MAYOR’S NOTEBOOK-June 2016
Howard M. “Hub” Frawley
“2016” Summer is quickly approaching and I hope you are looking forward to the many highlights in the Village of Angola.
- The “Friends of the Village” and the Evans Historical Society hosted a Historical marker Dedication at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, placing a marker memorializing the unidentified victims of the 1867 Angola Train disaster. Afterwards, there was a dedication at the Story Board Historical Marker about the 1867 disaster that is placed on Commercial Street across from the Village Hall. Stop and check out this marker which was designed via our own Miss Charity Vogel’s “Angola Horror” story-book.
- I am looking forward to moving in a positive direction to fill the vacant properties in the Village of Angola, I want to see Angola continue to grow and prosper and it cannot happen until these properties see life again. This will result in more foot traffic on Main Street and will increase business support.
- I have joined in the efforts of Assemblyman Kearns on the “Shame the Bank” Campaign which has had a positive impact on some of the vacant and neglected bank owned properties.
- The Village’s first Landbanking project at 59 North Main Street is moving along. A local contractor has been hired to renovate the business zoned building and the Village hopes to find an interested party to purchase the property located in the center of our business district. This one-floor plan offers many possibilities. If you have any interest contact the Village Hall and they can send you in the right direction.
- With the summer season approaching I encourage all of you to take the time to stop and shop our local Businesses. I’m sure you will be surprised at what you find when you compare prices and or services for your home repairs or special event needs.
- The Village Board is moving forward with the relocation of the 1882 Nickel Plate Depot. Legislative initiative monies have been on hold for this project.
- Most of you must have seen the new “Angola Village Commons” (The old Evans bank building on the corner of Lake and N Main) It is an absolute plus in our area, consisting of Doctors’ offices and more to come. It has undergone a well-planned restoration and it is simply beautiful.
- Another great renovation project that has been moving forward is the old Ford Lanes Building at 77 N Main. New owners Matthew and Jennifer Podoba are excited to bring a new life to our area. Watch as the location unfolds into the Angola Village Lofts, which will consist of a hotel and “Veronica’s” Café.
- The Erie County Facade Program has been re-activated in the Village, for information contact the Village Hall.
- The Grove Street Waterline project funded partly through CDBG Funds has been completed.
- Make sure you walk this beautiful Village and take in the scenery of the hanging flower baskets and the flower boxes all a part of the beautifying the village project through the “Friends of the Village” organization. Donations graciously accepted.
- The Summer Concert series starts at Centennial Park on Center Street every Wednesday June 15 through August 31st 7-9PM. The rain location is at the Angola Theatre.
- The annual Strawberry Social will be held at the Congregational UCC across from Crosby’s on June 16 and 17th 11am – 9pm
- The Angola Library “Hot Dog” fundraiser sponsored by Legislator John Mills will be on Friday July 8th, please plan on lunch there on that day.
- The first annual “Angola Main Street Cruise” will be held Saturday, July 9th 12-4
- The Village Board is seeking funding through the NYS Clean/Drinking Water Grants program to replace old waterlines.
- Check out new Business’s in the Village such as Spek-tac-ular Creations Jewelry Store next to the Angola Theatre, Garage Fitness on N Main at Orchard, at the “Y”, the Angola One Stop Smoke Shop on Commercial Street as well as Stella Pierogi’s on S Main at the Old Pizza House.
- Events, emergencies and more can be found on the Village Website at www.villageofangola.org.
- reminder to make sure you stop at crosswalks for pedestrians crossings, it’s the law.
- respect others by cleaning up after your pet on public sidewalks.
- In closing I encourage all to share in keeping our community safe by notifying the Evans Police Department at 549-3600 if you see anything unusual. Protection and safety starts with you.
Sincerely, Mayor Howard “Hub” Frawley