Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

April 15, 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

 

BID OPENING:  Fire Hall Roof Replacement

                            April 11, 2008

                            10:00 A.M.

 

  Action Roofing, Inc.

  10267 Crump Rd.

  Glenwood, NY   14069                                                     Base Bid:  $82,200.00

                       

  Neth & Son, Inc.

  146 Taylor Drive

  Depew, NY   14043                                                              Base Bid:  $92,500.00

 

  Jos. A. Sanders & Sons, Inc.

  P.O. Box 814

  Buffalo, NY   14240                                                              Base Bid:  $93,455.00

 

  Jameson Roofing Co., Inc.

  3761 East Lake Rd.

  Dunkirt, NY   14048                                                              Base Bid:  $98,694.00

 

  Progressive Roofing, Inc.

  331 Grote Street

  Buffalo, NY   14207                                                              Base Bid:  $139,500.00

 

Bid Bond and Non-Collusive bidding certificate accompanied all bids.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

BID OPENING:  Paving & Equipment Rental

                            April 9, 2008

                            9:15 A.M.

 

  Robinson Paving

  11525 E. Main Street

  East Aurora, N.Y.  14052                                               Total Bid Price $    916.00  /hr.

 

  Milherst Construction

  2601 Millersport Highway

  Getzville, NY 14068                                                                 Total Bid Price $    959.90 /hr.

 

BID OPENING:  Installation of Geotextile Fabric

                             April 9, 2008

                             9:30 A.M.

 

   Urban Enterprises

   954 Oliver Street

   North Tonawanda, N.Y. 14120                                     Total Bid Price $   0.32  sq. yd.       

 

BID OPENING:   Geo Textile Fabric

                             April 9, 2008

                              9:45 A.M.

 

  Upstate Reban

  2117 Old Union Rd.

  Cheektowaga, NY  14225                                               Total Bid Price   $ .435 sq. yd.

 

    

BID OPENING:  Road Building Materials

                            April 9, 2008

                            10:00 A.M.

 

   LaFarge North America                                                             

   270 Northpointe Parkway

   Suite 100, Amherst, NY 14228

 

Regular Top (Type 6F (Per Ton)                            $ 46.65 /ton

1 ACF (Type 7F) (Per Ton)                                       47.10 /ton

Urban Top (Per Ton)                                                 47.60 /ton

Cold Patch (Per Ton)                                                 85.00 /ton

#1 Stone (Per Ton)                                                    12.40 /ton

#2 Run of Crushed Stone (Per Ton)                            8.60 /ton

 

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

            Ordered filed

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter from Eileen Ulrich, 9 Karen Drive, dated April 3, 2008, to the Assistant Superintendent of the City of Tonawanda Schools, asking that her son, who will be attending Canisius High School next year, be provided with transportation to that school.

 

A letter to Eileen Ulrich, dated April 9, 2008, responding to her letter listed above.

 

A letter from Joan Schuster, 576 Broad Street, dated April 3, 2008, regarding the City of Tonawanda School system’s busing policy.

 

A letter to Joan Schuster, dated April 9, 2008, responding to her letter listed above.

 

A letter from Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, dated April 4, 2008, notifying the City of the $10,000 that has been secured for electrical system improvements at Gateway Harbor Park.

 

A letter from Norma M. Stryker, 47 Canton Street, dated April 2, 2008, regarding an article she had read in the Tonawanda News concerning the Long Homestead.

 

A letter to Normal M. Stryker, 47 Canton Street, dated April 11, 2008, responding to her letter listed above.

 

A letter from Time Warner Cable, dated April 2, 2008, regarding discontinuing the transmission of Channel 5.

 

A report from Rotella Grant Management, dated March 4, 2008, titled “Grant Programs Status Report Year End Report.

 

A proclamation proclaiming April 10, 2008, Genevieve Kelly’s 100th birthday, Genevieve Kelly Day in the City of Tonawanda.  

 

A letter from the Community Planning Coordinator for Erie County, dated April 7, 2008, stating that the agreement between the City of Tonawanda and Erie County relative to the Erie County Community Development Block Grant Consortium will be renewed for an additional three years.

 

A letter to Mark Warren, P.O. Box 361, appointing him to the City of Tonawanda Planning Board, term to expire December 31, 2011. 

