Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

December 2, 2008

 

A Regular Meeting of the Common Council

 

Present:  Council President Zeisz

Present Councilmembers:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis

Excused:  Kossow

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Council President Zeisz

 

Prayer led by Council President Zeisz

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter from Richard Barnard, 176 Delaware Street, dated November 24, 2008, asking to be reappointed to the Traffic and Safety Advisory Board.

 

A letter to Richard Barnard, 176 Delaware Street, dated November 25, 2008; reappointing him to the Traffic and Safety Advisory Board, term to expire December 31, 2012.

 

A letter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Zdrojewski, from the American Public Works Association, dated November 19, 2008, with a check for $500.00 to be contributed to the scholarship fund founded in honor of Jason Zdrojewski. 

            Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            October Activity Report of the Fire Department

            November minutes of the Board of Appeals

            November Executive minutes of the City Clerk

November minutes of the Civil Service Commission

            November minutes of the Traffic and Safety Advisory Board

                Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

           

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS

 

There were no comments.

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

236.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

                        Resolved, that Section 62-193, Schedule XV, entitled “No Standing” shall be amended to read as follows:

 

                                                No Standing of vehicles on the east side of

                                                Gibson St. from Moyle Ave. to Dodge Dr.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

237.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas, a $25.00 Special Events application fee has been received by the City Clerk from the Downtown Merchants Association to hold their annual WinterWalk and

            Whereas, the application is being reviewed and commented on by all appropriate department heads to insure the safety of our residents, now, therefore be it

            Resolved, that permission be granted to the Downtown Merchant’s Association to hold Winterewalk 2008 on Saturday, December 6, 2008.

           

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

238.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

Whereas, the City commenced its In Rem No. 10 Tax Foreclosure Proceeding and

            Whereas, City Treasurer Joseph M. Hogenkamp and City Attorney Ronald C. Trabucco have now scheduled a sale of various properties on which real estate taxes are overdue; and

            Whereas, the sale is scheduled for Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. in Tonawanda City Hall; and

            Whereas, the City has determined that it is in its best interest to secure the services of a professional marketing and auctioneering firm, Auctions International, Inc. to assist the City in its efforts; and

            Whereas, Auctions International, Inc. will be paid through a buyer’s premium of 10% of the bid price and at no cost to the City; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the City of Tonawanda hereby agrees to hire Auctions International, Inc., located at 808 Borden Road, Buffalo, NY 14227 subject to an anticipated contract setting forth the professional services provided; and be it further

            Resolved, that Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi is hereby authorized and directed to execute the anticipated contract upon its completion.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

239.     By Council President Zeisz                                seconded by Councilmember Waterhouse

            Resolved, that in recognition and compliance with the “New York State Open Meetings Law”, this Common Council will meet in Executive Session in the Common Council Chambers for the purpose of pending exempt City business, and further be it

            Resolved, that upon conclusion of the above stated business matters, the meeting shall again be open to the general public.  The reason for the Executive Session is to discuss contract negotiations.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Nancy Paschen, 5 Main Street – I have two things to talk to you about tonight.  The first thing is the lights are pretty on Main Street but in front of the Tonawanda Towers the three trees are not lit.  Second of all, Friday December 5th is WinterWalk and the Seniors serve hot chocolate and cookies to the kids and the adults and it is suppose to be pretty cold out there and on Saturday, December 6th the Senior Center has a bazaar from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and we would like to see you people there.  Thank you.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Perkins – I would like to ask Councilman Davis to see if he could do something about this weekends weather to move up the temperatures a little bit to like 45 degrees for Winter Walk.  Thank you very much.

 

Councilmember Davis – In response to Councilwoman Perkins, I am in Sales and Marketing I am not in distribution, although this Saturday will be the nicer of the two days.  Nicer can be a loose term, but it will be half way decent for the Winter Walk so I encourage everyone to get out and support our merchants that are here every Council meeting supporting us.  I would like to commend the actions of Rob Hassett who a few days ago responded to a call for a three month old who was attacked by a dog.  I am sure his quick actions more than likely saved the life of that little child.  I would just like to take my hat off to him.  The air quality study was released and in it, it signified that the benzene levels in the 4th Ward in the City of Tonawanda are 16 times above the normal level.  Now the DEC has stated that they want to review the study in its entirety before they make a comment.  I hope they don’t drag their feet like the Army Corp has with the landfill as far as looking over the documents and rendering a decision because as everybody knows, benzene is pretty nasty stuff and anybody who has lived up on the hill like Mrs. Darling, residents up there have complained for years about the stench, about fine soot being on their houses, vehicles and stuff like that so, like I said, I would hope for everybody’s sake they would come down with a decision quickly and start enforcing some more astringent air quality laws in our area.  And lastly, demolition at Spaulding Fibre has started in area one.  Area one right now is located on the Dodge side of the facility and asbestos abatement is ongoing in area three and it is just nice to see that finally, a lot of hard work, a lot of meetings, the work has started and the only question I have is now the company Demco who is doing the demolition for Spaulding also got the contract for the Aud.  Don’t know if that is going to hamper their abilities to take down Spaulding in a timely fashion or in the time they have allotted.  Hopefully it won’t.  Thank you Mr. President.

