Great Valley Town Board alters spending plan for rest of 2020

An alternative spending plan for the immediate future of the town of Great Valley was discussed by the town board at its May 11 meeting.

GREAT VALLEY — As the ongoing shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic continue, an alternative spending plan for the immediate future of the town of Great Valley was discussed by the town board at its May 11 meeting.

Town Supervisor Dan Brown offered an alternative spending plan noting the town must do its best to conserve spending throughout the remainder of 2020.

“Incoming revenue will be significantly lower than expected,” he said. “The board agreed not to remodel the kitchen area at Kill Buck park, but agreed to the planned town hall window replacement and painting of the facility should continue.”

Discussion also took place regarding the $2,500 donation from the town to the planned Buffalo bike path through Cattaraugus County, something board member Sandy Goode proposed at an earlier meeting. Brown said he did not agree, but the other board members agreed to give the donation.

The town received two bids for Bonnie Way water treatment yard mowing with the bid going to D&J Lawn Services, Brown said. The board also agreed that highway superintendent Jack Harrington would continue to get specifications for the replacement of the small dump truck.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, The senior citizens’ planned bus trips have been put on hold by the group due to social distancing measures.

“The group offered their budget back to the town, but it was unanimously rejected by the board,” Brown said. “Instead, the town will invest the money until the seniors are able to take their trips.”

Code Officer Rich Rinko, reported the property maintenance cases are pending opening of town courts, and will be dealt with at that time.

The town has scheduled for a public meeting regarding the Kill Buck sewer project for the June 8 meeting at 7 p.m. Social distancing measures will be maintained for this hearing.

“You can send your concerns to the town clerk's office or drop them off in the drop box outside of the town hall,” Brown said. For more information, call the clerk’s office at 945-4200.

May’s meeting was held in appreciation of Kelsea Tomszak and Abby and Bredan Chudy, three local youths who took it upon themselves to pick trash up along Klawitter Road on Earth Day.

“This effort inspired the board to initiate further discussions on making this a town wide effort for Earth Day celebrations, allowing residents who will volunteer to bring trash to a dumpster provided at the town hall,” Brown said.

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