By Mary Fox
Previous to the 7 p.m. meeting of the Great Valley Town Board on March 10, 2014, a public hearing was held on the proposed Property Maintenance Local Law 1-2014. Supervisor Dan Brown reported that the Great Valley Planning Board unanimously approved the local law based on the New York State law allowing for court fines.
Town Attorney Peter Sorgi said, “The law allows that a notice of violation of the property maintenance law be served by the code officer. If no intent to comply with it is shown within 10 days, the landholder can be taken to town court and a fine of $350 per week imposed.”
A provision to the law allows the town to do work on completion of the cleanup and add the town’s cost onto the landowner’s tax bill.
Concerned over what constitutes violation of the property maintenance Law, resident Ron Moore said, “I have a falling down sugar shack and equipment that is not being used but is part of my farm.”
Supervisor Brown responded, “The emphasis here is on unsightly and unsafe conditions caused by unkempt property, disrepaired and dilapidated buildings, and the accumulation of trash such as junk cars.”
At 7:20 p.m., the Great Valley Town Board went into its regular monthly meeting.
Local Law 1-2014 for Property Maintenance was unanimously approved by the town board.
The first item of business was opening bids for lawn mowing of the town hall, memorial park and cemeteries.
CMC Landscaping of Allegany came in with the lowest bid at $5,000 for the season. A decision was tabled until the April meeting to review the company’s Insurance.
Town Highway Supervisor Jack Harrington reported his crew has been cleaning sluice pipes, plowing and sanding.
“The new salt and sand barn has lived up to our expectations and has been very efficient and safe,” said Brown.
The board agreed to let out a bid for mowing the field around the water and sewer facilities at Bonnevale development. Bids must be in by the May 12 board meeting.
Under old business, a presentation was made by representatives of the Scenic Byway Committee President Robert Lennartz, a retired banker from Orchard Park and Vice President Ron Klinczar, a retired engineer with property in Cattaraugus County.
The proposed route of the Cattaraugus County Scenic-Byway would be 41 miles long beginning in Springville and following Route 219 south to Ellicottville and Great Valley.
It would link with the 71-mile Erie County Byway from Orchard Park to Springville to East Aurora to Orchard Park, for a total distance of 122 miles.
Springville, the Town of Ashford, and the Town and Village of Ellicottville have agreed by resolution to be a part of the Scenic Byway. Great Valley has not yet agreed to participate.
“The advantage of the Scenic Byway is to promote the areas with signage for local attractions to aid in marketing of the areas,” said Lennartz. “No billboards or offsite business advertising will be allowed.”
“My concern is the future ability of the businesses to advertise off site,” said resident Judd Cole.
Signage is also the main concern of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, which has not yet agreed to the proposal. It would bring a halt to new business signage on the route, but would grandfather in current signs.
Resident Amy DeTine said, “Since we already have a law in place prohibiting billboards and offsite advertising, it would not be an issue for Great Valley. I don’t see anything but advantages in being a part of it (the Scenic Byway).”
A public hearing will be held before the regular board meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Great Valley Town Hall to discuss the Scenic Byway issue.
The next meeting of the Great Valley Town Board will be held on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.