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Colden Town Board approves annual festival

COLDEN — The Colden Town Board kicked off its May 9 meeting with a public hearing for Celebrate Colden Inc.’s annual festival. The board members approved a special use permit for the festival, with contingence on meeting all sanitation points, prior to the event.

Rozlyn Fishbaugh of Colden Well Being announced that, after sending flyers to residents, about work with hydrofracking and the town’s safety, 370 signatures have been returned, showing support for Colden Well Being’s endeavors. “We will continue to keep you informed on the issue,” Fishbaugh said.

Paul Connelly, superintendent of the Springville-Griffith Institute School District, gave a report about this year’s school budget.

“The function, and my main objective with [this budget] is to, to the best of my ability, provide a quality education to the kids,” Connelly said. He added that he was reluctant to cut programs, but said that the budget was “getting tight.”

In other board news:
– The soccer season has started and will continue, for six weeks. A summer newsletter with information on more programs will be published, with new rates, for this year. Prices for programs have increased for both residents, and non-residents, but have increased more so for people outside of Colden, who want to take advantage of programs like arts and crafts and tennis.

– A new floor is being installed, in the basement of the West Falls Community Library.

– The town board reported that Erie Community College South will host a free rabies clinic on May 29, from 4 – 7 p.m.

– Councilman Gerald Pietraszek reported that water bills were sent out on May 1.

– Another leak detection test was performed and returned near-conclusive results, that the big leak that has been evading past tests is behind the town hall and emptying into the creek. It is estimated that, to fix the leak, water service in the area surrounding the leak may be suspended for approximately six hours.

– A new Suburban Adult Services Inc. group home has been established in the town of Colden.

– Supervisor Annie Hoffman declared the week of May municipal clerk’s week, honoring the work of Colden’s town clerk, Christina Kerlin.

The next Colden Town Board meeting will be held on June 13 at the town hall.

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