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Village to Hold Public Hearing Local Law May Establish Trash Collection Fee

By Jann Wiswall

The Village of Ellicottville’s Board of Trustees agreed Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, to hold a public hearing on the village’s proposed local law to establish a fee of $20 per quarter per residential unit for solid waste collection and disposal. The trash collection fee, if approved, will be billed with residents’ water and sewer bills. For permanent village residents over the age of 70, the fee will be $10 per quarter. The public hearing will be held on March 11 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Other issues addressed by the board at Monday’s meeting included:

Sign Ordinances: Mayor Charles Coolidge suggested that the board review the village’s sign ordinance and policies. He noted that the existing law may need some tweaking and that there needs to be more effort placed on enforcement. The board agreed to take up this issue for review.

Constable’s Report: Village Constable Howard Gifford reported that 48 traffic summonses and 14 warnings were issued in the month of January. In addition, 44 parking tickets were issued by the constable and one by the Ellicottville Town Police Department, with $2,690 in fees from parking tickets collected during the month. There were seven open container complaints and two public urination complaints. In addition, village police responded to two calls to the Wingate hotel and to a motor vehicle accident on Route 242 near Route 219.

East Tank Water Project: Village Engineer Mike Smith asked the board to approve a proposal from Town Engineer Mark Alianello to complete the engineering and administrative work needed in order to proceed on the East Tank Water Project. This $1.3 million construction project – one that has been in the planning stages for several years – will alleviate water pressure problems throughout the area, improve fire hydrant performance and allow expansion efforts for public safety and development. The project is a joint venture of the Town and the Village of Ellicottville.

Coolidge and the board expressed concerns that the distribution of responsibility, ownership and water usage between the village and town is not yet well defined and that the board was hesitant to sign or approve any action until all details are more completely spelled out to the satisfaction of all.

Water Meters: In another joint project, Smith asked on the town’s behalf that the board approve a $20,000 or less allocation of funds to complete purchases of water meter heads. Coolidge felt that there were some discrepancies in reporting of the number of meters already purchased and would need to have that clarified. However, he recommended that the board approve the motion “not to exceed $20,000” in order to keep the project moving forward. The board approved that motion.

Time Warner Cable: The village is in receipt of a letter from Time Warner Cable announcing increases in pricing for services effective March 1, 2013. Subscribers should expect an increase of 2.6 percent. Customers under a promotional pricing agreement will not see a change. Installation fees also are increasing.

The next meeting of the Ellicottville Village Board of Trustees will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at the Town Hall.

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