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Boston Town Board passes multiple resolutions

BOSTON — During the Boston Town Board’s meeting on Oct. 17, the board passed several resolutions, going into its preparation for the 2013 budget.

While discussing the six resolutions brought forth during the meeting, Councilman Jay Boardway commented on two in particular, saying, “We had multiple resolutions tonight, but two of the most important resolutions on that agenda tonight were establishing a parks and buildings capital reserve fund and establishing a highway equipment fund.”

Resolution 2012-14 was passed to “[establish] a capital reserve fund, in the amount of $100,000 for recreation facilities at the Boston Town Park and the Trooper Barracks Town Park, as they are commonly known.” That fund was officially designated as the building and parks capital reserve fund.

The other resolution to which Boardway referred was resolution 2012-11, which established a capital reserve fund to be known as the highway equipment reserve fund of the town of Boston. The total dollar amount for that fund was agreed upon at $81,110.

“We have taken the taxpayers’ monies that we are entrusted with and we’ve kept them; we’ve invested into this town’s future,” Boardway said. “We’re providing funds now, where we can pay cash for things we need to buy in the future. We anticipate our needs; we know what they are. The highway superintendent has actually done a meticulous job with his budget and reducing his own highway debt from $800,000-plus down to zero and the way we do this is by prudently looking at the future and seeing where we need these funds. We are not spending and going into debt, in the future, with you or your children’s money. We’re saving for the future, so when we do need things, we can reach into the pocket we already have full and take that money and pay cash.

“It’s a good, solid strategy that this board has,” he continued. “We’re sticking to it and tonight you’ve seen us increase that strategy by creating a separate fund, a parks and highway capital reserve fund, to continue the beautification projects you guys have been able to see happening around this town, in the last two years. So it’s just my opinion, of course, but those are the two most important things on the agenda tonight that you all witnessed.”

Four other resolutions were passed, as well. Resolution 2012-17 called for the lowering for the speed limit on a the stretch of Boston State Road from the Route 219 off-ramp to Herman Hill Road, from 40 to 35 miles per hour.

The resolution said, “The Boston Town Board has been made aware of the traffic safety concerns with respect to [that] section of Boston State Road” and that “residents have reported to the town board excessive speed and otherwise imprudent and unsafe operation [on] this section.” The board resolved to “formally request a traffic speed and safety study be conducted for this section of Boston State Road.”

Resolution 2012-16 also dealt with a speed limit issue, calling for a speed limit of 45 mph on Keller Road.

“Residential development has increased along the length of Keller Road,” the resolution said. “Keller Road has proven to be hazardous, due to its steep incline from the intersection of Zimmerman Road, traveling west to the town of Hamburg border.”

This resolution called for a traffic speed and safety study on this stretch of road, as well.

Resolution 2012-10 called for two projects to be considered for funding by the Erie County Community Development Block Grant Program during the 2013-14 grant cycle. The first priority is the Mill Road Drainage Project, which requested $100,000 in CDBG funds “to be matched using $192,000 in town funds, using a combination of cash and force account labor,” according to the resolution. The second stated priority was rural transit service.

Resolution 2012-15 resolved “that the Boston assessor and Erie County Finance Department place [a list] of unpaid bills on the 2012 tax roll.” The bills accounted to a total of $1,427.13.

In other matters:

– A public hearing was held “to provide an opportunity for citizens to express community development and housing needs and to discuss possible projects, which would benefit low and moderate-income persons.” No residents stepped forward, during the hearing.

– Councilman Jeff Genzel pointed out that the Friday, Oct. 5 edition of The Buffalo News ran an article entitled, “National Fuel sues town of Colden to challenge hydrofracking ban.”

“[Colden] hastily put a moratorium on drilling and now they’re going to pay the price,” Genzel said. “National Fuel is going to make an example out of them, so we would hope that everybody keeps in touch about hydrofracking. I don’t see it being much of a problem, in the town of Boston.

“The Marcellus Shale formation is only 1,000 feet thick, underneath us,” he continued. “It is very unlikely that anyone is going to drill underneath us, for such a small formation, and frack. It’s just not economical, to them. So I’ll keep you up to date as the state progresses toward a decision.”

– A request for rezoning from CRC Engineering and Land Surveying PLLC was tabled. “The application that came in was a three-page application,” explained Michael Kobiolka. “It refers to a letter of intent for a conceptual site plan and then the follow-up information appears to be talking about a rezoning proposal. I need to take time with the town engineer to sit down and go through the proposal with the applicant’s engineer and just be sure the town board is clear, exactly, in terms of what they’re voting on.

Genzel asked to be excused from voting on this matter when the time comes, because he worked on it in 2003.

– A request for a site plan revision from Hamburg Overhead Door was referred back to the planning board. “There have been some requests to make a few revisions to that site plan,” said Boardway, “particularly as to the addition of some lighting for their concerns of plowing, behind the building.”

– The board approved a request for a second accessory building for storage from David Lutz. “The accessory building size and location meet the requirements of the Boston Zoning Code,” said Code Enforcement Officer William Ferguson.

– Richard Helmbrecht made the board aware of the accomplishment of Noah Quinlan from Boston Boy Scout Troop No. 491. Quinlan reached the rank of Eagle Scout on Aug. 21. “A certificate of acknowledgement to be included with his other Eagle papers from your office will be awarded to him at this ceremony and would be greatly appreciated,” said Helmbrecht, in a letter. That correspondence was received and filed by the board.

– As a “courtesy for the fire service,” the board tentatively approved the use of the Lions shelter, town park and kitchen/community room on Sunday, July 14, for the North Boston Fire Company’s gala party. That approval is subject to that organization’s submitting the proper documentation on Jan. 1.

The Boston Board will meet on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the town hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston. At 7:40 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing to discuss the 2013 budget.

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