Stone’s Retirement Accepted • Siperak Named New Town Historian

By Mary Fox

The Great Valley Town Board meeting on Aug. 12, 2013, was open with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m. by Town Supervisor Dan Brown.

“This meeting is dedicated to Roberta Stone, retiring town historian,” said Brown. “We thank her for her service of 38 years and accept with regrets her resignation as town historian.”

The board went into executive session to review the applications for assessor. Coming out of executive session, the board voted to appoint Jeff Forster for another one-year term.

Planning Board Chairman Chris Shena stated that there will be a meeting on Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m., “to discuss the town comprehensive and zoning plans which are due for review.”

Code Enforcement Officer Rob Germain reported that court dates have been set for property maintenance issues on two properties in Great Valley.

The board voted to remain with the county Workers’ Compensation Insurance, which covers the Killbuck and Great Valley Fire Departments and the Town Highway Department.

Supervisor Brown asked for a letter to be sent to Luke Zlockie, a member of Ellicottville Boy Scout troop 652, in congratulations for his achievement in earning the honor of Eagle Scout.

“This is only the second one from Great Valley,” said Brown, “It is a great accomplishment.”

Zlockie earned his final Eagle badge for planning, organizing and supervising the removal and disposal of several tons of debris from a drainage ditch/tributary to Great Valley Creek behind Cavalry Cemetery and documenting, by way of mapping, the Ellicott Street Cemetery.

The board interviewed Marilyn Eddy Siperek for the position of town historian.

“I consider myself a history detective,” said Siperek. “A lot of written history is not accurate. I am very organized and am up to date on what is happening in historical tourism in New York State and skilled at keeping records on the computer. The Town of Great Valley will be 200 years old in 2018. It was once a booming little town.”

“I say we appoint her right now,” said Councilman Ted LeCroix.  Siperak was elected town historian unanimously.

Councilwoman Lori Finch reported that there is $9,000 in donated funds available for new projects for the youth program. The board will be looking into the possibilities.

Annual mosquito spraying along the river in Killbuck was completed at a cost of $3,949.

The town received two bids for water well repair work at the Bonne Val subdivision. Bids were made by Emke Well Drillers, Inc. of Silver Creek, N.Y., and Willey Well Drilling of Sardinia, N.Y. The job was awarded to the lowest bidder, Emke Well Drillers.

The meeting ended at 7:30 p.m. with cupcakes served by Hildegarde Krause, supervisor’s clerk in celebration of the new town historian and retirement of Roberta Stone.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board will take place on September 9, 2013, at 7 p.m.