2012-03-29 / Front Page

Board approves two Knox Farm activities

by PAUL OLCZAK
Editor

Town residents wanting to see more activities and uses for Knox Farm State Park received some good news Monday night as the Aurora Town Board approved an agreement that would see the “Art in the Park” program held in the park.

The agreement, involving the town, the State of New York and the Audubon Society, gives the town permission to hold the event in the park. The event had previously been held at Majors Park, but Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe said Majors lacks an appropriate shelter for the program.

“It’s a good use of the facility,” she said, referring to Knox Farm.

The town also worked along with the state to combine two needed permits into one in order for the park to hold equestrian events. Previously, two permits had been required — one for the state-operated portion of the park and one for the part that is town-managed — but only one will now be required.

Resident Bill Adams, a veteran, asked the board about the possibility of placing a veterans’ cemetery in the park. Jeffe said she has brought up the issue with New York State but has yet to get a response.

The board also gave permission to the Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club to construct two temporary concession and storage sheds on the area of the park the club manages and operates. Jeffe said the hope is that eventually the state will grant approval to the club for a permanent shelter.

In another matter, the board granted Highway Superintendent David Gunner’s request for pay raises for part-time employees of the town’s Highway and Parks departments. Employees in that category will now receive $12 per hour, up from $10, effective yesterday. Gunner said the move will not affect the overall town budget. Employees classified as regular part-time under the Civil Service Law can work 19½ hours or fewer per week. Gunner added that the four affected employees would be classified as seasonal part-time, allowing them to work more hours, once the busy season begins.

The board also committed $130,000 to make building improvements to town-owned buildings, and it assigned $30,000 to Parks or Building Department equipment needs. The terms “commitment” and “assignment” are part of the new language in Statement 54 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

During business from the audience, resident Donna Fierle called the proposed Reiter Road compressor station in the Town of Wales an “inappropriate” location. A good chunk of Reiter Road marks the dividing line between the towns of Aurora and Wales, something Fierle pointed out. According to her, every member of the Wales Town Board is opposed to the project as is, and Wales Supervisor Rickey Venditti has spoken with Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito because Concord officials have shown interest in the project.

“Please contact the Wales Town Board to support them in this,” said Fierle.

Jeffe said she has been in contact with Venditti over the issue and will continue to do so.

The board also:

Approved the 2012 agreement with the East Aurora Boys & Girls Club. The town will provide the club with $38,000, down from $42,000 last year.

Accepted eight donations totaling $1,660 received during the past two weeks for the baseball and softball diamond next to the Gleed Avenue building.

Approved a request to hold the second annual “Bike Race” on July 8 at JP Nicely West Falls Park. Jeffe noted that no issues were raised from last year’s race.

Accepted a low bid of $1,150 from All Guard Sealer to strip, seal and re-wax the floor of the Aurora Senior Center.

Referred a rezoning request for 992 Olean Road to the Planning Board. The request would see the property go from an agricultural to a business zone.

Accepted a low bid from Warning Electrical Services Inc. in the amount of $11,760 to upgrade the electrical systems at the Aurora Town Library. Jeffe said the move would involve the library’s closing for about two days. The funds will come from both a $4,500 grant and $8,500 budgeted in the 2012 Buildings & Grounds budget.

Extended the notification deadline for 60 days to allow the Police Advisory Committee to finalize the renegotiation of the police services contract between the town and the Village of East Aurora. The current agreement was scheduled to run out on March 31.

Jeffe also said she would present a town update at the April 23 meeting of the Town Board.

email: paulo@beenews.com

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