Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

December 21, 2010

 

A Regular Meeting of the Common Council

 

Present:  Council President Zeisz

Present Councilmembers:  Boyle, Slisz, Poole

Excused Councilmember:  Gilbert

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Council President Zeisz

 

Prayer led by Council President Zeisz

 

Presentation from the Board for the Visual and Performing Arts

House Decoration Contest

 

Best Clark Griswald Home

Charles Bainbridge

374 Franklin Street

 

Best Holiday Theme

Deborah and Scott Fowler

281 Franklin Street

 

Best In Show

Joseph Macielag

122 Coshway Place

 

Proclamation from County Legislator Kevin Hardwick

Gazebo Response

 

Presentation from County Legislator Kevin Hardwick

Fire/Police

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter to Erie County Executive Chris Collins from Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick dated November 30, 2010 regarding the allocation of statewide wireless 911 cellular surcharge funds.

 

A letter from Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau dated December 6, 2010 regarding a Legislative proposal affecting the composition of City Courts.

A letter to Lyn Christensen at National Grid dated December 14, 2010 regarding City of Tonawanda electrical inspections.

 

A Proclamation proclaiming Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to be Houston Crum, Jr. Day

 

A letter to Joseph Ulanowski, 52 Dexter Street, reappointing him to the Waterfront Revitalization Board, term to expire December 31, 2011.

 

A letter to Jerry Frizzell, 91 Walter Avenue, reappointing him to the Traffic and Safety Board, term to expire December 31, 2014.

 

A letter to Henry Hoffman, 196 Niagara Shore Drive, reappointing him to the Planning and Zoning Board, term to expire December 31, 2015.

 

A letter to Henry Hoffman, 196 Niagara Shore Drive, reappointing him to the Tonawanda Housing Authority, term to expire February 1, 2015.

 

 A memo from the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, dated December 17, 2010, regarding the proposed 2011 Community Project Ranking.

            Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            November Minutes of the Board of Appeals

            November Activity Report of the Fire Department

            November Minutes of the Plumbing Board

            December Agenda of the Board of Education

            December Minutes of the Traffic & Safety Advisory Board

            The General, Water and Sewer fund Revenue and Expenditure Reports and

                Budget Adjustments as of 12/21/10

                        Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                                    Ordered filed

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS

 

Debbie Darling, 263 Brookside Terrace – I’m also a representative of 4DNT which is a not for profit organization that’s putting on the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.  This is in reference to #11 on the Agenda, it’s the $25.00 special events application fee.  We’re having the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop mostly in North Tonawanda and the question came up at one of our meeting as to why we have pay the City of Tonawanda $25.00 to file this Special Events application or permit I should say, it’s not really happening in the City of Tonawanda so I just wanted to bring it to your attention that we feel as though paying $25.00 to have an event that’s really not happening in the City is kind of unfair. 

 

Bill Kinmartin, 127 Grove – Number 10, did this go out for bid? 

 

Council President Zeisz – Oh, is that the towing contract?  That was actually handled internally by the Police Chief, it’s a professional service, I do know that there had been some correspondence with other towers, but beyond that, I can get the answer for you. 

 

Bill Kinmartin – I was just curious if anybody else was interested in towing or just the one.

 

Council President Zeisz - Walters has been the tower, I think it’s 45 of the last 46 years.  There was one year that he didn’t have the towing, but primarily they have facilities here in the community and like I said, I do know that we did receive some correspondence from another company but they were outside the community, they weren’t right here in the City.

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

302.     By Councilmember Slisz                                         seconded by Councilmember Boyle

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

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

 

303.     By Council President Zeisz                                                 seconded by Councilmember Poole

            Be It Resolved, that Chapter 10 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Animals”, Article 2. Dogs, Section 10-33. Fee for dog license is hereby amended as follows:

 

            That Section 10-33 “Fee for dog license” which reads as follows:

 

            “The fee to be paid to the city for a dog license shall be as established in section 30-91.” - shall be deleted; and that this section shall now read as follows:

 

            Section 10-33 “Licensing of Dogs”

 

            (a)            All dogs within the City of Tonawanda four (4) months of age                                       or older, unless otherwise exempted shall be licensed.  The

owner of each dog required to be licensed shall obtain,

complete and return to the Tonawanda City Clerk a dog license

application together with the license application fee, any applicable             license surcharges and such additional  fees as may be established

by the City of Tonawanda in Section 30-91 of the City Code.

