B'ville municipalities prepare for fuel cost rise

There is no getting around the high gas prices.

Fuel is at an all-time high this week peaking at nearly $4.25 per gallon. The village, the town of Lysander and the town of Van Buren are trying to cope with these outrageous prices.

The village of Baldwinsville has the luxury, if you want to call it a luxury, of purchasing their gas from the Baldwinsville School District.

"We have an advantage of getting our gas from the school," said Village Engineer Tim Baker. "They give us the best possible price, and we don't have to keep up on the tanks or pumps."

The school district gets their gas in bulk through a yearly cooperative bid with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES. Both of the town municipalities have their own gas tanks.

These three municipalities are trying to do what they can to save on gas. Right now the town is okay dealing with the prices, but there will be a strain, according to Van Buren Highway Superintendent Ed Parks.

"The budget runs until January, so the first half of the year we should be alright," Parks said. "The second half should be tight."

Both the town and the village are trying to consolidate where they can to conserve on gas. The village has it a little bit easier in regards to travel.

"The village is small, so we don't have a long way to go," Baker said.

Even though the village might be small, they are still watching where they drive.

"We are being extra cautious of where we go," Baker said. "We are not leaving the trucks idling for any unnecessary periods of time."

The bulk of the fuel cost is going towards the large equipment. Van Buren recently finished all their paving early and hope to cut back on the use of their large equipment such as the dump trucks, which tend to be the most expensive vehicles to run.

"The less we run the dump trucks the better," Parks said.

The village owns an old police car, which they use to run errands instead of the bigger trucks. When either one of the municipalities needs a part, they try to make as few trips as possible, getting more than one part at a time.

The Lysander Highway Department, run by Highway Superintendent Bruce Reeves, is cutting their trips for parts back as well.

"We are limited on how much we can cut back on," Reeves said. "We still have to do our job for the taxpayers."

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