The Evans Bank branch on the corner of Main and Lake Streets in the Village of Angola will be shutting its doors on March 1, leaving another vacant building in the village.
The village board was informed of the bank’s decision to close the branch last month, said Deputy Mayor William G. Houston.
The bank will be putting the building up for sale, when everything is cleared out, including the headquarters for the insurance side of the bank, which is also located in the building. It’s possible the bank could tear the building down, “and make a grassy spot,” Houston said.
“I want to make sure the building inspector hears that they will not be getting any demolition permit, because the building is over 50-years-old,” he said.
Houston urged the board to come up with ideas for the building, as it’s served multiple purposes in the past.
“It’s a really nice building with a lot of different possibilities,” he said. “I want you all to think about what we can do as a community, maybe to have a meeting to talk about it. It appears it could be gotten for very little money, but you need someone to do something with it.”
In other board news:
• Trustee John Wilson attended the Association of Erie County Governments meeting on Jan. 24 where a resolution was presented to respond to the NY SAFE Act, the controversial gun law passed last month by the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The act was put together “in a matter of minutes,” Wilson said.
“Look at how much time it takes us, as a small board to get to the end of a discussion,” he said. “I think they beat us by an hour.”
The end result, Wilson said, was a collective resolution sent out to all of town and village boards supporting the idea that the NY SAFE Act infringes on Second Amendment rights under the Constitution, without due process.
“In light of that, they put together this resolution, we discussed it, and they held off on it because we wanted to put the right amount of time to it,” he said, “so that we do the right thing in regard to that Second Amendment act.”
Board members were provided with a copy of the resolution, which calls for Governor Cuomo and state legislators to suspend the NY SAFE Act, look at all of the factors that play into gun control and create a law that will address “gun control in a more logical manner.”
“The proper amount of thought should have been put into this act, and my opinion, as one member of this board is that we support it,” Wilson said, referring to the resolution put forth by the Association of Erie County Governments.
The board moved forward with supporting the resolution.
• Several resolutions were approved, including the approval of gazebo committee members, the approval of Village Clerk Linda D. Giancarlo as Registrar of Vital Statistics starting Jan. 1, 2013 and ending on Dec. 31, 2013 and the approval of water shutoffs in the village, beginning on Feb. 19. Residents with delinquent accounts have been “duly notified,” with the total delinquency adding up to $15,647.80.
• Elections in the Village of Angola will be held on Tuesday, March 19. Mayor Howard Frawley is up for reelection, as are Trustees John Wilson and Charles Katra.
• A spaghetti dinner will be held on election night at the First Congregational Church of Christ, located at 132 N. Main St. Friends of the Village is cosponsoring the dinner with the church.
• Mayor Frawley was excused from the board meeting, as he was attending the New York Conference of Mayors in Albany.
• The next board meeting is Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m.