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The southbound South Grand Island Bridge will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

 For Immediate Release: 11/14/18

Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov 

TRAVELER ADVISORY: THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES WEEKEND CLOSURE ON SOUTH GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE ON NIAGARA THRUWAY (I-190) 

Southbound South Grand Island Bridge to Close Beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19

Southbound Traffic Will Be Shifted into Single Lane Configuration on Northbound North Grand Island Bridge

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the southbound South Grand Island Bridge on the Niagara Thruway (I-190) will close beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

During this scheduled work period, contractors will be using specialized equipment to grind the road surface on the bridge that will increase safety during inclement weather. During the closure, all southbound traffic on I-190 will be shifted into a single lane configuration on the northbound South Grand Island Bridge. Overhead lane designation signals will be used to safely direct traffic over the bridge during this construction period.

Crews will work around the clock during the weekend closure to decrease the number of nightly closures and lane shifts on the South Grand Island Bridge, which directly reduces traffic disruptions while providing a safer experience for the traveling public. Additionally, the southbound South Grand Island Bridge will have a more uniform deck profile and a higher quality, smoother riding surface for motorists once completed.

Work on the South Grand Island Bridge is scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 16 at 8p.m with alternating lane closures.

All work is weather dependent.

Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to consider alternate routes during the scheduled closure. Variable Message Signs (VMS) are illuminated to advise motorists of traffic patterns and potential stoppages.

Motorists are urged to be alert and follow the posted work zone speed limits.

The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go.

Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, here. For real-time updates, motorists can follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter or visit www.thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways.

The Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding while this important improvement project takes place.

"Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is continuing to make progress in its ongoing assessment of environmental conditions of the Tonawanda Coke Corporation (TCC) facility in Tonawanda, N.Y, which ceased coke manufacturing operations on October 14, 2018." 

View the full press release HERE.

"EPA’s work at the facility is expected to continue over many months because of the size and complexity of the facility. Engagement will include continuing with sampling to determine areas in need of cleanup work, including excavation and removal of contaminated soil and liquids. EPA will also continue to keep the facility secure, maintain necessary systems, and take steps to winterize equipment and pipes." 

View the project fact sheet HERE.

The EPA has stated that any residual emissions are only steam, and are part of the shutdown process.

Exercise your right to VOTE!

Be sure to vote in the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. There are 13 offices on the ballot, including Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, Justice of the Supreme Court, US and State Senators, Representative in Congress, Member of Assembly, County Judges, and the County Clerk. These people make legal, financial, and policy decisions that affect all of us right here in Grand Island. See a sample ballot HERE.

Not sure where to vote? Find your polling place HERE. Need help getting there? Click HERE to set up a ride.

The Parks Department would like to inform residents that the Veterans Park seasonal service road will not be maintained from November 1 - April 1. Questions can be directed to the Parks Department at 716-773-9686.

Information and maps can be found HERE. Please contact Beaver Island State Park at (716) 773-3271 with questions.

On October 3, 2018 the Code Enforcement Office deemed the gazebo at 2255 Baseline Road (Town Commons) unsafe. This is not a demolition notice. Residents are asked to avoid the structure. Repairs or demolition will be discussed at future Town Board meetings. View the notice HERE. .

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November 1, 2018 is the official start of the 2018-2019 Winter Season.

Please observe the Highway Department's “No Parking” restrictions on all public highways between the hours of 2:00 a.m. thru 7:00 a.m. from November 1, 2018 thru March 31, 2019.
 
This allows us to give you effective snow plowing in all areas of the town. Our Town of Grand Island Police Department and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department enforce this ordinance.

SANDY BEACH REPAVING
We will be repaving the entire Sandy Beach neighborhood. "No Parking" signs will be in place. The road will remain open, but expect minor delays. 

The project is a hot mix of ashphalt overlay. This project will be done in three phases. The initial phase is scheduled to start on Monday, October 22nd. Weather delays can occur, so this paving schedule could be altered a bit.

View the whole notice HERE.

RIGHT OF WAY INFORMATION
Please remove any obstacles that you may have within 10 feet of the edge of the paved roadway. Any obstacle within this area is a potential liability to you the homeowner. 

It is imperative that these obstacles are removed no later than November 1st as not to hinder our snow removal operations. Any objects remaining in the Town's right-of-way after this date will have to be removed by the Town of Grand Island Highway Department for safety and snow plowing purposes.

View the whole notice HERE.

"According to court filings, the government has obtained information that Tonawanda Coke plans to begin a shutdown on or about October 16, 2018."

"The DEC will dispatch staff to oversee the safe shutdown of the TCC plant in Tonawanda, NY, and will be on-site during shutdown operations to ensure the remaining workforce and the community are protected and to secure the site." 


