By Caitlin Croft

During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellicottville Town Board, plans for improvements to the Town Center were discussed. The project would be completed in three phases.

Phase one would start with the court room wing, where they would replace the siding and insulation. In addition, every third window around that wing would be replaced, the remaining removed.

Phase two would be identical to phase one, yet it would concentrate on the co-op wing.

Lastly, phase three would consist of adding two windows in the auditorium, one on each side of the rear door.

This work will be done at an estimated cost of $86,052.

A motion was made to increase the town’s contribution to the EVGV Trail by 25 percent. This was arrived at after speaking with state advisors. The motion was passed.

The board discussed health insurance options and made a motion, which was approved to renew their policy for 12 months in December for a locked in rate with a 1 percent increase. If they waited to renew after the new year, it would have been an increase of 12 percent.

The board made a motion to reduce the speed limit on Robbins Road to 35 mph, which was approved. The request will be sent to the county and then on to the state for approval. There are many homes in the area and they are close in proximity to the road.

The Town and Village Board have been in discussion of a Joint Water District. A meeting was held to have an open dialogue about the procedures and processes needed to achieve this goal. This new water district would supersede the old town district and include the village limits. All council and board members are receptive to this idea and it will just be a matter of working out the details.

Nussbaumer and Clarke Inc., who was responsible for the new town sewer plant, was receiving complaints from residents of Donlen Drive due to the noise from the turbines. New censors were added to regulate the turbines. This should mitigate all noise that would be a nuisance to neighbors. Nussbaumer and Clarke Inc., are open to exploring block wall should the censors not be enough to control the noise.

A new truck for the town was purchased for a price of $38,784. Included are wings and a plow kit. This will be a tremendous aid in snow removal and the town will receive the truck on Jan. 1, 2017.

A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will be installed in the Town/Village Hall. The evaluation and recommendations from Nussbaumer and Clarke Inc., have been received and reviewed. They have accepted one of their two proposed plans with only a few changes. The furnaces were originally going to be put in the attic; they will now be put where the current police lockers and evidence room is located. The board approved the motion to proceed forward and the project will be bidded out.  The lockers and evidence room will be moved to the Highway Cold Storage Building on Bryant Hill Road. To make this possible, the evidence room will need proper air circulation and the locker room will need better heating for this winter.

The Budget Public Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2016 at 4 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellicottville Town Board will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 6 p.m.