CONTINUATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDERS FOR THE TOWN OF GRAND ISLAND
Your safety is important to us.
If you are in an unsafe relationship, under quarantine with your abuser, or need help to feel safe during this time, contact the Family Justice Center for help with safety planning and links to additional supports.
www.fjcsafe.org (716) 558-7233
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Due to the ever changing circumstance and challenges that Covid-19 has presented, the Town Board of the Town of Grand Island has decided to postpone for one year the assessment update of 2020.
Informal discussions with our appraisal firm of Emminger Newton Pigeon & Magyar will not be necesssary at this time. All property owners can expect to receive a Change of Assessment notice on or about May 1.
Press Release from Supervisor Whitney
Effective 3/23/20, the Town of Grand Island water billing department will be waiving late payment charges for 90 days. In-home, non-emergency work is canceled or postponed until a later date. However, requests to start or stop service will be carried out as usual. Inquiries should be directed to (716) 773-9600 ext 614 or email WaterBilling@grand-island.ny.us. If you have a water emergency, please contact the water plant at (716) 773-9641.
While Town Hall is closed, residents can utilize these other options available to pay water bills:
- Payments that are mailed in will be processed as usual.
- There is a drop box located outside the main entrance of Town Hall where payments can be deposited. Please note: payments left in the drop box are posted the following business day.
- Payments can be made via our Civic Pay portal. Please visit https://grandislandny.merchanttransact.com/ to explore convenient options including:
- Paperless Billing
- Pay by Bank Account (fees apply)
- Pay by Credit Card (fees apply)
- Automated Payments
FROM THE DESK OF
SUPERVISOR JOHN C. WHITNEY, P.E.
March 20, 2020
In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, the Town has reduced our staff to all but absolutely essential operations. We have closed all the Public Buildings including Town Hall, Highway, Library, Golden Age Center and Recreation buildings. With water bills being sent out, we’re asking that you mail a check or place one in the drop box located outside the lower level entrance to Town Hall. On-line payment is another option.
We must remember that this virus is not to be taken lightly. Please practice safe social distancing, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, wipe down surfaces with disinfecting wipes. Work from home if possible and avoid large social gatherings. In other words, please do everything possible to minimize the spread of this disease.
In these trying times, we need to try to stay positive. Isolation can lead to depression. If the weather allows, get outside, take a walk, go for a ride. Make some phone calls, reach out to a friend or your neighbors. We will get through this. We can, we must.
Hopefully this will be over soon. On a lighter note, Spring is here!
John C. Whitney, P.E.
Waste & Recycling Collection
As of right now, there is NO INTERRUPTION in the waste and recycling collection services for the town of Grand Island. Your regular collection days have not changed or been affected.
Even before the era of Covid-19, the sanitation industry was consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Our employees are crucial to the health and well being of our communities, and are on the front lines to ensure the safety of our communities.
With that in mind, there are a few things you can do to help our employees and staff stay safe during this crisis.
- Thoroughly clean the handles and lids of all trash and recycling totes and containers with either soap and water, or an alcohol based cleaning solution.
- Ensure bins and bags are sealed and closed properly
- Rinse off and wipe down bottles, cans, and other recyclables before placing in bins.
- Please be mindful of the rules and limitations regarding waste and recycling collection, which can be found here:
Garbage Collection Guidelines >
Recycling Collection Guidelines >
- Adhere to social distancing best practices by placing your bins out on the night before your regular pick up day
Grand Island Town Board Workshops:
The Town Board will meet each day at 9:00a.m. for any necessary business and Corona Virus updates on the following dates:
Wed. 3/18/20, Fri. 3/20/20, Mon. 3/23/20,
Wed. 3/25, Fri 3/27
The meetings are closed to the public as specified in the current State of Emergency Proclamation. However, they will be live streamed from the Town’s You Tube channel.
The link can be found on the home page of the Town’s website in the top header, icon marked "meetings live".
CENSUS 2020 is underway, below is a picture of what you will receive in the mail. The following is information from the NY Regional Census Center of the US Census Bureau you may find helpful, especially those that have seasonal homes in another state.
If you have a PO Box you will not receive a census form at the PO Box. In that case a census field worker will hand deliver a form to your home and place it in your mailbox. This service has been delayed however, due to the current CDC recommendations but is expected to resume in approximately 2-4 weeks. Meanwhile anyone can complete the census on line or via phone.
To clarify some points from the census questionnaire -
• If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at a seasonal or vacation residence (where you do not live and sleep most of the time), and you know that no one else usually lives there, then you can respond online or by phone and answer "no" when asked if you or anyone else is living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020. This will allow us to mark the seasonal residence as vacant so that we do not have to send a census taker to follow up in person.