Each license application shall be accompanied by proof that the

dog has been vaccinated against rabies or a statement from a licensed veterinarian that such vaccination would endanger

the dog’s life in which case vaccination shall not be required.

Each license issued shall be valid for a period of one year and

shall not be transferable.

 

(b)        The fee to be paid to the City for a dog license shall be established

in Section  30-91; and be it further

 

Resolved, that Chapter 30 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Fees”, Article 4. Animals is hereby amended as follows:

 

            That Section 30-91 “Dog license” which reads as follows:

 

            (a)            The annual fees referenced in section 10-33 are as follows:

 

            (1)             For each spayed or neutered dog:  $10.00.

 

            (2)            For each unspayed or unneutered dog under six months of age:

                        $15.00.

 

            (3)            For each unspayed or unneutered dog six months of age or older: 

                        $18.00.  - shall be deleted; and that this section shall now read as follows:

 

            Section 30-91 “Dog license”.

 

            (a)            The annual fees referenced in section 10-33 are as follows:

 

            (1)            For each spayed or neutered dog:  $10.00.           

 

            (2)            For each unspayed or unneutered dog:  $20.00.

 

            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: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

304.     By Councilmember Poole                                       seconded by Council President Zeisz

            Whereas, Gerspach Properties, L.L.C. has filed a Petition with the City Clerk on September 14, 2010 to amend the Zoning District Map regarding a certain parcel of land located at 443 Franklin Street; and

Whereas, said Petition was submitted to the Common Council for its consideration; and

Whereas, the present zoning classification of the subject parcel of land is C-M General Commercial Services District and the Petition requests a rezoning to classification R-2 General Residence District; and

Whereas, the Common Council requested the Planning and Zoning Board to review the Petition and make a recommendation; and

Whereas, the Board conducted a Public Hearing on November 9, 2010 regarding the same; and

Whereas, the Board subsequently recommended that this Common Council approve said Petition; and

Whereas, a SEQR has been completed and a determination was made that the proposed action will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts;  now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Petition to amend the Zoning District Map filed by Gerspach Properties, L.L.C. regarding premises at 443 Franklin Street is hereby approved and the subject parcel of land is hereby rezoned to classification R-2 General Residence District; and be it further

Resolved, that the Zoning Map shall be amended accordingly; and be it further

Resolved, that this rezoning/ordinance shall become effective upon publication in an official newspaper of the City of Tonawanda.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

305.     By Councilmember Boyle                                       seconded by Council President Zeisz

            Resolved, that the reading of the following resolution be waived.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

306.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Boyle

            Whereas, it is now standard practice for municipalities to develop and have in place a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan which provides the framework for performance of emergency functions during a major emergency or disaster; and

Whereas, the City’s Disaster Preparedness Advisory Committee, which includes Richard Barnard, Disaster Preparedness Advisory Committee Director, Fire Chief Charles B. Stuart and Police Chief John Ivancic, Co-Coordinators of the Disaster Preparedness Advisory Committee, Robert Williams, Thomas Balk, Nick Lichenthal, Dennis Berndt, Thomas Smyers and Dick Goodman, volunteers and Assistant Directors, has prepared a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Common Council hereby approves and adopts the proposed Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan which provides the framework for the performance of emergency functions during a major emergency or disaster; and be it further

Resolved, that Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi and the Common Council members are hereby authorized and directed to execute the Promulgation Statement Letter contained within the Plan and any and all other documents necessary to effectuate the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

307.     By Councilmember Poole                                       seconded by Council President Zeisz

            Resolved, that the installation of a 100-watt high pressure cobra head sodium light with cutoff lens and light trespass shield on the existing wood pole exclusive for street lighting at location 74-R Wheeler Street and the removal of the existing street light at location 76-3 Little League Drive are hereby authorized and be it further

Resolved, that the Mayor is authorized to execute any and all documents relative to this request.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Is this, Joe was talking about at the last meeting, that it’s really only going to be a difference of a couple hundred bucks, right? 

 

Council President Zeisz – It’s not even that. 

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

308.     By Council President Zeisz                                                                                     seconded by Councilmember Poole

            Resolved, that the reading of the following resolutions be waived.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

309.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Boyle

            Resolved, that the 2010 General Fund Budget be amended to account for the various salary and benefit increments and adjustments in the 2010 fiscal year.

