Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

August 18, 2009

 

A Regular Meeting of the Common Council

 

Present:  Council President Zeisz

Present Councilmembers:  Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Council President Zeisz

 

Prayer led by Council President Zeisz

 

Petition

Stop Signs at the Broad Street Park/Playground remain up year round.

 

BID OPENING:  Stump Cutter

                            August 17, 2009

                            10:00 A.M.

 

Vermeer Northeast

1235 Route 9

Castleton, NY   12033                                                              Bid Price:  $43,380.00

            Bid bond and non-collusive bidding certificate accompanied bid

                        Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter from the Erie County Environmental Management Council dated June 5, 2009, regarding appointing representatives to the board.

 

A letter from the NYSDOT dated August 10, 2009, inviting the Mayor to participate in their efforts to develop and refine the next five-year Capital Program.

 

A letter to the Building Inspector dated August 14, 2009, from Marisa Licata, 77 Highland Avenue, regarding an off-street parking situation at her residence.

 

A letter to the New York State Library, Division of Library Development, dated August 17, 2009, regarding the application made by the City of Tonawanda Library application to the New York State Library Construction Grant Program.

 

A letter from the State of New York Department of State, dated August 10, 2009, regarding the Community Projects Appropriation Agreement #TM07867.

 

A letter from Senator Antoine M. Thompson dated August 12, 2009, regarding the Federal Stimulus Funding through NYSERDA.

            Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            June Activity Report of the Fire Department

            July monthly report of the City Clerk

            July Executive Minutes of the City Clerk

            Special Meeting of the Civil Service Commission held on August 5, 2009

General Fund and Sewer Fund Revenue & Expenditure Report for the

                        City of Tonawanda as of August 18, 2009.

                Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

 

 

A letter from Councilmember Davis dated August 14, 2009, to the NYSDEC Regional Air Pollution Control Engineer, Larry Sitzman, regarding the Tonawanda Coke plant.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A notice of public hearing for the Tonawanda Board of Appeals to be held on August 31, 2009, for a variance request at 520 Fillmore Avenue to be allowed to install a new 72” by 36” pole sign in their front yard. 

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A notice of public hearing for the Tonawanda Board of Appeals to be held on August 31, 2009, for a variance request at 354 Grove Street to be allowed to convert the existing front office into an additional apartment.  The current zoning ordinance requires a lot width of 80’ for a lot with 3 dwelling units.  The current lot is 54.35’ in width.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A notice of public hearing for the Tonawanda Board of Appeals to be held on August 31, 2009, for a variance request at 62 Carney Street to be allowed to erect a new 7.5’ X 18.5’ front porch and roof.  The existing zoning ordinance only permits a front porch depth of 5.32’.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS

 

There were no comments by the public on the resolutions.

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

160.     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, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

161.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas, Article 11 of the Real Property Tax Law provides that the collection of the delinquent real estate taxes may be enforced by a proceeding in-rem against the real property involved; and,

            Whereas, said law further provides that enforcement can be commenced ten months after the lien date; and,

            Whereas, there are many real estate tax delinquencies which have been brought to the attention of the council by the City Treasurer, prior to and including the tax lien date of April 1, 2007; now, therefore, be it

            Resolved, that City Treasurer, Joseph M. Hogenkamp, and City Attorney, Ronald C. Trabucco, are hereby directed to commence in-rem foreclosure proceedings (In-Rem No. 11) against properties which are delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes up to and including April 1, 2007.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

162.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, on the recommendation of the Director of Parks and Recreation, Linda Foels, that the bid for the purchase of a stump cutter be awarded to the low bidder Vermeer Northeast for $43,380.00.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

163.     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, October 3, 2009, from 12:00 noon until 9:00 P.M. and be it further

            Resolved, that ingress and egress be provided for emergency vehicles.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

164.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that Section 62-158, Schedule VIII, entitled: “Stop Intersections” be amended as follows:

            Resolved, that stop signs be installed at the northeast and southwest corners at the intersection of Alliger Drive and Sharon Drive.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

165.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that Section 62-158, Schedule VIII, entitled: “Stop Intersections” be amended as follows:

            Resolved, that the stop sign at the northeast corner of Alliger Drive at Warren Drive and the south side of Alliger Drive at Warren Drive be removed.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

