Cassadaga Village Board Opposes Closure Of Elementary School

CASSADAGA – The Cassadaga Village Board went on record in its opposition to closing the Cassadaga Elementary School.

Village attorney Michael Norris drew up a simple resolution for the board’s consideration. It read: “Whereas it has been under deliberation by the Cassadaga Valley Central School District to close the Cassadaga Valley Elementary School; and

Whereas, the Cassadaga Valley Elementary School is an integral part of the Village and provides substantial benefit to its quality of life; and now therefore be it

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cassadaga does hereby urge the Cassadaga Valley Central School District to keep the Cassadaga Valley Elementary School open.”

The resolution passed unanimously. Deputy Mayor Rodney Waite was absent from this meeting.

Norris suggested that the resolution be sent to Cassadaga Valley Central School’s Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education president.

In other news, Thomas Fetter, street supervisor, noted that the sidewalk plow in the village is not working as of last week. He is waiting for parts so that plowing of sidewalks may be done. “I appreciate the people who have taken care of shoveling in front of their homes,” he said.

During the public comment section of the meeting, Charlene DeChard asked to speak. She noted that the crosswalk across the street from the school is not plowed and said she can never remember it being done. “There are lots of people who walk,” she said.

Fetter said that the crosswalk was taken care of last year. DeChard disputed this. “It will be taken care of,” Fetter said.

During Trustee Ronald DeChard’s report, he said snowmobiles were “tearing up (speeding on) Maple Avenue.”

“The trail is well-marked,” he said. After the meeting he added, “The snowmobilers are good for the economy, and the clubs work hard to keep the trails marked. But the snowmobilers have to abide by the rules.” He said the map of the trails in the Cassadaga area is available on the Cherry Creek Club website at

Trustee Michael Lehnen, who is the liaison with the Cassadaga Fire Department, reported the number of calls the department answered last year. Including mutual aid calls, the department responded to 19 fire calls, 119 rescue calls and 230 other calls. Lehnen also urged that village residents help by clearing snow from around hydrants near their homes.

The board set some dates for upcoming meetings, which will be held at the village offices.

A budget workshop will be held on Jan. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Village caucuses will be held on Jan. 22. The Taxpayers Party will meet at 7 p.m., and the Progressive Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the caucuses are to select candidates for the village election, which will be held on March 19.

Voting for the village election will be held on March 19 from noon to 9 p.m. Those people who are registered with the county are eligible to vote.