Public hearing for budget slated in Brocton

By ANN BELCHER

OBSERVER Correspondent

BROCTON – An April 3 budget hearing is slated for the village of Brocton beginning at 6:30 p.m.

During the regular meeting of the board of trustees, Brocton Clerk Karen Ardillo officially presented the budget to the board for their review. The board has scheduled a workshop to review the budget line by line on March 27, which will also be the date of the next regular board meeting for March.

Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton encouraged the board to reschedule its meeting, which would normally take place March 20, so that all members of the village board could attend the school merger report presentation held at Brocton Central School. The March 27 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the April 3 public budget hearing will commence at 6:30 p.m.

In other matters, the board acted on a motion to obtain Burgun Trucking’s services to safely trim four trees on Highland Avenue in the village.

Mayor Hazelton explained that three trees on the west side of Highland Avenue, and one on the east side, all which are currently dead, are too high for Village Electric Lineman Joe Majkowski to trim with his equipment. The trees are infringing on power lines and need to be trimmed, explained Hazelton.

Board members confirmed with their legal counsel, Sam Drayo, whether or not the job would be subject to competitive bid process, which he confirmed is not since the estimated cost of the job is under $20,000. The approved contract for the service, which will call for Burgun Trucking to take the limbs down and place them on the ground to be disposed of by village crews, shall not exceed $900.

Trustees also resolved to name the town of Portland lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review process of the Peerless Street Bridge project.

With water resource projects dominating the board’s agenda in recent years, members of the board also listened to an informative presentation from Jay Warren and Gina Paradis, representing the Northern Chautauqua Local Economic Development Committee.

The two were on hand to present information on the benefits of establishing a formal local waterfront revitalization plan.

After fielding several insightful questions from all board members and engaging in dialogue about how the economic development initiative could specifically relate to Brocton, the pair left their information with board members to table.