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Mansfield Board Signs Shared Services Contract

By Jann Wiswall

The Mansfield board approved the renewal of a contract between the town and Cattaraugus County for shared highway services. The five-year contract is a standard agreement that allows the town and county to work together to borrow or share equipment and materials without needing to draw up individual highway project agreements. Most municipalities have shared services contracts with the county.

Town Supervisor Bob Keis reported that a resident inquired about a small cemetery that he noticed across the road from his home. The resident, who does not want to be identified, asked why the plot has not been cared for.

Keis explained to the board that he and town historian Sue Cross determined that the long-forgotten cemetery is deeded as the “Afton Family Plot.” Cross told Keis she found information indicating that remains may have been exhumed and relocated to another cemetery.

Kies, who walked the site, said he saw two headstones. One was leaning on a tree, the other was presumably in place. Neither was legible, but they likely date from the 1800s.

Since it appears to be an inactive, family-owned plot that may or may not still have bodies buried there, the board felt the site should be left alone unless remaining family returns to care for it.

However, they invited the resident to come to a board meeting and tell the board what he’d like to see and the board would “take it from there.”

The board was asked by Town Planner Carol Horowitz to make a change to the 2012 Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement between HoliMont and the town. The change related to a tiny bit (6/100) of open-space acreage that now falls within the property of the future WestMont Ridge Condominium development. That bit of property needed to be transferred to the Condominium Owners Association. The board approved the transfer pending town attorney review.

The next meeting of the town of Mansfield board will be held on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the town hall. All are welcomed.

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