                                   

1210.100            Mayor                                      ($16,000)            SUBTRACT 

1325.100            City Treasurer                                  (  $2,900)            SUBTRACT 

1355.100            City Assessor                                     $1,900             ADD   

1357.100            Board/Assessment Review (     $680)            SUBTRACT 

1410.100            City Clerk                               $1,000             ADD               

1420.100            City Attorney                                   (  $2,000)            SUBTRACT 

1430.100            Retirements                              ($17,000)            SUBTRACT 

1440.100            City Engineer                                   (  $2,000)            SUBTRACT 

1441.100            Chief Examiner of Engineers                  $5        ADD   

1620.100            Municipal Building                       $800             ADD   

3120.100            Police                                         $58,000             ADD   

3310.100            Electric/Traffic             ($3,500)            SUBTRACT 

3410.100            Fire Dept                               $7,000             ADD   

3410.101            Fire Dept                               $4,800             ADD   

3620.100            Building Inspector                           $500    ADD

3621.100            Plumbing Inspector                   ($2,000)            SUBTRACT 

5010.100            Highway Office                            $700            ADD

5110.100            Highways and Bridges  ($15,000)            SUBTRACT

5142.100            Salt and Ice                           $15,000            ADD   

7180.100            Kohler Pool/Youth Center     $4,600             ADD   

7320.100            Youth Board                             ($1,000)            SUBTRACT             

7621.100            Senior Citizens Center    $1,200             ADD   

8120.100            Bureau of Sewers                     ($25,000)            SUBTRACT 

8160.100            Garbage & Trash                     $16,000             ADD   

8170.100            Street Cleaning                       ($6,500)            SUBTRACT 

9030.800            Social Security/Medicare       $3,000             ADD   

9060.800            Hospital Insurance                    ($65,000)            SUBTRACT 

1989.461            Contingency, Prof Services            $44,075          ADD   

                                               

NET BUDGET EFFECT                                  $0       

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

310.     By Councilmember Poole                                       seconded by Councilmember Boyle

            Resolved that the 2010 General Fund Budget be amended to account for the New York State Police Equipment Reimbursement Grant Received to purchase a Ford Ranger Pick Up Truck for the Animal Control Officer:

 

Expense 3120.201            Police Department Vehicles                                   ADD $10,000

Revenue 3390              Police Equipment Reimbursement             ADD $10,000

 

Net Budget Effect   $0

           

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

311.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Slisz

             Resolved the Common Council approves the following changes to the existing Personnel Benefits and Policy Manual for City of Tonawanda Employees, effective December 21, 2010:

 

  • in Section 3.04, Sick Leave, subsection C, change “one hundred fifty (150)” days to “one hundred eighty five (185)” days.

 

  • in Section 3.04, Sick Leave, add a new subsection “G”, to read as follows: “For every month Group 4 employees holding the positions Account Clerk Typist and Secretary to the Mayor do not use paid sick level benefits as provided in the Benefits Manual, those employees shall earn two hours of compensatory time. Use of such compensatory time must be approved, in advance, by the employees’ supervisor. Earned compensatory time shall be accumulated on a calendar year basis, and shall be used within one month following that calendar year it was earned and accumulated. Unused compensatory time may be requested as a payment and made payable by the second pay period following the calendar year earned.”  

 

  • in Section 3.06, Longevity, subsection “C”, for Groups 3 and 4, make the following changes:

 

Years of Service                 Existing         Proposed     Proposed

                                                2010               2010               2011  

 

  5 Years                                   $915             $1115             $1165

10 Years                                 $1115             $1315             $1365

15 Years                                 $1215             $1415             $1465

20 Years                                 $1315             $1515             $1565

25 Years                                 $1440             $1585             $1635

 

  • in Section 3.12, Clothing Allowance, subsection A, change “$400” to “$600”.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

312.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Boyle

Resolved, that the Mayor of the City of Tonawanda has determined that the following list of City of Tonawanda non-union department heads, other management employees, full time, part time, temporary and seasonal positions shall be granted the salary compensation as identified below for the City of Tonawanda fiscal year 2011 and be it further

Resolved, that the Common Council and City Treasurer confirms that funds are available in the City of Tonawanda 2011 fiscal year operating budget to support said salary compensation including any increases, and be it further

Resolved the Common Council approves the below referenced wages and compensation and directs they become effective on January 1, 2011 and that said list of positions and their corresponding wages shall be incorporated in Section 2.01 of the City of Tonawanda Personnel Benefits and Policy Manual.

 

Fiscal Impact: Approx $27,838 in 2011.

