Brocton continues to seek Main Street solution

BROCTON – Brocton keeps pushing forward in an effort to get its Main Street revitalized and will once again be assisted by CHRIC in hopes of attaining the necessary grant funding for it.

At the most recent meeting of the Brocton Village Board, Clerk Karen Ardillo reported to the board members that CHRIC has pledged its assistance with three different grant opportunities that would be aimed at revitalizing the Main Street and downtown scene.

“There would be a Community Development Block Grant available; another Main Street grant with the possibility of $200,000; and something called a Rural Area Revitalization Program grant that provides assistance to any public or community facilities,” explained Ardillo.

She urged the board to schedule an Aug. 7 public hearing in order to begin the application processes on all three opportunities, which the board authorized and scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7.

One of the goals if the village were to receive a grant award would be to address the deteriorating structure at 10 E. Main St.

Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton added that he has expressed his concerns to both Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Senator Catharine Young regarding the property, and that the Senator’s office has pledged any assistance in funding opportunities as they become available.

In other matters, the mayor updated the board members on the issue of Brocton’s fire whistle being alarmed overnight for emergencies.

“It looks as though the only way to resolve the issue of the whistle being alarmed between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. would be to send the entire operating computer system back to the manufacturer to have it reprogrammed, which would cost a total of $225 plus postage both ways to and from Kansas City, Missouri. I think this is something we should still think about before making a decision, as it would be gone for at least a few weeks in order for the company to do that, and would subsequently be totally out of service,” stated the mayor.

Trustee J. Dale Abram inquired if it was possible to also have the sound’s cycle shortened in the process of reprogramming it, as he noted he receives “more complaints about the length than actual volume.”

The board of trustees also approved resolutions for the Brocton Fire Department to have a truck on standby at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds for Fair Week; a project cleanup application submitted to the village and reviewed by trustees in the amount of $500; and a resolution to hire Sonia Lusczak as a part-time clerk/typist for the Village Clerk’s office.

Mayor Hazelton also urged board members to start giving some thought to the impending retirements that could take place at both the water treatment plant and the wastewater treatment plant.

“It will take a long time to earn some of those licenses that are required, so it’s something to start thinking about. I have spoken to someone in Civil Service who noted that they would make a provision on an already licensed operator, otherwise we would be looking at starting with a candidate with a trainee license.”

The board will meet again on Aug. 7. At 6:15 p.m., the official closing and burial of the Arch Time Capsule will take place, followed by a 6:30 p.m. public hearing for grant possibilities and a regular meeting that will commence at 7 p.m.