View the news article HERE.
View the DEC press release HERE.

Full Time Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Taste NY Market Manager, Grand Island, NY


The Taste NY Market Manager will act as manager of the Taste NY Market at the Western New York Welcome Center, on Grand Island, NY, highlighting local NY farm products, and assisting in the research, evaluation and documentation of agricultural marketing and agri-tourism strategies. Responsible for the day-to-day planning, coordination, management and supervision of the Taste NY Market, and for assessing local system needs, trends, marketing, product sourcing, financial management, record keeping and program supervision.

Required: Bachelor’s degree or Equivalent Education (Associate’s Degree plus 2 years experience may substitute).

Applications accepted through October 22 only by going to:

https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCECareerPage/job/New-York-State-Other/Taste-NY-Store-Manager---Grand-Island--NY_WDR-00016748

Baseline closed from GI Blvd. to Whitehaven 4-8pm on 10/12/18.

The Grand Island Fire Company 2018 Fire Prevention Open House will be held on Friday, October 12 from 5-8 pm at 2275 Baseline. The portion of Baseline from Grand Island Blvd. to Whitehaven will be closed from 4-8 pm for the safety of the fire company and residents.

The annual Pill Take Back event will be held on October 27 at Town Hall from 10-2.

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"Baseline Road from Love Road to Bush Road will be closed for the replacement of a large culvert. The closure will begin on October 15, 2018 and will reopen on November 19, 2018 or until complete. Detour will be posted."

View the full notice and map HERE.

The Town of Grand Island is seeking interested individuals to serve on the following advisory boards: Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, and Technology.

Click HERE for details.

FEMA will conduct a nationwide test of their emergency alert systems on Wednesday afternoon.

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT...

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message... The WEA test message will have a header that reads 'Presidential Alert' and text that says:

'THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.'

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test."

Click HERE for details.

Monday, September 24, 4 P.M. – 7 P.M., Grand Island Substation, 1856 Whitehaven Rd.


"Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today that certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be offering free car seat checks and education to parents and caregivers this week as part of National Seat Check Week.

National Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 23-29, 2018. The week is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of correctly choosing, installing, and using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Parents will also be reminded of the importance of registering car seats with their manufacturers so they can be notified in the event of a recall.

These free car seat events include instruction on how to install and use car seats correctly. Technicians can help determine if your child is in the right seat for their age and size. Technicians will also explain the importance of registering car seats with their manufacturers so parents and caregivers can be notified if there is a recall.

'As a parent, whether you consider yourself a beginner or a seasoned veteran, keeping your children safe is always a top priority,' said Sheriff Howard. 'And that should always include using the right car seat, booster seat, or seat belt for your child. No parent ever wants to get it wrong when it comes to a child’s safety. That’s why we’re hosting these car seat check events during National Child Passenger Safety Week. Parents – don’t think you know - know you know - that your kids are secure in their car seats, and are in the right seats for their ages and sizes.'

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one child under thirteen was involved in a passenger vehicle crash every 33 seconds in 2015. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and the latest research from NHTSA shows that nearly two out of three car seats are misused and using age- and size-appropriate car seats and correctly installing them are the best ways to reduce these deaths.

NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height and weight allowed by the particular seats. It’s the best way to keep them safe. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat, a child should be placed in a booster seat until tall enough to fit in a seat belt properly. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat."

The Grand Island Car Seat Check will be held on Monday, September 24, 4 pm – 7 pm at the Grand Island Erie County Sheriff Substation, 1856 Whitehaven Rd.

National Grid warns residents of high wind and possible power outages.

"The National Weather Service has posted a hazardous Weather and wind advisory for northern Erie County from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this evening.

Strong wind gusts of up to 57 mph will make driving difficult and could result in minor property damage. Home owners should secure personal property. Gusty winds may bring down a few tree limbs and result in isolated power outages. Travel in high profile vehicles will be difficult at times.

Customers that need to report an outage to their home or business should contact National Grid at 1-800-867-5222."

To view a map of power outages, click HERE.

 

The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department would like to remind residents that any past due amounts not paid by 10/31/18 will be added to the 2019 Town/County tax bill.

Whitehaven Road (Baseline to GI Blvd.) will be closed from 7 am to 11 pm on Saturday, September 22 for the Taste of Grand Island.

Phase 1 of the Scenic Woods Bicentennial Park project is now underway. Click HERE for an overview of the project. Click HERE for details.

Click HERE to view the notice.

Town Clerk Patricia A. Frentzel announced that the 2018/2019 School Tax Bills have been mailed.  If you have changed banks, have paid off your mortgage or do not have an escrow account and did not receive a tax bill, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 773-9600 ext. 620. 

