Month: October 2019

Merritt A. “Whitey” Spoth

Merritt A. “Whitey” Spoth, of Akron passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on October 31, 2019. He was born on January 21, 1931 to the late Edward and Irene (Daigler) Spoth.

Whitey grew up in Swormville and attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Amherst Central. He then went on to serve his nation in the U.S. Army. Whitey and Joan Thuman were married On December 1, 1956. He retired as an equipment operator from Lafarge in Lockport, NY in 1986. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Jurek American Legion Post. He loved playing cards, especially Euchre, Pinochle, and Cribbage.

Loving husband of Joan (Thuman) Spoth; beloved father of Denise (Gary) Edwards, Janet (Jan) Ginter, Gregory (Sandra) Spoth, Marilyn (Andy) Kelkenberg, Theresa (Randy) Vogel, Lisa (Nigel) Pelton; proud grandfather of 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Whitey is also survived by a brother, Kenny (Louise) Spoth and a sister, JoAnn “John” Mulvey.

Friends and relatives may call on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 2 -7 PM  at Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:30 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Mary’s of Swormville Church, 6919 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051. (Please Assemble at Church). Charitable contributions may be made in Whitey’s memory to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hosp Palliative Care and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

And The Winners Are…..

First off, this was VERY hard to decide.  EVERYONE did an amazing job and put forth tremendous effort, so everyone deserves kudos!!

The Grim Reaper did actually make it out into this dark and stormy Halloween night to deliver trophies to the winners….In……The….Rain…….

The Winners:

BEST STOREFRONT MAIN ST:  The US Post Office Akron

This prize was awarded during the day and the folks who did the display were out delivering your mail, so pretend there is a picture here.

BEST HOUSE NEWSTEAD:  6599 Wollcottsville Rd

No one was home, so pretend there is a picture here. Someone please get in touch with me so I can get your trophy to you.

BEST HOUSE AKRON:    Ron & Charlene Pocobello of 40 Cedar St

What a terrific display of light. fog, music, and scary stuff (the dino costumes were great too!!!) GREAT effort, Congrats!

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BEST IN SHOW:  23 Sheppard Ave. Adam, Brett and Ella Maloney

This house is AMAZING!  The (very wet) Grim Reaper hunted down Adam at a party up the road to give him his trophy.  This house was amazing.  It got extra “creep factor” points for the creepy doll, with the creepy red eyes on the rocking horse singing nursery rhymes. :::shudder:::  It was like being IN a Steven King Movie!  Excellent job and Congrats!

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Honorable Mention to 175-177 Main St.

These two houses were also exceptional.

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated and made our town look fantastically spooky for the inaugural year of The Newsteader Awards!  Next year will be BIGGER and BETTER and SCARIER!!!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

-JAP-

 

 

 

Village of Akron Minutes

October 7, 2019

RESOLUTION duly moved by Forrestel and seconded by Folger to go into an executive
session regarding personnel matters at 6:41 pm be and hereby is approved.
ADOPTED CARL E. PATTERSON – AYE
E. PETER FORRESTEL – AYE
MICHAEL R. MIDDAUGH – AYE
DARRIN L. FOLGER – AYE

RESOLUTION duly moved by Middaugh and seconded by Folger to come out of the
executive session regarding personnel matters at 7:03 pm be and hereby is approved.
ADOPTED CARL E. PATTERSON – AYE
E. PETER FORRESTEL – AYE
MICHAEL R. MIDDAUGH – AYE
DARRIN L. FOLGER – AYE

