Council Chambers

Tonawanda, New York

May 19, 2009

 

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

 

A letter from the New York State Canal Corporation, dated May 8, 2009, informing the City that the Canal Corporation has partnered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the New York State Department of State to gather the information need to petition the Environmental Protection Agency for a “No Discharge Zone” designation for the Canal System.

           

A letter to the Honorable Charles Schumer and the Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand dated May 7, 2009, asking for funding assistance for the replacement of the stage at Gateway Harbor Park.

 

A letter from the Town of Amherst Supervisor, Satish B. Mohan, Ph.D., dated May 13, 2009, regarding the consolidation of the three school districts in the Town of Amherst.

            Ordered filed

 

COMMUNICATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following monthly reports were received by the City Clerk:

            April report of the Building Inspector

            April Activity Report of the Fire Department

            April minutes of the Plumbing Board

May minutes of the Board of Appeals

            May minutes of the Plumbing Board

May minutes of the Traffic and Safety Board

                Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                        Ordered filed

 

A letter from the Common Council dated May 12, 2009, to Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Senator Antoine Thompson and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger regarding a fire rescue truck grant.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

 

A letter from the Common Council, dated May 12, 2009, to Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Senator Antoine Thompson and Assembly man Robin Schimminger regarding fire station construction.

            Referred to the Committee of the Whole

                 Ordered filed

 

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

105.     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

106.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that resolution #136 passed on June 17, 2008, authorizing the Mayor to sign contract signatures pages needed to complete an application contract for a Legislative Member Item initiation Project Grant be rescinded.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

107.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

             Resolved, that the Common Council authorize and direct Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi to sign the contract signature pages needed to complete an application contract for a Legislative Member Item Initiation Project Grant sponsored through Mary Lou Rath’s office, intended to provide $8,500.00 in funding for various safety and communication equipment.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

108.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

            Resolved, that the Annual Firemen’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 2:00 P.M. and be it further

            Resolved, that the parade start at Robinson and Oliver Streets in the City of North Tonawanda and disband at Broad and William Streets in the City of Tonawanda, with companies marching back to their respective company quarters.

 

Fiscal Impact:  Approximately $800.00

           

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

109.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

                         Resolved, that Carleton R. Zeisz, 39 Sutley Court; Colleen R. Perkins, 80 Ridgedale Circle; Gary Waterhouse, 205 Main Street; Rick D. Davis, Jr., 178 Brookside Terr. W.; Kimberly Davis, 178 Brookside Terr. W.; Ronald J. Pilozzi, 82 Clinton Street; Christine M. Pilozzi, 82 Clinton Street; Blake R. Boyle, 245 William Street; and William R. Poole, 36 Murray Terr., Steve Sommers, 66 Coshway Place, Sharon K. Bidell, 53 Elmwood Pk. W., Adam J. Shugg, 140 Minerva Street, Esther V. Kovach, 32 Klinger Avenue, Eileen E. Ulrich, 9 Karen Drive and Lukas J. Kleppe, 197 DeKalb Street be appointed Commissioner of Deeds, term to expire December 31, 2010.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

110.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

                        Resolved, that permission be granted to the United Veteran’s Council of the Tonawandas to hold their annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 24, 2009, and be it further

                        Resolved, that the parade will begin at Main and Broad Streets at 1:30 P.M. and end at the City Cemetery on Main Street.

             

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

 

111.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

            Whereas, pursuant to Article V, Section 5.023 of the City of Tonawanda Charter the Mayor is required to prepare and submit to the Common Council a five-year Capital Program on or before March 31st of the current fiscal year, including a general summary of its contents, a list of capital improvements, cost estimates, methods of financing and recommended time schedules; and

            Whereas, the Mayor submitted the above referenced            five-year Capital Program to the Common Council by March 31, 2009 timeframe, and

            Whereas, the City of Tonawanda prepared and provided public notice of a Public Hearing on the five-year Capital Program, that was held on May 5, 2009, providing the public the opportunity to review and comment on the five-year Capital Program, and

            Whereas, under Article V, Section 5.024 of the City Charter the Common Council shall adopt the Capital Program with or without amendment after the Public Hearing and on or before June 1st of the current fiscal year, now, therefore be it

            Resolved, that the Common Council has received, reviewed and amended the Capital Program submitted by the Mayor for the City fiscal year 2009, a copy of which is on file in the Office of the City Clerk, and does hereby approve the Capital Program for 2009 and authorizes the Mayor to execute any and all documents to execute and implement the Capital Program adopted by the Common Council.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

112.     By Council President Zeisz                         seconded by Councilmember Waterhouse

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

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

113.     By the Council                                                              seconded by the Council

            Whereas, a $25.00 Special Events application fee and application were received by the City Clerk for the Ride for Roswell and

            Whereas, the application was 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 Roswell Park Cancer Institute to hold their annual Ride for Roswell through various streets of the City on Saturday, June 27, 2009, from 7:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., and be it further

            Resolved, that a Certificate of Insurance be provided to the City Clerk naming the City as additional insured no later than June 15, 2009.

