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GV Board to Hold Informational Public Hearing to Study Proposed School Tax Rebate Program

By Mary Fox

Prior to the start of the 7 p.m. Great Valley Town Board meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, a public hearing was held regarding the sale of the Killbuck Post Office building to the Killbuck Fire Department. Murray , representing the Killbuck Fire Department, reported that the fire company wants to buy the building from the Town of Great Valley if the board will sell it, but said they need more information regarding cost of maintenance and insurance.

“The thing that has us worried is insurance and property taxes. We need to know what it would be,” he said.

Town Supervisor Dan Brown suggested he contact Phil Moyer, the town insurance agent, for the information he needs on insurance and report back at the next board meeting.

The U.S. Postal System does major maintenance, repairs, grass mowing and anything to do with security of the building.  Once the fire department takes over the building, the fire department would be responsible for minor maintenance as long as the post office is operating in that building.

The regular meeting of the board was opened at 7:25 p.m.

Supervisor Brown called upon Ken Ziccarelli, representative from Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc., to speak to a complaint made by a citizen living across from the “Northrup pit” on Route 219 about dust from the pit’s roadway.

“We take complaints seriously and responded quickly with water within 20 minutes. Millings were also applied to the road way,” Ziccarelli said. “In the five years we have been operating this pit, this is the first complaint we have had about it,” he said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Brown said, “The day in question, county highway trucks were pulling in and out of the pit’s road. No Gernatt trucks were there that day.”

Budget Officer Hildegarde Krause informed the board that it was time to begin work on the budget. A work session date was set for Sept 22 at 7 p.m.

The Great Valley Planning Board received a call from someone interested in buying Carolina Connection, the old salvage yard on Route 98.

“As long as he (owner Joe Schumacher) is currently licensed as a junkyard, it can be grandfathered in as a junkyard,” said Zoning Board Member Al Fish.

Brown reported three dead hemlock trees at the Willoughby Cemetery will be cut down by Wagoner Tree Service of Salamanca for $1,500, with the stumps removed for $300. One tombstone will have to be removed, but will be put back after the trees are cut down.

Councilwoman Ann Rockwell asked the board to request a traffic study from the state to reduce the speed limit on Route 217 between Sullivan Hollow and the Great Valley/Salamanca town line once the detour is eliminated.

“It’s not safe for children to walk on. There are more homes and businesses creating more traffic,” she said.

Town Clerk Toni Evans reported information she gained from attending a class on municipal accounting. She explained how the proposed real property tax rebate program would give even more power to the State over townships, to the point of requiring shared services with other towns.  She urged board members and the general public to be informed of the results of the town agreeing to the rebate.

“It is yet to be determined how the school tax rebate will influence any reduction on taxes. We need to study the outcomes to see if it is anything we want to participate in,” said Brown.

A public information hearing will be held on the rebate program the same evening as the Oct. 13 board meeting and will begin at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall. The regular board meeting will directly follow.

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