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Blasdell will utilize grant for local structural improvements

BLASDELL — A New York State Main Street matching grant will bring what Blasdell Village Board members called much-needed facade and structural improvements to businesses on South Park Avenue in Blasdell.

During the Dec. 18 village board meeting, board members said that the 50-50 matching grant will equate to $200,000 being invested in Blasdell’s improvements, with $100,000 being funded by the state.

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie thanked state Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Sen. Mark Grisanti, the Blasdell Business Association and grant writer Connie Minor, for their parts in facilitating the process. Petrie added that the Main Street Grant’s aim mirrors an improvement process that was recently conducted, in the village of Hamburg.

A streetscape improvement project had recently taken place around the intersection of Lake and South Park avenues, to bring about aesthetic, safety and green space enhancements.

The stated goal of the NYS Main Street Grant is to build upon those improvements, with upgrades to physical properties.

The board also announced that the village would be receiving a $2,500 grant from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, to be used for police traffic services. Law enforcement items as part of this grant include itinerary for seat belt checks.

Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald said that safety as part of a “complete street” initiative was being considered in the area of South Park Avenue, near Our Mother of Good Council School.

He said that part of the concern surrounds the area crosswalk’s creating a traffic hazard, when pedestrians walk in and out of passing traffic.

Grisanti has received a request regarding the safety issue and will seek an eventual answer, to help implement safe crossing.

In other board news:
– Village Clerk Administrator Janet Plarr reminded residents that individuals operating private plows in Blasdell must have village-issued permits to conduct such business, for purposes of liability. Permits can be obtained at the village hall from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. She said that these plow operators can show such permits to residents, upon entering the locals’ properties.

– The board approved the appointment of the following individuals as line officers for 2014: Brian Gill and Robert Cole, fire captains; Nate Smith, fire lieutenant; Jason Boss and David Ball, engineer and Loretta Fusco, EMS captain.

– Cody Seufert was approved as a part-time (as-needed), seasonal laborer in the Blasdell Department of Public Works.

– Local officials recognized the efforts of local fire companies that responded or were on standby, during a recent blaze in Blasdell, including all Hamburg companies, Windom, Orchard Park Fast Team, North Boston and Highland Hose.

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8.

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