By Jann Wiswall
The Town of Ellicottville’s board met Wednesday, Feb. 18, and provided updates on some issues raised by residents at last month’s meeting.
The resident who complained that a new streetlight at the intersection of Maples and Elk Creek roads shines directly into his and other homes reported that National Grid had sent technicians to change the light’s angle and paint the inside of the lens, but the problem has not been solved.
Town Engineer Mark Alianello said he spoke with a National Grid representative about alternatives and was told that changing the fixture to accommodate a lower wattage bulb would cost the town more than $450. Removing the light entirely would cost $5,000. The town paid $1,300 initially to have the light installed and pays about $10 per month for service.
The board agreed that those solutions were unreasonable. Alianello, however, said he would get in touch with the technician to discuss other options, including turning the light toward the west, lowering the light on the pole, etc.
The Irish Hill Road resident who complained last month about persistent, “intolerable” noise from loggers who have been working on nearby property for nearly three years, reported that, per the board’s recommendation, she has called police twice. Both times, police officers informed the loggers they were in violation of the town’s noise ordinance, which limits construction activities to between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. It was not known if the loggers had been ticketed. The resident expressed her appreciation to the police for their efforts to date.
Discussion also continued about providing 24/7 police coverage in the town and village of Ellicottville, another issue that was raised by several residents at the January meeting.
The issue is complicated and has significant implications for personnel, civil service rules, town finances, scheduling and more. The board is investigating all issues but noted that, because of the current Ellicottville Police Officers Association Agreement, it might not even be possible to institute changes until the agreement expires in June 2016.
Regular Meeting Agenda
Town Supervisor John Burrell reported that sales tax receipts for fourth quarter 2014 were $353,280, bringing total receipts in 2014 to $1,432,177. That is an increase of more than $60,000 over 2013 sales tax receipts.
Highway Superintendent Loyd Hovey said that he has noticed many residents are plowing or blowing snow off their property and onto town roads. He noted that this is illegal and that if an accident occurred as a result of a driver hitting a resident’s snow piles, the resident would be liable for damages.
Hovey also said he is advertising for bids on a new 4×4 snowplow. Bids will be opened and accepted on Tuesday, March 17.
Alianello asked the board to schedule a public hearing on the new Flood Plain Local Law and then formally adopt the law. The hearing will be held at the board’s March 17 meeting.
Alianello also reported that Holiday Valley has requested a change to its road realignment project. The project, which received Town Planning Board approval, will reroute a section of Holiday Valley road to provide better pedestrian safety in front of the main lodge and to provide more and better parking access and flow. The original plan called for rerouting Deer Crossing Road. In reviewing the engineering plans, however, the resort has concluded that it makes more sense to leave Deer Crossing as it is. The board and Alianello will review the proposed revision and act on the request.
Under old business, the board is reviewing a first draft of an amended Alarm System Local Law. The law is intended to reduce false alarm calls and will require homeowners with alarm systems to obtain permits and ensure maintenance of their systems. Town Attorney Kathleen Moriarty has reviewed the draft and will meet with board member Rick Jackson to go over details.
Board member Ken Hinman reported that the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Committee is interviewing applicants for its fundraising director opening and is still accepting applications.
Important note: The dates for the next three meetings of the Ellicottville Town Board have been changed to accommodate a board member’s schedule. The dates are: Tuesday, March 17, Tuesday, April 21 and Tuesday, May 19. All meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the Village/Town Hall..