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Nancy Gish


The Marilla Town Board on Thursday night voted to hire attorney John Kolaga to develop regulations on the controversial storage and spreading of equate, biological waste. Currently, a moratorium that expires Oct. 7 prohibits the storage or spreading of equate in the town. The moratorium will likely be extended, however, to give Kolaga time to craft new regulations. Kolaga’…

Crumbling shoulders, a dangerously deep culvert, guardrails hugging the road and potholes galore are a Wales resident’s description of one section of Four Rod Road, a roadway maintained by Erie County. Bonnie Jackson, who has complained to the county about the problem, brought her complaint about the one-mile stretch of Four Rod to the Wales Town Board on Tuesday night.The…

Despite defending their practice of crossing the highway and roads in Marilla to pick up garbage and refuse, the Marilla Sanitation Department will now have to keep its big trucks and employees on one side of the road at a time.Complaints from resident Richard Rose alerted Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr., who contacted the insurance company, East Aurora-based Tompkins Insura…

Marilla’s town attorney plans to meet with state environmental officials on a proposal to amend a permit to spread equate on 120 acres of farmland in both Marilla and the Town of Bennington, Genesee County. Marilla Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. said during a recent Town Board meeting that he has directed Joel Kurtzhalts to meet with Lisa Porter Czechowicz of the state Depa…

Wales resident and recently retired chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Robert Spangenberg, was honored Tuesday by the Town Board for his contributions to the town since 1965.The 86-year-old Spangenberg retired from the Zoning Board in May after an outstanding 46-year career serving the Town of Wales.Spangenberg was elected to the Town Board from 1965 to 1973 and then…

The Elma Town Board has approved a new health care plan for union and non-union employees that will result in an annual savings, officials said.Because of new regulations affecting health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, the board went shopping for a new plan, according to Councilman Michael Nolan. “To get this new plan with Labor Management Health, the Town Board…

The Marilla Town Board voted unanimously to approve paying the town’s share for a new press box at Creek Road Park in Elma – a facility used for football and other sports by an athletic organization covering Elma, Marilla and Wales.The contract for the press box has been awarded to Custom Builders for $24,950. Marilla’s share is $7,235.The issue sparked a controversy in Ma…

Funding for the new press box at the Elma field used by the EMW Sports football program is assured – but when Marilla pays its share of the bill is up in the air. The issue arose during Tuesday’s work session of the Marilla Town Board, when trustees discussed the dispute between Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers and Marilla Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. on payment for the …

The Wales Town Board voted Tuesday to pay its share of capital improvements for youth playing football as part of EMW Sports at the Creek Road Park in Elma. Wales is part of a three-town intermunicipal agreement with Elma and Marilla to provide capital improvements to the park. Each town pays a percentage based on population. Currently, Elma pays 57 percent, Marilla pays 2…

The clock is ticking for the Town of Marilla to make a legal move to oppose the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision to issue a permit in March 2014 for a Marilla farmer to store bio-solids on his Eastwood Road farm.The board voted to begin legal challenges regarding the permit process in order to beat the clock which runs out July 7 when the statute o…

The Town of Wales, the only town in Erie County that depends 100 percent on wells for water, is participating in a water study through the New York Rural Water Association.The cost of the survey printing, postage meter and return envelopes based on 1,100 households came to $3.54 per household.To cut costs, the town is asking those with computer access to go on the town’s w…

The Town of Elma Conservation Board’s recommendation to save 38 acres of farmland at 641 Ostrander Road in perpetuity was approved last week by the Town Board.It was the first piece of land put into the Conservation Easement Program since the Conservation Board was formed seven years ago.At a public hearing, several neighbors stood to voice their support for the easement.T…

Erie County says it is planning to reposition guardrails and shore up a 205-foot stretch of embankment between a stream and Eastwood Road in Marilla to prevent erosion.The work site is across from the 27-acre farm operated by Stanley Travis, who wants to store in a tank a controversial fertilizer with components including food byproducts and treated human waste.Some critic…

Wales Town Supervisor Rickey Venditti announced this week that the town’s new website will be live Monday.Venditti said Wales clerks Mindy Eaton, Linda Haesuer and Ellen Bapst have been working for six months to get the site up. Councilwoman Jude Hartrich said the next meeting for the Water Protection Plan is scheduled for July 17. The plan gathers information from reside…

The Elma Town Board presented a proclamation to Trooper Joseph DePlato, a resource officer with the Iroquois School District, for his 10 years of service to the youth of Elma. DePlato’s job was eliminated at one point due to funding, said Supervisor Dennis Powers, but has since been reinstated. He received the Educator of the Year award in 2010 and the Jamison Road Fire Co…