A REGULAR MEETING of the Akron Village Board was held on this date at 7:05 p.m.
Present: Mayor Carl E. Patterson; Trustees E. Peter Forrestel, Michael R. Middaugh, and Darrin
L. Folger; Village Attorney Andrew Borden, Treasurer Tammy Kelley, Clerk Jayne DeTine,
Chief of Police Richard Lauricella, Public Works Manager Jon Cummings and Code
Enforcement Officer Michael Borth.
The Mayor led us in the pledge to the flag.
RESOLUTION duly moved by Middaugh and seconded by Folger that the Minutes of the
Regular Meeting of September 16, 2019 and the Special Meeting September 30, 2019 be andhereby are approved by the Village Board.
ADOPTED CARL E. PATTERSON – AYE
E. PETER FORRESTEL – AYE
MICHAEL R. MIDDAUGH – AYE
DARRIN L. FOLGER – AYE
RESOLUTION, duly moved by Forrestel seconded by Folger that the audit of the bills is
approved, and the Treasurer authorized to pay same in accordance with the following abstract of audit vouchers:
General Fund $ 22,193.29
Electric Fund $ 173,832.11
Water Fund $ 11,572.76
Sewer Fund $ 16,492.98
Capital Projects $ 62,626.66 Continue reading “Village of Akron Minutes”

Newstead Town Board Minutes

Newstead Town Board Meeting- October 28, 2019

The Board entered executive session at 6:45pm to discuss contractual issues and personnel issues on a motion from Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan. Carried
The Board exited executive session on a motion by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan at 6:57pm, having taken no action. Carried
A public hearing was called to order by the Newstead Town Board on Tuesday, October 28, 2019 at 6:58pm at the Newstead Town Hall.
Present: David Cummings- Supervisor
John Jendrowski- Councilman
Edmund Burke- Councilman
Joseph Dugan- Councilman
Michael Bassanello- Highway Supt.
Brendan Neill- Town Attorney
Emily Janicz- Assistant Town Attorney
Scott Rybarczyk- Town Engineer
Dawn Izydorczak- Town Clerk
Roll Call was taken with all board members present except Councilwoman Morlacci.
Supervisor Cummings called the public hearing to order on the proposed 2020 Budget.
The Clerk read proof of publication. Supervisor Cummings stated the budget does stay under the 2% tax cap. Since the tentative budget was released, we have received updated numbers for retirement and health care budget costs. These have created no overall change in the overall budget numbers, just changes within certain budget lines.
Comments: no one was present to speak

There being no further comments, a motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan to close the public hearing at 7:01pm. Carried

The regular meeting of the Newstead Town Board was called to order at 7:01pm with the same members present as listed above.
Councilman Dugan led the pledge to the flag.
Minutes from the regular meeting held on October 15, 2019 were presented for approval. A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Burke to approve as presented. Carried
Agenda Changes – a motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan to make the following agenda changes: remove the resolution for the solar farm project due to additional comments received today from NYS Ag & Markets regarding the project that need to be addressed. Carried
Communications – The Clerk presented the following correspondence:
A notice of public hearing was received from Erie County regarding modifications to the
Agricultural District, with the hearing to be held at 21 S Grove St in East Aurora on November 4th at 6:00pm.
A notice of hearings on Senior Services programs was received from the Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services. Hearings will be held on October 23rd in Springville and November 1st at the Schiller Park Senior Center in Buffalo from 12:30-2:00pm.
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Letters were received from Marathon Engineering regarding the Borrego Solar project planned for 12963 Main Rd.
A letter was received from Erie County Engineering regarding an upcoming project/road closure on Cedar St to replace a bridge over Ledge Creek. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for October 29th at 10:00am in Buffalo at the County DPW office.
A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Jendrowski to accept and file the presented correspondence. Carried
Work Session: The Supervisor reported that at the work session held last the following items were discussed: water & sewer project updates, planning item updates, building issues updates, grant updates, gas well inquiry, Limerick Hall, court bailiffs, Crittenden Rd, contracts and personnel items, plus any other items brought before the Board.