 

A letter from Barbara A. Peters, 169 Elmwood Park W., dated April 9, 2008, resigning from the Arts Board, effective June 30, 2008.

 

A letter to the Council dated April 11, 2008, regarding a meeting that was held at City Hall to discuss housing rehab.

 

A letter from the Supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda, dated April 11, 2008, notifying the City and nearby residence of the upcoming activities that will be taking place at the Town of Tonawanda landfill.

 

A letter from Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, dated April 11, 2008, reaffirming her comments made last year to them requesting that the agency conduct additional radiological sampling within the Town of Tonawanda’s landfill which is part of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) being conducted in her congressional district.

            Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            March minutes of the Plumbing Board

            March minutes of the Civil Service Commission

            March monthly report of the Building Inspector

            March monthly report of the City Clerk

            March minutes of the Planning & Zoning Board

                        Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                                    Ordered filed

 

An announcement of an open competitive examination being given for the position of Firefighter in the City of Tonawanda being held on June 14, 2008.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

Notice of a Public Hearing being held by the Board of Appeals on April 28, 2008, for a variance request to be allowed to erect a 24’ X 24’ garage at 337 Fletcher Street.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

Notice of a Public Hearing being held by the Board of Appeals on April 28, 2008, for a variance request to be allowed to install a new 6’ fence at 263 Wadsworth Avenue.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS

 

Nancy Paschen, 5 Main Street - I have a couple questions.  On Resolution #11, the agreement with the Canal Fest Committee, aren’t you getting more this year that you did before or is it the way it’s worded.  I think you’re giving more.  It seems like, you give them Clinton Park and all that?  Did you give them that before?

 

Council President Zeisz – Yes, it’s the same agreement as the last agreement except it’s only for one year.

 

Nancy Paschen – OK, and then Resolution #12.  Didn’t Ms. Linda Foels get cameras for the Gateway Harbor about a year and a half ago or two years ago?

 

Council President Zeisz – Yes.

 

Nancy Paschen – Well how come we haven’t gotten them?  What happened to that $30,000-$40,000?

 

Council President Zeisz – We’re paying for them.

 

Nancy Paschen – Yeah, tell me about it.  No seriously though.

 

Council President Zeisz  - We’re paying for them.

 

Nancy Paschen – We should have had this guy do them.  We shouldn’t have got cameras, then why … another surveillance or whatever they’re called.

 

Council President Zeisz – That’s what I’m saying, it’s to pay for them.

 

Nancy Paschen – What, this is?

 

Council President Zeisz – This is to pay for them.

 

Nancy Paschen – Oh, I thought you were going to buy some more.  Shame on me.

 

Chuck Heylmun , 66 Syracuse Street – I was a little bit quick on your cost for that building roof last week.  Glad to see you found something quite reasonable.  I congratulate you.

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

87.       By Councilmember Perkins                         seconded by Councilmember Waterhouse

            Resolved, that the bills be allowed as audited and the City Clerk be authorized to draw warrants on the Treasurer for the various amounts.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

88.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, at the recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Works, Neal Myers, that the bid for Geotextile Fabric be awarded to Upstate Reban at the bid price of  $.435/sq.yd.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

89.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, at the recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Works, Neal Myers, that the bid for Paving Equipment and Operator Rental be awarded to Robinson Paving at a bid price of $916.00/hr.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

90.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, at the recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Works, Neal Myers, that the bid for the Installation of Geotextile Fabric be awarded to Urban Enterprises for a bid price of $0.32/sq. yd.

           

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

 

91.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, at the recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Works, Neal Myers, that the bid for road building materials be awarded to LaFarge North America for a bid price of:

 

                                                Regular top type 6F                            $46.65 per ton

                                                1 ACF type 7F                                     47.10 per ton

                                                Urban top                                            47.60 per ton

                                                Cold patch                                         85.00 per ton

                                                #1 stone                                                   12.40 per ton

                                                #2 run of crushed stone                             8.60 per ton

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

92.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, at the recommendation of the City Engineer, Jason J. LaMonaco, P.E., that the award of the HVAC contract for the Fire Hall Roof Replacement project be awarded to Building Controls & Services, at a cost not to exceed $9,485.00.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

93.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas, a $25.00 Special Events application fee and application were received by the City Clerk for the Mississippi Mudds 5K Run, and

