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Residents Support WMA

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By Jann Wiswall A dozen or more town and village residents attended the Town of Ellicottville board meeting on Wednesday, May 17 to express support for the NY Department of Conservation’s interest in purchasing a large land parcel in Ellicottville and Mansfield for designation as a Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 996-acre property, about a third of which lies in ... Read More »

Village Selects NYMIR for Insurance Coverage

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By Jann Wiswall Special Mtg. Set for Year-End Budget Adjustments, Code of Ethics Review Evans Agency Account Executive Randy Glenn presented the Village of Ellicottville’s board with a proposal for municipal insurance coverage for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which begins June 1. Three companies provided quotes for the Village policy. One was eliminated immediately for expense reasons.Glenn recommended that the ... Read More »

Town Board Questions DEC Wildlife Management Area Plan

By Jann Wiswall Two representatives of the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) addressed the town of Ellicottville board on Wednesday, April 19 regarding the agency’s interest in purchasing the Dattner Family Property (the former Poverty Hill Ski Area) and establishing a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) there. The 996-acre property, about a third of which lies in Ellicottville and the ... Read More »

Mansfield Board Approves Mowing Bid

By Jann Wiswall Jacobson Appointed to Planning Board The Town of Mansfield’s board opened bids for municipal lawn mowing services at its Monday, April 17 meeting. Four proposals were received to mow three cemeteries and the grounds of the town hall, historical building and highway barn.The low bid was from Westside Handyman & Lawn Service of Mansfield – the company ... Read More »

Conflict of Interest Concerns Shake Up Village Board

By Jann Wiswall Deputy Mayor Resigns in Protest Village of Ellicottville board member Greg Cappelli resigned his deputy mayor post during the annual organizational meeting of the Village Board on Monday “in protest of the Mayor’s reappointment of [his wife] to the Village Planning Board.” Cappelli, who did not resign his board position, said he believes the “appointment is a ... Read More »

Ellicottville Sees Strong First Quarter

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By Jann Wiswall It’s pretty great being in an area whose primary purpose is making life fun. At the heart of it all are Holiday Valley Resort and HoliMont, where winter got off to a strong and early start. According to HoliMont General Manager Dave Riley, the 2016-17 season “was a breath of fresh air after last year. We had ... Read More »

Town/Village Boards to Hire Engineer for DPW Plan

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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

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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 »

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