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Tonawanda Community Environmental Benefit Program 

Voting is open through Sunday residents of Grand Island, Kenmore, Tonawanda, North Tonawanda and Riverside are eligible to vote for the proposed projects of their choice listed under the Tonawanda Community Benefit Fund. 
There are several projects for Grand Island. 
Niagara River Greenway has one of the projects listed. We are proposing to work with the schools in these communities to help supplement curriculum with hands on experiences teaching them more about the valuable asset our fresh water provides and how we can help to maintain it, by improving the greenspaces within the Niagara River Corridor.  The money we are requesting will go to the schools to bring in many different organizations to help them plan and implement an environmental project, like planting trees / native plants, rain gardens or pollinator gardens, removing invasive species, etc.  It will also go towards field trips, guest speakers or other hands on activities. Please click the link https://tonawanda.wishpondpages.com/ and vote for us!  You must scroll down to the Tier 2 projects.

The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department would like to remind residents that any past due amounts not paid by 10/31/21 will be added to the 2022 Town/County tax bill. 
If you are a resident or small business that has experienced a change in financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, you may be eligible for a deferred payment plan and relief from relevy on 10/31/21. 
Note: Additional information and supporting documentation from customers seeking to enter into a deferred payment agreement may be required. 
For more detailed information:
[Covid DPP Notice]
To apply for this program:
[Covid DPP Self Certification]
For further information, please contact the Town’s Water Billing Department at (716) 773-9600 extension 614 no later than October 24, 2021

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IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to anticipated low participation numbers, the organized Grand Island Clean Up for Saturday, September 18th will be cancelled.
We look forward to collaborating on our large scale Clean Up event in Spring of 2022.

                       

2021-2022 SCHOOL TAX NOTICE

 PATRICIA A. FRENTZEL, TOWN CLERK, RECEIVED THE TAX ROLL AND WARRANT  
FOR THE COLLECTION OF SCHOOL TAXES

 TAXES WILL BE COLLECTED IN
THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island Town Hall

 MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

 Additional Hours for Convenience
Saturday, October 9, 2021     9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Monday, October 11, 2021     Office Closed
Thursday, October 14, 2021     8:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Friday, October 15, 2021     8:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

 LAST DAY FOR PAYMENT WITHOUT PENALTY IS
OCTOBER 15, 2021


Town Clerk Patricia A. Frentzel announced that the 2021/22 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 - 4:30pm.  The office will be open Saturday, October 9, 2021, 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 Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, 2021.  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, 2021.  After this date, payments must be sent to the County.


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Additional Large Scale Effort to Clean Up Grand Island Planned for September 18th:

On Saturday, September 18th, from 9am until 12pm, The Town of Grand Island and The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce are partnering with civic groups, local agencies, and environmentally-minded residents to participate in an additional Clean UP Grand Island. With such a significant response during our spring event and additional requests for another organized effort, the Island will be again cleaning up together.
During this time, residents are encouraged to clean their homes and yards and dispose of excess trash, passenger car tires, and any items that could hold water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Please keep in mind this is also the day of the Town of Grand Island E-Waste Drive sponsored by Casella, taking place in the Town Hall Parking Lot.
Volunteers will be needed for some additional clean-up areas that have been identified. A map will be posted online showing the areas and the committee requests that you contact a member listed on the flier if volunteering to clean in a certain area.
Underage volunteers must be accompanied by an adult.
Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire (gloves, work boots), sunscreen, insect repellent and stay hydrated. Additionally, groups wishing to work along heavily trafficked roads should speak with Highway Superintendent Crawford to be aware of regulations and safety practices required.
If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632, Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006 or Eric Fiebelkorn at 716-319-7292.

The Town Board of the Town of Grand Island is seeking public comments to opt-out/or not opt-out of allowing adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses from locating within the Town of Grand Island.

Public comments will be heard on Monday, September 20, 2021 – 8:00p.m.

during the Regular Town Board Meeting.

 

Comments will be limited to 3 minutes each.

Link to the document from the Office of Cannabis Management:
https://cannabis.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/cannabis-management-fact-sheet-9-21-local-government-06.pdf

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The 2021-2022 GRAND ISLAND SCHOOL BILLS ARE IN THE MAIL! 
Taxes are due by October 15, 2021.