 

Mayor Pilozzi – Thank you Common Council President Zeisz.  There are a number of things I would like to talk about tonight.  I will try and put them in chronological order.  Tomorrow night, here in Common Council Chambers there is going to be a meeting hosted by an organization called HOME.  It stands for housing opportunities made equal.  If anybody has any concerns or requests for information regarding renter’s rights, those kinds of issues.  Please feel free to come.  There are some slingers on the walls outside and a name for contact.  I will give you the number.  It is 854-1400, ext. 22.  If you need the number again it is outside.  If you so desire and you have questions along those lines it starts at 7:00 P.M.  Friday is Christmas in the Park, Clinton Park.  The lights are going to go on I believe at 7:00 P.M., I don’t have a summary here with me right now to give you the exact times.  The lights are up and there are still a couple of decorations that need to be put up.  Santa Clause is going to be there so bring the kids.  There are going to be eighty kids from elementary schools in Tonawanda singing that night and as Nancy already mentioned the seniors do a bang-up job with hot chocolate and cookies and that sort of thing.  They have been doing that for years.  Thank you.   It should be a good time so please, especially if you have children, bring them over.  December 11th, I’m not sure if it was in the Tonawanda News today or not, December 11th, at 7:00 P.M., there is going to be a preliminary planning meeting, I should say a meeting to discuss the preliminary planning concepts that we came up with working with our consultant for waterfront revitalization and the Gateway Harbor area, basically the Main Street corridor.  There are some concepts that we are going to be discussing that evening.  Feel free to be here.  Your input is important, especially the merchants.  Nancy you might want to get that message out to the seniors, 7:00 P.M., December 11th.  As already mentioned by Councilmember Davis, the demo is going along quite nicely.  I don’t see any roadblocks,   if you will, of that project because they did get the Aud project.  We will keep a close eye on that.  It is good to see bricks flying again and not sure how, schedule wise, how far into the winter we are going to be able to go.  That is up to Mother Nature.  The bottom line is it is good to see demolition start again.  A lot of people don’t realize that that is almost a $21,000,000 project.  When you add up all that money, that is one heck of a lot of taxpayer money going into that project.  Once again, as Councilmember Davis mentioned, that is the combination of the last two mayors and myself, the Steering Committee, Councilmember Davis is on that, Erie County is on that, DEC is on that, ECIDA is on that, Assemblyman Schimminger’s Office has representation along with Legislator Iannello, we meet every other week and the fruit of all of that labor is coming around to bricks flying and that is a great thing.  Lastly, Rob Hassett.  When I found out what had transpired with this 3 ½ month old baby that was mauled by a dog the first thing I did when I got into the office yesterday was call him up and congratulate him on a job well done.  If you know Rob Hassett, he wasn’t willing to take any congratulations, all he talked about was the team effort.  It started with the dispatcher, he was lucky enough to be one block away and I think the Councilmembers, especially Council President Zeisz would remember times people were complaining about several trucks in our Fire Department being taken home.  If he wouldn’t have had that truck home that baby could have died so keep that in mind in the future.  At any rate, it was his professionalism and his basically taking charge of a bad bad event made the difference from that baby living and possibly dying.  But again, he gave credit to everybody else as a team effort starting with the dispatcher, other firemen that came to the scene, police officers, he even gave credit to Twin City Ambulance.  But, if you talk to anybody that was there they will tell you that Rob Hassett was the guy that kept a cool head, used his training, used his professionalism to save that baby’s life.  Today I had Detective Toth stop in my office just before I was going home at 5:00 P.M. and he mentioned to me that this baby is having a skin graft tomorrow and low and behold, it looks like that baby may be coming home in a couple of days.  Just a great great effort on the part of many people and I want everybody to know how proud I am as Mayor and I am sure all of the Councilmembers are proud of the efforts of the public safety organizations within the City.  I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving and as Nancy mentioned make sure you stop by the downtown merchants on Saturday.  Thanks.

 

Council President Zeisz – Rob Hassett has already been thanked by individuals for his efforts this weekend.  I know Rob as Robbie.  It is great to see someone from your community, much like the students who are here tonight, grow up and stay in the community and become a vital part of that community.  Robbie is a great guy.  From what I have seen over the years, he is very professional in his job and I just really thank him for what he did for that child and that family.  Other than that we will be going back into the room to meet in Open Session.  If anyone would like to join us, I appreciate everyone coming tonight.  Drive home safely and we will see you again in a couple of weeks.  Thanks again and God bless.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

240.     By Councilmember Perkins                                     seconded by Councilmember Davis

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until December 16, 2008.  

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

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