Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

March 16, 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

 

Public Hearing

SAMCO Technologies

 

Council President Zeisz – Just to give everybody some information, this was a company that was in the City of Tonawanda and has subsequently moved to another location, outside of the City.  Some general information, they were formed in 1998, they’re a green technology company, manufacturer of purification filtration equipment, water waste water ethanol and bio-diesel purification units.  Western New York presence, their owners are residents of the Tonawandas and they moved to larger facilities and have employees that live in the Tonawandas.  As far as their facility needs, the lease expired in June of 2008 and if my dates are correct, I think they left the City in September of 2008.  They needed a larger facility and there were also opportunities in North Carolina.  Their One River Dock Drive was not in the Empire Zone when SAMCO moved there, but now they are.  It was under consideration for a boundary revision and New York made the boundary revision retroactive.  Long story short, when they left the City of Tonawanda to go to Buffalo, there wasn’t an issue as far as them leaving the City at that time, but because the designation changed for their location to an Empire Zone, then they subsequently needed approval from the Common Council so that they could obtain the designation basically for tax purposes. 

 

Councilmember Boyle – Mr. President, where were they located in the City of Tonawanda? 

 

Kevin Cook, Orchard Park, Consultant for SAMCO – 160 Wales Avenue. 

 

Council President Zeisz – They were on Wales Avenue. 

 

Kevin Cook - It’s a Uniland building they were leasing from Uniland.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Okay, now how big of an area did you have?

 

Kevin Cook, Orchard Park New York, Consultant for SAMCO – I believe, I’m a representative, I don’t work for SAMCO.  They moved from 160 Wales.  I’m not sure of the exact square footage, but the units they began building for some of the municipalities outside this area became very large and they need a bigger building.  I didn’t come on, started working for them until July of 2008 so they had already made the decision they had to find a bigger facility than what they had. 

 

Councilmember Boyle - There was right on the corner of 395 Fillmore Avenue, it was the old APV plant and I worked there for 25 years and if they were saying they needed a bigger facility, that place was more than big enough.  We built plants, we built, I mean, really big stuff. 

 

Kevin Cook - I’m not really totally sure, but I know the deal they had with the former owner was very lucrative because the building had been sitting empty for quite a few years, it was Plush Industries, down in River Rock. I don’t know if you’re familiar with that or not, they built big conveyor belts for the steel industry, so that was part of the decision making.  I don’t know anything else other than that, quite honestly. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - One of the issues was, they stated that they came to somebody in the City, asking for help to find locations.  As far as my knowledge, they didn’t come to anybody. 

 

Kevin Cook – I’m not aware of that.  Like I said, I started with them after they made the decision and that was part of the decision making process. 

 

Councilmember Slisz – What happens if we don’t approve this?

 

Kevin Cook - If you don’t approve, then the State of New York will not give them Empire Zone designation. 

 

Council President Zeisz – Does the public have any comments or questions on this Public Hearing, because that’s the long and short of it.  If we don’t approve the resolution, they’re not going to get the Empire designation for their new location.  I think, and I have my own personal opinion on this whole situation, but I think what I’m trying to look at is from a business standpoint.  I’m trying to look at the fact that if the situation was reversed, would I want a business in the City of Tonawanda to have the opportunity to do the same thing that SAMCO is doing, only reversed, and it’s hard enough for business in New York State without making it more difficult for someone to operate.  So I’m trying to look at it from both sides of the coin.  Obviously, from a representative of the City standpoint, I’m not happy about the fact that they’ve been gone for a year and a half and we’re put in the position where we have to make a decision that will benefit them in another area. 

 

Kevin Cook - May I comment on that?

 

Council President Zeisz - Yes.

 

Kevin Cook - The reason for that is because the State in the their infinite wisdom decided to make this Empire Zone retroactive and that’s the only reason.  They didn’t move into an Empire Zone.  So the State also said, “well, we’re going to make it back to April 2008” because that’s when they started talking about it. It took them a year and a half to make the decision on the boundaries.  This is required by the State of New York.  I asked the State representatives, is this required if you moved prior to this and their answer was, well we made it retroactive so in order for our paper work to flow properly, yes. 

 

Council President Zeisz – But that being said, it could have still worked out that that was an Empire Zone they were moving to at the time, it could have been that way.