Thanks to the following volunteers who year after year assist Town Clerk and her deputies preparing the tax bills for mailing.
L – R First Row:  Linda Clark, Martha Mueller, Suzanne Mueller
L- R Back Row:  Lorraine Wilcox, Kathy Lechner, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Jean Schlegal, Pat Ehinger, Jeri Benzing

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ERIE COUNTY HIGHWAY PAVING PROJECTS UNDERWAY

HUTH ROAD - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

EAST RIVER (BETWEEN BROADWAY & CEMETERY - NORTH OF WHITEHAVEN)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 - THURSDAY, SEPTMEBER 9, 2021

The Buffalo News GUSTO featured Grand Island in the August 12-18, 2021 edition.  
Ben Tsujimoto put Grand Island under the spotlight in his article

COURT IS CANCELLED FOR
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 

PLEASE CALL 716-773-9600 EXT. 650 WITH QUESTIONS AND TO RESCHEDULE. 

There is an E-Waste Recycling event on September 18 at Town Hall, 9am - 2pm,
but if you can't make it you can drop off to our e-waste partner BCR.

- GI Residents can schedule an appointment to drop off electronics to BCR Monday-Friday (9am-4pm) by calling BCR at (716)545-6369.
*No Charge for Electronics (acceptable list on website)
*For CRT’s (old style box TV’s) and Plasma TV's there is a $50 charge to recycle, and Flat Screen LCDs are a $20 charge.
*For a list of what we accept you can visit our website:
Buffalo Computer Recycling (BCR)
1430 Clinton St, Suite 92
Buffalo, NY 14206

LIMITED BRANCH PICKUP SEPTEMBER 1-OCTOBER 15
(Trucks will begin conversion for winter salting and plowing season)

Guidelines for Branch Pick-up Service:
-Available for ROUTINE homeowner tree trimming only.
-Does not include tree removal.
-Does not include pickup of branches from lots being cleared by builders or private owners.
-Will not pick up branch debris left by tree removal contractors.
-All branches must be no larger than 6" in diameter.
-All branches must be piled as neatly as possible with ends facing the road.
-Please do not place logs on top of branch pile.
-Pickup does not include stumps, roots, leaves, lawn sweepings, or logs.
-Branches should not be stacked more than 4 feet high.

Branch pickup is done by route (starting at one end of island and continuing until entire island is completed), requests are not taken.
Times frames will be determined by weather conditions, precedent duties, equipment, quantity of pickups and manpower.
Any questions or unusual situation, please contact the Highway Department at (716) 773-9632.

E-WASTE RECYCLING DRIVE 9/18/2021

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CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU:
Congratulations to our 2021 National Night Out Chalk Contest Winners. Hailey McMahon, Ethan Vincent, and Clare Conboy will all receive a Certificate of Achievement, Fire Company prize pack, and a gift card from Adrian's Custard and Beef. Thank you to all of the children that participated!
The entire planning committee would like to thank the many agencies, vendors, and civic groups that helped to make the evening a success. It was a wonderful chance to honor our First Responders and further strengthen our relationships within the community.
With feedback or to be on the contact list to be involved in the event next year, please contact Chuck Grunzweig at 716-570-1488.

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The Town of Grand Island is looking to form a Complete Streets Committee.

The purpose of The Complete Streets Committee is to develop an Implementation Plan based on our Town Board approved policy. Those interested would need a willingness and work collaboratively with others to help future roadways and road projects as accessible as possible for roadway users. There will be an opportunity to work with town employees and other community members on developing processes, guidelines, and recommendations as it related to roadways and trail systems.

The Town of Grand Island also has a vacancy to fill on The Board of Architectural Review.

At the request of the Town building inspector, this board reviews applications for building permits for excessive uniformity, dissimilarity, inappropriateness, or poor quality of design, to determine if the exterior appearance of the proposed building or home is appropriate for the location in which it is planned. 

Please send your resume and or qualifications to the attention of Rhonda Diehl by Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Email: rdiehl@grand-island.ny.us Or mail or Drop off to: Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

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In collaboration with the GI Parks Department, The Grand Island Memorial Library will be providing disc golf kits for 7 day check out.
They have a total of 4 kits and each includes three discs (1 putter, 1 driver, 1 mid-range) and an information sheet about the location of the course and QR codes linking to websites through Innova Discs and discgolf.com on how to play the game.
The library will be providing a sign at the beginning of the course stating this is where the course starts
and telling everyone how to check out the kits.
The kits will be available starting this week. See the attached photos for more information.
Please spread the word!
Funding for this project has been provided through private library donations.

