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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,…

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A solution has been found to a sewage disposal problem that was holding up a proposed Holiday Inn Express on Grand Island, according to town officials. Hotelier Jayesh Patel is transforming the former Dunlop headquarters at 2761 Long Road into a Holiday Inn Express, an $8.5 million project. But Patel learned early on that the septic system for the former office buildin…

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The Grand Island Town Board put some shade on a proposed $10 million solar power generating facility at Bedell Road and Industrial Drive, tabling the item after one resident expressed his concerns at a public hearing Monday night. Ron Rezebak, a town Conservation Advisory Board member, called the clearing of the land for the 18-acre solar project an "environmental abor…

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The Grand Island Town Board strayed from its agenda on Monday night to address a growing sinkhole. Councilman Michael Madigan estimated the size of the hole near the corner of Whitehaven and Baseline roads to be as large as the judge's bench at Town Hall. "It's a pretty big hole," agreed Supervisor Nathan McMurray. Town Attorney Peter C. Godfrey said the collapse …

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Cyndy Montana announced Monday that she will resign as Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray's secretary at the beginning of June and try to gain a seat on the Grand Island Town Board. Montana said she already has received the Democratic endorsement and will seek endorsements from the Working Families and Women's Equality parties. Montana has worked as secretary for Town S…