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

            Resolved, that permission be granted to Mississippi Mudds to hold their annual 5K run on August 16, 2008, through various streets of the City and that an additional cost of $100.00 be collected for Police services.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

94.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, at the recommendation of the City Engineer, Jason J. LaMonaco, P.E., that the award of the general contract for the Fire Hall Roof Replacement project be made to Action Roofing, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $82,200.00.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

95.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that permission be granted to St. Francis of Assisi Church to close Adam Street between Seymour and Clinton Streets to vehicular traffic on Saturday, June 14, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. to hold an outdoor parish celebration and be it further

            Resolved, that ingress and egress be provided for the safety of the parishioners.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

96.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

                        Whereas, JDBrearly Consultants, LLC, recently conducted a reassessment project on  all properties within the City of Tonawanda, and

Whereas, the Board of Assessment Review will be conducting hearings related to the recent reassessment project, now, therefore be it

Resolved, that effective immediately Cathy Agnello, 20 Murray Terrace, Dennis Kluge, 309 Rogers Avenue and John Sherman, 30 Milton Street, be appointed as temporary members of the Board of Assessment Review, terms to expire April 14, 2009.

           

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

97.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City and the Board of Directors of the CANAL FEST OF THE TONAWANDAS, INC. (hereinafter referred to as “the Corporation”) are desirous of entering into an agreement for the purpose of accommodating Canal Fest 2008; and

            WHEREAS, the parties have negotiated the following agreement so that the concerns of the City and the Corporation have been addressed; and

            WHEREAS, the utilization of city property, personnel and equipment as specified in said Agreement is deemed to be for the promotion of Canal Fest 2008 and the protection of public health, safety and welfare which is in the best interests of the City and its residents;  now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Common Council hereby authorizes and directs the Mayor to execute the Canal Fest 2008 agreement, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the parties hereto approve and enter into the following Agreement:

AGREEMENT

 

            1.            The City and Corporation in conjunction with the City of North Tonawanda, shall support Canal Fest 2008 of the Twin Cities.

 

            2.            Canal Fest 2008 shall be held July 13, 2008 through July 20, 2008.

 

            3.            The Canal Fest 2008 “Campus Area” will utilize Niagara Street between Main and Seymour Streets and that portion of Young Street which lies between Main Street and Delaware Street, which leads into the Walgreen’s parking lot.  The parking lot adjacent to McDonalds is not included in the Campus Area.  The ride promoter, Powers Great American Midways, Inc. will be permitted to place two trailers in the parking lot adjacent to the Tonawanda Towers.  In the event that construction is occurring within the City of Tonawanda during the time Canal Fest is taking place, the City may, in its sole discretion, modify the “Campus Area: so that the Festival does not interfere with on-going construction or other related development activities.

 

            4.            The Renaissance Bridge shall be closed during Canal Fest to permit its use by various concessions without the need to remove their set-ups at the conclusion of each evening.  The parade route shall begin at Main and Minerva and shall utilize Minerva from Main to Grove, Grove from Minerva to Roosevelt and Roosevelt from Grove to Main Street as a staging area.  The parade shall proceed to and cross the Renaissance Bridge.  The concessions shall be required to be removed only during that Tuesday night, July 15, 2008.

 

            5.            Portions of Minerva, Grove, Roosevelt and Main Street shall be closed for the Canal Fest Parade on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 as stated in paragraph 4 above.

 

            6.            The Corporation will be permitted to use Main Street, from Niagara Street to Broad Street and a portion of Adam Street running from Main Street to Seymour Street for the Craft Show on July 19 and July 20, 2008.

 

            7.            The Corporation will be permitted to use Main Street from Niagara Street to Broad Street for the Cruise Nite Car Show on July 16, 2008.

 

            8.            The Four Mile Run shall be held as before and streets shall be closed as are appropriate to accommodate the event, however, course location is subject to mutual agreement by the parties.

 

            9.            The Corporation will be permitted to use the Miller Bandshell in Niawanda Park for various music and other performances.  For the convenience of the musicians, the Community Room on the lower level of City Hall will be available, if a request is made, for the musicians to gather and have a place to store instrument cases and their personal belongings during the concert.