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July 4th Celebration

Fellow Islanders:

This year, the July 4th Parade and Dick Bessel Independence Day Run will be held on Saturday, July 3rd.  Due to safety concerns and NYSDOT requirements, we are asking that you do not set up chairs, tents, etc. until the day of the event.  Any such unattended items placed in the NYSDOT Right-of-Way prior to the date of the event will be removed and placed at the Town Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road.  If they are not picked up by Monday, July 5th, they will be discarded.

Your cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.

John C. Whitney, P.E.
Town Supervisor

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Grand Island appears in two categories of the Buffalo News Best of 716 contest:
Best Public Schools & Best Bike Path
Voting is open June 21 through July 11 - cast your vote at:  go.BuffaloNews.com/bestof716

4th of July Parade and Dick Bessel Independence Day Run

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021 the Governor lifted many of the Covid-19 mandates for NYS. The 
change in mandates will allow the Town of Grand Island to host the Independence Day Parade 
and Dick Bessel Independence Day Run with minimal restrictions.

Mask Mandate: NYS has changed the mask mandate to follow CDC guidance. “Fully 
vaccinated people can…resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing…” 
“Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with 
federal CDC guidance.” 
Please note, the parade and run will be on Saturday, July 3.
This occurs anytime July 4 is on 
a Sunday.

Applications for parade participation are available on the Recreation Department at 
https://grandislandny.myrec.com . 
Registration for the Dick Bessel Run is available at https://runsignup.com .
Applications are also available on the Recreation Department website.

The Recreation Department can be contacted by email at recreation@grand-island.ny.us
or by phone at 773-9680.

Road Closure and Event Timeline Information
Road closures will happen between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
8:30 a.m. – G.I. Blvd. Closes from traffic circle to intersection of Blvd. and Baseline
9:00 a.m. – Baseline Road closes from Alvin to Whitehaven
9:00 a.m. – Kids Run starts
9:10 a.m. – Adult Run starts
9:45 a.m. – approx. - Baseline Road opens 
9:45 a.m. - approx. – Parade Starts
11:30 a.m. – approx. - Parade Ends 
11:50 a.m. – approx. - All Roads Open

CARETAKER

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  

Performs routine janitorial and maintenance work in the municipality’s buildings and related grounds; does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

Employees in this class do manual work requiring physical endurance and perform a variety of routine and repetitive tasks on a continuous basis.  Work is performed under the supervision of a higher-ranking employee who makes assignments and reviews work.  Supervision may be exercised over a small number of cleaning personnel.

EXAMPLES OF WORK (Illustrative Only)

  • Cleans and services buildings by sweeping and mopping halls, offices, stairways, lavatories and related rooms
  • Collects and disposes of refuse and services lavatories for maintenance of sanitary conditions
  • Washes walls and windows; cleans lighting fixtures; moves furniture and equipment
  • Makes minor repairs to buildings and equipment such as unplugging toilets, replacing light bulbs, repairing furniture
  • Cuts grass, prunes shrubbery; keeps areas in orderly clean condition
  • May assist in maintaining recreational areas by taking care of baseball fields, natural ice rinks, tennis courts, etc.
  • May tend to a small furnace, remove ashes, shovel snow and sweep walks

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Good knowledge of building cleaning and maintenance supplies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of the maintenance and repair of buildings, fixtures and equipment
  • Ability to make a variety of simple repairs and adjustments to buildings and equipment
  • Ability to supervise the work of cleaning personnel and to maintain simple records
  • Ability to get along well with others; industry and dependability; good physical condition

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

*Completion of a standard grammar school course and one year of experience in general janitorial work.  Candidates must be in good physical condition and must be able to perform satisfactorily the duties of the positions which often require considerable physical effort.

*NOTE: The position is in the Labor Class and the acceptable training and experience noted above is only advisory.

AFSCME 2021 Pay Rates
Starting Pay is $17.49

Resumes to be submitted by June 24, 2021 to:
Richard "Dick" Crawford Jr., Superintendent of Highways
Grand Island Highway Dept.
1820 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 
or email: rcrawford@grand-island.ny.us

PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE TOWN OF GRAND ISLAND 
JOHN C. WHITNEY – TOWN SUPERVISOR

 WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern;

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19;

WHEREAS, cases of COVID-19 continue to occur in Erie County, and more are expected to continue;

WHEREAS, the Governor has declared a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York and the County Executive has declared a State of Emergency for Erie County; and 

