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EDEN RATES HIGHLY IN BUSINESS SURVEY

A survey of 71 business people in Eden gave overall good marks to the town in the areas of pride, infrastructure and support for local businesses, but a majority of those questioned found the town's zoning and building code enforcement "unreasonable and restrictive."

The survey, which was reviewed with the Town Board on Wednesday by Mike Bolo of the Economic Development Alliance, found that the majority of business people who responded were proud to be in Eden, and gave the town generally high marks for its infrastructure, especially police, fire and utilities.

The survey also showed that while some were concerned about parking and traffic, most didn't see these as burning issues.

In the area of the town's appearance, about 32 percent felt the town is attractive and doesn't need a face lift, with an almost equal amount, 31 percent, feeling very strongly there was a need for improvement.

Main Street businesses felt that to help the town to grow, more businesses were needed; more people need to live or at least shop there; and a moderate enforcement of the building code was needed.

"You've given us a lot of information and it can be used in a variety of ways," Town Supervisor Glenn Nellis said after the report.

Frontier schools hire 5, raise pay of 3

The Frontier Central School Board hired five new teachers and gave raises to three top administrators during a special meeting Wednesday morning.

The three assistant superintendents will receive increases of 3.5 percent in the coming year.

"That's the figure used by the federal government as the cost of living," said School Superintendent Gary Cooper.

Elizabeth Bradley, assistant superintendent for instruction, will see her salary increase from $103,827 to $107,460; Richard A. Binner, assistant superintendent for business, from $93,829 to $97,113; and Paul M. Connelly, assistant superintendent for personnel, from $82,950 to $85,853.

The board also selected Janet Gutekunst as head bus driver, a management position, effective Sunday. The post pays $36,000 per year, with an additional $1,000 after successful completion of a six-month probationary period.

Board members took no action on appointing a new director of health, physical education and athletics. The superintendent said the board plans to take up that appointment during its July 10 reorganization meeting. Larry Bryant left the position for a similar post with the Locust Valley School District in Nassau County.

Eden Schools seek phys-ed grant

Eden Central School District is seeking a $185,000 state grant for physical education, which would be used for a high school fitness center, a fitness trail, rock-climbing walls and a ropes course.

The district also wants to add one full-time physical education teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade, said physical education teacher Colleen Kot.

Kot says she hopes to hear from the state within several weeks.

The high school fitness center would have exercise bikes, stair climbers, free weights and other equipment.

"There are no fitness centers or options for independent physical activities for youth that do not have the confidence or ability to participate in group sports," said Kot, noting that the closest fitness center is about a 15-mile drive to Hamburg and that many of the students cannot afford a membership.

The fitness trail would have three stations to start -- a chin-up bar, balance beam and sit-up station -- and 10 eventually.

"The fitness trail . . . will be used for multiple activities including in-line skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing," Kot said.

Six rock-climbing walls would be installed at the high school and six at the elementary school.

The ropes courses would be available to all grade levels.

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