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Concord board approves public vote and dog control

CONCORD—The town of Concord held its regular board meeting on Thursday, July 10. Despite the meeting being shortened due to a prior engagement involving town board members, two important topics were discussed.

Board members set a time and date for the special town vote to approve funding for the Senior Center Building project. The town is looking to build a 6,500-square-foot, single story senior center on a 5.5-acre lot on Waverly Street, in Springville. The special vote is for approval of a bond that would largely fund the estimated $1.7 million cost for the building project, $100,000 will be coming from Erie County.

The bond to fund this project would be similar to the bond used to build to Hulbert Library, which the town of Concord paid off this year. Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito has previously stated that Concord taxpayers should not see much, if any tax increases if the building project is approved. Board members unanimously approved the motion to set the special vote for Aug. 12, from noon until 8 p.m. The polling station will be inside the Concord Town Hall.

Changes to the Concord Dog Control Law were also approved during the meeting. Two amendments to the law were approved, the first being any dogs chasing or barking at moving vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists will be considered a nuisance.

The second amendment to the Dog Control Law is related to dog seizure and redemption. Concord will be reducing the number of days a dog will be held by the Dog Control Officer from five days to three, in order to comply with the New York State Dog Control regulations. There is an exception to this rule, stating that if a dog bearing tags is seized by the DCO, the owner may redeem the dog within seven days. The owner shall pay a seizure fee, which will increase for each subsequent violation in a year period. Any dog seized by the DCO and not redeemed in the allotted time frame, will be turned over the SPCA or other humane agencies.

The town of Concord will hold the next Town Board meeting Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Concord Town Hall.
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