WHEREAS, the Town of Grand Island is addressing the threat that COVID-19 poses to the health, safety, and welfare of its residents and visitors;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, John C. Whitney, Town Supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Laws of the State of New York, hereby find, pursuant to Section 24(1) of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, that there is a public emergency in the Town of Grand Island and that the public safety is imperiled thereby, and hereby declare a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island, effective immediately;

IN ADDITION, this declaration shall remain in effect for 30 days, unless earlier rescinded; 

FURTHER, I hereby issue an emergency order that all provisions of the Town of Grand Island Code which would restrict or require review and/or approval for outdoor dining, including but not limited to, Section 407-162, are hereby suspended to allow the following:  Existing restaurants that had been operating immediately prior to the Governor’s NY Pause orders may utilize outdoor seating in connection with their operations provided, however, that the Code Enforcement Officer reviews, for safety, the specific location proposed for outdoor dining and grants approval (which may only be withheld if there is a customer safety concern), and applicable state guidance is followed regarding social distancing (use of masks, tables located 6 feet away from each other, etc.).  This suspension is temporary and is in response to the pandemic.  No use of land pursuant to this order shall create any vested right to continue any operations upon expiration or rescission of this order.   

IN ADDITION, additional emergency orders may be issued in light of further developments in responding to this disaster, pursuant to Section 24, Article 2-B of the Executive Law. 

GIVEN, this 7th day of June, 2021.

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Check out the website for more information at www.projecthope.org

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Job Posting – Part-Time Recreation Attendant
The Town of Grand Island Golden Age Center has a job opening for the following position:
Title: Recreation Attendant 
Status: Part-Time
Salary range: $12.50-$13.72/hour
Application Deadline: Application, resumé & cover letter due to the Golden Age Center, attn.: 
Jennifer R. Menter, Recreation Supervisor – Senior Citizens, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, 
NY 14072 by 12:00pm on Friday, May 21, 2021
Anticipated Start Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Minimum Qualifications: Completion of high school; OR completion of grade school and four (4) 
years of work experience; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. Part-time 
and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated towards meeting the full-time experience 
requirements; clean driver’s license
Preferred Qualifications: Completion of high school AND (4) years of work experience, including 
at least two (2) years of experience working with the senior population
Pertinent Skills: Excellent customer service; handling demanding situations in a professional 
manner; handling working with people with different personalities and different levels of care
Position Summary: 
The Golden Age Center is looking for a Part-Time Recreation Attendant, to work as a
Recreation Attendant, 19 hours/week, typically with hours between 8am – 4pm. Some weekends are 
required for upcoming special events. Work schedule will be set to meet the needs of the 
department.
The selected applicant will have the pleasure of working in a family-oriented atmosphere.
The selected applicant will helping to drive seniors to appointments throughout the course of the 
day; having a good sense of direction and being comfortable helping seniors in and out of the 
vehicle is a must. Coordinating communication, messages & rapport with drivers and seniors alike
is MOST important. Enjoying working with the senior population, including disabled clients, is a 
MUST for the ideal candidate. Flexibility, being very organized, and being able to multi-task is a 
must for the selected applicant, as our days are fast-paced. Additional responsibilities include: 
assisting in special events at the Golden Age Center, set up for programs and special events, 
including close up of programs and events; assisting with basic food preparation; writing reports; 
basic first aid; ability to comprehend, remember and follow detailed instructions; physical condition 
commensurate with the demands of the position, including being able to lift 20 lbs.

Be advised:
Canine distemper is spreading through the raccoon population of Grand Island.
It is fatal to raccoons and poses a threat to unvaccinated pets.
Canine distemper does not rule out the presence of rabies.
All wildlife appearing ill should be avoided.

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Niagara Flow OiGong - Thursday nights at 6pm in Town Commons, beginning May 27.

Niagara Flow QiGong is a developmental, individual abilities, trauma informed approach to self-care that integrates mindfulness and mindful movement to help develop mobility, flexibility and stability. Intended as an introduction to Qigong flows, basic Dao/Tao Yin yoga elements, and awareness of self-care practices, it is designed to ground and strengthen you physically, mentally, emotionally, and perhaps spiritually. This Qigong class is meant to empower you and give you strategies to access information and resources to help you create a path to wellness and healing that is just right for you.
Build strength, stability, flexibility, and better health through energizing and healing mindful movement that can reduce stress and improve your quality of life. All you need are comfortable clothes in which you can move freely and a willingness to explore your needs and growth.
(Blanket or beach towel recommended. Yoga mat optional.)
For more information, contact
Donna C. Kester Phillips, PhD
dkphllps@niagara.edu
(716) 481-6990

Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 31, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.

