The Village Board meeting started Monday night with the monthly report from the Department of Public Works. Harold Morton reported that his department had taken down the Christmas decorations along Washington Street. The crew performed repair and maintenance work on several of the Village trucks. He reported that vandals had stolen the cable that holds up two of the nets on the Villages tennis courts. It will be replaced. Mayor Coolidge reported that six hook-ups to the Village water supply had been discovered that have no meter. He said this they might be responsible for about 200,800 gallons of water that are still unaccounted for. He also mentioned that several Village residents have their own wells and no meters. The Mayor pointed out that even if a home is on a well there still must be a meter on the well in order to calculate the sewer bill, as it is based on water usage. He went on to say that the installation of the new meters had gone well, and that the new meters save a week of keying the data in by hand.
Howard Gifford reported he issued 16 summonses in March, had stopped five people for open containers and two for public urination. He answered a motion detector call a the Silver Fox, and assisted a citizen who had locked himself out of his house. He dealt with an accident on Irish Hill and transported a highly intoxicated female to Salamanca. He issued 27 parking tickets although three were voided. A total of 50 parking tickets were paid bringing a total of $1,790 into the Village coffers.
Site plans for the Kwik Fill market re-location were received at the engineering office. It was pointed out that any businesses going into the new facility will need a special use permit. The new building will be tying into the sewer where it runs under Mill Street. It was reported that the plans for the revitalization of the old Louisville Slugger factory had been submitted at the last minute, the staff has not had a chance to approve the plans. There were some concerns regarding the Kabob Kafe move. It is not yet clear exactly how water drainage from the new location will be handled. Local ordinances prohibit water from one property from flowing onto another property. The Mayor seemed confident that the problem will be handled. There was some concern that Ellicottville Brewing Company in expanding their restaurant has plans to add 50 new dining tables, but no plans to expand the kitchen or bathrooms. It was pointed out that before anything can be done the Health Department has to sign off on the plan. There was also concern about EMTs being able to access the building.
Transfer of Arboretum
Under old business the transfer of the Arboretum to the Village came up. The Mayor pointed out that he had not heard anything from the Co-Op regarding the transfer, and that he is waiting for a contract. Village attorney Bob Simon asked if the board knows how much of the parking lot is included in the transfer. He suggested it would be wise to have the lot surveyed. He also suggested that it might be necessary to obtain a court order to legalize the transfer. Trustee Wilkins, who is on the Arboretum committee said he has not heard anything from the attorney representing the Co-Op. No one at the meeting seemed to feel that these were serious problems.
The Mayor reported that they had received the first application for the Centurion bike event this Summer. He mentioned that he is in “secret training” for his part in the event.
The mayor said that he would like to hire two part time employees for the Summer. He said the Ally Cats do “a fantastic job” tending the planters along Washington, but he is concerned with the planters along the side streets. He wants to hire some people to water them, adding he’d “hate to see them dry up because there is not water on them.” It was also discussed that some business owners in town do a good job and sweeping the sidewalk in front of their businesses, but others do not. The CCIDA is planning an event on the 4th of July celebrating the Village turning 175 years old. They are asking the Village to provide a banner for a celebration at the Gazebo. At this point the board moved into its annual business meeting. It confirmed the positions of the Village staff and board members. Copies of the roster are available at the Village office