Aurora/East Aurora

To find a better way to deal with the Tannery Brook ice jams that led to basement flooding this month and last, the village scheduled a public meeting for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the fire station on Oakwood Avenue.

A representative from the Erie County Soil and Water District will be on hand, along with the mayor and village staff, said Bryan Gazda, village administrator.

Already this winter, village workers and the Aurora Highway Department have had to go through backyards to get to the brook and break up ice jams. This work has included breaking down a fence and cutting down trees.

Thursday’s meeting is an opportunity for residents to come talk about how they would like the village to handle flooding in the future. Gazda estimated that there are about 15 to 20 houses on Girard Avenue and Ridge Road that are most affected.

Also this week:

• The Aurora Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Southside Municipal Building, 300 Gleed Avenue.

• The East Aurora School Board will hold a budget development forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at the Middle School, 430 Main St. Discussion will focus on how best to close the $2.1 million budget gap. Options include increasing the tax levy, increasing class sizes and reducing electives and staff. Questions and opinions are welcome. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Paula Schmidt at 687-2302 or

• The Roycroft Inn will transform itself into an island oasis for its annual Caribbean Party at 6 p.m., Friday. The fete comes complete with Tiki Bar, umbrellas in drinks, Hawaiian shirts and a performance by Lancaster Middle School’s Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra. Intended as an antidote to winter cabin fever, tickets are $15. “This year I think everybody really needs it,” said Lynn Kinsella, marketing representative for the Roycroft Inn and Campus. For more information, call 652-5552.