Potential changes to regulations in New York state could have a favorable impact on governments in Western New York. Mitch Martin, from Sen. Patrick Gallivan’s office, spoke to the Boston town board at the board’s meeting on Dec. 4, and said that the number of state regulations the senator seeks to eliminate reaches four digits.
“The senator has just finished a tour of the state, conducting regulatory reform hearings with the objective of eliminating 1,000 state regulations in 2014,” said Martin.
“We do plan to do [a summit] closer to Boston, in the future, so I’ll make you aware of that at that time,” he said. “If there’s anything that you know you would like to include, please let me know – anything, whether it’s town or business.
“[Gallivan] is cleaning house,” said Councilman Jay Boardway. “He wants to get rid of the garbage.”
In other board news:
– Supervisor Martin Ballowe reported that outreach from the Home Energy Assistance Program will be available for Boston residents on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Concord Town Hall.
“This is a good program they run, to help people get through a cold winter,” said Ballowe. The Concord Town Hall is located at 86 Franklin St., Springville. “For any additional information, contact Legislator Mills at 858-8850,” Ballowe added.
– The board approved the appointment of Kenneth Telaak to the highway department by a vote of 3-1. The position had been filled by Joe Wells.
“Wells has finally taken a well-deserved retirement,” said Boardway. “The board here, of course, wishes him the best of luck. I have actually heard he is doing quite well.
“I do know that [Highway Superintendent Robert] Telaak interviewed a bunch of candidates. It’s a pretty specialized position that we have down there. I believe [Kenneth Telaak] is a very good selection for this job.”
– A blood drive will be held on Dec. 17 from 2:30 p.m. -7 p.m. in the town Hhall community room.
“Bella Pizza will be donating for every donor,” said Town Clerk Jennifer Mule’. “All presenting donors will be entered in to win a loaded gift basket from the following sponsors: Emerling Chevrolet, Bella Pizza, Red Barrel Cider Mill, Glad You’re Hair, Three Girls Café and Tops.”
– “Several people have been asking me about getting speed limits lowered, on several of the town roads that have no speed limit signs on them,” said Robert Telaak. “One of them is Rice Road. Feddick Road is not posted. There are a lot of new houses going up, there are a lot of hills, a lot of blind grades. A lot of people ask me, and I keep telling them to come to the board meeting and say something, but nobody ever does. It’s something I think we should look into, as far as a lot of our town roads. There should be speed limits, if it’s 40 or 45, but when it’s not posted, everybody does 55-65 mph, and we should look into doing that, over the next year.”
– “I did the walkthrough with [t
own] Engineer Jim Hannon, our grant writer Connie Minor and several members of a panel to decide who gets the block grant this year, for the Boston Cross Road drainage project,” reported Councilman Jeffrey Genzel. “They were enthusiastic during the tour. I took them up and showed them where the whole project was going to take place and hopefully we can get that grant, this year. Keep your fingers crossed. It would really help out that area.”
– “The Erie County Fire Service is always in recruitment drive, for volunteer fire fighters and EMS personnel,” Boardway reported. “They are in the middle of a recruitment drive right now. Anyone who can support the volunteer fire fighters and EMS personnel in town, the best thing you can do to support them is to join them.”
– The board accepted a notice of cancellation for the tower/structure removal bond. “This is changing the bond, because they found a cheaper provider,” said Councilman Larry Murtha.
– The appointment review of Robert Gainey to the board of assessment was tabled.
The next Boston town board meeting is slated for Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.