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Boston Board reacts to grand opening of North Boston Tops Markets

GRAND OPENING – The town of Boston welcomed the brand-new North Boston Tops Friendly Markets on Sept. 19. Tops acquired the former North Boston Market. Pictured, from left: Boston Town Supervisor Martin Ballowe, Town Councilman Jay Boardway, Tops Store Manager John Sodaro, Tops CEO Frank Curci, Town Clerk Jennifer Mule’ and Town Councilman Jeffrey Genzel. Photo submitted by Michael Kobiolka.
BOSTON — Members of the Boston Town Board had much to say about the management of the new Tops Friendly Markets location in Boston at their meeting on Sept. 19. The store’s official grand opening was held on 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 event as John Sodaro, manager, gave out checks to local organizations totaling $1,000, in Boardway’s estimate.

“We expect that they’re going to be as generous as the Marean family was. 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, Troop 491 of the Boy Scouts and the Boston Seniors. “They actually handed out checks to these people, right there, as we spoke,” said Boardway, who called donations “a gesture of just fantastic faith on the first day of officially opening in this town.” Boardway joined Jeff Genzel, fellow councilman, and Supervisor Martin Ballowe at the grand opening.

“It was well attended,” said Genzel of 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,” added Boardway. “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,” said Ballowe on the past ownership of the store. “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 determined that the “essential portions of the previous audit” involving Patchin Fire Company have been met and 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 b Occhino 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, located at the Boston Town Hall. “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 S 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 planter 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. The town board unanimously approved the motion. “[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.”

– Since Sharco Enterprises Inc. requested a permanent special use permit, the board’s approval of a temporary special use permit necessitated the matter to be revisited. “In order to make the special use permit permanent, Town Code Section 123-174 A should be followed,” said William Ferguson, code enforcement officer. “The application should be referred to the planning board, and a public hearing date set to establish a permanent special use permit at the location.” The board decided to determine a public hearing later while referring the matter to the planning board.

The next Boston Town Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.

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