Ellicott Changes Meeting Time To Spur Attendance

ELLICOTT – The next time the Ellicott Town Board meets it will be at a different time.

The board will be meeting at 6 p.m., which they have changed from a 7 p.m. start. Cecil Miller, Ellicott town supervisor, said the board changed the time of the regular bimonthly meeting to encourage more residents to attend.

“By changing, may be it will be more convenient for people to come right after work,” he said. “We’re hoping to get more people involved.”

The board meets the first and third Monday of the month at the town administration building located at 215 S. Work St., Falconer.

“For whatever reason, 7 p.m. is not working,” Miller said. “We have very few people attending. It has been six months since we had someone other than our county legislator attend the meeting. We’re going to try something different to see if it works.”

The first meeting with the new 6 p.m. start time will be Monday, June. 3.

In other business, the board discussed the deer problem in West Ellicott. Miller said the over population of deer in the Hunt and Fairmount avenue area is a problem. He said town officials are talking to state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel about what options are available to the town to decrease the deer population.

“We’re just investigating our options at this time,” he said.

The village of Celoron, which is in the town of Ellicott, held a DEC-approved deer-damage permit program in 2011 and 2012. A total of 44 deer were killed during those two years. Celoron did not continue the program in 2013. One reason given by Celoron officials for not continuing the deer-damage permit program is the lack of other municipalities running similar programs. Miller said Ellicott officials were not involved in the Celoron run program.

“We were not involved in the ‘bait and shoot’ program, but that is one option we are investigating,” he said.