Legislator John Mills continued his quest to support local libraries when he hosted a fundraiser in the Town of Boson for the Boston Free Library on Friday, June 14. The event was held for an hour and a half and provided food for patrons as well as entertainment. Several board members, including Supervisor Martin Ballowe, Town Clerk Jennifer Mule, Attorney Michael Kobiolka and Councilmen Jeff Genzel and Jay Boardway, were not only present but active in service to the community.
“Mr. Mills is the minority (leader) and gets $5,000 extra pay, which he uses to buy the supplies and hold fundraisers for area libraries,” said Genzel when the board met on Wednesday, June 19. “All the money collected goes right to the library that it’s at. I think we served about 250 hot dogs and sausages.
“There was an exotic animal display that was extremely entertaining for the children and also the adults,” he said. “It was a good show.”
Genzel was not the only one who was impressed with the event. “It’s a fantastic effort [Mills] puts on,” he reported at the board meeting. “He brings entertainment . . . . He’s there most of the night. All the proceeds stay right here in town. We had a lot of fun.”
In other board matters:
• The David C. Brinkerhoff Foundation will be holding a movie night at the Boston Town Park on Thursday, July 18 at 7 pm, as approved by the board. “The foundation, as everybody knows, had their annual Brinkerhoffer run in our town last weekend,” said Ballowe,” and (David’s) brother Michael, who runs everything, wanted to do a movie night in conjunction with (Recreation Director) Tony Zeniuk . . . So they’re putting on a movie night for all the children in town. Mr. Brinkerhoffer was nice enough to rent an enormous blowup screen [and] rented the movies. We’re going to have it down on the football field with everybody on the upper part watching it.”
Boardway explained, “Trooper Brinkerhoff was a Boston-born person. Unfortunately lost his life in the service (with the) state police up in the Adirondacks. His family puts on his foundation run and a couple other events around the state every year. All the proceeds of that benefit the families of other troopers lost in the line of duty through scholarships and things like that.”
• After securing a grant for $750, Zeniuk was able to appoint John Georger as a tennis instructor for the summer recreation program. “Tony actually has some experience as a grant writer,” said Boardway. “He did in fact write that grant himself. My understanding is that’s the most they award to a town our size, so we got the entire benefit of that grant to help fund our tennis instructor this summer.”
• Brian Burns, Boston resident, asked if there was “any resolution on the proposed road construction at the end of Chestnut Lane.” Ballowe responded by saying, “There is no resolution . . . I think the sign that was asked for by the gentleman here was posted up in the front with that end street. We put that up and at this point we are putting up a berm at the end of the road and we are going to put up the reflective posts at the end of the road for this time being. So there’s not project going.”
Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak looking to clarify the matter, added, “I know they talked about it at the meeting before when I wasn’t here . . . but I should have brought up that (my wife and I) were donating the land free of charge, you know, cost to the taxpayers.”
• The board approved Resolution 2013-10, which states, “The Town of Boston extends the current contract with the Hamburg Central School District and the Orchard Park Central School District for the collection of the 2013-14 school taxes for a period of one year under the same terms and conditions of the previous year’s contract.” The resolution was carried unanimously.
• Five bids were received for the tennis/basketball courts at the town hall, but the item was tabled for the time being as the board seeks more bids.
• With the resignation of Vice Chairman Robert Chelus from the planning board, Mitch Martin was approved to be promoted from an alternate member of that board to a permanent member. “Thank you for the opportunities for personal and professional development that you have provided me of the past few years,” wrote Chelus. “I have truly enjoyed being a member of the planning board of the town of Boston.”
“We was with us for some time,” said Genzel. “He was a valuable member of the planning board. We sure appreciate all the time he’s put in on that board.”
• The board approved several more appointments to the summer recreation staff: four counselors (Kelly Telaak, Claire Solak, Max Maxwell and Sierra Bowen), three substitute counselors (Dylan Regan, Rob Gardner and Megan Mikolajek), a nurse (Elizabeth Janak), a director (Tyalor Janak) and a math and reading skill teacher (Jessica Maiorana).
The board will reconvene on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm for its next board meeting. Board meetins are held at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.