The regular office hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm.  The office will be open Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Checks should be made payable to Town Clerk.  The last day to pay without penalty is October 15.  The office will be open until 6:00pm on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Envelopes must show a legible postmark of October 15 to be accepted on time.  Taxpayers should call the office for correct amounts for payments made October 16 and later.  Payments can be made until November 30, 2018.  After this date, payments must be sent to the County.

On September 4, 2018 the Town Board passed a resolution stating that all future hiring for the Town of Grand Island will be done through open posting on the Town's website and Facebook page. 

View the resolution HERE.

2019 Changes to Senior (65+) Property Tax Exemptions

Starting this upcoming year you must enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP) to receive the Enhanced STAR exemption. See details HERE.

Republic Services, the Town's garbage and recycling contractor, has a new local customer service number: 716-614-3386. There is a dispatcher available to answer this line from midnight to 6pm.

The Western New York Welcome Center, located on Alvin Road off of Whitehaven, is now open. It includes a gathering area, shipwreck-themed playground, art displays, dog park, electric car charging stations, interactive maps and visuals, locally-produced food, and much more. To view photos, click HERE.

View information and submit your comments on this project.

There was a public information meeting on August 21 regarding the Grand Island Blvd. Sidewalk Accessibility Project. Click HERE to view the meeting notice.

To see the information about the project distributed at that meeting, click HERE. The Town Engineer is accepting comments until September 4. The comment form can be found HERE.

Pay on time, avoid violation charges.

The easiest way to avoid cashless tolling fines is to purchase an EZPass tag from the Town Clerk's Office or one of the other EZPass-On-The-Go retailer locations, and set up automatic replenishment and account notifications. Fines accrue when non-EZPass drivers fail to pay a Tolls-By-Mail bill, or when EZPass drivers have a violation attached to their account (usually due to low fund balance or misuse of the EZPass tag).

According to the NYS Thruway Authority, "motorists have approximately 30 days to pay a toll bill. If payment is not received by the due date, a second toll bill is sent with a $5 late fee. If the second bill is not paid by the due date, the toll bill escalates to a toll violation, and the motorist is mailed a Notice of Toll Violation (in an orange envelope) with a violation fee. Violation fees are $50 per trip for travel over the Grand Island Bridges."

View photos HERE and HERE.

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For more information, click HERE.

Rabies vaccine drops will begin on Wednesday. The drops will be made by airplane, helicopter, and hand distribution. Air drops will take place August 15-18, helicopter drops will take place August 23-30, and hand distribution will be done throughout the month of August. The vaccine-filled baits look like small green packets, and should not be tampered with.

Click HERE to view the final web version of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. 

From the Grand Island Parks Department: Please be advised that weather permitting the bridge on the linear bike path between Bedell and Long will be closed for deck replacement starting August 7th. Sorry for any inconvenience, and thank you for your cooperation.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner issued a cease and desist order to Tonawanda Coke Corporation due to ongoing environmental violations and resident concerns. If Tonawanda Coke does not comply with the order, the DEC will revoke their air permits.

Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the NYS DEC, says this action is “to prevent potential harm to its workers, surrounding community, and the environment.” The DEC plans to initiate air monitoring in nearby communities.

“I’ve been pushing for action on this for years. It’s a public health issue. I’m thankful the DEC is stepping in to protect our residents,” Nate McMurray, Grand Island Town Supervisor said. McMurray will host a press conference on Saturday, July 21. Media invitations have been extended.

UPDATE: Concerned residents can help by filling out one of the air quality complaint forms HERE and mailing it to the DEC. 

WNY Welcome Center Taste NY Store Clerks, Grand Island, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County has multiple openings for full-time and part-time Store Clerks for the Taste NY store at the WNY Welcome Center located on Grand Island. 


The Taste NY Clerks will work under the direction and supervision of the Taste NY Market Manager and Taste NY Assistant Market Manager. Primary responsibilities include assisting with management of inventory, operation of cash register, cash controls, transportation of inventory to the store, customer service, food service and record keeping.

Clerks will discuss Erie County agriculture and local foods with customers to engage them in these areas and to share information about the food and farm products sold in the store.

Applications accepted online only by going to: erie.cce.cornell.edu/jobs. Click HERE for details.

Scroll down for daily updates. Call 614-3386 to reach Republic Services.

UPDATE: 7/2/18, 8 am: The Engineering Department met with Republic Services and they are continuing to work through their equipment and staffing issues. They've taken delivery of 2 new trucks and hired several new drivers that are finishing up the month long training they are required to complete before they can be assigned a route. Their goal is to be back to regular pickup by mid-July. Please put your garbage out on your scheduled day (or one day late if you're affected by the 4th of July holiday) and Republic Services will pick it up as soon as they can. 

