First, a wholehearted thank you to the Veterans in our city and across the country. Your service is something that is to be revered and honored. In my family, both of my uncles served Uncle Bob Williams in the Air Force, and Uncle John Mangrum in the Army. My grandfather Jasper Taylor served in WW2 aboard the USS Culebra Island in the Pacific Theater as a part of the mechanic fleet servicing ships at sea. I still have an entire box of mementos that he sent home to my grandmother during his 2 years at sea. My grandmother saved EVERYTHING. Right down to sugar packets that he brought back from the ship. It is interesting to go through the menu's for days like Thanksgiving, Christmas and see that cigarettes are actually part of the meal. The other reminder is they were gone for these important times of family gathering and no doubt were being worried about and missed. I'll post some of the menus below for your enjoyment.
City wide we had a busy week with the paving of Delaware. There were numerous complaints received about the side streets being closed off, detours, etc. While I know it was a pain - we are about to have the main artery of our city as a brand new street and - thank goodness - we can say goodbye to the grand canyon in front of Delaware School at Harriet!
Main street was wrapping up quickly as they had paved over the majority of the reinstall of the sewers the last time I drove down there.
I had posted on my personal facebook this week that there were a bunch of no goods speeding through the School Zone at Riverview (I used a harsher word but still stand by it). I am going to go back to traffic and safety board to see if we can move the School Zone signs in closer to the school and possibly have the road painted again to remind people that it's 15 miles an hour within view of the school. Recess happens every day between 2:30 and 3 and with soccer season starting at the Riverview fields, we need more signage as a reminder. Not to preach, but please be more aware as more kids will be out and about now that it's nice.
Budget season is quickly coming up. I'm hoping to set up a form for anyone who would like to be in on the budget advisory team. It's your money and I think having a representative group of citizens to help decide how it's spent is a good idea that I will continue to push for.
Our next meeting is June 5. Same bat channel, same bat location.
This is the last update I will share to Facebook - updates will only be here on this page from now on - every Sunday morning.
The closure of Young was extended for 90 days. This is something that I believe we need to do to move the city forward. I'm hoping the place the resolution to permanently close the street on the agenda soon so that we can move on with this issue.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the mom's out there! I hope you have a great day of pampering and relaxation.
I'm going to keep it real brief today -
We have a meeting on Tuesday - 6 PM for informal, 7PM formal.
Roadwork Updates -
Delaware should be starting on the 15th of May so add a few extra minute's to your drive if you travel that way.
Young will be begun very soon. We received the permit from the DOT, so within the next week or so the work will begin.
I do not have updates on Main Street as this is a Erie Co. Water Dept. project. I'm hoping the council will be updated with this information soon.
The permanent closure of Young street - this will be put on hold due to an ordinance that the city must abide by. I am in favor of doing the closure and will sponsor the resolution after the appropriate amount of time has passed. The city ordinance states that we must publish the closure resolution for 2 consecutive weeks in the paper prior to closing. At the earliest, we can vote on a permanent closure in Mid-June.
There is an Opioid Conversation that will be held at the High School on Wednesday the 23rd from 6-8. This is an extremely important topic that is affecting the city, please consider attending. (Attachment)
I am also attaching an updated recycling calendar for your use.
Have a great day - see you Tuesday!
Its finally here! The market will have its grand opening this morning at 10. There will be approximately 11 vendors/farmers there for our inaugural Sunday. It's exciting to see something new come to the city and to be able to watch it grow and evolve over the next weeks and years will be equally exciting.
Seeing the Blessing of the Bikes yesterday at the Legion was just another reminder that with the nice weather, the motorcycles will be out and for us car drivers to be on the lookout for them in traffic.
The City's Comprehensive Plan is up for review on the new City of Tonawanda website. This document will serve as a road map for future updates, construction, plans, etc that the city will undertake. It is the result of 15 months of input by various stake holder groups as to what they would like to see in the city in the future and how it should look. Please feel free to take a look at the plan and submit your thoughts to the council or Mayor.
You can view it at the link below:
Delaware will be repaved and is slated to begin (weather permitting) on the 15th.
Young St, will begin as soon as the State gives us the go-ahead. Once that begins, it will be an approximate 3 month time span.
The Erie County Water Dept is replacing sewers on Main St. at this time, I am not aware of a timeline, but it seems as though the work is being done all the way down the street from the Viaduct to the city line.
Good News! Niagara Street isn't being worked on, so residents can quickly get to and from all of the streets that are being worked on.
This week I asked about the issue of the scrappers that we have in the city - as in the past the warm weather brings them out and we as residents have to deal with them going through our trash. The bigger issue is that the items they take from our garbage is taking money from our city via the revenue gained when the metal is taken to the recycler. I am still working on a solution, but there is an ordinance stating that this is not allowed and they can be ticketed and fined, they just need to be reported. Also, if you have metal scrap and can wait until leaving for work in the morning to place it at the curb, it would deter them from being able to take the items. The cost of metal and recyclables does fluctuate, but approximately 10 years ago the city could expect to earn $10-20 thousand dollars from recycling metal and other heavy items (I'm not talking about the stuff that goes into the bin). Now the price is down to about $85-100 dollars per ton, so as we have more scrappers in the city, the more revenue we can potentially lose. I will be working with the city attorney and council to increase the fines for the scrappers to make it not worth their while to patrol our streets.
See you at the Market!
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!