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GV Town Board Approves Regatta Security Negotiation

By Mary Fox

The April 8, 2013, meeting of the Great Valley Town Board was opened at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Dan Brown.

Planning Board Chair Yvonne Darts reported that Steve Ginnitti, owner of the Peace Creek Inn on Route 219, has applied for a permit to open a coin and antique shop in the motel’s office building.

Town of Great Valley Code Officer Rob Germain reported that 10-12 letters will be mailed out to residents in the town where there are violations of property maintenance.

“This is the first step before taking court action,” said Germain.

Property maintenance violations include a house in disrepair, junk vehicles, and equipment and debris lying around.

‘We will work with them to develop a plan,” said Brown.

Highway Superintendent Jack Harrington reported that the old one-ton truck with snowplow has been sold to the Town of Humphrey. The new truck will be here in a couple weeks.

Brown reported that he has met with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department regarding the cost of security for the Great Valley Regatta on May 4. The board is concerned that the cost has risen unreasonably over the past two years.

“The 39th Great Valley Regatta on May 3–4 has been sold out since the end of February,” said Brown. “Approximately 1,200 applicants could draw 5,000 people for the weekend.”

The board passed a resolution enabling the Great Valley Fire Company to negotiate security with the Sheriff’s Department.

“It is illegal for the fire department to hire a police force. The town will pay the Sheriff’s Department and the fire company will reimburse the town,” said Brown. “Some people don’t like having the regatta here, but it brings in a large amount of money enabling the fire department to operate for much of the year.”

Darts reported she will be attending a conference on local government put on by Southern Tier West in Houghton, N.Y. The conference will cover topics such as personnel policies, SEQR basics, updating obsolete laws, protecting small town identity, intermunicipal planning, wastewater and water tanks, planning board basics and more.

“Things are good in Great Valley,” said Brown, as he closed the public part of the meeting.

The board went into executive session at 7:30 p.m. to discuss reports of the Annual Audit.

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