Reminder: there is no garbage pickup on Wednesday, July 4 due to the holiday. All pickups on or after Wednesday of next week will be one day later than normal.

UPDATE: 7/5/18, 5 pm: Baseline (Whitehaven to Webb, Staley to Love, ext. near 190), Webb, and Grand Island Blvd. (Whitehaven to Webb) will be picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/10/18, 6 pm: Bush (Baseline to W River, including Prospect and Summer), Ferry (South Pkwy to E Oakfield), East and West Oakfield (including Oak Harbor) will be picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/17/18, 5pm: Glen Avon, Baseline (between Love and Fix, including side streets) Oak Ridge development, Royal Oak, East and West Oakfield, Baseline from Fix to West River (including side streets), and Bush and Ferry (South Pkwy to East Oakfield including side streets) will be picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/18/18, 6pm: Baseline (north of GI Blvd), Long (from GI Blvd to Baseline), Huth (and south side streets), Havenwood/Pin Oak area, Morningside, South Ln, Gregory Pl, and Woodstream area will have recycling picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/19/18, 5 pm: East River (Baseline to Stony) and the Sandy Beach area will be picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/24/18, 5 pm: recycling on East River (Ferry to Broadway), Stony Point (south of Love), and parts of Grandyle and Ferry Villages will be picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/25/18, 6 pm: recycling on Baseline (north of GI Blvd plus Gregory/South/Woodstream side streets), Bedell (plus Colonial/Regency/Amy side streets), and Huth (plus south side streets) will be picked up in the morning.

UPDATE: 7/26/18, 5pm: Sandy Beach area recycling will be picked up in the morning.

The Grand Island Highway Department is partnering with UNYTS to do a mobile blood drive on August 1 at the Highway Garage on Whitehaven Road. For more information, click HERE.

Farming tradition in Grand Island
Farming became a prominent industry on Grand Island during the later half of the nineteenth century. Farmers struggled to clear the wooded land, but were rewarded: the soil proved ideal for fruit trees. Peaches, apples, pears, and cherries thrived.

During the 1870s and 1880s the farmers here were better off than farmers in surrounding areas, due to the many markets and diversity of crops (everything from hay to beef to fruit) produced on the Island. The Farmers Alliance was established during this time to advance the social and financial aspects of the farmers. Members of the Alliance started a stock company called the Grand Island Creamery Company, which processed aver 5,000 pounds of milk each day.

The cooperative farming community eventually began to decline, due to difficulty of transportation to the mainland and lack of young men to run the farms. But the agriculture movement remains entrenched in the community even today; many residents have farms of varying sizes, and some have been family-run for generations.

Why eat local?

1) SUPPORT THE REGION: Purchasing local food keeps the money in our region, and boosts our economy by ensuring the livelihood of local families. It also preserves green space by keeping farms safe from development.

2) TASTE THE DIFFERENCE: Fresh, local foods taste better, and they’re better for you. Vine ripened in-season produce is higher in nutrient value than produce picked, packed, shipped, and artificially ripened by ethylene gas. Small farms often use less pesticides than industrial farms, too.

3) PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT: Local food travels less distance from the farm to the consumer, which cuts down on CO2 emissions. The average piece of fruit travels 1,500 miles before it hits your table—local food travels less than 100.  Farmers markets promote sustainable packaging; no styrofoam and plastic wrapping here.

4) LEARN THE STORY: Farmers are always willing to talk about where and how their products are grown. They can give you recipe suggestions, let you know when crops come into season, and tell you about their farm. Farmers are some of the most salt-of-the-earth, hard-working, and selfless individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and they’ll make every visit a learning experience. Doesn’t that sound better than a supermarket?

Visit a farmers market today
There are two main markets on Grand Island this summer. First, a long-time favorite: Susie’s Fruit Stand—and yes, they sell vegetables too. You can find them at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. (across from Tops) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New this year is the Grand Island Farms Inc. Market Mondays at 1841 Whitehaven Rd (at Knights of Columbus). This market is a full-blown event with lots of local vendors, live music, demonstrations, and exhibits. The vendor list is subject to change, but they have had fresh meats, kettle corn, eggs, milk and cheese, flatbread pizzas, honey, produce, jam and jelly, and baked goods. Stop by from 4-7 p.m. each Monday and prepare to be wowed by the variety.

 

Purchase E-ZPass at Thruway Service Areas, select cash toll lanes, more than 840 retail locations—including the Town Clerk's Office—and at www.thruway.ny.gov/getezpass.

