BROCTON - The four corners in Brocton look different from normal with the historical arches gone. At the regular village board meeting, an update was provided on the arch progress.
Village Clerk Karen Ardillo gave the update that the arches are currently at Buffalo Iron for restoration. Mayor Dave Hazelton and Joe Magkowski, village electrical lineman, went to check on the arches.
The paint has not been removed from the arches, which is a bit later than originally had been planned for. The reason for waiting, according to Ardillo, is fear of rust once the paint is removed prior to the application of another coat of paint.
OBSERVER Photos by Samantha McDonnell
The Brocton historic arches were removed Oct. 22 and are currently being restored.
The Brocton Village Board was provided an update on the restoration progress of the arches. Pictured, from left are Deputy Mayor J. Dale Abram, Trustee Nicholas Rizzo III and Trustee Dale VanVlack.
Another problem with the restoration is the wiring and lighting cannot be sold separately. The village wants the arch to look as close to the original historic arch as possible.
LED lights were approved by the historical preservation society as being OK to install in the arch instead of the historic looking lights that screw into the arch. According to Ardillo, Magkowski would be willing to install the lights that screw directly into the arch.
"We don't want him up there screwing in bulbs," Ardillo said.
Trustee Dale VanVlack said that he has received resident comments saying they miss the arches. Ardillo also said the bottom of the arches will be replaced. The arches have been hit previously by cars and have suffered minor structural damage.
The new addition to the arch will be the only new pieces on the arch.
"... We want it as safe and secure as possible," Ardillo said.
The board also thanked those who donated to the arch restoration project. All donations will end on Dec. 1.
"We sincerely appreciate everyone who donated. You made our goal become a reality," Ardillo said.
The village also reminded residents that winter parking rules are in effect. The board approved Tolman Engineering to move forward with the water supply improvements, chemical feed buildings work and water main replacement. The generator has been delivered to the Brocton Fire Hall and the utility building is up at the water plant.
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