Reconstruction of Eden Evans Center Road (past the railroad tracks) and Beach Road will begin on Monday, July 16, said Erie County Legislator John Mills, who attended the Angola Village Board meeting on Monday, July 9.
“Hopefully it will be complete before school gets back in session,” Mills said. “We’re hoping everything goes smoothly.”
The construction will include the section of Beach in front of Lake Shore Central High School, and Mills said that once the road is complete, there will be “additional signage put up for the safety of the students.”
“This has been a long time coming,” he said.
Mills also discussed with the board the possibility of refurbishing the Wendt Beach Mansion, which has been vandalized throughout the years.
“We are going to try to preserve the structure,” said Mills, who added that he will soon meet with the commissioner of parks and the deputy county executive to talk about restoration plans and look for possible private-sector funds to aid in the effort.
“It’s historical value is tremendous,” said Mills of the mansion. “We do not have blue-collar industry here anymore, the steel plants came and gone.
“One of our big assets for sales tax revenue is cultural things, and Buffalo is loaded with cultural things, including places like Wendt Beach,” he said.
Mills will return to the Village of Angola on Friday, July 27 to sponsor a fundraiser for the Angola Public Library and witness the ground-breaking ceremony for the library’s expansion project.
The fundraiser will be held at the library, located at 34 North Main St., and will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hotdogs and sausages will be sold, along with bottled water. Dessert will be available as well.
Also at the meeting, the board commended the volunteer fire department for fixing the station’s siren, which can now be heard at 12 p.m. in addition to when there is an emergency.
“I think some people think that’s foolish as to why get excited about the siren,” said Deputy Mayor William Houston. “It’s not about the firemen, it’s about the community to know if there is an emergency, if there is a fire, a flood, a train off the tracks....It’s nice that it’s fixed, thank you.”
In other news, the board:
• Approved Community Action Organization to use Centennial Park and the William G. Houston Gazebo to hold a “National Night Out” celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The event raises drug and crime awareness, and helps residents get to know the local law enforcement and the services they provide to the community.
• Passed a resolution allowing the purchase of a leak detector for the Department of Public Works. The detector, which will help the DPW prevent water loss, will be purchased for the lowest quote of $2,995.
The meeting was adjourned in memory of Joseph Palmerton, a 51-year member of the Angola Volunteer Fire Department, who died on Sunday, July 8. The next Angola Village Board meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.