• If you own a seasonal residence and you know no one usually lives or sleeps there, you can respond online or by phone and answer "no" when asked if you or anyone else is living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020.
o If you have more than one residence, you can respond for each, letting us know whether anyone usually lives there. Please be sure to enter the correct address or the unique Census ID for each home.
o For example, if you own beach houses that you rent out to short-term vacationers, you could respond for each property, indicating that no one usually lives or stays at that address. (Even if the house is rented out the week of April 1, mark “no” if the renters usually live someplace else.)
All information to challenge your assessment can be submitted for review through the following ways:
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Supervisor Whitney Issued a Proclamation of Local State of Emergency for the Town of Grand Island related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately the following measures will be in place:
Town is asking the public not to come to any Town facilities or offices for non-essential reasons;
- public attendance at Town Board meetings is hereby suspended pursuant to the Governor’s Declaration of a Disaster Emergency. Town Board proceedings will continue and shall be made available via livestream, with a link posted on the Town of Grand Island website;
- all public hearings before the Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board and any other body of the Town of Grand Island are cancelled and will be scheduled for a later date;
- all meetings of Town Advisory Boards, Committees, and the Zoning Board of Appeals are suspended until further notice;
- Informal assessment hearings schedule to begin March 18 will continue as scheduled, with appropriate safety measures in place;
- All pending civil actions, small claims, traffic matters, and criminal cases in Town Justice Court are suspended until May. The Court is still open from 8:30am - 5pm to accept payments on fines due. Any questions please call the court office at 773-9600 ext 650.
Any specific events or issues not addressed here will be addressed at tonight’s Town Board Meeting or in the future. Residents are encouraged to reach out to the Town via e-mail if possible.
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 have been documented in Erie County, with one case in the Town of Grand Island, and both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State 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 public hearings currently scheduled before any board or body of the Town of Grand Island are hereby cancelled, to be rescheduled at a date, time, and location to be determined and, pursuant to Section 24(2) of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, this Order shall be in effect for five days, unless extended;
IN ADDITION, I hereby issue an emergency order that public attendance at Town Board meetings is hereby suspended, and that any proceedings of the Town Board shall be made available via livestream, with a link posted on the Town of Grand Island website, pursuant to the Governor’s Declaration of a Disaster Emergency, and, pursuant to Section 24(2) of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, this Order shall be in effect for five days, unless extended;
FURTHER, I hereby issue an emergency order that meetings of all advisory boards and the Zoning Board of Appeals, are hereby suspended until further Order, and, pursuant to Section 24(2) of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, this Order shall be in effect for five days, unless extended;
IN ADDITION, I hereby issue an emergency order that all laws providing for deadlines for action of any board are hereby tolled during the pendency of this State of Emergency, and, pursuant to Section 24(2) of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, this Order shall be in effect for five days, unless extended;
FURTHER, a copy of this Proclamation and the emergency orders herein shall be posted on the Town of Grand Island website, distributed to the media, and published in the official newspaper of the Town of Grand Island;
IN ADDITION, the Town is asking the public not to come to any Town facilities or offices for non-essential reasons;
FURTHER, the Town is urging all community groups not to hold large public gatherings; and
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 16th day of March, 2020.
We will continue to communicate information as we recieve it through the Town Website, specifically in the "Latest News" section of the home page. Using this as the primary and first location for new information will ensure that everyone sees updates as we get them.
The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 thru Tuesday, March 31 at 8pm as per recommendation from the County Executive.
All programs and meeting room use at the library are suspended through March 28th.
We will not be accepting material donations (books, DVDs, etc.) for the duration.
In an effort to help contain the spread of the virus, the book drop will be closed thru March 30th. All currently checked out library items will be due on April 30th.
Please visit the library website at http://www.buffalolib.org for continued updates.
Press Release from Town Board:
We have been committed to keeping our community updated about the rapidly developing situation with respect to COVID-19. Throughout this process, we have relied on the guidance of County and State Officials.
Effective immediately, all Recreation Department and Golden Age Center activities and facility usages are suspended through March 21, 2020. This would include all recreation programs, Golden Age Center Lunches, and rentals of the Community Center. The Town has been in close contact with Erie County Senior Services and will be providing continuing updates.
The Town encourages all residents observe the guidelines and best practices that have been issued by the various County, State, and Federal agencies. The Town Board will be closely monitoring the situation with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be providing ongoing updates to the Town.
The Town Board Workshop Meeting and Regular Meeting will be held as scheduled on March 16, 2020. Both of these meetings will be livestreamed using the Town’s YouTube page, which is accessible from the Town’s website. The Town will discuss other potential impact of the COVID-19, including the scheduled Public Hearings with respect to Project Olive, at Monday’s Town Board Workshop Meeting. Given the recommendations from County, State, and Federal agencies with respect to social distancing, non-pharmaceutical interventions, and other best practices for keeping our Community Safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Town encourages anyone that does not intend to speak at a public hearing on Monday to practice social distancing and view the meeting remotely.Update on COVID-19 from Erie County Dept. of Health:
Dated March 12, 2020
All, the Town Board is working on the issue and will be providing additional information specific to our community later today. In the meantime, please follow the guidelines that have been offered by county, state and federal agencies.
