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Angola sets Community Development Block Grant public hearing

ANGOLA — The Angola Village Board scheduled a grant regarding the Community Development Block Grant for 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

During its Sept. 9 meeting, the board authorized the publication of a notice for that future date. This hearing will regard the prospective projects for use of the Community Development Block Grant Funds in the village.

“We got to think about now and then what we are going to do,” said Deputy Mayor William Houston. “There is a couple of things that have come up, since last year.”

Houston spoke about the village board’s putting in to finish the South Main Street drain last year, but “it was so low last year, they said don’t even bother asking for funding,” he added, “and that we can do that some other way.”

He also mentioned that the water pressure on Grove Street from the old water tower to the corner at Prospect Street and Lerczak Drive is low.

“It’s a project which needs to be done bad, because that’s a long block and you wouldn’t want to live there with the fire hydrants which are there,” Houston said.

The deputy mayor re-addressed putting a water line from Mill to Locust streets, a discussion which had been brought up years ago. Locust Street and Forest Avenue is a dead end and, as a result, there is no circulation.

The board also discussed barring solicitors from the village. According to board members, there have been instances in which half of the solicitors are wanted in other areas and are unable to obtain a permit, while the other half are OK, but all of them appear in Angola.

While it is currently unknown if barring solicitors from the village of Angola is legal, Village Attorney Andrew Yusick Jr. said, “You’ve always been able to control solicitors who go door-to-door, but you can’t control solicitors who go from business to business. Some of them have used that as a way to get around the law.”

“These are mostly people who are selling energy,” Houston said. “These people are the ones who squeeze you out and you got to pay extra if you want to get out and you are punished. And it just seems like we are perpetrating it on our low-income people and older people and widows and they don’t know what’s going on and they get scared.”

In other news:
– The meeting was dedicated to and adjourned in memory of Jack Geidel, who died at age 87 on Aug. 23.

“He was on the school board for 30 years, and in the bulk of that time, he was the president,” Houston said. “He was on the school board longer than any other person who has been on the Lake Shore School Board since 1950. He’s served as president longer than anybody has ever served as president of a Lake Shore school board since 1950, when the district was formed.”

– The board is currently reviewing the street lights on Commercial Street, which can be reworked.

– An application from the Lake Shore High School government for the homecoming parade at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 was approved. The parade will leave from the Angola Fire Hall and proceed down Main Street to the school bus garage. All said roads will be blocked off at 4:30.

– John Wilson’s resolution, which authorized assemblage and sidewalk obstruction for the Angola Volunteer Fire Company’s open house on Oct. 19, was passed. Commercial Street will be closed down from High Street to Washington Street, from noon – 5 p.m. The fire company will be performing child safety seat checks, fire truck checks, holding demonstrations, hosting vendors, etc.

– Carole Kin proposed Local Law No. 3, which will rezone 129 Commercial St. from a single family residential zone to a commercial zone; this passed without dissension. The village board has taken a look at the environmental impacts of the proposal and, being the lead agency, has agreed that the law will result in no significant environmental impacts.

– The board approved the membership of Peter Zaenglein of Farnham to the Angola Volunteer Company.

The village of Angola Board will reconvene at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, with a CDBG public hearing at 7:15 and with a CDBG workshop at 6:30, if needed. The location of both meetings will be 41 Commercial St. in Angola.
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