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Blasdell officials eye summer for splash pad installation

BLASDELL — Blasdell officials have expressed the hope that a long-awaited splash pad will be available for resident usage by the time the summer’s hot weather descends upon Western New York.

Late June or early July is the targeted installation/completion date at the Silver Street Playground, according to Village Mayor Michael Petrie.

Some discussion regarding the splash pad took place during the village board’s April 9 meeting, when it was also reported that equipment for the mechanism had been ordered.

A project bond resolution for the splash pad for installation costs not to exceed $155,000 had been approved by the board, in January. Village officials have since expressed enthusiasm about the splash pad’s serving as a local attraction for families with young children.

“I’m very excited for it. We’re hoping to have it by the Fourth of July,” Petrie said.

“That means it’s a hot summer,” Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald added, in reference to families’ utilizing the splash pad to cool off.

Village Trustee Matt Chandler, who was not in attendance during the April 9 meeting, had also expressed a similar sentiment in regard to the splash pad’s attracting families to Blasdell.

The splash pad was one of four bond resolutions approved under permissive referendum in January, in the advertising-bidding process, with the other projects’ including reconstruction of the tennis and basketball courts at JFK Playground; roof construction at the Blasdell Department of Public Works and boiler replacement at the village hall.

In another matter, it was reported that brush pickup in Blasdell will take place on Mondays, beginning April 28, with Tuesdays’ serving as the backup days, in the event of a holiday.

Petrie said that village officials are hopeful for some state-allocated funding for local pothole repairs, an issue that he said has plagued much of WNY, during this past cold season.

During the annual organization meeting (also held April 9), the following departmental board contact designations were approved: Petrie with village fire and personnel; McDonald with village police and Industrial Development Agency; Chandler with the village zoning board of appeals, beautification and NEST; Trustee Rob Hefner with the village court, celebrations and planning and Trustee Kathy Seufert King with the village DPW and recreation.

Mayoral appointments with one-year terms include McDonald as deputy mayor, Janet Plarr as village administrator (additionally as village clerk-treasurer for the term of two years), Barbara Sheehan as deputy clerk, James Shaw as village attorney, Joseph Shaw as village prosecutor, Leonard Zaccagnino as deputy village prosecutor, Marie Falzone as court clerk, H. Leroy Harmon as historian and Joseph Fox as civil defense coordinator.

Three-year terms to the ZBA included those of Ronald Hartman and Robert Lelito, while three-year terms to the planning board were given to Scott Horucy and Nicholas Cirocco.

In other board news:
– The board unanimously approved a motion to declare as surplus and advertise for bids on a 2000 Dodge® Ram 3500 V8 Magnum dump truck and Cub Cadet® mower.

– The board announced that Blasdell’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held at noon on Saturday, April 19 at JFK Playground. Children age 11 and younger may participate in the egg hunt, which will be held, rain or shine. Goodie bags will be provided to the children. Those interested in the event may call the village hall at 822-1921.

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at the village municipal building.
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