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West Seneca

Bids are due this week for four new refuse trucks, equipped to handle garbage totes, and the retro-fitting of five existing trucks to do the same.

Equipment adjustments are among steps to be taken before the town implements the use of garbage and recycling totes; Jan. 1 is the target. The Town Board approved a bond resolution earlier this month to pay for it all.

“We got the money in place,” said Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan. According to that bond issue, the estimated cost of the totes is $1.5 million; the four new trucks will cost $900,000; and the retrofits will cost an estimated $60,000.

Meegan said she also is working with Town Attorney Shawn P. Martin and Highway Superintendent Matthew D. English on rewording the parts of the town code relating to the collection of garbage and recyclable materials. “We are trying to get all that in place so it’s a smooth transition,” Meegan said.

Also this week:

• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

• West Seneca School District students in grades four through six will participate Saturday morning in the 2013 Gary Gaiser Cross Country Run in Sunshine Park, on East and West Road. The event’s namesake was a West Seneca West High School alumni who was a physical education teacher and coach from 1973 to 1992, when he died unexpectedly.

• Judging begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the pie baking contest at Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. The pies/pieces of pie will be sold afterward.

The center’s Fall Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and will include animals, exhibits and demonstrations. The festival is free and open to the public.