Early update this week due to the holiday.
We will have our first monthly meeting on Tuesday, informal beginning at 6 and formal at 7. The agenda is below.
Last week we had a presentation of our cities comprehensive plan. It is a very large document that basically outlines many different aspects of how the city will move forward in the next years. The steps that were taken to craft this plan were many. Residents were polled, met with and talked to. There were booths set up during Canal Fest, and even the students at the High School were talked to since the plan will cover the next many years and they should have an input in how their city should move forward when they are ready to purchase housing or set up a business here. Long story short, there were many different opportunities and groups that were involved in creating this draft. Once we adopt the draft at this next meeting, there will be further opportunities for the residents to view and suggest changes to the draft before it becomes final. The important thing is that we have it set to go so that we can take advantage of grant and funding opportunities that we couldn't otherwise have unless there is a plan such as this in place. The draft will be posted on the city website as early as next week.
The Cable Franchise agreement has been settled with Time Warner for the city. We will be voting on this as it has been amended and agreed upon in the past months so that both sides are happy with the agreement - to last 15 years - and be a yearly source of income for the city. I believe that over the course of the 15 years the monetary amount is over 1 million dollars.
The warrior walks will be starting again - stay tuned for information on when the official start date will be!
I had the privilege to be a part of the Make a Wish Charity Dodgeball game this week at the high school. This effort was begun many years ago by Sue Davison at Mullen school as a school wide program to help teach kids the benefits of giving. Seeing what this event has evolved into is incredible to say the least. There wasn't a seat to be had in the High School gym as so many families and teachers came to participate in the basket raffle and game. This is an incredible city. We take care of our neighbors. We look out for each other. It's a shame that in the news and on social media all we seem to hear about and focus on is the negativity that is out there, and not something as uplifting and uniting as this event. Congratulations to all of the teachers, parents, students, and residents of this community who, on Wednesday night, changed a family's life in such a positive way.
The Young Street sewer project will be moving forward. There is another 'bridge' at the end of fletcher street that crosses the creek to 2 mile creek road. This is also in need of replacement and will begin soon as well.
I'd like to take the opportunity to wish those celebrating a religious holiday this weekend well. For those who do not celebrate, I hope you have a great weekend as well.
I hope your week went well! It was another busy week for me as we are continuing to go through all of the High School Social Studies classes and having discussions with the kids about Internet Safety and how the kids can and should manage their digital footprint. It's surprising how some of them are genuinely surprised at some of the topics we discuss. One of the major items that seems to make them sit up and listen is when I present a picture of a typical teen and ask them what is wrong with the picture. The picture is a typical teen wearing a hoodie in their room. A kid shares this type of picture hundreds of times a month to their friends...when we discuss how their friends view this picture vs. how a predator views this picture - (location, sports team or logo on hoodie, time of posting, etc.) things the kids never think about when posting their pictures, it seems to make an impression. I will be continuing this on Tuesday this week as well. I've said it before but Tonawanda Schools are some of the best in the whole region. Not only in terms of programs, but also in terms of the people we have teaching the kids, the forward thinking of the technology department, great administrators, the list goes on and on. Now on to city business!
As many of you know already the sewers under a major part of Young Street are in serious disrepair. This is one of those things that needs immediate attention and unfortunately, requires digging. The sewer runs almost directly down the middle of the street so in order to repair the sewer Young will be closed for the better part of 3 months beginning at the end of April from State to Cranbrook. The closure will begin at the pump house on the corner of State and Young, then will be moved West, in phases, down the street to Cranbrook. Detours will be marked along Maldiner and the rest of the area. It is of the utmost importance that residents realize that even though the work may appear to be "way down the road" the entire section will be closed to allow for trucks and workers to maneuver in safety.
There will be a City Market beginning on Sunday May 6th running every Sunday until October 2. The market will be open from 10am - 2pm every Sunday. This will take place on Young street by the Hub. There are three levels of vendor that can participate, each with a different cost to the vendor.
That's all folks! As always, if you have any questions or concerns - you can call me at 803-5328 email me at email@example.com or message me on Facebook.
