Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

June 1, 2010

 

A Regular Meeting of the Common Council

 

Present:  Council President Zeisz

Present Councilmembers:  Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz

Excused:  Councilmember Poole

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Council President Zeisz

 

Prayer led by Council President Zeisz

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter from Superintendent of Schools, Whitney K. Vantine, dated May 21, 2010, regarding various issues about Highland School and the Little League property.

 

A letter to the Honorable Judge Joseph J. Cassata dated May 26, 2010, regarding business hours at City Hall.

 

A letter from Time Warner Cable dated May 20, 2010, regarding the City of Tonawanda Franchise Renewal.

 

A letter to “Sweet Tooth”, 329 Niagara Street, dated May 26, 2010, welcoming them to our business community.

 

May 2010 Community Update from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Tonawanda New York Community Air Quality Study and Evaluation of the Tonawanda Coke Facility.

            Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            March minutes of the Plumbing Board

            April minutes of the Board of Appeals

April minutes of the Plumbing Board

            May minutes of the Board of Appeals

            May minutes of the Traffic and Safety Board

                Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

A letter from John and Sally Sherman, thanking Linda Foels for all of her efforts getting Veteran’s Park prepared for the Wyatt Kyle Sutker Foundation walk on May 1st.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A letter from Donald H. Holler, 259 Utica Street to Senator Ranzenhofer, dated May 24, 2010, asking for financial assistance to build a Skate Plaza in the City of Tonawanda.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

           

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS

 

Robert Derner, 286 Niagara Shore Drive – Would you explain resolutions 11, 12, and 13, exactly what they mean? 

 

Council President Zeisz – Well, one is that the “No Standing” on both sides on Creekmore Drive, that’s rescinded, that’s taken out. And then, Monday through Friday it’s added on the south side of Niagara Shore Drive.

 

Robert Derner – Where’s the south side?  There’re two areas of Niagara Shore Drive.  What do you mean by the south side?  By Tops or the entire as you go around in the circle? 

 

Council President Zeisz – By Tops.  Mr. Slisz, isn’t that your understanding that we’re talking about by Tops? 

 

Councilmember Slisz - Yes, that’s my understanding.   

 

Council President Zeisz - When it talks about north, that’s from Niagara Shore, from Oldenberg to the Dead End. 

 

Robert Derner - What does that mean?  I mean where does Oldenberg to the Dead End mean?   

 

City Clerk Jan Bodie – It means Oldenberg Drive to the Dead End of the road.

 

Robert Derner – It’s all part of Niagara Shore Drive.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Isn’t there a Dead End that goes all the way down?

 

City Clerk Bodie – Yes.

 

Councilmember Boyle - Then that’s the Dead End.

 

Council President Zeisz – It goes all the way down.

 

Councilmember Boyle – You can’t go any farther, that’s a Dead End.

 

Robert Derner – You’re talking from Oldenberg, all the way down to where…

 

Councilmember Boyle - …to where the Dead End is.

 

Council President Zeisz - So we’re just affecting the parking up by Tops or that there will be parking up by Tops.   

 

Councilmember Boyle – And then #13 is on the north side which is across the street, standing prohibited at all times, there will be no parking on that side. 

 

Robert Derner – In other words, what the change is gonna be what, is gonna be that there’s parking on the south side of Tops.  Everything else is going to be the same.

 

Council President Zeisz - On the south side, yes.  Mr. Schultz, is that your understanding?

 

Jeff Schultz, Electrical Department – Correct.

