CONCORD – The Concord Town Board held its regular meeting on April 10, in the Concord Town Hall. April’s meeting featured a special guest: Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills, who attended the meeting to update board members and the community on events within the Erie County Legislature. Mills reassured the board and attendees that the Southern Tier areas of Erie County are being represented.
“We have a nice sprinkling of Southern Tier individuals in the county government now, so people know that there are places south of Hamburg,” said Mills.
One of the recent events the Legislator informed board members of was the postponement of the approval to spend $27 million on infrastructure improvements, within the county. The motion will be postponed until April 24, when a decision can be made on what roads will be receiving the work.
“This gives us an opportunity to focus in on roads in Concord, such as Genesee [Road], which is an absolute disaster, roads within Zoar Valley and Concord-Boston Road,” said Mills. “The whole reason we held up the bonding was to get these roads identified, so [Erie County] won’t hold back like last year and not do some roads, for whatever reason.”
Mills went on to say that he believes the future of Erie County lies in the Southtowns.
“When you look 40 years in the future, what I see is the city of Buffalo, because it’s going to stabilize and grow more with population and some of the things that are happening with private investors developing the city, but I see the strength of the county being the suburbs,” Mills explained. “You need the critical mass of the city, but I think the suburbs are very important to the growth of this region. The cultural part of it, the professionals that live in these towns and the many projects we are trying to develop in the Southtowns. A lot of good things are happening.”
In his monthly report, Highway Supervisor Dennis Dains informed board members that there will be an increase in the town’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funding from the state, due to the severe winter. The allotment increases funding by $40 million statewide, which increases Concord’s highway department budget $6,450, raising the total budget to $63,150.
The board unanimously approved a resolution to ban smoking from the Concord Community Park. Although there was some concern over how to enforce the ban, the town will be posting “no-smoking” signs around the park grounds and the resolution will be added to the park’s policy.
The Concord Town Board will hold its next meeting on May 8, at 7 p.m., at the Concord Town Hall. There will be a public hearing beginning at 6:45 p.m., to discuss the approval of rezoning a section of land around the Tops Market Plaza from ag-residential to commercially zoned property.