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Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 31, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.

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Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, PE
has issued a
Proclamation of Local State of Emergency
for the Town of Grand Island.  

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (“HOME”) is a civil rights organization with a mission to promote the value of diversity and ensure all people an equal opportunity to live in housing and communities of their choice. Through the education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws, HOME seeks to ensure that everyone is able to: have their voices heard on their housing issues; defend and safeguard their rights; and have their concerns genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives and housing.

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Press Release from NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

BIG SIX BOAT LAUNCH TO BE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Contact:
Beaver Island State Park | (716)773-3271

Due to a $2.2 million construction project to upgrade the facilities at Big Six Marina, the public boat launch will be closed until early September.
This project involves upgrades to the parking lot, site drainage, site electrical, sanitary sand filter, removal of buried fuel tank and installation of above ground fuel tank, landscaping, and rehab of the existing buildings and restrooms.

For a list of public boat launches in Erie County please visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/23898.html and in Niagara County visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/23883.html

Grand Island Clean Up 2021 an Island-Wide Success:

On behalf of the Town of Grand Island and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank the many residents that joined their friends and neighbors who assisted in cleaning up litter throughout Grand Island. Both participation and the volume of garbage picked up by those involved in the event were nearly overwhelming. Many thanks to Pinto/Casella Waste Systems for their willingness to help us with quick and proper disposal.
It was incredibly exciting to see large portions of our town cleaned in such a swift and unified manner. Many expressed their desire to participate again, and in some cases, residents unable or unaware of the event have asked for another Island-wide clean up. To that end, we are announcing September 18th as a tentative date for a second clean up this year. Please mark your calendars accordingly and email CleanUP@gichamber.org if you would like to be updated regarding this event as the date gets closer.
Though the cleanliness of the Island is certainly rewarding enough, we did offer a few prizes, chosen at random, for those who participated. The Lindquist Family will receive a Highway Department vehicle parade past their home this summer, where the Grand Island Highway Department will showcase their fleet of vehicles at a date convenient for both parties. Again, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers was randomly chosen as this year's organization to receive a $50 gift card from Target.
We have also decided to provide recognition to ANY and ALL businesses (as well as organizations and families) for their participation in this event. Please email CleanUP@gichamber.org if we can provide you with a certificate honoring your hard work, and we will prepare a customized certificate for you, which will be available for pick up at Grand Island Town Hall on or after May 15th in The Town Hall Clerk's Office.
Again, thank you all for your participation. We are equally humbled and encouraged by the community unity on display during this event, and look forward to continuing to work together for the betterment of Grand Island!

Town of Grand Island Advisory Board Vacancies

The Town of Grand Island is looking for residents to fill the following board vacancies:

• Agriculture & Farmland Advisory Board
• Architectural Review Advisory Board
• Historic Preservation Advisory Board
• Technology Advisory Board

Please send your resume and or qualifications to the Town Supervisor John C. Whitney. P.E. by Monday, May 10, 2021.
Email: rdiehl@grand-island.ny.us
Or mail or Drop off to:  Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Special Flood Hazard Areas designated by FEMA

The Town Board of the Town of Grand Island will hold a public hearing at 8:00 PM on May 3, 2021, at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York for the purposes of considering and possibly adopting a Local Law amending Chapter 155 of the Town of Grand Island Code, Flood Damage Prevention, to adopt the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) that were recently completed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) into the Town of Grand Island’s floodplain management regulations.  

FEMA provides a Flood Map Changes Viewer to aid in identifying any changes in Flood Hazard Areas (link provided below).
1. A "Welcome" message appears upon entering the FMCV.  This message provides helpful contextual information.  Please read the message and then select "OK" at the bottom right-hand corner to continue.  
2. Address Search Bar appears in the left hand corner, enter your address including city and state.  You may need to ZOOM in to see details of your property.  The colors, as stated in the Legend, have the following meanings:
Blue:      Flood Hazard Zone
Yellow:  Special Flood Hazard Area Increase
Purple:  Special Flood Hazard Area Decrease

FEMA's Flood Map Changes Viewer: 
https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=e7a7dc3ebd7f4ad39bb8e485bb64ce44

JOIN US:
We are gearing up for National Night Out 2021, currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd in The Grand Island Town Commons. National Night Out focuses on building and strengthening resident and law enforcement relationships. You can read more about the nationwide program at this link: https://natw.org/
We will be putting together a planning committee, with meetings scheduled on Tuesdays at 6pm at Town Hall, as needed. We look forward to planning a fun and educational night for our community.
In addition to having many law enforcement agencies present to interact with children and adults, the event is also open to food vendors, community organizations, and others that want to be involved. Please reach out with your contact information so we can add you to our list and map of participants!
Chuck Grunzweig will again serve as Coordinator (716-570-1488) and Jenn Baney will assist as the Town Board Liaison to the event (716-622-9006). Please reach out to either of them to get involved!