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

159.     By Councilmember Boyle                                       seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

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

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

160.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that permission be granted to the residents of Benton Street to hold a block party on Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 1:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. and be it further

           

 

 

Resolved, that Benton Street be closed to vehicular traffic and ingress and egress be provided for local traffic and emergency vehicles.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

161.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

                        Resolved, that permission be granted to St. Francis of Assisi Church to hold an outdoor parish celebration on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 12:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and be it further

                        Resolved, that Adam Street from Seymour Street to Clinton Street be closed to vehicular traffic and ingress and egress be provided for local traffic and emergency vehicles.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

162.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Whereas, a $25.00 Special Events application fee and application has been received by the City Clerk from the Inner Harbor Yacht Club and the application has been 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 Inner Harbor Yacht Club to hold their annual “Blessing of the Boats” on Sunday, June 6, 2010, from noon to 4:00 P.M. and further be it

            Resolved, that permission be granted to park a recreational vehicle on the south terminal wall of the Erie Barge Canal east of the Delaware Street Bridge from Noon to 4:00 P.M. and be it further

            Resolved, that any overtime that is incurred by the City will be paid for by the Inner Harbor Yacht Club 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 June 4, 2010.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

163.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-76 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda, entitled “Prohibited Turns At Intersections”, Section 62-156, Schedule VI, of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, prohibiting left turns on Adam Street at the intersection of Seymour Street, is hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

164.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-71 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda, entitled “Traffic Control Signals”, Section 62-151, Schedule I, of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, designating the following described intersections as having traffic control signals, are hereby rescinded:

 

 

·        Delaware Street and Delaware School crossing

·        Fletcher Street and Gibson Street

·        Grove Street and Steiner Street

·        Niagara Street and Bouck Street

·        Niagara Street and Police Station driveway

·        Niagara Street and Robert Gair Drive

·        Wheeler Street and Spaulding Fibre driveway

·        Young Street and Fremont Street Bridge

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

165.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-78 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Stop Intersections”, Section 62-158, Schedule VIII, of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, designating the intersection for northbound traffic on Clinton Street at Niagara Street as a stop intersection be rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

166.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-80 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Yield Intersections”, Section 62-160, Schedule X of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, designating Exolon Drive at Fillmore Avenue as a “Yield” intersection, is hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

167.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-78 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Stop Intersections”, Section 62-158, Schedule VIII of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, install a Stop sign on the northeast corner of Exolon Drive at Fillmore Avenue.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

168.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-193 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “No Standing” of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, prohibiting the parking of vehicles on the north side of Fletcher Street from the northwest corner of Hinds Street to the northeast corner of Rogers Avenue is hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

169.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-118 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Stopping Prohibited during certain hours on certain streets”, Section 62-195 of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, shall read that no person shall stop a vehicle anytime on the north side of Fletcher Street from the northwest curb line of Hinds Street to the northeast curb line of Rogers Avenue.

           

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

170.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-116 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Standing Prohibited At All Times On All Streets”, Section 62-193 of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, the no standing of vehicles on both sides of Niagara Shore Drive from Creekmore Drive to Creekmore Drive is hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

171.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-119 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Standing Prohibited During Certain Hours On Certain Streets”, Section 62-196 of the Traffic and Vehicle Ordinance, the standing of vehicles be prohibited from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday through Friday on the south side of Niagara Shore Drive from Creekmore Drive to Creekmore Drive.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

172.     By the Councilmember                                                seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-116 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Standing Prohibited At All Times On All Streets”, Section 62-193 of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, the standing of vehicles be prohibited on the north side of Niagara Shore Drive from Oldenburg Drive to Dead End.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

173.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-116 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Standing Prohibited At All Times On All Streets”, Section 62-193 of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, stating the no standing of vehicles on both sides of East Hill Street from Main Street to the end is hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

174.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-116 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Standing Prohibited At All Times On All Streets”, Section 62-193 of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, the standing of vehicles on the south side of East Hill Street from Main Street to the end of the street is prohibited.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Remember, you have to help us out.  You have to leave us some space on the front side.  If you look at it, you can park all the way up but you still need to leave us some space for the fire trucks. 

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

175.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-79 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Seasonal Stop Intersections”, Section 62-159 of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, the seasonal stop signs on Fillmore Avenue for the playground crosswalk at Cleveland Avenue, is hereby rescinded.

