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North Collins looks at safer route to school

NORTH COLLINS — At its July 1 meeting, the North Collins Village Board heard area resident Jeanette Gier offer a suggestion to make students’ walks to school a bit safer.

Gier had read about the creation of a safe route to school in Gowanda and said she thinks her parents’ property could provide the same, safe access to both the school and the town library.

Currently, some students follow the railroad tracks to access School Street, in lieu of a cross-street in the village’s mid-section.

Gier said grants were used in Gowanda and could possibly be utilized to create a similar pathway in North COllins. Village Trustee Corinne Leone volunteered to work with Gier in researching the project.

The board approved issuing a Bond Anticipation Note in the amount of $135,000, to purchase a back hoe and a chipper and shredder for the Public Works Department. The later purchase is being made to address the diminished land fill capacity on village property, in dealing with brush pick-ups.

The board also endorsed a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation, in support of a grant for the Buffalo Southern Railroad. The rail line, which runs through the village as it makes its way from Gowanda to Buffalo, is seeking the funding from the state’s Freight Rail Assistance Program. It would use the funds to rehabilitate the existing line, through the installation of new ties and ballast. Several businesses in the village are served by the line and it was declared vital for local businesses and the agricultural sector who rely on it, by the village board.

Village department of public works staff received July 3 as a paid holiday. The workers are currently on a summer schedule, working 10 hours each over four days. The Fourth of July holiday fell on their regular weekly day off this year and the board offered Thursday as a replacement.

Trustee Corinne Leone presented more details on her proposal for a wall of honor to commemorate notable achievements by village residents. Under Leone’s plan, identical plaques would be created to record achievements. The plaques would be paid for by the nominators. Leone said the plaques would have a minimal cost, but should not deter anyone from suggesting candidates.

The board approved paying bills of $78,615.19, but pulled one for repairs to an ice maker in the fire hall. “They [the Fire Company] bought a used machine and this is the third time they have asked for money for repairs to it,” said Mayor Vincent George. “Enough is enough.”

The board will meet next on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall.

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