based products. They will be replacing Clean Sweep, who had the job for the past 10 years. The new cleaners will charge $6,300 less per year.
• The board reappointed Kandace Wittmeyer to a six-year term as assessor. Nolan said that by sharing her services with West Seneca over the past four years the town saved $135,000.
• The board appointed part-time laborer Howard Winkler to work at the transfer station, checking resident stickers for $11.65 per hour.
• The board renewed grant writer Connie Minor’s contract for the year at the same amount she has received since 2010, $1,250 a month, or $15,000 a year.