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There will be an information session regarding the Western New York Welcome Center sewer connection at 11am on Saturday, July 14 at the Grand Island Town Hall. All questions must be submitted in advance to pfrentzel@grand-island.ny.us no later than Wednesday, July 11. Details TBA. 

Open Swim Schedule Change

See changes HERE.

The Supervisor's Office and the Historic Preservation Advisory Board have been hard at work putting together birthday celebration for the 50-year-old Town Hall. There will be a display of historic photos, a short presentation, and cake, of course. Please join us at Town Hall at 1 p.m. on July 7 to celebrate Town Hall’s birthday.

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National Night Out focuses on strengthening police and community relations. Join the Grand Island Traffic Safety Advisory Board for a night of fun, food, music and more. Meet the many women and men who keep our community safe, while they also show off some of their equipment!

Where: The Town Commons
When: Tuesday, August 7th, 6pm-9pm

Want to be involved or find out more?
Contact Councilwoman Baney @jbaney@grand-island.ny.us

Click HERE.

In response to the predicted heat index this weekend, the Grand Island Library will be open this weekend to allow for a cooling location should the community need it.  

Open hours will be as follows: 
Saturday, June 30th Noon - 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 1st 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


In response to the continued heat wave, the Golden Age Center will be open extended hours next week to allow for a cooling location should the community need it.  

Open hours will be as follows: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  7:00 am - 5:00 pm
*the Center is closed on Wednesday for Independence Day




Zonta Club of Grand Island, a non-profit Women’s Service Organization, will be having a bake sale at Town Commons during the Tuesday night concert on July 31, 2018  at 6:00pm. Proceeds go towards their women’s scholarship awards. 

Full Time Erie County Taste NY Market Manager, Grand Island, NY

The Cornell Cooperative Extension is looking for individuals interested in employment at the Western New York Welcome Center, which will open this summer.

The Taste NY Market Manager will manage the Erie County Taste NY Market on Grand Island, NY, highlighting local NY farm products, and assisting with agricultural marketing and agri-tourism strategies. Responsible for the day-to-day planning, coordination, management and supervision of the Erie County Taste NY Market, and for assessing local system needs, trends, marketing, product sourcing, financial management, record keeping and staff hiring and supervision.

Required: Bachelor’s degree or Equivalent Education (Associate’s Degree plus 2 years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute).

Applications accepted through July 2, 2018. For additional information and application instructions, go to: erie.cce.cornell.edu.

Welcome Center

See the informational flyer HERE.

Paddles Up 2018

Save the date!

There is a county-wide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on August 11. Find details HERE.

See below for an update from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

"...While we fully appreciate that this is the time of year to enjoy all the recreational opportunities living on Grand Island  provides, it is very important that you do not enter the Construction Zone Area which is defined by the entire eight miles of the previous West River Parkway and the adjacent greenspace. Motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited from entering the area. We currently anticipate a Fall completion..."

To view the whole update, and frequently asked questions, click HERE and HERE.

 Roswell Park along with IMPACT Melanoma, has provided 4 sunscreen dispensers to the Town of Grand Island for public use. The dispensers have been installed at Veteran’s Park and are now available for public use.

The sunscreen dispensers were donated in memory of David Petit, a long-time resident of Grand Island who died in 2008 at the age 55 after a two-year battle with melanoma.  
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Grand Island's second Town Hall, pictured, was built in 1937. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the current Town Hall, the historic 1937 cupola (also pictured) will be restored and featured in the annual 4th of July parade and birthday festivities. 

The cupola, an iconic part of old Grand Island used as a lookout during WWII, will be on a float during the parade, and available for viewing during the birthday celebration (stay tuned for details). Supervisor McMurray donated the signage that will accompany the cupola down the parade route.

The Supervisor's Office is working with the Historic Preservation Advisory Board to organize the restoration and celebration. Anyone with experience in historic restoration is encouraged to contact the Supervisor at nmcmurray@grand-island.ny.us.


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The European Cherry Fruit Fly is an invasive species that attacks fruit trees. The Department of Agriculture is conducting tests to determine if it is in New York State. As of now, it has not been found in this region, but they are surveying in Grand Island. Find more information HERE.

Online Registration is Here: The Grand Island Recreation Department is excited to have online registration for 2018.  Residents can register at www.ginyrec.com - click on the registration link.  Once you are directed to the online registration page you will need to create an account where you can add all members of the household, register and pay by credit card online.  Please be sure to provide your email address and cell phone number to receive notices by email and text message. 

Registration opens Saturday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m.  For anyone who cannot register online or who needs assistance, the Recreation Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2.  The office will also be open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8

If you have any questions call the Recreation Office at 773-9680 or email recreation@grand-island.ny.us

We look forward to a great summer!

