Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

December 7, 2010

 

A Regular Meeting of the Common Council

 

Present:  Council President Zeisz

Present Councilmembers:  Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Council President Zeisz

 

Prayer led by Council President Zeisz

 

Swearing-In of  “Reserve Fire/Police”

Steven Hugill and Richard Roche

 

Proclamation by Judge Joseph Cassata

Leonard Rosokoff Day

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter from the Gateway Harbor Committee, stamped November 29, 2010, regarding New Year’s on the Canal.

 

A letter from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., dated November 17, 2010, regarding a meeting that will take place on November 23, 2010, regarding the Canal Side project.

 

A letter from Carrier Coach, Inc., dated November 29, 2010, giving solutions to the issues with their buses blocking traffic through the Clinton Park circle. 

 

A letter from EnSol, Inc., dated November 23, 2010, regarding the Town of Tonawanda landfill.

 

A letter from Time Warner Cable dated November 1, 2010, keeping the City informed of developments affecting subscribers.

 

A letter from Time Warner Cable, dated December 3, 2010, listing their price adjustment notice.

 

A letter from Salt Water paradise, 54 Main Street, dated November 28, 2010, asking that the City stop closing Main Street for special events.

 

A letter from the NFTA, dated November 30, 2010, regarding the Tonawanda Rails to Trails.

            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 Report of the City Clerk

            November minutes of the Traffic and Safety Board

            January – October minutes of the Planning and Zoning Board

            Bi-weekly update of the Niawanda Park Pavilion

            December minutes of the Civil Service Commission

                Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

A letter from Andy Wassam, dated November 29, 2010, explaining that he would like to hold a prayer vigil at Fillmore and East Niagara street in remembrance of Kevin Hughes and a prayer vigil at Seymour and Broad in remembrance of Aundria Hudson.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

A letter from Joel Kohler, 16 Enterprise Avenue, tendering his resignation from the Department of Public Works as of January 7, 2011.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A list of members added to the Fire Rolls for National Hose Co. #1 are as follows:  Zachary Campbell(4/7/08),  James Tomsic (9/3/08), Brandon McGuire (9/2/09), Timothy J. Newman (10/5/09), and Kevin McGee (2/1/10); members added to the Niagara Hose Co. #3 Fire Rolls are as follows:  William A. Miles (12/7/09, Robert P. Weekley (12/7/09), Donald R. Greene (honorary, 3/1/10) and Adam Miles (6/7/10) and Joseph M. Wolf (6/7/10).  Members removed from the Fire Rolls for National Hose Co. #1 are as follows:  Jaelle Bacon (6/1/09, Derek Peterson (6/1/09) and Mark Hibbert (6/1/09.  Members removed from the Fire Rolls for Delaware Hose Co., #2 are Rob Shaw (11/2/09) and Lisa DiFrancisco (11/2/09).  Members removed from the Fire Rolls for Niagara Hose Co., #3 are Lawrence Neudecker (5/4/09, Arthur Hensel (honorary, 4/5/10), and David Meyers (honorary, 4/5/10).   Also James Crouch transferred from Delaware Hose to Union Hook and Ladder on 1/4/10 and Michael Messana transferred from National Hose to Union Hook & Ladder on 9/8/10.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A letter from the Traffic and Safety Board, dated November 23, 2010, would like a traffic study done for the potential new development of the Spaulding Fibre Site.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

292.     By Councilmember Gilbert                                      seconded by Councilmember Boyle

            Resolved, that the Mayor be authorized and directed to sign an agreement with B.M.A. Consulting Services, Inc., to perform insurance consulting services to the City of Tonawanda for the calendar year 2011 for an annual fee of $7,500.00.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

293.     By Councilmember Poole                                       seconded by Council President Zeisz

            Whereas, a Special Events Application and a $25.00 application fee were received by the City Clerk from the American Legion Post #264 and Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter #77 for a “Labor Day Car Show” and

            Whereas, the application was reviewed and commented on by all appropriate department heads to insure the safety of our residents, and

            Whereas, all details for the above named event must be coordinated with the City of Tonawanda Police and Parks Departments and the event Chairperson, now therefore be it

            Resolved, that permission be granted to the American Legion Post #264 and the Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter #77, to hold a “Labor Day Car Show” on September 5, 2011, from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. in Niawanda Park from City Hall to Wheeler Street and be it further

