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2012-07-26 / Local News

Depew upgrades ice rink, awards Lee Street bid

by COLLEEN M. FARRELL Editor

The Village of Depew’s ice rink is getting a major upgrade.

In May, the board approved soliciting bids for new boards to be installed. Brand-new ones would have cost around $140,000, according to Mayor Steven Hoffman.

Instead, officials chose to expend $25,000 to purchase used boards from an ice rink from out-of-state.

The mayor said he hopes the village will recoup the expended funds by soliciting sponsorships and advertising.

The new boards were expected to be delivered this week and installed within the next two weeks.

The village is also trying to sell the existing boards, which are about 40 years old.

Hoffman said this is just the start of improvements at the rink, which is located on Gould Avenue.

In other village news, the board awarded a bid to Visone Construction of Depew at its meeting Monday. The company will be in charge of the Lee Street sanitary sewer and manhole rehabilitation project. The bid was for $696,623.75. In May, the board approved bonding no more than $3.5 million for the project.

Depew has seven sites in which, under severe storm conditions, workers can pump raw sewage into the stormwater system, which winds up in streams. Lee Street, located on the Cheektowaga side of Transit Road, between Rehm Road and Airview Terrace, is one of them.

Village officials are hopeful that the sewer upgrades will mitigate the overflows.

The sewer replacement on Lee Street is expected to begin this summer. Affected roads will need to be restored, and that work could extend into next year.

During Monday’s meeting, the board also established new fees for the ice rink. From 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, $160; from 5:01 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, $195; from 10:01 p.m. until closing Monday through Friday, $150; and $195 on Saturdays and Sundays.

The board next meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Village Hall, 85 Manitou St., Depew.

email: cfarrell@beenews.com

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