By Jasmine Willis
BROCTON - Board members spoke at the Brocton village meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8, about former trustee Arthur "Artie" Donovan's passing in December.
Mayor David Hazelton asked the board if they would like to make a motion to appoint a new trustee to fill his spot or wait until the March 19 election.
It was mutually decided the board would wait until the March 19 election for a new trustee to be elected.
"We are only talking about two months," Hazelton said. "We will act for the time being and elect someone in March."
When asked if it was out of respect for Donovan that they chose to wait, Hazelton answered, "It is out of respect for the family," he said. "Also, if we appoint someone now they would just have to go up for election anyway in March."
In other business, Brocton Laundromat owner Mike Bellando talked of his concerns and frustrations involving his business neighbor using his parking lot for their customers.
"I had 15 cars on my parking lot and when I asked them to move they cursed at me," he said. "My customers were having to park at Country Fair to walk to my laundromat, so they took their business somewhere else."
Bellando said it is really "crippling for anyone to make a dollar" and this stunt cost him money.
"(They should) have some consideration," he said. "I spent money plowing my property and I had to see how my neighbor was faring, it was insane."
Hazelton said he would have the zoning officer review this matter and would sit down with Bellando to discuss more on this problem.
"We want to make everyone happy," he said. "We want to keep downtown going."
Highway Superintendent Tom Allen brought to the attention of the board how he has been doing during the extreme weather.
"I wish people would not plow their sidewalks," he said. "I wish they would shovel around their fire hydrants." Hazelton said Allen has done a great job with the village and keeping everything operational.
"We have had no outages and that is a very nice thing to know," he said. "It is nice for people to know they will still have their electric heaters on in the morning."
Trustee Gary Planty agreed, "When you get extreme weather like we have and everything goes well it is greatly appreciated."
Deputy Mayor J. Dale Abram said, "You guys have done a terrific job keeping everything going."
Abram also urges the community to clean their storm drains now since the region is expecting a deep thaw to take place over the weekend.
A new contract between the Village of Brocton and Town of Portland Fire Department was approved and signed by Mayor Hazelton and will run through the end of the year.