Good Sunday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. When is Spring going to get here? I'm just glad we didn't jump on the bandwagon of other communities and lift the parking ban...2 more weeks and we should be good to go.
Our meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night - informal at 6 and formal at 7. All are welcome to attend both meetings.
A big thank you goes out to our Fire Department for doing such a great job with the two house fires this week (within the same 24 hour time period).
Tuesday, we will have our third and final vote on exceeding the 2% tax cap in the city. To answer the question on what that means and why we are doing it in a quick bullet points:
Here's how it matters to us doing budgets and paying the taxes (Disclaimer: these are not real figures - just for an example)
I am extremely lucky. For many reasons, but one that I am thankful for everyday is the ability to work with the kids and teachers in our district teaching them computer use and doing staff development with them. Last week Mr. Brown from the HS approached and asked if I would be willing to do an Internet Safety program for the high school kids - to which I immediately answered "YES!" The first group of classes went better than I expected the kids were engaged, asked questions, and hopefully had their eyes opened to what can happen with irresponsible Internet use. Here are some of the topics that we spoke about:
Soccer Sign Up's are in full Swing! If you would like to register your child or volunteer to coach please use the link below to do so. For those who have ever thought of coaching just a little story about how I got involved:
There is a NARCAN training for anyone interested next Saturday at the Senior Center on Main St. from 9am-11am all are welcome to attend.
There are a couple of links and documents that go with this post for further reading. If you have time please feel free to read on.
As always, any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out.
What is a tax levy?
Soccer Registration https://goo.gl/forms/gAlEb7BOKYviUnIw2
Hello readers - I hope this post finds you all well and awake at the correct time! If you haven't already, change those clocks ahead...you wouldn't want to miss your favorite TV shows! Believe it or not, there is a great Lakota Indian quote that kind of sums up daylight savings time - it's always put a smile on my face and I'm posting it here to hopefully do the same for you:
The assessment project is going ahead nicely - I should knock on wood before typing this - but I have only received 1 text message from a resident questioning an assessment and it was just for the number to call for an appointment. If you do have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask.
There is no regular meeting of the Council this week.
The Planning Board meets this Tuesday at City hall in the Caucus room at 6.
The Blessing of the Bikes will be on May 5th at the American Legion
The Badge of Honor Ride will be on Sunday July 28th at the American Legion
The Water bikes will be back at the Canal this summer!
There are a few other great events coming down the pipe soon - stay tuned!
We will be having our 3rd vote concerning overriding the 2% tax cap on March 20th during our regular meeting. This is not a definite, but we need to put the wheels in motion sooner rather than later to save us time during budget season.
Believe it or not Soccer season is in full swing for the Board - we are getting plans ready for this upcoming season of house soccer! We will be having a face to face registration on April 14th at Dairy Queen in the Niagara Street Plaza. We will go from 11:30-12:30 - c'mon down and register! If you are just too excited to wait - you can always register on line at this link. https://goo.gl/forms/uoRzEEV4oYpQwJ1F3
Have a great week!
Good evening everyone - for those who weren't at the meeting last night, there are some quickly arriving dates that you need to know about if you wish to challenge your assessment.
The first step is to ask yourself - "Would my house/property sell for this amount?" If the answer is yes, you are all set to go. You don't need to take any further action.
If the answer is "no" or if you feel you've been overvalued, please call the assessor's office at 695-8639, YOU ONLY HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY THE 16th of MARCH TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
Appointments will begin on the 12th of March and you will have a 10 minute appointment slot to discuss your concerns. They told us they will adhere to the 10 minute time limit, but it's a very simple and easy process for you. There will be appointment slots available at night, weekends, etc to make scheduling easier for you...the appointments will be held at Fire Headquarters, 44 William St.
Some items you may wish to bring are pictures of the inside of your house or different sales of houses around you that may show a lower sale price.
If you have any other questions you can feel free to give me a call, text or email.
We have our first monthly meeting on Tuesday - the informal begins at 6 and the formal meeting begins at 7. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings!
We currently have 20 resolutions on the Agenda for the meeting this week. The full agenda is attached to this post, while a highlight of the agenda is below.
Thank you all for reading - I hope you have a great week.
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!