ELLICOTTVILLE – New construction and efforts to lure more events – and tourists – will help make 2014 a good year for Ellicottville, according to a trio of town and village leaders.
One highlight will come when arrows start flying again as the International Bowhunting Organization’s World Archery Festival and Championship returns Aug. 7-10 after two years at other sites.
“This is always a great event, bringing several million dollars in economic impact to the area,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian McFadden, adding that plans for the full year are still being developed. “Marketing and events are focused on May through December, so we plan on releasing our plans in March.”
Meanwhile, the town and village will cooperate this year on several major improvement projects, according to Mayor Charles Coolidge and Supervisor John Burrell.
One is the East Tank project, to be bid in February, bringing a new 350,000-gallon tank to the fire district, Burrell said. The $1.3 million project will improve water flow through the district, bolstering fire protection, he said.
The project will also have an added benefit for the village, Burrell said, allowing officials to close the current reservoir for maintenance. Once that facility is back up and operational, the town and village will be better protected with two facilities at roughly the same elevation, Burrell said.
The new East Tank will be accessible off Route 219, just about half a mile north of the new Tim Horton’s, nestled in a wooded area, Burrell said.
“That’ll make it nice,” he said. “The tanks won’t be visible and won’t ruin the view.”
In addition to the new water tank, the town and village will benefit from a state transportation project that will fix drainage problems from the village to Dibbs Road in Mansfield, Burrell said. That project will also include the construction of a sidewalk up to Holimont. The repairs will also improve fire protection because it will connect two dead-end water lines, producing a better system, Burrell said.
The project also will redesign the intersection of Fillmore and East Washington streets to improve accessibility, he said.
The Ellicottville Town Center, formerly the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, will also have its restrooms renovated this year to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Burrell said, and there will be upgrades to the auditorium and its paved patio.
In the village, a consent order from state Department of Environmental Conservation will require mitigation of nitrates and algae growth at the wastewater treatment plant as soon as possible. Plans are ready for the second phase of work, according to Coolidge. The project is expected to cost a little over $1.6 million, he said, but that amount may be offset.
“We have a bond coming up that will be paid off,” he said. “What we are paying now on that bond may be enough to cover what we need for the new bond. We will be trying to get some funds form the state and federal government for those repairs that are needed, as well.”