            Resolved, that any overtime cost that is incurred by the City of Tonawanda must be reimbursed by the American Legion #264 and the Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter #77 to the City and be it further

            Resolved, that a Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Tonawanda as additional insured be presented to the City Clerk no later than August 29, 2011.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

 

294.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

            Resolved, that the reading of the next five resolutions be waived.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

295.     By Councilmember Boyle                                       seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

Whereas, the title of this Resolution/Ordinance has been published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation, more specifically, The Tonawanda News, on         November 24, 2010 in accordance with Section 2.047 of the City Charter, now therefore be it

Resolved, that Article 5. Buildings and Building Regulations, Sec. 30-121.  Building Permits, shall be amended to now read as follows:

 

Sec. 30-121.  Building permits.

     

      The fees required by section 14-84 are as follows:

 

                              BUILDING PERMIT FEES

 

      (1)  New construction:

            a.      Residential:

                  1.      Single-family: $600.00.

                  2.      Two-family: $700.00.

                  3.      Multiple dwelling:

                        i.    For the first dwelling unit: $600.00.

                        ii.    Plus, for each additional unit: $200.00.

                  4.      Dwelling additions: $10.00 per 100 square feet or portion thereof, for each story, based on the exterior dimensions of the floor plan, with a minimum charge of $50.00.

                  5.      Residential garages and other residential accessory structures: $10.00 per 100 square feet or portion thereof, for each story, based on the exterior dimensions of the floor plan, with a minimum charge of $40.00.

            b.      Commercial:

                  1.      New structures and additions: $10.00 per 100 square feet or portion thereof, for each story, based on the exterior dimensions of the floor plan, with a minimum charge of $100.00.

 

      (2)  Interior remodeling (no change in exterior floor plan):

            a.      Residential: $40.00.

            b.      Commercial: $6.00 per 100 square feet of floor area of space being remodeled or portion thereof, with a minimum charge of $50.00.

 

      (3)  Exterior remodeling (no change in building size):

            a.      Residential: $40.00.

            b.      Commercial: $75.00.

 

      (4)      Demolition permits:

            a.      Residential:

            1.  Dwellings $100.00 per structure.

            2.  Garages and accessory structures $40.00 per structure

            b.      Commercial: All structures $200.00 per structure.

 

      (5)      Swimming pools, per pool: $40.00.

 

      (6)      Advertising signs, per sign: $50.00.

 

      (7)  Fuel storage tanks--Removal or installation/gasoline and oil storage:

            a.   0--1,000 gallons: $200.00.

            b.      1,001--10,000 gallons: $300.00.

            c.      Over 10,000 gallons: $400.00.

       (8) Fence permits: $40.00.

 

      (9)      Miscellaneous

            a.      Residential – Any type not explicitly listed: $40.00

            b.      Commercial– Any type not explicitly listed: $100.00

 

      (10)      Communications towers or antennae:

            a.      New tower: $200.00 plus $2.00 per linear foot of the total height of the tower.

b.      [Existing tower or structure:] $200.00 for antennae located on existing tower or structure.

 

and be it further

      Resolved, that the above amendment shall take effect upon publication in an official newspaper of the City of Tonawanda.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

296.     By Councilmember Gilbert                                      seconded by Councilmember Boyle

Whereas, the title of this Resolution/Ordinance has been published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation, more specifically, The Tonawanda News, on             November 24, 2010 in accordance with Section 2.047 of the City Charter, now, therefore be it

Resolved, that Article 3. Electrical Standards DIVISION 2.  ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT Sec. 14-254 Application for inspection; connection of power supply, which now reads as follows:

 

            It shall be a violation of this article for any person to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the city until an application for inspection has been filed with any approved electrical inspection agency.  It shall be a violation of this article for a person to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by any approved electrical inspection agency.

 

            Shall be amended to now read as follows:

 

            Sec. 14-254  Application for permit and inspection; connection of power supply.

 

            It shall be a violation of this article for any person to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the city until an application for inspection has been filed and a permit issued by The City of Tonawanda Building Inspector.  It shall be a violation of this article for a person to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by The City of Tonawanda Building Inspector and be it further

Resolved, that all other sections of said ordinance shall remain unchanged and in full force and effect; and be it further

Resolved, that the above amendment shall take effect upon publication in an official newspaper of the City of Tonawanda.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

 

 

297.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

         Whereas, the title of this Resolution/Ordinance has been published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation, more specifically, The Tonawanda News, on November 24, 2010 in accordance with Section 2.047 of the City Charter, now, therefore be it

         Resolved, that Article 5. Buildings and Building Regulations, Sec. 30-133.  Electrician’s License shall be amended to now read as follows:

 

Sec. 30-133.  Electrical fees.                                

