The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner issued a cease and desist order to Tonawanda Coke Corporation due to ongoing environmental violations and resident concerns. If Tonawanda Coke does not comply with the order, the DEC will revoke their air permits.
Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the NYS DEC, says this action is “to prevent potential harm to its workers, surrounding community, and the environment.” The DEC plans to initiate air monitoring in nearby communities.
“I’ve been pushing for action on this for years. It’s a public health issue. I’m thankful the DEC is stepping in to protect our residents,” Nate McMurray, Grand Island Town Supervisor said. McMurray will host a press conference on Saturday, July 21. Media invitations have been extended.
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Reminder: there is no garbage pickup on Wednesday, July 4 due to the holiday. All pickups on or after Wednesday of next week will be one day later than normal.
UPDATE: 7/5/18, 5 pm: Baseline (Whitehaven to Webb, Staley to Love, ext. near 190), Webb, and Grand Island Blvd. (Whitehaven to Webb) will be picked up in the morning.
UPDATE: 7/10/18, 6 pm: Bush (Baseline to W River, including Prospect and Summer), Ferry (South Pkwy to E Oakfield), East and West Oakfield (including Oak Harbor) will be picked up in the morning.
UPDATE: 7/17/18, 5pm: Glen Avon, Baseline (between Love and Fix, including side streets) Oak Ridge development, Royal Oak, East and West Oakfield, Baseline from Fix to West River (including side streets), and Bush and Ferry (South Pkwy to East Oakfield including side streets) will be picked up in the morning.
UPDATE: 7/18/18, 6pm: Baseline (north of GI Blvd), Long (from GI Blvd to Baseline), Huth (and south side streets), Havenwood/Pin Oak area, Morningside, South Ln, Gregory Pl, and Woodstream area will have recycling picked up in the morning.
UPDATE: 7/19/18, 5 pm: East River (Baseline to Stony) and the Sandy Beach area will be picked up in the morning.
Farming tradition in Grand Island
Farming became a prominent industry on Grand Island during the later half of the nineteenth century. Farmers struggled to clear the wooded land, but were rewarded: the soil proved ideal for fruit trees. Peaches, apples, pears, and cherries thrived.
During the 1870s and 1880s the farmers here were better off than farmers in surrounding areas, due to the many markets and diversity of crops (everything from hay to beef to fruit) produced on the Island. The Farmers Alliance was established during this time to advance the social and financial aspects of the farmers. Members of the Alliance started a stock company called the Grand Island Creamery Company, which processed aver 5,000 pounds of milk each day.
The cooperative farming community eventually began to decline, due to difficulty of transportation to the mainland and lack of young men to run the farms. But the agriculture movement remains entrenched in the community even today; many residents have farms of varying sizes, and some have been family-run for generations.
1) SUPPORT THE REGION: Purchasing local food keeps the money in our region, and boosts our economy by ensuring the livelihood of local families. It also preserves green space by keeping farms safe from development.
2) TASTE THE DIFFERENCE: Fresh, local foods taste better, and they’re better for you. Vine ripened in-season produce is higher in nutrient value than produce picked, packed, shipped, and artificially ripened by ethylene gas. Small farms often use less pesticides than industrial farms, too.
3) PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT: Local food travels less distance from the farm to the consumer, which cuts down on CO2 emissions. The average piece of fruit travels 1,500 miles before it hits your table—local food travels less than 100. Farmers markets promote sustainable packaging; no styrofoam and plastic wrapping here.
4) LEARN THE STORY: Farmers are always willing to talk about where and how their products are grown. They can give you recipe suggestions, let you know when crops come into season, and tell you about their farm. Farmers are some of the most salt-of-the-earth, hard-working, and selfless individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and they’ll make every visit a learning experience. Doesn’t that sound better than a supermarket?
Visit a farmers market today
There are two main markets on Grand Island this summer. First, a long-time favorite: Susie’s Fruit Stand—and yes, they sell vegetables too. You can find them at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. (across from Tops) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
New this year is the Grand Island Farms Inc. Market Mondays at 1841 Whitehaven Rd (at Knights of Columbus). This market is a full-blown event with lots of local vendors, live music, demonstrations, and exhibits. The vendor list is subject to change, but they have had fresh meats, kettle corn, eggs, milk and cheese, flatbread pizzas, honey, produce, jam and jelly, and baked goods. Stop by from 4-7 p.m. each Monday and prepare to be wowed by the variety.
