1887By Jann Wiswall

Village of Ellicottville Mayor Charlie Coolidge said that numerous complaints about loud music in violation of the village noise ordinance have prompted him to send a letter to all bar and nightclub owners. The letter explains established rules and states that police will only ask once that music be turned down. If the volume goes up again after the first warning, the establishment will lose its music license for the rest of the night and will be issued a $250 ticket.

As Coolidge explained at the village board meeting on Monday, June 9, he and Town of Ellicottville Supervisor John Burrell met with Ellicottville Police Officer in Charge Don Auge to review the ordinance. Starting immediately, police will be enforcing the rules at all nightclubs and bars, as well as private homes and other outdoor locations.

The noise ordinance requires that all music be turned down to acceptable levels by 11 p.m.

“If you can hear it 60 feet away, it’s too loud,” Coolidge explained.

1887 Building Plans

In other business, Coolidge has spoken at length with John Northrup, who, with Peter Krog, plans to transform the 1887 Building at the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets into a 9- to 10-unit condominium property. Northrup will be working closely with the village planning board on zoning and village building issues to be sure that all requirements are met.

According to Coolidge, Northrup and Krog would like to remove the rear, one-story addition (which is not part of the historic building) and dig an underground garage for dedicated parking of up to 10 cars using Maybee Alley for access. The other addition to the building, to the left of the building adjacent to the M&T Bank parking area, may also be removed to create additional parking.

The exterior of the main building, which has historic significance, will be left intact.

Special Historic District

In addition, Northrup, Coolidge and the village planning board would like to establish the “Four Corners” of the Jefferson and Washington streets intersection as a special historic district with special zoning, ensuring that the four buildings on the four corners (the 1887 Building, the church, the Village/Town Hall and the Historical Society buildings) will all be preserved in perpetuity. This would mean no alterations to the exterior of those buildings would ever be permitted.

Board members supported both Northrup’s condominium plans and the Four Corners zoning concepts and agreed that the condominium plan was a great use of the historic building.

Zoning Maps and Grants

Coolidge also said that the planning board will be working to update the village’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning maps. He has asked Town Planning Board Chair Sis Signore and Village Board Member Patra Lowes to sit on the update committee with village planning board members.

Jim Campolong, who represents the village’s engineering firm, Nussbaumer & Clarke, reported that the application for state consolidated funding grants is nearly complete. The village is applying for these grants to help fund the $4.8 million dollar waste water treatment plant that must be constructed.

Coolidge added that the new sewer rates established last year have, as intended, increased revenues to a level that “will go a long way toward paying [the village’s share of] the treatment plant.”

DOT Improvements

Campolong also noted that the state DOT’s improvement projects are finally underway. Traffic along Route 242 into and out of the village will, at times, be down to one lane between Biggs Road and Elizabeth Street while workers construct the “HoliMont” sidewalk. Lane closures also will be occurring at the intersection of Elizabeth/Fillmore/Route 219, which is being rebuilt for safety reasons.

The next meeting of the Ellicottville Village Board will be held on Monday, July 7 at 6 p.m.