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Specialist addressing issue of Blasdell pest over-population

BLASDELL — Blasdell officials are seeking the help of an outside organization to assist in handling what is described as a widespread issue of pesky animals’ being present in the village.

During the Oct. 16 meeting of the village board, Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie reported that village officials have contacted the Erie County Trappers Association to address the overflow of coyotes, skunks and raccoons, locally.

A special permit will be issued to a member of the trappers association, an individual whom Petrie said will be easily identifiable to residents.

“We thank the Erie County Trappers Association for its assistance to the village,” said Petrie, who cited the recent increase in presence of annoying animals. “Hopefully [the trapper association member] will thin out some problems.”

During recent meetings, Board Member Kathy Seufert King noted the prevalence of coyotes in the area. On Oct. 16, she said that her recent discussions with members of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had yielded tips for residents.

Some of these recommendations regarding coyotes included keeping an eye on dogs weighing less than 35 pounds, due to coyotes’ preying at times on smaller animals, and eliminating bird feeders that could serve as fodder for various pests.

The village board heard a request from Lake Avenue resident Laura Errington to extend another 6-month permit, to allow her and her family to house chickens at their property. Errington thanked the board for allowing her family to house six hens, while the Erringtons had maintained the coop “in a sanitary manner.”

She said that maintaining good relationships with neighbors has been key, in the process.

Now, after once again obtaining support from neighbors, Errington asked the board to extend the allowance permit into this winter. Petrie said that village officials have not heard any complaints from community members about the Erringtons’ raising chickens on Lake Avenue, thus far. He added that the board would likely bring Errington’s request to a resolution at the Nov. 6 meeting.

“I don’t think anybody here has a problem with [extending the permit],” Petrie said, adding that maintaining the site in a sanitary and proper manner “was the main deal.”

In other news:
– The board announced its plan to apply for an annual New York State Justice Court Assistance Program Grant in the amount of $4,000. If granted, it will be used toward the purchase of various equipment, including an intercom system, a prisoner bench, updated software and a water cooler. Connie D. Miner and Co. was authorized to submit the grant application on behalf of the Blasdell Justice Court.

– Village Clerk Administrator Janet Plarr said that the milling and paving of Salisbury Avenue took place beginning on Oct. 21, with traffic on through-streets between Miller and Lake avenues’ being blocked off.

– The Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department responded to 30 calls in September, 23 of which were emergency medical service responses, with 17 cases of further transport. The board voted to add fire department member Jason Boss to the ranks of the Southtowns HazMat Team.

– Village officials discussed the success of the farmers market, which had been held in the parking lot of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant on South Park Avenue on Wednesdays.

“They loved it. I don’t think [the vendors] had a bad weather day on any of the Wednesdays,” Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald said. “More and more people have been showing up. People realize it’s there and even stop their cars to get a look and check it out.”

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the village municipal building.
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2013-11-06 | 14:48:06
Animal Protection vs Aminal Cruelty
What kind of trapping are they talking about? Trapping and release or trapping and killing? What is to prevent innocent animals and pets to wander into these traps accidently. Nobody has a perfect pet. What about the deer population, will they be injured? To say that our goverment has found a way to "assists" with the pest problem is a very vague and misleading statement by our officials. If a dog or cat is found in the traps, what will happen to them? What about hunting dogs during hunting season? I think a more clear comment by the Sun and officials needs to be addresses. I will personally be contacting the Mayor, senators, Govenor and the New York State Attorney Generals offices as to the use of trapping in residential areas.
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