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Blasdell officials adopt bond resolutions regarding projects

BLASDELL — The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel can be seen, regarding some long-awaited repairs and installations in the village of Blasdell.

During the Feb. 19 meeting of the village board, officials unanimously passed four bond resolutions for permissive referendum in the advertising-bidding process of the projects, which will include replacing the boiler at the village hall, installing a splash pad at Silver Street Playground, reconstructing the tennis and basketball courts at JFK Playground and reconstructing the roof of the village’s department of public works garage.

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie said that the time is right to get the ball rolling on the projects’ process, because of favorable current interest rates for loans.

“It makes sense to do it now,” he said, adding that, in regard to the boiler replacement, “It’s more energy efficient over the long term.”

The mayor added that the splash pad, a project several years in the works now, after it was initiated upon his request, will serve as an attraction for young families who are looking to reside in the village or find new enjoyable things. The principal amount of the financed splash pad at Silver Street Playground was reported as not exceeding $155,000.

Reconstruction costs in relation to the tennis and basketball courts at JFK Playground were said to not exceed $165,000; village hall boiler replacement costs will not exceed $50,000 and roof reconstruction costs at Blasdell’s DPW will not exceed $130,000. Blasdell officials noted that each of the projects is much needed and overdue.

In other meeting action:
– Blasdell officials further discussed a pair of village properties that had been previously described as violating village code section 100-A, regarding “unsafe” or eyesore properties. During the Feb. 5 board meeting, officials had identified the properties as 159 LaBelle Ave. and 3705 S. Park Ave., later passing a resolution to file notices to either demolish or remediate the sites. One of the sites in question, identified as “Property 1,” was described as having fire damage, with the site owner’s having until mid-March to formulate a hypothetical game plan moving forward, to remediate or cede the site.

“Property 2” was described by Village Attorney James Shaw as probably not worthy of demolition under a 100-A status, because of its having a decent infrastructure. Following a resident complaint, the Erie County Department of Health had filed a notice to vacate the premises and board up the site. A specific decision moving forward has yet to be formulated by the site owner.

– It was reported that the village received a favorable rating from the NYS comptroller’s office regarding fiscal stability. On a fiscal stress scale from 0 – 100, with 100 being the lowest-rated and highest-stressed, Blasdell’s rating was 1.7 percent, which was said to be very low-stressed in general, and also in comparison to other WNY municipalities.

– The board appointed Jeffrey DeVinney to the position of part-time police officer; he had previously served in the village police department, before obtaining another police job. Petrie welcomed the return of DeVinney to village law enforcement.

– The board passed a motion to remove Jasmin Kasprzyk from the active rolls of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department, due to her moving out of the district.

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 in the village municipal building.

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