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2013-08-15 / Local News

Village discusses graffiti problem along Cayuga Creek


Despite an abatement program headed by the Lancaster Police Department, graffiti continues to appear along Cayuga Creek.

“That is one area in the village that they’ve tried to work on, and they just can’t get that particular area fixed,” Trustee Dawn Robinson said at Monday night’s Village Board meeting.

“I think their efforts have been great,” Robinson added. “They’ve done a lot of good things. We’ve even had our Eagle Scouts in the past do projects over by the lighthouse to help improve the graffiti, but that area is an eyesore that they haven’t been able to clean up like the other areas.”

Also at issue is who is responsible for the cleanup — the town, the village or the state.

The village received correspondence from Town of Lancaster Police Chief Gerald J. Gill, Jr. requesting action to remediate a paint swath on the “dikes” along Cayuga Creek that couldn’t be removed by youth volunteers as part of the graffiti abatement program.

“As far as I know, that’s really not our jurisdiction. That belongs to the [state] Department of Environmental Conservation, and it might be something they remove,” Trustee William C. Schroeder said. “If they can do it, then the problem is solved. If not, then we might have to look into it further to see what if anything we can do to help eradicate that graffiti.”

In another matter, the village announced that it was ending its relationship with the Scott Aviation Corp., which manufactures air packs used by the fire department and filled its air bottles for many years. Located in the village, Scott Aviation Corp. has phased out that part of its operation.

Schroeder said that about 10 years ago, the village applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to get its own air station but was unsuccessful. Around that time, the Lancaster-Alden Fire Chiefs Association pooled money, and surrounding fire companies bought into a compressor stored at the Lancaster Town Center.

“At that time, the more sensible and economical thing to do was to buy into that, but we had no reason to when they first started because Scott was taking care of us,” said Schroeder, who served as chief of the Lancaster Fire Department from 1994 to 1996. “Since that time, between the last one or two years, the Village of Depew has obtained their own air bottle filling equipment, so they’re opting out and we’re taking their place in there. It’s a good deal for everybody.”

Schroeder said the equipment can be used at any time and that the village is opting in at a cost of $2,000.

The board also responded to a concerned resident regarding safety issues at the West Drullard playground’s basketball court. Robinson, who went to the court and took some pictures, said the blacktop behind one of the baskets is broken down.

William Cansdale, superintendent of the Department of Public Works, and his office have since patched up the area. Robinson corresponded with the concerned resident, who also sent pictures to the Village Clerk’s Office, and the individual was satisfied with the work.

“I think in the long run the court might need an overhaul, but at this point, we just committed to the patchwork,” Robinson said.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Council Chambers of the Lancaster Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

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