 

Marston Power Equipment and Pinto Dumpsters are teaming up to bring a free e-waste disposal event to Town Hall on June 9 and 10 from 9-5 each day. There will be two stations—one for TVs and monitors, and one for other e-waste.

They need volunteers who are able to lift 5-20lbs. If yourself, your family, or your organization is willing to help for an hour or two, please email pmarston@grand-island.ny.us.

More information HERE.

Benjamin Bidell wrote an article, featuring photos by Paul Leuchner, for Scuttlebutt, the Great Lakes Boating Guide.

"Grand Island is an outdoor destination like no other," Bidell writes. The full article can be found HERE.

Garbage and recycling pickup may be delayed between 5/21/18 and 5/26/18 due to unforeseen circumstances (truck fire and driver medical emergency). Republic has assured us they will attempt to catch up as quickly as possible.

Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, June 2. View info HERE.

From Dick Crawford, Superintendent of Highways:

"This is a preventative maintenance measure that we apply at the midpoint of a pavements lifespan that seals the existing asphalt with a latex polymer emulsion. Like NYS, Erie County and most towns in WNY, we have been using this product for many years and we only use it on roads that rate well for drive-ability but are rapidly drying out with the driving surface showing signs of cracking and crumbling. This micro-pave is admittedly ugly when it goes down, It takes time and heat from the sun and traffic to cure the emulsion. We resist the urge to bring the street sweeper out to clean up the residual stone and polymer that litter the surface because part of the process is that they will be absorbed back into the surface as the product heals itself. You will notice a marked improvement within the next month or two and in a year, you will love the driving surface. This product will keep your roads wear surface at a high level for many years to come.

We try to do 3 to 5 miles of this process a year along with similar mileage of our traditional paving methods. The initial appearance is always a concern with our affected residents but without fail these issues are always resolved when the product is given time to cure and heal itself. If you would like to see how the surface appearance changes, we did this process on East Park, Stony Point, Lasalle, Red Jacket, Hennepin last year."


2018 schedule

See the press release HERE.

"The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the River Road entrance ramp to the Niagara Thruway (I-190) north in Tonawanda will temporarily close beginning early Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018. The closure is part of the next phase of the toll barrier removal process following the successful transition to cashless tolling at the Grand Island toll plazas in March."

West River Road will be temporarily closed from Oakfield to the roundabout beginning 5/11/18. See detour map HERE.

The 2018 Comprehensive Plan update is almost complete. Hard copies are available for viewing at Grand Island Memorial Library, Golden Age Center, and Town Clerk's Office. To access the online version, click HERE.

A public hearing will be held at the Grand Island High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. All comments and feedback will be accepted at this time. Communications regarding the Comprehensive Plan can be sent to mp@grand-island.ny.us

 

The Town is seeking statements of Qualification and Experience for Video Production Services. 

To view the full doccument, click HERE.

Purpose: the purpose of this (RFQ) is to solicit competitive proposals to identify a video production firm or individual that will develop economic development marketing videos representing the advantages of launching a business, relocating a business and generally living, working and playing (recreation) in Grand Island.

Submission deadlines: All submissions to this RFQ must be submitted, as stated below, no later than:

Friday, June 1, 2018, 4:00pm

Interested in affordable solar? Attend the informational meeting this weekend.

The Town of Grand Island will take part in a Solarize Campaign, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses. Project leader Councilwoman Bev Kinney and vice leader Councilwoman Jennifer Baney have put together a team of community leaders to spearhead the campaign.

Kick-off to the campaign will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 12 at Town Hall. Residents and business owners can come to learn more about the program. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority makes implementing solar easier and more affordable by offering a prequalified installer, competitive pricing and extra incentives. Historically, Solarize campaigns lower the cost of solar between 10 to 20 percent.

After a thorough pre-qualification process, Solarize Grand Island will select a designated solar installer for Solarize Grand Island. Residents who sign up for a no-cost evaluation of a home, financing options, and a signed contract by a date to be set this September will be able to take advantage of this lower group rate. The group rate is the advantage to this program. They will also be able to benefit from the state and federal tax incentives.
Solarize Grand Island is supported by the NYSERDA under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative. NY-Sun will invest up to $1 billion in solar power through 2023 to significantly expand solar installations across the state, ultimately transforming New York's solar industry to become self-sustaining.

Upcoming seminars with installers, Solarize Grand Island and informational packets will be announced and available on and after the official launch on May 12.

The Solarize Grand Island team includes Jennifer Pusatier, Jennifer Peresie, Paul Leuchner, Diane Evans, Jeff Green, Roger Cook, Jim Sharpe, Bryce Shipman, Celia Spacone, Cyndy Montana, Judy Schmidt, Ron Milks, Lynn Dingey, Bill Shaw and Chris Dann.