 

Kevin Cook – That’s true and they would have…

 

Council President Zeisz - …but the only difference would have been, not that anything would have changed, we would have at least had the opportunity to say, is there something we could have done for you to keep you here in the City of Tonawanda. 

 

Kevin Cook – That is true. 

 

Council President Zeisz - Not at the time, but in the near future, we will have the opportunity to handle someone of that size.

 

Public Hearing was declared closed.

 

 

Bid Opening:  Demolition of Water and Wastewater Plant Demolition (see attached)

                       January 20, 2010

                       10:00 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter dated February 26, 2010, from Assemblyman Schimminger regarding CPP funding for the Gateway Harbor.

 

A letter dated March 3, 2010, to Robert Mendez, Executive Director of the Erie County Water Authority regarding a City of Tonawanda vehicle accident and injured City of Tonawanda employees on February 18, 2010.

 

A letter dated March 4, 2010, from Eastern Kentucky University, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, thanking the Mayor for hosting a training delivery in the community. 

 

A letter dated March 4, 2010, to NYS Assembly Ways & Means Committee regarding Grantee Applicant Statement of Compliance for Funding Request for Spaulding Fibre Redevelopment Design.

 

A letter dated March 4, 2010, from Superintendent of School Whitney Vantine regarding information relative to Highland Elementary School. 

 

A letter dated March 4, 2010, from Troy & Banks Utility & Telecommunication Consultants regarding auditing services.

 

A letter dated March 9, 2010, from Senator Antoine Thompson regarding funding for Gateway Harbor Saturday Night Concerts.

 

A letter dated March 9, 2010, from NYS Canal Corporation regarding 2010 Canal Corporation Matching Grants Program.

 

A letter dated March 10, 2010, from Thomas Dearing, Erie County Community Planning Coordinator regarding Greenway Signage and Park Amenities.

 

A letter dated March 10, 2010, from Carl Calabrese, Partner regarding Recyclebank.

 

A proclamation proclaiming April 17, 2010, the “Great American Cleanup Day” in the City of Tonawanda.

            Ordered filed

 

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            February Monthly Report of the Building Inspector

            February Monthly Report of the City Clerk

            February Minutes of the Plumbing Board

March Informal Minutes of the City Clerk

    Referred to the Committee of the Whole

        Ordered filed

 

A letter dated March 9, 2010, to City Court Judge Joseph Cassata from Council President Zeisz regarding an addition to City Hall for the expansion of Tonawanda City Court.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                   Ordered filed

           

           

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS

 

There were no comments by the public on the resolutions. 

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

63.       By Councilmember Slisz                                         seconded by Councilmember Boyle

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

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

64.       By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

                        Resolved, that Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi be authorized and directed to sign a 5 year contract with the Unified Court System for reimbursement of expenses incurred for security costs for court facilities in Tonawanda City Hall effective from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2014.  The 5-year term is divided into 1-year periods and shall be renewed annually.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

65.       By Council President Zeisz                                                 seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

            Whereas, SAMCO Technologies has operated a facility at 160 Wales Avenue in the City of Tonawanda since 2001 and

Whereas, SAMCO Technologies employed 14 full time persons at this location as of September 21, 2008, including 0 residents of the City of Tonawanda and 5 persons in close proximity to the facility, and

Whereas, the SAMCO facility was not large enough to accommodate the company’s growth and

Whereas, SAMCO Technologies considered potential sites within the City of Tonawanda but could find no suitable space, and that the company moved to 1 River Rock Drive, Buffalo, New York prior to Empire Zone designation, and

Whereas, the Common Council of the City of Tonawanda has heard public comments that extraordinary circumstances exists to warrant the relocation of SAMCO Technologies into the City of Buffalo Empire Zone, now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the City of Tonawanda consents to the relocation of SAMCO Technologies from the City of Tonawanda to the City of Buffalo Empire Zone.

