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Angola Public Library expansion is on track

Members of the Angola community got together for the groundbreaking on the library's expansion project. Pictured with shovels ready from left are: Village Trustee Carole Kin, Deputy Mayor Bill Houston, Mayor Hub Frawley, Angola Board Members Mari Grennell, Jackie Haderer, Sally Needham, Mary Truby, Diane Volker, Donna Nagel, Lori Szewczyk and Jack Kuebler.
Construction on the Angola Public Library’s expansion is off to a good start.

“The side walls are up and the roof is nearly completed,” reported Trustee Carole Kin at Monday’s (Sept. 10)Angola Village Board meeting.

The board resolved to pay MLP Plumbing & Mechanical $17,364.10 and Picone Construction Corp. $95,153.81 for partial completion of the expansion project. Angola will also request to collect its Community Development Block Grant funds from Erie County to help pay for the construction.

During the meeting, Kin also reported that she attended a dinner celebrating the 30th anniversary of the William G. Houston Gazebo and honoring the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee.

The gazebo, formerly known as the Angola Park Gazebo, was renamed after Deputy Mayor William Houston in, for his yearly efforts organizing and advertising the concerts held in Centennial Park’s gazebo.

“I believe Bill Houston deserves much credit. I want to congratulate him for all these years as chairman of the committee,” Kin said.

In other news, the Angola Volunteer Fire Department told the board it recently responded to a major structure fire on the corner of Cain and Brant-Angola roads. A total of 15 companies, including companies from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, came to help fight the blaze.

“It was a hard fire to fight,” said Fire Chief Charles Carlson. “It took a while to get it out.”

While the cause of the fire is undetermined as of yet, it is believed to be electrical in nature.

“The basement was loaded with wires. It was like walking through a spider web, with the wires falling on the ground,’ said Fire Commissioner Doug Streebel, who sustained minor injuries while fighting the fire.

The board also approved nine new members to the Angola Fire Department. Lawrence Way (firefighter), David Kazmierczak (firefighter), Andrew John (firefighter), David Garrasi II (firefighter/EMT) Isaiah Rashad (firefighter), Mackenzie Dillon (EMT), Harold MergenHagen (firefighter), MaryAnn Fafara (fire police) and Charles Fafara (fire police) were named probationary members.

“Congratulations, this is good,” said Trustee John Wilson. The rest of the board offered similar compliments.

Carlson said that the influx of new members is due to word of mouth.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Heard from Trustee Charles Katra that the third annual Connors Hot Dog Stand 5K Wiener Run to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Shore will be Saturday, Sept. 15. The family-friendly race will begin at 10 a.m. from the hot dog stand at 8905 Old Lake Shore Road.

The post-race party will include music by DJ BobbyG from Rhythm n’ Tunes Sound Systems and live music from Disco Duck.

• Set a public hearing for Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:15 p.m. at village hall in regards to prospective projects for use of Community Development Block Grant Funds in 2013-2014. The hearing will be held during the next Village of Angola board meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m.

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