                                                                                                 2011               

                        POSITION                                                      WAGES

Group 1

             A.         Common Council Members                           $7,000***

                        President of Common Council                        $9,000*

 

            B.         City Attorney                                                 $39,500*

                        City Treasurer                                                 $65,000*

                        Mayor                                                              $32,000**

 

Group 2 

Administrative Assistant                                $65,167

Assessor                                                         $53,287

            Building Inspector                                          $60,024

            City Clerk Typist                                            $31,491

            City Engineer                                                  $82,000

Fire Chief                                                        $82,058

            Police Chief                                                     $94,644****

            Public Works Superintendent                         $82,058

            Assistant Public Works Superintendent            $61,339

            Recreation Director                                        $71,146                                  

            City Clerk Stipend                                          $22,273          

             

*   Attorney, Treasurer and Council President (no increase, salary set by Council resolution on 5/1/07 for four year elected term of office effective 1/1/08).

** Mayor (no increase, salary set by Council resolution on 4/19/05 for four year elected term of office effective 1/1/06).

*** Council Members (no increase, salary set by Council resolution on 5/1/07 for two year elected term of office effective 1/1/08).

**** Police Chief salary increase set by Council resolution on 7/27/04 in accordance with Section 207-M of New York State General Municipal Law.

 

                                                                                                 2011

                        POSITION                                                      WAGES          

 

Group 3          Deputy City Attorney                                       $15,680

           

Group 4          Secretary to the Mayor                                     $31,491

                        Clerk Typist                                                     $31,491

                        Account Clerk Typist                                      $34,874

           

Group 8          Part Time:

 

                        Assistant Examiner-Engineering Licenses

                        (Chief Examiner of Engineers)                       $722/yr.

                        Bingo Inspectors                                            $732/yr.                                  

                        Plumbing Inspector                                        $21.23/hr.

                        Senior Citizen’s Director                               $23,191/yr.

Clerk Typist                                                   $11.64/hr.

                        Custodian (Sr. Center)                                   $10.11/hr.

                        Detention Aide                                              $11.71/hr.

Dog Control Officer                                       $14.63/hr.

Electrical Inspector                                        $18.00/hr.

Ordinance Enforcement Officer                     $15.46

                        School Crossing Guards

                        - 1st Year                                                         $7.95/hr.

                        - 2nd Year                                                        $8.33/hr.

                        Student Worker                                              $8.84/hr.

                        Temporary Laborer                                        $16.29/hr.

                        Temporary Maintenance Worker                   $17.79/hr.

                        Van Driver (Motor Vehicle Operator)           $12.25/hr.

                       

                        Boards and Commissions:

 

Civil Service:

                         Secretary                                                    $22,628/yr.

                         Chairman                                                      $1,907/yr.        

                         Commissioner                                              $1,293 /yr.

           

 

                        Board of Appeals:

                          Members                                                       $28.70/mtg.

                          Secretary                                                       $33.83/mtg.

  

Board of Assessment Review:

                           Members                                                     $44.08/mtg.

                           Secretary                                                     $49.20/mtg.     

  

Planning and Zoning Board                           $28.70/mtg.

 

                        Plumbing Board                                             $28.70/mtg.

 

                        Traffic and Safety Advisory Board               $28.70/mtg.

 

                        Youth Board:

                           Executive Director                                      $3,515 /yr.

                           Secretary                                                     $1,340 /yr.       

                       

Stipends:

                          City Attorney Secretarial Support               $12,608/yr.

                          Computer Services Director                         $ 5,657/yr.

  Deputy City Clerk                                        $ 3,056/yr.

                          Deputy City Treasurer                                  $ 3,056/yr.

                       

Group 8.         SEASONAL EMPLOYEES

 

Hourly Rate

          1st Year              2nd Year         3rd Year or more

 

GROUP A                                           $7.86                 $7.91                   $7.97

 Recreation Attendant                      

    (Playground, Pool, Youth Center)

Recreation Specialist

    (Craft Instructor, Sports Assistant)

Laborer - seasonal

    (DPW, Water, Signal, Fire, Recreation, City Hall)

 

GROUP B                                            $8.29                $8.56                 $8.84

 Lifeguard

 

GROUP C                                             $9.10               $9.10             $9.10*******

Groundsworker (Landscaping and flowers)

Park Attendants*******

 

GROUP D                                              $9.37           $9.64               $9.96

 Recreation Leader

                (Head Lifeguard, Summer Supervisors)

