Summer youth recreation winds down as school year begins

BROCTON – Village leaders in Brocton recently reported on a successful merger during a committee report at a recent village board meeting.

Trustee Gary Planty, who along with fellow Trustee Art Donovan was instrumental in getting Brocton’s Summer Youth Recreation program combined with the village of Westfield’s program, happily reported on how things went.

“The youth recreation program is in its last week and is winding down. We had a chance to visit with the folks in Westfield and the program, and we do have to say, there was never a dull moment. There were so many programs for the kids to participate in, and we’re very proud of our staff, as well as the folks in Westfield for doing such a great job,” Planty said.

Planty acknowledged Cynthia Ferguson, Bradley Johnson, John Nickerson and Kelly Miller for their commitment and hard work during the summer’s program, which was combined with the program in Westfield this year due to ongoing construction taking place at Brocton Central School.

Donovan added, “Every-one was very happy with the program this year, and there were a lot of parents on hand for the programs as well, which was great to see.”

The youth recreation program boasted a total of 55 registered participants this year, and capped its season end with a pizza party.

Mayor Dave Hazelton acknowledged both trustees for their legwork in getting the program from start to finish this year.

In other matters, the board heard from Brocton business owner Michael Bellando who approached the board members in regard to official requirements on handicap accessibility for businesses in the village. An established business owner in town, Bellando attended the recent special use permit hearing of the planning board and reported to the board members that there were no intentions of the Code Enforcement Officer to enforce handicap accessibility requirements on a new business slated to open along Main Street.

Village Attorney Sam Drayo commented that his opinion was American Disabilities Act statutes must be followed in a business opening, and the mayor agreed to talk with the officer to find out more on the situation.

Brocton Fire Chief Brian Woleben reported to board members that an October Boy Scout Fire Muster is slated at their fire hall, after a very successful turnout took place last year. The fire chief was also granted board permission to register four representatives from the department for specialized training in September in Montour Falls. Subjects to be covered according to Woleben will include: refresher courses; accident victim extrication; fire policing; specialized tools; strategies and tactics and active shooter awareness.

The mayor also reported to the board that an Aug. 27 meeting is slated between the village’s legal counsel and counsel representing a contractor for the waste water treatment plant regarding ongoing litigation.

Members of the board also resolved to officially participate in the Northern Chautauqua County Regional Local Waterfront Revitalization Program with the village’s contribution payment to be debited in the next fiscal year.

With conditions being in a deteriorated state at the J.M. Kaplan Recreational Center in the Brocton Fire Hall, the board members also authorized officially closing the center and transferring the funds as recommended to the Unexpended Fund Account on the village books.

The board will meet again on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.