           

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

114.     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 7, 2009, at Noon, and further be it

            Resolved, that permission be granted to park one recreational vehicle on the south terminal wall of the Erie Barge Canal east of the Delaware Street Bridge at the Inner Harbor Yacht Club from 12:00 P.M. until 3:45 P.M. and be it further

            Resolved, that “No Boat Parking” signs be installed 120’ along the canal wall by the recreational vehicle for the “Blessing of the Boats”.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

115.     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 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness foundation 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 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness foundation to hold a charity walk on Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. with a rain date of Saturday, September 19, 2009, 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 September 1, 2009.

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Roberta Faith, 194 East Niagara Street – Down in Gastown, I was wondering when the streets down there are going to be paved because they’re in really bad condition.  I’ve already spent almost $400 on tie rods on my car this past winter and I’ve put on six tires this winter just from the streets going home. 

 

Council President Zeisz - We took action last meeting designating streets that were going to be addressed over the course of this summer.  One of the streets on there was East Niagara.  One of the things that held us up was the work that has to be done on East Niagara with the manufactured gas plant issue and we were kind of going back and forth, whether or not we should deal with the street because of that situation which, hopefully is going to get resolved sometime within the next year because they are working on it.  But, it is on the list and we know how bad it is. 

 

Roberta Faith - It looks like a minefield.  It’s really, really bad.    

 

Council President Zeisz – But it is going to be dealt with this summer. 

 

Roberta Faith - I’ve spent a fortune on my car and like I said, it’s getting ridiculous. 

 

Council President Zeisz - If you have any questions, any other questions, if you don’t get satisfaction, please feel free to call the Mayor’s Office or call the City Clerk.

 

Roberta Faith – Well I’ve called the streets department and they finally filled in the holes that were caving in on Douglas Street, which is the corner where I live, but that still isn’t enough.  I can’t even express how bad it is.  I’m on Social Security disability and I can’t afford to keep putting this money into my car. I have to go without stuff to take care of my car and I’m raising my grandkids and it’s hard to do that. 

 

Council President Zeisz -  I certainly understand.  Like I said, it’s scheduled to be done this summer. 

 

Roberta Faith - I see you did by the businesses up there that put money into the City but for us citizens that live in houses along there, up by where Washington Industrial is, they all got new paving.  What about us? 

 

Council President Zeisz – Well, the original plan was to do that section first but I know they’re going to be doing the farther end, the closer end of East Niagara. 

 

Bill Poole, 36 Murray Terrace – I just wanted to expand a little on the parade on Sunday the 24th.  Miss Canal Fest 2008, will be our Grand Marshall and the parade is shaping up very nicely so we hope to see everybody out there and enjoying it. 

 

 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCILMEMBERS AFTER RESOLUTIONS

 

Councilmember Perkins – I have nothing else. 

 

Councilmember Waterhouse – Nothing at this time.

 

Councilmember Kossow – We moved this meeting along pretty quickly and we have until 9:00 tonight to get out and vote for the School Board elections and the Budget to pass or not pass and also for four School Board members.  In addition, it was mentioned there is the Memorial Day Parade this weekend.  I sit between a couple of Veterans and when people put their lives on the line, these people do it everyday all across this world, so if you could take a few minutes to go out on Sunday and honor those who have served and those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice of their life for this Country.  If you have a few minutes on Sunday, it would be appreciated.   

 

Councilmember Davis – This past Saturday the Conservative Party was kind enough to honor both Carl and Dan Crangle of the Town of Tonawanda for their service to the community.  I don’t know Mr. Crangle that well, but serving on this Council with Carl for the last four years, he is one of the utmost professional people I have ever met in my life.   He definitely keeps us steered in the right direction up here and this honor could not have gone to a more deserving public servant, so my hat’s off to Carl.  A letter was sent out today from the Council.  The Fire Union President has been in contact with various State representatives about Federal grant money through the stimulus package for the construction of a fire station or actually adding on to the fire station and a new rescue truck that is rotting from the outside and I’d just like to applaud the efforts of the Fire Department on trying to obtain this money and I wish them the best of luck.  Also, before the Council meeting I received a phone call from the Department of Health, indicating that they have concluded their cancer study based on a letter that was sent to them for the 14150 area, pretty much right around the landfill.  They are ready to give their findings here, sometime in the month of June, so we will keep everybody abreast as to what those findings are as soon as they are released.  Jim already mentioned the School Board elections and I’d just like to thank Councilmember Kossow for the very nice words he said about Veterans and Memorial Day.  Myself and the Mayor are Veterans and it is nice to have a day recognized to honor those that served their Country, that are serving their Country currently, and that will be serving their Country in the future.  I wish everybody a happy, safe, and prosperous Memorial Day. 

