Brocton ready for arch return

BROCTON – While Brocton’s village board held its first meeting of the spring season to plan for the coming year, the board will also be planning to welcome its landmark back to the center of town.

Streets Department Supervisor Tom Allen reported that his crews are set for this weekend’s event, and Village Clerk Karen Ardillo had a special message for the community.

“I just want to thank everyone for what they’ve done for the arches. This community banded together, it unified us, and it gave us a clear direction and hope. We had a challenge and we met that challenge and we’re a stronger community for it.”

Mayor Dave Hazelton concurred and also commended his employees not just for the work they’ve done to tackle this project, but for the everyday tasks as well.

“I just can’t emphasize enough what a fine job all of our employees do. We had a call from a streets department employee today who was out sick, but still called to take care of something. And Joe Majkowski, what he has done to get our arch relit, for our employees, it’s not just a job,” stated Hazelton.

All hands will be on deck today and Sunday as village crews work with Buffalo Iron Corporation staff members to raise the new and improved arch.

In other matters, Portland Animal Control Officer Clarence Grover was granted permission by the board to hold the annual Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on May 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brocton Fire Department hall on Lake Avenue. The clinic is open for any type of animal requiring a vaccination between those hours.

The mayor also welcomed Gary Planty to the board of trustees and again thanked outgoing trustee Nick Rizzo for his dedicated time served to the village.

The board also adopted its procurement policy for the village. Meeting dates were designated by the board for the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. and the mayor’s appointments were made for village committees for the year.

The board will meet again on April 18 at 7 p.m.