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.
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.”
Taxable Status Day: March 1
All exemptions (like STAR,or veterans) are due on March 1st. Read more about Taxable Status Day 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.
NEW: Pay Water Bill Online
You can now pay your water bill online with a credit card or check. Find more info HERE.
Water Department Spotlight
Visit their homepage HERE to view the annual Water Quality Report or to report a water break.
Poll Workers Needed
The Erie County Board of Elections is seeking new workers. More info HERE.
Stay safe this holiday season. Find more details below.
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.
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."
Due to the amount of rain, ALL PLAYING FIELDS AT VETERANS PARK are closed for the season.
- the Parks Department
2018 Preliminary Budget
Citizens have the right to provide written and oral comments and ask questions concerning the entire budget.
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.
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.
Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Cancelled
The March 1 ZBA meeting has been postponed. See the public notice HERE.
The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department announces an increase to the water rate
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.