 

Councilmember Slisz – I have no problem with the resolution at this point, however, already mentioned is the fact that it talks about “could find no suitable space”.  We were never aware that they were looking for additional space.  Some people found out a year later that they even moved.  I think we should have been given the opportunity, at least call the Mayor’s  Office and been given the opportunity  to speak with them to speak with them to see if there is additional space.  I certainly don’t want them going to North Carolina or any other State at least they stayed in Erie County.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: Boyle

Resolution declared adopted

 

66.       By Council President Zeisz                                                 seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

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

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

67.       By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

Whereas, managing escalating medical insurance costs provided City of Tonawanda employees and retirees is of primary importance to the City of Tonawanda and the City’s annual operating budget, and

Whereas, a principal means to achieving this goal is working with City employees and unions by providing medical insurance benefits negotiated under collective bargaining agreements under alternate medical insurance plans, providing comparable or better benefits, at reduced city costs, with the eventual goal of consolidating all employee medical insurance benefits under one common plan, with comparable levels of benefits, under one insurance carrier, and

Whereas, achieving this goal would provide the City and its employees the option of providing medical insurance benefits under experience rated, rather than existing community rated plans, thereby giving the City and its employees the ability to improve utilization of medical insurance benefits, an incentive to execute wellness programs, and realize savings in medical insurance costs, and

Whereas, the City has discussed these initiatives and goals with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association, Local 859, I.A.F.F., AFL-CIO (Local 859), more specifically, changing medical insurance plans from the existing Independent Health Encompass C Plan to a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS) HMO 202 Plan, enhanced by the City reimbursing to a $3.00 co-payment on drug prescriptions and a $5.00 co-payment on doctor visits, with the inclusion of a “Dependent” rider covering dependents to age 29, regardless of whether those dependents are full-time students or not, and

Whereas, the BC/BS HMO 202 Plan is the coverage currently negotiated and provided the City of Tonawanda Police Benevolent Association (PBA), City of Tonawanda Employees Association (CTEA) and non-unionized City employees with that PBA Plan serving as the benchmark to transition all other City unions, retirees under the age of 65 and employees not represented by a union, and

Whereas, in a membership vote of Local 859 members held on March 5, 2010, Local 859 union members approved changing from their existing medical insurance plan negotiated under its collective bargaining agreement, namely the Independent Health Encompass C Plan to the BC/BS HMO 202 Plan, enhanced to a level of benefits referenced above, and contingent upon approval of terms tentatively agreed to between the parties, subject to review and approval of Local 859 membership and the Common Council (draft of Memorandum of Agreement attached for reference), and

Whereas, to insure a smooth transition from the current plan to the new BC/BS plan, a target date of May 1, 2010 has been established, now, therefore be it

Resolved, the City of Tonawanda Common Council approves and authorizes the City changing City paid medical insurance plans for Local 859 employees to the Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO 202 Plan, enhanced as previously listed plan, effective May 1, 2010, and be it further

Resolved, the Common Council authorizes the Mayor to sign and execute any and all documents and agreements necessary to implement the above referenced changes, including the Memorandum of Agreement between the City and Local 859 (which is on file in the Office of the City Clerk) and for the City Treasurer to execute any documents and make any expenditure for the above referenced initiatives.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

                       

68.       By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

                        Whereas, a Special Events Application and a $25.00 application fee were received by the City Clerk from SonRays Ministries and

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

                        Whereas, all details for the above named event must be coordinated with our Director of Parks and Recreation, Linda Foels, and the event chairperson, now, therefore be it

            Resolved, that permission be granted to SonRays Ministries to hold a Walk-a-thon on Saturday, June 12, 2010, from 7:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon and be it further

            Resolved, that any overtime cost that is incurred by the City of Tonawanda must be reimbursed to the City by SonRays Ministries 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 May 28, 2010.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Joe, how much insurance do these places have to cover? Is it one million, three million or what? 

 

City Treasurer - Joe Hogenkamp - I think it’s one million, three million. 

 

Council President Zeisz - It’s one, three.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

                       

69.       By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that a certificate of insurance and bond for Timothy Jones (Jones Plumbing Co.) be filed and a license be issued to said plumber to do business in the City of Tonawanda.

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

           

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Robert Derner, 286 Niagara Shore Drive – I’d like to ask about, when you’re taking these buildings down, the old sewer plant and that, a while back there was talk of extending Bouck Street through.  When these buildings are down, is the City going to keep enough land to the right-of-way to extend that at some future date?

 

Council President Zeisz – If it was up to me, we would extend the road from Bouck, if I was making the decision because I think it should go back to the way it used to be with the light at Bouck and Niagara, and coming into that part. 

