By Dave O'Connor
MAYVILLE - Mayville will soon join Bemus Point and Lakewood as a place to play pickleball, described as "ping-pong, badminton and tennis all combined" by village resident Debbie Johnson Tuesday at the village board's September meeting.
"(It's) one of the fastest growing sports right now," Johnson said during a presentation about adding pickleball lines and nets to at least one of the village tennis courts in Lakeside Park.
Discussion among village trustees at first indicated offering the sport late next summer, but as the simplicity of making necessary changes became apparent the board unanimously authorized the Dept. of Public Works to make alterations on one tennis court as soon as possible. "If it's going to get people moving, let's do it," Mayor Marty Bova said.
Pickleball is gaining popularity in many parts of the U.S. according to Johnson. Rochester is just example of the sport's growth with more than 60 indoor and outdoor Pickleball courts available in the city and suburbs, according to the U.S.A. Pickleball Association.
The USAPA says the sport is named for a cocker spaniel named Pickles, a member of the family of one of the sport's co-inventors, who loved chasing baseball-sized whiffle balls. Those perforated type of balls, wood or composite paddles and a net lowered in the center are the basic equipment used in the sport.
Removal of the oldest of the village's three water storage tanks, announced last month, will likely not take place for several months, according to John Buxton, DPW supreintendent.
"We probably won't do anything until next summer," he responded when asked about scrapping the 75-year-old tank. "We have to get bids on the removal of the old tank," Bova added.
Taking the tank out of service is part of the village's plan to improve clorination of its water by decreasing the amount of water stored and improving the clorine uptake in the two remaining tanks.
LED lamp heads which arrived in August are now fully deployed along Elm Street, Bova told the board. "Everybody that I talked to loved them," Bova said about comments made to him during a recent walk on Elm. Bova said the LEDs are expected to give a net saving for cost of street lighting, but more will be known after this winter's experience with the lamps.
Two new desk-top computers, each priced at $809, were unanimously approved for purchase from DFT Communications in Fredonia. The units will replace a 13-year-old and 10-year-old duo in the village office, according to John Crandall, village clerk.
Purchase of a $5,216 power monitor for the village Electric Department was adamantly opposed by board member Tye Flurie. "I think it's a waste of money," he said and asked, "How often do we actually use this?"
Bova agreed, "Everything you've said are valid reasons." The resolution then was not brought to a vote because no one was willing to second it.
Trustee Jim Mayer suggested the purchase might make sense if Westfield and Brocton joined Mayville in the purchase and shared use of the equipment.
Local Law 2 of 2013, "Adoption Site Plan Review and Stormwater Regulations" was unanimously adopted by a rollcall vote following a public hearing which drew no response. The law deletes the previous Art. X of Sect. 1004 of the village's zoning law, and replaces it. The new law governs the review and design of "uses required to obtain site plan approval within the Village of Mayville." The entire change is available at the village office.