By Kellen M. Quigley

Various projects concerning the sewer system, community park and potential playground were all discussed last week at the Great Valley Town Board’s regular meeting.

The board has been working for a couple months on a grant to have a study done on the Kill Buck sewer system, but needs the cooperation of the hamlet’s residents for the income study to have a better chance of securing the grant.

“The people in Kill Buck that will be part of this sewer district that we’re studying to see if it’s feasible will be getting an income study report,” said Town Supervisor Daniel Brown. “It needs to be completed and sent back or else this whole thing is waste.”

According to Brown, the project would only affect homes off the Seneca Nation territory, which essentially means all properties north of Route 417 between Great Valley Creek and Hardscrabble Road.

“The Nation didn’t want to work with Salamanca and Salamanca didn’t want to work with them, but they said they’d both work with us,” he explained. “There’s a 20-foot area running down 417, and that’s the only place the sewer can go.”

Brown said there has been a lot more work involved in beginning the project than what the town originally had thought. Although the town has been approved to receive the funds, there were many more requirements that have to be met, said town clerk Toni Evans.

“Toni and I have done our part up through doing the income study report,” Brown said.

IN ADDITION to the sewer project, the town has also been looking ahead to use of the community park this summer.

Evans said six weekend dates between June and August have already been booked.

“When you think about how many Saturdays there are available, six of them are already taken because everybody wants to have a party,” Brown said.

Brown said one question the town has received a few times is if there is a stage for live music. Although the stage at the pavilion has been removed, he asked the board if they want to look into converting a small area where the old kitchen is into a stage.

“There’s nothing in the kitchen now, it’s all opened,” he said. “I’d like to get a commercial sink in where we store the tables in the other building.”

He said by having a sink and clean-up area in the building where the restrooms are located, the town would only have to winterize that facility instead of that building and the pavilion.

Along with work on the pavilion, the town is looking at the possibility of a new playground at the park.

Town Attorney Peter J. Sorgi said he’s been in contact with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation about applying for a grant for new playground equipment.

“We would need someone to put in writing what exactly we’re doing, what the history is and the size of the property,” he said.

Brown said he had been in contact with people who worked on the Highland Avenue Playground project in Salamanca in 2018, which was also partially funded by the Wilson Foundation.

Sorgi said the application has to be submitted by June.