B'ville boards: Informational meeting Thursday

At 7 p.m. this Thursday (June 26), the village will host an informational meeting regarding the new sidewalk repair program at the village hall.

"We want to make sure everyone is comfortable with the program and understands the details," said Tim Baker, village engineer.

Baker will conduct the meeting explaining various details of the program including whether a sidewalk needs to be entirely repaired or just partially restored, driveway issues and the options homeowners have regarding payment.

"Everyone's situation is a little different," Baker said.

This meeting is especially for residents with sidewalks in district one, which is the triangular area between West Genesee Street, West Oneida Street and Walnut Street. Those residents should receive a notice regarding the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

Village appoints Mott to ARB

Former village trustee David Mott was recently appointed to the village's Architecture Review Board, a group of individuals that oversee the overall exterior appearance, setbacks and other characteristics of buildings within the village.

The village recently approved a change in the composition of the ARB, which no longer requires a member of the village board to also be a member of the ARB. Mott replaces Trustee Carrie Weaver, who voluntarily resigned from the board last Thursday.

VB alters controversial code

After receiving complaints about a revised code regarding outdoor storage of recreational vehicles, Van Buren officials decided to remove the proposed change.

The original proposal wanted to restrict homeowners from storing RVs in driveways and along the side of their homes. The proposal was made to prevent eyesores in neighborhoods and to prevent restricted access to homes for fire departments in the event of an emergency.

"We are being too restrictive with this proposal," said Trustee Howard Tupper.

The town of Van Buren will hold a public hearing regarding proposed updates and changes to local codes at 7:35 p.m. July 1 at the town hall on the corner of Van Buren and Ellsworth roads.

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