 

 (a) Master Electrician Certificate

      The fee for a certificate required by section 14-257(c)(3)$100.00.

 

(b)  Master Electrician License

      The fee for a license required by section 14-256(d) is $100.00.

 

(c)  Electrical Permit Fees

      The fee for an electrical permit required by section 14-247 is as follows:

 

      (1)      RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS: (not including air conditioning or special equipment)

 

         A. Original electrical installation of a 1 or 2 family dwelling, including townhouses not exceeding 2,000 sq. ft. floor area, without air-conditioning or special equipment, per dwelling unit $200.00

 

         B. Original electrical installation of a 1 or 2 family dwelling, including townhouses in excess of 2,000 sq. ft. floor area, without air-conditioning or special equipment, per dwelling unit $275.00

 

         C. Multiple residences, per dwelling unit $170.00

 

         D. Hotels and motels, sleeping rooms only, per room $75.00

 

         E. Alterations, repairs, modifications, additions, deletions, etc., to the electrical system includes detached accessory buildings

 

             1.  1 to 10 outlets only $50.00

             2.  Exceeding 10 outlets $70.00

             3.  Service installation only $100.00

             4.  1 to 10 outlets, including 1 service installation $130.00

             5.  Exceeding 10 outlets, including 1 service installation $170.00

             6.  Whole House Generator with or without generator panel $100.00

             7.  Generator panel $50.00

 8.  Air conditioning and other special equipment, part of original installation, per system, device or equipment $40.00

             9.  Air conditioning and other special equipment, not part of original installation, per system, device or equipment $65.00

            10.  Swimming pool, aboveground $40.00

            11.  Swimming pool, in-ground $70.00

 

         F. All other electrical permit fees for work which is not stipulated in any of the items listed in this section shall be at cost as determined by the Building Inspector, with a minimum fee of $45.00

 

      (2) COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL:

 

         A. Original installation

 

            1. Less than 25,000 watts, without special equipment $300.00

            2. In excess of 25,000 watts, Includes hotels and motels not listed above, with a minimum fee not less than $55.00 per sleeping room /kilowatt $8.00.

            3. Additional fee for each special equipment (HVAC, Emergency Power, Fire Protection, etc.)   $50.00

 

      B. Alterations, repairs, modifications, additions, deletions, etc., to the electrical system, including detached accessory buildings

           1. Minimum fee $120.00

           2. Maximum fee $300.00

           3. 1 to 10 fixtures or outlets only $120.00

           4. In excess of 10 fixtures or outlets /each $4.00

           5. Service installation only $120.00

           6. 1 to 10 outlets, including 1 service $200.00

           7. In excess of 10 outlets, including 1 service $300.00

           8. Additional fee for each special equipment (HVAC, Emergency Power, Fire Protection, etc.)$85.00

 

      C. The fees applicable to new electrical work shall be applicable to electrical work on, additions, alterations and repairs when the cost of alterations, additions or repairs made within any 6 month period exceeds 50% of the cost for the replacement of the existing electrical system at the beginning of that 6-month period.

 

         D. Signs $85.00

 

      E. All other electrical permit fees for work which is not stipulated in any of the items listed in this section shall be at a cost as determined by the Building Inspector with a minimum fee of $50.00

 

         F. Each inspection in excess of 2 inspections, for each required inspection $50.00

 

and be it further

      Resolved, that the above amendment shall take effect upon publication in an official newspaper of the City of Tonawanda.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

298.     By Councilmember Boyle                                       seconded by Councilmember Poole

            Resolved, that Article III, Section 62-158, Schedule VIII of the Traffic Ordinance be amended to read as follows:

            Resolved, the ordinance for the stop signs located on the west side of Penarrow Drive heading south at Westbourne Drive, the west side of Frederick Road heading south at Willowbend Road and the east side of Frederick Road heading north at Willowbend Road, adopted March 17, 1992, are hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: Gilbert

Resolution declared adopted

 

299.     By Councilmember Boyle                                       seconded by Council President Zeisz

WHEREAS, the city of Tonawanda (“City”) and the city of Tonawanda Police Benevolent Association (PBA) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement that expires December 31, 2011, and

