By Rich Place

The Ellicottville Village Board held a special meeting Friday, Jan. 19 to purchase a new sidewalk plow in conjunction with the town.

The Ellicottville Town Board two days prior had agreed to pay for half the cost of the $137,871 machine, a Prinoth SW-4S.

“It’s basically the same machine with a lot of the upgrades we currently have, which means various equipment and attachments will fit,” said Mayor John Burrell to the board at the meeting.

Trustee Greg Cappelli said three attachments — an angle blade, snowblower and a sand and salter — should be able to hook up to the new machine with modification. The purchase will also include a new V-plow.

“If you look at the whole thing it is very expensive, but what we didn’t do with the last one is we didn’t maintain it,” Cappelli said. “We need to maintain it.”

There was discussion about setting up a system in which the sidewalk plow would be traded in annually; with a one-year warranty that would be a significantly reduced maintenance cost to the town and village.

“It may make sense for us to trade it every year,” Cappelli said. “It may cost us $15,000 to $18,000 a year but you aren’t making any maintenance to it because of the warranty.”

One of the older machines, a Bombardier sidewalk plow, is expected to be traded-in at a value of $10,000, Burrell said.

The next regular meeting of the village board is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.