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The GI Technology Advisory Board is seeking additional information from residents
regarding Internet services on GI. 

Please take a moment to fill out the survey!
Survey

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Arbor Day Celebration 2021 on Grand Island.
Arbor Day, which was started in 1872, is traditionally on the last Friday in April. It is a day set aside for planting trees. On Grand Island we will be celebrating on Saturday, April 24.
300 Tree seedlings will be given away. Trees will be given away in bundles of three (12 – 16” high) including one White Oak and two Blue Spruces. Handouts are available with planting instructions, some information on the tree species, and activities that can be done at home for Arbor Day/Earth Day. Pick up time is 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Veterans Park. Proceed to parking lot 7 at north end of park where there is a picnic shelter. Volunteers, wearing masks, will bring a bundle directly to your car. This is first come, first served until trees are gone.
One larger species of tree will be planted in Vets Park by the Parks Department. The planting of this tree will be videotaped and available on the Town’s you tube channel. The proper way to plant a sizeable tree will be demonstrated by Parks staff.
Thanks to sponsors Grand Island Farms, Inc., and the Town of Grand Island.

Clean UP Grand Island 2021 correted

Press Release: Large Scale Effort to Clean Up Grand Island Planned for April 24th 

            On Saturday, April 24th, from 9am until 12pm, The Town of Grand Island and The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce are partnering with civic groups, local agencies, and environmentally-minded residents to participate in the 2nd Annual Clean UP Grand Island.

“Putting litter in its proper place during both last year’s Clean UP and everyday helps build community pride and shows respect for our Island environment, which we describe as the "Heart of the Niagara", shared citizen committee member, Debbie Whalen. It was Mrs. Whalen’s concern with the litter throughout the Island last year, when shared with Councilwoman Jennifer Baney and Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford, that served as a catalyst for the creation of this event, now in its second year.

“Regardless of where in the world you live, chances are, litter is a problem”, stated Superintendent Crawford.  “It is estimated that 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year. Litter that ends up outside of the landfill pollutes our natural ecosystem and wildlife.  Everyone is encouraged to protect our environment and dispose of trash properly.”

            Eric Fiebelkorn expressed a greater interest in engaging the Chamber of Commerce this year. He will be reaching out to local chamber members and encouraging them, as a business or as a group of business owners, to participate in the chance to beautify the community. 

            During this time, residents are encouraged to clean their homes and yards and dispose of excess trash, passenger car tires, and any items that could hold water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Volunteers will be needed for some additional clean-up areas that have been identified and are listed below, as well as on the Town of Grand Island Website and Facebook page. 

            Underage volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire (gloves, work boots), sunscreen, insect repellent and stay hydrated. Wear a mask if social distancing cannot be accomplished. Due to the wet spring and tall grass areas, we encourage all to be very mindful of ticks. Additionally, groups wishing to work along heavily trafficked roads should speak with Highway Superintendent Crawford to be aware of regulations and safety practices required.

            If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632, Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006 or Eric Fiebelkorn at 319-7292. Send in your photos of your family clean-up to jbaney@grand-island.ny.us if you are okay with your pictures being shared on social media and are interested in winning prizes. Businesses, groups, and families will all be eligible to win, and we look forward to showcasing what is sure to be a wonderful community event.  

Friday, April 2 closing at 12 noon

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The April 5th Town of Grand Island Workshop Meeting and Town Board Meeting will be
conducted via ZOOM and streamed live on the Town’s website www.grandislandny.us 

THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC ATTENDANCE AT TOWN HALL.
The Workshop Meeting will begin at 6:00p.m. and the Town Board Meeting will begin ay 8:00p.m.

The ZOOM Information is listed below:
Topic: Town Board Meeting 4.5.2021
Time: Apr 5, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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A Public Information Meeting will be held on
 Monday, April 5, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
in the Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
for the Purpose of Obtaining Public Input and Comment on
the Proposed Police Reform Action Plan
All interested persons may attend at said time and place and be heard thereon.

