In response to the needs and questions of many Grand Island residents about solar energy throughout their community, The Town of Grand Island has partnered up with two local agencies to provide a virtual, live presentation with a question and answer session.
Golden Age Center Director Jennifer Menter, Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, Councilman Thomas Digati, Regional Clean Energy Coordinator Jason Kulaszewski, and Program Assistant with PUSH Buffalo Lou DeJesus have been collaborating to bring a seminar to Grand Island residents. This seminar stemmed from inquiries from residents about solar parks and the desire of residents to know more about community solar plans.
“As public officials, we get a lot of inquiries, and I frequently hear from residents wanting to know more about their options to buy into existing community solar,” said Councilwoman Baney. “I reached out to some experts in the field that we have worked with before, so that our residents can feel educated and informed about solar projects that are happening in their community. There will be a focus on consumer protection and how to determine if a company is reputable, which was a very important component to me.”
“I look forward to joining forces with PUSH Buffalo and the Town of Grand Island and learning more about solar energy with the senior population. Learning how solar energy works, how to be more energy efficient, how to reduce energy consumption, and how to share this information through this virtual platform is an exciting and interactive way to learn about this popular energy source. I look forward to this presentation and this partnership,” said Jen Menter, of the GAC.
“UBRI is happy to support efforts on Grand Island to educate residents about the benefits of solar energy. The town has been a local leader in solar development, and this event will continue to build on the success of previous educational campaigns like 2018’s Solarize Grand Island that helped Grand Island become a designated Clean Energy Community,” shared Kulaszewski.
The seminar is on June 30th at 2pm. Residents can join the interactive session by logging into the Solar Energy Zoom Meeting at the following direct link:
The Meeting ID is 898 5615 3493 and the Passcode is 025688.
Residents can also call in to listen to the meeting and ask follow-up questions at the following phone number: 1-646-558-8656 and entering the Meeting ID.
The meeting will be livestreamed and available for later viewing at the Town of Grand Island YouTube page. Questions can be directed to Councilwoman Baney at 716-622-9006.
On Saturday, June 13th, from 9am until noon, Grand Island residents are encouraged to mobilize their family members and pitch in to clean up their neighborhood or a surrounding property.
This Island-Wide “Clean-up Initiative” encourages residents to mobilize within their neighborhoods to clean up trash as part of an effort to further beautify our community. The event is rain or shine.
The Initiative grew from the online posts of resident Debbie Whalen, who began her personal crusade of picking up trash along East River and the DEC Spicer Creek Park during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Other Grand Islanders also began their own journeys by doing the same. Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford, Councilman Jenn Baney and Debbie Whalen brainstormed this initiative to include all Grand Island businesses and Island residents, with the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, Grand Island Rotary and The Grand Island Lions Club all stepping up to assist.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632 or Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006. Send in your photos of your family clean-up to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like them shared on social media. Refunds from cans or bottles found and returned to the Highway Department, with proceeds donated to The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.
Safety Rules & Guidelines for Trash Clean-up
All volunteers are encouraged to follow the following guidelines;
- Wear bright colors or Safety Vest
- Wear clothing that covers arms and legs
- Wear closed-toed shoes or boots
- Wear clothing that will not divert attention of motorists during clean-up
- Wear clothing that will not impair vision or movement during clean-up
- Stay at least five feet from the edge of the road
- Obey all safety rules and guidelines
- Face oncoming traffic when picking up litter and look up often to ensure that no vehicle is encroaching your work area
- Stay well clear of any construction
- Drink plenty of fluids-take breaks-avoid overexertion
- Be alert for snakes, stinging insects, poisonous plants and ticks
- Avoid contact with noxious weeds and areas where herbicides were applies
- Use proper lifting and bending techniques
- DO NOT pick-up what appears to be hazardous materials, medical waste or any type of container with unknown contents, Call Richard Crawford- Highway Superintendent at 716-818-6992
Additional locations needing attention:
Whitehaven Road Harvey to E. River
Lot next to 2436 E. River
Base of both bridges
Ferry Rd Between E. River and Parkway
Bush Rd Between Parkway and Baseline
Love Rd Between Parkway and Baseline
2323 Love Road to Parkway
2627 Love Road (empty Lot)
2940 Bedell to W. River
Bedell at GI Blvd
Ransom Rd from Baseline to 1364 Ransom.
