The good news at the Town of Ellicottville’s Board meeting was the report that Town Supervisor John Burrell is at home and feeling much better after his recent surgery.
Deputy Supervisor Ken Hinman, who chaired the meeting in Burrell’s absence, delivered that report on Aug. 21, 2013.
Another piece of good news was that the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail committee submitted its grant application to the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) of the New York State Department of Transportation. The $2 million grant requires the sponsoring agency — in this case the Town of Ellicottville — to commit to funding 20 percent of the project, or $400,000. Fundraising for the local portion is underway.
Trail committee member Mark Alianello said it will probably take months before the committee hears anything from the state and that this grant would represent only a part of the funds needed to complete the entire trail. The committee is seeking additional grant opportunities to fund more of the project.
Hinman, who chairs the trail committee, also said that a number of area contractors have committed to volunteering to help clear the first leg of the trail. Hinman believes that with such in-kind donations, the total construction costs can be significantly reduced.
Hinman reported that renovations of the interior of the Town Center building (formerly the County Cooperative Extension Service building) are nearing completion. The town and village courts have been holding sessions there since Aug. 5, and new directional signs at Fillmore/Route 219 and Parkside/Maples Road were ordered and installed by the Village of Ellicottville.
Hinman also said that John Burrell asked the board to schedule a separate meeting to interview applicants for town assessor. That meeting was scheduled for Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Town and Village Hall.
Department Head Reports
Fall Fest • East Tank Project
Police Officer Don Auge reported that he has attended five to six meetings regarding Fall Fest with the village’s Special Events Committee, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, state police and bar owners to come up with ways to avoid some of the issues that made last year’s event a controversy. While few details have been released by the committee or the chamber about the festival, Auge felt that everyone has been working together well and is committed to the village’s zero tolerance ordinances related to open containers and noise.
“We’re making big steps forward,” said Auge, who added that the goal is to have a Fall Fest, not a “fall down fest.”
Highway Department Superintendent Dave Golley said that his department plans to regrade and repave the Town Center parking lot in the beginning of September. In the meantime, he said maintenance and roadwork will continue.
Town Engineer Mark Alianello reported that the East Tank Project has hit another roadblock. The latest proposed site was rejected by the landowner, so Alianello is now looking at an alternate location and will be running computer models to determine feasibility.
Alianello also said that Carl Calarco, the contractor working on the Glen Burn Trail development off Route 219, was asked by some neighbors of the site (through the Town Planning Board) to delay the daily construction start time to 7 a.m., instead of 6:30 or earlier. The board said Calarco and his subcontractors had agreed to the request.
Finally, Alianello reported that earthwork is nearly done at HoliMont’s WestMont Ridge development and that the water and sewer lines are in on the Ellicottville portion of the site. Work on the water and sewer lines in the Town of Mansfield’s portion is to begin soon.
The next regular meeting of the Town of Ellicottville Board is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.