166.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Davis

            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.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Robert Derner, 286 Niagara Shore Drive – I’d like to ask you to reconsider the sump pump fee that you charge people when they sell their house.  This ordinance was enacted around the mid 1980’s that any new house sold after that was subject to having an inspection and a $50 fee.  Now I sold my house at 220 Niagara Shore and it was a larger house than the usual town houses, I bought a smaller one, but now the larger one is assessed $100,000 plus less than my smaller house that I moved in to.  But that’s not the point I’m getting at.  I just threw that in there.  The sump pump had to be inspected even though it was originally inspected when I built the house, so the second time, or when I sold the house, I called the Plumbing Inspector over to inspect it and pay the fee so that I could close and this is the way this goes, don’t worry, just give me the $50, never even went in the place and that’s what goes on all the time.  Once an inspection is made there’s really no reason to go and charge the next sale of that house the $50.  It’s just a rip off, it’s like getting a bill from somebody for nothing or getting a bill and you call up and complain about it and you get an answering machine and you still get another bill in the mail the following week or so.  So what’s the point?  The same thing could be done as we have with smoke detectors.  When you want to close, you have to sign an affidavit that the smoke detector is working.  You could do the same thing with the sump pumps and it wouldn’t cost anybody anything.  The City shouldn’t be doing this to just get a few extra bucks from the residents.  Thank you.

 

Kathleen Greenawalt, 205 Duffy Drive, City Hall employee – I’m speaking on behalf of City Hall employees who work at City Hall.  First, we think it is important to clarify some things.  The issue of safety/security is not a summer hour’s issue, it is not a contract issue. I, myself, as well as the Mayor’s secretary, and several City Hall Department Heads, are not in a union.  This is a safety/security issue, and because it is, it involves and affects everyone who works at City Hall.  The long-range safety goals that the Mayor keeps referring back to, do not offer an immediate solution to security. The solution to security seems very simple and logical:  Coincide City Hall office hours with the City Court hours.  By doing so, you, solve the safety/security issue, incur no cost to the City, and actually offer the best hours, the “best of both worlds”, to the public.  Those wishing to conduct business between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, can do so from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM; and those wishing to conduct business between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM can do so from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.  This does not disrupt services in any way and actually better serves the public.  And keep in mind, residents also have the added benefit of a 24-hour drop box.  We do not believe that the Mayor is comparing “apples to apples”.  The Mayor, in discussing this issue with the two previous Mayors, needs to remember that circumstances have changed.  During Mayor Roth and Mayor Gallagher’s terms, Drug Court was not here, or was in it’s very early stages, and in January 2010 our City Court will be housing a Mental Health Court in this building.  In calling other City and Town Halls, the Mayor did not include in his information to the Council that three of those City/Town Halls are in separate buildings from their Court, four do not hold Drug Court or Probation or Mental Health Court and four do not house a DMV.  So, comparing us to those other communities was inaccurate and somewhat misleading.  Now, other employees at City Hall have some questions they would like to ask. 

 

Coleen Overholt, 121 Sharon Drive, City Hall employee – These two questions are for the Mayor.  Why are you so unwilling to solve this problem in such a simple, easy, logical way, and I was also wondering if there has been any more correspondence from any other agencies you have contacted. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – Let me answer in this way.  When I look at safety of this facility, I’m looking at structural things that we can do to ensure the safety of this facility.  For that reason, I had the Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services in here last week and told him that we would no longer want probation folks to be here.  To my knowledge there was one alternative that we had not discussed, have not discussed with the Police Chief up to this point, and that was should we send probation down to the other end.  The other structural things I wanted to look at was, in fact when somebody comes in to the Clerk’s Office to any kind of business, there is really no protection for you at all.  That’s a structural problem.  It had nothing to do with time.  That’s what I’m looking at.  Now, one of the things that we did already do is put a panic button in. I asked, to my knowledge, we put two panic buttons in, I asked that a third panic button be put in so that every one of the stations that you folks work at has some type of panic button coverage.  I’m not sure, but I don’t think they’ve been activated yet but that’s in the works.  The last thing I want to do is make sure you have some type of protection across the front so somebody can’t jump over anyone of those stations, especially the lower ones, that’s the one where a lot of the assessor work is done or Joe Hogenkamp from time to time does work, so that there’s some barrier there.  I’m looking at the structural problems of security here and if that’s not acceptable then I’m not sure what may or may not be acceptable, but in my way of thinking, the structural things are the type of things that secure security here at City Hall.  That’s just my opinion. 

