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Blasdell acquires new police vehicle and Save-A-Lot store

WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU — The Blasdell Police Department will utilize this sport utility vehicle, purchased recently through funding mainly represented by a case seizure by village police. Photo by Steve Dlugosz.
BLASDELL — In approximately one month, those in the Blasdell and Southtowns areas will be able to do their shopping at a new Save-A-Lot store, scheduled to open in the former Hills Plaza on Lake Avenue in Blasdell.

According to Blasdell officials, the grand opening is slated for June 1; a few other sites in that plaza will also be filled.

The announcement was made during the Blasdell Village Board’s April 23 meeting. Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald said that, in addition to Save-A-Lot, a day care and baseball retail/outfit locale will also occupy the plaza. In addition, the former Jubilee store on the other side of Lake Avenue is in the process of being sold, according to McDonald.

“It looks to be right on track,” the deputy mayor, about the latest developments.

The aforementioned location was reported as having been vacant for a considerable amount of time. Village officials expressed the belief that adding local businesses will boost customer interest in the Blasdell area.

A local tavern-eatery called “In the B-lo Olde-Time Pub,” located on Maple Avenue at the former Grinder’s Grille site, is also scheduled to open by the beginning of summer.

In other news, Mayor Michael Petrie reported that the Blasdell Police Department has added a sport utility vehicle for its usage, mainly through funding associated with a police seizure in a criminal case. According to the mayor, minimal taxpayer monies were used for the purchase.

Petrie added that he hopes Erie County officials can allocate funding of some sort in the future, to address pothole and road problems stemming from the rough winter weather.

McDonald expressed dismay with a local recycling company’s vehicles’ repeatedly using Lake Avenue as a travel access route, noting the wearing of the road in that area. The deputy mayor said that an agreement between the village and the company had listed non-regular use of Lake Avenue for the business purposes.

In other board news:
– Blasdell will be participating in the annual cleanup day beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3. Volunteers were asked to meet at Fireman’s Park.

– The board voted to adopt the splash pad rules, regulations and fee schedule. Blasdell officials had indicated that the splash pad would be open at the Silver Street Playground by early July.

– The board approved the execution of an addendum to the existing village lease with American Tower Corporation.

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 at the village municipal building.
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