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Boston Recreation Department gears up for summer

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, the Town of Boston has been able to shift its focus toward the recreation program. Councilman Jay Boardway reported on the recreation department, at the board’s most recent meeting, which was held on Wednesday, May 1. “We’re in full swing,” said Boardway, who has spoken with Tony Zennick, the town’s recreation director. “[Tony] did, in fact, want to mention something I missed to mention last time at our last meeting,” Boardway said. “He wanted to thank all the board members for his appointment and wanted me to extend a ‘thank you’ to former Recreation Director Bonnie Clesse for all her hard work, 10 years of dedication to the town and making the process for him transitioning into this job as painless as possible. He says she did a fantastic job.

“He’s done a great job for us so far,” said Boardway. “He’s got all the bands booked for the Tuesday Concert Series. We are still looking for some sponsors, though. We have reached out to some of our prior sponsors and a lot of business that do business with the town of Boston. There is still some availability for sponsorship there though, so if anybody wants to step in and sponsor a band for the Tuesday night Concert Series, it would be greatly appreciated.”

Boardway changed his focus to the summer, where the town is preparing for its summer day camp. “We have basically our employee base all set,” he said. “Historically, what we do is we evaluate the kids throughout the year while they’re working there and next year those are the first ones we invited back. We see what kinds of staffing levels we have and what we need, and then we come back and hire additional people using that process right now.”

He later added, “Anywhere between 200 and 230 kids get served throughout the course of the summer here right in town. As you see, the facilities and the way these facilities have been improved tremendously over the last three years – now you see this is a quality and convenient place for people to drop their kids off. If you ever get a chance to come down here during the day while the camp is going on, you see the camaraderie, you see our staff running around, these kids having an absolute blast. It’s a good, safe environment to be, and they have top-notch facilities here which we are taking credit for.”

In other board matters:

• The board presented former Councilwoman Cathy Maghran with a proclamation in a gesture to recognize her years of service upon her move to Arizona with her husband Mark. Said Supervisor Martin Ballowe, “She was vital when I came into office four years ago, helping with the rec center, which was a big achievement in our town. It was one of her projects, and she really pushed hard.” Ballowe called the recreation center “one of her crowning accomplishments.”

Ballowe went on to say, “Tonight we want to recognize Kathy for what she’s achieved and what she’s done for our town . . . . I didn’t want her to move away without thanking her for what she’s done, what she’s helped me along the way with.”

“This is very, very nice. I appreciate this very much. I’ve always been a cheerleader for the town of Boston and I will continue it in Arizona,” said Maghran.

• The Boston Historical Society will be opening on Sunday, May 12. Its hours on that day will be from 2 to 4 p.m. “I’m promised there are new displays and surprises to be had,” said Councilman Larry Murtha.

• The Boston Planning Board met on Tuesday, April 23 and elected David Stringfellow as chairman, Robert Chelus as vice chairman and Jennifer Lucachik as secretary. The town board approved these elections.

• The audit on Water District No. 3 will need to be expanded to include all of the town’s water districts at an additional cost of $2,600. The change was necessitated by USDA Rural Development requirements. “Unfortunately, folks,” said Councilman Jeff Genzel, “we have to audit all water districts in town. New rules, new regulations.”

• The bridge on Hillcroft Drive is to be posted at a 20-ton limit, according to Boardway. Previously, the bridge was unposted, though Erie County had indicated that it had a 40-ton limit.

• Genzel reported on the Keller Road waterline stabilization project, which was completed by New Era Excavating, based out of Eden. “They did a fantastic job,” said Genzel. “Our town engineer [Jim Hannon] has given it his blessing that the project is finished. They did a really nice job, and I approve of it also.”

• Upon Ballowe’s request for a sewer line and a replacement line at the North Boston Park, Genzel and Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak checked out the property. “Currently we have a waterline running there that is leaking,” said Genzel. “It’s been shut off, and we’re going to need to replace that waterline. While we’re in that easement, we’re going to run a sewerline down . . . . We have our Town Engineer Hannon putting together for us a scope and a construction cost to see if it’s possible for this year’s construction season.”

• “We’re always looking for people to come down to the nutrition program that we have,” said Ballowe. “We don’t want to lose this program in town. It’s a nice program to have for seniors or anybody who would come down (and) have lunch.” He added, “We need to keep people coming to this, to keep this within our town. It provides a nice service for resident for our town. They come down, they have lunch. They play pool after and have card games, so it’s a nice way for people to come down in the afternoon and meet some other resident in town.”

• The board scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, June 5 at 7:40 p.m. “to hear comments regarding the granting of a franchise to Donald Rachwal . . . to mow, trim and/or cultivate the vacant land owned by the town of Boston at 8555 Boston State Road . . . for the term of June 5, 2013 to October 31, 2013.”

• Murtha reported that he was looking into “different problems throughout the town with the rains we had a week and a half ago.” He said, “Some of these problems, as I mentioned last meeting, are complicated, but we’re still working on them, and they do take time.”

• The Boston Emergency Squad approved the reinstatement of Nicole Pawelski, which was also approved by the town board.

• The board approved Herbert Berlin’s request for reappointment to the board of assessment. His term expires on September 30, 2017.

• Per Telaak’s recommendation, the board approved Amanda Jensen for part-time employment with the parks department. Her employment began on Monday, April 29.

• Catherine Cherry-Myers’s special permit request for a bed and breakfast was referred to the planning board for recommendation.

• An additional accessory building for Jeffrey and Teresa Fix was approved by the town board.

• Scott Overhoff, Boston resident, represented the Boston Baseball League when he publically thanked the town “for their support of the league both financially and logistically.” He said, “I wanted to specifically thank the supervisor’s office and his staff, Jennifer Mule’s office and Bob Telaak’s staff. They do a very good job on the fields and take pride in their work. This year we’re playing with the Village of Hamburg, so there are going to be 30 teams, including ours, that’ll be playing on our fields. I think we have reason to be proud of what we have here. I just wanted to extend a ‘thank you’ to you all for your support of the league.”


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