 

Coleen Overholt – The structure of City Hall is a concern also, but for the viewing of the public that comes in and sees an officer right there, they are going to feel safer in the entire building.  An officer right there and anybody coming in that may be willing to do something against us or take money or whatever, there’s somebody there that they’re going to see and change their mind and go out.  That’s what we’re trying to get to. 

 

Chris Hameister, 19 Moyle Avenue, City Hall employee - Because this is not a contract issue, not a summer hour’s issue, but is a safety/security issue, doesn’t the Council have the right and responsibility to address this issue?  For the record, we would like to hear from each Councilmember as to where they stand on this issue please. 

 

Council President Zeisz – Well, I think everybody knows where I stand as I said two meetings ago, as far as I’m concerned, we should switch the hours back to align with the Court and align with the other services in City Hall.  As far as us doing anything about it, I also spoke out on that.  It’s not a Council issue, we don’t control day-to-day operations of the City, so unfortunately, we can’t do anything about the hours in City Hall or even staffing of other departments in City Hall. 

 

Chris Hameister – And not the safety?

 

Council President Zeisz - It’s out of our job duties, outside of our job duties. 

 

Chris Hameister – And that’s how everybody feels? 

 

Council President Zeisz - Well, everybody else is more than free to speak. 

 

Councilmember Perkins – I would change the hours if it were under my control.  I understand your points of view, I understand that you guys work under some interesting conditions when they are holding drug court at certain times, which I wasn’t aware of…

 

Chris Hameister – …there’s also the DMV downstairs, the doors been broken twice down there.  You’ve got all different sorts of people coming in here.

 

Councilmember Perkins - And I agree with you wholeheartedly and I wish I could help you make that change. 

 

Chris Hameister – People wander, today I watched somebody that I know their face because they’re here every week for, what is it Tuesday afternoons, criminal court, wandering through here after 4:30 PM, it’s like they just wander through, they can go wherever they want, there’s nobody around.  You know these people, you see them sitting at the public window, you get to know these people, and they just wander around. 

They have all sorts of freedom.  You have people going in the community room helping themselves to things.  There are all sorts of funny things that go on. 

 

Council President Zeisz – Anybody else on the Council want to comment?

 

Councilmember Davis – Mr. President I’d just like to mention that, two meetings ago, I was also in full support.  I don’t view it as summer hours because when you use the term summer hours, it’s a reduction in hours.  This is not a reduction in hours, it’s just modifying the hours, you guys are still open the same amount of time as far as length of time, during the summer as you would be during the winter.  I believe one of you ladies brought some information as far as foot traffic that we get here and in the mornings it’s a lot greater than the traffic we get here in the afternoon.  You guys have actually done your research, done your homework, this is not something that was half-hazardly put together.  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, like everybody said, and I said before, would be the best solution, there are not contractual obligations as I see with the CSEA and even if it was, in order for the CSEA to file a grievance, you guys would have to have a problem with it, and last I checked, you guys wouldn’t have a problem with this whatsoever but under the Charter change this was one of the many things that was taken out of control of the Council and therefore, we can’t do anything about it. 

 

Chris Hameister – How about changing the Charter? 

 

Councilmember Davis - Well, you’d have to bring that up for public vote in November but that would be something that the public would have to agree to get on the ballot as far as changing the Charter. 

 

Council President Zeisz - Just for a point of information, up until twelve years ago, City Hall did cut back their hours during the summer period, but then the Charter changed and ever since then, it’s been 5:00 PM. 

Coleen Overholt – I don’t believe City Hall cut back the hours. 

 

Council President Zeisz - No, no, they altered the hours, it was earlier starts and earlier finishes. 

