Wreckage from the wind

Town terminates contract for Burmon Drive project

The relationship between the Town of Orchard Park and Depew-based Accadia Site Contracting deteriorated further with the town announcing on April 4 that it has terminated the contract with the contractor for the Burmon Drive reconstruction project. (See editorial on page four) Cracks in the partnership for the contractor began on March 20, after the Engineering Department issued a stop-work […]

Village budget stays under tax cap for second straight year

With a new fiscal year less than two months away, the Orchard Park Village Board has adopted its $2.7 million budget for 2018-19, staying under the tax cap for a second consecutive year. Mayor Jo Ann Litwin Clinton said the estimated property tax rate for the upcoming year is $4.16 per $1,000 of assessed value, an 8 cent increase from […]

District adopts $102 million budget

Handed a slight increase in state aid with a finalized state budget, the Orchard Park School District adopted a slightly more than $102 million spending plan for the 2018-19 school year during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. That is a 3.82 percent budget to-budget increase. The budget, which remains under the tax cap, sees an increase of $108,976 in state […]

State senators secure heroin, opioid funding

Save the Michaels of the World to receive $425,000 to reduce addiction and overdoses, make permanent peer-to-peer program for recovery

The Western New York delegation to the New York State Senate has announced a major funding commitment to a regional service provider on the front lines of the battle against heroin and opioid addiction. Save the Michaels of the World will be receiving $425,000 in the recently approved state budget to support its efforts to reduce drug overdoses and addiction […]

Bids for brush contract to be viewed on April 13

Town officials will soon be examining what to do in regard to brush collection when bids for a new contract are submitted on April 13. During the April 4 Town Board meeting, the board authorized that sealed bids for the collection be received and filed in the office of the town clerk by 11 a.m. Friday, April 13. Highway Superintendent […]

No Republican takers for student-led ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’

Democrats dominate Saturday discussion on gun violence

In an effort to continue the conversation on gun control and gun violence in schools following the Parkland, Florida, massacre, high school student activists from across Western New York held a “Town Hall for Our Lives” meeting on Saturday in Buffalo’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, inviting elected officials from both sides of the aisle. But while the invited Democrats showed up, […]

Bee Editorial

Burmon Drive needs quick, effective solution

The decision on who was right and who was wrong between the Town of Orchard Park and Accadia Site Contracting in regard to a stop work order on the Burmon Drive reconstruction project won’t be hashed out until the issue is handled in State Supreme Court, but until then, the town has to act smartly and swiftly to address the […]

Spindle items

• COMPUTER TRAINING SESSIONS — Recently, the Orchard Park Library hired a new staff member, Tim Allman, as a library assistant. One of the main programs Allman has rolled out for the month of April is the one-on-one tech training classes. The classes are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and are available by appointment only during the library’s hours of […]

Out of the Past

20 Years Ago — April 16, 1998

• With only four members of the public in attendance and no comment during a scheduled public hearing Monday, the Orchard Park Village Board adopted its $2 million budget for 1998-99. The $2,005,853 spending plan covers the fiscal period of June 1, 1998 to May 31, 1999. The tax rate is $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or a 5-cent […]