After devastating fire, Barker will use police station as temporary village office

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 January 2019 at 3:50 pm

BARKER – A fire destroyed the Barker Village Office and the public library last night. Mayor Aaron Nellist has told The Buffalo News the village has insurance and will rebuild. The village will temporarily use the police station for the village offices. The Barker library has urged patrons to use other libraries in the Nioga system in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. Their library cards are good at those libraries, too. The library is working to have a bookdrop in Barker.

The village issued this statement this afternoon:

“Around midnight, Monday January 21st we were notified that the Barker Village Hall and Barker Public Library were being consumed by a fire. The building and the contents of the building are a total loss. At this point an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. The Village of Barker would like to emphasize that our services will not be disrupted and will continue as usual; this includes police services, snow removal and refuse.

“The Clerk-Treasurer’s office will be moved to the Barker Police Station at 1697 East Ave and will operate during usual business hours beginning tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd from 9-12 and 1-4 pm.

“The Village of Barker would like to thank the Barker Fire Department and all the other local fire departments who assisted in containing the fire. It will take some time and a lot of effort, but we are confident that the support from our residents and community will get us all through the rebuilding process.”

Mayor Aaron Nellist

Deputy Mayor Greg Kerth

Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Detschner

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Vicky Baker

Trustee Seanna Corwin-Bradley

Trustee James Baker

Trustee Benjamin Seward

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