Community Leaders Have Big Plans For Ellicottville In 2014

ELLICOTTVILLE – If you drive through Ellicottville in the coming year, you are going to see some changes, in the form of construction dust as well as on the entertainment side of things, according to the triumvirate of leaders in the area.

As 2014 comes in, plans and projects are already in the works for Ellicottville, as a town, village and entertainment venue. Mayor Charles Coolidge, Supervisor John Burrell and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian McFadden offered a glimpse of what they are working on.

The lid is still on the container, when it comes to what is going to happen in the full slate of entertainment in Ellicottville, for the coming year, according to McFadden. The plans are still be developed, worked on and finalized, since everything on the calendar is geared from May to December of the calendar year, with an announcement tentatively set for March, he said. A basic calendar is on the Chamber of Commerce website for those that are in need of planning a trip.

One thing that can be counted on is that the arrows will be flying once again on the hills in and around Ellicottville, McFadden said. After two years at other sites, the IBO World Archery Festival and Championship will again call the area home from Aug. 7-10.

“This is always a great event, bringing several million dollars in economic impact to the area,” McFadden said. “We are just starting the planning stages for 2014. Marketing and events are focused on May through December, so we plan on releasing our plans in March.”

On the municipal side, the town and village of Ellicottville will be working together on a couple projects. One of the projects will bring a new water facility to the fire district,the other will redesign an intersection, offering better access to new developments on the east side of town, according to Burrell and Coolidge.

The biggest part of the project year is going to be getting the East Tank project bidding out in February and construction beginning later this year, according to Burrell. The 350,000-gallon tank will be a welcomed addition to both, the town and the village of Ellicottville. The $1.3 million project is going to create a better water flow through the water district, bolstering fire protection capacity, Burrell said.

The tank project will also have an added benefit for the village, Burrell said, allowing officials to close the current reservoir for maintenance purposes. Once that facility is back up and operational, the town and village will be better protected with two facilities at roughly the same elevation, Burrell said.

The new, East Tank project will be accessible off Route 219, just about a half-mile north of the new Tim Hortons, nestled in the wooded area, Burrell said.

“That’ll make it nice,” he said. “The tanks won’t be visible and won’t ruin the view.”

In addition to the new water tank, the town and village will enjoy the benefits of a state project, this year. Burrell said the New York State DOT will be working on a project that will fix drainage problems form the village to Dibbs Road, in Mansfield. That project will also include the construction of a sidewalk up to Holimont. The repairs will also be an improvement on the fire protection capabilities of the town and village, as it will connect two dead-end water lines, producing a better system, Burrell said.

The project will also change the intersection of Fillmore and East Washington streets, redesigning it allow for better accessibility. Accessibility will also be the name of the game in work being done to the Ellicottville Town Center, the former Cornell Cooperative Extension building. Some renovations to restrooms at the facility will bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Burrell said. Upgrades to the auditorium and a paved patio beside the new auditorium, next to the arboretum, will be completed as well.

Finally, members of town government will be working on development of a five-year capital project plan to set up a fund that will allow for payment of projects in the future and not have an impact on the taxpayer base, Burrell said.

“It’s been a busy last couple of years, and we will be busy again this year,” Burrell said.

In the village, a consent order from state environmental conservation will make the need to mitigate nitrates and algae growth problems at the wastewater treatment plant. The order means that the village must take action as soon as possible to make the fix. The plans are currently ready for the second phase of work, according to Coolidge. The project is expected to cost just a little above $1.6 million, he said, but that amount may be easily mitigated as well.

“We have a bond coming up that will be paid off. The first payment for that is set for 2016,” he said. “What we are paying now on that bond may be enough to cover what we need to bond for the new bond. We will be trying to get some funds form the state and federal government for those repairs that are needed as well.”

Parks will be getting some attention this year as well, Coolidge said.

“We always have funds to help out at the park,” he said. “We will do what’s needed to be done. We will work with the Little League, soccer and football to make sure everything is as it needs to be. We will be fixing those bleachers and doing some painting this year as well.”

Plans will also be to help the trial committee accomplish what they need, to be able to move forward with the plans to bring a recreational trail to the area, he said.

“It’ll be a good year,” Coolidge said.