Click HERE for details.

Register for summer programs now.

See the 2018 Summer Recreation Program Booklet (or pick up a copy at Town Hall, the district schools, or the library) for fun summer activities for all ages. 

An updated fly fishing flyer and pickleball flyer are also available.

The annual newsletter and 2018 recycling guide will be distributed in the Islandwide Dispatch on April 20. Find an online copy HERE. The 2017 Water Quality Report can be found HERE.

Alvin closed from 9pm-6am starting 4/23/18.

 
Alvin Road will be re-constructed from Whitehaven Road to the main driveway at Fuccillo Chevrolet as part of the Western New York Welcome Center project.
 
To facilitate this construction, Alvin will be closed from Whitehaven Road to Baseline Road from 9pm to 6am starting Monday, April 23rd.

Rain and snow melt causing flooding 4/15/18-4/18/18. Exercise caution when driving.

The Town of Grand Island urges everyone to drive with caution today. The storm water system (ditches, drainage areas, etc) are supercharged due to rain and snow melt.

The Highway Department has crews out marking high water areas that are encroaching onto roads. Be sure to check your basements as well. Do not attempt to drive through water.

*Veteran's Park and the Bedell/Ransom area are experiencing heavy flooding. Please be cautious.

Follow @TownofGrandIslandNY for daily updates and announcements, contests, news, events, traffic/construction notifications, and more. 

 
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There will be sanitary sewer repairs on East Park between Love and Elsie, Lasalle, and Redway starting Monday.

These repairs will take approximately 2.5 weeks to complete. Access to driveways may be limited at times, but the contractors will work with homeowners to minimize inconvenience.

The Town of Grand Island is seeking interested individuals to volunteer for openings on the following advisory boards: Conservation, Economic Development, Traffic Safety, Parks & Recreation, and Planning.

Any member of the community interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, including relevant experience, education or training to:
Town Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island, New York 14072

or by email to nmcmurray@grand-island.ny.us.

Letters received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30th will be considered. For additional information contact Emily at 716-773-9600 x658.

View the press release HERE.
Traffic pattern changes: HERE and HERE.

Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray said, "Faster, cleaner, better. Grand Island, and all of Western New York, is open for business. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for helping implement this cashless tolling technology. It's an important step for Western New York."

2018 Gus Macker to be held in Rochester

The Gus Macker contract was awarded to Rochester this year, which means Grand Island will not be hosting the event. The past few years of Gus on GI have revitalized the event, and been beneficial to Grand Island as well. The Town looks forward to hosting the Gus Macker or similar events in the future.

Temporary road closure of W River starting 5/11/18

The portion of West River Road from Oakfield Road to the roundabout will be temporarily closed starting 5/11/18. See detour map HERE.

Town Parks provide free sunscreen dispensers

Town Parks provide sunscreen despensers through 

Republic Services, the Town's waste removal contractor, will be working through the weekend to pick up any trash or recycling that has not yet been removed for the week. Please leave your totes out until they are emptied.

July 4th Road Closures

Click HERE.

Independence Day Parade Lineup Posted

See the lineup HERE.

Open Swim Schedule Change

See the change HERE.

Mark your calendars for the March 30 Grand Island Recreation Department Inclusive Easter Egg Hunt 2018. There will be contests, activities, and a visit with the Easter bunny.

New this year is an Easter Egg Hunt for special needs children. This hunt will take place on the Miracle League Field to allow everyone a safe and fun opportunity to participate.

Contact Joe at 773-9680 for details.

Representatives from Love's Travel Stops gave a presentation at the 2/12/18 Planning Board meeting.

Love's hopes to put a truck stop on Grand Island. Information is linked below. 
Love's 1
Love's 2
Love's 3
Love's map

Get a compost bin or rain barrel at a reduced price until May 25.

"The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, the City of Buffalo and the Western NY Stormwater Coalition are excited to sponsor the 2018 Systern rain barrel & Earth Machine compost bin sale. Prices are 50% off retail. Quantities are limited so order today. Order deadline: May 25, 2018."



NEW: Pay Water Bill Online

You can now pay your water bill online with a credit card or check. Find more info HERE.

Poll Workers Needed

The Erie County Board of Elections is seeking new workers. More info HERE.

The Town Supervisor presented the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Project to the Greenway Commission.

The purpose of the presentation was to allow the Greenway Commission to determine if the project is consistent with the Greenway vision. The Town Supervisor said, "I had a strong feeling they weren’t ready to vote for the project. They didn’t understand that the memorial park will act as a hub for connectivity all over the Island."