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I’d like to echo the comments of Mr. Kossow and Mr. Davis. I think if you look at the fact that Sunday is Memorial Day and the fact that today was voting, the right to vote probably was guaranteed by a Veteran.  The right for everything we have in our life is probably through the efforts of a Veteran that allows you to have the freedom that you have.  So number one, if you haven’t voted already, please do so, and number two, if you have a few minutes on Sunday to honor those past, present, and in some cases future Veterans, please come out to the parade.  Bill, could I just bother you for one second, the parade route, you might want to mention the parade route to everybody. 

 

Bill Poole - The parade route is from Broad and Main Street, down Main Street, to the City Cemetery.  And also, that’s preceded at 12:30 P.M. on the Renaissance Bridge by the “Service at Sea” when the Gold Star Mothers who are mothers of servicemen and women who were killed in action, when they throw the wreath into the Canal, and we have a very solemn 20 minute ceremony on the Bridge.  So the public, of course, is invited to that.  We’d love to see you all out there.  

 

Mayor Pilozzi – I think one of the things Bill you forgotten to mention for the early risers, was a 6:00 A.M. canon.  I was an Artillery Officer and so I know about the canon.  Kind of loud so it might wake you up but if you’re up that early, come on down.  Thanks Bill.  We had a meeting last week with a bunch of merchants and property owners in our downtown business district to discuss the Commercial Center Improvement Plan.  That’s coming along quite nicely.  We had I believe twelve or thirteen different businesses and individuals that run businesses here in our downtown business district, and/or own property there.  It looks like we’re going to be up and running with that project and I’d just like to publicly thank Kory Schuler.  Kory, why don’t you stand up for a minute so everybody knows who our President of our Downtown Merchants Association is.  He and I and a guy by the name of Paul DeOrlando from Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, took a walk.  I think it was awful cold that day. It was probably about 5 degrees above zero.  We started the project at that time and it’s coming along very nicely, thanks to you and your group, so thank you very much.  Councilmember Davis mentioned the results of the New York State Department of Health cancer survey and I think we’re all looking forward to some results.  I believe it’s going to be the first of June.  At any rate, once that’s given to us, we’ll have the possibility of giving that information out to the rest of the public and hopefully, they won’t have any results that indicate to us that there is a problem there, but that remains to be seen.  We’ve been working on that, everybody’s been working on that for a number of years.  I think we go back fifteen years maybe, maybe longer with this landfill situation and it’s just a thorn in our side and a real concern for the safety and welfare of our residents, especially along Hackett and that area and the school area and Wadsworth Terrace.  Lastly, recently we were rated A+ for a bond.  What that bond meant to the City of Tonawanda is to restructure some debt at a reduced rate.  I started this project back in March of 2008, along with Joe Hogenkamp, our consultant by the name of Jeff Smith, and at that time, Don Witkowski. Don was still here.  The hope that we had at that time to save the taxpayers of the community some money and unfortunately, that was suppose to happen right around October 1st, and we all know what happened right around October 1st, so there was a slight delay.  However, we were at that time hoping to save somewhere in the vicinity of $90,000 and it was reported to me yesterday or the day before that that’s jumped up to $122,000 and that’s a nice chunk of change.  It’s over a ten year period, but still, it’s money that we will save by restructuring debt and a real surprise was the A+ bond rating because I asked Joe Hogenkamp, our City Treasurer, when the last time he saw an A bond rating and he said, “never”.  I happened to have a former Common Council President in my office, Tom Stryker, talking about a Civil Service issue, and I asked him the same question and he couldn’t remember.  So we must be doing something right and there’s a lot of people to thank, including Joe Hogenkamp, Sam Iraci, and obviously Don at that time, and Jeff Smith our bond counsel, and obviously the Common Council had a part to play in that too, so my kudos and thanks to all. 

 

Council President Zeisz – I have nothing further.  Just remember this weekend when you’re having a hot dog or a hamburger, whatever you’re doing, just think about a Veteran.  Have a great night, drive home safely and God Bless. 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

116.     By Councilmember Perkins                         seconded by Councilmember Waterhouse

            Resolved, that this Common Council adjourn until June 2, 2009.  

 

Ayes: Perkins, Waterhouse, Kossow, Davis, Zeisz

Nays: None

Resolution declared adopted

 

 

 

 

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