Arthur Donovan has announced that he has formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party to seek a second term as trustee for the Village of Brocton in the March 19 election.
Currently serving his first term as village trustee, Donovan also served his community by spending 12 years as a Portland Town Councilman. He regularly attends the Brocton Zoning Board of Appeals meetings and assists the Code Enforcement Officer in the village as needed in an effort to better the Brocton community.
Donovan is an Exempt Status member of the Portland Fire Department and is retired from the OBSERVER and the Chautauqua County Department of Buildings & Grounds. As a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1017 and a member of the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 of Brocton, Donovan has also dedicated his spare time over a span of 46 years to serve as a Little League umpire for area youth. His involvement with young people extends to his service as Chairman of the Youth/Recreation Committee in the village, and he spends regular office hours at the Village Hall educating himself on local laws and ordinances that pertain to the functioning of the village.
Being a self proclaimed "watchdog" for the village, Donovan states that he would like to see increased funds dedicated to sidewalk replacement in the village.
"For the safety of walkers in our village, this is a concern for me," states Donovan.
"I would also like us to try to bring more business or industry into the village, potentially including a dollar store, or another type of service that would benefit the village as a whole. By serving on the board during accomplishments such as the wastewater treatment plant upgrade, the electrical transformer upgrade, the water plant project and the major restoration of our village's Arch, I have to say this has been the best working board of trustees. We all work very hard, pitch in where necessary and work towards the betterment of the Village of Brocton. This is also the best-employed village office to me. All of our departments work very hard and are very friendly to one another, never argue and work well alongside our Town of Portland employees through shared service agreements."
Donovan resides at 34 Ponderosa Drive in the village with his wife, Jacqueline, and is active with the Fellowship Church of Brocton, serving as the congregation's greeter for Sunday services. During his tenure as trustee, Donovan has missed only one day of service due to a hospitalization.