WHEREAS, certain members of the PBA who are or were employed by the city commenced an action against the City in the United States District Court for the Western District of new York, Civil No. 09-cv-0474WMS(Sc), alleging claims for unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and

WHEREAS, the City does not admit that it or its agents or employees ever violated the Fair Labor Standards Act or any federal, state, local or other regulation, rule, ordinance, statute or constitution, and

WHEREAS, the parties to the lawsuit wish to resolve all issues in the action without further litigation, and

WHEREAS, the parties to the lawsuit have negotiated a Settlement Agreement settling the pending lawsuit, and

WHEREAS, the Settlement Agreement requires execution by the City and approval by the City’s Common Council prior to submission to the United States District Court for the Western District of New York for approval, and

WHEREAS, the City and PBA have agreed that the City has established a seven (7) day work period for the purposes of the exemption from overtime requirements available to public employers found in 29 U.S.C. Section 207(k), and

WHEREAS, the City and PBA have negotiated a Memorandum of Agreement, annexed as Exhibit D to the Settlement Agreement, certain items amending the terms of the existing collective bargaining agreement between the City and PBA, all incorporated therein, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, the City Common Council authorizes settlement of the lawsuit for a payment of $62,500 upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Settlement Agreement and be it further

RESOLVED, that the City’s Common Council approves each and every term of the Settlement Agreement and be it further

RESOLVED, the Mayor of the City be authorized and directed to execute the Settlement Agreement and be it further,

RESOLVED, that the Common Council approves the Memorandum of agreement between the City and PBA negotiated by the Mayor’s office set forth as Exhibit D to the Settlement Agreement.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

300.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

            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 personnel of particular persons and legal issues.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Nancy Paschen, 5 Main Street – I was in your Caucus Session and I heard the gentleman talking of the Civil Service Law.  Now I would like to know, does that mean that these kids that you hire in the summer time have to take a Civil Service test?

 

Council President Zeisz – No. 

 

Nancy Paschen - It’s just the Department Heads?

 

Council President Zeisz – No, it’s any full time employees within the City.  Summer employees, they’re not part of the Civil Service process. 

 

Nancy Paschen – Okay, and then I have another question.  I would like to know how the investigation is coming along on the falling-in of the Clinton Park gazebo.  Is that still a work in progress, the investigation?   

 

Council President Zeisz – Yes, and other than that, I really can’t make any comment on it, not at this time.

 

Nancy Paschen – Well the gentlemen are getting better I understand. 

 

Council President Zeisz – Yes.  

Richard Goodman, 74 Wheeler Street – I’d just like to thank the Mayor, the Fire Chief, the Council, you passed a resolution a few weeks ago for a (inaudible). We have our Vice President, David O’Bryan who you know is disabled, can’t get up and down the stairs, so he hasn’t been able to sit at a meeting with us in a couple of years now, so through the Mayor and Fire Chief, we got a grant and with the resolution to kind of fast track the whole thing, we now have the chair lift installed and Mr. O’Bryan is looking forward to using them.  So, I’d just like to thank everyone on the Council and anybody else that was involved in this. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I’d just like to make a fast comment on this.  Anybody that knows Schmobie O’Bryan, he’s totally to committed, not only to Niagara Hose, but to this community, and I believe it was two years ago, maybe three, he was honored as a disabled person in Albany in we had the occasion to drive to Albany to be witness to that, it was a great event, I was glad to be able to be there and the one person we didn’t give any accolades to for this chair lift is Senator Ranzenhofer.  I kind of got on him because we haven’t seen too many member items coming our way from him and he came through on this one. 

 