There will be an information session regarding the Western New York Welcome Center sewer connection at 11am on Saturday, July 14 at the Grand Island Town Hall. All questions must be submitted in advance to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, July 11. Details TBA.
Open Swim Schedule Change
See changes HERE.
National Night Out focuses on strengthening police and community relations. Join the Grand Island Traffic Safety Advisory Board for a night of fun, food, music and more. Meet the many women and men who keep our community safe, while they also show off some of their equipment!
Where: The Town Commons
When: Tuesday, August 7th, 6pm-9pm
Want to be involved or find out more?
Contact Councilwoman Baney @firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to the predicted heat index this weekend, the Grand Island Library will be open this weekend to allow for a cooling location should the community need it.
Open hours will be as follows:
Saturday, June 30th Noon - 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 1st 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
In response to the continued heat wave, the Golden Age Center will be open extended hours next week to allow for a cooling location should the community need it.
Open hours will be as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
*the Center is closed on Wednesday for Independence Day
Zonta Club of Grand Island, a non-profit Women’s Service Organization, will be having a bake sale at Town Commons during the Tuesday night concert on July 31, 2018 at 6:00pm. Proceeds go towards their women’s scholarship awards.
Full Time Erie County Taste NY Market Manager, Grand Island, NY
The Cornell Cooperative Extension is looking for individuals interested in employment at the Western New York Welcome Center, which will open this summer.
The Taste NY Market Manager will manage the Erie County Taste NY Market on Grand Island, NY, highlighting local NY farm products, and assisting with agricultural marketing and agri-tourism strategies. Responsible for the day-to-day planning, coordination, management and supervision of the Erie County Taste NY Market, and for assessing local system needs, trends, marketing, product sourcing, financial management, record keeping and staff hiring and supervision.
Required: Bachelor’s degree or Equivalent Education (Associate’s Degree plus 2 years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute).
Applications accepted through July 2, 2018. For additional information and application instructions, go to: erie.cce.cornell.edu.
See the informational flyer HERE.
Paddles Up 2018
Save the date!
See below for an update from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
"...While we fully appreciate that this is the time of year to enjoy all the recreational opportunities living on Grand Island provides, it is very important that you do not enter the Construction Zone Area which is defined by the entire eight miles of the previous West River Parkway and the adjacent greenspace. Motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited from entering the area. We currently anticipate a Fall completion..."
Roswell Park along with IMPACT Melanoma, has provided 4 sunscreen dispensers to the Town of Grand Island for public use. The dispensers have been installed at Veteran’s Park and are now available for public use.
The sunscreen dispensers were donated in memory of David Petit, a long-time resident of Grand Island who died in 2008 at the age 55 after a two-year battle with melanoma.
The cupola, an iconic part of old Grand Island used as a lookout during WWII, will be on a float during the parade, and available for viewing during the birthday celebration (stay tuned for details). Supervisor McMurray donated the signage that will accompany the cupola down the parade route.
The Supervisor's Office is working with the Historic Preservation Advisory Board to organize the restoration and celebration. Anyone with experience in historic restoration is encouraged to contact the Supervisor at email@example.com.
Online Registration is Here: The Grand Island Recreation Department is excited to have online registration for 2018. Residents can register at www.ginyrec.com - click on the registration link. Once you are directed to the online registration page you will need to create an account where you can add all members of the household, register and pay by credit card online. Please be sure to provide your email address and cell phone number to receive notices by email and text message.
Registration opens Saturday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. For anyone who cannot register online or who needs assistance, the Recreation Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2. The office will also be open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8
If you have any questions call the Recreation Office at 773-9680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to a great summer!
They need volunteers who are able to lift 5-20lbs. If yourself, your family, or your organization is willing to help for an hour or two, please email email@example.com.
More information HERE.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, June 2. View info HERE.
From Dick Crawford, Superintendent of Highways:
"This is a preventative maintenance measure that we apply at the midpoint of a pavements lifespan that seals the existing asphalt with a latex polymer emulsion. Like NYS, Erie County and most towns in WNY, we have been using this product for many years and we only use it on roads that rate well for drive-ability but are rapidly drying out with the driving surface showing signs of cracking and crumbling. This micro-pave is admittedly ugly when it goes down, It takes time and heat from the sun and traffic to cure the emulsion. We resist the urge to bring the street sweeper out to clean up the residual stone and polymer that litter the surface because part of the process is that they will be absorbed back into the surface as the product heals itself. You will notice a marked improvement within the next month or two and in a year, you will love the driving surface. This product will keep your roads wear surface at a high level for many years to come.
