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Boston Town Board says Tops in Boston for the long haul

Members of the Boston Town Board had much to say about the management of the new Tops Friendly Markets location in Boston. The stores’s official grand opening was held Sept. 19.

“They intend to be here for the long run,” said Councilman Jay Boardway, after noting that Frank Curci, president and CEO of Tops, oversaw the grand opening, as manager John Sodaro handed local organizations checks totaling $1,000, in Boardway’s estimate.

“We expect that they’re going to be as generous as the Marean family was,” Boardway said. “We welcome them. It’s a good, cooperative relationship in having them come here.”

Donations of $250 were presented to the Boston Emergency Squad, the North Boston Fire Company, Boy Scout Troop 491 and the Boston Seniors.

“They actually handed out checks to these people right there, as we spoke,” said Boardway, who called the donations “a gesture of just fantastic faith on the first day of officially opening in this town.” Boardway joined Councilman Jeff Genzel and Supervisor Martin Ballowe at the grand opening.

“It was well attended,” said Genzel, about the event. “There were a lot of top-notch Tops brass there. They’re very happy to be part of this community and I look for them to take off where B-Kwik took off.”

“The put on a very nice presentation down there,” Boardway added. “They had a good attendance. They are very excited to be in our community; they were very clear about this. The president of the company was there (and) graciously thanked Bob Marean and his family for their cooperation in the sale of the store and just the business they built at that location. Clearly, they think it’s a very viable location. They’re very happy to be here.”

“(The Mareans) were definitely a fixture in our town,” Ballowe said about the past store owners. “It’s sad to see them leave, but they’re moving onto bigger and better things.

“I welcome Tops into our town,” he continued. “They’ve done numerous improvements and they employ more people, which is just a win-win.” The new location provides jobs for approximately 40 people.

“I think there’s variety they offer for the town now for our seniors, instead of travelling into Hamburg. It definitely helps,” Ballowe said.

In other board matters:

• The board passed a motion to approve “that Connie D. Miner & Co. Grant Consultants, the town’s grant consultants, be authorized and directed to complete the necessary application forms, etc. to be submitted to the New York State Unified Court System for the purpose of securing (a) grant” and to “authorize (Ballowe) to sign and, if funded, execute a grant application entitled ‘NYS Unified Court System Justice Court Assistance Program,’ and, if awarded, to be the official representative in connection with the application, providing any additional information, if required, and to fully comply with the execution of the contract.”

The NYSUCS is currently accepting applications for the Justice Court Assistance Program until Oct. 1. Boston is in need of two laptop computers. According to the resolution, “The grant may be used for a variety of purpose, including but not limited to the acquisition of computer equipment, office equipment, furniture and security measures for the justice court and court office.”

• The board determined that the “essential portions of the previous audit” involving the Patchin Fire Company have been met; it moved to approve the company’s service award points. However, the audit must be maintained for 30 days; therefore, the approval has been tabled until then. In addition, the payment to Penflex was approved.

• Hydrolawn of Buffalo Inc., submitted the winning bid for the Mill Street Storm Drain Project, with a bid of $119,991. “We awarded the bid to the construction company with the lowest bid,” said Councilman Gary Vara. Other bids were as follows: $166,710 Bocchino Corporation, $164,788 by Nova Site Company, $147,614.31 by Fariway Contracting and $123,439 by Ingalls Site Development Inc.

• A public hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:40 p.m. at the Boston Town Hall. According to the meeting agenda, “the purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for citizens to express community development and housing needs to discuss possible projects, which would benefit low and moderate-income persons.

“Citizens are urged to attend this meeting to make known their views and/or written proposals on the town of Boston’s selection of potential projects to be submitted for possible funding by the Federal Community Development Program.”

• The board approved the dog sheltering lease agreement. The deal is between Boston and Black Rose Kennels, located at 6153 South Abbott Road in Orchard Park.

• The Boston Planning Board made a favorable recommendation to the town board, with a unanimous vote to approve the revised site plan for an exterior sign submitted by Buffalo Buck’s Smokehouse Restaurant.

Two conditions were agreed upon in order for the plan to be approved: The planner is to be narrowed to allow patrons to back out of parking spaces more easily and the maximum height of the sign may not exceed nine feet. “[Buffalo Buck’s] is under new management now,” said Genzel. “I would hope that the citizens of Boston would support them and go there and eat.”


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