Agenda Items Question Period: no one present to speak

Budget transfers: a motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan to approve the budget transfer(s) as presented in a memo from Bookkeeper Colleen Salmon dated 10/28/19. Carried
Approval of Bills – Councilman Jendrowski reported that the Abstract(s) from Batch(es) #1973, 1974 & epayment for postage have been reviewed with the previously un-audited vouchers and everything was found in order. He presented Abstract Batch(es) #1976 for payment. Vouchers on this abstract(s) numbered from 1130-1168, totaling $276,650.83. Councilman Dugan seconded to approve payment as follows:
Abstract Batch(es) #1976:
General Fund (A) -$20,032.57, General Fund- Outside Village (B) $19.29, Highway (DA) -$0,
Highway: Outside Village (DB) $234,629.87, CAP- Trail Grant (HTG)- $18,813.85, CAP-Generator (HTI)-$0, CAP-Water-Scotland (HS)- $0, CAP- Water Improvement (HW)- $0, CAP WaterDowney (HW01)- $0, CAP- Water- Cedar (HW02)- $0, CAP- Water-Knapp- (HW03) $995.00, Drainage (SD)- $0, Fire Protection (SF) $2,025.00, Refuse (SR) $0, Sewer #1 Fund (SS) $27.93,
Sewer District #2 (SS02)- $64.84, Sewer District #3 (SS03)- $0, Trust & Agency(TA)- $0 and WaterDistricts: Consolidated (SW00) $42.48, (SW1) $0, (SW2) $0, (SW3) $0, (SW4) $0, (SW5) $0, (SW6) $0, (SW7) $0, (SW7A) $0, (SW8) $0, (SW9) $0, (SW10) $0; Total:$276,650.83
Carried

COMMITTEE AND DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:
Highway – Mike presented his report stating the crews field ditched on Rapids Rd, mowed field ditches, road sides and parks, removed 3 trees from Tonawanda Creek with the help of the Town of Royalton crews, helped the Newstead Fire Co with the sewer problem, picked up trash & tires on Jones Rd, cut trees on Ayers Rd with the help of Erie County Highway & their bucket truck, helped Alden oil & stone, Lancaster mill & pave, Erie Co with Crittenden Rd mill & shoulder work, Elma mill & pave and the Village mill & pave, put up new 35 mph signs on Billo Rd, blacktopped cross cut on Dye Rd, delivered 2 recycling totes, picked up paper at ACS, and he will be attending meeting on Erie Counties new bridge replacement project on north Cedar St.

Assessor – Tina presented a report read by the Supervisor stating she and Julie are still working on valuation of residential properties. They are also in the process of collecting and approving exemptions being returned. She provided the Board with sales data from 9/5/19-9/30/19.

