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Great Valley Board Meeting Workers Comp Insurance & Assessor Discussed

By Mary Fox

The Great Valley Town Board met on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the Great Valley Town Hall.

A discussion regarding Workers Compensation Insurance led to setting a date for a special meeting of the town board on Monday, July 29.

“We will meet just to deal with this issue because it is so important. We are looking at getting away from the County Plan because it could mean a $14,000 increase,” said Town Supervisor Dan Brown.

Jeff Forester has requested to be reappointed as town assessor. Bobbi Elderkin has also applied for the position. The position will be advertised with resumes due by 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4 for review by the board. Interviews will be held at the September 12 board meeting.

No Planning Board business is currently being considered. Due to the resignation of the planning board chairperson, six members now comprise the board. This will continue until the end of the year, when it will be decided whether to fill the vacancy making it a seven-person board or remove a member making it a five-person board.

“Four property owners are being taken to court because they have not responded to letters sent to them regarding property maintenance issues,” reported Enforcement Officer Rob Germain.

Laurie Finch reported on her research into making a website for the Town of Great Valley. Working with Kim Dry of Salamanca, the cost of setup would be approximately $200 per year. Each town department, including the fire company, could include any information they wanted in it.

“The greatest cost comes when changes are made. However two board members and the town clerk are knowledgeable in how it is done, so there would be no cost for changes,” said Finch.

The board requests input from the community for the kinds of information they would want included on the website. The website expense will be considered for next year’s budget.

Roberta Stone has requested to resign her position as town historian, which she has held for 30-plus years. She has recommended two individuals to fill the position. Others are welcome to apply. Her resignation was accepted as of June 30 to be made official at the Aug. 12 town board meeting.

The Great Valley Summer Youth Program began Monday, July 8, with 34 children attending at the Town Hall in Great Valley and 24 at the Missionary Church in Killbuck.

The program is open to children from ages 3–18 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. daily, with swimming at Holiday Valley from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the cost of 75 cents. Participation in the program is free but children must bring their own lunch.

The hamlet of Killbuck is part of the Great Valley Youth Program, which also meets daily from   9 a.m.–1 p.m., with swimming on Thursday at the Salamanca High School. Lunch is provided.

Becky Pierce, Great Valley director, and Libby Fuller, Killbuck director, and 10 staff members lead the children in age-appropriate arts, crafts and outdoor games.

“Area youth are hired to work in the program, which gives them a chance at summer employment,” said Toni Evans, Great Valley town clerk.

The Summer Youth Program is funded by the Town of Great Valley and state aid.

“Donations are always welcome whether monetary, in goods and services, or helping in the program,” said Evans.

Call Town Clerk Toni Evans to sign up at (716 945-4200, ext. 100.

The next town board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12.

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