Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

July 22, 2008

 

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

 

PUBLIC HEARING:

 

Local Law #1 for the year 2008

entitled

A Local Law to amend Article V.  Finance, Division 2, Budgets and Capital Improvements Program, Section 5.022, entitled Common Council Actions on Budgets, of the Charter of the City of Tonawanda which provides for the adoption of the budget by the second regularly scheduled meeting in September of the fiscal year currently ending.

 

 

Local Law #2 for the year 2008

entitled

A Local Law to amend Article V. Finance, Division 2, Budgets and Capital Improvements Program, Section 5.023, entitled Capital Program, of the Charter of the City of Tonawanda which provides for the Mayor to prepare and submit to the Common Council a five-year Capital Program, or revision or extension thereof, on or before the first regularly scheduled meeting in April.

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter to the Mayor of the City of Buffalo and the Mayor of Lackawanna dated July 1, 2008, regarding the Association of Erie County Governments interest in drafting a redistribution formula for the local share of the Erie County sales tax.

 

A letter from the Erie County Water Authority, stamped June 30, 2008, regarding bond ratings.

 

A letter to and a letter from the Director of Financial Administration, dated May 13, 2008 and June 30, 2008, respectively, regarding an extension for site studies and surveys for proposed Veteran’s Park Housing.

 

A letter from the Carrousel Museum dated July 5, 2008, announcing its Silver Anniversary on July 17, 2008.

 

A letter from Auctions International dated July 9, 2008, recommending that the equipment from the closed Tonawanda Sewage Treatment Plant be auctioned online.

 

A letter from Meuller Reports, stamped July 17, 2008, requesting two more handicapped spaces be placed by their front entrance.

 

A letter to Michael W. Smith, 69 Penarrow Drive, dated July 18, 2008 appointing him to the Youth Board, term to expire December 31, 2013.

 

A letter from the Crime Prevention Association of WNY received July 11, 2008, regarding the Pre-National Night Out Press Conference.

 

A memo to the Erie County Community Development Consortium from the Community Planning Coordinator dated July 14, 2008, regarding the Quarterly Report.

            Ordered filed

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            May and June minutes of the Board of Assessment Review

May and June Executive Minutes of the City Clerk

May and June Activity Report of the Fire Department

May and June Activity Report of the Fire Department

            June minutes of the Board of Appeals

            June monthly report of the Building Inspector

            June monthly report of the City Clerk   

June minutes of the Planning and Zoning Board

June minutes of the Plumbing Board

            General Fund and Sewer Fund Budget Reports as of July 22, 2008

                        Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                          Ordered filed

 

Notice of a Public Hearings being held by the Board of Appeals on July 28, 2008, regarding a variance request at 347 Franklin Street, 54 DeKalb Street, 54 Broughton Street, 149 Broad Street and 112 Killewald Avenue.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A letter from the Niagara Region Planning Services Department, dated July 10, 2008, regarding the nomination of the International Joint Commission (IJC) for a Stockholm Water Prize.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

           

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

163.     By Councilmember Waterhouse                              seconded by Councilmember Perkins

            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

 

164.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that the Common Council authorize and direct Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi to sign the Three-Party Preservation Covenant between the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc. and the City of Tonawanda for the purpose of releasing $13,000 in funds to the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

165.     By Council President Zeisz                                     seconded by Councilmember Davis

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

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

166.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas, the State of New York provides financial aid for municipal waste reduction and municipal recycling projects; and

            Whereas, the City of Tonawanda, herein called the Municipality, has examined and duly considered the applicable laws of the State of New York and the Municipality deems it to be in the public interest and benefit to file an application under these laws; and

            Whereas, it is necessary that a contract by and between the people of the State of New York, herein called the State, and the Municipality be executed for such State aid:  now therefore be it

            Resolved, by the Common Council of the City of Tonawanda

 

