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East Otto approves holiday celebration

EAST OTTO — The East Otto Town Board took care of some administrative business, including a discussion about an upcoming town celebration and a fireworks permit, during its May 14 meeting.

A motion was made by Board Member Mike Poch and seconded by Board Member Bill Spors, to hold a public hearing about the proposed fireworks permit application form on June 18 at 9 p.m.

The board received a request for the town celebration, which was approved, along with insurance requirements. All participants, including vendors, businesses and anyone selling goods or services, must provide an insurance certificate, showing liability coverage and naming the town of East Otto as additionally insured. A copy of the insurance certificate must be provided to the event chairman or the town clerk’s office, one week prior to the event. Town officials and volunteers who have been previously approved by the board and are working on behalf of the town are covered under the town’s standing policy.

In other news:
– Highway department employees have cleaned up fallen trees in Brooklyn Cemetery. A representative said that a “work party” may be held, to do additional cleanup at that facility, including leveling stones and filling in holes.

– Supervisor James Beach was authorized by board members to pay all audited general and highway funds bills. The audit of the April 2013 prepaid utility bills was also accepted and Town Clerk Ann Rugg paid the supervisor $147, for fees and commissions.

– Highway department employees also moved and reinstalled the basketball hoop, following the last meeting. Town plows and wings have all been painted and Plato Road blacktopping, including Nova chipping, began during the week of May 14.

– Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler answered 22 phone calls, issued two single-family residence permits, issued one minor subdivision, completed nine inspections and issued one violation, since the last meeting. He paid Rugg $605 in permit fees.

– Beach reported that he had spoken to Cattaraugus County Rep. Mark Burr about the town hall driveway and is expecting a reply, shortly. He also reported that he and the county director for the youth program filled out rebate paperwork. The administration of the program and possible need for improvement were discussed.

– Rugg will be out of town the week before the next scheduled meeting, so she requested that the board cancel the June 11 meeting and reschedule it for June 18.

The next East Otto Town Board meeting will take place on June 18 at 8 p.m.
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