BROCTON - Throughout the week, the village of Brocton municipal offices gained a greater understanding of just how large their community is.
Board members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance recently at their bi-monthly meeting and remained standing for a moment of silence for Damon Janes at the request of Mayor Dave Hazelton.
Damon was being remembered at a candlelight vigil taking place at Brocton Central School while the meeting got underway.
Village Clerk Karen Ardillo reported that along with many calls to offer condolences to the Brocton community, there were some that were quite personal.
"Calls came in from Patrick Hanley of Buffalo Ironworks, arch restoration Project Engineer, Andres Huertas and also CHRIC three vital parts of our village's arch restoration. I assured all of them that we are mourning, but as a community, we are trying to heal. We also received a very nice card from Hospice with a note that they are thinking of us as a community," Ardillo said.
Several in the area have banded together to coordinate one of several fundraising efforts for the teen's family, one of which includes a Sept. 29 memorial benefit to be held at the Nickel Plate Depot in conjunction with a benefit bike run to be held from the St. Stephen's Hotel on the same day.
In other matters, Mayor Hazelton reported that his office is still awaiting a full report from the architect that performed an inspection of 10 E. Main St. and that he is hopeful to be able to give a report on that at the board's next meeting.
The clerk was authorized by the board to begin advertising for a code enforcement/zoning officer and building inspector. The board also scheduled an Oct. 2 public hearing to begin at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of amending the village zoning law in regard to fence height. The proposed amendment would allow for fencing up to six feet in height to be permitted without the requirement of a special use permit.
The village board will meet again on October 2 at 6:30 p.m. for a public hearing and 7 p.m. for their regular meeting.
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