Lee board OKs snow plowing pact, white goods disposal day

Published Sep 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LEE — A new snowplowing agreement for county roads, plus setting a date for a disposal program to accept town residents’ used white goods and tires, were among Town Board topics Tuesday night.

The board also discussed proceeding with a $54,100 cedar fence project at the town park that has been delayed. In addition, it approved buying new water-line tracing equipment and awarded a contract for clearing snow at the town hall.

In the discussions:

• The board approved a “snow and ice agreement” with the county for 2018-2020 that calls for the town to receive $6,200 per mile for county roads in Lee that it plows. The town plows 23.42 miles of county roads overall.

The town will receive that rate from the county for each of the next two winters covering the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Lee Highway Superintendent William Baker said after the meeting.

“I highly recommend you go with it,” Baker told the board regarding the agreement. The rate is up from $6,000 per mile for 2016-17 and 2017-18 in a prior agreement, although the county recently approved an additional payment of $200 per mile for those seasons due to harsh conditions. Lee is one of 28 municipalities listed in the county’s overall template agreement.

• A “White Goods Day” for town residents to drop off materials for free disposal such as various appliances and related materials was set for Sept. 22 from 8 a.m-noon at the town Highway Department garage, 5520 School St. in Lee Center.

Among other items that will be accepted for disposal are used tires, but fees will charged for tires. The town still needs to set those prices, said Lee Supervisor John Urtz. The one-day disposal program has been offered by the town for its residents in other recent years as well.

• For a $54,100 project that was approved in July for installing about 2,000 feet of cedar fencing at the town park, town attorney David Rapke said he has received confirmation that the materials are “supposed to be here by Oct. 15.”

​The project was delayed due to availability issues for the fence style originally selected. Urtz said board member Karl Matt has “hand-picked the type of fence” that now will be used, and Matt said “the material is on order.”

The board last month had approved extending the project’s starting date into November because of the availability factors.

Urtz said after Tuesday’s meeting that he still anticipates the work can be completed by year-end. It involves replacing current fencing that has become worn at locations in the park.

​• The board approved a $2,700 purchase of equipment that can be used to trace water line locations in the town’s water system.

​The line tracer, which would replace old equipment, can help in locating water lines for such purposes as repairs, tapping onto lines, or avoiding them if digging is needed for a project, explained town Water District Supervisor Joshua Szyper after the meeting.

• An $1,800 contract for town hall snow removal for 2018-19 was awarded to the Wright’s Lawncare business. It was the lower of two bidders.

The work will include plowing of the front loop at the site and clearing of town clerk and handicapped-access parking areas, plus shoveling around building entrances. The town hall’s two main parking lots are cleared by the town Highway Department, said Baker.