By Mary Fox

At its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, the Great Valley Planning Board held a public hearing on Robert E. Smith’s permit application to establish a dog breeding kennel at 4224 Killbuck Road in Great Valley. Smith, an AKC breeder of Alaskan Malamutes, also owns Beauflue’s kennel at his residence in Cheektowaga.

With no objections from the public, the board approved the special permit.

The first item on the regular agenda was to consider Katy Arena’s proposal to renovate and open the former Eddy’s Restaurant on Rt. 219 as a family-style restaurant.  Arena, who owns the popular Katy’s Café in Ellicottville, also will be able to expand her catering business from the new location.

The Ellicottville location “is too small for catering,” she said.

Arena said she has applied for a beer and wine license for the Great Valley location.

“This is going to be a family restaurant where you can have a beer or glass of wine with dinner. It is not my intention to have a ‘bar,’” she said.

No name for the new location has been decided yet, but “Katy’s South” is being considered. Arena anticipates a February 2015 opening.

Jennie Acklin, vice president of the Ellicottville/Great Valley Recreational Trail Board, was next on the board’s agenda. In the interest of keeping the town informed about its progress, she presented the board with a copy of the master plan for the project.

“We have explored many paths” for funding, she said, noting that it is an “ever-evolving long-term project due to its scope and will require lots of grants and private funding.” No grants have been received, yet, but the board is working with numerous state sources for funding.

Private funding, however, will be able to support phase one, which will run from the Ellicottville Town Center to Rt. 219 near the Tim Horton’s restaurant along the Town of Ellicottville’s new water line.

Acklin said that possible routes beyond phase one have been laid out but are subject to change.

The most important thing is to get the word out, she added. “The more people know about it, the more they will get excited about it and support it with their donations,” she said.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Planning Board will take place on December 10 at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall.