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Great Valley Town Board Votes Down Scenic Byway May Not Pass on County Level

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By Mary Fox

The Great Valley Town Board met on Monday, May 14, 2014. The regular meeting started after the 7 p.m. public hearing regarding the Scenic Byway passing through the Town of
Great Valley.

The issue in question is the fact that no signage can be placed along the highway except in front of an existing business.

“Unfortunately we started 20 years too late, but we now have our own laws in place pertaining to signage,” said Great Valley Town Supervisor Dan Brown. “We will be giving away our ability to control what signage we allow and where it will be placed. Now, the board can grant variances, but with the byway we would have to comply with state and federal law. We will have no way to appeal if something changes in our town. We will be locked into it — there can be no changes.”

“The byway is not necessary for this town,” said town resident Judd Cole. “There is no benefit to be had for the town. It will curtail future business growth because it will be limited to the type of development that can be put on a scenic byway.”

“There has been a rousing battle in two committees,” said Cattaraugus County Legislator Carl Edwards. “It is not going to pass in the county.”

The board then went into their regular meeting.

A unanimous vote was taken voting against the Scenic Byway coming through Great Valley.

Town Assessor Jeff Forester will be at the Great Valley Town Hall from 5–7 p.m. on Monday, May 12, to sit with the roll addressing assessment issues. A public meeting will be held before the May 12 board meeting to pass Local Law #2-2014 to change the date for the Assessment Review to May 29.

Brown reported he has signed a contract with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department for regatta security. The town will be reimbursed by the fire company.

Jack Harrington, town highway superintendent, reported “a lot of sweeping and watering of the roads has been done.” A power broom was rented and was used along with the town’s broom.

Harrington also reported that a 2007 Peterbuilt dump truck has been found to replace the present summer truck used for hauling. Harrington and Randy Peplinski have looked at it and driven it, and feel it is a good buy at $42,000. Brown made the motion to buy the truck with money from the machinery fund. Motion passed.

Deputy Supervisor Ted LaCroix, member of the Ellicottville Great Valley Trail Committee, presented a petition urging funding from the NYDOT Transportation Alternatives Program for the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail project.

Great Valley Town Accountant Jack Berry gave the yearend financial report for 2013.

“In general, the town is in pretty good shape with healthy balances,” he said.

Town Code Officer Rich Rinko reported he is reviewing the properties in the town with violations of property maintainance Local Law #1-2014.

He also said he has been to several code officer classes and feels he “is ready to get the job done.”

Bids were open for mowing and maintaining the grounds around the water/sewer facility at the Bonnevale development. CW Lawn Care of Salamanca won the bid at $1,090 for mowing once a week during the season.

The bid for mowing the Town Hall, Memorial Park and cemeteries, opened at the last meeting and tabled to check insurance, was awarded to CMC Landscaping from Allegany for $5,000 for the season.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board is May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

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