Share this article

print logo

Blasdell bans parking of vehicles in yards, plans farmer's market

The Blasdell Village Board, keeping in mind its continuing goal of cleaning up the village, has made it illegal to park motor vehicles, boats, trailers, or recreational vehicles on any landscaped portion of a yard, except in an established driveway "completed by the use of concrete or asphalt."

Violation of the new law, passed Wednesday night, is punishable by a $50 fine.

Mayor Michael Petrie said the village will not be enforcing the new ordinance until next year so that residents have time to make adjustments to their properties.

In other matters, the mayor announced plans for a farmer's market in Blasdell.

"People have been trying to do this for years, but we're finally going to make it happen," Petrie said.

The village has enlisted the help of Betty Newell of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce to help Blasdell organize the market, and help get certification. Having the market certified as an official state farmer's market is important, Petrie said, so that food stamps can be accepted by vendors.

Newell helped organize the Village of Hamburg's farmer's market.

Though specifics have not been ironed out, the mayor said officials are considering a weekly market held on Wednesdays.

Also, Village Clerk Janet Plarr alerted the Board that $52,000 is still owed to the village for water services. Past due notices will be sent to more than 200 residents, Plarr said.

The village water system completed its merger with the Erie County Water Authority in May. The late notices are for water services incurred prior to that collaboration.

Also, village officials announced that after Aug. 26, the playgrounds in the Blasdell will no longer be staffed. Until then, both the Silver Street and JFK playground on Grafton Avenue will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.