 

Councilmember Waterhouse – I know I spoke on this last time.  I took somewhat of a beating because apparently I said “pro-active” more times than people care to hear, but again, I agree wholeheartedly with your point.  To be pro-active is very important.  When somebody walks in the door and sees an armed guard there, they’re going to think twice about what they were going to do.  And I understand where the Mayor is coming from, long term for security reasons, but I think right now, that’s the safest bet we could do to protect the employees here at City Hall and still be aware the taxpayers have to pay to put all kinds of bullet proof glass and structural stuff like that, is going to cost a lot of money, when right now, a guard is the perfect thing to have. 

 

Councilmember Kossow – I can see both sides.  One of my concerns was contractual obligations, I am not totally sure if that would come into play.    The Mayor is taking a number of steps.  I am not the Mayor but as long as we are providing the residents with the same number of hours I would be satisfied with that. 

 

Laurie Schultz, 325 Morgan Street, proud City Hall employee – I just have a couple questions in regards to the Charter.  Kathy and I have actually been looking through the Charter, we had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Trabucco on Friday afternoon.  When I look at the Charter, Article II Governing Authority, Separation of Powers, Section 2.001, “all executive authority in the City is vested in the Mayor. All legislative authority in the City is vested in the Common Council.”  I went to my Webster’s Dictionary and looked up “legislative”, look up “executive”.  Legislative: “making laws, levying taxes, to cause, create, provide or bring about legislation”.  The Executive: “executes the laws”.  My question is this.  We have filled out incident reports, each one of us in regards to what is going on as far as the safety issues in our office.  I don’t know what happens to those claims, I know that they go to the City, but who’s the City?  The last paragraph again in another portion of the Charter, Section 6.003, “Negligence, Actions, and Claims”: “no action shall be maintained against the City for damages or injuries for persons or properties sustained on the highways or public places of this City on account of defective, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed conditions”, and it goes on to talk about ice and snow. My question is the last paragraph of that section and I’ll read it for you.  “All claims for damages may as above require may be adjusted and settled by the Common Council by resolution adopted by a 2/3 vote of the entire membership including the President.”  My question is to you is then, because I’m trying to understand this, so is a public person, a resident, or even one of ourselves, we get hurt now on the job, injured, whatever, decide to file a lawsuit against the City, would not that lawsuit come before you here today to settle on what amounts of money would be awarded to those people. 

 

Council President Zeisz – Absolutely.

 

Laurie Schultz – So my question is, if that is the case, then why wouldn’t you be part of the pro-active part of that?  You’re doing the end result of an injury happening to a public employee or to somebody from the public.  You’re settling a claim.  Why not be pro-active?  As far as I can see, or maybe Mr. Trabucco can show us something different, you should have that authority, you should have the authority to make some kind of resolution to protect the public, protect ourselves, protect me as a resident, and the rest of the residents here from a potential lawsuit. 

 

Council President Zeisz – Well, Ms. Schultz I was prepared two meetings ago to put together a resolution to change the hours and I was instructed that I couldn’t do that, that that would be in violation of the Charter. 

 

Laurie Schultz – Could someone then show me in the Charter, whether it be Mr. Trabucco or somebody, that says that because everything that we were looking at says you guys are the legislators here, you are, you make the legislation up, you create things here and if you see there’s a problem here, a safety issue, why not do something about it now before somebody gets hurt and throws a lawsuit on the City?  I don’t understand it.  Again, the easiest thing is the change the hours to correspond with the Court that doesn’t cost us anything.  It doesn’t cost us anything.  A lawsuit will cost the City something and that’s what we’re here to tell you.  We love our jobs, we respect our fellow associates, we respect the people that come in here day to day, and we’re just telling you, please look and listen.  I just don’t understand.  It’s so simple.  Would you rather have a potential lawsuit thrown at us?  And again, check that Charter or show me where you don’t have that authority anymore because I just don’t understand that.  You have the authority to settle the damages on a case, why don’t you have the authority to prevent something from happening? 

 

Council President Zeisz - Maybe our City Attorney would like to comment.  Did I or did I not come to you and said I wanted to do a resolution and change the hours? 

 

City Attorney Ron Trabucco – I can see the issue really is the division between the Common Council and the Mayor’s Office as to authority and my interpretation of the authority that’s been delegated to the Common Council, the authority that’s been delegated to the Mayor pursuant to the terms of the Charter is that the day to day operations of the City are the responsibility of the Mayor’s Office.  That’s the issue and that’s what I suggested to you and that’s really where it is in my opinion.  You’re asking me a legal question and that’s the answer. 