 

Robert Derner - What I’m asking is, are you going to keep that land or are you going to include it with property to a developer and then not be able to get the land back? 

 

Council President Zeisz - I don’t know the answer to that yet, only because nothing’s been put together for an RFP yet.    

 

Robert Derner – Well, how do the rest of you feel?  Do you think you should keep it or should we just sell it as one parcel to a developer?

 

Councilmember Boyle – I mean, if I’m not mistaken, that’s been talked about going back six, seven, eight years. 

 

Council President Zeisz - Yes, Mr. Davis is back there.  He’s enjoying the fact that we’re talking about things that were talked about a long time ago.  Everybody can speak for themselves how they feel about it but I just think that whatever is done back there, we should change the access to that.  You can’t have it in the existing footprint the way it is today, I don’t think. 

 

Robert Derner – Well, I think you should keep it and you can always make the decision to sell it later on.  The other thing is, when those buildings come down, I asked this at that meeting we had last week, about the telephone poles.  At some point, you’re gonna have to address that because if you take that building down and you want to get a developer in there, those telephone poles cannot stand there.  They were there for the Water Department, they’re not gonna be there for any new developer.  So what plans have you made to take those down? 

 

Council President Zeisz - I can’t answer that Mr. Derner, only because, and I obviously was wrong or I misunderstood, I thought that they were coming down with the plant because of their proximity to the plant.   I thought that they were going too. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - We don’t own those, do we Mr. President?  I think those are owned by National Grid.   Aren’t they? 

 

Council President Zeisz – Right, but I thought that…

 

Councilmember Gilbert – …but we would have to come to an agreement with them to take them down. 

 

Council President Zeisz - Yes. 

 

Robert Derner – Well, you spent four hundred and some odd thousand dollars to develop that land and with those telephone poles, you’re not gonna be getting a developer. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - We just have to take the step to make sure National Grid will take them down because it’s their responsibility.

 

Robert Derner - Well, they’ll take them down but they get paid to put underground service in. 

 

Councilmember Boyle - Right, but if you have a developer, just like the developers that we’ve had talk up at Veteran’s Park, everything’s gonna be underground.  If you’re going to have a developer come over here and give you an RFP and you’re going to have all the electric underground, those will come out.

 

Robert Derner – Yeah, that’s gonna depend on the price they pay for the land too and you’re spending this money to get the buildings down, but when a developer comes in and he sees that he’s gotta pay for that, to change those electric services, that’s gonna come down off the price of what they pay you for the land. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - Mr. Derner, I think these are gonna have to pay for that either way.  We’re not paying for anybody to put electric in any place. 

 

Robert Derner – You’re gonna have a flat piece of land there with a bunch of those…

 

Councilmember Gilbert - …it depends on what the RFP and what the developer wants. 

 

Councilmember Boyle - Sam?

 

Councilmember Slisz - I agree with Bob.  I will not (inaudible).  The last house on Niagara Shore, the wires run from there because they’re underground, up to that point, all the way down to the curb of the street and it’s gonna be difficult to entice somebody to go in there and take them down.  We should be checking with National Grid to see if in fact we can take them down and have them take them down before construction because once construction begins, we have another problem.  There are big scaled turbines there that have to be taken out, I believe they’ll have to be taken out by crane and if they do they won’t be able to get to those with overhead wires. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - Then I think we need to ask the Mayor to contact National Grid to see if we can take them down. 

 

Councilmember Slisz - And they don’t go any place but toward City Hall and they end  before City Hall , they don’t serve City Hall but they do serve the homes from that point back. 

 

Robert Derner – Okay, another thing about this.  At a public hearing on October 7, 2008, Mr. Ken Swanekamp who is a spokesman for the Erie County Department of Environmental Planning and I asked him when construction could start on Spaulding site and his reply was, after the building was taken down and the foundations have to be pulverized and the debris cleaned up before developers or builders can take over.  Is this being done at the Spaulding site and will it be done here? 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I see no reason why not. 

 

Robert Derner - I have a long history dealing with the City on issues like this and I just wondered if these foundations are gonna come out, I live very close to where this building is coming down.  Are steps being taken when they remove these foundations at the Water Department, which are huge, over at the Water Department when those foundations come out, it’s gonna shake the ground.  Not all of them can just be taken out with a backhoe and crushed.  There’s gonna have to be some shaking of the ground to get some of those footings out and are steps being taken for the people that live close to that Water Department to inspect their houses and remedy any damage to them? 

