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Where We Live: Lancaster


The Lancaster Village Board last week heard reports about flooding issues in the area of Holland Avenue and School Street, involving sanitary sewers. Village officials were a bit puzzled because some work had been done in the area not too long ago, but they vowed to look into it.

During one recent heavy rainfall, residents complained about flooding on Holland, Public Works Superintendent William G. Cansdale Jr. told the board. However, rainfall earlier last week did not generate many complaints.

Studies are being considered to determine the extent and cause of the problem.

Erie Street also triggered some debate. Village officials met in executive session Wednesday to figure out what should be done about the collapse of the Erie Street culvert. Village Attorney Arthur A. Herdzik noted that he had sent a letter to Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli and said he has not heard anything back from the town.

“Perhaps we should go into executive session, before we spend any money that should maybe be spent by the town,” Herdzik said during the village work session. “This is a matter the town should pay for.”

The village will be holding a much-anticipated public hearing at 7:15 p.m. June 24 on proposed sign legislation. It will be a continuation of gleaning public input on possible sign changes throughout the village, which would affect businesses. Also on tap is possibly considering a move to begin charging site plan application fees.

Trustee William Schroeder noted that plans are being discussed to light monuments in Veteran’s Park, along with the flag and Civil War monument.

The Village Board hired E.S. Construction of Lancaster to replace the Public Works Department sewer garage roof for $7,500. The work will be paid for from the Sewer Fund’s fund balance.

Also this week:

• A total of four teachers and three administrators received tenure last week from the Lancaster School Board. Receiving tenure were Jacqueline Clinard, principal at Court Street Elementary School, effective July 19; Steven Smith, assistant principal at William Street School, effective Aug. 16; Amy Moeller, assistant principal at Lancaster Middle School, effective Aug. 16; and the following teachers: Kara Heine, English; Keri Hovey, social studies; Katherine Jay, reading; and Christopher Milazzo, math. The teachers’ tenure appointments kick in at various times in September.

• The Lancaster Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by its regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room of Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• The town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• Mark your calendars for June 30, when the Lancaster Women’s Civic Club presents a centennial tea in honor of Lancaster’s Old Home Week. The tea will be held at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Historical Museum, 40 Clark St. Speaker Terry Wolfe of the Lancaster Historical Society will give a presentation on Old Home Week 1913. For reservations, contact Shirlee Bowden at 684-1065. The cost is $15 prepaid and seating is limited.