BROCTON - Long term planning is on the agenda for the Brocton Village Board this month. Board members are meeting with key department heads at the village to discuss short and long term goals and planning for the foreseeable future.
At a recent meeting, Trustee Gary Planty reminded department heads to begin thinking of topics such as buildings, technology, equipment and personnel in order to develop short and long term goal planning strategies heading into 2014.
In other matters, Code Enforcement Officer Alan Gustafson reported to the board what has been taking place with the structure at 10 E. Main Street.
"A court date and a violation notice were issued at the end of the month. The new owner was granted an approved continuance and we did meet tonight in village court," stated Gustafson.
Mayor Dave Hazleton further reported that the board is in a particular dilemma right now after receiving a $2500 quote for a complete asbestos study. The mayor indicated he is apprehensive to gamble financial resources without a definitive way to determine if the building contains any materials with asbestos or not.
"Until I spoke with the folks at the Conference of Mayors I leaned towards doing the asbestos testing. But you can't assume there is any asbestos in the materials just by the building's age. If it comes back 'yes,' then you have to follow through with all notifications and treat it as asbestos, even if it's 'no' the building still remains to be taken down somehow. The problem I have with a $2,500 study is that we're spending that money where we're hoping there is no asbestos," added the mayor.
Village Attorney Sam Drayo noted, "For $2,500 I don't know, is that a fair quote? Maybe we could get some other prices for the study. The owner has no resources so this is not an easy demolition. We're still basically in the same situation with this owner, who has no financial resources. We're really between a rock and a hard place."
The board agreed to seek additional quotes for a total asbestos study and table the discussion for a future meeting.
The board also resolved to designate Dec. 25-26 as the observed holidays for village offices. Village offices will be closed on both days, remaining open for Christmas Eve as normal. All village utility emergencies should be reported as normal to village department heads.
The board will meet again on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.