GREAT VALLEY — Renovations at the Kill Buck Memorial Pavilion have been completed, Town Supervisor Dan Brown reported to the Great Valley Town Board Monday.
“The water is turned on, the kitchen is functional, the hot water heater is in,” he said.
Brown said some painting is all that needs to be done around the new stage area and in the new kitchen. He said some uneven concrete under the pavilion was chipped and sealed to be evened out as well.
The public is invited by the town to a small open house to see the new improvements on Tuesday, May 18 starting at 6 p.m.
The first of 15 rentals already booked for this season is set for May 22. Call the town clerk for availability at 945-4200.
The board also approved increasing the rental price for the pavilion to $250 per day with a $50 deposit beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Concerning the town’s youth program, Brown said there are too many stipulations from the state and not enough time to have a program this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brown said he talked with officials from Ellicottville Central School and they will set up in the town hall a couple days each week during the summer to help kids falling behind in school.
“We’ll probably bring some equipment down from the school with the plexiglass and everything to meet the standards that we have to have,” he said.
Demolition of the former Great Valley Youth Camp is nearly complete, Brown said. He said a ceremony to uncover a time capsule buried there will be scheduled for this summer and they’ll likely add to it and bury it again.
The board also approved appointing Jason Keyes as the official for cremation burials in town cemeteries.
Chris Schena, town planning and zoning board chair, said solar companies continue to reach out to the town about installing solar farms. He said the town continues to stand by its decision to not allow commercial solar.
Brown said the town is in the process of allowing a small solar project on town property in the old town dump because the site is out of view from the main roads, would be done on land that cannot be used for anything else and it would benefit the town as a whole rather than individual developers and property owners.
Highway Superintendent Jack Harrington said the road crews have been out doing cleanup and getting ready for summer work. He said they hope to address the problems on Hungry Hollow Road, but it would likely require taking down some trees near the road before any repaving can be done.
“They’re going to have to give up some of the trees in that part in order to gain any sort of improvement to the road,” Brown added. “The residents have to understand that if they want that better, they’re going to lose their trees and their speed bumps.”
Brown said there is no update from the state on a speed study for Hungry Hollow and Cross roads.