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Preservation Commission Approves Deer Safety Shields for Cemetery
Preservation Commission Approves Deer Safety Shields for Cemetery

Fundraising Efforts Kick Into High Gear

Williamsville, NY – In a unanimous vote on Wednesday evening, May 4, the Williamsville Historic Preservation Commission approved the deer safety shield solution proposed by Williamsville Cemetery, International Chimney Corporation and Animal Allies of WNY, clearing the way for the parties involved to move forward with the project.

Williamsville Cemetery had submitted an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, seeking approval for the black, powder-coated C-shaped tempered steel brackets to be placed over each one of the cemetery’s stanchions and locked into place, providing a smooth, rounded surface virtually invisible from outside the cemetery. The shields offer a solution that can be reversed when the deer population in the village abates, thereby keeping the historic aspects of the fence intact.

The shield design was devised by International Chimney Corporation, a Williamsville-based company specializing in historic preservation, with the assistance of Capital Steel Works, a Buffalo-based company that will manufacture the shields locally.

“We’re very pleased that the Commission approved this innovative concept, as this solution pleases everyone,” says Joseph P. Dispenza, cemetery president. “Our objective is to raise the necessary funds as quickly as possible so that no more deer have to suffer.”

Fundraising efforts for the project are already underway and, to date, more than $5,000 in donations have come in from individuals and businesses in and around Amherst, as well as from throughout the country and Canada. At $10 per shield, this amount has allowed the cemetery to place an order for 500 shields, which should be manufactured and available within a few short weeks.

“The cemetery is going to use the first batch of shields on the sections of the fence most frequented by deer,” says Morgan Dunbar, founder of Animal Allies of Western New York. “As we raise more funds and are able to cover more stanchions, we’ll continue working our way around the fence.”

Donations to the Deer Shield Fund can be made via the Williamsville Cemetery website at www.williamsvillecemetery.com or at any one of M&T Bank’s 52 branches serving the Buffalo Niagara Region.



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