Good day readers! Thanks for reading the weekly update for both the City and the 4th Ward happenings.
Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday March 6th. The informal meeting begins at 6 in the caucus room, while the formal meeting will begin at 7 in the court room.
At our last meeting, we had to table a resolution concerning the Huntley Plant designating it as a hazardous waste site. I am still working on the particulars that caused this to happen and will update everyone with what the next steps are as soon as I know them.
The Library is open for regular business after an electrical issue that shut off all of their electricity. Thank you to all for your quick and efficient work to get them up and running again.
On February 28th, 9:00am, at the Town of Tonawanda Municipal building, there will be a meeting on the progress of the landfill along Hackett drive. My understanding is that the Army Corp of Engineers and the DOC have decided to do the remediation at level 3 (out of 4). This will do the shallow excavation and removal of all known hazardous wastes from the area. The other purpose of this meeting is to expedite the removal from the site. Currently we are looking at anywhere between a 7 and 12 year start time, and they are hoping to move that time frame up considerably.
Traffic and Safety is looking into installing a stop sign at the corner of Taylor and Rogers. This would be great especially during school months!
There will be a free NARCAN training at the Senior Center on March 24th. Stay tuned for time!
The council took the first vote in over-riding the 2% tax cap for next year. This does not mean that it will happen, we are just looking at being proactive in our budgeting for 2019 and this is a matter of procedure. There are still 2 more votes that need to take place before it is official.
July 7th there GoBikeErie is sponsoring a bike event that will begin at Nichols School and rendezvous at the Hub. They are expecting between 3 and 4 hundred bikers (bicycle).
The Annual Art Show at the River will be taking place July 8th from 10AM -5PM. This is always a great event and it's great to be looking forward to summer events already.
A farmer's market is in the works. Stay tuned for details!
Tim Hortons on Delaware is open. I'm told that they are giving out more "winners" on the roll up the rim contest than are other locations. I won a doughnut last night! Night made.
We met with the Canal Fest inc. this past week and will be participating in the fest again this year. The locations will remain mostly the same as in prior years, however with the closure of Young Street, there may have to be movement of a few booths (I'm told nothing major it may be a matter of 'feet' for example).
As many of you know we are reassessing the home values in the City this year. This is part of keeping up to date with the suggested time frame of reassessment by the state. The numbers are unofficially in but we are awaiting the assessment office to get a report together and let us know what the results are. We should be getting notices the last week in February about what was found. For those who would like to contest their assessment there are some steps that you can take:
The assessors office will begin to take appointments for meetings. The meetings will start on March 12th and run through the 29th..they will have early hours, late hours, weekend hours...to accommodate everyone. If that still doesn't give you the result you'd like there will be appeals held in May that you can further appeal your assessment. From there - I'm not sure what the process is but when I hear, I'll put an update here.
I hope everyone has a great week. As always if you have any concerns or comments please reach out -
803-5328 or email@example.com
Good morning everyone. I'm sorry that the update didn't take place on Sunday this week, it was my mother's birthday and we were doing all of the cooking, cleaning etc that goes along with having everyone over to the house.
The agenda for tonight's meeting is below, we have some big issues before us tonight and if you have any questions please let us know.
The informal meeting begins at 6 tonight, with the formal at 7. The council plans to meet with the Canal Fest tonight after the formal meeting as well.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!
Hello residents - It's been a slow week in the COT in regards to just about everything. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 6th, with the informal starting at 6 in the caucus room and the formal meeting will begin at 7 in the court room.
We finished interviewing for the city clerk this week and have agreed on the next clerk. The appointment will take place this week during the meeting, with the new person to start on or about March 9. Traditionally this position is a political appointment, but this time the council interviewed candidates from many different backgrounds, and political affiliations. We have some amazing people in this city and I'd like to take a second to thank everyone who took the time to apply and interview with us.
I will be working with the council to draft a resolution to ask that we petition Erie County to investigate the former Huntley plant to determine its level of toxicity, contamination, and hazard. The idea is to get the DEC access to the site (which we are down hill from) PRIOR to the Town of Tonawanda selling the site for redevelopment. This resolution will be on our agenda for our next meeting on February 21st.
Please see the attached agenda for this week's meeting - and as always - if there is a specific question concerning the 4th Ward don't hesitate to call or email. (Please leave your name, number and address)
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!