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East Otto Town Board members gear up for spring

EAST OTTO — With summertime approaching, the East Otto Town Board is preparing to accommodate the town’s warm weather needs.

During the board’s March 12 meeting, council members Mike Poch and Rich Grey proposed a motion to advertise for the mowing of the town hall and historical building properties. The motion requested that the same stipulations be placed in the upcoming advertisement that were used last year, including that proof of insurance would be required.

Mowing bids for the town hall property and other entities will be opened at the board’s April 9 meeting at 9 p.m.

Grey and Board Member Bill Spors motioned to advertise for mowing of the Brooklyn Cemetery, as well. The advertisement will include that proof of insurance will be required.

Bids for the cemetery mowing will also be opened at 9 p.m. on April 9.

Town Historian Michelle Gogel will be participating in the Heritage Tourism Initiative, by having the local museum open on June 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., as part of a Cattaraugus County-wide program.

Gogel informed the board that she would like to apply for East Otto to become part of the Amish Trail. According to Town Clerk Ann Rugg, Gogel has the board’s support, in this endeavor.

Board Member Dave Forster announced that he will be looking into doing a performance check on the town’s playground. The board also discussed placing a safety guidelines sign at that location. There is currently $5,051 in the playground account.

In other matters:
– Rugg paid Supervisor James Beach $181 for February fees and commissions and $716 for the annual 1 percent tax interest, for February.

– Fourth quarter sales tax was received, in the amount of $50,412.

– Rugg reported that the grant application for the records storage room has been submitted. A copy was provided, for board members’ perusal.

– Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler answered 22 phone calls, completed nine inspections and issued one special use work order and one stop work order. He also issued two pole barns and three additions permits. He submitted $420 to Rugg, for permits.

– Lofty Mountain Grandeur has announced plans to build additional housing and expand its development. A property reevaluation would cost approximately $30,000. The board has until September to make a decision, about this matter.

– Beach said that he has received communication from Senator Catharine Young about the Allegany and Cattaraugus Creek Initiative, which would allow for funds to be available, for development along those creeks.

– Holler announced that he attended two recent planning board meetings and took part in 24 hours of officer training, in Buffalo.

– Beach asked that Rugg send a letter to the town justice, to keep a three-month record of activities immediately, before it impacts that individual’s retirement.

– The next East Otto Town Board meeting will be held at the East Otto Town Hall on April 9 at 8 p.m.

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