continued Bids for the purchase of the village hall building were opened by members of the village board of trustees at a special meeting Monday, March 19. The village hall meeting room was filled to capacity as Trustee Marc Angellilo opened each of the four bids and read aloud the net amount offered.
The four bids ranged from $437,000 by Skaneateles resident Joseph Vitale to Moscarito’s $830,000.
Also at the meeting:
—Due to the early warm spring weather, the village DPW is now picking up residential brush and has opened the Clift Park Gazebo restrooms, said Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowicz.
—Trustee Marc Angelillo said plans for the Austin Park playground project continue to move forward, and the village DPW will scrape and level the ground to prepare for the mid-May construction. He said the PARCS intends to put it a water fountain but does not want lighting installed for night use.
—The village board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with Koester Associates, of Canastota, for the installation of three new Rotational Biological Contactors, or RBCs, at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Koester could not provide the RBC materials as it specified in its contract with the village and so far “has done no work,” said Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne. The failure “has caused us serious delay and put us in jeopardy,” Byrne said.
RBCs are 26-foot-long by 12-foot-wide cylinder-shaped pieces of equipment, made mostly of plastic, that continually rotate, passing waste water through the liners, thereby removing anaerobic bacteria (organic materials and ammonia) out of the water. The RBC process is one step in the total village water treatment process.
—The board scheduled a tentative public hearing on the village budget for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.
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