Gowanda takes care of routine business at meeting

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Village Board took care of regular business at its recent meeting. The village board discussed Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, a new village policy and approved bids.

Treasurer Cindy Schilling announced she was in the process of appealing a deobligation of FEMA funds for one of the projects following the 2009 flood. According to Schilling, the project was a small project and it cannot be deobligated. She has written a letter to the state governor’s office explaining the project worksheets were for a small project and cannot be amended. She also said U.S. State Senator Charles Schumer announced $1.2 million to be paid to the village, but they have not even seen $600,000.

The village discussed a risk management guideline policy. The policy will include criminal background checks and license checks for newly hired employees. Village lawyer Deborah Chadsey said the village should have this in place and they are “good policies and procedures to have in place.” The village will forward the policy to their insurance agency.

The village also approved a bid of $17,720 for Boyles Motor Sales for repairs to the village’s sewer truck. It was announced Mike Birchnall resigned as fire chief and Mark Hebner has been named chief. The police department reminded residents that winter parking is in effect. In the business district, parking is restricted between the hours of 4 and 7 a.m. and in the residential district it is restricted from 12 to 7 a.m.

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