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East Otto board covers chickens, children at play

EAST OTTO — The July 9 meeting of the East Otto Town Board covered a variety of topics, from blood drives and sawmills to chickens and children.

A request had been submitted to erect “children at play” signs on Bowen Road. New York state recommended not putting up signs, because of increased liability.

The board discussed the sawmill that is being operated on Bowen Road, as well. The owner is only authorized to cut wood for his own use, because the mill is located in a residential district. However, some evidence was presented that the owner of that mill has been cutting and selling wood, as well.

Highway Superintendent Tom Benz proposed purchasing a new plow, with a projected cost of approximately $6,000. The board asked which account that money would come from.

Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler reported that he had answered 24 phone calls, issued a permit for a trailer on Bowen Road, completed nine inspections and issued two violations. He gave the clerk $160 in permit fees and reported that he had attended two hours of code training in Ellicottville.

The free range chickens have almost all been caught, according to the board.

A board member reported that the work day at the Brooklyn Cemetery went well, in spite of the rain.

A proposed community blood drive, tentatively scheduled for July 23, was denied because no paperwork had been filed or approved.

Supervisor Jim Beach reported that he was told that the Community Blood Bank is where all the blood needed for the area is purchased. He asked a representative from that organization to speak to the town board, at the next meeting.

Resident Frank Edelman informed the board that the lawns had been mowed and he had some information for the board, from the town of Cheektowaga, concerning ordinances for mowing. He suggested that the town consider those ordinances, as well.

Edelman also directed the board’s attention to the availability of federal and New York state funds for demolition of buildings and referenced diminished value, “a process in which a seller can sue a property owner for whatever difference there may be in the selling price of his property, as a result of the condition of a neighboring property.”

A motion was made by Councilman Dave Forster and seconded by Councilman Bill Spors, to authorize Beach to pay all general and highway funds bills audited.

Forster made a motion, seconded by Councilman Rich Grey, to accept the audit of the June 2013 prepaid utility bills presented by Forster.

Town Clerk Ann Rugg paid Beach $216 for June 2013 fees and commissions.

The July 23 meeting was canceled. The next meeting of the East Otto Town Board will be Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.


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