Robert Dendy, 142 Adam Street – Needless to say, help me out on my thoughts, I see a lot of red tape here, I see the cost of living going up in this town, constantly, constantly and this is why (inaudible) kinda control this stuff.  These regulations are getting oppressive to this community and everybody’s going to warmer weather.  I’m planning to stay here because I like this town, but we’re gonna have to open up, this is not working here, people are getting out because this place is oppressively expensive, the regulations are cutting us to the core.  I’m a pretty liberal Republican and I think being Republican (inaudible) or something but I think it means that, I don’t know, this country kind of started with a tea party or something.  I think people should be thrown overboard particularly these politicians that take our power away, like we are the people who approve you and we have that right as citizens.  You guys are here to help us, correct?  So I don’t see how more and more regulations are good.  I think the forest that’s near the stadium should be preserved somehow, you know the one by the Dome and the Library.    I think that’s pretty cool, we don’t have much of that left and I don’t want to see that sold out for a few tax dollars here and there because in the long run, that’s a great investment, you know.  Nature, something good, people like to be in nature, I mean I love this place, like powerlessness corrupts and absolute power is even worse.  My dad’s homeless because he’s been denied citizenship and I love this place but only in American because he was born in Toronto and I’ve been a nomad too, like wandering this place and I’m just disgusted with how much, how long it takes to do something.  I can’t stand that it’s mostly, I love you guys, older people here, there should be younger people, they’re not voting, they’re apathetic, they don’t think you care, I think you do and if you don’t I’m gonna kick you out with a vote.  So can we maybe like agree to cut out some of the unnecessary regulations, maybe put some more good ones in, but like to really make this place a cheaper place to do business, not a place that can be sold out quickly but a place that in the long run, our young people are willing to invest in by staying rather than, the jobs are in China, the jobs are in Russia, the jobs are leaving really, really fast, and they’re overtaking us.  I’m not enemies of anybody, I’m at peace with all people but we need to move quick or else it’s gonna be very, very cold.    

 

Elizabeth Olka, 65 Cleveland Avenue – Two things.  One is, Friday I attended the WinterWalk.  Is that what they call it, or the Lighting of the Christmas tree, oh yes WinterWalk was Saturday, I just want to get it right.  It was fantastic and the best part is when Santa came, the snow came, so I have to say, Santa was a little bit hyper, too much Coke.  I’m just kidding, he was fine, he was great.  Thank you to the Parks and Recreation Department for all their hard work, and the Electrical Department too because a lot of that was due to them.      

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Poole – No comments, thank you.

 

Councilmember Gilbert – I’d like to take a minute to put thoughts into Pearl Harbor.  I was listening today and we lost 2400 people in one day on that attack and my grandfather fought in that war and we should all take time to realize what that means when we lose 2400 people.  I’d like to congratulate Mr. Rosokoff for his contributions to the City.  The WinterWalk was a huge success.  It looked great when I went by there. And also thank you to the Holler’s again for the Skate Park.  I went by there after it just got done and to my amazement there was 30 kids out there already using it, so I am very happy with that and hopefully, more stuff like that will come in the City.  Thank you Mr. President. 

 

Councilmember Slisz – To the gentleman who spoke earlier about wanting to live in Tonawanda, I think I want to mention to you that a lot of our ordinances and regulations are fostered on us by State legislators and the federal government.  While they pass the rules and the laws, we have to fund them.  You never find funding when they change a regulation in legislation.  One think I want to mention though, we have a 2011 facing us, we have a budget that was just passed which was in the neighborhood of 2.5%, 2.45% to 2.9% and we’re gonna have a tough year. We’re gonna have negotiations with all the unions this year, which most end I believe at the end of the year.  We’re gonna have to tighten our belts and I think what he said about driving people out of Tonawanda, the more you tax, the more people you drive out of Tonawanda.  So working with the Mayor and the Council working with the Mayor, hopefully it’s going to try to keep the budget in line and see where we can makes cuts where possible.  We looked at the federal government talking about freezing wages except for our fighting soldiers, they get a 1.4%, but the County has had a freeze for a long time.  The City of Buffalo has had a freeze.  So I think we should begin thinking about what we intend to do in negotiations and how we’re going to tighten our belts because we just can’t take large tax increases any more.    

 

Councilmember Boyle – Nothing Mr. President, thank you.

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I’d like to thank you Mr. President and also Councilmember Gilbert, everybody really up here, I’m sure it’s in the thoughts of everybody that we pay our respects to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.  This date was set aside as the day it happened but in the larger sense, there were a lot of young men that didn’t come home that day and for many years after, whether it was WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan and as we speak here, we’re all thinking of Christmas around the corner and we just had Thanksgiving.  I can tell you those guys are every day, every minute of every day putting their lives on the line, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  WinterWalk, it was just a fantastic event.  Everything kind of jelled this year for a change.  The lights were great.  The merchants did one heck of a job with their store fronts.  I think I would have a hard time picking one over another.  They just did a fantastic job.  When we counted down for the tree lighting, all of a sudden it started snowing, for about five minutes, it was like the guy upstairs was in our court too.  So everything turned out great this year and I thank all of the departments that had anything to do with it, Police, Fire, DPW, Electrical crew, everybody, thank you very much.  Thanks and recognition, congratulations go out to Lenny Rosokoff.  Lenny’s been a big part of Tonawanda for many, many years.  And also, Don and Nancy Holler, I see out there, congratulations on the Skate Park, it’s really come along.  I saw the pictures, I’ve been there, and you did a great job with that and our thanks go out to you and your family and everybody that had anything to do with it. 

