By Mary Fox

Deputy Supervisor Ted LaCroix opened the May 12 meeting of the Great Valley Town Board with a public hearing on permanently changing the date for the Board of Assessment Review.

Jeff Forster, town assessor, reported, “It is necessary to change the date because New York State law dictates the fourth Tuesday of May for assessment review. It’s the same date for all towns in Cattaraugus County. I represent other towns also and I can’t be in two places at once,” he said.

A local law was passed to hold the Board of Assessment Review on Thursday following the fourth Tuesday of May each year, which will be Thursday, May 28, this year.

A letter has been sent to the Department of Public Works stating the Town of Great Valley needs to be notified of any plans to do something about County Road 18 in the Town of Great Valley.

“There are families there with small children and may need sidewalks or curbing,” said LaCroix.

Highway Superintendent Jack Herrington reported that “more propane is needed for the Bonne Vale Development to run the four-cylinder generator for electric for the water system. Holland Propane, which currently is the supplier, checked the system and determined a larger tank is needed to replace the two tanks presently there. A larger tank will maintain pressure. The cost of $1,100 for a bigger tank will come out of Bonne Vale money.

The Killbuck Fire Company has requested to take over the building and property where the Killbuck Post Office is presently located if it is closed by the U.S. Postal Service.

The building in question was the town hall until the old building housing the post office on the corner of Route 417 and Killbuck Road was torn down. The U.S. Postal Service is presently renting from the Town of Great Valley (Killbuck District #1).

“Will there ever be a need for the building?” asked LaCroix.

Board Member Lori Finch, director of the Killbuck Summer Youth Program replied, “The hall was once rented out for parties, used for voting and housed the Summer Youth Program, which is now meeting in the church across the street.”

A decision on the future of the building was tabled for further discussion on whether to sell, rent or keep it for town use.

Town Attorney Peter Sorgie stated, “I will get an opinion from the state comptroller’s office on what we are legally entitled to do.”

Financial Secretary Hildegard Kraus reported that the town has received $99,124 from Cattaraugus County sales tax toward the town’s 2015 budget. This is a $19,000 increase from 2014.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board will be Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m.