Building Office – the following building report was presented by Christine Falkowski of the Planning & Building Department:
Michael Masci 6130 Utley One family home
Marc Bristow 5010 Havens I.G. Pool
CMK Builders of Alden 11517 Howe Rd One family home
Donald Camagna 5845 Barnum One family home
KKBM Propeties 12188 Buckwheat Roof
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Mark Kloss 12400 Buckwheat Wood burning stove in PB
Thomas Forrestel 6497 Scotland Pole barn
Zachary Berberich 11810 Clarence Ctr Remodel/renovation
The Town Board accepted the building report as presented.
Town Clerk- nothing at this time
Town Attorney(s) – nothing at this time
COUNCILPERSONS:
Jendrowski- he spoke with Louis Henley several times on the fire contract, has left messages for Gary Baehr regarding copies of the Akron Fire contract being left at the Village with their committee members, attended the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, helped address some power outage issues at the Library, which he thanks the Village DPW for their help, and thanked Joe for getting together all the information for the meeting with the Villages fire committee members.
Dugan – he spoke with Village Trustee Folger several times regarding the fire contract to start setting up meetings.
Burke – he met with the Teamsters negotiator on the union contract, attended Judge Campbell’s traffic court as an observer, spoke with the CAC chairman regarding drainage issues on the south side of Howe Rd. A meeting will be scheduled to go over drainage policies.
Morlacci– not present
Supervisor– he worked tying up loose ends on the budget, attended the Association of Erie County Governments meeting, worked on several grants in process.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Buildings– sewer issues addressed at NFC/Senior Center.
Planning– working to finish up several items Water/Sewer- ADESA- Scott is working to secure bonds & insurance for STC with a tentative start date of mid-December. He is working with ECWA to address some issues they have with the modeling for the waterline project. He will call ECWA tomorrow for an update on the Cedar St
pump station memo.
Grants– the new bike path sections will be opening soon with the exception of the main entry on Buell St. Bikers will still be able to get on the path there from the parking lot entry, not the roadway. The parks information has been resubmitted to NYS for grant costs on that project. CDBG has been submitted and we should here something back relatively soon.
NEW BUSINESS:
Approval- Site Plan- 12963 Solar Farm: TABLED
Public Hearing- Newstead Fire Co Contract:
A motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Jendrowski approving the calling of a public hearing on the proposed fire contract with Newstead Fire Co, with the public hearing to be held on November 12, 2019 at 6:40pm at the Town Hall and authorizing the Clerk to publish notice of hearing in the Akron Bugle.
(Resolution Attached) Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Morlacci-Absent
Carried
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Approval- Erie County Snow Plow Contract:
A motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan authorizing the Supervisor to execute on behalf of the town, the proposed Erie County Snow Removal contract for 9/1/2019-8/31/2022.
(Resolution Attached) Cummings-Aye, Dugan -Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski- Aye, Morlacci-Absent
Carried
Public Hearing- Site Plan/SUP- OSR Distillery at 7010 Scotland Rd:
A motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan approving the calling of a public hearing on the proposed craft distillery project to be located at 7010 Scotland Rd owned by Dean & Deborah Hyder, with the public hearing to be held on November 12, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Town Hall and authorizing the Clerk to publish notice of hearing in the Akron Bugle.
(Resolution Attached) Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Morlacci-Absent
Carried
Approval- Lateral Restriction Exception- 6130 Utley Rd:
A motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan approving the request for a Lateral Restriction Hardship Exception within Water District #5 for 6130 Utley Rd owned by Michael D. Masci, based on supporting documentation submitted.
Cummings-Aye, Dugan-Aye, Burke-Aye, Jendrowski-Aye, Morlacci-Absent Carried
Privilege of the Floor/Question Period: Mike Bassanello asked about the Howe Rd drainage issue and why he wasn’t informed. Supervisor Cummings stated it just came to our attention and he will be included in the meeting that is being scheduled to make some updates on the town’s drainage policies.
The Board went into executive session on a motion from Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan to discuss personnel regarding the bailiff/constable position. Carried
The Board exited executive session at 8:10pm on a motion from Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Burke having taken no action. Carried
There being no further business to come before the board for the regular meeting a motion was made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Dugan to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:10pm.
Carried
Respectfully Submitted,
Dawn D. Izydorczak, RMC, Town Clerk

Newsteader Halloween….A Few Pictures

We have a Creek called Murder.  We were a scary movie set for the filming of A Quiet Place 2 all Summer, and now we are a Halloween Town!  It’s perfect!  Watching the decorations go up all month has been great fun.  They got more and more intricate by the day!  I drove around today and got some pictures with the intention of posting them all here…..Until, we drove around this evening (apparently everyone in town was doing the same thing as we noticed people following us around LOL).  Everything looks completely different in the dark, and is also difficult to photograph in the dark.  The houses just look SO GREAT, if you haven’t been out to see them after dark, it is highly recommended!

Who knew we had so many creative, and FUN people in town?  There was light shows and smoke machines everywhere!

I am posting a few daytime “highlights” from some of the displays, but you all really need to just get out and see for yourself.  People really put in a LOT of effort, and it shows!

At first we said “How are we going to decide this because everything looks terrific, and everyone did such a great job!” then, after driving around, there are clear winners.

Trophies will be awarded Halloween Evening (of course there is a wind storm that night btw)

Here are some pics from around town, and again……Heat up some cider, go for a ride and check all these places out after dark, it’s amazing!  EVERYONE gets props for effort!!!  -JAP-

 

 

Here are all the addresses:

40 Cedar St, 40 Marshall Ave, 177 Main St, 63 Cedar St, 23 Sheppard Ave, 72 Bloomingdale, 4 Townsend St, 6599 Wollcottsville Rd, 20 Hoag Ave, 175 Main St, 52 Brooklyn, 5792 Buell St.