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WEST CARTHAGE — The Champion Town Council heard from Gregor Smith of Bernier, Carr & Associates concerning the construction of a salt barn and improvements to the wastewater treatment system during last week’s meeting.

Mr. Smith was authorized to move forward in applying for a grant through the Water Quality Improvement Program to fund the treatment project.

Mr. Smith reported on the firm’s progress in the engineering study to consider replacement of the sewer line serving Carthage Central School and residents along Route 126 and Cole Road. The study will also consider an extension along Cole Road.

He said the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office is waiting to apply for grant funding until the Environmental Facilities Corporation funds are secured. A hardship application has been submitted to the funding agents.

The council instructed Mr. Smith to proceed with a plot plan report for Sewer District No. 2.

The board set a special meeting for 10 a.m. Monday in the town offices, 10 N. Broad St., to review the report and proceed with notification to expand the sewer district.

Discussing the prospects for a new salt barn, Highway Superintendent John F. Sech and Town Supervisor Terry Buckley said they recently looked at examples of salt barns in nearby municipalities. The two felt a stick-built structure was more aesthetically pleasing than a prefabricated structure and would be more durable.

After considering a competitor’s bid, the council decided to stay the course for fuel purchases.

The town received sealed bids from Simpson Fuel Inc. and Christman Fuel Service, both of Carthage, for fuel delivery for one year. Simpson has No. 2 heating oil for $3.1434; diesel at $3.2125 and regular gas at $2.7817. Christman has diesel at $3.09, kerosene at $3.39 and heating oil at $3.09, however does not offer gasoline.

Mr. Sech said he would recommend staying with Simpson because Christman does not deliver gasoline.

“I don’t want one delivering one thing and another delivering others,” Mr. Sech said.

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