We will continue to use this feed for information as it is recieved in an effort to keep everything in one place.
Please be aware that at the suggestion of the Erie County Health Commissioner, we are suspending the use of all group meeting spaces in the Grand Island Library through Saturday, March 28. All programming will be suspended during this time.
We are also not accepting material donations again for the duration.
The library will be open regular hours.�€‹
These are precautionary measures to reduce the potential exposure to the corona virus. I apologize for the inconvenience. As we receive more information, updates will be sent.
Latest information:Erie County Dept of Health FAQs - page one
Erie County Dept of Health FAQs - page two
Prevention & Treatment
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Erie County, NY Dept of Health Coronavirus Information
In light of the recent emergency declarations, Assemblyman Morinello is suspending Mobile Office hours in the Town of Grand Island. If you wish to interact with his office, please call (716) 282-6062 or email Grand Island Town Liaison, Robert Ratajczak at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your cooperation in these unprecedented times.
Thank you. Be safe
The Town of Grand Island recently received an application for a planned development district at 2780 Long Road submitted by TC Buffalo Development, LLC. The application proposes the construction of an “e-commerce storage and distribution facility for consumer products by a single confidential prospective entity.” The proposed facility has a footprint of approximately 823,522 square feet and a total floor area of 3,783,124 square feet. The project is expected to provide at least 1,000 new jobs.
The attorneys for TC Buffalo will introduce the project during the Town Board Workshop Monday, March 2, 2020 at 6:00pm.
The Town Board is committed to evaluating this project in an open and transparent manner and will keep the public closely advised of all information the Town receives and any opportunities for public input relating to the proposed project. Please check our website and Facebook page for updates.
Application Cover Letter
Statement from Fantasy Island:
Despite significant effort and a great deal of investment in infrastructure, rides and new themed areas at Fantasy Island Amusement and Water Park in Grand Island, New York, the park’s financial performance has made little improvement. The park’s operator, Apex Parks Group, has been in active discussions with potential buyers for well over a year. Announcement of the park’s closure has sparked interest from new potential buyers and the company is working with local officials to help facilitate solutions to permanently closing the park.
For those that purchased season passes it has been suggested to the Supervisors Office that complaints be filed with the Attorney General's online complaint form
Grand Island town-wide equity reassessment update
Grand Island NY, February 14, 2020: Emminger, Newton, Pigeon & Magyar, Inc. was awarded the town-wide equity reassessment project by the Grand Island Board last year.
In an effort to keep the property owners informed as to what information they will receive in the mail in March 2020, a public meeting will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in the court room of the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. At the meeting, information will be given as to exactly when the “new” assessment notices will be mailed out to the property owners and what the property owners’ next course of action is once they receive the notice.
In addition, we will review the timeline and process for exemptions and answer any other questions the public may have.
If anyone has questions but cannot attend the meeting, they may call the Grand Island Project Hotline at 716-453-4300 or the Assessor is available at 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York/Phone 716-773-9600, Ext. 648, Ext. 651 or Ext. 653.
Emminger, Newton, Pigeon & Magyar, Inc has been serving clients in NY and PA Counties for over thirty-five years providing Real Estate Valuation & Consulting Services. For more information about the firm and services, visit www.enpmappraisers.com
The Town of Grand Island is seeking to hire a Laborer in the Water and Wastewater Departments on a Full Time Conditional Basis. This Laborer position involves performing routine manual and related work as required.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Grounds keeping which includes cutting grass, trims shrubs, rakes leaves, cuts brush, spades flower beds
- Acts as helper or assistant to skilled or semiskilled workmen
- Assists in the installation and maintenance of water and sewer lines
- Directs motor equipment and acts as flag man
- Performs a variety of heavy building cleaning work such as washing walls and windows
- Performs routine equipment maintenance
- Ability to follow instructions, ability to lift heavy weights, willingness to perform routine manual work, willingness to work under all weather conditions at all hours of the day, physical endurance and good physical condition.
- Six months experience in heavy manual labor or any equivalent combination of experience and training sufficient to indicate ability to do the work. Possession of a NYS CDL while not required will be considered a plus.
Salary Range - $18.24 – $27.19 per hour
Erie County residency required
Applications can be acquired from and submitted to, including resumes, to Robert Westfall in the Engineering Department, Town of Grand Island, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 and must be received by the close of business on March 6, 2020. Please no phone calls.
A reminder to Grand Island residents that the NO Parking ordinance is in effect from 2am thru 7am – November 1 thru March 31.