Ransom Rd Lots at 870 and 769
Staley Road from Stony Point Rd to just short of Thermo Fisher
Tim Hortons/Wendy's around back and by drive through
Burger King around back
Clear drain grates on Whitehaven Road
Empty Lot next to 1939 GI Blvd
Open hours will be as follows:
Please note the following:
· Per the Governor’s Executive Order, masks are to be worn when in the library.
· All returns must go into the book drop.
· We will not be accepting material donations (books, DVDs, etc.) until further notice.
Services will include:
· Over the desk transactions including check out, reference, and monetary transactions to pay for fines/fees.
· Computer use and printing: limited to 15 minute sessions.
· As always, Wi-Fi is available 24/7 for everyone. The network is BECPL2 and the password is librarywifi.
As the library system moves further with reopening, the request and delivery system will be reinstated.
For questions, please call the Grand Island Memorial Library at 773-7124 during open hours.
Please visit www.buffalolib.org for continued library system updates.
Erie County is announcing a free Appointment Only, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held on:
Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 8:00am - 1:00 pm at a location in the Southtowns
Appointments can be made starting on June 10th. The exact location will be sent to you via email once you register.
This is the 1st Erie County HHW Collections for 2020. Other HHW collections this year are still being planned.
All collection events are Appointment Only
You must select a specific time slot by registering above.
When you register for a time slot using this site, you will need to enter your vehicle's license plate number first three digits. Your license plate number is your appointment number.
Please have your plate numbers ready before you proceed to register. If you are not sure which vehicle you will be using, you may enter more than one plate number.
We are working on a free Erie County HHW Voucher Program at a River Road location in Tonawanda. This drop-off program will have limits on the quantity allowed. Please stay tuned for more information.
Please visit our website www.erie.gov/recycling for updates, upcoming HHW events and options, and to join our email reminder mailing list.
1. No more than the equivalent of 6 boxes of items, and 4 five-gallon pails, will be accepted.
2. All Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) must be placed in the trunk of your vehicle or in the rear of your hatchback, crossover, or SUV. We will not accept waste through any passenger door. Your trunk must be accessible and unlocked before entering site. The only items in your trunk should be those HHW items you want disposed.
3. You will not be allowed to leave your car or pass keys to the attendant.
4. We ask you to keep your windows closed and radio off while navigating through the collection area. Please pay attention to staff through visual signals.
5. If possible, items should be in their original containers and sealed to prevent spills.
6. Latex paint will not be accepted.
7. Most items should be packed into cardboard boxes. Plastic tubs will not be returned. Gas cans, plastic or metal will also not be returned. Items may NOT be placed in plastic bags.
8. Please wear a mask. Our staff will be wearing masks and observing social distance protocols.
9. Please watch for emails for updates or a cancellation of this event.
All events are dependent on health and safety factors and may be cancelled at any time. If you have registered we will notify you of any changes to the event scheduling or participation rules via emails.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
ITEMS WHICH CAN BE BROUGHT FOR DISPOSAL INCLUDE:
• Pesticides, Fertilizers, Pool and Household Chemicals/Cleaners
• Oil-based paints, Spray cans
• Paint Thinner, Stripper and Solvents
• Gasoline, Kerosene, Antifreeze
• Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, liquid)
• Fire Extinguishers
• Propane camping size 1 lb. cylinders
ITEMS WHICH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED INCLUDE:
- Latex paint: Latex paint does not need to be disposed of as household hazardous waste and should not be brought to these events. To dispose of properly and for more info: Click here
- Automobile tires
- Motor oil
- Car batteries
- Propane tanks (20lb)
- Computers and other electronics
- Smoke detectors
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Commercial/industrial wastes
For a printable flyer with the list of dates and acceptable items click here
Participants will need to verify that their waste products were generated by households.
Support for events is provided by Erie County, City of Buffalo, SUNY Erie, Northeast Southtowns and Northwest Solid Waste Management Boards and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
We hope you can make it!
3rd Annual E-Waste Event on August 8th, 9am-5pm
Pinto Sanitation and the Town of Grand Island will be hosting an electronic waste recycling event on August 8th, from 9am-5pm at the Town Hall parking lot.
There is No Charge for Grand Island residents to recycle their old electronics (with proof of residency). There will be a $50 flat rate fee for CRT (tube-type) TVs and computer monitors.
We’ve collected over 100,000 lbs of electronics our first 2 years!
Please remember: In accordance with the disposal ban requirements of Section 27-2611 of the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, on January 1st, 2015, it is unlawful for residential households in New York State to place electronic equipment at the curb for disposal. These items cannot end up in our Landfills.
