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Great Valley Town Board Preparing to Accept Summer Bids STAR and Ag Exemptions Due March 1

by Mary Fox

The Great Valley Town Board held their February meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Supervisor Dan Brown started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and asked that the meeting be dedicated to August Lindell, who was recently killed in a tragic accident.

Business of the evening included discussion on bids for lawn mowing this summer. Bids will be accepted as a package to include – in one lot – the four cemeteries, the town hall and the memorial park. These will not be quoted separately as in previous years. Bids will be open at the next meeting Monday, March 11.

The board approved the redemption of a bond for $62,000 from the New York State Highway Department. Part of the the proceeds were used to pay off the balance on the salt storage building built last summer. The remainder of the money has been put into a bond to serve as a machinery reserve fund. All towns receive this funding for the purpose of funding transportation-related projects with at least a 10-year lifespan.

Great Valley Town Assessor Jeff Forster is still accepting appointments for anyone entitled to STAR, Senior STAR or Agricultural Exemptions for 2013. Applications must be in by March 1, 2013.  Call 1-888-633-7444 for an appointment. He will also accept applications by mail. Agricultural exemptions are based on quality of the soil.

Planning Committee Chair Yvonne Darts reported they will hold a public meeting on Thurs., Feb. 14 to approve the application of Dave Pelton to operate a multi-commercial business on Route 219.

Mark Ward, Ellicottville Central School Superintendent, along with ECS board members Jim Wiley and Amy Kilby led a presentation on the $9,845,800 school capital project. Approval will need to be given by the taxpayers of the school district with a public referendum vote on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 1–8 p.m. in the ECS Elementary School foyer. Absentee ballots are available at the district office.

A community meeting will be held on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the ECS High School library with a public hearing on March 12 in the ECS High School Cafeteria.

Ward stated, “It will be a no-frills reworking of the space of part of the original 1962 building, with reconfiguring the gym being the main focus.”

The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board will take place March 11, 2013. The public is always invited to attend.

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