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Property Nuisance Ordinance Considered Tim Hortons Site Plans to be Presented to Planning Board Monday New Bids for Town Barns Requested $1.6M DOT Sidewalk/Drainage Project Slated for 2013/14 By Jennie Acklin   Supervisor John Burrell called the meeting to order on June 20 at 6 p.m. Good news was the first order of business with the announcement that the $87,000 check from the Town of Mansfield was received on June 15. This amount is for the WestMont Water District payment that was previously due. Also, $43,000 was received from Cattaraugus County for the six months’ worth of county mortgage tax, and the state insurance fund 25 percent rebate on workmen’s compensation was received in the amount of $7,100. Privilege of the floor was given to the Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs Project Director Laurie Adams and Reality Check Senior Program Coordinator Samantha Vanstrom, who are making presentations to New York town officials in hopes of educating the public on tobacco use and marketing. Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs is a Cornell Cooperative Extension project involving community youths in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. A group of concerned neighbors also spoke to the board about the condition of 6515 Donlen Dr. The property is in foreclosure and not being maintained. The neighbors asked the town board what they could do to help remedy the situation with the out-of-state bank owner. Various options were discussed by board members with the concerned neighbors, which included a possible property nuisance ordinance, and allowing necessary maintenance to be contracted and added to the property’s tax bill.  

 The town supervisor’s reports were presented and approved. Items included the bids received for painting of the gazebo and the historical museum, which was awarded to Dineen Painting. The project will be completed before the first Gazebo Concert Series begins on June 30. Police Chief Don Auge discussed the Police Department Report and the adoption of a policy on Taser use, covering the training, handling and deployment of the Taser. The policy was adopted from the City of Salamanca, after receiving Taser training there. Ellicottville recently obtained two Tasers for department use. Auge commented that he “hopes his department would never need to use the Tasers in Ellicottville, but they do serve as a visual deterrent to many subjects.” Auge also mentioned the FCC’s narrow band regulations going into effect by Jan. 1, 2013. (The requirement is for all public safety land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands to cease operating using 15 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This deadline is a result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. Narrowbanding will allow the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum and support more users.) Auge has received preliminary bids for seven mobile/handheld radio units, and three vehicle units at an estimated cost of $24,000. Dave Golley presented and discussed highway bids for the purchase of a $9,478.87 dump body hoist and plow controls for a 550 Ford snowplowing vehicle, which was approved by the board. Town Engineer Mark Alianello discussed the status of bids for a waterline to the highway garage, and the board authorized design/drawings to be done. The new bids for the highway barn were discussed, with new specs being reviewed with contractors, who have until July 13 to submit. The Upper Tank project was discussed, as well and the East Tank. The Cattaraugus County Health Department Water Supply Report included discussion on an auxiliary generator. In the event of a power outage, the generator would supply power to the pumps that bring water into the reservoirs. A Code of Ethics policy was adopted and will be on file for all town employees. The HoliMont sidewalk project was also talked about among board members. The NY DOT will be in charge of the $1.6million project, which involves drainage systems, curbs and sidewalks from Upper Bibbs Road to Fillmore Street in the Village of Ellicottville. The town and village will be responsible for snow and ice removal only. The project is slated for 2013/14.

The final item discussed was the Tim Hortons/Moranda project site plan to be presented to the Ellicottville Town Planning Board this Monday evening. A preliminary drawing has been prepared, as shown below. Three variances and a special use permit may be required, but will be fully reviewed by the planning board. The next regular town board meeting is scheduled for July 18 at 6 p.m.

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