2007-11-28 / Local News

Glen Park receives grant money for engineering study

by ELIZABETH TAUFA Reporter

The Village of Williamsville has received a $22,200 state grant for the evaluation and assessment of the collapsed segment of wall in Glen Park.

The grant, from Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-C-I-Williamsville, was announced by Trustee Brian Kulpa at Monday night's meeting and credited largely to Trustee Brian Geary.

"This will pay for the study and free up the (Glen Park Joint Board) budget for some preemptive work on the rest of the wall," Kulpa said.

Kulpa was referring to an engineering study that was to determine how much damage had been done to the wall and what measures would have to be taken to repair it and prevent similar damage in the future.

"This will give the board the opportunity to do preventative maintenance to the rest of the wall," Kulpa continued.

"Immediately after the wall went down, I started going to Sen. Rath looking for funds for the engineering study," Geary said. "I can't thank her enough and her chief of staff, Sharon Rich, for their work on this."

While the engineering study is ongoing, Geary said he hopes construction will begin on the wall at the beginning of the next construction season.

The $22,200 grant will pay for the study in full, and the Glen Park Joint Board will then decide how to spend the money that was previously earmarked for the study.

"It may go to phase one of the construction," Geary proffered.

Geary also noted that while the money from the grant is not taken from local taxes, it is taken from state and federal taxes, so residents' money is being put to work correctly.

"State officials should be diligent in going after state and federal money because that is our money," he said. "That money is out there, and now it's coming back to us."

Board members also encouraged the public attending Monday's meeting to also attend the Williamsville Community Plan public hearing to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Williamsville South High School.

"It's nice to be able to build a community where you might live one day," said Kulpa, particularly addressing the various high school students in the audience.

Community Plan Committee Member Carolyn Schlifke also addressed the board and requested that members begin movement on the Community Plan in the upcoming budget year.

"You don't have to spend a lot, but take the first step in 2008," she said.

The public hearing will consist of a presentation of the material at 6 p.m. by the committee and the planning associates, followed by an opportunity for the public to respond to the finalized plan.

Concepts and ideas in the plan will address the transformation of Main Street into a more pedestrian friendly environment; the creation of "Mill Village," featuring the rehabilitation of the Williamsville Mill and the provisions of better connections to Glen and Island parks; the establishment of villagewide land-use concepts that address the community's vision for diverse neighborhoods and settings; and suggestions for priority actions that should be addressed immediately to yield results and improvements to the quality of life in the village.

Review copies of the draft plan are available at the Williamsville Library, 5571 Main St., and Village Hall, 5565 Main St., as well as on the Village's Web site, www.village. williamsville. ny. us.

"The Community Plan is the culmination of many months of hard work by the Community Plan Committee and village residents," said Committee Chairman Walter Pacer in a press release. "Its strength rests on a foundation of public involvement and input that, early on, charted a direction for the community plan."

The next meeting of the Village Board will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

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