Great Valley board approves summer mowing, Kill Buck pavilion project

Among the projects planned by the Great Valley Town Board for this summer is remodeling the Kill Buck Memorial Pavilion to include a small stage area and a new kitchen.

GREAT VALLEY — With an eye towards nicer weather due any week now, the Great Valley Town Board approved a couple resolutions for summertime work at its regular meeting Monday.

First, the board accepted the bid of D&J Lawn Service, of Salamanca, for $8,895 for mowing and maintenance of several town properties including the town hall, memorial park, Kill Buck park and the four town cemeteries.

“They had it last year and there were zero complaints from anybody,” said Town Supervisor Dan Brown.

A second bid also came in from Donahue Landscaping, also for $8,895. “I don’t think in all these years we’ve ever had a tie,” Brown noted.

The board also approved having Brown get bids for renovations at the Kill Buck Memorial Pavilion to remove the old kitchen area to put in a small stage and then remodeling another section at the pavilion to put in a new kitchen.

“We put the money in the budget to do that,” Brown said, adding that they initially planned to do it in 2020 before the pandemic hit. “I think we should do it soon because it looks like we’ll be able to open it up for rentals this year.”

In order to better accommodate sporting events or large gatherings at the park, Brown said the new kitchen would include a three-base stainless steel sink for cleanup; shelving to hold crock pots, rolls or buns and other food items; and a counter top for serving people.

“There would have to be a stainless steel countertop. There’s no sense in having kitchen cupboards because nothing would be stored down there,” he added. “We could do an oven down there too.”

Brown said the project would include new plumbing too because there are currently two water meters at the pavilion. Pipes in the old kitchen area would be taken out for the stage and new pipes would be installed for the new kitchen.

Board member Lori Finch said in addition to a countertop, she wants there to be some refrigeration units as well as enough electric plugs that it wouldn’t blow the fuses.

“We’re going to have to rewire the whole building when we’re tearing this out because none of it really makes sense down there,” Brown added. “If we’re going to rent it out, it has to be simple. We want to make it easy for people.”

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the course for the Happy Half marathon and 5K at Holiday Valley that runs through a large portion of the town of Great Valley has been approved by the town board.

Event co-organizer Dough Bush was present to inform the board of the plans for the event and the changes they’ve made after it was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In order to be as safe as possible with social distancing, Bush said there would be staggered start times rather than hundreds of people going at once, a new route where runners wouldn’t double back passing each other and starting earlier in the morning when there’s less traffic.

“The whole goal is to have people show up, run and leave so we don’t have big groups of people,” Bush said.

Later in the meeting, board member Sandy Goode informed the board that the GoBike Buffalo group would like to present to the town board and the planning board about what the plan for the bike path through the town would look like. Goode said she would connect the group with the planning board to come to either the April or May meeting.

Board member Becky Kruszynski updated the board on the progress with the new town website, which is up and running with the new look. She said she is still taking suggestions for other additions or changes to the website.

Also of note, the meeting was held in honor of Hildagarde Krause, retired town supervisor’s clerk, who celebrated her 90th birthday Tuesday.

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

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