  1. That the filing of an application in the form required by the State of New York in conformity with the applicable laws of the State of New York including all understanding and assurances contained in said application is hereby authorized.
  2. That the City Mayor is directed and authorized as the official representative of the Municipality to act in connection with the application and to provide such additional information as may be required and subject to the approval of the attorneys for the Town to sign the resulting contract if said application is approved by the State.
  3. That the Municipality agrees that it will fund its portion of the cost of said Municipal Waste and/or recycling Project.
  4. That this resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

167.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas, Local Law No. 1 for the year 2008 for the City of Tonawanda, entitled “A Local Law to Amend Article V.  Finance, Division 2, Budgets and Capital Improvements Program, Section 5.022 entitled Common Council Action on Budgets, of the Charter of the City of Tonawanda which provides for the adoption of the budget by the second regularly scheduled meeting in September of the fiscal year currently ending” was enacted by a resolution of this body on July 1, 2008; and

            Whereas, Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi has this evening held a Public Hearing concerning said legislation; now, therefore be it

            Resolved, that should the Mayor approve said legislation as is required by law, the City Clerk is directed to notify New York Secretary of State of its enactment and approval.

           

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

168.     By Councilmember                                                            seconded by Councilmember

            Whereas, Local Law No. 2 for the year 2008 for the City of Tonawanda, entitled “A Local Law to Amend Article V. Finance, Division 2, Budgets and Capital Improvements Program, Section 5.023 Capital Program, of the Charter of the City of Tonawanda which provides for the Mayor to prepare and submit to the Common Council a five-year Capital Program, or revision of extension thereof, on or before the first regularly scheduled meeting in April” was enacted by a resolution of this body on July 1, 2008; and

            Whereas, Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi has this evening held a Public Hearing concerning said legislation; now, therefore be it

            Resolved, that should the Mayor approve said legislation as is required by law, the City Clerk is directed to notify New York Secretary of State of its enactment and approval.

           

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

169.     By Councilmember                                                            seconded by Councilmember

            Resolved, that permission be granted to the residents of Broad Street, between Franklin and Wheeler Streets, to hold a block party on Saturday, August 16, 2008, with a rain date of Sunday, August 17, 2008, from 11:00 A.M. until midnight and be it further

 

 

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

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

170.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that permission be granted to the residents of Ilion Street, between Maldiner to Amsterdam Streets, to hold a block party on Saturday, September 6, 2008, from 1:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. and be it further

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

               

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

171.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas the City previously determined that it was in the best interest of the City to commence an Assessment Equity Program; and

            Whereas the City recently completed a re-assessment of properties located in the City of Tonawanda in accordance with the Assessment Equity Program; and

            Whereas the State of New York Office of Real Property Services has prepared a Memorandum of Understanding which provides for the City entering into a six-year plan for re-inspection, reappraisal and maintaining assessments at 100% on an annual basis with the first year being in 2008 assessment roll; and

            Whereas the City agrees with the terms of the proposed Memorandum of Understanding, now therefore be it

            Resolved, that Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi and Patricia N. Bacon, Assessor, are hereby authorized and directed to execute the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the State of New York Office of Real Property Services regarding the reassessment program, a copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

172.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Be it Resolved by the Common Council for the City of Tonawanda that proposed Local Law No. 3 of the year 2008 entitled:

 

                        A Local Law providing for Flood Damage Prevention as authorized

                        by the New York State Constitution, Article IX, Section 2, and

                        Environmental Conservation Law, Article 36

 

            be and is hereby introduced before the Common Council of the City of Tonawanda, New York; and be it further

            Resolved, that copies of aforesaid proposed Local law be laid upon the desk of each member of the Common Council by the City Clerk in accordance with the NYS Municipal Home Rule Law, a copy of which is hereto attached and made a part hereof. 

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

173.     By Council President Zeisz                         seconded by Councilmember Kossow

            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 a particular person.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Nancy Paschen, 5 Main Street – Is that working Jan?

 

City Clerk Jan Bodie – As far as I know.

 

Nancy Paschen – Is that a new machine, wasn’t you gonna buy a new machine? 

 

City Clerk Jan Bodie – It is a new machine. 