 

 

 

 

Council President Zeisz – There’s a seasonal stop sign that’s being removed and we’re moving the permanent stop sign over one block, right in front of the playground on Fillmore. 

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

176.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-78 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Stop Intersections”, Section 62-158, of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, the stop signs on Fillmore Avenue both directions at the intersection of Grant Street is hereby rescinded.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

177.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-78 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Stop Intersections”, Section 62-158, of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinance, stop signs be installed in both directions on Fillmore Avenue at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

178.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            In accordance with Section 62-78 of the Code of the City of Tonawanda entitled “Stop Intersections”, Section 62-158, of the Traffic and Vehicles Ordinances, a stop sign be installed on the north side of Morgan Street westbound at Delaware Street.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Now Jeff, you’re gonna come in there and grind up the arrows and stuff like that.  Are you gonna put a solid line? 

 

Jeff Schultz – They’ll be a double yellow down the center.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

179.     By the Council                                                  seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that the Annual Firemen’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 2:00 P.M. and further be it

            Resolved, that the parade start at Delaware and York Streets in Tonawanda and disband at Main and Goundry Streets in North Tonawanda, with companies marching back to Tonawanda on Main Street through North Tonawanda into Tonawanda onto Delaware Street and back to their respective companies.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Robert Derner – I’m still reading that resolution #13.  This says “the standing of vehicles be prohibited on the north side of Niagara Shore Drive”.  How do you propose to have the parking approved on that side when it says prohibited? 

 

Councilmember Boyle – There’s parking on the south side.  There’s no parking on the north side. 

Robert Derner - Yeah, but it says “standing of vehicles be prohibited on the north side of Niagara Shore Drive”. 

 

Robert Derner - Oh, okay, sorry.  I understand.

 

Rebecca Reeve, 21 East Hill – How long will it take to go into effect?  Can we park there tonight? 

 

Councilmember Boyle – Not tonight.  I guess the Mayor has to sign it. 

 

Council President Zeisz - Technically, when we do resolutions, the Mayor has ten days to sign the resolutions, or they automatically go into effect.  Plus we have to publish it in the newspaper, the changes. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi - There’s no problem with the Mayor, but it does take time to change the signs. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert – Let’s let the Mayor sign the minutes first.  It will be within a week or two.

 

Council President Zeisz – It will be soon.

 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

 

Councilmember Gilbert – I just want to say that I had a great time last weekend at the Memorial Day Parade with the Mayor and Mr. Slisz was there at the memorial on the bridge.  It was a great service and a great parade and I was honored to be part of it.  Thank you Mr. President.  

 

Councilmember Boyle – I have nothing, thank you Mr. President.

 

Councilmember Slisz – Pass.

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I would like to echo the comments of Councilmember Gilbert.  It was a great day Sunday to honor our war dead, people who gave up their lives in service to this country.  I don’t think we could ever thank them or their families enough.  Just so everybody knows, please put it on your calendar.  July 3rd, if you look at that side of City Hall, you’re gonna see a lot of digging going on.  That’s gonna be a new monument that a gentleman came into my office, almost a year ago, I happen to remember the date, it was June 8th of last year and I remember because it was my middle daughter’s birthday and he’s footing the bill for the whole thing.  It’s costing the taxpayers nothing, so put that on your calendar, 11:00 A.M. on July 3rd, a monument to veterans that gave up their life in World War II.   The Muck monument and the Niland monument are natives to the City of Tonawanda, so it’s gonna be a great day.  That’s all I have.  Thank you very much.  

 

Council President Zeisz – I have nothing further.  I would have liked to have taken part in the Memorial Day festivities, but some of us have to work.  Have a great night, drive home safely, and we’ll see you again.  God bless. 

 


 

ADJOURNMENT

 

180.     By Councilmember Boyle                                       seconded by Councilmember Slisz

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until, June 15, 2010.  

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

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