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2015-08-05 / Front Page

Town to honor community activist with memorial

Associate Editor

The Town Board during its meeting on Monday agreed to honor a longtime community volunteer with a memorial plaque on the Amherst Bike Path.

The resolution, initiated by Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette and co-sponsored by Council Members Ramona Popowich and Mark Manna, seeks to erect the plaque on the bike path bridge.

The Planning Department has been tasked with designing, producing and finding an exact location for the plaque, which will memorialize Judith Chick’s dedication to the community.

Chick, who died June 28 at the age of 74, formed a group named “Concerned Citizens for Ellicott Creek Flood Control” in 1985, following a large flood in February of that year. The flood severely damaged many homes, including Chick’s.

“Judith Chick was relentless in her pursuit of the passage of the Ellicott Creek Flood Control Project, traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby on its behalf and the bike path was attached to the flood control project,” Marlette stated in the resolution.

He added that Chick played a “pivotal role on the vote to fund the flood control project and the adjacent path and she was relentless in her message to all public officials.”

According to the resolution, the Highway Department is charged with erecting the memorial plaque by Oct. 16.

In another matter, the Town Board approved working with Daemen College officials to finalize a conceptual design plan and preliminary cost estimate for development of athletic fields for use by the college.

Marlette said the town and Daemen representatives have been informally discussing using West Royal Parkway Recreation Area as a possible location to meet the college’s needs for Division II lacrosse and soccer facilities.

The park and playground are located near West Royal Parkway off Main Street close to the Interstate 290 interchange.

Also at the meeting, Supervisor Barry Weinstein said there is currently a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals due to the recent resignation by Tom Wik.

He said anyone interested in being appointed to fill the vacancy should send an application to the Supervisor’s Office prior to the board’s next meeting. For questions regarding the application process, call the office at 631-7032.

Monday’s meeting was held at 3 p.m., and the board’s next regular meeting will also be held in the afternoon. The Town Board is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, in the Council Chambers at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

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