 

Council President Zeisz – I just wanted to offer congratulations to Mr. Rosokoff.  I’ve basically known him most of my life, my father was a delivery boy for Parsons a couple of years ago, so I wish him the best. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi - If you notice on the agenda tonight, there’s a Swearing-In of Reserve Fire/Police, Steve Hugill and Dick Roche.  I’m not sure where Dick is but I guess we’ll do it after he gets here. 

 

Councilmember Slisz – I failed to mention that I think Main Street came a long way from last year and I think the decorations throughout the City here is really probably showing up North Tonawanda. 

 

 

 

Council President Zeisz - Hopefully the lights are better.  I thought it looked nice.  Hopefully everybody’s happy with it.  One thing I did want to mention for anybody that wasn’t here earlier, on January 12th at 7:00 P.M., it’s a Wednesday night, at Tonawanda High School, there’ll be a presentation by Natale Builders to the public on the proposed development at Little League Drive and like I said, that’s 7:00 P.M. on January 12th at the Tonawanda High School in the auditorium.  Just something I just want to throw out there, I’ve been trying to throw this out there so that people keep this in mind, Natale is the designated developer, but, so far the City has not turned the land over to them.  It’s a long process they’re going through at this point in time.  So for anyone who thinks it’s already a done deal, that’s not the case.  This will be a preliminary presentation to the public, to bring them up to speed on what they’ve done so far and where they’re at and then we’ll take it from there.  So, hopefully we’ll see many of you that night.  Other than that, have a great night, we’ll meet again on the 21st

 

Elizabeth Olka – I remembered my thing, I know it’s a little out of place, but can I say it? 

 

Council President Zeisz – We’ll forgive you for your “senior moment”. 

 

Elizabeth Olka – I’m sure it will happen again, but I added another one.  One is the Tonawanda Performing & Visual Arts Board is having a house decorating contest, so I haven’t heard anybody up here mention it at all.

 

Blake Boyle – The Board is having a house decorating contest, there, I announced it.

 

Elizabeth Olka – Thank you.  So, we are having a house decorating contest and you have to go on line to submit your entry.  The other thing is, I am the PTSA President and one of things we’re gonna be doing is February 5, 2011, we’re gonna have a Winter Carnival and my hope is, I’m gonna have committees soon, that maybe perhaps you guys can sit on those committees and help create this hopefully yearly event which is a Winter Carnival. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert – Can I have my wife do that for me?

 

Elizabeth Olka – Yes, we will give you recognition for that.  I just opened it up to anybody sitting out there who would like to be on it, you can go on line, PTSA website.  Again, we want to make it a big event between the City and the School District. 

 

Council President Zeisz – I only made the comment about senior moment because I don’t even know where that comes from because I have a lot of those moments, so I don’t know where that all started and Ms. Olka’s a lot younger than me and she had that moment, so it’s like one of those old sayings.  For anyone that doesn’t ordinarily come to meetings, the way it works is, the public comments, then we comment and the meeting ends. 

 

Cody Hertel 203 Niagara Street – I just have a question about, he talked about doing some kind of school.  Would that include a new stadium they’re talking about?

 

Council President Zeisz - No, that would be totally separate and that would be on school property.  That’s all separate with the School Board.

 

Robert Dendy - I just want to say that I didn’t come to complain, I want to say thanks for, this is a great place, and we can’t just cut everything because that would just make it worse, but we have to keep things in check for the taxpayers and I’m not Mr. Watchdog, but I mean, I’ve had a few jobs, like $500 would come in, I don’t know, something’s not adding up in this whole nation, like we’re in debt, being bought by China, faster that we can think, which of course keeps us in the global world (inaudible). 

 

Council President Zeisz - Everyone, have a great night, please drive home safely.  

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

301.     By Councilmember                                                            seconded by Councilmember

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until December 21, 2010.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

 

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