 

            10.            The corporation will be permitted to use Clinton Park for the Flea Market on July 19 and 20, 2008.

 

            11.            The Canal Fest 2008 “Campus Area” has been designated on the Canal Fest map.  No additional permits will be granted for vendors, performances or advertising posters within said “Campus Area” unless mutually agreed by the parties.  This section shall not be applicable to official City of Tonawanda government entities and/or official City sponsored events.  Said “Campus Area” shall be subject to the private property rights of landowners and tenants.  The parties agree to respect any and all private property rights.

 

            12.            The City reserves the absolute right to approve the nature, type and location of all rides, amusements and concessions for purposes of public health and safety.  Such approval will be memorialized by noting same on the Canal Fest map on file in the office of the City Clerk.

           

            13.            The Corporation shall be entitled to utilize the footbridge leading to the Long Homestead at its discretion.  Any docks located on the canal and Ellicott Creek are to be excluded from the “Campus Area” and remain under the jurisdiction of the City.  Any and all use of docking area shall be solely within the discretion of the City.  All rules and regulations regarding dock usage shall apply.

 

            14.            The Corporation shall reimburse the City in a sum not to exceed $14,000.00 for the year 2008, in order to offset the additional reasonable expenses incurred by the City to provide City services to Canal Fest 2008.  Said services shall include, but are not limited to, police and emergency services.  Reimbursement shall be paid no later than August 8, 2008.  The City Treasurer shall present a statement of services to the Corporation on or before September 12, 2008.  Should said statement of services be less than the $14,000.00 for the year 2008 noted above, the City shall rebate the difference.  Should the statement of services reflect the City’s expenses are greater than the said $14,000.00 for the year 2008, the City will absorb the difference.

 

            15.            The Corporation shall reimburse the City up to $3,000.00  (However, the City shall have the option at its sole discretion to receive the $3,000.00 any time during the term of the Agreement.) for the City’s purchase, at its sole discretion, of any tangible items or articles, or for any items of capital improvement; with the understanding that these funds shall benefit the City of Tonawanda’s Canal area and/or Riveredge area and/or Riverwalk area and/or Waterfront area and/or Gateway Park area.  These funds may be used by the City at its sole discretion as above stated, however, these funds are not to be used for City operation or personnel costs.  Reimbursement shall be paid by the Corporation to the City within thirty days of presentation of a receipt for qualified purchases and/or expenditures.  The Corporation shall receive proper recognition for such items or expenditures which benefit the City.

 

            16.            Proof of liability insurance approved for the Corporation, naming the City as an additional insured, with aggregate policy limit of $3,000,000.00 for personal injuries and property damage shall be provided to the City Clerk on or before July 3, 2008.  The Corporation shall indemnify and hold the City harmless from any and all claims or causes of action which are the direct result of any negligent act or omission or intentional misconduct by agents of the Corporation with respect to Canal Fest 2008.  The City agrees to indemnify and hold the Corporation harmless from any and all claims or causes of action which are the direct result of any negligent act or omission or intentional misconduct by agents of the City with respect to Canal Fest 2008.  The Corporation shall require the amusement and concession operator, Powers Great American Midways, Inc., to provide and submit a certificate of insurance and proof of premium payment acceptable to the City, which certificate shall name the City as an additional insured.  The Corporation shall further require said Powers Great American Midways, Inc., to enter into an agreement holding the City harmless and indemnify the City from any and all claims and causes of action which might be commenced against the City as a result of the negligence or omission or intentional misconduct by an agent of Powers Great American Midways, Inc. with respect to Canal Fest 2008.

           

            17.            The Corporation shall be solely responsible for and shall provide adequate public restroom facilities for the event.

 

            18.            The Corporation shall provide the City with complete copies of all contracts and amendments between it and Powers Great American Midways, Inc., and any other amusement company that may be under contract regarding Canal Fest 2008.

 

            19.            Any damage caused to City property as a result of the rides, attractions and/or activities shall be repaired by the City; however, the cost of said repairs shall be borne exclusively by the Canal Fest Corporation pursuant to an agreed upon fee schedule and/or reimbursement procedure to be determined by the parties.  The cost of repairs shall be paid to the City by the Corporation in addition to the reimbursement pursuant to the reimbursement pursuant to paragraphs 14 and 15.