 

Nancy Paschen - How come it fails so often?

 

City Clerk Jan Bodie – It only failed once. 

 

Nancy Paschen – It says that the machine malfunctions.

 

Council President Zeisz – The last time we had a problem, not this time, but the time before that, that was the old machine. 

 

Nancy Paschen – Yeah but now like somebody important says something up here and the machine malfunctions two weeks ago and nobody knows what the heck went on.  Can’t you take shorthand, long hand to do it.    

 

City Clerk Jan Bodie - I do not take shorthand.   

 

Nancy Paschen - You’re a Clerk Typist aren’t yah?

 

City Clerk Jan Bodie - It’s not a requirement of the Clerk Typist position.

 

Councilmember Perkins – Nancy, I think we should get her a laptop. 

 

Kathy Marranca, 228 Young Street – How we doing? 

 

Council President Zeisz - Well, we’re doing, we’re not getting anywhere, but we’re doing.

 

Kathy Marranca – I didn’t think so.

 

Council President Zeisz – The situation we have, and everyone on the Council is aware of this, is that section of the street that you have parked on for God knows how long….

 

Kathy Marranca - …but it’s City property, I was told that by the police, it is City property.

 

Council President Zeisz – It’s the City right-of-way and to put it in perspective, if for example I parked my car between the sidewalk and the curb of my home, I’d get a ticket. 

 

Kathy Marranca- There’s no sidewalk, there’s no curb.

 

Council President Zeisz – Well there is a curb.  But it’s still part of the right-of-way. 

 

Kathy Marranca – Then why aren’t those cars being ticketed?

 

Council President Zeisz – Well that is something, in fact, actually, when we leave here, we’re meeting with the Police Chief. 

 

Kathy Marranca – I mean I don’t understand it.  I can’t understand it.  You do not park along the fence, you get special permission to park on the street but nobody else can distinguish that? 

 

Council President Zeisz - And that’s why we’re meeting with the Police Chief after we come off the floor because the problem we’re having and I’m just trying to be honest with and we’re trying to figure out the best solution we can, it’s illegal to park there and we can’t figure out, and the City Attorney is standing right back there.  We have not been able to figure out a way to make it legal to park there. 

 

Kathy Marranka - As I said before, you can buy my house. You can all chip in and buy my house because it’s garbage to me.  I can’t sell it.  Like I told Mr. Zeisz, tear it down and build a parking lot then for these people because my house don’t mean nothing.  All the money I sunk into it is nothing because I can’t sell it.  Who’s gonna buy a house where you can’t park? 

 

Council President Zeisz - And that’s why, you know, we’re well aware that we have to come up with some solution; we just haven’t come up with one yet.  I mean, I’m just trying to be honest with you, we’re not putting it off, we’ve tried to figure out for the last two weeks, tried to figure out some way around this. 

 

Kathy Marranka - So tomorrow night when I come home from work and there’re six cars parked across that street, my van is going across the street.  Fair is fair.   

 

Council President Zeisz – I understand exactly what you’re saying and we just had a conversation about this, that it’s illegal to park there, 24 hours a day…. 

 

Kathy Marranka – …oh, but they can sit in there and drink and come out but I can’t park my car there overnight so we can sleep and go to work the next day. 

 

Council President Zeisz - And that’s what we’re going to address tonight because it’s not, the no parking signs…

 

Kathy Marranka - …and that truck that I called the police on last week after you told me I should, was parked there all night long, all night long.  The cop pulled up, sat there for four minutes, looked at it, made a u-turn, looked at it from behind, never once got out of the car nor did he give him a ticket, nor did he have the common courtesy to come and talk to me like they were going to because I would have showed them the letter that was left on my car on May 24th.  This is ridiculous.  It’s been months already and if it wasn’t for the fact I have to get up and talk to people, I could call Channel 4 news and this would be all over the City, all over the State because it’s incompetence.   

 

Kim Miller, 5 Scott Street – Why doesn’t the City do away with the parking ban and have alternate parking on the side streets, no major streets, but the side streets alternate parking.    

