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Town/Village Boards to Hire Engineer for DPW Plan


By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville’s board continues to work with the Village board to create a new department of public works. The department will be headed by a director who will oversee a joint water/sewer district, as well as the town’s highway department and the village’s existing public works department. During its board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, ... Read More »

Keis Clarifies Tax Increase Mansfield Reorganizes for 2017

By Jann Wiswall Mansfield Town Supervisor Bob Keis informed the Town of Mansfield board on Monday, Jan. 16 that he has had several questions from town residents about their recent tax bills. As reported in the fall, the Mansfield board approved a 2017 budget that increased the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value from $4.73 to $5.10, or ... Read More »

State Grant, Sidewalk Conditions Top Village Agenda

State Grant, Sidewalk Conditions Top Village Agenda By Jann Wiswall NY State has sent the Village of Ellicottville a higher-than-budgeted contribution to highway maintenance through its Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and the Pave NY program. Village Mayor John Burrell reported the good news at the Village board meeting on Monday, Jan. 9. A total of $26,332.54 from both state ... Read More »

2016: Focus on EVL Fun


By Jann Wiswall Did you see it? Ellicottville on TV? One of the more exciting things to happen in EVL this year was having a starring role in an ION Network movie, “A Christmas in Vermont,” which, despite its title, was shot almost entirely in the village and other locations in Western New York last March. Abigail Hawk (“Blue Bloods”), David ... Read More »

How Will You Welcome 2017?


By Jann Wiswall Ellicottville is the perfect place to celebrate the new year. With two ski areas, a bounty of restaurants, great shopping and spas, a picturesque village and gorgeous scenery everywhere you look, you can customize your celebration in an endless number of ways. The biggest New Year’s Eve party in town is at Holiday Valley Resort, where thousands ... Read More »

EBC Expanding to Little Valley


Receives State Funding, IDA Tax Breaks By Jann Wiswall The NYS Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded $600,000 to Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) for its expansion into Little Valley, where the company plans to locate a brewing and bottling facility in the Village of Little Valley for the company’s growing domestic and international market. And, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the ... Read More »

Village/Town Seeking Consolidation Grant


By Jann Wiswall Village of Ellicottville Mayor John Burrell reported that the town and village are working with the state to apply for a grant to study the feasibility of consolidating the town and village water and sewer districts and to create a Director of Public Works (DPW) position to manage the newly-formed department. The consolidation idea is being investigated ... Read More »

Where’s Your Christmas Tree?


By Jann Wiswall What’s your family’s Christmas tree shopping tradition? Was yours up and decorated by Thanksgiving weekend? Do you have a particular day that you and the kids decorate? Are you a cut-your-own tree or a pre-cut tree family? No matter what your tradition, Cattaraugus County has an abundance of farms and stands that offer just what you need. ... Read More »

Village Readies for Holiday Season, Considers Merging Town/Village Services


By Jann Wiswall The Village of Ellicottville is installing new lights along its streets in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. The lighting was designed by Doug Sitler, the artist behind the popular NIGHT LIGHTS installations. Mayor John Burrell said the lights were purchased on the Village’s behalf by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. The Village Christmas tree, to be ... Read More »

Brogcinski, Simon Receive NYCOM Public Service Certificates


Former Village of Ellicottville Board Member Robert Brogcinski and former Village Attorney Robert Simon were awarded Certificates of Public Service by the New York Conference of Mayors for their many years of service to their communities. Brogcinski served the village in several capacities, including Deputy Mayor, for 32 years. Simon worked with the board for 27 years. Village Mayor John ... Read More »

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