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There won't be a new truck stop on Grand Island if the Town Board has anything to say about it. Town Board members Friday did an end-run around plans for such a facility even being introduced on Grand Island by amending the town's zoning code to ban them from being built anywhere on the island. The action would effectively thwart plans for a Love's Travel Stops and C…

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Grand Island has a simple message for a company that wants to build a truck stop here: Don't. Different factions on the Town Board this week agreed they did not support plans for a Love's Travel Stop, a national chain truck stop and country store which has proposed plans to build a new location on the north side of Whitehaven Road, west of the I-190. Love's Travel…

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No community is immune from the opioid epidemic. That's why Grand Island has established an advisory committee made up of both school board and town board members to address the problem. Community members will be invited to participate. "Grand Island is just like everywhere else," Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said. Cheryl Cardone, director of pupil personnel se…

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The outlook for Grand Island's effort to become a destination for solar generating parks is looking positively sunny. Four projects that stand to take advantage of the island's abundance of open land and access to the Thruway and could bring electricity to hundreds of residents are under consideration. Officials said the projects are a result of a solar energy law th…

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The Grand Island School District has been without a school resource officer since 2013, but the search has begun for two part-time officers to fill the vacancy. The Grand Island Town Board will hire two police officers for the position to be funded by the school district, which received $45,000 in state aid. Officials finalized an agreement at a joint Grand Island To…

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The Grand Island Town Board agrees the town needs a community center, with a gym and meeting rooms, but has debated for months on how to get there. Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray asked the board to consider hiring an engineering firm to draw up plans for bidders, while Councilman Raymond Billica said he would prefer making a sketch and a list of ideas and leaving the pla…

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The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to support a plan for two part-time school resource officers at schools in the district rather than a single, full-time officer. The school board will have public discussion on the plan at its meeting on Monday. Currently, all town police officers are part-time. The plan would make the two resource officers part of the town p…

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Supervisor Nathan McMurray, the lone Democrat on the Grand Island Town Board, said he "campaigned hard" to fill two open board seats with Democrats. But Republicans Peter J. Marston Jr., the chairman of the Planning Board and owner of Marston Power Equipment, and Jennifer Baney, a former Williamsville elementary teacher, easily took the two spots, which were left open w…

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The Town of Grand Island board weighed the pros and cons of, creating a special post for a full-time retired officer to serve the Grand Island school district, or dedicating two part time officers from its current police force. Both the town and school board have agreed that a school resource officer, which was funded by the state police until 2013, needs to be brought …

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Grand Island neighbors banded together in protest this past week, parking their cars up and down Fareway Lane to stop a road contractor from returning to repair its repaving of the street. "You can't skateboard, you can't ride a bike ... it's gritty and rough," Fareway Lane resident Don Keller said of the road's surface. "We want (the town) to do something." Alan Jan…

The Town of Grand Island will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Tuesday to allow the town to make $1.3 million in mandated water/sewer improvements. The capital improvement project will install 9,350 linear feet of 12-inch transmission water lines along Staley Road and transfer service to the new line. Wendel Engineering already has prepared a map and planned the report. …

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Grand Island will hold a special meeting to discuss staffing the Golden Age Center beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. Barbara Gannon, executive director, proposed converting a part-time position in the kitchen to full time, splitting the position between the senior and youth departments. Gannon told the town board on Monday that the kitchen…

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The Grand Island Town Board approved a design for a new welcome sign on Monday, but did not approve funding the project, which could cost as much as $7,000 to build and install. The sign, which would feature an eagle on the edge of the Niagara River, was designed by Tom Proctor, a Grand Island artist who does sign designs for New York State, said Supervisor Nathan McMur…

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Social media has been buzzing about the status of the state's plans to close West River Parkway on Grand Island, but state parks Western District Director Mark W. Thomas made it clear: "In no way are we canceling this project." This was a portion of the letter that Thomas recently sent to Grand Island Councilman Michael Madigan after Madigan wrote to him, "Please confir…

The Grand Island Town Board is in the planning stages for a town community center, discussing costs, locations and tenants and even whether a new building is warranted. Supervisor Nathan McMurray has advocated for a feasibility study before moving forward. The Clark Patterson Lee engineering firm will meet with the board at its work session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 19,…