 

            20.            Only those entities located within the “Campus Area” are to contribute monies to the Corporation.  However, nothing hereunder shall restrict the Corporation from being able to pursue sponsorships or preclude it from protecting against the unauthorized use of its name and logo.

 

            21.            The Corporation shall meet with the Council on August 5, 2008 or such other date as the parties may mutually agree to discuss the results of the 2008 festival, including but not limited to financial data, logistics and to further discuss future events.

 

            22.            The Corporation shall take every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the adjacent businesses.

           

            WHEREAS, the City of Tonawanda must strive to minimize any and all unnecessary financial burdens on its taxpayers; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City of Tonawanda’s utmost concern must be for the safety and welfare of its residents and business people; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City of Tonawanda has for twenty-five years substantially supported Canal Fest, Inc. and has facilitated and housed events for those twenty-five years; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City of Tonawanda recognizes the monumental task the Canal Fest Corporation has in preparing for this event, now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED, that the City of Tonawanda agrees to produce a detailed accounting of all expenses incurred in 2008 and to continue negotiations for Canal Fest 2009 and thereafter, based on the above stipulations on the earliest practicable date, so that an agreement can be finalized early in 2009.

               

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

 

98.       By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved that the City of Tonawanda Common Council authorizes Mayor Ronald

J. Pilozzi to sign and execute a grant agreement with the New York State Dormitory Authority for $65,000 under the Community Capital Assistance Program for the purchase and installation of a camera security system for Gateway Harbor.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

99.       By Council President Zeisz                         seconded by Councilmember Perkins

            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 negotiations with Woodbridge Associates.

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Nancy Paschen, 5 Main Street – I’ve got one more question for you.  Linda bought this camera two years ago, approximately, how come you are just paying for them now?  You mean they let you use them for two years before you started paying for them?  Nobody does that.

 

Council President Zeisz – Maybe the City Treasurer would like to answer that question. 

 

City Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp – We bought the cameras, like you said, probably a couple years ago, May 2006, and we are just getting around to finally getting reimbursed for them.  It is something that fell through the cracks, quite honestly, and this is something that the grants person that the Council and Mayor hired to work with all the grants, he’s picked up the pieces and tried to resurrect to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” so that we can get reimbursed for these.

 

Nancy Paschen – So we’ve already paid for these.

 

City Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp – Absolutely.

 

Chuck Heylmun – The last two letters of the agenda – one from the Supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda notifying the City and nearby residents of the upcoming activities that will be taking place at the Town of Tonawanda landfill.  I think it would be nice if you would share this information with the taxpayers.  Likewise for the second one, a letter from Louise M. Slaughter.  Apparently, additional information, it might be information that the taxpayers would be interested in.

 

Council President Zeisz – As far as the letter from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, basically it is reaffirming a letter that was sent at least a year ago.  It’s easier to just read it and anybody’s more than welcome to any of the letters that are on the agenda to look at.

 

Chuck Heylmun – Secondly, I would just like to comment on  our local paper about their editorials, they don’t seem to know what end is up.  They’re making comments about the reval that both you and Colleen and probably others have indicated should not significantly affect the taxpayers.  Some will go up, some will go down, and some will, remain the same.  They are tying these taxes and reval                                                                     (inaudible) and, of course, they don’t know what the school taxes have gone up because we never completed our valuations.  So they made a statement today and they don’t know what they’re talking about.  I guess it would be nice if they would make statements of fact instead of looking like idiots. 

 

Council President Zeisz – It would also be good if they would actually ask us questions so that we could tell them how it is, but they generally don’t.

 

Dick Knoche - You probably know why I’m here.  I want to introduce myself  to the new alderman.  I don’t think he knows where I live.  I live on the corner of Maple & Young Streets – mud hole.  Been like that for fifteen years.  Nothing ever gets done.  Do you want me to bring some pictures in of it?  I can do that.  The people don’t drive on the street, they drive in the mud hole.  It’s a big mess, been like that for a long time.  The Mayor said he wanted to make the City beautiful when he ran for Mayor.  He came down to see me, gave me a t-shirt and he said that he would take care of it.  The Mayor prior to that said “I’ll take care of it”.  He was an alderman at that time.  This goes back twenty years – it’s still a mess.  Would somebody take care of it?  You know who I’m talking about.

