Vote May 15 for ECS Budget
Proposition 1: $10.6 million Basic School Budget for 2012-2013 (1.6% increase over 2011-2012)
Proposition 2: $16,350 Two School Buses to be Leased
Proposition 3: $28,000 Ellicottville Memorial Library Support
**Star exemptions were discussed
ECS Board of Education Elections
ECS has four candidates running to fill two vacant seats. Candidates running for election are Melissa Foster, Roger Spell, Aimee Kilby and Clarence Bickell.
Food Pantry Dinner Ticket Pre-Sales an Overwhelming Success
Food Pantry Garden Planned for this spring and summer
Village Planning Board Public Hearings
Larimer & Norton Building and Tenants Discussed
On May 8, the house was packed for the Village of Ellicottville Planning Board public hearing. The site plan review of the Larimer & Norton reuse district, comprised of the entire industrial building and 8 acres, was the first hearing. Kody Sprague presented the blueprint plans of the site. Questions were raised by residents of Mechanic and Elizabeth streets as to how much parking was planned, if berms would be installed along the parking lot perimeter for privacy, how much traffic flow was anticipated and from which direction, if trees were included in the site plan, plans for the type of parking lot lighting, and concerns about noise levels from the increased traffic and patrons of the new businesses.
Board Member Jack Kramer pointed out that the zoning laws were reviewed and changed to allow for special consideration of the ingress and egress points on Filmore Street. He also explained the new commercial district – a “reuse district” – that was created.
Kramer said, “This is a better use of the land than an industrial use. Those jobs have gone away forever and will never return. This new development will bring new jobs into our village.”
Sheila Burrell, panning board member, spoke about how much careful consideration went into the zoning reuse of the property. The board wanted to create a reuse for the property without competing with the downtown commercial district. The alternative was having the building falling into disrepair and becoming an eyesore to residents and visitors.
Burrell said, “The structure is of historical significance to the Village of Ellicottville and is worth saving. There is so much potential for the good of the community.”
Several conditions must be met by the developer, before the board will give final approval of the project.
– Six-foot-tall evergreen trees will be planted 12 feet on center between residential properties on Mechanic and Elizabeth streets and the Larimer & Norton building.
– The grassy areas of the property will be maintained a minimum of 10-12 times per year and planting beds will be mulched and maintained.
– The exterior parking lot lighting plans must be followed as presented.
– The enclosed dumpster must be installed per the plan.
-The developer will take measures to soundproof the building, including commercial windows throughout.
-Tree planting will be done in conjunction with the finishing of the building’s exterior.
Bowling Alley Discussed at Special Use Permit Public Hearing
The second public hearing of the evening was a presentation about the planned tenants of the Larimer & Norton building. A bowling alley and pizza restaurant will be the first tenant to occupy the space. Tim and Bonnie Garey currently operate Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza and Bowling in Springville, and plan to bring their successful operation to the new development by October 2012. The Gareys expect to employ approximately 50 local people in the new business, and look forward to training and working with the staff.
Several local residents questioned whether Ellicottville could support a bowling alley year round and commented that the types of jobs created were low paying. Burrell pointed out that many of the tourism jobs offered locally were of the same type and reminded everyone that the tourism industry supports all of the residents. Outside smoking and hours of operation were also discussed. No further comments from the public were made, so a motion was made to close the hearing.