 

Laurie Schultz – That being said, all of you have said here, with the exception of the Mayor, that you would support this change from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 

 

Bill Poole, 36 Murray Terrace – It just seems to me that changing the hours is a very simple thing, it’s an additional thing in addition to the structure and just as a private citizen it seems like the common sense thing to do.  Thank you. 

 

Resident (inaudible), 79 Main Street – Mr. Trabucco said, day-to-day operations, I understand the ladies are bringing up that it’s a safety issue.  Now I don’t know if that can be separated to get to legislation but a safety issue against the City, to me, strikes something that that might be something you might, for safety reasons, you are willing to do this.  I just wanted to throw that out there.  

 

Whitney Vantine, Superintendent of Schools, City of Tonawanda – We simple want to let the Council know that we continue to work with the City, we are very happy with the efforts we’ve had thus far with the SMSI group, we have a meeting coming up Thursday, we’re excited about that.  We want to be a good corporate partner with the City and we think there’s major, positive things that can happen in the City, working collaboratively, that’s our goal, that’s our effort and we just wanted to let you know that tonight. 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Perkins – I have nothing else.  Thank you.

 

Councilmember Waterhouse – Nothing else.

 

Councilmember Kossow – This past week I had a couple of residents of the City that (inaudible) also had the Mississippi Mudd Race that brought a lot of people to our community. This gives us an opportunity for us to showcase the City and as we move forward, we just keep going at this and move forward, so we have two excellent events next weekend.  The other thing, Mr. Derner, it appears the sump pump is, I believe the reason, and again, I’m not sure, I could check, but the reason for the sump pump that has to be checked again is to make sure that nothing is tampered with since the last, when it’s sold, that’s my understanding, that’s why…

 

Robert Derner – …Mr. Kossow, that…

 

Council President Zeisz – …Mr. Derner, remember whose meeting it is. 

 

Robert Derner - I would like to respond to Mr. Kossow. 

 

Council President Zeisz - Okay. 

 

Robert Derner - The same would hold true for a toilet or a kitchen sink or anything in the house, a furnace, or anything. As long as the buyer has to have an affidavit, the same as he does for a smoke detector, it would solve the problem, it would not cost anybody else to make an inspection to pay money that’s not needed.  I mean, there’s enough fees going around, why have it if you don’t need it. 

 

Councilmember Kossow – True.

 

Councilmember Davis – I just want to piggyback on what Mr. Kossow said.  Mr. Derner, you brought up the sump pump thing.  Actually, that was enacted whenever New York State passed the law, stating that any home that went up for sale, had to have a sump pump installed into the basement and it does get checked twice.  It gets checked if you have a sump pump that is installed, it gets checked before you sell the house and by the buyer who is buying the house  So it gets checked twice and we, unfortunately, have to charge a fee for that.  If it were up to me, we’d do away with sump pumps all together because talking to the previous people that owned my house, they never had a drop of water in the basement until they had a sump pump installed and now you’re asking for if the power goes out, you’re getting another avenue for that water to come into your basement.  So it was a State law that was enacted that required homes that went up for sale that they a sump pump installed and it’s going to be, unfortunately, has to be inspected by a licensed plumber at the sale by seller and buyer. 

 

Robert Derner – May I respond to him? 

 

Council President Zeisz - Yes Mr. Derner.

 

Robert Derner – Mr. Davis, just for your information, when I first started in the building business, I was a plumber and I had five master plumber licenses, so I know what I’m talking about.  The point is, once it’s been inspected, it’s the same as a toilet in the house.  You know it’s there and the smoke detector has to be there and if the seller has to sign an affidavit that it’s in working order, that’s all that’s needed.  It isn’t a continual thing.  Why keep charging somebody for something that’s already been inspected?   

 

Councilmember Davis – Trust me, I agree with you.  I think the law is stupid, but we don’t have a law that states if you have a toilet in your house that it needs to function, we don’t have a law that states if you have a faucet in your house that is has to function, but we do have a law that states that when you sell your home and you have a sump pump, you need to have a certified plumber come out and inspect and certify that it’s working. 

 

Robert Derner – That’s true, and it was inspected on the first sale.  It doesn’t have to be inspected every subsequent sale.  That’s all I’m saying.