Charles N. DeGlopper was hero, and recognition on the Island is long overdue. He was a kind hearted boy who gave his life for his fellow soldiers. And he received the Medal of Honor. That’s a big deal. The Town Supervisor said, "I wanted to do the DeGlopper family and the entire Island proud and help secure the funding to make this memorial a reality. I felt a great burden to do it right."

The leaky old gas tanks have already been removed. The property looks better than ever, thanks to hard-working volunteers, but there is still a ways to go. Today was the first of many hurdles to finishing the project. The presentation convinced the Commission that this park will connect our state parks and enhance Grand Island’s contribution to the Greenway. The Supervisor concluded, "I promise you that I will do my best to make it happen, and I’m very proud that today we were able to convince the panel of the importance of Charles DeGlopper."

Did you know?
      All dogs over 4 months must be licensed by Nov. 9
 
Spay/neuter affidavit

Leaves are falling, and bonfire season is here. Please refer to the DEC regulations regarding open fires.

Some residents have expressed concern about open fires on Grand Island. Please be aware that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulates open burning in New York State. More information can be found online at
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html.

In short, campfires of clean wood or charcoal under three feet tall and four feet wide are permitted from May 15 to March 15. The burning of leaves or other waste, however, is not permitted anywhere in New York State. Composting leaves is encouraged.

These regulations are created and enforced by the DEC, not by the Town of Grand Island. Please contact the DEC with questions or concerns. 

Preliminary plans now available for viewing.

Plans for Construction of
WEST RIVER GREENWAY
CONNECTOR TRAIL
BEAVER ISLAND PARK ENTRANCE
TO LONG ROAD
are now available for viewing in the Town Clerk's Office.
 

 

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Master Plan Survey

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Survey on updating the Town's Master Plan


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Taxable Status Day: March 1

All exemptions (like STAR,or veterans) are due on March 1st. Read more about Taxable Status Day HERE.

On February 28 at the Grand Island High School, citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions.

The Master Plan Presentation
Find the presentation HERE.

master plan



Comprehensive planning determines community development goals and objectives. The outcome is a Comprehensive Plan — also known as a Master Plan — that “dictates public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing,” as stated at the kickoff meeting.The Master Plan is crucial to the longevity and success of a community, because it defines the vision of the town.

The previous Master Plan was created in 1995 and revised in 1998. Community demographics, economic and market dynamics, and other factors shift quickly, which makes it necessary to review and rewrite the community’s goals every 10-15 years.

The Long Range Planning Committee, along with planning consultants from Clark Patterson Lee, spent the past year researching for the new Master Plan. Their findings were presented to the public on February 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Island High School. Citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions.

“It’s time for the public to comment on our findings,” said Jim Sharpe, Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee and Deputy Supervisor of Grand Island. “Tell us what you want to see in a Master Plan.”

Public Hearings

2018 Preliminary Budget

Citizens have the right to provide written and oral comments and ask questions concerning the entire budget.

Public Notice

Federal Community Development

A public hearing will be held on November 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall, regarding the use of Federal Community Development funds in the Town of Grand Island.

The Town of Grand Island is eligible for a Federal Community Development Grant under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for citizens to express community development and housing needs and to discuss possible projects that would benefit low-and moderate-income persons in the Town of Grand Island.

Citizens are urged to attend this meeting to make known their views and/or written proposals on the Town of Grand Island’s selection of potential projects to be submitted for possible funding by the Federal Community Development Grant Program.

The hearing will also present a review of prior community development projects and expenditures and a discussion of eligible activities.

Stay safe this holiday season. Find more details below.

The Grand Island Highway Department created a winter safety fact sheet.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) has prepared useful fire safety tips pertaining to candles, Christmas trees, holiday lighting, and other hazards commonly encountered this time of year. These safety tips  can be obtained by clicking the links below.

Town Recreation Dept and the GI Chamber of Commerce Annual Light Contest.

Tax cap override and water system capital improvements project

There will be public hearings at the Town Board meeting, Sept 5th at 8:00pm to address the following issues:

Tax Cap Override

Water System Capital Improvements Project

The Greenway Commission with matching funds from the State.

The Greenway Commission with matching funds from the State will preserve and make accessible 200+ acres behind the High School. 
Find more information in this presentation:
Powerpoint Presentation

The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department announces an increase to the water rate

The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department announces an increase to the water rate and administrative fee, beginning with the January 2017 water/sewer billing cycle.
Effective 1/1/17, residents will see the water usage rate increase $.15 from $2.85/1,000 gallons of usage to $3.00/1,000 gallons of usage. The administrative fee will increase from $2.00 per quarter to $3.00 per quarter.