 

Councilmember Boyle - Mr. President, I thought it was discussed that they’re gonna do that.  I live by a train track and my house, every time a train goes by, my house vibrates. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - I thought Jason took steps to that in the RFP.

 

Council President Zeisz - That is one of the things that will be done is to inspect…

 

Councilmember Boyle …Jason did say at that they were gonna, I was at the public meeting…

 

Robert Derner - …the problem is that those foundations are coming out before any develop starts there.    

 

Councilmember Gilbert – Yes.

 

Councilmember Slisz – I’ve talked to the Engineer, Jason, and we’re gonna have a meeting in the near future about maybe filming some of the homes Bob so if there are insurance claims (inaudible).   So we’re gonna be addressing that issue but right now we haven’t addressed it as of yet. 

 

Robert Derner – Well I just want to bring this up now because I know this is being recorded and I could have your response to these questions….

 

Council President Zeisz - …and what the contractor said is he was looking at a five to eight feet excavation.  I don’t know if that, how far down that goes, but he apparently felt confident that was going to remove whatever was below ground. 

 

Robert Derner - Well, what if it goes down ten feet?

 

Council President Zeisz - Well, he said, if I understood him right, he said he’s gonna do what he’s gotta do to get them out.  He’s assuming it’s in the five to eight feet range. 

 

Robert Derner – Then there’s another thing.  On Niagara Shore Drive, when we first started building over here, Colonial Ford was there and he parked his cars and all his junk all along the street so to develop this project, the City came along and put parking restrictions there.  These restrictions have remained to this day and Colonial Ford is gone.  Is there any possibilities you could take a look at the parking situation at Niagara Shore Drive and maybe remove some of those parking restrictions that really aren’t needed any more? 

 

Councilmember Boyle – What are the restrictions?

 

Council President Zeisz – “No Parking”.

 

Robert Derner – The “No Parking”.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Somebody questioned me, on a “No Parking”, that lives in my Ward and she ended up typing me a letter and what I do with that letter is I forward it on to Traffic & Safety Board. 

 

Robert Derner – Well, that’s what I plan on doing.

 

Council President Zeisz – Just give a letter to Richard or myself and we’ll forward it on to Traffic & Safety because I asked that question a few months back because I didn’t understand why we still had the “No Parking”. 

 

Robert Derner – Well, you see what’s gonna happen here, when they start taking these buildings down, there’s gonna be a lot of trucks and everything and I know when we were building the townhouses, not often, but every once in a while, some of our sub-contractors were getting tickets and I don’t know how you’re gonna take all these buildings down without people parking in “No Parking” zones, so it would be nice if that could be addressed. 

 

Councilmember Slisz – Bob, are we talking about a temporary parking because you and I know, Henry lives there, I live there, you live there, some of the people don’t want to park in the “No Parking”.

 

Robert Derner – Well, that’s I mean, you gotta talk to them…

 

Councilmember Slisz - …are you talking about a temporary situation during construction, dismantling? 

 

Robert Derner - Well also along, behind Tops there.  What’s the point of not having some “No Parking” there? 

 

Councilmember Slisz - That’s a whole different story. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – Let me make a suggestion here.  You have an association, I think a letter should…

 

Robert Derner - …not everybody is in the association….         

 

Mayor Pilozzi - …well, do you have an association there? 

 

Robert Derner - Yeah, there are a…

 

Mayor Pilozzi - …I’m not saying you’re on it, but there is an association there.  I’d like to make sure that they’re involved with any letter that comes from the City because we might be accommodating you or whoever and then find out there’s 25 other people over there that don’t. 

 

Robert Derner – Well, that’s true.

 

Mayor Pilozzi - So I’d like, when you do that, make sure that the association is part of the letter. 

 

Councilmember Slisz – …he’s sending a petition of people, requesting any….

 

Councilmember Gilbert - …Mr. Derner, have you thought about people parking there and then walking along the River?

 

Robert Derner – What’s wrong with that?

 

Councilmember Gilbert - That’s just something that the association might not want, is a bunch of people parking….

