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Blasdell discusses distressed property, starts concert series with big-band music

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie, second from right, accepts a check from village 7-11 store Manager Deb Kuebler, second from left, and Assistant Manager Lynn Vanderhoff. Also pictured, far left: Blasdell Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald and, far right, Trustee Kathy Seufert King.
BLASDELL — The lengthy process to decide the fate of a Blasdell structure that had violated the village’s code on unsafe buildings may be coming to an end.

According to Blasdell officials and an attorney representing the property owners at a public hearing held June 18, the building at 3705 South Park Ave. has entered into a purchase agreement, with the sale’s tentative closing date slated for mid-July. Located near Miriam Avenue, the building was stated as being heavily damaged by fire last fall and has been brought up repeatedly at prior meetings as violating Village Code 100-A, regarding unsafe properties constituting safety threats.

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie said the sale and preservation and remodeling of the property is the village officials’ preferred option, moving forward. Other options included demolishing the property – stated by Petrie as being a last-ditch scenario – or ordering repair of the site to a sufficient status level, according to code. It had been stated at the village board’s May 21 meeting that village officials did not want this process to keep dragging. Brian and Nadine Straud had been the owners of the property and were represented by attorney Brian Attea on May 21. Attorney Kevin Rautenstrauch represented the Strauds at the June 18, hearing, when it was additionally stated that the current owners have until June 28 to complete sufficient maintenance.

Extermination and rodent control are slated to take place at the site, which is stated as having a couple large holes. Blasdell Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald requested the building proposal be amended to require the building being boarded up while extermination takes place, to prevent rodents from scurrying into nearby properties. Other site work will include maintenance of the lawn, bushes and brush clippings, to go along with collection of debris.

The board approved the arrangement by a vote of 3-0, as trustees Matthew Chandler and Robert Hefner did not attend the meeting.

Members of the Easy Street Big Band perform during the opening Wednesday in the Park event at Blasdell’s JFK Playground. This is the 24th year for the concert series.
During the board’s regular meeting June 18, village officials addressed the matter of fees for using the soon-to-be-installed splash pad at Silver Street Playground. Petrie reminded those in attendance that anyone, not just Blasdell residents, can use the splash pad. However, those living within the village do not pay a fee, while non-resident rates are $2 per person per day, as well as $15 for an individual season pass and $50 for a family pass for two adults and three children living in the same household. It was stated that parts of West Seneca, Lackawanna and Orchard Park encompass Blasdell’s 14219 zip code. However, those who do not pay taxes within the village of Blasdell are considered non-residents.

In order to use the facility, village residents must acquire a splash pad pass at the village hall, located at 121 Miriam Ave., between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday -Friday; or 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of June, July or August. Appropriate identification, such as a New York state driver’s license or non-driver ID and a recent copy of a utility bill to the same village address to verify residency, is required. Splash pad hours of use will be noon-4 p.m. and 5-7:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The splash pad rules and regulations, which include attire and etiquette guidelines, are available at the village hall.

“It’s a very reasonable cost,” Petrie said, of the fees for non-residents. “It’s similar to [fees and regulations] at Hamburg Town Pool. I think [the splash pad] will be good for the kids.”

June 18 also marked the beginning of Blasdell’s 24th Annual Summer Concert Series at JFK Playground, featuring the performance of Easy Street Big Band. The remaining concerts in the series, taking place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m., includes: June 25, Italian Night with Jack Civiletto; July 9, Tom Stahl and The Dangerfields; July 16, Ozone Rangers; July 23, BackBeat ‘64; July 30, Passion Works; Aug. 6, Mick Hayes Band; Aug. 13, Heard of Buffalo. Aug. 20 will serve as the rain date for any missed or canceled concerts.

In other board news:

– The board appointing the following individuals to the part-time summer recreational staff: Lisa Arnst, Karley Baker, Justin Delarosa, Angela Ferrentino, Kenzie Kondol, Carissa Kicinski, Nick Margerum, Lorraine Parks, Brittany Perkett, Alex Salansky, Connor Wick, Reagan Wick and Alex Wood.

– Rachael Trembly and Renee Murray were added to the active rolls of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department.

– The board approved a motion to authorize a municipal agreement between the village of Blasdell and Wendel for Engineering Services for Silver Street and JFK park improvements at a cost not to exceed $28,700.

– Amherst Insurance Agency was named as a broker of record for liability insurance.

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 5:30 p.m. on July 16 at the Village Municipal Building.

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