SILVER CREEK - A Festival of Grapes free from cigarette smoke will be considered by the Village Board.
During Monday's regular meeting, Melissa Shaw, a local resident and visitor to the festival, said she noticed many people smoking and said she felt strongly that it was not a healthy situation for a festival that promotes family and children's activities.
Mayor Kurt Lindstrom said he believes the idea has merit and he would look into the possibilities. He asked Village Attorney Daniel Gard to review the local law as it relates to smoking on municipal property. Gard said the law pertains to inside buildings and the village gazebo but not to open outdoor areas.
Shaw said she knows of other areas in Western New York where smoking is banned in public parks where children play. She offered to contact the WNY Tobacco Coalition and seek information on signs and ways to curb smoking in public places. Shaw got support from two other trustees as well. Nick Piccolo and Ben Peters both said they support the idea.
The Festival of Grapes ended Sunday with a parade. The four-day festival marked its 45th year this year, with activities ranging from grape stomping to craft shows. Shaw said she brought her children to the festival to ride on amusement rides and encountered many smokers.
"I am not asking that the police be called every time someone smokes, but it would be nice if there were signs keeping people from smoking in the park areas," she said.
Lindstrom said this year's festival was a success thanks to the combined effort of village departments and local volunteers who plan the event. He said the planning committee for next year's festival will begin work in two weeks.
In other matters:
. Village Board members accepted the resignation of Timothy Christian as a police officer. Christian is the third full-time officer to leave the force in about one month. The officers are accepting lateral transfers to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
. A total of $4,784 was transferred from the general fund to the new account for demolition of unsafe buildings. The funds will pay for the cost of sending the debris from the demolition of a Central Avenue building to the landfill.
Village officials are awaiting the cost of the labor for demolishing the structure which had been termed "unsafe" in August.