We ask for your cooperation to not park on the street, even though its been a mild winter you are in violation and can be ticketed.
Winter snow storms can hit at any time, your cooperation allows our plow drivers to safely open up the streets for pedestrians, and vehicular Traffic.
CLERK TYPIST – Part Time
The Town of Grand Island Engineering Department is seeking a Clerk Typist to work part time up to 19 hours per week
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
Performs routine typing and general clerical work, does related work as required.
Work is primarily of routine nature and involves the performance of standardized clerical tasks. Detailed instructions are given for new or difficult assignments and practices.
Knowledge of office and Engineering terminology, procedures and equipment; knowledge of business and English; ability to understand and follow oral and written directions; ability to write legibly; clerical aptitude; mental alertness; neatness; tact, courtesy and the ability to deal with the public.
Acceptable Experience and Training: Graduation from a standard high school including or supplemented by a course in typing; or any equivalent combination of experience and training sufficient to indicate ability to do the work.
Computer Skills: Must be able to use a personal computer, knowledge of MS Word, Excel required. Knowledge of database programs a plus.
Salary Range: $16.04 - $18.59 per hour
Resumes to be submitted to Robert H. Westfall, PE, Town Engineer, Town of Grand Island, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 by February 21, 2020
Grand Island Clerk to Town Justice Vacancy
Grand Island Town Court is looking to fill the position of Clerk to Town Justice. Legal or court experience is a plus but not required.
Please send resume and cover letter to the Town Court, Hon. Mark S. Nemeth by February 14, 2020.
or mail or drop off to:
Town Court at 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072
The Town of Grand is looking to residents to fill the following board vacancies:
Conservation Advisory Board
Economic Development Advisory Board
Historic Preservation Advisory Board
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
Technology Advisory Board
Traffic Safety Advisory Board
Please send your resume and or qualifications to the Town Supervisor John C,. Whitney, P.E. by February 15, 2020. Email: email@example.com
GRAND ISLAND TOWN PROSECUTOR
Please send resume and cover letter to the
Town Supervisor, John C. Whitney, P.E.
by January 31, 2020.
Or mail or Drop off to:
Town Hall 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072
ONLINE TAX RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS - SERVICE FEES APPPLY www.grandislandny.us
DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED AT COUNTER - SERVICE FEES APPLY.
ATTENTION ALL ENHANCED STAR RECIPENTS.
If your total income for 2018 is less than $35,400 you may qualify for the Low Income Senior program. Call or email the Assessor's office for furthier information.
716-773-9600 ext 648 or 651. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
November 1, 2019 is the official start of our 2019-2020 Winter Season. Please observe our “No Parking” restrictions on all public highways between the hours of 2:00 a.m. thru 7:00 a.m. from November 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2020. 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.
The chipping of brush/branches is for the general yard maintenance of trimming on a residential property. All branches should be a minimum of 4 ft. in length, neatly stacked with butt ends facing the roadway no more than 3 ft. high.
The program is not meant for clearing of lots. If a contractor is hired, they are to dispose of and remove all brush/branches, the HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WILL NOT PICK UP FOR THE CONTRACTOR.
We do not pick up root balls or wood cut exceeding 6 inches.
Please understand that chipping is an extremely hazardous service that the highway department provides and appreciates your cooperation. We do not pick up decorative grasses, plants with vines or weeds. If we see poison ivy or poison oak we will not pick up. It is the resident’s responsibility to dispose of the weed.
We assign two summer crews for pick up 5 days per week from May 15 thru August 31 each year.
Limited pick ups from September 1st thru October 15th, at this time we begin to turn the trucks over for the Winter Salting/Plowing season.
Exceptions to this will be made when we experience ice/sleet and high wind/rain events.
Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
Please provide some thoughts on potential opportunities and issues in the waterfront via the
Community Feedback Form
The Town has a multi-year contract with Pinto for the collection of garbage on a weekly basis. This contract has specific weekly limits in order to keep the cost down for our residents.
The limits are as follows:
- Containers, bags or bushels shall not exceed 60 lbs. in weight, excluding bulk items.
- Material not in cans or bags should be securely tied in bundles, not more than 4’ in length.
- The weekly pickup limit is 10 bags or containers
- One bulk item is included as part of the 10 items
Large remodeling projects either by homeowners or contractors which create a large quantity of heavy or bulk items should contact Pinto for discounted options, or other vendor, for removal of these items which could not be taken by a normal weekly pickup, thus creating a violation of Town Law.
According to Town Law, Section 218-4 (B) litter and garbage shall not be stored or piled on land within the Town except to facilitate delivery to a refuse collector. Items shall not be stored in anticipation of such collection for a period in excess of 72 consecutive hours, without resulting in violation of Town Law.
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."
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