 

Councilmember Davis - I’d like to personally thank Larry Sitzman.  He is the Region 9 Hazardous Waste Director here in Western New York.  He took the time to sit down with me last week and we talked at length for about 30 minutes about the conditions and the emission of the Tonawanda Coke facility and how it affects all of us.  I’d like to applaud the DEC for the steps that they are taking, they plan on installing a water filtration type system that will take the exhaust from Tonawanda Coke and run it through a couple of misters that will eliminate all of the ammonia and most of the benzene and some other chemicals that I couldn’t even tell you what they were, out of that exhaust and then that exhaust will be pumped up, not a 70’ smoke tower, but a 220’ smoke tower.  So I know Tonawanda Coke is working closely with the DEC in order to get that up and running and I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Sitzman, to sit down with me and talk about the concerns that I have, the concerns that residents have, not only about the nuisance ammonia smell, but also the long term affects of the benzene and I would also like to thank Al Carlocci and his assistant who did work closely with me as far as installing an air monitoring station up in the 4th Ward that from what I understand, according to Senator Schumer, will be funded for the foreseeable future to ensure that Tonawanda Coke does comply with those standards.  Jim had mentioned about a few things going on in the City this weekend, we had a nice motorcycle rally down at Niawanda Park, kind of wish we, I wish I had a bike to go down there, mingle in. You feel like an outsider when you show up there in khaki shorts and a polo shirt and everybody else is wearing their leather pants and leather jackets, but it seemed like a good time, a huge success for the Legion.  I’d like to thank the Legion for getting the ball rolling on that and bringing that to the City.  Taste of Tonawandas, bees all over the place, but the food was outstanding and I know after tasting the lobster ravioli that we had there, my wife and I will go to a certain restaurant this weekend to partake in their food a little bit more.  I’d like to thank Dr. Vantine for getting up and talking about cooperation between the City and the School District.  I don’t think anybody wants to see any kind of competition or butting of heads with the School District because we all do represent the same people, we all pay the same taxes and there are ways we can constructively work together as a team in order to provide our residents with a cheaper form of doing things that are repetitive between our two agencies.  The only thing I would ask is that that spirit of cooperation remains open, that certain people that might have either outside agendas or have blinders on and not be able to work, be able to see things from outside of the box, please go in with an open mind because in essence, we all want the best for our community, we all live here and I’d just like to thank you for getting out.  Lastly, she could not be here tonight, but I’d like to wish my wife a Happy 8th Anniversary, I’m quite shocked that she’s put up with me for that long. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I too would like to thank Dr. Vantine and Board President Lynn Casall for being here tonight.  When you think back on the first step in the Shared Municipal Incentive Grant, that was a $90,000 effort to try to get our two entities to work together. We’ve had a few meeting, there’s been some bumps and grinds, there’s been some misunderstanding, I know I’ve had some, but the bottom line is that if we can work together on particular issues that we share, I think in the long run, the taxpayers of the City of Tonawanda and the children that we’re responsible for educating, are the winners.  We have a meeting this Thursday and I look forward to that, I look forward to progress with everybody’s input, so thanks again for being here.  The events this weekend were great, the weather was great, it was in our favor for a change and the Bike Rally, the Mississippi Mudds Race, I was at that, my daughter ran in that, it was dedicated to leukemia, I lost my mother to leukemia fifteen years ago, so it was nice to see, the weather was great, we had a couple people fall over from the heat, but they were dealt with by our Fire Department in a very expeditious and professional manner.  The Taste of Tonawanda, there are some people here that were highly involved with the Taste of Tonawanda, I thank them for being involved in it and the good things that they brought to the table so to speak, the carrot cake was delicious, I only had one piece though, didn’t want to go crazy. At any rate, it was great. Today I had the opportunity to go to the Town of Tonawanda to partake in their dedication of their new Veteran’s Monument, I had the good fortune actually meeting and shaking hands with General Colin Powell, it was a great event, they did a very, very nice job with that, and that being said, that’s all I have Mr. President, thank you.

 

Council President Zeisz -  I have nothing further tonight.  Everyone drive home safely and have a nice evening.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

167.     By Councilmember                                                            seconded by Councilmember

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until, September 1, 2009.  

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

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