A State Assembly grant will enable the Village of Kenmore to acquire a new piece of needed public works equipment. Kenmore Trustee Patrick Mang announced the funding secured by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger at Tuesday evening’s Village Board meeting.
“I’m pleased to confirm that I’ve been able to direct an $8,000 state legislative grant to the Village Department of Public Works for a new graphic sign machine and sign materials,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “Trustee Mang contacted me several months back requesting my help in identifying funds to replace an outdated, inefficient machine used by the department to produce various types of highway signs for use in the Village.”
“This state assistance secured by Assemblyman Schimminger will help the Village save money, to the benefit of local taxpayers,” said Trustee Patrick Mang. “I want to commend DPW employee Ted Massey for his suggestion to me that this new equipment would result in savings for the Village and thank DPW Superintendent Charles Sottile for compiling the information I forwarded to the assemblyman.”
Schimminger and Mang said that parts for the 21-year-old machine are difficult to obtain and expensive when they can be found. Further, newer machines are more efficient and cost-effective, wasting far less of the costly, vinyl material used to make the signs. The new machine, computer and software will cost approximately $4,900, while the cost of vinyl-faced sign material also being secured with the grant is about $3,100.
“Being of assistance to the local governments and school districts in our Assembly district has long been one of my top priorities, and I’m glad I could be of help in this regard,” said Schimminger, who thanked Mang for bringing this need to his attention.