Message from Commissioner of Grand Island Police Department, Supervisor John C. Whitney, PE
Police Reform Action Plan: Town of Grand Island Police Department

Energy Progress Updates:

          In an effort to make good use of resources and remain a financially responsible community, The Town of Grand Island is proud to announce their participation in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community Leadership Round and is a registered Climate Smart Community. Responsible energy choices, educational programming, actions outlined and taken within the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, as well other authorized actions, all qualify The Town of Grand Island to pursue these designations. While these distinctions on their own are worthy of pursuit, they also assist the town in their attempts at grant funding, often earning points or credits on related funding applications. During a time when funding sources are not as plentiful and we attempt to provide an ever increasing level of service to our residents, effort towards these designations is time well spent. In the coming months, documentation of accomplished tasks will continue and a Climate Smart Community Task Force will be formed. For questions related to any of these projects, please contact Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, Clean Energy Coordinator for The Town of Grand Island.

The 2021 Earth Day Rain Barrel and Compost Bin webpage is now ready for orders to be placed. As you select various items to purchase, options for you to select a pick up location and date will pop up.
A summary of items and the sale is attached along with specifications for the Systern® rain barrel and Earth Machine™ compost bin.

MEETING NOTICE
Grand Island Town Board
Workshop Notice
Monday, March 8, 2021 – *3:00p.m.
Public Input on Police Reform Compliance

Topic: Public Input on Police Reform Compliance Workshop
Time: Mar 8, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The development of the Town’s waterfront plan (LWRP) is continuing to move along! We’ve done a lot of analysis, gotten good preliminary community feedback, and come up with some key projects to consider after the LWRP is adopted. 
Now we want to get your feedback on what we’ve come up with!  Normally we would have a public meeting for this, but since health and safety is of the utmost importance, we’re going virtual with an interactive site below. 
There are a few different options for you to give us your feedback here including a map, survey, and discussion forum, so take it for a spin and let us know your thoughts!
The site will be available until the end of January to ensure we get a good amount of feedback.  It also includes a little background on the project and a timeline of future events in case you don’t remember or didn’t know what this project is about. 

https://cplteam.mysocialpinpoint.com/grandislandlwrp

Town Supervisor, John C. Whitney, P.E. issues a Further Continuation of Local Emergency Orders for The Town of Grand Island.
Full Proclamation for 2-8-2021
Full Proclamation for 2-15-2021

GRAND ISLAND ECONOMIC DEVELPMENT ADVISORY BOARD
Request for Proposals
Market Analysis

Do you have questions about our 2021 Reassessment Project?

The video below, created with the assistance of our Town Assessor, Ms. Judy Tafelski, and Mr. Joe Emminger, of ENPM, Inc., takes a careful look at the process and timeline involved in this town-wide project. Towards the end of the video, contact information is provided to answer questions that remain. Please view and share this video to help other Grand Island residents become increasingly informed about this project.

Just a friendly reminder to keep your sidewalks cleared for your neighbors.
We have received a few calls concerning this issue.
snow

The Town of Grand Island
Request for Proposal (RFP)
for
Website Design & Implementation

Full RFP

Town Supervisor, John C. Whitney, P.E.
issues a Proclamation Extending Local State of Emergency
for The Town of Grand Island.
January 24,2021
Proclamation

The regular meeting of the Planning Board on February 8, 2021 is cancelled. 
The next regularly scheduled meeting is on March 8, 2021.

The Building Department and Code Enforcement will be working remotely this week. 
The department is closed to the public, please call for assistance with any needs.  
716-773-9600 Extension 646 or 644

The Erie County Police Reform Committee has created a survey which will allow an opportunity for participation of all Erie County residents. The survey will assist the group in making the best possible recommendations.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Police Reform Citizen Survey 2021

TAX PAYMENT DUE DATES:

Town/County - February 16, 2021 without penalty

Taxes can be paid in the following ways:
* U.S. Mail - Check or Money Order payable to:
Patricia A. Frentzel, Town Clerk
* Town Clerk's Office - Cash, Check, Money Order
* Credit Card and Debit Cards (convenience fees apply)
Please use the DROP BOX outside Town Hall for your payments.

2021 Special Collection Hours:
Friday, February 12 
8:30 a.m. to 6:00p.m.
Saturday, February 13
9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Monday, February 15
Closed

Tuesday, February 16
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

NOTICE
 
The regular meeting of the Planning Board on January 11, 2021 has been cancelled.
 
The next regularly scheduled meeting is February 8, 2021.
 
