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Great Valley Town Board and Town Planning Board Address Property Maintenance Issues

By Mary Fox

The Feb. 10, 2014, meeting of the Great Valley Town Board was open by Supervisor Dan Brown at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall.

Bids will be accepted until 7 p.m. on March 10 for lawn mowing. Two bids are requested, one for the Town Hall and the Memorial Park, and a second for all cemeteries. Descriptions of work required are available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Supervisor Brown is looking into getting materials to build a pavilion behind the Town Hall. The Town Hall is rented out for various events, and a picnic pavilion would add to the facility and could be used with a new playground.

“All new or renewal property exemption applications must be in by March 1, including Senior Citizens, Star, Veterans and Agricultural Land exemptions,” Town Assessor Jeff Forster reported. Forster will be available at the Great Valley Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. to accept applications for exemptions. You can also call him at 1-888-633-7444.

Deputy Highway Superintendent Randy Peplinski reported that the 1990 10-wheeler dump truck will need to be replaced. No action was taken at this meeting.

The Bonne Vale development, located off Sugartown Road, has an independent water district serving 25 homes on two wells. Every town is required by state law to monitor water districts. Because Bonne Vale is not part of Great Valley’s water and sewer system, the residents pay a water tax to the town of Great Valley, which is used for maintenance of the wells.

State code requires the town to repair the wells using the residents’ taxes. Ehmke Well Drillers was hired to reseal and cap old wells. More work was involved than in their estimate. Initially, the town contested the extra charge, but, in the end, felt it was justified and paid it.

Zoning laws are part of the town’s Comprehensive Plan and are currently under review.    Zoning laws enforce the Comprehensive Plan.

Town Attorney Peter Sorgi discussing the state property maintenance law, said, “The law doesn’t include enforcement of the penalty phase. A local law for enforcement of the law will provide Great Valley town court judges Scott John and Peter Stokes the tools to enforce property maintenance  issues currently in process and in the future.”

GV Town Planning Board

The Great Valley Town Planning Board met Feb. 10 at the Town Hall. The meeting focused on preparing a proposal to the Great Valley Town Board for the creation of a local law to enforce the penalty phase of the property maintenance issue.

The planning board’s recommendation will be presented at a public hearing at the next Town Board meeting on March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Once the town board has heard the public’s input, another public hearing will be held to get public support for the board’s recommendations. The planning board’s agenda also included a discussion of a mining district and the participation in the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway.

The next Town Board Meeting will be March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall. A public hearing will be held at that time to get input on changing the zoning laws.

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