 

Council President Zeisz – Well I’ll tell you the truth, it’s never been discussed since I’ve been here.  The only thing we’ve ever talked about is potentially lifting the parking during six months of the year, like other communities do, but we’ve never talked about alternate parking.   

 

Kim Miller – To be very honest, I’ve not seen a plow on Scott Street between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM during the winter, not once.  And I can understand they have to do the main roads first, but I have not seen a plow between 2 AM and 6 AM. 

 

Council President Zeisz - We’re looking at everything we can because it’s not limited to just your situation.  The Council can obviously comment when they get to their time to comment. 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Council President Zeisz – Well, to address a couple of things, one of the things that was brought up recently, and you may have seen articles in the paper about is, it’s a situation with some members of the Erie County Legislature who are trying to position themselves to put forth a resolution that would alter the sales tax distribution for the towns and the cities.  The Mayor attended a meeting, along with some other city officials last week to  It was the Finance Committee for the Erie County Legislature and all I really wanted to do, at least for the people that are here and for the news is kind of clarify some issues as to why the City of Tonawanda, the City of Lackawanna and the City of Buffalo get a larger piece of the sales tax than the towns do.  Going back more than three decades, the two cities, primarily the City of Buffalo, had much larger populations, had much better business, brought in a lot more sales tax in relation to the towns.  Cities also had the ability to impose our own sales tax on the community.  Well, when they came up with an agreement, the agreement said that because of the extra burdens on cities, cities have to have a Police Department, cities, like we don’t have any county roads that are plowed, we don’t have sheriff’s patrol, so all of these things went into the mix and the answer was, okay, we’ll give the three cities a little bit bigger piece of the pie and that will kind of offset the fact that you could have charged your own sales tax if you wanted to and you have other hardships that a lot of the towns don’t have.  Well, over the course of the years, obviously we’ve seen things swing.  A lot of the stores, they’re all out in the suburbs now, there is a lot more money being spent in the suburbs than in primarily the City of Buffalo.  But it’s our feeling, it’s always been our feeling that we are still in a position where we do not have the ability or we have more hardships than many of the towns have and if the agreement was right back then for the towns, it should be right today for the cities to get this larger portion.  Now, also bear in mind that if, in fact, something were to happen where they wanted to change this agreement, it has to be agreed to by the three Council Presidents from the three cities and not only that, it has to go through the Fiscal Stability Board in Buffalo before it even gets to the Council in Buffalo, plus you open up the agreement, you think that somebody might want their share of that 1% so called temporary tax that’s been charged for twenty-some year?  Of course, so I mean there’s a lot out there and I think right now, I think it’s a lot of political rhetoric by certain people that are trying to make some hay.  The other thing I wanted to comment on, and I don’t want to get into whether or not, and there also are other Councilmembers that want to make comments, but I just felt it important to try to clarify some of the issues.  There was also another situation that was highlighted in the Tonawanda News and I’m not going to get into the fact, whether or not the information was incorrect, other than to say there was a resolution put forth, which has not even made it to the full legislature, it was stuck in committee, by Legislator Michele Iannello and it involved the AIM funding for the Village of Kenmore. It has nothing to do with the sales tax or trying to reapportion the funding in sales tax.  It’s a totally separate issue.  It just has to do with increasing Kenmore’s level of funding.  And as far as your parking situation, like I said, we’re meeting with the Police Chief tonight to talk about that some more and I’ve asked the City Attorney to look at some other ways that we can work around this, but I assure you I’m not going to give up on it because I understand the situation you’re in.  If we had a decision, we’d make it, but we just don’t. I’m just being honest with you.  We don’t have one at this time. 

 

Councilmember Perkins – I did want to continue that clarification that the Erie County sales tax revenue sharing situation was put forth by Ranzenhofer, Mills and Rath, not Iannello.  She understands our situation with the sharing of the sales tax and as far as the parking on Young Street, if it were up to me, I’d let you park there.  I had a thought of at least putting a point on 5 or 7 Scott Street, drawing a circle and having us walk and see what possibilities there are within a walking radius and right now we’ve thrown out the DPW as an option.  That’s what I was interested in trying to do to help out.  Considering that right now we can’t allow you to park in that particular spot. 