 

 

GROUP E                                               $10.50         $11.58             $12.38

 Senior Recreation Leader - seasonal      

    (Pool Manager, Sports Instructor)

 Groundsworker – Leader

    (Landscaping and flowers)

 

 *******  Park Attendants assigned to Gateway Harbor will be paid at the Group C

  “3rd year or more” hourly rate regardless of the employee’s years of experience.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 313.    By Councilmember Poole                                       seconded by Council President Zeisz

            Whereas, the City of Tonawanda Police Department is in need of various towing services; and

            Whereas, Dan Walter & Son, Inc., a privately owned and licensed towing service located in the City of Tonawanda, has provided towing services to the City for several years pursuant to previous Contracts; and

            Whereas, the City desires to enter into a new Contract with Dan Walter & Son, Inc. to continue towing services, now, therefore be it

Resolved, that Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi is hereby authorized and directed to execute a contract between the City of Tonawanda and Dan Walter & Son, Inc., regarding towing services.   A copy of the Agreement is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

314.     By Councilmember Boyle                           seconded by Council President Zeisz

            Whereas, a $25.00 Special Events application fee and application were received by the City Clerk for New Year’s Eve on the Canal at Gateway Harbor, and

            Whereas, the application is being 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 the New Year’s Eve on the Canal at Gateway Harbor to close the Renaissance Bridge for a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve and be it further

            Resolved, that a Certificate of Insurance naming the City as additional insured be filed with the City Clerk no later than December 29, 2010.

 

Councilmember Poole – Mrs. Darling I think brought up a very good point about the fact that although we do close the bridge, the City doesn’t really have any other involvement in this and I personally would like to see the fee waived and the resolution go on without the fee.

 

Councilmember Slisz – I’ll second that.

 

Councilmember Boyle – We discussed that before when the Swiftwater wanted down there, and I think what it is, is it’s gonna be a picking and choosing on that.  I don’t think it’s right but I mean, back when they wanted to close it down for the Winterwalk, they still had to put through for the $25.00 fee.  We discussed it in there before that it’s a pick and a choose then, I mean, it’s $25.00, sure it does help the City, but then again though it goes back to the Swiftwater, that we should have waived the fee for what was going on for the Swiftwater.

 

Council President Zeisz – So you’re making a motion to waive the fee?

 

Councilmember Poole – Yes.

 

Council President Zeisz – Well the only thing we can do is, I’m assuming Mr. Boyle that you’re not willing to change the resolution?

 

Councilmember Boyle – It goes back to what we said before.  We’re gonna be picking and choosing then.  We talked about it in there.   

 

Councilmember Poole – We probably need to come up with some standards then…

 

Councilmember Boyle - …I mean the one thing that we did for the Swiftwater was, with the Police Chief’s help, we ended up taking that third police officer that was on duty, we ended up bringing him in, it was a paper trail, they had to be brought in, off duty went up and helped with the Fall Fest up there.  That was the one thing that we did do with to help them out. 

 

Councilmember Poole - And I am concerned, I want this to be a joint effort between the two Cities.  It obviously is with members of both Cities being very active in it.

 

Council President Zeisz – Actually we have very little participation in this Mr. Poole.  In fact, we’re not even really consulted on the event but it does close down a bridge that half is in the City and half is in North Tonawanda and it can have an affect on our City due to the Pub Crawl.

 

Councilmember Poole - And it’s true the City Officials are not involved, citizens of the City.

 

Council President Zeisz - No, but the Common Council’s not.  The  Mayor, I should have clarified, the Mayor is but the Common Council isn’t. 

 

Councilmember Boyle – I mean what I would do, Mr. President, is if we’re gonna waive the fee on this, then we have to go back and waive the fee for the Swiftwater…

 

Council President Zeisz - …I’m not waiving the fee, so I guess we’re at a standstill because I think that any event that affects the community, and it does affect us, granted the degree is smaller, but it does affect our community, should have to pay the fee. 

 

Councilmember Poole - Mr. President, I guess in terms of that, I would be willing to withdraw my amendment. 

 

Council President Zeisz – I mean it’s certainly something we can look at for next year because we are looking at some other issues with the Special Events, but I do think at this time, we should leave this in tact, and I’m willing to look at it for all of the events for next year, how we handle this, but I think we should leave this one in tact.  So let’s put it to a vote.

