New Pay Rate For SRO Approved In Falconer

ELLICOTT- The town of Ellicott and Falconer Central School have agreed to a reduced pay rate for the school’s resource officer.

After a request from school officials, the rate for the resource officers was lowered to $24 per hour from $28 per hour. This will come into effect in September 2014 and will last until 2016.

“The school came to us because we use part-time officers who make less than an officer full time,” said Cecil Miller III. Ellicott town supervisor. Both officers will be paid the new rate starting in September for the 2014-15 school year. They alternate days in the district, serving all three buildings.

“Through negotiations between the town and the district, we were able to reduce the cost,” said Falconer Superintendent Shephen Penhollow.

In other news, the Ellicott Town Board will send a letter of intent to the Department of Environmental Conversation for a bait-and-shoot program.

The town still does not have a location set for the bait-and-shoot program, nor has it made any final plans. This is part of the town’s initiative to deal with the overabundance of deer. Several people have had problems with deer eating their trees and bushes, and causing traffic accidents.

For the bait-and-shoot program, eligibility for permits is based on property damage and the lack of, or failure, of other practical alternatives to alleviate the problem. The permittee must report all deer taken to Department of Environment Conservation. The criteria states the harvester needs to be at least 18 years of age, has been issued a hunting license or has completed a hunter’s safety course and cannot have any violations against Department of Environment Conservation hunting laws. All harvesting is done from an elevated position for safety. The deer damage permits are available throughout the state.

All the meat taken from the deer if the bait-and-shoot program comes to pass will be donated to the Food Bank of Western New York. At the meeting on Nov. 4, William Wright, town attorney, said the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has agreed to allow such a program to be conducted on their property located behind the Fairmount Plaza. However, they have stipulated the town furnish “indemnification and hold harmless agreements” as a condition of allowing the program to proceed.