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Boston Town Board lauds volunteer fire companies’ response

RED HOT — Pictured is a blaze that quickly engulfed and destroyed a Boston barn on the morning of Nov. 20. Photo courtesy of Josh Farrell.
BOSTON — Not long before the Boston Town Board was scheduled to begin its bimonthly meeting, the volunteer fire companies from Boston and other towns were tested with what Councilman Jay Boardway described as a “large, large fire” on the morning of Nov. 20.

The blaze occurred in a barn on Boston State Road near the intersection of Trevett Road. While the structure itself could not be saved, the departments reported no accidents or injuries, thanks to the response of a total of seven fire companies.

“I do want to thank our fire fighters, in town ... and outside of town,” Boardway said. “All three of our fire companies responded full strength. The mutual aid response there was tremendous.”

Boardway said that, when the first chief got on location, the building “was already fully involved. They did have some water issues down there. They had to basically bring the water in from a couple thousand feet away, but luckily, again, we had no injuries [or] major problems down there with that.”

The board member credited a “well-funded, well-trained volunteer fire department in the town of Boston” for handling the situation, “and the mutual aid response was tremendous. They had folks from Orchard Park [and] as far as the other side of Eden. A lot of different companies came in to help, so we appreciate that assistance from our neighboring towns. Again, all the hard work from our volunteers is priceless.”

In other board matters:
– The board recognized Cody Mayerat for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Mayerat is a senior at Springville-Griffith Institute High School, where he participates on the varsity soccer and bowling teams. One of his Eagle projects, on which he spent 320 hours alongside 26 fellow Scouts, was “the collection of 10,000 bottles and cans to purchase lumber to help build and deliver five Adirondack chairs for the front porch of the Roycroft Campus Corporation.”

– The board observed a moment of silence for New York State Trooper Ross Riley, who died Nov. 20, after falling into a gorge at Letchworth State Park, during a training exercise.

– Sandra Quinlin was appointed as a part-time seasonal reference clerk effective through June 30. The cost of this position is covered by the Local Government Records Improvement Fund Grant.

“[Town Clerk] Jen [Mule] and her staff were able to get a huge grant [for $46,128] for doing this work,” Boardway said. “That allows this board to ... take the money that would have gone to get those essential services done and use it for something else ... and not have to utilize that grant money for the things that have to be done. That was a tremendous effort on her office’s part. That position is going to be done solely within the confines of the grant requirements and the grant is covering 100 percent of that salary, so that’s not costing the taxpayers any money at all.”

– Herb Klein, president of the Boston Town Band, announced that the band will be playing the Boston Christmas concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Boston Valley School. “I think it’s going to be one of the greatest concerts we’ve done,” he said. “After every concert, you wonder if you can get better, but we have 70 musicians playing in this Christmas concert.”

He added that the band will also be joined by the a cappella group, Lake Effect Harmony Chorus.

“We were concerned about parking, so we’ve made arrangements to borrow a shuttle vehicle from Emerling Chevrolet,” he explained. “We can park at the North Boston Fire Hall and also at Hamburg Overhead Door, and we’ll be shuttling people from there to the school.”

– Supervisor Martin Ballowe revealed that, although there had been an intent to no longer utilize the town of Boston as a hub for the town’s Meals on Wheels program, Boston will remain one of those hubs, after all. “They have decided to keep it within the town of Boston as a hub, which is very nice,” Ballowe said. “So, they deliver the hot food here. Our volunteers come pick it up and deliver it to the seniors or the shut-ins that we have in town, so that is a great thing that I heard from the Meals on Wheels Association.”

– The board authorized Ballowe to sign a contract for congregated dining. Senior citizen lunches are served downstairs at the Boston Town Hall.

– The board scheduled two public hearings for the board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18: one at 7:40 p.m., “to consider the renewal of the Boston EMS/ambulance service contract” and the other at 7:45, “to consider the renewal of the Boston Historical Society contract.”

– Due to the fact that the first Wednesday in January is a holiday (Jan. 1, New Year’s Day), during which the town hall is closed, the board rescheduled its meetings for that month from the first and third Wednesdays to the second and fourth Wednesdays of January. The new dates are Jan. 8 and 22.

– “We have a new LED moving sign in front of a business in town,”

Councilman Jeff Genzel said. “The planning board felt it necessary to make a recommendation to the town board for a moratorium on signs, until we can update the code on signs, to get a better grasp on LED signs. They’re becoming extremely popular these days in other towns, and we’d like to hold off on the installation of any more of them until we can get a grip on it.”

Town Attorney Michael Kobiolka is going to look into the matter and the board will schedule a public hearing date at the next board meeting. Until then, the board carried a motion to table the matter.

– The board approved the appointments of Matthew Hartman and Jacob DePeters to the Boston Emergency Squad.

– The board accepted the resignations of both Marie Kreuder, from her assistant to the supervisor position, and Joseph Weber, from his dog control officer position. Listings for those positions will be posted shortly, by Mule.

– A total of $900 in donations had already been received for Christmas lighting in the town, as a result of a letter sent by Genzel to businesses in Boston. “That’s pretty good,” Genzel said. “We really thank those people for donating. If anybody would like to donate anything, please send it to the town hall in care of the supervisor’s office. This goes toward maintenance of the lights, bulbs and then, in February, we like to purchase new lights, when they come in a lot cheaper.”
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