                                                                                    David Bruno
                                                                                    Chairman

 

 

12/30/20

Press Release
DEC ANNOUNCES $1.4 MILLION IN URBAN FORESTRY GRANTS AWARDED TO COMMUNITIES STATEWIDE –
Town of Grand Island Recipient
Funding Supports Community Tree Projects to Help Protect Air Quality, Water Quality, and Natural Resources

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced grant awards totaling $1.4 million for urban forestry projects across the state to help communities’ inventory, plant, and maintain public trees. The grants are part of DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which works to increase public awareness of the importance of trees and helps communities develop and implement comprehensive tree management plans to create healthy forests while enhancing quality of life for residents.

“Healthy community forests provide a host of environmental, economic, and social benefits, including wildlife habitat, watershed protection, flood reduction, increased property values, and improved public health,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Governor Andrew Cuomo is investing in the health of New York’s communities through the State's Environmental Protection Fund, providing crucial assistance for our state’s vital forests to thrive.”

The 38 projects to receive funding were selected from a total of 154 applications, ranked by cost effectiveness, lasting benefits, use of partnerships, inclusion of outreach and education, and support from local stakeholders. The urban forestry grants complement DEC's ongoing initiatives to address invasive species, climate change, environmental degradation, environmental justice, and urban sprawl. Over the last nine years, New York State has funded more than $11.4 million in grants to support projects with a total value of more than $18.3 million.

WESTERN NEW YORK

Cattaraugus County

  • City of Olean - $32,750; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Erie County

  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Inc. - $75,000; Tree Maintenance
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County - $22,342; Education
  • Village of Depew - $25,617; Tree Inventory and Management Plan
  • Town of Grand Island - $50,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Niagara County

  • City of North Tonawanda - $50,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Giving November at The Town of Grand Island.
Many thanks to each and every employee for your generous donations to the Neighbors Foundation.
Our Giving November was a huge success, everything you did will go a long way for those in need.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!

giving november





A Friendly Reminder from the Town of Grand Island Highway Department

highway

Highway Department states its policies for winter
November 1, 2020 is the official start of our 2020-2021 Winter Season.

Please observe our "No Parking" restrictions on all public highways
between the hours of 2:00 am thru 7:00 am
from November 1, 2020 thru March 31, 2021.

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.

Richard (Dick) Crawford, Superintendent of Highways 
Norman (Skip) Mrkall II, Deputy Superintendent of Highways


Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Please provide some thoughts on potential opportunities and issues in the waterfront via the
Community Feedback Form

Sign up for alerts from Pinto Sanitation to be notified of any changes to your garbage collection services. 

https://pintosanitation.com/contact-us/#stay-in-touch

Residents may call: 1-518-471-5300.

Supervisor McMurray and NYS Thruway confirm number residents may call for EZ Pass toll concerns. Click here to read. 

Job Posting

Town of Grand Island Recreation Department

The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department is accepting applications for the following position:
Title: Recreation Attendant
Status: Full Time
Salary Range: $17.77 – $19.90 / hour (contract start rate $17.77 / hour)
Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Additional Application Information:
* Applications can be found online at https://grandislandny.myrec.com
* Completed applications, resume and cover letter can be submitted in person at the
Recreation Office Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please note, due to pandemic safety protocols, applicants must schedule a drop of time by calling 773-9680. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Applications can also be submitted by email to
recreation@grand-island.ny.us

Projected Timeline:
* Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by phone call by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16
* Interviews will be scheduled for February 17-18
* Anticipated start date is March 8

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school and at least 5 years experience in recreation.
Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, physical education or related field and at least two years’ experience in recreation. Certifications in officiating, instructor level certifications and professional recreation certifications are a plus.

Pertinent Skills:
* Excellent customer service; handle demanding situations in a professional manner
* Experience and knowledge in adult recreation leagues and programs

Position Summary:
This is a full time position, 40 hours / week. Work hours will be mainly Monday through
Friday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Schedule can be adjusted when adult
leagues and programs are not in session. Some weekends and holidays are required. Work
schedule will be set to meet department needs.
The major responsibility of the position is to assist in the administration of adult leagues and
programs. The position entails: observing games and programs; oversight of program staff;
program advertisement; communication with teams; creating program schedules; communication
with officials. We are seeking a forward thinking individual that can introduce new adult programs
including wellness, fitness and leisure activities while maintaining current adult leagues and
programs. Additional responsibilities will be to assist in overall Recreation Department program
operations, including special events.