Originally Posted Online: Aug. 15, 2011, 9:52 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 16, 2011, 3:08 pm
Atkinson places 1,000 flags for Obama
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By Claudia Loucks, email@example.com
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Volunteers in Atkinson spent Tuesday, August 16, 2011, putting 1,000 flags up in preparation for President Obama's visit to the town. Pictured from left to right are Seth Olson (holding the flag) Atkinson Village trustee Ray Elliott at the truck, Gary Olson and Corey Junior with the sledge hammer.
Volunteers met at 11 a.m. today at the Atkinson village office to begin placing 1,000 flags in anticipation of President Barack Obama's visit on Wednesday morning.
The president's town hall meeting is planned for 11:30 a.m. at Wyffels Hybrids on U.S. 6 at the east edge of town. The flags, donated by Larry Eckhard of Little York, were to be placed along the route the president is expected to take to Wyffels.
Mayor August Junior said he has been told he will meet the president some time Wednesday, but the exact time and location have not yet been disclosed.
"I also will be at the town hall meeting and appreciate the opportunity to hear concerns of local people and how the president will respond to those concerns," he said.
Trustees on Monday approved naming current part-time police officer Adam Borroughs as the village's new police chief. The son of current chief Marty Borroughs, Adam Borroughs will take his oath of office on Sept. 6.
The board also approved hiring Joe Morris as village building inspector. Mr. Morris, an Atkinson resident, will take classes to be certified, with Mayor Junior recommending the village pay for the classes.
"This is the first time we have had a building inspector who lived in town," Mayor Junior said.
Trustees discussed a complaint about the safety of private residence swimming pools not surrounded by fences. Trustee Mike Vergane will research ordinances on private swimming pools and is expected to report back at the next meeting.
Mr. Vergane also reported there were complaints about only one bus stop in Atkinson for students going to Geneseo schools. He said he was told there were two bus stops in previous years; he plans to ask Geneseo school officials for a second bus stop.
The board also voted to contribute $3,000 toward Heritage Day on Saturday, an event sponsored by the Atkinson Heritage Society.