By Caitlin Croft
At the regular monthly meeting of the Ellicottville Town Board, it was reported that a solar committee met to discuss a Zoning Amendment proposal. The committee identified concern items and was supplied with examples of similar municipalities’ solar zoning regulations by Town Planner Gary Palumbo. The town board approved tasking the Planning Board with Zoning Board Member Cindy Dayton and Town Board Member John Zerfas to work with the Planning Board to draft an amendment.
The Downtown Revitalization Grant that Ellicottville was a finalist for was awarded to Niagara Falls. Shared Services held their meeting and members were asked to come up with some new ideas. Mansfield has suggested sharing Code Enforcement duties with Ellicottville.
Regarding the LED streetlight conversion project, the contract from National Grid has been received and the town is prepared to move forward. This investment in the lights will realize a less than two-year payback. The grant that funded the creation of the Engineering Department will finally be partially paid by the end of August.
The Town Center project is 75 percent complete and the work is coming along as expected. There was a meeting regarding the road that provides access to the Valley Village Condominiums. Town Attorney Kathleen Moriarty will draft an agreement to present that transfers maintenance of the road to the Homeowners Association.
Town Engineer Niles Pierson is working on a drinking water grant that would have a project scope of $500,000 to $750,000. Pierson asked if the town could keep on the intern Brandon Moore for 20 hours a week with costs to be shared with the village. The wage is covered in the budget. The board approved Brandon Moore continuing in the Engineering Department.
The town board approved the purchase of a 2020 Hyundai Front End Loader for $27,214. This has been budgeted for and will be delivered in 2020 and reflected in the 2020 budget. The box culvert project at Jed Lane and Sommerville Valley is complete. When the weather allows, the Highway Department has been patching roads.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, the town board accepted the resignation of Margaret Signore as chair of the Town Planning Board. The town board thanked Signore for her decades of service to the town. The town board charged the Planning Board with recommending a new chair and vice-chair as well as authorized advertising for the vacancy.
A public hearing on the Tax Cap Resolution was set for Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. A public hearing for the Senior Citizen Exemption Law was also set for that time. The town board accepted the Court Audit and authorized a final order establishing a Water District.
The board approved the purchase of a Weebly add-on with the town website so water and sewer funds can be collected from a cellular device. As of right now, the program only accepts online payments from a desktop, and with most wanting to pay from a phone there have been many complaints. This option by sharing the cost with the town has actually made it less expensive with a greater added value of the program.
Town Supervisor Matthew McAndrew asked that 28 Parkside Drive is staked as the EVGV Trail needs to begin cutting. The EVGV Trail was also a finalist in a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant but was not the winner. McAndrew asked Pierson to get a Bryant Hill Cemetery Drainage plan in place by the end of fall. The Town of Ellicottville Bicentennial meetings have been going well. The official parade will be the third Saturday in July with a carnival and so much more.
The next meeting of the Ellicottville Town Board is set for Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Town/Village Hall.