Lancaster village officials last week signed off on Mayor Paul Maute submitting a grant application for $200,000 to the state Office of Community Renewal to help continue revitalization efforts for the village.
The village is re-applying for additional funding through the New York Main Street grant program, after having received $200,000 in grants dating to 2008. Those were matched by another $232,000 from property owners for improvements to storefronts and apartments along Central Avenue, from Pleasant Avenue to Broadway.
The latest grant application is to continue revitalization efforts and facade renovations in the area of Central Avenue and West Main Street, said Jeffrey Stribing, director of community development.
“It’s critical because we had vacancies, and now there is a waiting list for new businesses,” Stribing said.
Also at the meeting, the Village Board:
• Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Aug. 26 to review a decision of the Historic Preservation Commission related to applications for certificate of appropriateness for two signs at the front of Twin Village Music at 44 Central Ave. The commission has denied two applications tied to the two signs and the business has requested additional board review.
• Signed several contracts for services provided for the Taste of Lancaster and Arts in the village, which was held Aug. 3.
• Signed a grant contract with the state Labor Department for $3,612 for safety training at the village Public Works Department.
• And appointed Mary G. Rozler of Lancaster a part-time clerk in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office at $12 per hour.
Also this week:
• The Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the board room of the Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.
• The Town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Village Board is holding a special work session, with town officials invited, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to hash over the issue of whether an Erie Street bridge is a bridge or a culvert, and which municipality is responsible for its repair/replacement. The meeting will be held in the Village Board meeting room on the second floor of village Municipal Building at 5423 Broadway.
• The Village Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building at 5423 Broadway.