East Otto prepares for summer
Monday April 22, 2013 | By:Jessie Owen | News
EAST OTTO — Summertime plans are in the works in East Otto, whose residents will be invited to several upcoming events, as the weather warms up and as summer becomes a reality.
Jim Ellis addressed the board with information about the town-wide picnic, planned for July 20. This event will include an antique tractor and car show, as well as music. According to Ellis, several crafters have expressed interest in setting up booths, at the picnic. Ellis told the board that he has been informed that these vendors must obtain their own insurance, through their homeowners’ or business insurance policy.
The board agreed to supply the hot dogs, rolls and condiments, for the picnic. A tent will be provided, by Steve Forster.
Ellis asked that all board members consider attending the event, which will be held at the East Otto Town Hall. He also requested that a board member attend committee meetings, which are held on the third Monday of each month, to answer questions and report back, to the town board.
Town Supervisor Jim Beach said that a member of the committee should attend the town board meetings and have questions answered, which he or she could then relay, to the rest of the committee. Ellis was also notified that a completed request form must be filed, for the picnic.
Board Member Dave Forster reported that a maintenance check was done, on the playground. Highway employees checked the equipment and made some repairs.
Forster said that he spoke with Chasidi Hill, who is involved with the playground committee. This organization has requested that a basketball hoop be erected, at one end of the playground’s concrete pad. Members of the board said that they will look into this request.
In addition, it was noted that research needs to be done to eliminate static shock parents have reported they received, when retrieving their children from the slide.
Once the playground maintenance check is completed each year, it will be filed in the clerk’s office.
In other matters:
– The Cattaraugus-Little Valley School District will borrow the town’s old voting machine, for its next district vote. The school will pick up and return the machine.
– There has been a 27 percent increase in Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funding, for 2013-14. The new amount is $107,813.
– Highway Superintendent Tom Benz said that he will be receiving a grant to provide a laptop for the highway department. The only cost to the town will be for programs such as a system that will be used to track infrastructure improvements.
– Benz reported that the plow framework collapsed on the freightliner, so a new one will need to be purchased, before next winter. He also said that he would like to standardize the plows.
– The board awarded the bid for mowing the Brooklyn Cemetery to Deanna Bowen and Kevin Storey, for $1,050 for the 2013 season. The bid for mowing the town hall, baseball diamond and historical building were awarded to the same individuals, for $2,640, for the season.
– Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler announced that he answered 20 phone calls; issued one violation for an unsafe building and issued one pole barn, one porch roof and one demolition and dormers permit.
– The April 23 meeting was canceled.
The next East Otto Town Board meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on May 14.