Larry Ball, a councilman for the Town of Arkwright, is announcing his re-election bid. A lifelong resident of the Town of Arkwright, he was raised on a dairy farm on Ball Road which he continued to operate until recently.
His working career involved employment at Dunkirk Ice cream for 22 years as fleet maintenance supervisor, and he recently retired from WCA Hospital where he held the position of refrigeration technician, being responsible for patient environmental comfort and food quality maintenance. He is currently operating a wholesale distribution company serving over 100 clients in Chautauqua and Erie counties.
Ball graduated from SUNY Alfred with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation he became a member of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Vietnam era as a motor sergeant in charge of maintenance on a self-propelled artillery battery attaining the rank of Specialist 5.
As councilman during the past eight years, Ball has served as liaison to the Town's Highway Department. In this position he has worked closely with the highway superintendent in devising cost-effective budget management initiatives in procuring replacement equipment at a cost that the town can afford.
He has also been diligent in seeking ways to reduce the town's energy costs. He worked with National Grid and Lime Energy to secure a grant to replace the town's lighting fixtures in the highway building and town hall, thus reducing the town's electric bill by over 30 percent. Last fall, he was instrumental in implementing an arrangement with Solar Liberty to construct and lease a 16 KW solar power array. This has significantly reduced the energy bill for the Town Highway building from over $700 a month to $21 a month, saving taxpayers a significant amount.
Ball is currently a member of a committee designated by the town board to determine the deficiencies in the current town hall building and to seek out cost-effective remedies. Any town resident with ideas regarding the improvement of the current Town Hall building is encouraged to contact him.
He and his wife, Natalie, currently reside on Ball Road. They are the parents of seven grown children.
Ball has received the endorsement of the Conser-vative and Independence parties. Voter support on election day Nov. 5 would be greatly appreciated. Voting will take place at the Arkwright Town Hall from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.