 

Ayes: Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Nancy Paschen, 5 Main Street – I would like to thank Mr. Poole for mentioning in Caucus about the small entrances that they make on the sidewalks to get to the different places on Main Street.  They should be a lot larger for the wheelchairs and stuff.  And also, I’d like to say that they clean up the snow last night. 

 

Debbie Darling – I’d like to thank all the Councilmembers that voted in favor of moving forward with the gazebo.  I think it’s a great new jewel that we will have on the waterfront and I just would like to publicly thank those that voted for it.   I think it’s going to  be a really new asset for us to promote our City, so thanks. 

 

Council President Zeisz – You meant the Pavilion, right? 

 

Debbie Darling – Oh, right, yes, sorry. 

 

Council President Zeisz – The gazebo, we’re moving ahead with that too.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Boyle – This past Saturday, everybody that’s sitting up here with the exception of Ms. Bodie, we ended up going to the auxiliary and underwater squad party.  It was a good showing.  If anybody goes and they see at the Canal Fest, they see the Auxiliaries, the Underwater Squads, they had that tragedy over here on the Canal.  It is a thankless job and it was nice to honor some people with awards and a one-year pin and stuff like that.  It was very nice, well attended.  Also I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a very safe New Year. 

 

Councilmember Poole – Congratulations to the winners of the house decorating contest.  Thank you so much for working to make our community look so good.  Thanks again to Legislator Hardwick for his presentation of the proclamation about our beloved gazebo and his generous donation of funding for the three hand-held radios for the auxiliary fire and police.  I note that the boy scouts are here and I would like to thank them very much for coming.   I wish everyone a blessed Christmas and condolences to the Proefrock and  Phillips families in the recent loss of their family patriarchs.  Thank you.

 

Councilmember Slisz – On December 26th, through January the 5th we are fortunate enough to have the World Hockey Tournament at the HSBC Arena.  Now that is going to generate about 50,000 people, many from Canada, where all of them are hockey nuts, ten teams coming out of Europe, I can’t name them all, some are practicing in Jamestown some are practicing in Southern Ontario, that is going to take place at the HSBC downtown.  The HSBC is located near the Naval Park and I have been on the Naval Park Board of Directors for some 25 years and if you haven’t seen the Naval Park recently there are a lot of improvements.  They will be featuring $2.00 admissions to come into our museum.  We will be having fast food for the hockey players and their friends.  You can view the museum, you can view the ships and for $2.00 I think that is awfully cheap.  Not only that, the Naval Park is one of the largest inland parks in the nation and I would say to you if you can’t see it this time certainly visit that during the Spring when we are open for business on April 1st.  It is something to see and something to support so if you have the chance, please attend and I did want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Mayor Pilozzi – Thank you Council President Zeisz.  First and foremost I would like to thank Chief Ivancic for taking the towing contract and taking some of the ideas he had and making it a lot more meaningful and it covers a lot of territory that was not covered before.  He did a fine job with that.  I think he should be recognized.  What Councilman Slisz just mentioned is absolutely true that Naval Park is a gem in the rough and if you can go there please do that.  They have done an excellent excellent job there and for $2.00 you can’t beat it.  County Legislator Kevin Hardwick many thanks to you for your efforts here tonight and your proclamation.  Proclamations are always nice but money is even better.  It was very nice on your part, we thank you for that.  Congratulations to all of the awardees tonight.  I have known Joe Macielag and Charlie Bainbridge for a number of years now and they are both great guys and it was nice to see them here getting an award.  Last but not least I would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and safe New Years.  I will never forget, as Council President Zeisz mentioned in his opening prayer and statement, we have many young men and women overseas in harms way, keep them in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully some day there will be peace in this world, again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you. 

 

Council President Zeisz – I just had a couple of things.  I just wanted to thank our County Legislator, we ask for money but we know you don’t have enough to give to us and he was right, we served together for six years and it was great, really great.  I would like to thank Ms. Gregg and the rest of the Visual and Performing Arts Board, I thought it was great to have something like this where people are recognized for sprucing up the neighborhood at Christmas time and I thought it was great and I am sure there will be a lot more contestants next year.  I want to thank the Boy Scouts, it is always go to see them come out.  I am sure it is part of their civic duty but it is still great to have you here and give you an opportunity to see some of the things that go on in government and as far as everyone else, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We will see you next year.  Drive home safely.  We are also going to adjourn from the floor.  Mrs. Bodie.

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

  315.   By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Slisz

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until, January 4, 2011.  

 

Ayes:  Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays:  None

                                                Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

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