Ashford board discusses update with COPS grant, hears WVDP update

Springville Journal – June 29, 2023

The Ashford Town Board, at its June 14 meeting, discussed updates with the COPS hiring program funding, which previously awarded the town $125,000 to advance the practice of community policing through the hire or rehire of additional career law enforcement officers.

Supervisor John Pfeffer said the town has a law enforcement officer available who meets the requirements of the grant. Pfeffer said he will continue working with the next steps and keep the board informed on future updates on the officer.

“I’m starting to get all these ducks in a row to make this all happen,” Pfeffer said. “That’s really good news.”

Communications and External Affairs Manager for CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC Joe Pillittere gave an update on the decommissioning work at the West Valley Demonstration Project. Crews continue to work on deconstruction of the Main Plant Process Building, with crews recently working on demolition at the Chemical Process Cell. Pillittere also updated the board on the waste management shipments from the site. 368 intermodals have been generated and 350 have been shipped, with a net weight of 6,530 tons. 28 specialty containers have also been generated and 19 have been shipped to date, with a net weight of 167 tons.

In other board news:

– The board authorized the purchase of a new and unused 3/4 ton pickup style truck with plow package for $30,712.50 from Jim Murphy Chevrolet Buick of Springville pending further review of the bid by the highway superintendent to ensure all specifications are met.

– Highway Superintendent Keith Butcher reported on progress being made on the town trucks to be fire safety compliant before winter, with Butcher stating it would cost around $680 per truck. Butcher also provided further information to the board on a map program available to the town from Southern Tier West, which could mark everything from signs, guardrails, culverts and many other parts of the town and make things easier for the highway department and other departments within the town. Butcher stated the map program would cost $650 per year.

– The board approved a resolution for the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail’s application for the Cascade Bridge Evaluation and Planning project to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Town of Ashford endorsed this application with the understanding the Town of Ashford does not commit to any funding.

The next Town of Ashford board meeting will be Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m.

For more information

on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, please contact:

Nancy Raca, Facilitator
West Valley Citizen Task Force
c/o Highland Planning