Great Valley officials asking for names for memorial park bricks

The opportunity to purchase memorial bricks at the town’s memorial park for this year is ending Sept. 21. Call the town hall at 945-4200 ext. 100 for town clerk Toni Evans to support the project and get a loved one's name on a brick.

GREAT VALLEY — The Great Valley Town Board met for its regular monthly meeting Monday, where Town Supervisor Dan Brown said the town is looking at replacing pipes in the Kill Buck Water District, which will likely require pursuing grants to help pay for the project.

“The district cannot support replacing those pipes on their own,” he said.

The opportunity to purchase memorial bricks at the town’s memorial park for this year is ending Sept. 21. Brown said the town has about five names submitted so far.

“I’d like to get a few more,” he said. “Anybody who wants to have a loved one’s name enshrined on the wall down there, get ahold of Toni or get ahold of me.”

Call the town hall at 945-4200 ext. 100 for town clerk Toni Evans.

A project to address flooding issues from Mutton Hollow Creek where it passes under Klawitter Road is expected to begin in the next week. Brown said he’d received communication from the DEC, whose approval is needed, that their application is expected to be approved soon.

“As soon as we can do it, we’re going to do it,” he said. “I’m sure whatever we’re allowed to do, we can make it better.”

The board also approved working with Acme Security Services, of Olean, for various upgrades to the town’s security system.

“We had talked about upgrading the computer system in the town hall, especially now that Hildagarde (Krause) is retired and everything is online and doing the banking for the town that way,” said Brown.

The security upgrade plan includes four phases, with Brown recommending the town do phases one and three right away, including software and malware protection on the town’s computers for $500.

A future project in phase four would include installing a projector and screen in the main meeting area for presentations that could use a computer rather than printouts, Brown said.

The highway department had recently finished mill and chip work on Klawitter Road, Brown said, and are in the process of installing new culverts pipes on Boza Road.

Two residents of Hungry Hollow Road in attendance wondered why Klawitter Road had all the work done on it when portions of Hungry Hollow are in worse shape, asking what constitutes the decision of one town road seeing repairs over another.

Brown explained several factors that go into the decision to work on a specific road. He noted that although Hungry Hollow has more residents, Klawitter is a crossroad that sees a lot more traffic.

The Hungry Hollow residents noted the deteriorating road under a portion of overhanging trees and the dangerous S curve in the road needs attention for safety reasons. Brown said he would get their information to Highway Superintendent Jack Harrington and the town would take a lot at those areas.

Town board member Sandy Goode updated the board on the recent meeting about installing a multi-use trail through the town as part of a trail project linking Springville to Salamanca.

“Without the cooperation of everybody it looks like they’ll probably stick to their preferred route,” she said. The proposed route would primarily follow Route 219, Mutton Hollow Road, Klawitter Road and the railroad tracks between Ellicottville and Salamanca.

Brown said he was not in favor of the trail going on Route 219 because of traffic being a danger, but the trail couldn’t go through the town away from the highway without participation from all the property owners.

(Contact managing editor Kellen Quigley at kquigleysp@gmail.com)