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Patrick Gallivan plans to eliminate 1,000 state regulations

BOSTON — Unidentified, potential changes in New York state regulations could have a favorable impact for municipalities in Western New York, according to Mitch Martin of Sen. Patrick Gallivan’s office, who spoke to the Boston Town Board on Dec. 4.

According to Martin, the number of state regulations the senator seeks to eliminate reaches four digits. While no specifics were given, Miller said that Gallivan was open to hearing suggestions from the town board.

“The senator has just finished a tour of the state, conducting regulatory reform hearings with the objective of eliminating 1,000 state regulations in 2014,” Martin said, adding that Gallivan had been scheduled to hold a business summit on Dec. 5.

“We do plan to do [a similar meeting] closer to Boston in the future, so I’ll make you aware of that at that time,” he said, later adding, “If there’s anything that you know you would like to include, please let me know – anything, whether it’s town or business.”

“[Gallivan] is cleaning house,” Councilman Jay Boardway said. “He wants to get rid of the garbage.”

In other board news:

– Supervisor Martin Ballowe reported that outreach from the Home Energy Assistance Program will be available for Boston residents from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Concord Town Hall. The outreach includes assistance with the application process. “This is a good program they run to help people get through a cold winter,” Ballowe said. The Concord Town Hall is located at 86 Franklin St. in Springville. For more information, call Erie County Legislator John Mills at 858-8850.

– The board approved the appointment of Kenneth Telaak to the highway department; the position had been filled by Joe Wells.

“Wells has finally taken a well-deserved retirement,” Boardway said. “The board here, of course, wishes him the best of luck. I have actually heard he is doing quite well. It’s a pretty specialized position that we have down there. I believe [Telaak] is a very good selection for this job.”

– A blood drive will be held from 2:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the town hall community room. “Bella Pizza will be donating for every donor,” said Town Clerk Jennifer Mule. All presenting donors will be entered to win a loaded gift basket from the following sponsors: Emerling Chevrolet, Bella Pizza, Red Barrel Cider Mill, Glad You’re Hair, Three Girls Café and Tops Friendly Markets.

– “Several people have been asking me about getting speed limits lowered on several of the town roads that have no speed limit signs on them,” Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak said. One of the reported locations is Rice Road; Feddick Road is also not posted. “There are a lot of new houses going up,” he added. “There are a lot of hills; a lot of blind grades. A lot of people ask me and I keep telling them to come to the board meeting and say something, but nobody ever does. It’s something I think we should look into, as far as a lot of our town roads. There should be speed limits, if it’s 40 or 45, but when it’s not posted, everybody does 55 to 65 mph, and we should look into doing that, over the next year.”

– “I did the walkthrough with [Town] Engineer Jim Hannon, our grant writer Connie Minor and several members of a panel, to decide who gets the block grant this year for the Boston Cross Road drainage project,” Councilman Jeffrey Genzel reported. “They were enthusiastic, during the tour. I took them up and showed them where the whole project was going to take place, and hopefully we can get that grant, this year. Keep your fingers crossed. It would really help out that area.”

– Boardway reported that the Erie County Fire Service is in a recruitment drive for volunteer fire fighters and EMS personnel. Boardway added, “They are in the middle of a recruitment drive, right now. Anyone who can support the volunteer fire fighters and EMS personnel in town, the best thing you can do to support them is to join them.”

– The board accepted a notice of cancellation for the tower/structure removal bond. “This is changing the bond, because they found a cheaper provider,” Councilman Larry Murtha said.

– The appointment review of Robert Ganey to the board of assessment was tabled.

The next Boston Town Board meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.
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