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System failed to warn of road closure

A system that has been available in Marilla for two years failed to warn residents on Eastwood Road that Erie County officials had shut down a portion of the road indefinitely due to a bevy of beavers in a culvert.

Although the county notified Supervisor George Gertz of the shutdown on Wednesday night, he forgot to use the system to tell residents until Debbie Learner, an Eastwood Road resident, reminded him at the board meeting Thursday.

Gertz apologized but said he was so busy he just forgot. He said he would notify residents when a section of the road between Williston and East Blood would be reopened.

Gertz also announced Thursday that Councilman Donald Darrow, who suffered a heart attack at the March work session, has a pacemaker now and is recuperating at the Greenfield Rehabilitation Center on Broadway in Lancaster.

The board also held a public hearing on a local law regarding parking near a fire hydrant. No one spoke and the board approved the law, which requires parking at least 15 feet from a hydrant. The exception would be a licensed driver in the front seat who could move the car.

The board also:

*Approved hiring Nussbaumer and Clark Engineers to seek bids to paint the water tank.

*Approved hiring Clark, Patterson, Lee Engineering to prepare bids to repair the veterans memorial walkway, at a cost not to exceed $3,200. The bricks on the walkway have become loose.

*Approved a $5,500 contract for 2012 with the Elma Marilla Wales Boys and Girls Club.

*Approved a donation of $1,000 to the Aurora Adult Day Care Center.

*Approved a contract with the Marilla Free Library for $25,000 to help with building maintenance and salaries.

Also, Fire Chief Brad Wurthner announced there is a burning ban in the town until May 14, due to the dry conditions.