By ANN BELCHER
BROCTON - As a Western New York municipality, Brocton leaders don't want to gamble on the possibility of an early snowfall.
Mayor Dave Hazelton noted recently that he and members of his board of trustees are in the process of scheduling a site visit with Harrington Architects to assess the state of the building at 10 E. Main St.
"It's in the process of being scheduled as we speak so that they can get out here and take a look at things for just that reason, in case we have early snow or ice," stated the mayor.
The condition of the building has been wrestled with for quite some time by Brocton leaders, and has a greater sense of urgency now as the condition of the structure continues to fail. Village Attorney Sam Drayo is in the process of clarifying language that could allow the village to establish an unsafe building account in order to deal with situations like 10 E. Main in the future.
Leaders have also continued to work closely with CHRIC, which facilitated the large-scale grant award that renewed Brocton's famous landmark arch, for possible solutions. The board was grateful to learn of the addendum added to the Chautauqua County Shared Services Agreement which waives the tipping fee for 80 tons worth of construction and demolition debris.
Should a solution to 10 E. Main Street come to fruition, a lower or zero tipping fee would translate to greater savings for the village in that large amounts of demolition debris would result from the building's teardown.
In other matters, village leaders were also grateful for the recent purchase of oversized stone from a closing gravel and stone pit. The material will be used for the Peerless Street Bridge roadway project set to begin as early as this fall.
Should the roadway get started this fall, the material will have time to settle so that the bridge could be set as weather breaks next year.
"The bridge is already shut, so I don't anticipate any further disruption of traffic in putting the roadway in aside from some small truck traffic hauling materials in. Obviously, with the bridge remaining closed, this has already been a disruption for residents along Peerless Street and fire and emergency vehicles. We would like to see that get back to normal as soon as possible," stated the mayor.
He reiterated, as Portland Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz stated recently, that he received no reasonable advance notice from railroad officials of the recent closure of railroad crossings on Central Avenue and Mathews Road. Brocton and Portland fire departments have faced potentially serious re-routing issues and decreased response time with the Peerless Street Bridge remaining closed.
The village board will meet again on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.