Pinto Cares about our community and wants to help the residents of Grand Island recycle and properly dispose of their old Electronics, TV’s and E waste. Pinto will sponsor E waste drives each year to collect electronics and TV’s.
As always, you can contact us for more information.
Town of Grand Island Advisory Boards Meeting Notice:
In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 and for public health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, instead of a public meeting open for the public to attend in person, all Advisory Board Meetings will be held in accordance with the schedule attached* via Zoom and via Livestream on the Town of Grand Island YouTube Channel on the Town’s website www.grandislandny.us
Residents are encouraged to continue to provide feedback prior to the meeting via phone call, letter, and email.
Comments and questions may be sent to:
Town of Grand Island
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
Email: email@example.comPhone: 716-773-9600
2020 Advisory Board Schedule
*The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 5p.m.
National Weather Service forecasting several rounds of thunderstorms are expected to cross the region from early afternoon through early evening. A few of these storms may be severe with the primary risk being isolated damaging wind gusts, and a lower risk of large hail. Thunderstorms will also contain brief, torrential downpours which may produce minor flooding in poor drainage areas.
In preparation for the forecasted damaging winds, National Grid will be holding line, service and tree workers through tonight to respond if the weather impacts electricity service.
Customers and Constituents that need to report an outage to their home or business should contact National Grid at 1-800-867-5222.
Customers can also receive personalized alerts by text, email, and/or phone when an outage is detected at their property by enrolling in the company’s outage alert option. To register, text REG to 64743, enter your National Grid electricity account number and select your preferred method(s) of notification. Customers also can text OUT to 64743 to report an outage.
Below is a link to our Outage Map that you can access information any time to get updates on areas impacted by outages.
Press Release May 26,2020
Grand Island, NY – The Heart of Niagara: Highway Superintendent, Richard (Dick) Crawford, The Grand Island Town Board, The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, and resident Debbie Whalen are seeking motivated community-minded volunteers and their family members to mobilize within their neighborhoods to clean up trash as part of an island-wide “Clean-up Initiative” on Saturday, June 13th, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is rain or shine.
According to Crawford, Covid-19 has kept us isolated and indoors for the most part. “It’s time to soak up the sun and beautify the area. If everyone works together in their separate neighborhoods, on the same day, we are hoping to make a big difference in a few short hours.” Crawford will be on site at the Town Highway Department, located at 1820 Whitehaven Road on the day of the initiative. Residents who find large items or medical waste are asked to call Crawford at 716-818-6992 to schedule a pick-up.
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. The additional areas will be made public on the Town website and Facebook page as the event nears.
Volunteers must be 16 years or older or 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632 or Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006. Send in your photos of your family clean-up to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like them shared on social media. Refunds from cans or bottles found and returned to the Highway Department, with proceeds donated to The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.
The Town of Grand Island will be conducting a study of the sanitary sewer system beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.
Monday, May 18, 2020 - Friday, May 22
9AM - 4PM
GOLDEN AGE CENTER
3278 Whitehaven Road
On February 21, 2020, the Town of Grand Island received an application for a planned development district at 2780 Long Road submitted by TC Buffalo Development, LLC. The application proposed the construction of an “e-commerce storage and distribution facility for consumer products by a single confidential prospective entity”.
At that time the Town Board made a commitment to the residents of evaluating this project in an open and transparent manner. That commitment included keeping the community closely advised of all information the Town receives as well as any opportunities for public input relating to the proposed project.
Work has begun on plans to provide a safe platform for public hearings during this time of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to post updates with the hope to introduce a viable process very soon.
In that effort to remain transparent and provide our community with information as it is received, you will find below a link to the supplemental submission received today. This submission is on behalf of TC Buffalo and includes detailed responses to comments from the Town Board, the Town Planning Board, the Town Long Range Planning Advisory Board, the Town Conservation Advisory Board, and the community’s feedback received since submission of the Application.
Project Olive - Supplemental Submission for Application
Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates.
Please see the flyer below for details on Essential Worker testing in New York State.
The targets for this testing is first responders, health care workers and essential employees. You can see on the flyer examples of each. In particular, it is important to get essential workers who have public facing jobs tested. This will, hopefully, facilitate the reopening of our economy.
The tests are free of charge, but people must register in advance by calling the number on the attached flyer. It tests for active infections by using a nasal swab. The actual test takes less than one minute. Of course, there is usually a short wait time and some paper work prior to the test. Currently there are test sites in downtown Buffalo (125 Perry Street- in the Cobblestone District) and at Niagara Community College.
