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Great Valley Youth Program Director Becky Pierce (left) with aides Kara Piscitelli, Erin Baldwin and Jocelyn Steffan (missing Alijah Fox).

Great Valley Youth Program Director Becky Pierce (left) with aides Kara Piscitelli, Erin Baldwin and Jocelyn Steffan (missing Alijah Fox).

Public Hearing Regarding Sale of Post Office Property Aug. 11

By Mary Fox

The July 14, 2014, meeting of the Great Valley Town Board was opened at 7 p.m. by Great Valley Town Supervisor Dan Brown with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Gernatt Mining

The first item of business was recognition of Ken Ziccarelli, a representative of Gernatt Mining in Great Valley. Gernatt requested a letter from the Town of Great Valley to approve a request to expand mining into the original set mining limits closer to Horton Road in order to utilize what is there more effectively. The company has the approval of the DEC. It will involve replacement of a 30-foot-wide berm with safety posts.

Councilwoman Laurie Finch went to Dayton on Friday, July 11 to observe Gernatt’s dredge mining operation there.

“It is a wonderful way they do it. It’s a responsible mining operation,” she said. “There is several hundred feet of frontage to 400 acres of open water, with the state stocking the lake for fishing.”

Post Office Property

Discussion of the pros and cons of selling or turning over to the Killbuck Fire Company the building and property where the Killbuck post office is located took place with many concerns including its use should the building cease to be a post office and deed restrictions for its use for matters of fire prevention. Brown called for a public hearing on the matter prior to the next board meeting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Youth Program Update

Great Valley Youth Program Director Becky Pierce reported that the Great Valley Youth Program, held at the Town Hall Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m., averages 20 children a day, five over 7 years old and the rest between 3 and 7 years of age. Enrollment is increasing every day. Every Thursday, children are bused to a swim program at Holiday Valley. The cost is $1 per child and parents may attend also.

“Between the school providing transportation from the Town Hall to Holiday Valley and back for taking us on field trips, and Holiday Valley generously giving a discount rate as well as a donation each year for the youth program, we are able to provide a varied program with arts and crafts and outdoor play,” said Pierce.

A field trip will be taken on Aug. 5 to the Fish Hatchery in Randolph. In August, the Great Valley Youth will join the Killbuck Youth for an Olympics Day.

Aides Jocelyn Steffan, who will be a senior at ECS this year, and Kara Piscitelli, a graduate of ECS this year, find the program “great for kids to come and have fun and have a chance to socialize with other children during the summer.”

The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Great Valley Town Hall. A public hearing will be held prior to the meeting regarding the sale of the Killbuck post office property.

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