By Caitlin Croft
The May meeting of the Town Board opened with the Public Hearing on Local Law #2-2018. Next there was a motion to approve the minutes from the April meeting; there was a second and ayes carried. This motion was followed by one to pay the Town Bills on Distribution Report #06-2018; there was a second and ayes carried.
Supervisor’s Report: First there was a motion to accept the report; there was a second and ayes carried. Town Supervisor Matthew McAndrew Town Supervisor attended Finance School at Holiday Valley and attended classes on topics such as Shared Services and Highway Maintenance. The 2020 Census will be mailed out soon from the State, and people will be able to respond via mail or online. The deadline for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant is approaching quickly. “Time is of the essence,” McAndrew stated. The Board understands that this could be a two year initiative and would be even better prepared to reapply next year if necessary.
There was a motion to accept the Clerk’s, Justices’, Building Inspector’s, Planner’s and Police Reports; there was a second and ayes carried.
Police Report: Don Auge commented on the new part-time Officer, Jesse Barber. He has already made an immediate impact and is an asset to the department. There was a written correspondence received from a couple whom Officer Barber aided when their tire popped on Washington Street. In the letter, they thanked Officer Barber for his assistance in changing the tire getting them back on the road quickly. Auge asked the Board for approval to hire Officer Barber on as Full-Time Temporary. There was a motion to hire; a second and ayes carried.
Engineering Report: Niles Pierson advised that he has organized monthly staff meetings between Department Heads. The inventory of assets will be complete in the Village and Town by the end of June and ready to enter into the GIS Mapping system. The inventory will aid in more efficient maintenance of our water and sewer system. Pierson asked that instead of hiring an Assistant Engineer with part of the grant money that they continue to keep on Bob Scharf on through then end of the year. This way Pierson could look into obtaining an intern from the University at Buffalo or RIT and potentially bring them on at the end of the year when Scharf is done. There was a motion to approve Bob Scharf staying on 15 hours per week until December 31, 2018; a second and ayes carried. The processes and procedures of day to day tasks will soon be digitized. Pierson has been researching Information Technology Companies as there will be a need in the near future. He is trying to find a Minority and Women-Owned Business (MWB) to provide this service as 30 percent of the grant money needs to be allotted to a MWB. Within the next four to six weeks, the Town and will begin to be reimbursed for monies spent that have been budgeted into the Grant. Next there was a motion to have MDA Consulting Engineers continue to aid Pierson through the end of 2018; there was a motion and ayes carried.
Highway Department: Tom Scharf asked for approval to spend highway funds on the paving of intersections. There was a motion to approve; a second and ayes carried. Spectrum has new maps for services areas.
New Business: There was a motion to approve the Championship Rodeo Requests; a second and ayes carried. Next the Board made a motion to close the Public Hearing on Local Law #2-2018 regarding Electronic Signs; there was a second and ayes carried. There was a motion to approve Local Law #2-2018; a second and ayes carried. There was a motion on the Town of Ashford Resolution which is in support of Clean up at the WNY Nuclear Facilities; a second and ayes carried.
Old Business: The Ellicottville Great Valley Trail obtained 501(c)(3) status.
Correspondence: The State is implementing a Secual Harassment Training Program throughout the state for municipalities and requirements are in the works.
The next meeting of the Town Board will be at 6 p.m. at the Town/Village Hall on Wednesday, June 20.