 

Councilmember Waterhouse – Just for point of clarification again for the parking on Young.  Now they’ve been told, every two weeks that we’re going to talk to the Police Chief and they were going to be allowed to park for two more weeks.  Now, are we going to extend that again for them? 

 

Council President Zeisz – Well, we’re going to do something, I just don’t know the length.  We’re going to extend it, I just don’t know the length. 

 

Councilmember Waterhouse – We don’t want them again to be parked on the street tomorrow and then get a ticket.  So we have to make sure that we talk to the Chief since we still don’t have a defined answer yet that they are not ticketed. 

 

Council President Zeisz - We’ll just have to let them know how long.

 

Councilmember Kossow – Also to piggyback on the parking situation, I know this Council along with Ron Trabucco is contacting the owner of that lot and looking to do something about it.  Parking in that lot or doing something…

 

Councilmember Perkins - …we’re not parking in the lot…

 

Councilmember Kossow- We’re trying to work something out with the owner of that lot to do something on behalf of the residents, so as Carleton has mentioned, we’re looking at all different aspects.  We apologize that it has taken this long but it’s not like we’re not doing anything with the situation.  Number two, with regards to the Canal Fest this past week.  Again, I thought it was a great event but one thing I’m concerned about, and I know everybody on the Council is concerned about it, is the increase in the number of arrests over the past event.  I think it is the highest level of arrests that we’ve had during Canal Fest since it started, so that’s one thing I’m concerned about and it’s one thing I’ll bring up with the Police Chief tonight.  Lastly is with regards to last week, we had a public hearing on the shared public services, shared services with the school district and putting our plan together.  I thought it was a worthwhile event. We had to conduct the public hearing and I think there is a lot of potential savings by working together with the school district and the City.  So I look forward to getting the results from that study and see where we can overlap with savings for the City.

 

Councilmember Davis – I really can only reiterate what the other people have said up here to you homeowners.  I understand what you guys are going through and we as a Council are trying to legally try to figure out a way for you guys to park somewhere, without breaking either the Constitution, State laws or the City laws.  And I know that’s hard to believe, but….

 

Kathy Marranka - …well if it’s illegal, why did they allow it to go on for twenty some years?

 