 

Council President Zeisz – I know what you’re talking about.  I’ll have to admit, I haven’t been down there recently, but when I was down there the last few times, it really wasn’t that bad.

 

Dick Knoche – It’s that deep now.  It’s mud all the time.  Complete mud, and every time it rains, it looks like Ellicott Creek.  The whole street is a mud hole.  Somebody should take care of it.  You want to make the City beautiful, you should take care of it.  If you want to use the alley way, you should take care of it.  Nobody wants to take care of it, nobody wants to do nothing.  So I’m down here complaining about it again. 

 

Council President Zeisz – If you want to, Mr. Waterhouse, you can go take a look at it and we’ll discuss it some more.  We talked about it on numerous occasions and there is not a lot of options to take care of it.  Actually very few.

 

Council President Zeisz – We are going to add one more resolution to go to Executive Session for the discussion of negotiations with Woodbridge Associates who are handling the water plant development.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Davis – I would just like to send out my condolences to the Bogdon and                       Kuczkowski family, Laurie passed away this past weekend.  She lived down the street from us, but I have known her and the Kuczkowski family for quite a long time.  So again my condolences go out to them.  Mr. Heylmun and Council President Zeisz alluded that Louise Slaughter sent out a letter that pertained to the landfill, like they said reaffirming her stance on initial testings that needed to be done on properties that abut the landfill and for further testing.  This comes on the heels of Senator Schumer’s letter a few weeks ago asking for a cost estimate on how much it would clean the 3.5 acres of the FUSRAP area.  I would like to thank our two congress people for keeping us on the front burner, but one way or another, they both need to get behind full remediation of that landfill of all the radioactive waste associated with the Manhattan Project and I think everyone of us that is sitting up here, including the Mayor, is committed to that cause and anything other than that will not be acceptable.  About two years ago, former Senator Mark Coppolla gave me $2,000 for a crime prevention program in the City.  That money was supposed to be used for a new playground up at Riverview Elementary School, but because of everything that is happening with the landfill up there, the uncertainty, I very well couldn’t appropriate that money towards a new playground up there without knowing what the federal government is going to do.  So luckily I found a program at the schools that they are replacing the, they’re called A-phones.  Right now the entrances to Riverview and Fletcher schools are not accessible as far as being able to be viewed by the secretary at the schools. Which you press the button, the person would indicate who they were, and the secretary would have to take your word for it and let them into the building which poses, in my mind, a huge security problem.  I was able to flow the $2,000 from the playground to the purchase of these A-phones, so now personnel in the schools will be able to see who is ringing in at the door and letting them into the building.  So I would just like to thank former Senator Coppolla for giving me that money two years ago.  And lastly, there is a letter out here from the Mayor, dated April 11th, asking the Council to consider the tax assessment abatement program on the books from New York State.  As of March 31st, I sent the e-mail off to the City Attorney asking him to please meet with our current City Assessor about doing a modification to the local law dealing with the tax assessment abatement program.  Currently he is working on that and as soon as he has completed that, we will have a public hearing at a Council meeting to hear any kind of input we have from the public or the School Board or whomever wants to comment on it.  At that point we will adopt that local law on to the books.

 

Councilmember Perkins – I just want to make a comment that one of my neighbors apparently asked me a question about her current tax bill.  People who don’t have their taxes escrowed might have received their tax bill in the past week or two.  They are going to notice that their tax bill should be probably about 3.5% higher than it was last year.  It is not going to reflect what they received in the mail on their new assessment.  Their new assessment is not going to start up until the school taxes come in August.  So I just wanted to let everybody know, to remind them, that this is based their prior year assessments.

 

Councilmember Waterhouse – I would just like to publicly thank Pat Bacon for taking time out of her very busy day to answer some questions for me.  I had a gentleman call me that he received his Social Security disability and he wanted to know how to go about getting his property tax adjustment and I had no idea.  So I know this is a horrible time to contact Pat, but she took the time and explained it to me so I could get back to the gentleman and get him on track.  So I just wanted to thank her very much.

 

Council President Zeisz – I have nothing further other than to invite anyone who would like to stay for the rest of our workshop to stay.  There is no comment at that time, but there certainly will be a lot of things going on that will affect everyone.  I thank everyone for coming.  Have a great night and drive home safely.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

100.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until May 6, 2008.  

 

Ayes:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Davis, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

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