Community events take shape in Brocton

BROCTON – While school is not out of session quite yet, the Village of Brocton is getting a jump on planning its summer youth recreation program.

Brocton’s Summer Youth Recreation Director Cynthia Ferguson was on hand Wednesday at the village board of trustees meeting to request a signed building use permit for the program to be held at Brocton Central School.

Last year, due to renovations that were underway at the school at the start of the program, Brocton joined with Westfield’s Recreation Program and held successful joint activities for youth of all ages. Since the program will now be open to children kindergarten through eighth grade ages, Ferguson also requested from the trustees permission to hire additional staff.

According to Ferguson, it hasn’t been determined if swimming will be on the agenda for the recreation program pending lifeguard staffing questions. Following a survey that was sent to area families about the program, Ferguson noted “A lot of parents have asked if we will be having swimming lessons as part of the program. At this point, we would have to hire a water safety instructor in order to offer that, as well as lifeguards, and the school teaches swimming lessons anyway.”

The slated schedule for program events will be Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning June 30, and ending August 8.

After approval from the board, permission was granted to hire additional staff for the program and applications will be due May 23 to the Village Clerk’s office. The hiring of staff is expected to be on or about June 13 so that signups and the start of the program can commence. Signup dates are as follows: June 11, 6 to 8 p.m.; June 13, 6 to 8 p.m.; June 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; June 18, 5 to 7 p.m.; June 20, 6 to 8 p.m.; and June 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All signups will be held at the Village Hall.

Ferguson also added that an on-site breakfast and lunch will be provided through a Chautauqua Opportunities sponsored program.

Trustee Gary Planty also added that according to the surveys that were returned, roughly 60 percent wanted to see the program based in Brocton, but added he would like to keep an open door relationship with the Westfield program.

“Their program was there when we had a need and we were able to take part in that shared concept, with the youth being able to take full advantage of that. I would like to see the doors be kept open with the program at Westfield, especially since at the end of our program, they offer activities like soccer, basketball, etc. and at least 25 percent of our youth here take part in those activities.”

In other matters, Jayme Appel representing ABATE of N.Y. Chautauqua County chapter, a motorcycle safety advocacy group and Teri Selig from the St. Stephen’s Hotel attended Wednesday night’s meeting to seek permission in closing down part of Highland Avenue for a Second Annual Damon Janes Memorial Motorcycle Run, to be held Sept. 27.

Boasting a huge turnout for last year’s event, the Sept. 27 run is in the planning stages and according to the two, will include a spaghetti dinner, bands and other activities for the community with the proceeds going to benefit the scholarship fund in Damon’s name.

Mayor Dave Hazelton noted the only issue he could see as a potential problem would be having enough volunteers to man barricades throughout the day, which Appel noted would be provided by ABATE.

The board members also suggested organizers contact nearby residents all the way up Highland Avenue as far as Harmon Avenue, as well as surrounding residents along Main Street to explain the goal of their event and discuss any noise ordinance issues ahead of time.

“We’re basically here to support anything you’re trying to do for the community,” the mayor told both women.

The board will meet again today at 7 p.m.