Councilmember Davis – Right, and that’s something we’re going to get down to the bottom of with the Police Chief here when we go to Informal Session.  You guys have been patient, more than patient, leading up to this point, we’re just asking for a little bit more of your patience while we try to figure out the best course of action for you guys, so you don’t have to sell your home, you don’t have to worry about potentially parking a block or a block and a half away.  We’re trying to come up with the best solution to help you guys out that we can possibly think of.  So that’s why we’re working with the City Attorney to try to legally figure out how we can best help you guys. It’s already been discussed that at least temporarily, you guys can still be allowed to park there. We just ask your patience a little bit longer while we try to figure out the best source of action for you homeowners.  Talked to the DEC yesterday and the final draft of sump testing is going through the chain of command.  Dennis Weiss is optimistic that at the very least, something will be sent out to homeowners and City officials by the end of this week, at worse case, by the end of next week.  So hopefully here within the next week to ten days, you should get the results of the sump testing.  He really gave no indication either way of the final results from the sump testing.  So when the homeowners receive it and I receive it, it will be news to me.  Just a little bit more clarification on what has been said up here about the sales tax issue.  If you take a look at who proposed the redistribution of sales tax, it was three individuals from three very affluent communities here in Erie County that one, use the Erie County and the State Police as their Police Department.  They don’t have a Police Department.  And the second thing is that they have a ton of county roads and get a ton of money and maintenance for those county roads and the county plows them.  So, it just sounds like to me that these three individuals are trying to get their hand into the cookie jar to get more money, like one of my colleagues up here said, as either an election ploy or whatnot, but I know Legislator Iannello has supported the sales tax redistribution, well I should say distribution from back in the 70’s, moving forward and, like I said, the aid for (inaudible) and incentives for municipalities would not affect us as City of Tonawanda residents.  And lastly, my family had a good time at Canal Fest, except for getting stuck on the rides on Wednesday when the power went out, the weather was nice, seemed to be a lot of people down there, and that’s about it. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi - I’m not going to say or add any more to the frustration you folks have but I can say this, what’s been said already is the truth. Council President Zeisz and I and the Police Chief have had numerous discussions, a lot of it over the phone, we’ll have some more tonight, so hopefully we’ll come to some resolution because we just have to.  It’s something that is very frustrating to all of us but we’re going to keep plugging away at it and feel free to stay after if you’d like, the Police Chief’s going to be back here.  The Shared Municipal Services Grant Meeting we had last night was very fruitful for those, I’m not sure if anybody was there from the school, but I’m talking about the public, but it was a good event.  It’s looking at the possibility of shared services between both the Board of Education and the City and try to help in saving some taxpayers dollars and we’re already doing some of that right now with the Board of Education.  Hopefully this exercise will allow us to do even more.  Some comments about Canal Fest, it’s a great event. It’s a great event for the Twin Cities. It brings thousands of people here.  Unfortunately, out of those thousands of people, some of them aren’t too savory.  I have responsibility.  One of my responsibilities is public safety and Wednesday night I shut everything down at 10:00 P.M. to make a statement, along with our Police Chief, and from that night on it seemed like it got a little bit more calmer, if I could use that word, but the bottom line is, we’re going to be sitting down looking at what went right, what went wrong and hopefully make some suggestions for Canal Fest in the future.  On the 100% assessment, I congratulate this Council on passing it unanimously.  One of the things we decided when we started this exercise is to hopefully extend it into the future to make sure that we don’t have to go through wild swings in assessments like we had to do this time.  Last time we did it was I think fifteen years ago or something like that.  That’s not the right way to do business.  Using the same folks, it looks like we’re going to be using the same folks that we used for reassessment. We’ve had nothing but good luck with them and I think that the general public appreciated their professionalism and their courteous attention to their requests.  Sales Tax.  There’s no way this community can bear the brunt of sales tax based on population.  If that were to be, that would increase our taxes by 13% and we will lose $1.1 million worth of revenue.  Council President Zeisz did a good job in describing a lot of reasons why we get a double hit.  It’s true, towns and villages don’t get it that way, the three cities do get a double hit. There’s a lot of good reasons for that.  You look down Military Road, the Town of Tonawanda doesn’t pay for the resurfacing of Military Road.  If you notice, it ends at the City of Tonawanda and the City of Buffalo.  There’s reasons for that, and that’s just one of them.  So, not to belabor it because President Zeisz did a good job of describing some of the differences and leave it at that, but the bottom line is, I did testify at that hearing a week ago Monday, I gave them my three points that I thought were important, handed it to them in writing, so we’ll see what happens, but my gut feeling is unless they come to the table and the State gets involved with redesigning and actually reapportioning of a lot of the costs to the local governments, that isn’t going to happen, at least it’s my hope it doesn’t happen.  Lastly, this Saturday, the 26th on the corner of Niagara and Seymour, and I believe also on Delaware and Delton, there’s going to be a fund raiser, if you will, for Muscular Dystrophy, you’re going to find some firemen probably carrying boots and if you’re driving by there and drop a buck or two in there for Muscular Dystrophy, it’s a good cause.  Lastly, I do want to thank everybody for their patience, for their attendance and a lot of the employees of the City for the hard work they do during Canal Fest, it is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, so thanks to everybody.

 

Council President Zeisz – Thanks to everyone for coming tonight and thanks for your patience, I apologize for starting late and our next meeting is August 12th

         

ADJOURNMENT

 

174.     By Councilmember                                                            seconded by Councilmember

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until August 12, 2008.  

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

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