 

Council President Zeisz – All right Mr. Derner, I need to move on, if you have more questions, just throw them out and then we’ll answer. 

 

Robert Derner – You had a yearly assessment paid to Brearly I believe for $25,000 to make the yearly assessments.  Has he been doing that? 

 

Council President Zeisz – Yes, because we have to maintain it at 100% forever. 

 

Robert Derner - Well, I haven’t seen any changes on the website, that’s why I asked that.

The other thing is we made Channel 4 News tonight.  There was a pothole on Niagara Shore Drive.  I don’t know how big it had to be to get on the news, but it was, so that’s gonna happen when they start taking these buildings down and I hope you maintain that road. 

 

Marshall Banks, 132 Niagara Shore Drive – Just a little information.  You’re talking about the poles and that and National Grid, well the telephone company’s on there too.  You gotta get a hold of them, plus the old Fire Department alarm system is still hanging on the pole from the City of Tonawanda.  There’s a lot more to removing the poles than just doing one side. 

 

Councilmember Gilbert - That’s why we have to talk to National Grid first because it’s a utility pole,  it’s not just a telephone pole.

 

Marshall Banks - Well, I’m saying you’ll find that the telephone company will be the hold up.  That’s all, just some information.

 

Richard Goodman, 30 Minerva Street – I work at the Sewage Pumping Station and just for information, for your Council information, those poles that are by the Sewer Pump Station in front of the Water Plant, those are tie lines.  Niagara Mohawk or National Grid or whatever you call it, there’s a line that feeds the pumping station’s and City Hall, it comes out of a substation by Fletcher School on Gibson Street.  There’s another line that comes out of the substation on East Avenue that feeds in this way also.  If one of those substations are down, Niagara Mohawk can tie in, right in front of the Water Plant, right on the corner, there’s switches right there.  They can energize and bring back the power so City Hall and the sewage pumping station has power.   When Tops was built, back in ’96, when they put Tops in, they looked into burying the lines and it was very expensive then and I’m sure it’s more expensive now. 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Gilbert – Nothing at this time.

 

Councilmember Boyle – Number one, on the SAMCO thing, the reason I voted “no”  on it was, there had to have been property around here that we could have given it to them.  I mean, just listening to the gentleman saying that the building that they did was empty for quite some time so they got a good price on it.  If they were renting from Uniland, Uniland owns APV where that facility was.  That’s 65,000 square foot that they could have gone at that aspect of it.  Number two, on the parking over there, if they remove the parking on Niagara Shore, come summertime, you’re gonna have all these people coming down, watching fireworks, gonna be turning around parking down there and you’re not gonna like that and then you’ll be coming back saying, put parking back up again. 

 

Robert Derner – You can park after 7:00 at night. 

 

Councilmember Boyle - All right, number three, I think it’s gonna be a good thing Mark, that we’re gonna be able, next meeting, going Adam two-way, Morgan two-way, and also Virginia two-way, get rid of all the one-way streets that the City of Tonawanda has and we really don’t need.  I think that’s something that’s gonna be good. 

 

Councilmember Poole – I’d just like to echo the fact that we are going to talk about the one-way streets, want to be sure the public is aware of that so they have an opportunity to respond.   Thank you.

 

Councilmember Slisz – No comment. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – Thank you Mr. President.  I’d like to extend my appreciation to Tops for helping us take care of a problem we had in the City and that’s shopping carts.  I don’t know how many people out there shop at Tops, but I’ve been in contact with not only the store manager, the assistant manager, people at headquarters, about shopping carts all over our neighborhoods.  They put these notifications inside shopping bags and basically what it says is if you find any shopping cart in your neighborhood, to call that number and they’ll come and get it.  So, that’s our first chance at trying to take care of that problem.  There are some other problems along with Tops and Councilman Slisz had mentioned the condition of the lot along Niagara Shore Drive.  We need to clean that up  too.  I’ll try to get a hold of them and take care of that one.  That’s all I have tonight, thank you.

 

Council President Zeisz - I thank everyone for coming tonight.  Have a great night and drive home safely and God Bless you. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

70.       By Councilmember Poole                           seconded by Councilmember Gilbert

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until, April 6, 2010.  

 

Ayes: Gilbert, Boyle, Slisz, Poole, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

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