The person making the appointment can have 4 people in the vehicle (Car, SUV, Van No big trucks, etc. because they need to be reached by personnel taking the swab) so there is one person at each window. The results usually take two to three days.
Masks4All will be distributing free face masks
in the Town Hall Parking lot.
Sunday, May 3 at 1p.m.
Please stay in your vehicle and they will come to you. One mask per family member. Simply let them know man, woman, boy or girl. Child sizes fits 2-10, XL can be requested. If you are compromised or elderly, delivery to you can be arranged.
Masks are free. Donations to River Lea Quilters Guild are accepted, but not required.
Hello Taste NY Friend!
You may or may not know we were planning another Arbor Day event at the Western NY Welcome Center this year but whoops, our plans were uprooted!
Let’s Try This Again…. Arbor Day Event 2.0! Our original Arbor Day festivities for this weekend got sawed down due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t matter to the trees that are coming our way! We will have 100 tree seedlings to give away for FREE to benefit the community, this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. No need to even get out of your car! Included with the seedlings will be planting and care instructions, fun Arbor Day activities for the family, Taste NY and other contributing organizations’ information.
Choose ONE of 5 different native species (see attached Tree Chart for more information on these trees):
- River Birch
- Red Maple
- Swamp White Oak
- Tulip Tree
- White Spruce
Here’s how it works:
1. To pre-order, call: 716-773-0970, email: email@example.com, or message us on Facebook. We will need your name, your tree choice (from list above), phone #, and email.
2. Wait for a confirmation email with further instructions.
3. When you arrive, please follow the signs to the pre-order parking area by our pergola and call or text 716-796-5932 to let us know you have arrived. No need to get out of your car, we will bring your order right to you!
For those that do not pre-order:
Follow the signs for the drive up loop by the playground. There, someone will take your tree order and bring it right to your car!
The show will go on! Our staff will be following social distancing guidelines, wearing face masks and gloves to keep everyone safe. Let’s branch out and get these trees a new home! Happy Earth Day & Arbor Day!
Western NY Welcome Center
1999 Alvin Rd. Grand Island, NY 14072
Don’t forget! The Taste NY Market has all of your grocery staples: bread, milk, cheese, and more! We’re currently open 9 a.m. -6 p.m. every day of the week for your convenience.
Here’s a link to the Facebook event on our page: https://www.facebook.com/events/264649071362863/ Please share away!
Taste NY Assistant Market Manager
Western NY Welcome Center
Cornell Cooperative Extension | Erie County
1999 Alvin Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
National Grid Update 3 p.m.
With the high wind warnings forecasted across the region today, our field force remains at the ready and prepositioned in areas expected to be hardest hit if the storm impacts electricity service.
We want to ensure you are prepared, too. Be sure to keep flashlights and extra batteries handy, and mobile devices fully charged.
Keep away from downed power lines and immediately report them at 1-800-867-5222 or by calling 911.
Help us ensure the health & safety of our sanitation crews & neighbors.
While we've noticed that some other collection agencies around the region have introduced new restricted collection policies during the Covid-19 crisis, Pinto remains committed to providing you with the same level of service.
We need your help to ensure the continued safety of our crews and your fellow Grand Island neighbors.
Please ensure your garbage is set out for collection in a manner that is safe for our sanitation crews, as well as your neighbors.
- No loose trash - all trash should be in bags. This prevents loose trash from blowing away.
- Ensure trash bags are sealed and tied properly
- Please wipe down the handles and lids before and after collection on your garbage and recycling cans and totes
- Only put acceptable recyclables in your recycling totes. This allows our crews to avoid having to sort your waste
Many people are staying home and have been using the time for cleanouts. That's a great use of time! However, please be mindful of our weekly collection guidelines:
- Up to 10 bags plus 1 bulk item per week
- Garbage Collection Guidelines > (https://pintosanitation.com/collection-guidelines/)
- Recycling Collection Guidelines > (https://pintosanitation.com/recycling-guidelines-grand-island-ny/)
Have Extra Bulk Items? No problem!
Extra bulk pickup starts at only $50
Pinto offers discounted dumpster rentals for Grand Island residents (https://pintosanitation.com/reserve-a-dumpster/)
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
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
Flyer with links and number
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
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Erie County, NY Dept of Health Coronavirus Information
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
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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