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Village of Kenmore
2919 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
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(716) 873-5700
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September 2018.  The Village of Kenmore and the County of Erie will be conducting an Information Meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6 - 8 PM to review plans for the Elmwood Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Improvement Project - Phase II.  This project will involve replacement of the sidewalks, restoration of green space, and implementation of ADA curb cuts to the west side of Elmwood Avenue.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Kenmore Municipal Building 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore 14217.  All are welcome to learn more about this project.

 

Please contact Brian Rose at 716 858-2079 with any questions.  Written comments should be forwarded to Mr. Rose at the Erie County Department of Public Works, 95 Franklin Street, Room 1400, Buffalo, NY  14202 and must be received by 5 PM Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

 

 

May 31 2018.  Kenmore Police carry torch for Special Olympics.  On June 1, 2018, the Kenmore Police Department and the Town Police Department will be participating in the annual Torch run for Special Olympics.  They will pick up the torch around 9 AM at Sheridan Drive and Niagara Falls Boulevard and will be running down Delaware Avenue (around the Municipal Building) between 9:30 and 9:45 AM.

All are welcome to come out and cheer on our police representatives and all the runners!  Congratulations to all the participants of the 2018 Special Olympics!!

 

April 2018.   The Village Board has approved the Budget for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year which begins June 1, 2018.  The Budget includes a small increase to the Homestead Tax Rate of just 57 cents/$1000.  Since most homes have an assessed valuation of $55,000, the average increase will be $28.50 for the entire year (only $2.47 more per month). 

The budget again includes no increase for elected officials who have had no salary increase for 31 years.  There were also virtually no increases to Department Head budgets which have stayed level for 17 years, despite increased costs for materials, equipment, supplies, IT/contractual and professional services, etc.

Total Appropriations for all funds total $18,515,827.  The General Fund, on which the Village Tax rate is based is $13,860,022.  The budget includes funding for many capital improvements including milling and paving of several streets, sidewalk replacements in CDBG-eligible streets, and several sewer lining projects.

 

The Mayor noted that in the 17/18 Fiscal Year, the Village completed 2 water main replacement projects, lined several sewers, completed work on the east side of the Elmwood Pedestrian Improvement Project, initiated its new Recycle Program and started installing remote readers on interior water meters.  The budget will allow for capital improvements while maintaining the Village's services including emergency services which boast the fastest response time in Western New York.

 

1/8/2018  2018 starts with news that the Village has been awarded two grants from the Regional Economic Development Council/Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)!  The first is an engineering grant for $100,000.  This grant will be used to purchase and install flow meters at various locations throughout the Village and to complete an engineering report studying inflow and infiltration of the Village’s system.

 

 

 

The second grant is for Water Quality Improvement and is for $1.7 Million dollars.  This funding will allow us to put in sewer linings on our trunk sewers located on the east and west side of Colvin, the east side of Delaware Road, and on the remainder of East Hazeltine.  These locations were selected as nearly half of our sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) are located on these streets.  Lining these sewers should eliminate these overflows and will significantly improve our sewer system. This grant funding will also be used for manhole rehabilitation.

 

 

 

I should note that both of these grants have a matching component, requiring the Village to contribute towards the costs associated with these grants. So, while it is great news indeed that we’ve been awarded this funding, you should know that these grants do require the Village to chip in, as well. Also, while this funding will definitely help us to address our DEC requirements (and improve our system), the DEC/capital surcharge will remain on your water/sewer bill.  The surcharge was implemented to address the additional costs we incurred when we borrowed money to pay for various water and sewer infrastructure projects. As a result, until that loan is repaid, the surcharge will be used towards payment of the interest and principal on that borrowing – costs which are not included in the operating budget for the water and sewer funds.

 

 

 

 

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27 Aug 2019;
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