We try to do 3 to 5 miles of this process a year along with similar mileage of our traditional paving methods. The initial appearance is always a concern with our affected residents but without fail these issues are always resolved when the product is given time to cure and heal itself. If you would like to see how the surface appearance changes, we did this process on East Park, Stony Point, Lasalle, Red Jacket, Hennepin last year."
See the press release HERE.
The 2018 Comprehensive Plan update is almost complete. Hard copies are available for viewing at Grand Island Memorial Library, Golden Age Center, and Town Clerk's Office. To access the online version, click HERE.
A public hearing will be held at the Grand Island High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. All comments and feedback will be accepted at this time. Communications regarding the Comprehensive Plan can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town is seeking statements of Qualification and Experience for Video Production Services.
To view the full doccument, click HERE.
Purpose: the purpose of this (RFQ) is to solicit competitive proposals to identify a video production firm or individual that will develop economic development marketing videos representing the advantages of launching a business, relocating a business and generally living, working and playing (recreation) in Grand Island.
Submission deadlines: All submissions to this RFQ must be submitted, as stated below, no later than:
Friday, June 1, 2018, 4:00pm
Interested in affordable solar? Attend the informational meeting this weekend.
The Town of Grand Island will take part in a Solarize Campaign, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses. Project leader Councilwoman Bev Kinney and vice leader Councilwoman Jennifer Baney have put together a team of community leaders to spearhead the campaign.
Kick-off to the campaign will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 12 at Town Hall. Residents and business owners can come to learn more about the program. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority makes implementing solar easier and more affordable by offering a prequalified installer, competitive pricing and extra incentives. Historically, Solarize campaigns lower the cost of solar between 10 to 20 percent.
After a thorough pre-qualification process, Solarize Grand Island will select a designated solar installer for Solarize Grand Island. Residents who sign up for a no-cost evaluation of a home, financing options, and a signed contract by a date to be set this September will be able to take advantage of this lower group rate. The group rate is the advantage to this program. They will also be able to benefit from the state and federal tax incentives.
Solarize Grand Island is supported by the NYSERDA under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative. NY-Sun will invest up to $1 billion in solar power through 2023 to significantly expand solar installations across the state, ultimately transforming New York's solar industry to become self-sustaining.
Upcoming seminars with installers, Solarize Grand Island and informational packets will be announced and available on and after the official launch on May 12.
The Solarize Grand Island team includes Jennifer Pusatier, Jennifer Peresie, Paul Leuchner, Diane Evans, Jeff Green, Roger Cook, Jim Sharpe, Bryce Shipman, Celia Spacone, Cyndy Montana, Judy Schmidt, Ron Milks, Lynn Dingey, Bill Shaw and Chris Dann.
Click HERE for details.
Alvin closed from 9pm-6am starting 4/23/18.
Rain and snow melt causing flooding 4/15/18-4/18/18. Exercise caution when driving.
The Town of Grand Island urges everyone to drive with caution today. The storm water system (ditches, drainage areas, etc) are supercharged due to rain and snow melt.
The Highway Department has crews out marking high water areas that are encroaching onto roads. Be sure to check your basements as well. Do not attempt to drive through water.
*Veteran's Park and the Bedell/Ransom area are experiencing heavy flooding. Please be cautious.
There will be sanitary sewer repairs on East Park between Love and Elsie, Lasalle, and Redway starting Monday.
Any member of the community interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, including relevant experience, education or training to:
Town Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island, New York 14072
or by email to email@example.com.
Letters received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30th will be considered. For additional information contact Emily at 716-773-9600 x658.
2018 Gus Macker to be held in Rochester
Town Parks provide free sunscreen dispensers
Town Parks provide sunscreen despensers through
July 4th Road Closures
Independence Day Parade Lineup Posted
See the lineup HERE.
Open Swim Schedule Change
See the change 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.
Get a compost bin or rain barrel at a reduced price until May 25.
"The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, the City of Buffalo and the Western NY Stormwater Coalition are excited to sponsor the 2018 Systern rain barrel & Earth Machine compost bin sale. Prices are 50% off retail. Quantities are limited so order today. Order deadline: May 25, 2018."
NEW: Pay Water Bill Online
You can now pay your water bill online with a credit card or check. Find more info HERE.
Poll Workers Needed
The Erie County Board of Elections is seeking new workers. More info HERE.
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."
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.
Taxable Status Day: March 1
All exemptions (like STAR,or veterans) are due on March 1st. Read more about Taxable Status Day HERE.
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.”
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.
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 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.