By Jann Wiswall
The Town of Mansfield’s board decided at its Monday, March 17 meeting to do a bit of spring cleaning.
The trailer that was purchased, upgraded and used temporarily while the highway barn was being rebuilt after the October 2012 fire is now for sale. The 12’ x 55’ trailer with plumbing, as well as five, 14’ x 12’ steel overhead garage doors, will be advertised for bids in the Ellicottville Times and the Salamanca PennySaver in upcoming issues.
And, to help Mansfield residents do some spring cleaning of their own, the town’s annual bulky trash collection is scheduled for April 28-29. Details on making arrangements for pickup will be provided in Ellicottville Times and PennySaver ads as well.
The board spent a good deal of time discussing an issue between the town and Cattaraugus County’s Department of Public Works. Everyone agrees that a bridge on Kent Road is in need of repair, but no one is certain who owns the bridge and, therefore, who is responsible for repairing it.
The town believes that the bridge was constructed in 1969 by the county. The county, which says the bridge is actually a culvert because it doesn’t meet current length and width standards for a bridge, claims it did not build the structure.
In order to resolve the ownership discrepancy, Mansfield’s board authorized Town Supervisor Bob Keis to seek legal help to begin researching the issue. It also agreed to hire an engineering firm to precisely analyze the bridge’s condition and determine if temporary weight limits should be imposed.
In other business, Highway Superintendent Brad Hurley explained that the state comptroller’s office is requiring municipalities to keep track of fuel purchases and use to ensure that fuel is not being stolen or lost to leakage. In order to do so, Hurley asked the board for approval to purchase two fuel pumps that have tracking and reconciliation capabilities. The board agreed to the request.
Hurley also reported that the department is over budget due to the harsh winter of 2014. This can be attributed primarily to the rising cost of propane and salt. He also said the new Mack truck is being fabricated and he expects delivery in late May or early June.
The next meeting of the Mansfield board will be held Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Mansfield municipal building. All are welcome.