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Champion council adopts best value policy and sets public hearing for CDBG participation

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WEST CARTHAGE — During the public comment segment of the July 1 meeting of the Champion Town Council, John Young requested the speed limit of Mosher Road be reduced from 55 mph to 30.

He was informed that he would have to go through the county to the state Department of Transportation because speed limits are designated by the state.

Zachary Wright and Michael Kuehnle were approved by the town as probationary members of the Champion Fire Company.

With no one to speak at the public hearing, the Town Council adopted a best-value purchasing policy. Although advertising for bids for purchases and service work still would be required, best value would give the board more flexibility to take into consideration other factors besides cost — such as quality and accessibility.

“It can’t hurt as far as I can see,” Councilman Stanley W. Buzzell said.

“It might come to a point where we can save some real money for the town if we were to use it,” Supervisor Terry L. Buckley said.

The board set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Aug. 5 at the town office, 10 N. Broad St., in conjunction with the regular monthly meeting to consider an application for Community Development Block Grant funding through the state Office of Community Renewal. The board is considering a joint proposal with the villages of Carthage and West Carthage and the town of Wilna to continue the housing rehabilitation program that began in Carthage in 2008 and continues with CDBG funding now available in all four municipalities.

“There has been a tremendous response, and we expect just as much next year,” Supervisor Buckley said. “It’s a genuine chance to fix up homes with grants.”

Councilman Bruce R. Ferguson pointed out that grants of up to $25,000 are available to eligible homeowners to deal with environmental and energy issues. He said 40 applications so far have been received this year.

The board amended a resolution from its March meeting which named town clerk Christina Vargulick as project administrator for the Consolidated Water Supply project. The resolution was amended to stipulate that the payment of $25 per hour was for work outside the scope of her regular duties and hours.

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