By Kellen M. Quigley

In a unanimous vote Monday night, the Great Valley Town Board dedicated the recently constructed playground in memory of Charles Krause, who passed away in June.

Krause served on the Great Valley Town Board and the Cattaraugus County Legislature for many years, but most notably was elected town supervisor several times, serving for 18 years.

“We had to do something tonight to finish this job off of building this playground,” said Town Supervisor Dan Brown.

Brown said Krause was instrumental in building the town’s youth program. He said the program is well received by everybody, growing larger each year, and one of the things that’s made the program better is the playground built behind the town hall.

“It’s allowed that program to improve,” Brown said. “And it’s allowed families who rent this town hall to have another thing they can use for birthday parties or family reunions and things like that.”

At the meeting, Krause’s widow, Hildegarde, was presented with the memorial that will be installed at the playground in the spring. She said she is extremely thankful for the gesture.

In other news, Code Enforcement Officer Richard Rinko said the new cell phone tower from Horvath Communications, of South Bend, Ind., is powered up and working. However, several town officials and residents said the service is not as strong as they were told it would be.

“Two Don’s loves it,” said Rinko of an auto repair shop on Route 98 located near the tower. “Two Don’s has great service now. I don’t know about anybody else.”

Brown said he tried calling someone from near Pumpkinville on Sugartown Road and the person he called said he couldn’t hear a word Brown was saying.

“That’s not a town issue,” Brown said. “We knew going in that it wasn’t going to do what Horvath informed everybody that it would.”

“It’s not quite as good as some people hoped it would be,” Rinko added. “But it is up and running, so if you have Verizon you can see for yourself how it’s doing.”

Also of note, the board set the date of their year-end meeting for Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. for the purpose of approving any bills that come into the town between Monday night’s meeting and the end of the year.

The assessor will be in the superintendent’s office Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. if anyone needs to talk to him, Brown said.

Highway Supervisor Jack Harrington said his department has been busy cleaning up the snow. He said the new truck works well, but the sander isn’t quite right so someone will have to look at it.

Brown said it’s a good thing the department workers like the truck because another new one will be coming in soon.

Rinko said they are working their way through several issues with the Lake Erie Tobacco Company in Kill Buck to get their water supply and sprinkler systems up to date.

Chris Schena, chairman of the Planning Board, said the board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 13 included several items for discussion. He said one town resident was looking for a zoning variance, one was looking for a special use permit and the board would look at a few minor subdivisions.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.